My Rental Space as a Vendor

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.

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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.

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After going inside, I was hooked on this quaint atmosphere.  It smells of essential oils, and creativity!  It’s like being a kid again.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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On the top, I put together this little 4th of July vignette.

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And at the middle shelf, you can get a gift for someone, or decorate your cakes!

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I mean seriously how cute is this awesome little gem along the highway!

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Happy Easter!

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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.
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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.
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Almost everything in this kitchen corner is new.
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If you remember, I talked about my little odd ball find at Goodwill, of this cute little tea set.
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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…..
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A close up of all my moms small treasures.  She collected these in her travels.
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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

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(I dunno why I haven’t uploaded a gif sooner!)
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!

 

Pink “Thrift Store” Finds

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.
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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.20170213_083211_resized
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!
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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!
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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.
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Enjoy Valentine’s Day tomorrow!

Valentine’s Day Decor

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!
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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.
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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.
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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….
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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!
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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!!!

Last Thrift Haul of 2016

What better way to start out 2017 than to show you all my thrift finds over the break?
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There was way more stuff at Goodwill after the break.  I stopped in two days after Christmas, because I was looking for a handbag.  I can’t even believe I can say that I needed one, but I did.  I have a zillion handbags, but only one that I found at a garage sale that fits my Happy Planner (and everything else I schlep around with me in an emergency) nice and orderly.
Maybe someday I’ll start filming again ( hey, a new years goal) and I’ll show you what’s in my bag.
But staying on track….I went to Goodwill looking for a replacement purse for my current one in which the strap was literally hanging on by a thread.  I thought I found a bag, which didn’t work so I exchanged it for other stuff, resulting in a second visit to the Goodwill.  All in all I found lots of good things!
Remember how I said I have a zillion purses…. add one:
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It’s cute, it’s a Betsy Johnson, I liked it.. sold.  It was $6.99
Also you’ll see at the top of the photo my favorite find in this grouping, a kitschy vintage blue swan towel holder (.99) a pale green ceramic spouted dish with a handle (.69) a little incomplete child’s tea set that I’ll probably actually use, in my favorite 50’s shades of pastel pink, blue, green and yellow (2.99) and a jar of little quotes in the cutest little envelopes ever (.99).
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This rather regular looking pie plate was alerting my spidey senses.  I picked it up and realized it was a white whale….. A real flamingo pink pyrex dish that is in perfect condition.  I actually thought someone was going to see it and snatch it from my hands.  I looked around really quickly and gasped a little at my findings.  At just 1.99 I’m sure someone in the back didn’t realize what it was, as those Goodwill employees can sometimes be highly knowledgeable about what is popular and what is in high demand!  If you follow me on instagram, I gramed this the second I found it!  Check it out there to see a photo of the bottom. 
Also above that, a soap dish that was .99.  I liked the vintage farmhouse look of it.  The red lidded item is a sugar dispenser, I think.  I was drawn to the red, to put in my Valentine’s Day vignette.  It was only .69.
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If you haven’t done a thorough loop yet of Goodwill… always do one more final round.  I found these vintage elf knee huggers in that final loop.  They were lassoed together with two more vintage Dakin and Company stuffed animals, that I think will end up in the shop.  The entire set was only .99.  I like who was in the back on this day just haphazardly pricing items to get them on the floor!  I also found this tree topper that is likely ready to be classified vintage in a few short years, if not already.  I have a mini collection of these.  It doesn’t light up, which could be a bad bulb, but I don’t care.  I loved the three candles in the center.
I ended up finding some tinsel still in the box (just the way I like it, and exactly how I plan to display it next year) for 2 for a quarter at a church thrift store.  I forgot to take a photo of it before packing it away.  Plus I found a pink wicker magazine rack for the bathroom… the vintage kitschy pastel guest bath.  It matches my scale and trash can from an estate sale perfectly!
On the second trip to exchange the purse that didn’t work, I found more stuff….a new to me dance bag for $5.99, and this:
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It’s from Cracker Barrel, and it is a sweet retro snowman lighted wall decoration.  Just $1.99, I didn’t even have to think about it.
I hope you all enjoyed your break, or have made some New Year Goals.  I admit, I took a little break from the blog, and hopefully can get back in the swing of things soon.  I have a lot of potentially exciting things on the cusp of happening, and as soon as they are a green light, I can share the news with all of you… but I don’t want to count my chicks before they hatch!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!