Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Two for two

In addition to my addiction to vintage Christmas and vintage dishes (and vintage fabric and vintage tablecloths…), I am now officially addicted to selling at vintage events.

It is So! Much! Fun!

This photo courtesy of Plucky Maidens

At least after all the hauling, unloading, sweating and setting up is done and even that’s pretty fun.

As I type this, I realize it’s possible I have a twisted vision of a good time. 

Last week was my second vintage event as a vendor, this time at Plucky Maidens Junk Fest in Portland, OR and it was as terrific as my first experience but in its own unique ways.

Yet another fabulous venue, throngs and throngs of shoppers (on a Thursday afternoon, no less) and even a celebrity brush with fame!

Here are some of the things I sold at this event:

Furniture of all sorts – a gray & white painted dresser, some Mid Century Modern side tables (wish I had a hundred of those), a vintage wood settee frame with rusty coils, vintage typewriter tables and an Adirondack chair.

Milk glass vases of all shapes & sizes.

Little bottles. These were voted ‘Most Popular’ by the other vintage items in my booth.

Vintage cameras. Far and away the winners of ‘Most Likely to be Picked Up, Examined & Used to Take a Pretend Photo.’

Vintage yearbooks – I sold several from the early 1960’s. I still wonder what the man in a suit & tie who bought them will use them for?

This photo courtesy of Plucky Maidens

Hand-painted vintage signs. I live in the Columbia River Gorge (aka The Gorge) and so do these buyers.

Vintage chalkware fruit and vegetables.

Vintage ice cube trays. As if on cue, every person who touched these said, “I grew up with these!” (So did I. Many memories of my fingers getting stuck to them…)

Laurie, Emily and yours truly. Thanks to Laurie for this photo!

Oh, and the brush with fame? Emily Henderson of Secrets From a Stylist and last year’s winner of one of my must-watch TV shows, HGTV’s Design Star, stopped by after I posted a comment on her blog letting her know about Plucky Maidens. 

She and Laurie/Ethel and I were just hanging out. J 

Such a fun day!


  1. oh you make me itch to get back into doing shows.
    It is so much fun even tho it is a lot of work
    I bought a vintage cube tray at a thrift and the cashier had no idea what it sad.
    You have great finds and no wonder you did so well
    Have fun with you next one

  2. Oh, I so wish I could have been there to shop with you. I love to find old cameras...You had a great collection. Congrats on your second show....I hope you have many more successful shows!!!

  3. Sure wish we had something like this event down here (southern Mississippi) but right now it's too bloody hot and people get crabby when they go outside. I love how people decorate with vintage cameras--it's one of the few things I don't collect so when I find them I'm able to resell them quickly.

  4. Looks like it was a fun event! I love Emily's tv show and wish she could come and redo my whole house.

  5. What a fun day! Glad you were my neighbor...

  6. What a fun time! Sounds exactly like what I need in the middle of the week...wish I could have been there. Oh yeah, it's a lot of work, but worth every moment. I love that settee frame.

  7. So glad you are doing great at these shows. With Laurie it can only be fantastic fun. Looks like your drawing celebrities now. Well done!

  8. Your space looked wonderful and I'm so glad it was another success. Are you a celebrity now?
    :>) Annette

  9. Glad you had so much fun at the show. I got my tongue stuck to an ice cube tray once. Never tried it a second time!

  10. It was a great sale and so fun to meet you and Laurie in person - I hope it becomes an annual event!

  11. Amy thanks for sharing your time at the market! I too love selling at markets - I am part of a farmers market association.
    Maybe it's the fresh air, the people, I don't know...the whole thing. It's hard work physically but so worth it.

    Warm hugs,

  12. Wish I was closer... that looks like so much fun!!! BTW, I'm still looking for those dishes!

  13. Hello Amy,
    I enjoy the whole process of doing the shows from setting, selling, visiting and breaking down. So I guess I am right with you and have a twisted vision of a good time as well. Oh, yea the vintage ice tray brings back the tongue pain memories. Thanks for sharing.
    Smiles, Paula

  14. Oh Amy I'm THRILLED you're enjoying attending Markets as a Vendor....Your Treasures DESERVE a wider audience & I'm sure your GORGEOUS personality winning you a following.... :o) !!!!!

    I WISH I could come & hang with you at your next Show....!!

    Have a WONDERFUL weekend....!

    Cheers from Oz,
    Tamarah xx

  15. Looks like a great place to visit! I am looking forward to the Country Living Fair here in Ohio on the weekend of September 17. Woohoo!

  16. how fun is this, cutie?! awesome!


  17. A picture of Amy!
    A picture of Amy!
    Yippee, yippee, yippee!

    Sorry. That was kind of creepy, wasn't it.

    I'm in mourning as we speak because I collect pretty gold framed mirrors and vintage cameras and would have snatched those from you instantly.
    So glad you're loving the vendage!
    p.s. Love seeing a picture of you, but I have to say I'm a little disappointed that you're not wearing a blouse made out of vintage tablecloths.
    p.p.s. Is 'blouse' still a word?

  18. Fantastic pics, looks like lots of fun!

  19. That is so great. I bet you will be on this sort of high for some time. Love it!!
    xxx Liz


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