The Savvy Seeker Is Now On Etsy

Howdy folks! I’m really excited about today’s post! I can’t tell you how busy I’ve been in the past few weeks…recovering from the pregnancy, learning about taking care of an infant, sleeping less, changing diapers ALL THE TIME…there always seems like there is so much to do!

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In preparation for baby Sunny’s arrival, I was cleaning the house like a wild banshee!! De-cluttering, rearranging things on the walls, moving furniture around…needless to say, I drove everyone in the house bonkers. Once I calmed down and the “nesting” phase was over, I realized two things. My house was really REALLY clean. I mean insanely clean…but because I have three dogs, a 13 year old step son and now a new baby…it wasn’t going to say that way.

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The other thing I realized is that I had a pile of cool, vintage stuff that I didn’t know what to do with. I took some big items to a local consignment shop…but what was I going to do with all of the other stuff just lying around??

I could have a yard sale...or try something else!

I could have a yard sale…or try something else!

I could very well take everything you see here to a consignment shop…but for each item, I’d only get 50% of the profit. So, I decided that I wanted to try something new…

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I’m so excited to announce that I now have a shop on Etsy!! It’s something that I’ve been talking about trying for a long time now. I got tired of talking about it and decided to make it a reality…a goal for 2014. Here’s a preview of some of the treasures that you can purchase from my Etsy shop right now:

How about a pair of heavy bronze bookends from 1928?

How about a pair of heavy bronze bookends from 1928?

This awesome silver plated champagne bucket sold within hours of going up in the Etsy shop.

This awesome silver plated champagne bucket sold within hours of going up in the Etsy shop.

Pack your bags! How about adding this groovy vintage leather suitcase to your home decor?

Pack your bags! How about adding this groovy vintage leather suitcase to your home decor?

Collect vintage photography? This was just one of too many from my own photography collection in my home.

Collect vintage photography? This was just one of too many from my own photography collection in my home.

If you’d like to see more…be sure to visit the shop here. Why Etsy? I have been a customer of Etsy for several years now and have always loved how EASY it is to make purchases and directly talk to shop owners. Plus, it makes me feel good to support small businesses! I’m also pretty sure that the Mr. will appreciate this stack of stuff disappearing from the corner of our living room:)

What goals have you set for 2014?

Copyright 2014. The Savvy Seeker blog by Erin Hurley-Brown. All Rights Reserved.

2014 Winter/Spring Antique Show Round-Up!

Hey ya’ll! Do any of you have a case of the winter “cabin fever” blues, like I have? I’ll tell you…I’m enjoying my maternity leave and spending time with baby Sunny Grace, but being locked up indoors during the cold winter months is tough!! If you are looking for something to do, how about marking your calendars for some cool upcoming antique shows? Here is a smattering of some events coming your way:

The 66th Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza

Enjoy antiques indoors and outdoors at the NC State Fairgrounds!

Enjoy antiques indoors and outdoors at the NC State Fairgrounds!

This has always been one of my favorite events! I spent much of my childhood in Raleigh, N.C. and have fond memories of going to the Raleigh flea market at the state fairgrounds with my mother. This antique show is indoors and features more than 125 vendors selling quality antiques and collectibles. However, as an added bonus, you can go for a stroll around the fairgrounds and hit up the flea market as well. I purchased my first piece of antique furniture at the fairgrounds when I was in my early 20′s. It’s a small oak farm table, that now resides in my kitchen. I still love it today as much as I did when I was 21!

Where: Exposition Center, NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road
When: March 7th, 8th and 9th (the next show is July 18th, 19th and 20th)
Admission: $6.50

For more info, visit: www.antextofnc.com

The Richmond Antiques Extravaganza

I saw one of the most beautiful antique Pennsylvania dry sinks I've ever seen in my life at one of these shows.

I saw one of the most beautiful antique Pennsylvania dry sinks I’ve ever seen in my life at one of these shows.

Don’t want to drive to Raleigh for some prime antique pickin’? Stay close to home and attend this show in Richmond, VA. I hadn’t attended this show in years and went to the show in January. I was pleasantly surprised by the selection…lots of quality primitives, advertising and jewelry. I saw more antique/vintage sterling silver and turquoise jewelry then I had seen in years! Prices ranged from moderate to very high end…so there is something for everyone.

