Monday, May 25, 2015

Vintage Instagram Sale- Retro Wares, Some New, Some Old Starting at $5.00 Each. One Day Only!

It's liberating to do something for your business on a whim! I've been embroiled in business planning, reading, making spreadsheets, crunching numbers and generally being super methodical with the next moves. When it came time to tackle the task of packing the rest of my vintage merchandise for mom's attic (as she generously offered) I randomly decided to launch my first Instagram sale! I was admiring the beauty of each item as I cleaned, add decided I want to give blog readers a chance to own some of these beauties for less. They're sexy and they want new homes with people who'll love them. I heard them say this to me, I'm crazy like that.

Here's How To Get Retro Wares Starting at $5.00 Each...

1. Check out my Vintage Instagram Sale Page. All bids start at $5.00 save for this Ninja Turtles one.
2. Leave a Comment on item you want with your bid and e-mail.
4. No Instagram account? E-mail me with your bid and I'll leave a comment for you.
5. You have until 6PM, MAY 26TH to bid and win.
6. I will e-mail you, calculate shipping and send an invoice to be paid by MAY 27TH.

I will ship out all orders MAY 29TH

Of course, e-mail me if you have any questions or want to put a hold on a group deal.

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It was fun to snap the photos for this sale and take a break from my usual tedious shooting/working style. The mostly 1970s wares look nice on this retro "woodgrain" backdrop and a polaroid-style filter! I hope you'll check out the sale. If it does well I'll be sure to do more of these. I have plenty of fun wares that haven't been seen yet, I'd love to connect them with my kindred creative spirits. If you check out the same items in my Etsy shop you'll see you're getting amazing deals on everything. This isn't even a profit-maker for me, it's more of a way to clear out and get my items in new homes rather than letting them waste away in the attic :)

I had this song playing while I snapped the photos, for proper immersion into the era these items were made sold during!

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Thrifters Around the World: A Global Look at Craft and Collecting Culture.

I have severe wanderlust. I want to explore all the things, see all the places. It's a goal of mine to renovate and take residence in a retro RV and travel the USA, stopping at markets to sell my wares in different states and taking hundreds of photos along the way. I would of course, stop at local thrifts, junk shops and art boutiques/galleries, too. When I was going to open a vintage shop the goal was to collect enough to fill a store, now-a-days I'd take photos of most things and buy only the rare, odd, most-special items for my collection. Ah, to dream!

With my past "Thrifters Around the World" series I was able to vicariously satisfy my travel bug. It was fascinating to peer into the worlds of these fellow collectors and creators. I still long to see those thrifts in Amsterdam, or shop those night markets in Taiwan- the perfect thing for a busy-brained night owl! We need those here where I live! I've received grateful e-mails about the series from people across the globe and continue to make interesting connections from it. I was interviewed by this awesome duo because they found my blog while googling "Thrift Stores in Amsterdam". They were going on an extended vacation and wanted to thrift while they were visiting!

I'm excited to continue sharing stories from all walks of life and locations. For now, this a look back at my global thrifters series. This series slowed down when frequent submissions stopped, but I have a new line-up of creatives who want to share their global thrifting experiences. This calls for a revival!

  If you would like to be featured in home tour, indie business, or creative business interview, shoot me an e-mail.  I would love to interview you and chat about being creative where you live.

Past Thrifters Around The World Interviews:

Thrifting in New Zealand with Georgia and Christie

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mad Men Finale: Thoughts on Show Themes. What Are Your Thoughts on the Ending?

Mad Men has directly helped me be a successful reseller. I've sold many an iconic "Dorothy Thrope" roly poly, portable bar or cute Betty Draper-style cute 60s kitchen piece. When Mad Men seasons would come back on the air, traffic to my Etsy shop would surge. I initially watched the show for market trends, I tried to start at Season 2 and turned off my rented library DVD a few minutes in, confused. Years later, assured by a movie buff acquaintance that I'd get sucked into the character's stories, I tried again from episode one. I predicted the pilot at every turn and it took a few episodes for me to get used to the extremely subtle and nuanced storytelling devices, but once I got it, I was absolutely hooked. Like all the other devotees, I eagerly awaited each new episode. Now that the landmark series has concluded, I thought I'd share some views on the show's major themes:

Major Themes of Mad Men

1) People Never Change Don boozes, cheats, and makes the same mistakes over. And over. And OVER. All the characters move in obnoxious self-destructive circles, and you know what, that's real life. We're born with flaws and these don't truly change. With work, we get better and identifying them and the battle to keep our flaws in check (procrastination, temper, etc.) is lifelong.

2) The Past is Not Who We Are

"Get out of here and move forward. This never happened. It will SHOCK you, how much this never happened." 
These are the famous words from Don to Peggy, the words that saved her life. We tend define ourselves with past experiences. Sometimes, we spin it into a hindering, unhealthy narrative. We tend wield the past like an excuse to stop us from facing responsibilities in life or doing what we truly want to do. We say things like, "I was bad at this as a kid and throughout life, so even though I desperately want to do it now, I won't." The BIG stuff in life, traveling, going after dreams, it's risky, it's scary. And humans want to avoid this as a natural instinct, we're meant to reduce stress in our lives, not pile it on. Don is a deeply flawed human, but his advice here is sound. It doesn't mean that our past won't reappear in some way, it doesn't mean that we shouldn't deal with it through a psychiatrist if necessary, it means we don't let it "define us". It absolutely does not. It's behind us. Live in the present moment and never let the past stop you from being who you want to be.

3) We Often Try to Fill Emotional Voids with Stuff or even People. Look Within to Heal.

"Advertising is based on one thing, happiness. And you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car. It's freedom from fear. It's a billboard on the side of the road that screams reassurance that whatever you are doing is okay. You are okay."
Above is my favorite Mad Men quote, it's from the pilot episode. Don hops from woman to woman (to woman...) and the new pleasure each brings is fleeting. This is a series about unhappy people using booze, shopping, sex, and work to mask problems instead of dealing with their problems outright and healthfully. I love thinking of the quote above when I'm considering buying or keeping things I don't need- buying is about temporarily fulfilling an emotional need, always. It's also a good quote for me to consider as a business woman, I have to make sure the products I share have a story and tap into an emotional need.

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The subtle story telling style rewards re-watches and creates a show rich with interpretive value. How do you view the ending? What themes to do you see from Mad Men? I feel like the central theme of people not changing can be discouraging, but also a way to challenge yourself to rise above your flaws and improve.

Of course, one of the biggest, if not more important reason we kept tuning is the absolutely perfection of the visual style. Each shot staging, each set, each costume; glorious. I'm going to count-down my favorite costumes and sets next week.

The editing and styling of this final season trailer just melts this retro movie nerd. Dear God. Perfect.

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