A Bit of a High

To be honest, I always feel a bit high walking into an antique store or flea market. Even in college when I had no money and was taking out student loans and working part time, I loved visiting the antique stores in my college town. I couldn’t afford bupkiss, but it was still fun looking…and dreaming.

Then, when I was in my 30s and finally had a few shekels to rub together, I started collecting–charm bracelets, antique garnet jewelry, sterling bits, etc. And it was fun. Now that I’m older though, I’ve been downsizing. And that feels good too. But it was nice to discover that I could make money selling these things and that I could still buy stuff, but now just to resell it. (Can I say I’m having fun, fun, fun!)

Even at my small, much-frequented Goodwill, I still get excited!  The other day I spent 30 minutes there in blissful, unhurried picking. I put a few things in my basket. Took a few things out! In the end I came up with three purchases I call the “cute collection”–a nice crocheted baby blanket, a book on gnomes in Italian, and a made-in-Japan canister (sans lid) that will work wonderfully as an herb planter or kitchen spoon holder.

Will I make tons of money on any of these? Well, no. I’m not “doing cartwheels” about these finds. These are not the $10 jewelry purchase that turns out to be 14k gold (I’ve had several of these!) or a rare ’60s Ian Fleming James Bond book with dust jacket. (Still looking!)

No, these are little, bread-and-butter purchases. Like the three small old hat pins I bought in a private pick. They were sweet, but not worth much. I paid $3 for them. And since two had a little damage and there are hundreds (and hundreds) of hat pins for sale on Etsy, I listed them for a modest $18. They sold the other day.

Eventually I probably won’t bother with these little, inexpensive bits…though I rather like that my store has many price points. Something for everyone 🙂

Anyway I’m excited for the weekend. Hopefully I’ll get to a few yard sales and then on Saturday night its a free concert.

Wishing you happy hunting.

P.S. I’m having fun with a new photo editor. Thoughts on the photos with the “film edge”? Thumbs up or down?


  1. Joyce Jackson Hayden

    Thumbs up on the film edge! In fact, thumbs up on anything you do. Enjoy you so much!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Joyce!!! You’ve made my day 🙂 – Karen


  2. absolutely thumbs up!


    1. Cool. They definitely have a vintage feel! – Karen

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Love the idea of hat pins. Maybe something I could use with a veil 😀


    1. Eugenia, that’s a great idea. They have so many beautiful hat pins for sale on Etsy. – Karen

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  4. Agreed for a thumbs up on the new photo format!


    1. Thank for your vote 🙂


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