Where: The Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 East Laburnum Avenue
When: April 11th, 12th and 13th

Need more info, visit: www.antextofnc.com/richmond_April_antique.htm

The Richmond Antiques Spectacular

More old goodies at Meadow Event Park!

More old goodies at Meadow Event Park!

I haven’t been to this show yet, but have heard that it’s a nice, mid to upscale antique show. You’ll probably see similar items at this show as the show at the Raceway, so my advice would be to pick one, not both, to attend. This show is just 15 minutes north of Richmond…so if you’re going, why not stop in the quaint town of Ashland for lunch! My recommendation? Stop at Homemades by Suzanne near the old railroad tracks and then drive just mile down the road to Hickory Creek Antiques.

Where: Meadow Event Park Center, Exhibition Hall in Doswell, VA
When: March 22nd and 23rd

More info here: www.renaissancepromotions.net

The D.C. Big Flea Market

(photo from The Pink Samurai)

(photo from The Pink Samurai)

Don’t feel like driving south? I’ve got a show or two for you to attend heading north, up the East Coast. I have heard from other dealers that this is a great place to grab a deal…lots of vendors, lots to treasures to select from. For a really good write up about this event, skip on over to The Pink Samurai.

Where: Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 20151
When: March 1st and 2nd

Get the scoop here: www.damorepromotions.com

Heartland at Howard County Antique Show

Did you know that Sharon Osborne collects early american folk art?

Did you know that Sharon Osborne, wife of Ozzy Osborne, collects early american folk art?

Attention serious early american folk art collectors!! This is the show you do not want to miss. If you are very particular about what particular items you add to your collection, then you probably want to go to this show. One day only…and only features 85 top notch exhibitors that specialize in 18th and 19th Century furniture, accessories and folks art.

Where: Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, Maryland
When: March 29th, 9am – 4pm

More details here: www.heartlandantiqueshow.com

The 54th Shenandoah Antiques Expo

Its sometimes difficult to take it all in! There's so much to see!

Its sometimes difficult to take it all in! There’s so much to see!

I saved my favorite for last! Just two hours south west of Richmond, VA, this big show does not disappoint (you can read about it here). Not only is there tons to see inside the Expo Center, there are even more treasures to sift through outdoors! It’s a beautiful ride past Charlottesville, through the mountains and if the weather is nice, I promise…it will make for a great day! Wear some good walking shoes, grab a hot dog and bring some cold hard cash!

Where: Expoland, Fishersville, VA, I-64 (exit 91) in the Valley, near Waynesboro and Staunton
When: May 9th and 10th, admission is $10 the first day and $5 the second day

Plan your trip: www.heritagepromotions.net

Copyright 2014. The Savvy Seeker blog by Erin Hurley-Brown. All Rights Reserved.

Art, Antiques and Design at The Science Museum of Virginia

Hey ya’ll! Hope you had an absolutely lovely Valentine’s Day weekend! Did you go out to a nice dinner or take your loved one to see a romantic comedy at the nearest movie theater? This Valentine’s Day, I managed to convince the Mr. to take baby Sunny and I to a unique event at the Science Museum of Virginia, called Arts, Antiques and Design in Richmond (Plus, it was Sunny’s very first antique show!!! Never to early to start…right?).

The Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA (Photo from RVANews.com)

The Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA (Photo from RVANews.com)

For three days, a small group of antique dealers from Ohio to the Carolinas, gathered in the main room of the Science Museum to showcase some select and beautiful high end antiques. Overall, I would say the show definitely had a very southern feel to it…with more traditional pieces such as bow front chests and highboys, transferware, Hepplewhite and Sheraton pieces, as well as artwork.

Below is small sampling of some of my favorite items that we saw:

Pretty as a picture...LOVE these two framed transferware tiles that featured sunflowers!

Pretty as a picture…LOVE these two framed transferware tiles that featured sunflowers!

This dealer had the most pristine collection of English transferware that I’ve ever seen…thus demanding top dollar for most of these pieces. I feel in love with these two framed sunflower transferware tiles.

