Ever since my grandmother took me to my first thrift shop when I was a preschooler, I've been in love with beautiful old things. I am a sucker for old lace, old linens, and examples of old needlework. I've been collecting it for years, piece by piece. About 20 years ago I began to salvage the best parts of damaged linens and sew them into embellished pillows and other pretty things. And when I say "handmade" -- I mean it! I have been sewing everything by hand for many years, but within the last 18 months I taught myself to use a sewing machine. I'm still a novice, mostly using the machine just to do seams, but I'm learning!
A few years ago I caught the bug to begin creating journals, tags, and other art using ephemera. It's the perfect outlet for someone like me who has always loved old paper things.
I also adore and collect antique china, McCoy pottery, and buttons. My foray into reselling vintage finds began a bit differently, six years ago when I found myself in charge of liquidating an estate. I found I enjoyed the entire process of evaluating what an old piece is worth, researching its origins and uses, listing, selling, and sending it off to a new owner. I did this first on eBay under the user name all_good_people, but now I mostly do it on Etsy through my shop, Indulge Your Shelf. I never get tired of finding something fabulous and then matching it up with someone who wants or needs it.
In 2009 I fulfilled a lifelong dream by earning a BA in Creative Writing. My non-fiction articles I've been published in several national magazines. Now, I'm working on short stories and hope to someday publish a novel. I'm a contributor to the books Etsy 101 and Facebook 101. My Amazon.com page is in progress here. You can find my column about antique and thrift-shopping here on examiner.com.
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