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A passion for vintage Americana or the confessions of junkaholic…

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder or the do it yourselfer…I have a little problem hobby.  I like to buy old junk  stuff treasures.  I like it dirty and rusty vintage.  I also really enjoy merchandising decorating telling a story by stacking and layering.  I have a passion for vintage Americana

The confessions of a junkaholic goes something like this…I stalk follow Facebook pages, Pinterest Boards and Blogs of diy-ers and junk lovers.  I covet admire their unique style.  I also steal am inspired to copy emulate what has given them success. 

In November I jumped in carefully weighed my options.  I purchased an e-book, Selling in an Antique Mall: A Beginner’s Guide that provided great helpful information for junkaholics collectors looking to get into the game.  I followed most some of the advice; chose a location and took up residence in an antique mall.  Thus far, I have covered my first 6 months rent and I am half way to covering the next 6 months. Not too shabby for 4 1/2 months…especially since January was almost a total bust.

My space is relatively small, 10×9 but it is on a high traffic aisle.  I do not have an obvious theme in my booth…I stock a wide range of junktiques Americana.  However, I would say that 95% of the items are “Made In America”.  There is the odd piece of English Transferware and Record Albums that were pressed in the UK, the rest is American Made.

If you buy junk and resell antiques, love rust and you have  an obsession for collecting other people’s discarded treasures please share a tip or two that helped you grow your vintage resale business. 

I would like to know:

  • How do you know what to buy?
  • How do you determine the re-sale price?
  • Where do you shop for your treasures?
  • How often do you change your product mix?
  • What’s the one thing you will always stock?
  • What’s the one thing you will never stock…no matter what?
  • What drives your purchasing decisions; price over product or vice versa?

One womans trash is her loss and this nolagirlatheart’s junk style treasure!

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Vintage Americana…It’s Who I Am

Vintage Americana...Because I Am

Vintage Americana… It’s who I amLet me just start off by saying that I grew up in the 1960’s.  My Parents were probably 20 years old, that’s really young,  when they built their first house.  Needless to say I grew up in a home with modern furnishings.  I will admit I grew to have a love/hate/hate relationship with avocado green and goldenrod yellow.  Which are two colors I still avoid to this day.

However, I am drawn to so many things vintage.  I love vintage jewelry and vintage coats.  I admire the simple straight lines of vintage furniture.  I love 60’s music; the Mamas and Papas, the Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Byrd’s.  I admire the playful patterns on Pyrex bowls and the exuberant colors of Fiestaware.  My own preference for vintage bowls leans to TexasWare.  TexasWare is made of melamine, a type of hard plastic.  They are light and durable.  They were made in a variety of colors and are highly collectable.  Thanks in part to Rachel Ray’s infamous garbage bowl.

I love the combination of chrome and vinyl dinette sets.  They remind me of the days when our family would stop in for dinner at the Airline Diner on old Hwy 61 just outside of New Orleans.  They also remind me of the many times my Dad would take the family to the Frostop, this is the actual place,  for Root beer Floats and Ice Cream Cones.  I remember they had car hops and the best root beer floats I have ever tasted.  They were served in frosted mugs…and the root beer was creamy and foamy and yummy!

Now I hope I haven’t given you the impression that my house is loaded down with vintage americana like this house or that I drive a Hippie Van.  On the contrary, I like including a single piece of vintage americana where you least expect to see it.  Which was my intent when I asked Mr. Clause for a 1961 light blue AM/FM Alarm Clock Radio for Christmas.  I had my eye on a 1940’s Hippo radio. Very funky and definitely a conversation starter.  But the little voice in my head reminded me that I would also need an alarm clock…the hippo is only a radio…which led me to be more practical.  If you can call buying a 1960’s vintage AM/FM Alarm Clock Radio practical.  Mr. Clause came through with the highly sought after vintage clock radio.

Vintage Americana...Admiral AM/FM Clock Radio

Now I realize that this little beauty isn’t everyone’s taste…but she reminds me of some very sweet memories I have of weekends spent sleeping over at my cousin’s house.  We would spend the days riding our bikes around the neighborhood picking thistles…why, I do not know…swinging as high as we could go on the backyard swingset…watching the late late movie and then crawling into bed and talking and laughing while listening to the radio until we fell asleep.

I am enamored with vintage americana because It’s who I am

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