I wonder how many hours went into making this tramp art picture frame (dated 1890-1910)?

I wonder how many hours went into making this tramp art picture frame (dated 1890-1910)?

This tramp art jewelry box with personalized with the original owners name. Even with some slight damage, this piece was still a show stopper!

This tramp art jewelry box with personalized with the original owners name. Even with some slight damage, this piece was still a show stopper!

Now ya’ll know that I love folk art! I nearly fainted when I laid my eyes upon these two objects! Look at the craft-work on this early tramp art picture frame and jewelry box. Love, love, love!!!

Mahogany chest with original drawer pulls.

Mahogany chest with original drawer pulls.

Love this old farm table! Can you spot the Mr. with the stroller in the background?

Love this old farm table! Can you spot the Mr. with the stroller in the background?

Instead of pewter, this display featured copper lusterweare and Imari porcelain.

Instead of pewter, this display featured copper lusterweare and Imari porcelain.

Gates Antiques had several booths that showcased their fine array of early american and English antiques. Out of the lot, I especially liked this mahogany chest, early farm table and large English pewter cupboard.

I had my eye on the pewter dish, underneath of the teapot. Priced at $75...I felt that was a good price for its age.

I had my eye on the pewter dish, underneath of the teapot. Priced at $75…I felt that was a good price for its age.

If pewter is more of your thing, then this dealer from Ohio had the selection for you…all very reasonably priced.

Drool. That is all I can say...

Drool. That is all I can say…

Okay…lately I have been obsessed with Early American salt glazed pottery. It doesn’t matter if it’s from the Ohio/Pennsylvania region or down in South Carolina…I’ve got to add one of these to my collections of antiques in our home. Look at the blue markings on the front of this example!! Gorgeous…but at $395…I’d have to save a few more pennies before I invest in one.

Oh la la...look at this adorable french painting from 1920!

Oh la la…look at this adorable french painting from 1920!

Having a minor in African history, I am always drawn to American folk art created by African Americans.

Having a minor in African history, I am always drawn to American folk art created by African Americans.

With a background in illustration, I’m a sucker for stellar antique artwork. These two examples were my favorites from the day…A french painting from 1920 of a young girl and her cat and a folk art watercolor by an African American artist from 1930 called “The Dance of Big Apple Mother.” If the Mr. would let me spend about $6,000, I could have walked away with both.

Well, there you have it folks! Lots of goodies at this three day event! If you’re intrigued…keep an eye out as this show will roll around again next year around this time, so mark your calendars! Speaking of calendars, I’ll soon be posting my 2014 Antique Show Listing for spring…so be on the look out!

Copyright 2014. The Savvy Seeker blog by Erin Hurley-Brown. All Rights Reserved.

Before & After: Guest Room to Nursery

Howdy folks! If you were wondering where the heck I was for most of 2013, I was busy cookin’ a baby! The Mr. and I welcomed our Little Miss Sunshine, Sunny Grace, on December 16th of 2013…just about a week shy of Christmas (and almost a week past her original due date!). She is the most amazing treasure that we’ve ever received!!

Stevie Wonder had it right...Isn't she lovely!

Stevie Wonder had it right…Isn’t she lovely!

Apparently, it’s true what they say about pregnant ladies and the need to “nest.” I guess most normal women simply spend that time cleaning and getting rid of some extra clutter. I took “nesting” to an extreme level. Just ask the Mr.! I drove him crazy! Every day I was purging old clothes, getting rid of worn out Tupperware, re-arranging pictures on the walls and running the vacuum about every 3 hours! What a perfect time to also turn our guest room into a nursery!!

A sweet cottage style nursery...with soft colors and vintage touches!

A sweet cottage style nursery…with soft colors and vintage touches!

I knew I wanted to keep a cottage feeling to what used to be the guest room, with the use of soft colors and vintage inspired items. Once we found out that we were having a girl, I started going bonkers with the color pink! The the Mr. made me tone it down with accents of green and yellow. We purchased some wonderfully fun artwork from Marius Valdes and Susie Ghahremani to add a sense of whimsy to the walls. (Artwork frame tip: If you purchase a frame for your artwork from Hobby Lobby, they will attach wall hanging hardware and wire to the back of it for just $1!!)

