Thursday, June 28, 2012

Am I becoming a vintage antique junk hoarder?!

Well I have definitely been thinking lately about this new Etsy business I have started. I originally started an Etsy store about a month and a half ago selling headbands I had sewn. That was fun. Then I started coming across vintage scarves at my favorite thrift store and became obsessed with them. So I added them to my headband Etsy store. Then I discovered 'shabby chic' decor, and decided I could do that too! Well, thats my personality. Taking on a lot of things at once. Maybe that's why I am so unproductive? Hmmm. Anyways, I have loved thrift store shopping and garage saleing (is that even a word, lol?) for about 5 years now....sooo I decided one night (or was it a morning, like at 2:30 a.m. maybe?) that I would jump head first into selling vintage, antique,  and shabby cottage chic items in a different Etsy store. Yes, I decided this by myself, sitting in front of my computer while the rest of the house was asleep. Heh. I got so excited about this new prospect that I opened my store right then and there, only posting one item in it. But I just had to-I couldn't control myself. I was too excited about the possibilities. Oh how my mind formed all these ideas...ideas of things that I could buy from thrift stores and garage sales and turn into shabby chic decor. All the shopping I could do, trying to find the perfect vintage items and antiques for my Etsy store
After initially opening my new Etsy store, VintageChicFinds, my other store, byJessiK started to suffer. Not as many page views...I stopped logging onto it every hour to check my stats...and now I only look at it once a day, to check and see if maybe...just maybe by some wierd act of luck or something that someone somewhere might have purchased one of my sewn headbands that I used to be obsessed with. Still hasn't happened. Don't worry, I know why. Because I have neglected it. To pursue my new goal of growing VintageChicFinds into an awesome online money making fun Etsy business of my own. Whew! My dreams are always so big, lol...
Well here I am almost 2 weeks after opening VintageChicFinds, and...I can proudly say that I have sold 1 item! Yay! Go me. Go me. Go me. Wait,.....don't get too proud of yourself, vintage chic. Its only ONE item. And that's why I didn't get too excited about that sale. Still scared silly in the back of my mind that my first ever customer on Etsy is going to give me a bad review or try to return the item. I have no real reason for thinking this, its just that I am secretly scared! I'm not gonna lie. I am scared. I am also scared that I am possibly turning into a hoarder of 'things'. I am just waiting for my husband to put a stop to this madness...! Every night, when I go to bed, I think for sometimes hours of how I can grow my Etsy business. How I make it prosper, how I can make it better, make it successful. These things go through my head, making it hard for me to sleep sometimes! And the nights that I am not thinking about that, I am dreaming of my next shopping trip to my favorite thrift store (which is 25 mins away, btw) or what garage sales I am gonna hit up that weekend. 
And let me just tell you about my 'craft' / 'storage' /'business office' room....heh. Its actually SUPPOSED to be a dining room, but....yeah. Its not anymore. Vintage items have magically taken over the shelves, table tops, and even parts of the floor...and its only going to get worse.

Yeah, some of the items in those pictures are not exactly 'vintage', the diapers. But you get an idea of how small by house is quickly becoming!
 Sometimes I get so excited over going shopping for treasures that I feel I am doing something wrong! Is that normal? I feel like the thrift store people are going to kick me out...haha. Actually, that HAS almost happened. But not because I did anything wrong...unless you consider shopping till 5:59 wrong, when the store closes at 6:00. ;p Anyways, as this stuff begins to take over my dining room, my house, and what seems like my life, my fears sometimes surface, telling me that I am becoming like my grandparents. My wonderful grandparents who I love and respect very much. But lets just be honest...they are hoarders. Of anything and everything. Mainly antiques, and 'junk' as my mother likes to call it. All of the children are secretly wondering what they are going to do with all of the 'junk' when the grandparents pass. My Mom said she thought about packing it up, bringing it to the funeral home, and at the wake handing everyone an item and saying, "They wanted you to have this,". LOL! Now that is funny, I don't care who you are. Speaking of my grandparents, I am going to visit them this weekend. At their hoarding house. And as I have been researching the worth of certain items, I can recall plenty of 'junk' that they own that would fetch a good price from collectors, or on Etsy or Ebay. So I am thinking of making some sort of 'deal' with my Grandpa...heh. We will see. I will save that for another blog post though, lol. 
All in all, I want to be successful. I am determined to be successful. Failure is not an option. But I must the back of my mind I am secretly scared and wondering....."What on God's green beautiful earth am I going to do wit all of this 'stuff' if my Etsy store fails?" But I must not let this thought have dominion over me! I am determined to succeed. Anyways, that's all my blabbing for today!! Wonder if anyone else has ever felt this way...hmmm.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Vintage Item of the Day from VintageChicFinds on Etsy!

