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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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I knew little about the Ironrite Health Chair until a few weeks ago. Today I own two of them and this is why. The chair, designed by Herman H. Sperlich in 1938 for the Ironrite Ironer Co. in Detroit, Mich.,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at My Vintage Soul
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Nearly every August, I find my way to Bouckville for the annual Madison Bouckville Antiques Week. It’s a gathering about 40 miles east of Syracuse that draws thousands to what is usually a sleepy bump in the road on U.S.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at My Vintage Soul
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There are two words that will get most junkers to stop in their tracks: barn sale. Last weekend, I stopped at an honest-to-goodness barn sale. It was held where true barn sales should be held: in a big red barn... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at My Vintage Soul
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I've been AWOL for a bit, but you knew that, didn't you? Fortunately, I did survive this sale, which was my first Enter At Your Own Risk sale. I went there in search of vintage typewriters, which I've had some... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at My Vintage Soul
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Some moms take it easy today. I'm selling my junk at Syracuse's City Market. City Market is an eclectic mix of merchandise: vintage furniture and clothing, pottery, plants, food, etc. It's all happening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at My Vintage Soul
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This week's estate/rummage sales were just about as good as last week's. Here's part of the haul from one rummage sale and two estate sales. So these birdhouses are not vintage, but they are cute. The Santa one is getting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at My Vintage Soul
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Welcome to spring in Central New York, where the first of the rummage sales compete with what I hope is winter's last blast. You're looking at a few of my finds from last Saturday's first rummage sale of the season.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at My Vintage Soul
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Last fall, this beauty came into my life. As tempted as I was to keep her, I knew that she could fetch a pretty penny. So I brought her home, found a typewriter repair shop and spent a little bit... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at My Vintage Soul
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About a year ago, I was giddy at the prospect of being in Country Living. But things didn't turn out exactly like I had hoped. But what goes around does come around. About four weeks ago, an editor at Arts... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at My Vintage Soul
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I think I've been hibernating because of the cold weather and of course the lack of decent of sales. But that changed this weekend, when the sun emerged and there was not one but two opportunities to look for treasures.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at My Vintage Soul
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There's a good chance that picking is in my blood. My grandpa was a trashman (maybe I should say sanitation worker). Years ago, he worked in Cincinnati, Ohio, and he would frequently pick up the discards from Procter & Gamble.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at My Vintage Soul
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I sometimes debate if I should go to an estate sale. Lord knows, I don't need to go to every one. I already have a lot of stuff to sell. But at this time of the year, when the sales... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at My Vintage Soul
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You’re looking at my first find of the new year. It's an old shoe box filled with glass bead garlands. I used to find these quite often but not lately. This box yielded several solid color strands, including a few... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at My Vintage Soul
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It's time for the roundup of junk that I bought and sold in 2015. By the way, you're looking at one of my better money makers of the year -- a couple of yards of cotton dimity fabric that I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at My Vintage Soul
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I have become a collector of vintage paper mache nativities. This is due to two reasons: I like them, especially the dime store ones, and I am always in need of assorted nativity figures. Nativities, I have found, sell pretty... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at My Vintage Soul
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Finding a vintage holiday treasure at the thrift store requires more than luck these days. You need steely determination and a few “MacGyver”-inspired skills. Case in point: These classic Santa salt and pepper shakers, marked Holt Howard, 1960. I found... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at My Vintage Soul
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On Saturday, I became the person that you hate at estate sales: The vintage ornament hog. But, honestly, I think you might have done the same thing. In a house filled with mostly tick and tack (metal sculptures of butterflies,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at My Vintage Soul
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This is my contribution to peace on earth at the office. It's my aluminum Christmas tree, an estate sale find from several years ago, and it's decorated with all kinds of plastic ornaments that probably date to the 1950s and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at My Vintage Soul
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Santa has visited me early this year. It must be because I am on the nice list. At least for this week. I went to a holiday sale at a local church last week. I arrived early (which is what... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at My Vintage Soul
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Back in February, I sold a few vintage horse show ribbons from my Etsy shop, and of course that made me happy. But I was even more pleased to see the note that was attached to the purchase order. “I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at My Vintage Soul
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Second item sold on eBay. $45 for Lily Munster costume. For a long time, I was wary of selling online. (No, that's not me reacting to the prospect of selling online but it could have been.) And then I finally... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at My Vintage Soul
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On the last day of January, I finally hit the first decent sale of 2015. But it didn't start out that way. I arrived almost an hour after it started and I still had to wait 10 minutes to get... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at My Vintage Soul
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What’s sadder than a sad, big-eyed Paint By Number kid? How about two sad, big-eyed Paint by Number kids? And what’s sadder than two sad, big-eyed Paint by Number kids? Well, it’s me. (Sorry no picture.) Nearly 30 days into... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at My Vintage Soul
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Warning: Etsy shop plug ahead. Santa says: I hope your Christmas was a wonderful one, filled with many happy memories shared with family and friends. The angels agree and suggest that you light up your new year with some vintage... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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I am the most hated lady at my local post office. Not hated enough to be on one of those Most Wanted posters, but hated enough that I know that everyone is wondering who is that woman and why does... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at My Vintage Soul