Sunday, July 24, 2011

Itch for Kitsch

Hey guys!

I've neglected this blog terribly, but I'm going to try to revive it. I've been on a thrift store binge for the past two weeks, and consequently, I have accumulated a bunch of clutter. Of course, some of the clutter has proved profitable, and for that I'm thrilled (and relieved). I bought a leather polaroid camera case for 59 cents and it sold last week for $14.99. You can bet I squealed with joy.

I have more stuff listed on my Etsy shop, Itch for Kitsch, but I am eager to find more vintage and retro things to sell. I want to learn a lot about buying and reselling and maybe, just maybe, one day run my own brick & mortar antique store one day.

I told myself last night that I was going to stay away from the thrift store until next week, but I should have known I was going to wake up the next morning and go. Hum. But I'm telling myself it's okay because I found some fun, kitschy stuff and I had a conversation with a sweet lady who also thrifts for fun and encouraged me to thrift more. She has unknowingly become what clinicians refer to as "an enabler."

I have several vintage vinyl records to list in my shop, as well as some other small items, so hopefully that will tie me over for a bit. I'm getting antsy because I've only had one sale on Etsy (2 on another venue), but things are supposed to pick up as it gets closer to Christmas.

I will try to post some of my recent finds (w/ pictures) within the next couple of days. Stay tuned :)

How is everyone's summer going?

"Ghost of My Braver Self"

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Peace, love, and Cornbread

Hello? Anyone still out there?

Man! It's been a while since I've logged in. My computer kept crashing, and I found out there were several viruses on it. The guy who fixed it said that there are some viruses disguised as Adobe, Flash, and Javascript update prompts. Greeeeat. I always update those things. Guess I'll have to be more careful next time.

Remember all of my second-hand finds I nerded out over a couple of weeks ago? I found moreeee. Turns out I have a slight obsession with the thrift store, and it seems relieve stress for me. I don't want to end up on Hoarders: Buried Alive and have to be treated for compulsive shopping, but I don't think that's going to happen. I've actually set up my own little online shop where I can sell my thrift store finds for some extra cash. College girl needs textbooks/gas monies.

It's always been a secret wish of mine to buy and sell vintage/unique items. I had told myself for so long that I couldn't make it a reality because I don't know enough about what sells and what doesn't. I'm really hard on myself. Like, brutal. I mentally flog my self-esteem on occasion. Why? Probably the combination of being female and a chronic worrier...and living at home through college... But now, after a few sales and some awesome finds, I'm beginning to gain a little confidence in myself.

And this is the part of the post where I am going to shamelessly promote my listings.
My booth on Bonanza:
Yardsellr page:

I have pretty much the same items on both pages, but Yardsellr is a little easier to use, so I have that set up as an alternative. If you wanna be super fantastic and help me promote, let me know and I'll find/make a badge. Or, a simple tweet or mention in a blog post would totally work :)

You know how I used to sign off my posts with "Peace, love, and hugs,"? My boyfriend kept teasing me about it by saying it before one of us left, but he would mix it up and say, "Peace, love, and flying pigs.. or whatever!" Then he got me a shirt that says, "Peace, love, and cornbread" in bright colors (we are in the deep south, remember). I thought it was pretty cute, but I dunno, maybe you had to be there.

Tomorrow, I'm going to ride horses and to an antique shop in an itty bitty town about an hour away. What have you guys been up to this summer?

Peace, love, and cornbread,