Category Archives: Sentimental Stuff

Letting Go of Sentimental Things

I live in a small house with my husband and two daughters. Though we are not extravagant, our limited storage spaces are full. Thankfully we always have a charity donation pile going, but one category is always harder to let go of. More poignant. The sentimental stuff–the old toys, photos, favorite clothes, inherited bits. But…

More Than Just Fripperies?

As a seller of vintage things I am keenly aware that what I sell is mostly “unnecessary.” Baubles. Fripperies. Gewgaws. Nobody needs an antique garnet brooch or a Scottish horn dram cup or a tatted lace hanky. These items may be pretty, desirable or even useful, but certainly aren’t necessary. But more recently I’ve come to…

Trying to Shake Off the January Blues

I haven’t seen the sun much this month and I miss it. Even in winter I sit out on our front stoop for a bit on sunny days. I read or write. Or just think and watch the birds. (I put out a few walnut bits for the bigger birds and have managed to get…

Thanksgiving, Buys and Sales

In two days it will be Thanksgiving here in the U.S. It’s a good holiday. One that gives us time to reflect and be grateful and indulge in some darn good cooking. This year my husband is making his mouth-watering sweet potato casserole with a nut topping and my oldest daughter is trying her hand…