Starting small is still starting. A week ago I finally just did it, and started renting a small space at a local junktique place. When I say small….I mean you can’t get much smaller. It’s a shelf, but it’s a great start to see what it’s like.
This place is so cute, and I must have driven past it a million time since we moved here two years ago. Sometime not long ago, I noticed this cute vintage trailer and stopped in when I saw a yard sale happening outside.
After going inside, I was hooked on this quaint atmosphere. It smells of essential oils, and creativity! It’s like being a kid again.
I love browsing all of the vendor spaces. It’s a medium sized emporium, where I don’t feel lost in a sea of endless vendors.
I forgot to measure my shelf space, but it was hard to imagine how it would all look when I was at home anyway. I took a few more items than would fit to swap some things out until I got it just so.
I finally settled on this vintage breakfast scheme on the bottom. You’ve got your casserole dishes, your syrup, your cream for your coffee, orange juice jug, mixing bowl for your pancakes, glasses, and egg carton.
On the top, I put together this little 4th of July vignette.
And at the middle shelf, you can get a gift for someone, or decorate your cakes!
I mean seriously how cute is this awesome little gem along the highway!
I’m finally back to filming things. Let’s hope I keep up with it! Enjoy these estate and thrift store finds, plus some story time! Click my photo to be redirected… or you can click here… whatever you want!
Last year I didn’t get all of my Easter decor out because I had basically just moved in here, and I couldn’t bear to unpack and repack one more thing in it’s entirety. But this year, I have gone all out for all the holidays. I got out all the Easter decor, and I think it looks so cute all together.
All of these decorations are thrifted or from my gramma and my mom. Because I’m constantly drawn to the style I grew up with, my grandma’s and my mom’s decor, it’s hard to tell what I thrifted and what is originally theirs.
These bunnies are all hanging out together. They waited a long time for the Easter Bunny to arrive.
A few of these are from my mom. She had a cardboard German egg, and this year I found the one with the ducks on it at an estate sale here.
Almost everything in this kitchen corner is new.
If you remember, I talked about my little odd ball find at Goodwill, of this cute little tea set.
After I showed a photo to my sister, she sent me her set. I can’t believe she had the same set! Sadly a few of the pieces did not make it, BUT the tea cups and the additional settings did, so now I have an extended set. It’s really cute, but I didn’t have the space to set it all up. I think it would make an adorable center piece to a cute Easter table one day…..
A close up of all my moms small treasures. She collected these in her travels.
I hope everyone had a nice Easter weekend. Short and sweet post to close the holiday weekend and start off your week!
Calling all Weirdos!!!! Wait, I need to specify this… let’s reduce that down a bit and get a little more clear on the term weirdo. I might get what I’m not looking for around these parts.
I am a quirky, kitschy crafter. There, I said it. I admit it. And I embrace it.
My vintage loving, thrift store hunting, estate sale rummaging, and unashamed dumpster diving lifestyle is fun, exciting and thrilling to me. But rarely are those around me who get it.
I recently reached out to Magpie Ethel, who’s crazy collections, and frivolous creations are the stuff of my dreams. Her crafting studio is up there with Amanda Hayslip in my eyes. These women are my role models. I asked her how she gets people to “get” her work. She told me she was lucky that her community was very accepting and vintage loving.
They make their art, carefree and unashamed of these odd ball and unique creations, that exist only to bring joy and whimsy into the world. I’ve struggled to find my artistic voice, but when coming across these Instagram feeds and blogs finally proclaim in my heart and mind, “Yes, there ARE others out there!” Safety in numbers, I suppose.
So this is a plea, for weirdos like me…..(that sounds a lot like a punk rock lyric) who love to craft with vintage found trinkets, and ephemera. The ones who want to collect boatloads of “good junk” as mom would call it. Yacht sized collections of nothing but vintage gumball and cracker jack charms, costume jewelry including earrings with screws on the back that may or not be missing their mates, and other trinkets that once graced the shelves of a vintage dimestore for only 10 cents. Like those items, I am getting more valuable with age.
I’ve been trying to make this surprise ball… or Nicolyndime Prize Puffs (my husband thought up that name) thing work out for some time. But in reality, I haven’t REALLY been trying. I’ve done little to get it out there, and it’s not for giving up or failure of the idea. In fact, soon I’ll be posting about why I’ve had to back burner this idea for a while.
But like a dog with a bone, I’m not going to give up this idea. I’ve got some new plans in my mind. I’ve got some new paths to pursue, and I’ve gotta figure out to work it into my crazy busy schedule! (Trust me, it’s a very good crazy busy.)
Back to the plea…. If you are like me… I want you to “make thyself known” (another hocus pocus reference). If you collect, or sell these vintage trinkets, Hong Kong dimestore stuff, vintage craft supplies, vintage cake decorating supplies, love going to estate sales, or ogling images of vintage collections on instagram and pinterest, or relate in anyway to what I’m talkin about here, please leave me a comment to see your blog, IG account, shop, etc. Introduce yourself please, as I’m looking for a community of like minded individuals!
