Saturday, October 1, 2016

"Where your treasure is,

there will your heart be also.”
~Anonymous King James Bible 
The antique/vintage shop is not a normal retail shop venue.  We cannot go to a catalog and buy 6 of these or 12 of those.  We are dependent on seek and find whether it is a flea market, auction, yard sale/estate sale or having someone come to us with merchandise.  Of course, those who want to sell to us need to understand that we need to buy smart to sell smart, and they need to understand what the shop owner wants.  There are those who think we buy things for pennies on dollar and make big money, but, in many cases, the profit margin is not the 2.5 that is standard in regular retail.  Ebay actually created a false price guide for those trying to resell.  "I saw one on Ebay for $100!"  Yes, but how long has it been on Ebay and how many sold for that.

In this current market, collectors are not abundant.  Many Gen Xers and definitely the Millenials do not understand the china cabinets full of figurines or service of fine china for 12.  They do collect, but not for posterity...oh, in days past this will be worth more down the road (how are those Hummels or Beanie Babies working out for you?)...they buy what is useful or what will accent a certain look.  In the past couple years, many baby boomer parents and grandparents echo the statement...my kids will haul this stuff to the curb!

The shows American Pickers and The Picker Sisters brought the term picker to the public eye.  American Pickers is still on, but The Picker Sisters faded away although they were fun to watch.  Many shop owners have people who come by trying to sell merchandise, but those of us who have specialized pickers are fortunate.  I have a new "picker" who is helping me with the Jeanne d'Arc Living look...she is creating some wonderful ornaments from broken pearl necklaces...
And she has studied some of the photos and displays in the magazines and brought some antique dresses...forgive my poor display...


This one shows the care with which clothing was made...look at the snaps....they are inserted into the fabric...
Then there is an amazing jacket...
And along the clothing line...how about some made in Japan pearl accents...a collar...and purses...




Also in this style are some wonderful old books...



And glass swizzle sticks wrapped with a doily, a container with some treasures, and a Bread doily just in time for Thanksgiving rolls!


So, I am very fortunate to have someone to "pick" for me, and, if you think of it, I am supporting an American not a company importing from China.  Above all, trying to find things that bring you joy and appeal to your heart...and isn't that what collecting and buying should be?Image result for sometimes the smallest things winnie the pooh

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