My Thrift weekend began on Thursday with an estate sale. It continued with estates sales on Saturday/Sunday and finished off with heading to the Alameda Flea Market on Sunday. It was a fabulous weekend.
Thrifting and socializing with other antique dealers has really become an important part of my social life. Saturday I went to breakfast with two of my dealer friends Steve and Bob. They are in their 60's and 70's and full of fascinating stories about thrifted finds. I love talking to them and being around their energy. I learn so much from them. I think of most of the older dealers as my mentors. One dealer in particular has taught me everything there is to know about selling in an antique store. I don't know what I would have done without the advice of these friends. Although I'm rather shy, talking about thrifting gives me an advantage because I'm in my element. Conversation flows easily because I'm talking about my passion to people that share the same love of buying and selling. While we are competitors we also help each other out and I think their friendships have been imperative to my business growth. I highly recommend getting to know the other dealers in your area. Obviously some will not be worth getting to know but use your intuition and hopefully you'll be drawn to the right people.
I spotted this fab Kampkold cooler while waiting with a group of dealers at an estate sale. While I spoke of the positive side of dealers above, when I raced to this and grabbed it, I was told by a not so happy fellow that I grabbed the only good thing at the sale and that I beat him to it. I apologized and he told me that I wasn't really sorry. Now he wasn't aggressive about it but some people are more competitive than others. I let it roll off my back because I was sorry but not sorry enough to hand it over to him.
I am already making plans for next December. I have a couple of plastic bins in my garage marked "Christmas - Antique Society - To Price". As I find Christmas related items, I stick them in the bin and will price them in November as we get closer to the holidays. I love vintage Christmas and found these sweet birds so charming.
The Kampkold cooler, aqua tray and glasses are all available at my Mod Sonoma space at the Antique Society in Sebastopol, Calif.
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