The vintage item of the day from my store VintageChicFinds on Etsy is.....A gorgeous pair of vintage satsuma crazed vases! These 2 vintage vases are simply amazing. I really really really wanted to keep them for myself, but my hubby would not allow it, haha. These may be my most favorite vintage item in my Etsy shop. I hope these Satsuma vases find their way to a good home soon!
 Vintage satsuma crazed  vases mini set of 2 colorful gold outlines

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My vintage find: A Gustavsberg Beata from Sweden. I came across this vintag gal today at a thrift store. She looked interesting, so I bought her and took her home. I am very curious as to what she is worth. Being from Sweden, I would think a pretty good bit. I have done a little bit of antique/vintage research on her, and have seen websites that said she went for hundreds of dollars at certain auctions. If anyone reading this has any information on her, I would greatly appreciate it! I plan on selling her in in my Etsy store  VintageChicFinds.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Vintage Item Of The Day for Saturday!!

IOTD for today is.............a  vintage very darling little miniature porcelain genie style oil lamp! I just love this cute little lamp. It has blue designs on each of the top sides, and is so dainty and adorable! Enjoy :)

Vintage Porcelain Mini Genie styleoil  lamp base bluebutterfly/floral design

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Shabby Chic Item of the Day from my Etsy store: VintageChicFinds

The item of the day from VintageChicFinds is...................a shabby chic recycled lavender coat purse hanger!! Somebody else didn't want this item anymore, so I bought it, took it home, and recycled it by giving it a lavender makeover! This would be perfect in a little girls room to hang purses, coats, and hats on!
Wall coat purse hanger lavender shabby cottage chic repurposed recycled solid wood

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

VintageChicFinds IOTD

The item of the day from VintageChicFinds is...............:
Vintage decorative animal country wall tray set! I think these are really neat and different, and I really like neat and different. If I had a 'Country' themed kitchen, these little fellows would be hanging in it. A pig, a cow, a chicken, and a goose. It doesn't get better than having country animals hanging on your wall! :P
Vintage Decorative Small Kitchen Animal Country Wall Trays Set of 4

Garage Sales On The Brain!!

Today is only Tuesday, and I already am wishing for some garage sale shopping time! I love love love thrift stores and garage sales. Its where I find so many gems that others have written off as junk. I simply cannot wait until this weekend to have the opportunity to find some great vintage pieces and beautiful antique items to share with others and put in my Etsy store vintagechicfinds. I hope to be able to find antiques and anything vintage that others may be looking for, and give them the opportunity to find it and buy it from my store. I also hope to keep taking old items that no one wants, and add my own creativity to it to refashion, recycle, and remake it into something new! I really cannot explain why I love this so much, its just an obsession, really!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Vintage item of the day from VintageChicFinds: Vintage Mirrored Jewelry Tray

I have decided to start doing an item of the day from my Etsy shop, vintagechicfinds here on this blog! My Etsy store  is stocked with vintage, antique, and recycled items. The vintage antique item of the day for today is.............wait for it..................: a Vintage Mirrored Jewelry Tray! 

This is actually one of my favorite vintage items in my store. I honestly almost kept it for myself. It is absolutely gorgeous. Here is a pic:

Vintage Jewelry Accessory Tray with Mirror

My new etsy store: vintagechicfinds

Hey everyone! I am Jessica, and have recently opened up a new shop on called vintagechicfinds. I am very excited about this and have decided to start a blog to let people know about me and my idea behind my shop. Of course, it won't all be just about my Etsy shop! I have many other interesting things to offer you, ha ha. So anyways, I decided I would start by telling you all about my shop and the idea behind it. 
When I was a little girl, I can remember being drug to antique auction after antique auction and street fairs and flea markets by my grandparents. Though I had never even heard of or even muttered the word 'vintage', I thought anything that was used by somebody else was old and lame. Boy, have I changed my mind since I grew up! I'm glad I did, because now the word vintage or antique sparks an excitement within me I cannot explain. How I long to go back to those days with my grandparents. 
Now their home, shed, and barns are full of antique vintage and other awesome interesting unique items. It kind of drives my family crazy, because they think its all just 'junk'. I now understand why they loved going to auctions and antique shows and craft fairs. It all makes sense to me now! I have definitely inherited their love for anything vintage or antique.
One of my favorite things to do now is to frequent garage sales and thrift stores to find vintage items and antiques that others have written off as 'junk'. I love to take something that looks like junk and turn it into something beautiful! I love to recycle, upcyle, and refashion thrift store items! Its kind of my passion. Or maybe an obsession...ha ha. Either way, that is basically the story behind my Etsy store vintagechicfinds. I take old stuff, clean it up, or give it a makeover, and turn it into something beautiful. Unless its already beautiful of course, as a lot of antiques are. So if you love antiques and anything vintage, and you happen to find your way to this blog, I encourage you to head on over to my new Etsy shop, vintagechicfinds, and have yourself a look! You will find a variety of different antique and vintage items. And remember, my shop is new, less than 4 days old so I am in the process of stocking it with more and more vintage,antique, recycled, and up-cycled items everyday! 
Thanks for stopping by!
The Vintage Chic