6 Signs You May Be A Vintage Junkie . . .
Are you a vintage junkie? Do you trash pick through your neighbors cast-offs. Been there. Do you cut off buttons before discarding an unusable vintage clothing item? Done that. Have you washed cat pee out of vintage linens from a moldy box you “rescued” from an estate sale? So not doing that again. Well then you belong to a select group of shoppers/hoarders (no need to get too specific) who may or may not have hit rock bottom and don’t want to get help. If you are looking for some enabling support of your habit, keep reading . . .
Signs You May Be a Vintage Junkie:
- You may be a vintage junkie if . . . you collect EVERYTHING. I’m not saying you’re not selective. It’s just easier to say what you don’t collect versus what you do. Some things I don’t even “collect”. I just can’t leave them behind. I like to think of myself as a “rescuer”. Currently I rescue vintage baby dolls in a sad state of repair, aluminum measuring spoons, milk glass bowls, glass measuring cups, wooden rolling pins with painted handles, really old metal colanders, women’s gloves, and vintage glass cake plates.
A FEW of things I am collecting right now:
I love using old salt and pepper shakers for glitter containers. I always know my grandchildren have been over if there is glitter everywhere.
A bowl of “found” objects. I can’t wait to find some old marbles. I just added in some brick fragments from the brick streets of Alton, Illinois, where I was born. I picked them up on a family history trip last month. The slate is from Wales. We rode a narrow-gauge slate train and I brought some slate home.
I love old dog tags and celluloid/metal dog charms.
I saw some old aluminum dog tags on Etsy. They were a crazy mess, covered with solder, but in such a cool arty way. I bought them and started making dog tag bracelets and I’ve never looked back.
I love the old brass tags too.
I am ALWAYS collecting old buttons. Here is just a tiny fraction of my button collection. Yes, the family is planning “Button-vention”. It won’t work.
- You may be a vintage junkie if . . . you won’t tell your weight, you won’t tell your age, but you will happily announce to any and all that the gorgeous vintage sweater you are wearing came from a yard sale and that you only paid $1 for it. I once bought the prettiest vintage skirt at a yard sale in an alley for $3. As I was turning to leave, a woman sidled up to me and whispered, “Would you like to buy some tamales?” Casting aside any hepatitis A concerns, I happily gave her $15 for a dozen of the most amazing tamales we’ve ever eaten. The Vintage Junkie Gods were good to me that day.
3. You may be a vintage junkie if . . . you plan family vacations around their proximity to flea markets. This year I am going back to Texas with the Handsome Texan to visit family and do some family history. Is it a coincidence that I will be there at the same time as the Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top, TX, which is only 30 miles away? Is it? Hmmmmmm~
- You may be a vintage junkie if . . . you know the location of every thrift store and consignment shop in a 50-mile radius. One of my jewelry friends worked as a home care nurse. Every new area she was assigned to was carefully mapped out for thrift stores. Her gorgeous home is furnished with vintage thrift store items.
- You may be a vintage junkie if . . . the first email you open up every morning is from estatesales.net. Oh how I love those emails.
- You may be a vintage junkie if . . . your favorite phone app is Yard Sale Treasure Map. I happily paid for the full function app. It maps out the most efficient route between yard sales and navigates you, a real plus if you are directionally-challenged like I am.
What are you collecting, rescuing, or otherwise hoarding? Share your juicy vintage junkie stories below~