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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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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
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Well, hi there. Remember me? It has been a little while, hasn't it? But I do have a good excuse for my extended absence. I was kidnapped. By aliens. Disguised as Santa's elves. They took me to the North Pole... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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My adventures in junking have taken me near and far lately. And I have to say that near has been much better than far. For instance, my only finds on the Route 34B Sale a few weeks ago were a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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This is a tale of two stainless silver and gold aluminum trees -- an upstairs tree and a downstairs tree -- and how I came to (temporarily) own both. Our story begins at an estate sale that was held at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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I am not one to take a risk without some major debate. In fact, I wrote a blog post about trying to buy sure bets. So I'm a bit surprised that I am now the owner of one -- or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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I made two trips to Bouckville last week. And the Monkees didn't come home with me on either occasion. Partly because I didn't have $94.99 (marked down from $124.99) that I wanted to part with. And, secondly, because I went... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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I am not much of sleuth. And that's why I am at a loss to explain how this crate filled with dozens of vintage linens ended up in the back of my van. But there it was on Saturday morning... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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I was greatly encouraged when I found these Holt Howard salt and pepper shakers not more than a mile into the Route 90 Sale (aka the 50 Mile Yard Sale) on Saturday. But as the miles went by, my enthusiasm... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at My Vintage Soul
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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 Jul 19, 2014 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