Who doesn't love a sock monkey?

Who doesn’t love a sock monkey?

The only big splurge for the room were the black-out curtain panels, which were purchased at Pottery Barn Kids. We turned to places like Etsy, Ebay, Craigslist to score some really fantastic deals on crib bedding, pillows, vintage toys (every nursery needs a sock monkey!) and artwork. The adorable vintage wooden rocker was a $30 score off of Craigslist.

Remember this old dresser? Looks a lot better after a fresh coat of Chalk Paint!

Remember this old dresser? Looks a lot better after a fresh coat of Chalk Paint!

Remember this dresser? If not, it was featured in this post…it went from drab to fab with some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White. We decided to keep it in the nursery and add a changing pad to the top. Using a dresser for a babies changing station is awesome! We store the wipes and the diapers in the top two drawers…and pull out whatever we need while changing baby Sunny. A handy change of clothes are stored in the drawers below for easy access and whatever we don’t want gets tossed in the cute white wicker hamper (purchased from Overstock.com).

Come on in...but you may have to change a diaper while you're here!

Come on in…but you may have to change a diaper while you’re here!

And of course, nothing is more fitting for a nursery than a few personal touches! The beautiful antique quilt was a gift from my mother and the vintage Kermit the Frog was my all time favorite toy when I was a toddler. The antique Victorian picture frame holds a hand stitched, hand dyed wool applique that I created myself for Sunny’s room. The frame was a $20 purchase from West End Antiques, which I later painted with the same Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that I had left over from the dresser project.

Nothing like a fun craft project to keep you occupied for 9 months!

Nothing like a fun craft project to keep you occupied for 9 months!

This little craft project was a perfect distraction for me during the first 4 months of my pregnancy. I suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, or what is otherwise known as extreme, 24-hour morning sickness. Then at 16 weeks, we received some abnormal hormone testing that placed us in a high risk pregnancy category. That same week we received news that my father-in-law was diagnosed with stage-4 colon cancer (just six months after my mother-in-law lost her battle to cancer). Needless to say, 2013 had it’s challenges…that’s why the blog postings were few and far between.

This year, I’m looking forward to all of the surprises that being a new mom will bring to me! I’m excited to learn from the love of my daughter and to teach her about all of the things that I treasure. I also hope to keep writing and posting new stories when I can! And thanks to all of our friends, family and coworkers who offered their love and support during our sometimes trying journey to being new parents! Here’s to hoping 2014 stays Sunny!

Copyright 2014. The Savvy Seeker blog by Erin Hurley-Brown. All Rights Reserved.

I’m Back!!! Well, sort of…

Hey ya’ll!!!! Lots going on in my life right now, so I first owe ya’ll an apology for not posting since May. Shame on me!! Forgive me? Good. Where did we leave off?

It’s kinda-sorta-almost fall again!! And you know what that means? TONS of antique festivals, antique shows, bizarres, barn-pickin’s and auctions. Here’s a smattering for you to choose from!

Lots of vintage and antique treasures to be found at the Vintage Home Market.

Lots of vintage and antique treasures to be found at the Vintage Home Market.

Vintage Home Market

For those of you in the Richmond, VA area, you’ll be in for a treat at the RIR Raceway Complex this November! The Vintage Home Market returns with lots of antiques, vintage treasures and works by artisans from all around the central eastern region. For those of you looking for that perfect retro stool for your kitchen or a rusty sign for your entry way, this show is for you!

When: Saturday & Sunday, November 23 & 24, 9am – 5pm
Where: Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnam Ave., Richmond, VA 23222

For more info, visit: www.thevintagehomemarket.com

Um...early american salt glaze pottery? Yes! Please!

Um…early american salt glaze pottery? Yes! Please! Up for auction at Victoria Auction Multi-Estate Auction.

Dolly Parton could have sang a song about a "quilt of many colors"...beautiful hand made antique quilt to curl up with!

Dolly Parton could have sang a song about a “quilt of many colors”…beautiful hand made antique quilt to curl up with!

