“I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends”

This week I was reminded how fortunate I am to have the support of family and friends as I grow my vintage business. Just a few days ago a friend gave me some stuff from her parents’ estate…glassware, decorative plates, yearbooks and odd bits. And what a blessing they have been. Some of it will be donated to Goodwill, but other items are just perfect for my store…like this cocktail mixer slide rule and party noisemakers from the 1960s. How fun are these?? And the quirky cocktail plates from Poland. Part of me wishes I had a lifestyle where I would use these items!

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Her generosity reminded me of the things other friends have given me over the years–jewelry, glassware, silver-plate items, Irish porcelain, English spoons. Just because. 🙂

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This vintage Belleek porcelain sugar bowl and creamer are from a neighbor. 🙂

And other friends have been faithful customers. Year after year. What an encouragement!

Thank you. Thank you Lisa, Rosalie, JoDee, Ann, Lauri, Susan, Mark, Joyce, Helen. (Oh gosh, I’m sorry if I forgot anyone.) I truly do get by with a little help from my friends!

And of course there’s my helpful “friend”…Goodwill. I was just looking at my sales for the last quarter and realized about 40% of the items that sold were things I’d bought at my neighborhood Goodwill. That amazed me. This is such a small store, but I have been blessed to consistently find quality items here for reasonable prices…not without a lot of looking (and stiff competition), but the hunt is the fun part!!

Just yesterday when I popped in I found another fabulous leather purse/tote. It’s by Sharon Roth, a high-end designer out of Seattle, WA, who sells on Jarbo. Her small adorable purses are around $300, but I haven’t been able to find any info on this tote.

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The espresso brown/black leather is super soft, which is one hallmark of a good piece. It’s in lovely condition except for a bit of the wrap handle that needs to be “tucked in.” I’m guessing it’s not old enough to sell on Etsy so I’ll put it on eBay.

I’ll end now with much gratitude!

As always, happy hunting!

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