We grew up in a family of collectors and bargain hunters.....Mom and Dad sure knew how to stretch a dollar, and I guess some of that rubbed off on us.
After high-school my sister moved to Florida and we rarely saw each other, except for a few Disney vacations with the kids. During one of my trips I did notice her freakishly large collection of Victorian antiques in her bedroom. I pointed out that the tiny shoe collection and weird hats would totally freak-out most men.....but that didn't seem to worry her. Even though we were separated by a thousand miles, living very different lives we still shared our love of thrifting, and finding a great bargain. We decorated our homes and ourselves with vintage items. We shopped at Goodwill before it was cool to recycle. Our kids wore designer clothes but we bought them second-hand. Most of our furniture came from consignment stores, yard sales and auctions. We enjoy the hunt for something unique, and we appreciate high quality items that we couldn't afford at full price. We both like very different styles, but that's one of the great things about buying vintage there are so many choices out there. You aren't restricted to this years fashion colors or trends.
After thirty plus years of collecting, and not wanting to cross the line into hoarding, it was a natural to open an Antique booth. With my sister moving back home we discussed what we were going to do with all of Dad's stuff. We had over 50 boxes of beer glasses in the shed and that was only one of his collections. Most normal people would have called an Antique Dealer and sold everything. We did think about doing that, but that was before my girls-weekend getaway.
My girlfriend and I hit all the local antique malls looking for a little something to bring home from our trip. I thought what's wrong here? I can't find anything I want to buy! That's when I really started thinking that I should have my own booth....................Jolene