On My Radar: Vintage Medical and Scientific Items

I enjoy finding new categories of things to sell and one of them actively on my radar is vintage medical and scientific stuff. Years ago at a rummage sale I found a 1960s-era German travel first aid kit that was in great condition and even included some pills in tins (with crumbling shrinkwrap) and quality Solingen implements.…

Keep Learning, but Trust Your Instincts

I love learning about new categories of things to buy for my vintage store, but there is just soooo much out there. So much to learn. One cannot be an expert or even familiar with much of it. So when I’m out sourcing I tend to rely on my instincts for spotting things, sometimes followed by…

Providing Good Customer Service in Your Online Store

[First, let me just stay that the photo above has nothing to do with this post. I just really love this bedroom (featured on finaldecors.com)!] While I only work part time in my vintage business, I take it seriously and always endeavor to provide a good experience for a buyer. Here are a few things…

Thank You Little Thrift Store

Lately my little neighborhood thrift store (just over a mile from my house) has done alright for me. I popped in today on my way to the grocery store and found two quality vintage items. First I spotted this taped-up bundle of four bar tools. They are quite heavy with solid brass handles. I tried looking for…

Hunting with a Friend

Some of you may remember from a previous post that I had a dear friend flying in from the East Coast for a visit. She has now come and gone and what a time we had!  We are kindred spirits who love flowers, good food, antiquing and thrifting…so you know there was plenty of each…

Vintage Silver Charms Are the Best

First, Life Interrupted Aargh! I had a flare up of a condition this weekend that I usually treat with ibuprofen and peppermint essential oil. But after a day of dosing, the pain wasn’t easing up, so I resorted to my big gun pain reliever–hydrocodone (an opiate narcotic) with acetaminophen. I’ve only used it once before…

Friends and Selling Stuff

I feel blessed to have so many dear friends…women I trust with the good stuff in my life and the messy bits. One is coming to visit from the East Coast in a few days (we’ve been best friends since freshman year of college!!) and I’m feeling a little stressed that our house won’t be…