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Syracuse, NY
When I'm not occupied by all things vintage, I edit a regional magazine in upstate New York.
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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 yesterday at My Vintage Soul
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Psst (said one pumpkin blow mold to another). Did you hear? There's a sale of all things Halloween in my Etsy shop! And there's still plenty of time to get it to you in time for Halloween. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at My Vintage Soul
It was an eclectic weekend for vintage finds. First, there were some blow molds. These Santas seem to be cut from the same cloth, or is that cast from the same mold? Both were made by Empire in the late... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2013 at My Vintage Soul
Excuse me if I celebrate a little, and not just because I found these vintage noisemakers at a church rummage sale for a song. And these ornaments too, which are appropriate because my celebration does have something to do with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at My Vintage Soul
What if you held a garage sale and just about nobody came? And you made less than $10? Well then you would know how I felt on a cold and rainy Saturday morning, when at my garage sale, I had... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2013 at My Vintage Soul
Somebody didn't want me to go on the Route 34B Sale. But in desperate need of some mental health junking, I went anyways and I found some really great stuff. So I promise not to tell the doll that he... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2013 at My Vintage Soul
Oh, dear (or make that deer). I've been a bad blogger, neglecting you quite consistently. But I've been a good and busy wreath maker, stocking up the Etsy shop. I've finally gotten around to making some wreaths that have been... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2013 at My Vintage Soul
Great to see you again. Mark your calendar for 2014.
On Friday, I finally made it to Bouckville, although I felt like I had been there, vicariously, after meeting Sue and Gina for dinner earlier in the week during their annual shopping treks to Central New York. But on Friday,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2013 at My Vintage Soul
Last spring I found a honey hole during Town Cleanup that yielded several treasures from a big pile of junk near a farmhouse. This weekend I returned to the same site, where there was an estate sale. And just as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2013 at My Vintage Soul