The spring cleaning of my garage & home is going fairly well. The garage was nearly emptied and much of it was sold on Saturday at our yard sale to the sweet tune of $1260.
By Friday morning though I was pretty tired of dealing with "stuff" and the idea of going to estate sales didn't sound very appealing.
While Dave and Cerys ran our yard sale, Keiran and did go out to see if we could find a few sales. I do like to find enough book inventory for the week to sell on Amazon. I still wasn't very much in the mood though. We only went to one sale in the end, a hoarder's sale in the hills, north of Santa Rosa. The sale had started on Thursday and this was the last day. The Estate Sale was the kind where the hoarder saved everything from newspapers, to magazines, to egg cartons and even pickles from th 1960's. It was as if time stood still in that house. I was kicking myself for not being there on Thursday despite being tired of "stuff." Oh the irony of being at thrifter.....
There is a part of me that is glad that hoarders exhist in our world. Well I should add the thrifter in me says that. Hoarders save a slice of history that most of us would just throw away. While a Starbucks disposable cup is just garbage to us after enjoying the contents, imagine what a person today would feel emotionally finding a preserved one in 40 years time. Nostalgia stirs up feelings and emotions and has the magic ability to transport us to the past.
That's how I felt in the Hoarder's home. I was carried back in time as I picked up vintage packages, old newspapers and food packaging. Keiran who of course doesn't have these ties to the past still got a kick out of the digging aspect. He loved rummaging and searching for hidden finds.
The Sunset Magazines were especially fun to find as they feature mid century modern home designs, old advertising, vintage recipes and what the West Coast was like in the 1960's.
Don't these glasses look rather futuristic?
My parents & I traveled to Europe when I was 15 years old. We flew Pan Am and I think of that fabulous journey every time I see the old Pan Am logo.
If I had heaps and heaps of money, I'd buy a time capsule house from the 1960's as well as one from the 1970's. I'd spend my days filling it with items from that time including old food packaging in the kitchen. I'd then open them both as museums to let people walk back in time and experience life back then.
As thrifters, we all have our part in salvaging vintage items from yard sales, rummage sales and estate sales. Sure some of us sell them but usually they go to collectors who for the most part will be caretakers to these items of the past. Some people may put their nose down at Dealers but I think we are in a way historians, saving little bits of the past every week. We should all be proud of what we do as Thrifters & ReSellers.
What emotions do you feel when you come across something vintage at a sale?
Did you go thrifting this weekend?
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