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Linda
Syracuse, NY
When I'm not occupied by all things vintage, I edit a regional magazine in upstate New York.
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What would Jesus do if he, like me, was caught in the middle of a rummage sale rumble? One that escalated to unsavory language and threats of calling the police? A little background is in order, I know. I get... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at My Vintage Soul
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I was on my way to a garage sale when my junking radar went on alert. There. Down that street (which I just passed). A bunch of boxes and bags near the curb -- the sure sign of old lady... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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In my previous post, I shared my recent encounters with overpriced box lots of Christmas items, something that I hope isn’t a trend in estate sale land. Fortunately, my finds from last weekend were more in line with what I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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See any vintage Christmas in the photo? Me neither. Read on to find out why not. I was excited to find three sales last weekend that seemed promising. Let's see how they turned out: Sale No. 1 (on Friday morning)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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In my never-ending quest to keep the clutter under control and to ultimately avoid divorce court, I am trying a bit of an experiment this summer when it comes to buying, and it's this: Stick to the sure bets. What’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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During Town Cleanup, I happened upon a rather hideous pair of lamps. Their only redeeming quality was their milk glass bases and bowls. Here's the before: And here's the after (or at least one after because I've just completed one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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The last two weeks have been busy, leaving little time to troll for junk. But I did find a few treasures here and there. Half of this pile belongs to my youngest daughter, Grace, who found the cricket board and... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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I am lucky to be married to a man with nearly endless patience. Which he has to draw upon again and again during Town Cleanup, that magic time of year when I’m out gathering mostly vintage castoffs from my neighbors.... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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So you're asking yourself: What happened to Week Three ( of Town Cleanup), right? Me too. As bad as things were for Week Two (genuine trash as opposed to some treasures), Week Three was worse. In fact, it was like... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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During week two of Town Cleanup, I got just what I expected. Not much. You see, Town Cleanup covers miles and miles in my little corner of Upstate New York. Some areas have lots of potential. Other areas, well, not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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There are a few things that quicken my pulse during Town Cleanup: 1. Finding a huge pile of stuff that indicates that someone has cleaned out grandma’s house. 2. And in that pile, finding some vintage Christmas. 3. Bringing home... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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Presenting my first find from the 2014 Town Cleanup. (And, yes, I did have to pick through the melting snow to find it.) It's a rather unique end table that I couldn't pass up despite its obvious flaws. (See where... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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One of the reasons that I like going to estate sales is the element of surprise. Even the most complete listing of a sale can't prepare you for the unexpected, which brings me to my latest estate sale find: Presenting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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As you might remember, I have pretty much written off the thrift store. Once upon a time, it was the place to find great stuff. But now, it's generally over-priced, under-staffed and full of a lot of dollar store crap.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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In the immortal words of Mr. Matthew McConaughey: All right, all right, all right! This little piece of paper is what I wait for every March (which, no doubt, is a sad commentary on my life). But I digress. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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Inspired by the Oscars' red carpet and by the effortless elegance of Lupita Nyong'o, I'm making a fashion statement of my own. Welcome to my red carpet, circa 1957. Last fall, I came across some great vintage clothing at the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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Unlike Magpie Ethel, I lack a GPS for spunheads. Which might be why I nearly missed these, which were in a big of miscellaneous craft stuff that I bought on Saturday at what had been advertised as a "garage sale."... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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Happy Valentine's Day! Allow me to share a few vintage valentines that are in trios, which makes them official collections, right? Three vintage Valentine planters that feature children disguised as angels although we know that children aren't always angels. Plus... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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I suppose that it's a sad commentary on my life that this is my first post since Jan. 1. But, honestly, there hasn't been anything to write about, unless you consider working too much and trying to keep warm blog-worthy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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The year 2013 was a middling year for vintage finds. Not outstanding, but, yes, there were a couple of scores that definitely stand out. Best Town Cleanup Finds Each spring in my end of New York, our town holds a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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As we all know, Santa is taking a well-deserved week (or two) off. But before he took off for an undisclosed Caribbean location, he marked down everything in my Etsy shop by 20 percent. So if you want to give... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2013 at My Vintage Soul
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I have sort of given up on thrift stores, which have become full of overpriced dollar store crap. But this time of year, I venture back in, holding out hope that there might be a vintage holiday treasure or two.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2013 at My Vintage Soul
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Mr. VS and I went to an estate sale recently, and I sort of wanted to buy these. But I hesitated because they were more than just vintage dolls. They were the weirdest lamps I have ever seen in my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at My Vintage Soul
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Just a quick note that the elves have been working overtime in my Etsy shop. Listing and shipping. Listing and shipping. And listing some more. And this weekend, through Monday, everything is 10 percent off. Now that you have awakened... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2013 at My Vintage Soul
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My mom was blunt in the way that only mothers can be blunt. "You need to get those pumpkins off your blog," she said. And guess what? Mom was right. I have been neglecting the blog, but of course I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at My Vintage Soul