It’s been a while since I’ve showed off my thrift finds. In two weekends, I ended up finding some cool items. Let’s take a look:
I stopped into Goodwill after dropping off the leftovers from the yard sale I had a few weeks back. I ended up coming home with a few new treasures.
I needed this blue poodle in my life. She found a home in the bathroom with the other 50’s poodles for now. I lucked out in finding this entire set of vintage inspired gurley looking candles. Plus I found this “I DO” shoe sticker for a surprise ball.
Then next door for a whooping $1.16 I found that vintage dress in the clearance center. I love the vintage tag. I tried to research a bit about the time frame it is from, and I think it might be the 60’s? I plan to hang it in my someday home craft studio, where I will channel Jennifer Hayslip! If you aren’t familiar just google her name and her crafting studio. It’s a dreamy, pastel wonderland!
The following weekend, I headed out on Sunday to an estate sale plus a new Goodwill near me. Do you see what they built next to it? This is my kinda shopping plaza.
So I tried out the new one, quite successfully!
Here I found this adorable Garden Tea Party set. It’s not something I would normally be drawn toward, but the set was so adorable and had so much detail that I could hear my grandma warning me I would be upset if I didn’t buy that! I’ll incorporate it into my Easter decor soon. I also got that chicken egg basket, I have to get some fake eggs for it. The tin is actually a set of three. I got them for Christmas cookies, and the box in the back contains little plastic cups for a one bite appetizer. That milk glass bowl already got some use when I made waffles last Monday!
My two porcelain dancers were found at my regular Goodwill. I had the perfect spot for them:
I went to the estate sale first, but for some reason I’m showing what I got last. It was a mansion, and even at 50% off on the last day, things were too rich for my taste. But I got these for really cheap, and I needed this angel food cake pan.
I scooped up that vintage evening bag because it had the matching coin purse still attached. I’ll keep it for a little while, but it might end up in the shop one day!
That’s all for the last post in February….
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With Valentine’s Day being tomorrow, I figured I would show off some of my recent and not so recent pink thrift store finds! Ok, that’s a lie, because a lot of these were at garage and estate sales too, but they are still “thrifted.”
First is my most recent pink find… these three pink Cuisinart pots. I still have my entire set of my wedding pots and pans, still in the plastic, stacked in my cabinet. But I needed these pink ones! I often use the same skillet, and the same stock pot. It’s just two of us so I never really need more than two burners going at once.
Next is this pink repro pay phone. I wanted one of these really bad, and I almost bought a red one at an estate sale for $25. That was before I knew they made this in pink. I passed on the red one, but happened to be perusing craigslist for garage sales when I spotted this phone in the back of a listing’s photo. I rushed out there, and this beauty was still there. I paid $15 for this one. The previous owner was a 16 year old who was selling this to raise money for shoes for prom.
These next two go together but were found at two separate garage sales. The pink bridesmaid was in a box with several other colors. I’ve kept one of each, sold a few in my etsy shop, and still have a few left. The bride and groom were at an overpriced garage sale. I felt grateful to find this shabby chic beauty for just $1.
This pink hat was found somewhere in Pittsburgh at a large second hand sale that was held in a convention center. I negotiated the price down because I bought a few different vintage hats and bundled. Instant collection!
The last few photos are not thrift finds but I felt like I had to show them off here. This painting was actually done by my husband. He made this in high school, long before we ever met, but this shabby chic piece of art is perfect for my style. And it’s like this big pink vintage style crock with the delicate flowers he painted were done just for me!
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, my gerbera sprouted three beautiful blooms. I have to showcase them here:
And furbaby wants you to know she has a pink dollar tree find too.
Valentine’s Day, I thought, would be easy to decorate. I have a lot of pink stuff, and a lot of girly stuff. But when I shopped my home for items to display, I found it difficult to make the items look like they all fit in the same tone. I ended up putting together this vignette which I am not IN LOVE with, but until I can collect a little here and there, it will have to do!
These are, of course, thrift and estate sale treasures I have found in PA and FL. This Crush bottle was at my wedding (please let someone else see the humor in the “crush” bottle for valentine’s day), and the little girl with the fan I found just the other day here in FL. She was hanging around for months at a local thrift and I kept picking her up, and putting her back. Finally I bought her.
The doll behind her was also a find at a church rummage sale I blogged about around Christmas. She’s a 1950’s Vogue doll, with little hearts on her jumper.
Also that day, I found this hankie at another church sale. Good day! That pink lace tablecloth was my gram’s and this pink jewelry box was at my bridal shower. Of course a book about vintage valentines, and wedding cake toppers from my collections are here….
That card box was a find from the same sale I got the hankie. The little creature is doing the “he loves me, loves me not” thing. That little egg ornament in the front is fit for every season. I had it displayed at Christmas, it fits here in Valentine’s Day, and of course on Easter coming up!
My pink phone found at a yard sale, plus these two sharing a toast to happy days on this little trinket plate, and more wedding cake toppers are putting the icing on this valentine red velvet cupcake!
One last thing… it’s my 2nd blog anniversary!!!! Even though I’ve just started my new blog purpose and vision as of late, I started sharing my thrift and estate sale finds right off the bat when I started. Happy 2nd B-Day to Nicolyndime!!!