Restoration – Transforming a thrift store table

I recently bought this table at Goodwill with the intent to clean it up, paint and distress it, and sell it. This would be my first attempt at furniture restoration and I was excited to start the process. The table was in very good condition and cost me $12. When I got it home, I […]

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Collecting – Vintage James Keiller Dundee Marmalade Jars and Crocks

You’ve seen these on Instagram and Pinterest or purchased them at a local vintage market, eBay or Etsy. They are so highly collectible right now. Here’s a brief history of the James Keiller Dundee marmalade jars and crocks. Back in the 18th Century, the story goes that a ship carrying Seville oranges sought refuge in […]

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Shipping Vintage – How to Safely Pack Glass

I sell a lot of vintage glass on eBay and frequently hear horror stories from people who receive broken glass items in the mail that were improperly packed. So I thought I’d share my tips on packing glass for shipping. Preparation is the key when packing glass. You will need the following items: A strong, […]

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Decorating for Fall

Now that it’s early September and fall is just around the corner,  I can’t wait to bring out my boxes of fall decorations and get started turning my home into a cozy fall retreat. (Of course, the temperatures outside are still in the 90’s – ah, California falls!). I usually start with the front door […]

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Why I Collect?

This is a hard question to answer. I think I’ve always been a collector of sorts. As a kid, I had my share of Barbies and Liddle Kiddles. When I was a teenager, I collected Archie comic books. My favorite was Betty but I read them all. In high school I collected vinyl records, but […]

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Hand Sewing – Vintage Sugar Bag

I found this wonderful vintage sugar bag at the Long Beach Antique Market a few months back and knew I wanted to make it into a pillow. It’s pretty big but I knew it would display beautifully. Since I don’t own a sewing machine, I’ve started hand-sewing projects I see and like. So far, it […]

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The Coast Vintage Market – A Review

  How would you like it if there was a vintage market five miles from your house and it was held every month, had free admission, free parking and over 100 vendors selling amazing vintage merchandise? Well, that’s my life and The Coast Vintage Market i is just that market. The Coast is located on […]

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