Well, I said I would keep up with this blog better, but I guess I didn't do a very good job, since I don't even remember when my last post was. I am here now and will really try to do better.
This year has not been a great one for me as far as picking goes. Seems to be less auctions and when there is one, I can't afford anything. If these people are dealers, they must not be making much on what they buy, because they spend a hell of a lot more than I would. And, that right there is my problem. I'm tight with my money. I just can't bring my self to buy a vintage train case for $30. That's more than what I usually sell them for. I'm all about passing on good deals when I can find them. Just because it's been hard this year, doesn't mean I haven't been trying. In fact, I have rented an additional space in a local historical building. It sat vacant for quite some time. Every time I drove by it, I would wish that I could be the one to rent it and open it up to vendors, but since I have a regular job, it just wasn't possible. I just couldn't bring myself to give up a perfectly good job. Then, one day I drove by and lo and behold there was activity inside and I knew something was happening. Later, I heard that someone was planning to do the same thing I wanted to do. I was a little disappointed it wasn't me, but glad to hear that it would not be vacant anymore. Since I was already renting a space in another town, I was reluctant to try another one, but the rent was reasonable and the spaces are good size, so what the heck. I should at least be able to make rent.....so I did it! And, I'm glad I did. The people are great, I'm having a great time and business is good!
Here are some photos of my space. These are not partitioned off, so you can see into the spaces on each side.
This is a picture of the wooden change jar that was sent on a cable to the office
upstairs. It would be sent back down with your change when you
made a purchase. It was a clothing store and I remember this when
I was a little girl.
This is all I have for now, but there is an auction this weekend. Hope to find some good treasures to pass
along. See you soon!
Well, the show I was telling you about is over now....thank goodness! Boy, are they a lot of work, but sooo worth it. Actually, this is the only one we do and it happens twice a year. Anyway, it went well and we sold a lot of stuff. In fact every piece of furniture we took sold....all to the same person, and that happened within the first hour. We had to ask them to leave it until later in the afternoon, because they were our display pieces and we wouldn't have any place to put everything. They had no problem with that. I was worried I would forget the camera, so I threw it in the bag the night before and then after we were all set up and as they were opening the doors to let the long line of people in, I realized I hadn't taken any photos, so fumbled around to get the camera and took them so quickly, I forgot to change the setting, so they are a little fuzzy. I also took some after photos and they are better, but not much to see.
These are the before pictures
These are the after pictures
Everyone just loved that yellow kitchen cabinet. It is very old and had metal drawers with porcelain knob handles. My favorite thing is the gooseneck floor lamp with the fiberglass cone shades. Ya just can't get more 50's than that. I found it on a picking excursion buried in the corner of a shed. Still in good working condition and I love the two tone shades. Can't believe no one wanted to buy it. Of course I had a high price tag on it, thinking I might want to keep it for a while. It was a long day, but well worth the time and effort. Time to start thinking about the next one coming up in October. Wonder what we'll find between now and then!?
Nelson Mccoy from the 20's or 30's
From an auction a couple of weeks ago
I don't have any photos to share right now, not because I don't have anything to take pictures of, just because I just can't seem to find the time to take them. In a couple of weeks we will be doing a show, so when I get all set up for that, I will post pictures. It is a small show in a very rural area that takes place in a small community hall, but the crowd is amazing, barely walking room. We always do well, so I'm hoping nothing changes this time. It takes place twice a year, in October and March. I know I'm kind of slow posting new blogs. I just need many more hours in a day. See you soon!
It has been a long cold winter and I have the pickin' blues....no auctions, no estate sales and no yard sales...just the same old thrift stores that are pretty much picked over. I have managed to find a few things and pulled out some things I had forgotten about and have listed them on Etsy or Ebay. Pretty slim pickin's around here, but things could be looking up with an auction in February and an estate sale this weekend. We'll see what happens. In the mean time, have a look at some of my recent finds.
The lido glasses, sunburst and the Wilton plates are now listed on Ebay. The baskets are on Etsy and the waffle iron is not listed at the present time. I'll see you again when I have more to share.