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Granny get your Girdle

There’s a lot of things I swore never to do in life. Shopping in the panty section of a thrift store is one of them. But after my last new old stock panties that sold so quickly I decided it couldn’t hurt. Let me preface this with I only buy unused items from that section. I kinda broke that rule a few weeks back though.

Since I’m wearing a lot of dresses vintage and non this summer I needed something to smooth my shape out underneath. Like all girls I’ve been taught that the only way to achieve that effect is with a tight set of Spanx & lots of sucking it in. If there’s one thing I hate it’s being uncomfortable in my own clothes. Spanx make me all sorts of self conscious & I dread having to put them on. For this sole reason I tend to stay away from body conscious dresses & have always envied the plus size women showing off their curves in those dresses. So I started looking into ways to make my shape work for me but also smooth out some parts. Naturally I started checking out vintage undergarments first. Then I stumbled upon the girdle…

Now before you start saying what?! I really didn’t know what a “girdle” was until I got into vintage. I just thought they were horrible contraptions that you never wanted to wear. But oh was I wrong. I took a chance on a vintage girdle I found for half off at the thrift store just to see what it would look & feel like. After bleach and a few trips through the wash I tried it on. And ladies I’ve got to say it isn’t bad at all. In fact they are 10 times better than Spanx. Yeah I said it better than Spanx. Not only do they achieve that smoothed out look they make you feel a bit glamorous & not like a sausage stuffed in a casing. Bonus you can easily take a bathroom break without having to peel your Spanx down or end up peeing yourself in the pursuit of trying to get the damn thing off. Besides there’s nothing more embarrassing than trying to get out Spanx at the end of a date if you stay over. Awkward… Now I’m a very firm believer in the power of girdles. In fact I’m so tempted to buy one in every color I can find.

So do yourself a favor ladies & release your selves from the sausage suit. Now break out those granny panties with pride!

 

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Head Hunting Lady Head Vases

Ok so I know the title post may or may not sound a little bit on the weird side. But I assure you it’s all perfectly legit & slightly old lady-ish. But don’t blame me if you start collecting these things.

In the world of old people’s stuff I’ve learned that you have to be diversified. Pyrex is still my number one money maker but when I hit a dry spell in the stores I always look for another way to make that money. This is why I come home with super random crap like medical models, vintage new old stock granny panties, 60s barware, kitsch salt & pepper shakers, & old toys. If I can make a buck off of it I’m bringing it home. This doesn’t always sit well with J but he’s learned to put up with it since it’s making me some income. Yesterday when I was browsing the shelves at the local thrift store I found loads of Pyrex but I kept looking in all departments in case I missed a piece or someone hid a dish. Side note People hid things at the thrift store to hold out until the 50% off day. Naturally I checked out the row of kick knacks & found a lady head vase. What is a lady head vase you ask? Well it’s a ceramic bust of a pretty lady that usually features hats, pearls, & other accessories with realistic facial features. They were mass-produced & could be found in gift shops from the 50′s to 70′s. Lady head vases didn’t just hold flowers a lot of people used them for pens or make up brushes. The one I found had been used as a pen holder. At first glance you probably wouldn’t think much of it but these things can go for up to $300 depending on condition & rarity. Though most are priced around the $50 range. I entertained the thought of keeping the vase but decided to sell it so I could get something I really wanted instead. Within 5 minutes of me listing it, it sold for a quick $22, not bad when I paid $1.90 for it!

Next time you’re out hunting or cleaning out grandma’s closet make sure to keep an eye out for lady head vases. They could net you a pretty penny!

 

 

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Weekend of Old People’s Stuff

It doesn’t happen often but I got pretty lucky on the unluckiest day, Friday the 13th! It didn’t even dawn on me that it was Friday the 13th until I got home from hitting my estate sales. I woke up at the butt crack of dawn to hit one 35 minutes away from a company that has decent prices. Only to be disappointed that the set of bowls I did manage to grab was sorta faded by the dishwasher.

At the split second I decided to drive another 35 minutes away against traffic to hit up another sale. The pictures looked promising from the website & I had nothing to do. I figured I’d get there too late to get anything but as luck would have it I rolled up 15 minutes before they open & they company couldn’t figure out how to open the door to the house. While I waited I sized up my competition. There were 13 people in front & one Asian lady that had me worried. In the Northern Virginia area there are a lot of Asian ladies that buy up the Pyrex to send back overseas. Anything & everything Americana is super popular in China, Japan, & Korea right now. It doesn’t help that they’ve got deeper pockets then the average dealer like me. But she must not have studied the photos very well since I breezed by her down to the basement. And that’s where I hit the mother load. It was Pyrex and old dishes for days. I snatched all of it I could find then headed up to the bedroom closets. Two vintage bathing suits & a vintage Lord & Taylor dress later I was walking out the house within 15 minutes of arriving.

