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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 have been to Madison-Bouckville Antique Week in Upstate New York many times. In fact, because I am one county and about 40 miles away, I started going before there was an official Antiques Week. Today that annual event draws... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at My Vintage Soul
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I set out for the 50-mile Route 90 Sale on Saturday with a clear mission (or two): Enjoy the beautiful day and try to buy only no-brainers, which I define as items that are sure to sell. Here's the tally:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at My Vintage Soul
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Some days, I wish I could live the life of a 1950s housewife and be like Frances Bliss. Now I didn't know Frances, but after attending her estate sale, she seemed to me to be the quintessential 1950s housewife. Frances... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at My Vintage Soul
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My timing was completely off when I walked into the thrift store the other day. That’s because a lady was walking out with one of those rotating lights for an aluminum Christmas tree in her cart. And, no, there wasn’t... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at My Vintage Soul
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Usually, I come up empty-handed at the thrift store. But I still stop, hoping that every once in a while, my patience will be rewarded with something like this. That’s two over-sized vintage Polish ornaments that were rolling around in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at My Vintage Soul
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When I watch a movie, I am watching more than the movie, especially if it is a period film. I’m looking at the architecture, the clothing the actors are wearing and any pop culture items that reference the time when... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at My Vintage Soul
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I have always looked forward to spring and the bloom of my lilacs. But this year, the blossoms are few and far between. Plus, there’s this scaly gray stuff on some of the branches. What went wrong? From a little... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at My Vintage Soul
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After last week's haul, I had lowered my expectations for what I might find this week. The rummage sales are winding down and I don't have much luck finding vintage Christmas at garage sales. But I did better than expected.... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at My Vintage Soul
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After last weekend, I’m officially junk drunk. But I’m not complaining about a hangover. You see, I live in Upstate New York, where it’s winter for six months of the year (or seems like it is), so the sales can... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at My Vintage Soul
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You never know what you might find at a church rummage sale, and what you might learn about someone you have never heard of before. Take Harwood Steiger. I didn't know a thing about this textile designer until I came... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at My Vintage Soul
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Ahh, spring. The snow is finally gone and the sales have begun. It's been a busy week. Between my day job, Etsy sales and going to sales, I have been very busy. I picked up vintage quilt blocks and vintage... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at My Vintage Soul
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These days, you can find just about anyone almost anywhere, thanks to the Internet. But that’s not the case with Irene Winston Spier. And just who, you ask, is Irene Winston Spier? Well, I’m asking that too. I had never... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at My Vintage Soul
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My recent thrifting finds have taken me (vicariously) to locations far from home. First, there's this Oklahoma souvenir apron, which, sadly, has more than a few small tears in it. But I'm hoping that someone will be as charmed by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at My Vintage Soul
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Did you ever do something that you knew you shouldn't do, but in a moment of temporary insanity, did it anyway? That's how a perfectly good piece of barkcloth ended up looking like this. So sad and so stupid on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at My Vintage Soul
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Do you remember the classic Paint By Number paintings? Introduced in 1950 by Palmer Paint Company of Detroit, Mich., these painting kits gave people the chance to bring out their artistic side. The concept took off, and in 1951, Palmer... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at My Vintage Soul
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Some things are worth the wait, including first decent estate sale of the year. Today, it finally happened, despite a steady snowfall that made the trip seem doubtful at first. Still, Mr. VS and I persisted. We arrived a good... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at My Vintage Soul
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Just a quick note as I continue to hunker down without a decent estate sale in sight. These cute snowmen snowglobes are my version of the groundhog Punxsatowny Phil. In Upstate New York, it's at least six more weeks of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at My Vintage Soul
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I marked a milestone the other day. Last Sunday, I recorded my 1,000th sale on Etsy -- a set of three heart-shaped candy boxes. It’s an accomplishment that I’m quite proud of, and it didn’t happen overnight. I opened my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at My Vintage Soul
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Yes, I know, it's mid-January. But I'm not quite ready to pack this up. This is my aluminum Christmas tree. It's the fifth one that I have owned. The other four have gone to Etsy, and from there, to homes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2017 at My Vintage Soul
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I am back. And what has brought me back is yet another pink typewriter. This one is a Royal Quiet De Luxe circa 1955 or 1956. I found it on Craigslist just before Christmas. But as pretty as she is,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at My Vintage Soul
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The estate sale on Saturday was a first. It was a fire sale. Yes, I said fire, as in smoke and flames, although there weren’t any flames and, thankfully, no one was hurt. Here’s what happened. The sale started as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at My Vintage Soul
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At this point in my life, I am trying to accumulate less stuff. But I have a weakness, as you well know, for vintage Christmas. And, more specifically, vintage Christmas nativities. Back in May I found a rather unique cardboard... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at My Vintage Soul
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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 Jun 21, 2016 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