Buying from the Heart

I have a weakness for old things that are charming, unique or lovingly worn. I rarely resist buying them even when I know (or seriously doubt) that I can make much profit reselling them…which is kinda goofy because that’s my business! But I rationalize this behavior by remembering the things I bought for a couple of dollars and sold for over a hundred..my home runs. And I figure not every time up to bat can be a home run. Sometimes just getting to first base is enough!

So yesterday at the rummage sale I bought things solely because they captivated me and made me smile. First base things.blog-11-5a

The 1910 stenographer’s book has a section on “Modern Office Methods” that has the best illustrations!

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My oldest daughter thinks the tiny bisque Betty Boop doll (made in Japan) is a touch creepy. I am not a doll person, but I don’t think she’s creepy at all, just a touch pensive!

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And the wooden tourist clogs from Amsterdam owe part of their charm to their diminutive size…all of 4.5 inches!

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I also bought a handsome pewter ewer that hales from Norway. It has a very cool mid-century vibe and still has its tags.

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Perhaps my best and most sentimental find though is a falling-apart scrapbook with ’40s/early ’50s greeting cards. It chronicles the birth and first five years of life for Marc. Lots of birthday cards, valentines, Christmas cards…well, you get the picture.

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Most of the cards are lightly glued in place, some loose, some with little notations below them if a gift was given. I haven’t counted the cards yet, but there’s easily more than 50. I do know that there is a small market for used vintage greeting cards and am hoping some artist will buy these sweet cards and give them new life in a project.

Anyway I had fun looking for these goodies and chatting with the lovely ladies who run this sale. All in all a good day. 🙂

Would love to hear…what can’t you resist buying??


P.S. If you’re starting your holiday shopping, please do consider shopping on Etsy and supporting a small business person. You’ll find so many fabulous things…from handmade soaps, lotions, art, tea, journals, beautiful cutting blocks, jewelry…and of course, lots of vintage items, like in my store.

2 Comments

  1. I got a handmade solid wood square coffee table for $5 this weekend. It only needs cleaned up. Made in 1973.

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    1. Wow!!! What a great deal. 🙂 – Karen

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