Making Tough Decisions

Lately I’ve been tinkering with my vintage Etsy store. Offering free shipping on some items. Reviewing prices and search key words. Putting some items on sale. Deciding to put others in my donate pile. Overall not much fun, but hopefully these decisions will pay off in the future.

Here’s what I’m not doing much of…buying! Crazy, right?! In this season of yard sales and estate sales that seems like a bad decision. Shouldn’t I be stocking up?? But here’s my thinking…firstly, I have a surplus of unlisted inventory right now and secondly, good inventory is available year round in the San Francisco Bay Area. I don’t need to buy now.

I still stop in at my neighborhood thrift store because I pass it while out running errands. I popped in Monday morning after the gym and put three things in my basket. And took three things out of my basket. One was an overpriced purse and two were “okay” ceramic pieces, but nothing special. Not good enough! I put them back on the shelves and left empty handed.

Honestly, it was tough. Everyone knows the hunting and buying is the adrenalin rush, the fun part. To walk out empty handed is deflating. But sometimes it’s the right move. Like you, I hate wasting money and I don’t want to tie it up in lackluster products that take forever to sell.

So today, I’m back to digging in my surplus and listing old purchases. Got six things added to my store this morning, but was very photo-challenged. I had to re-take some photos many times and still was not satisfied. :\ But better to have the items listed, I thought, even with less-than-ideal photos.


Thankfully I have a new light-box arriving this week and have high hopes for the overall improvement of my store photos. But every once in a while I think I get it right. I really like the composition and lighting on this sterling silver mechanical pencil.


And I like the closeup of this vintage pin against my sweater.


And I like the subtle, natural lighting on Mary and Joseph.


So I am plugging along. Listing. Learning. Refining my buying. Treasuring my customers…and my readers!!

As always, happy hunting,




  1. Shari Harniss

    Hmmmmm. I went to look at your listings on Etsy and can’t see any bad photos. The lighting is good, the placement, background. Am I missing something? I think they are lovely (especially that baby dress!). Maybe you’re too hard on yourself?

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    1. Thanks Shari! For some reason, I’m usually not 100% satisfied with how they turn out. :\


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