Thursday, October 13, 2011

First Post

I decided to start this blog because I've been collecting, junking, picking, or whatever you want to call it for many years now.  I should have prefaced that with the fact that I've been doing it since before I knew what it was.  My mom, her sisters, and my grandma are collectors and dealers, so I learned from the best what it is about.  About a year ago I opened my Etsy shop and used it as a platform to sell items I accumulated in my adventures that I either no longer wanted, or never wanted in the first place (hello $1 box lots at auctions).  I have always been on the hunt for items for other people also and after continuously seeing their reactions to the items, I knew I had to do this for complete strangers too.  The thrill of the hunt and the satisfaction from knowing someone is enjoying what I found... the  reason I've started buying just to sell.  (That, and the money is pretty good too.)  Besides Etsy I am selling on eBay.  Is that enough of a background for now?

Do you want to see a few things I've bought lately?

Rund Packing Co. (Lafayette, IN)
Pure Lard (SOLD)

1920s Hazel Atlas "Fancy" Dessert Set (SOLD)

5 Hazel Atlas Glasses with Musical Instruments
and Notes.  Original Our Own Brand Syrup
Advertising. (SOLD)

Nickel Plated RR Lantern (SOLD)

Lot Velvet and Prince Albert Tobacco Tins (SOLD)

This Saturday and Sunday I will be going to the Covered Bridge Festival that takes place in Parke County (yes, the WHOLE county), Indiana.  It goes from October 14-23.  I probably will not go to the actual festival part, because most of the vendors are selling crafty things.  There are a few vintage/antique dealers, but the prices are pretty high.  What I'll be doing is taking Highway 40 from the West in and on Saturday and Highway 36 from the West on Sunday and stopping at yard/garage sales.  There are even entire tiny (100 or less people) towns where the ENTIRE town is one giant garage sale.  I'll have my mom and her sister with me and we will all be battling to get the best stuff for our collection or to sell.  We've got some pretty great stuff in the past.  I can't wait to show you what I see during the weekend - especially the people.  People watching is one of my favorite things.

Everyone have a safe and happy weekend!


  1. Hi Melissa! Thanks for directing me towards your blog. I can see we have a lot in common (my legal name is Melissa too, but I always go by Mitzi). Welcome to the blog world! I'll be checking back to see what other great finds you acquire!

  2. thanks for stopping by!! :) tell all your friends!!

  3. You had me at 'one giant garage sale.' :-)

  4. Was a good day today....... posts coming soon!


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