 

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Estate Sale Haul! 

That pretty much got my fix on old people stuff for the weekend. When Sunday rolled around we decided to head into DC to walk around the city. We hardly go into the city as it is so it was a perfect time & weather to hit up two flea markets. J was a very good sport & let me go to two flea markets & didn’t complain once. The first one we hit was the Georgetown Flea Market. I was expecting bigger & the stuff for sale was only so so. They maybe had a 75 vendors and most of the prices are what you’d find at an antique store. Another down side was not having any food there. Normally when I hit the markets there’s always one or two food vendors. This place lacked in that department. Cutting our losses we went to The Flea Market at Eastern Market. Now that place is AWESOME. Food, Old Stuff & Artist every where. It was packed but totally worth the trip. I ended up scores two vintage dresses & some pretty sweet photography prints for the house. I will most definitely go back & bring a cooler to take advantage of fresh meats & produce. That market alone would make me move to DC but I love the suburbs way too much!

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Two of the three Photography prints we bought. Taken by Joe Shymanski you can check out more of his work here

 


 

 

 

 

 

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How to find old stuff like a Pro

I’m forever being introduced as Beth the girl that kind find anything by our neighbor. These recommendations have netted me a few sales & even more connections so I’m not complaining.While it’s  awesome to be called that  it also puts the pressure on me to “perform”. And damn if I don’t choke a few times before I actually find the item. Like everyone else I love the thrill of the hunt & natural high of finding an item it also takes up a lot of time. If you’re not careful it can turn into an obsession… Like how Pyrex has become to me. But I’m going to share a few of my secrets to help you avoid that pitfall & find awesome vintage treasures.

 

Don’t go to thrift stores on 1/2 off days. Not only will it make your head spin I’ve found the best stuff is always kept until the middle of the week to be put out. Thrift stores can be stingy with good items & want top dollar for their stuff.

Make friends at the thrift/antique stores or at estate sales. As much as it pains me to be chatty when I’m in hunting mode it’s worked out several times to my advantage. One lady even gave me a dish out of her cart because we bonded over Pyrex. It’s also helped me unload stuff to dealers that are looking to buy wholesale. Having an in at the thrift or antique store helps a lot. People are always calling or putting stuff aside for me.

Craig’s List is your friend. Looking for something but can’t find it? Put an In Search Of posting out there. I’ve had a few people respond to my listings that were looking to sell stuff off in one shot.

Be persistent. I have a pattern I follow when I’m out hitting the stores. I’ve found out the peak hours that they’re putting stuff on the shelves in stores. It varies but I’ve found either right when they open or in the evenings are the best times to hit the stores. Even if I come home empty-handed I’m right back out there the next day or day after looking.

Set eBay alerts. If you aren’t having any luck out in the wild you can always fall back on eBay. I’m a gotta have it now kinda girl so I’m always setting eBay alerts for stuff. I also wait until the last 2 minutes to bid on an item. Yeah  I snipe people a lot but I also get outbid quite frequently.

 

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Vintage Sheets will blow your Mind

Yard Sale season is now upon us & I figured I’d let you guys in on one of my money makers, vintage bed sheets. But not just any vintage bed sheets, childhood character sheets. Think Batman, Star Wars, Snoopy, & the like. They’re usually super cheap since a lot of people pass them up. When I see $1.99 on the tag I jump for joy. Most people don’t know the value of vintage kids bed sheets. I picked up on how popular they were just by googling a few & it was game on since then. In fact vintage kids linens are my number one seller besides Pyrex. Some people up cycle them into skirts, scarfs or shower curtains. My stock pile is just hanging out in the closet in case we ever have a kid. And if we don’t well my nice or nephew will have a bad ass sheets to choose from for their room. The highest amount I’ve ever sold a sheet for was around $60. So the next time you’re out thrifting or Yard Sale-ing make sure you check all the sheets out. You just might strike gold! Here are a few of my favorites I’ve scored thrifting..

 

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This Super Nintendo sheet was my best seller at $60. I’ve found two of these so far.

 

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Snoopy!

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This Rainbow Brite coverlet was a super cool find. Almost hung on to it too.

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This is the third Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Sheet I’ve found in 3 months.

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I squealed like a little kid when I found this She-Ra sheet. It went straight into the keep pile

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J almost didn’t let me sell this Dukes of Hazard sheet.

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G.I Joe sheets from the 80′s

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80′s wrestling sheets

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Batman!

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These aren’t considered vintage but Harry Potter Sheets go for quite a bit of money. I’ve thrifted so many I could decorate two ned rooms in it.

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Simpsons are hard to find as well.

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Carebears & Cousins are another big money-maker.

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Sesame sheets are always a fast seller. They usually upcycle these into curtains or crib sheets.

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