I’ve been so excited with a recent thrift hauls that Ive done. I try to source 3x a week. One morning, and two evenings.
I have sourced about one hundred items in the past week. These beautiful shoes have been the best luxury item that I have ever come across. At least while living down here.
They are a size 9, and retail just under 1k.
They are just stunning!
I’ve also had some very good sales. One hundred and ninety in the past two months, to be precise. I’d love to hav that many sales in one month though. Goals!
I sold my chinchilla stole. I didn’t have it cleaned or have the tear repaired, and I still managed to get $70 for it. So that was a blessing. And yes, I was upfront about the imperfection.
I also sold a vintage Patagonia fleece for $60.
I’ve also started selling more hard goods.
Selling pieces of things. Coffee parts, vacuum parts, sports helmets, etc. all that can be easily found at the bins by the pound.
I also bought this old 1979 vintage crib sleeping bag. Honestly, looking at it makes me feel fertile… wanting to use it for another baby.. but I will sell it. 😔
It’s in perfect condition! I’m actually thinking its never been used. I wonder what the story is on it…🤔
Let me share a quick story.
I popped into the GW the other day to see if they still had a few 1950’s vintage Theodor purses that I saw the previous day, but didn’t pick up. They were all $3.75 each.
One was wool, which I almost bought for myself, simply because I love vintage things. But I didn’t. As I don’t dress in a vintage style. I’m simply not Petite.
So I ran into GW to see if they still had the vintage handbags, and they did. I found four. And I bought them all. I also found my son a bunch of pants, to my surprise.
Try finding size 29×34 in men’s jeans. It is obviously not a popular size. Which is why I have been buying him 30’s, and he just wears a belt.
But I found him three pairs of pants. So Yay!
When I got up to pay for the vintage handbags, I started looking inside each of them. I’ve opened Old bags before with creepy crawlers in them, so now I make it a point to check inside.
Old mints, old bible tracks from 1976, a couple old pens, old bobby pins…
I started imagining who the owner might have been. Maybe a sweet old lady who passed out mints to all the children, and called everyone deary?
Then I came across a note with a church pencil.
I won’t share the name on the note, to respect the family’s privacy. Apparently, the owner was at church and was given the note that was asking where a particular family was…. that they have been tarty in service for a couple weeks now… and that was just awful. I left it in the bag…while continuing to romantasize the olden days in my head..
Then the cashier starts cashing me out and randomly starts sharing the story of the bags I was purchasing…. And just when I was picturing the sweet old lady making her Brunswick stew while with her beautiful handbag on the counter.
The cashier said that a women came in last week with 150 vintage bags and 150 matching shoes. The shoes were all still in their boxes with the sales slips stapled to them.
Her mother had recently passed, she told the cashier…and was well known in the community for being a snazzy dresser. Hence so many bags and shoes.
She had no use for her mothers bags and shoes, so donated them all that day.
Wow! If only I had popped in THAT DAY.
The cashier told me that she was the one that priced everything to get it moved out quick. And that as soon as she began stacking the shoes in the back of the store, ONE LADY walked over and asked to purchase them all!
She took every single pair of shoes that day. They were priced $4.29 per pair.
She took most of the purses… and there I was buying the last of four of them.
I keep thinking about it.
Would I have bought all the shoes to resell?
I’m not sure. I guess if it would have felt right… I probably would have done the same.
It’s hard to find vintage goods in near perfect, clean, wearable, condition nowadays. Especially for little money.
I’m happy to have these bags. I plan on selling three, and keeping one for myself. Probably the wool one.
I went to a friends house yesterday to show her the vintage bags. Here’s where it gets even more interesting..
She opened the one bag and read the note, and then answered where, and why, that family left the church. All those years ago…She knew!
Such a big world.. yet small. ❤️
Here is a picture of the vintage bags, in case anyone wants to see. 🙂