Victoria Auction – Multi-Estate Auction

Spend your Saturday afternoon raising your auction paddle at the upcoming country auction by Victoria Auction. Tons of not-to-be-missed primitive southern treasures can be found from this multi-estate auction in Victoria, VA. Items include period furnishings, americana, pottery, advertising, country store items, folk-art, toys, antique lighting…too much to miss! I am found of Victoria Auctions because they do not charge a Buyer’s fee and they always have a top notch variety of americana antiques for those that are serious about antique collecting.

When: Saturday, September 21st, 9:00am
Where: 1819 Main St., Victoria, VA

For more info, visit: www.victoria-auction.com/sept212013.htm

Adamstown, PA extravaganza goodness!!!

Adamstown, PA extravaganza goodness!!!

2013 Antique Extravaganza Weekends – September Event

For those lucky ducks that live or are traveling near Adamstown, PA/Lancaster County, DO NOT miss this event! Of all the places I’ve travelled to for antique treasures, Lancaster County has to be my favorite. Some of the most rare and exquisite antiques that I’ve ever seen in my life have come from this region. There’s a reason folks that they call this the “Antiques Capital of the USA.” For real.

A friend (thanks Evelyn!!) dropped me a note about this event…sadly I can’t attend, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t!!! In fact, you should go for me and then tell me what awesome treasure you found to add to your collection! This event includes dozens of antique stores, outdoor markets and dealers, as well as specialty shops.

When: September 26, 27, 28, 29
Where: 1819 Main St., Victoria, VA

For more info, visit: www.antiquescapital.com/extrav.htm

How about a fine reverse-painted table lamp or early 20th century Stickley rocking chair? Check out Rago Arts Unreserved auction!

How about a fine reverse-painted table lamp or early 20th century Stickley rocking chair? Check out Rago Arts Unreserved auction!

Rago Arts – Early 20th Century Design, Unreserved Auction

For auction goers who collect early 20th century goods such as George Ohr pottery or Gustav Stickley furniture (my personal fav), then do not miss this opportunity to own some of these fine craftsman antiques at stellar prices.

Not familiar with Rago Arts? Sure you are…if you watch Antiques Roadshow that is! David Rago and Suzanne Perrault have been appraisers for the show for years and both have lectured and written books on decorative ceramics and porcelain.

When: September 20th, 10:00am
Where: Rago Arts and Auction Center, 333 N. Main St., Lambertville, NJ08530

For more info, visit: shop.ragoarts.com/discovery/artsandcrafts

Love early American primitives? Then The Richmond Antique Spectacular is for you!

Love early American primitives? Then The Richmond Antique Spectacular is for you!

The Richmond Antiques Spectacular at The Meadow Event Park

Looking for some high end primitives or good quality early American antiques? Then this show is for you. I haven’t been to this show in a while…which used to be held at the Showplace in Mechanicsville, VA…so looks like they have a new location this year. From what I remember of years past, its a great show…but if you are looking for flea market style bargains, you may want to skip this one. This is a show for serious collectors who are seeking that specific treasure for their personal collection. Lots of beautiful objects to look through however, so even if you just want to be inspired…you should attend!

When: November 23 & 24, 10am – 6pm – Admission is $5.00
Where: The Meadow Event Park, Doswell, VA

For more info, visit: renaissancepromotions.net/RenaissancePromotionsInc.htm

That’s it from me for now! If you know of another fun, upcoming event for this fall, send me a note and I’ll add to the list!

Copyright 2013. The Savvy Seeker blog by Erin Hurley-Brown. All Rights Reserved.

Lucketts Spring Market and Victoria Auctions

Hey ya’ll!!!! Looks like I’ve been as absent as this spring has been! I don’t know what the weather has been like where ya’ll live…but so far, this spring has been cold, wet and dreary. Not exactly the perfect outdoor flea market hunting type weather that I was hoping for. Though, some of you may love the rain…in fact it might make you do things like this. I’ve mostly been primping around the house and the garden, but there are some pretty amazing events coming up that might make one come out from their cave!!

Lots to see and do at Lucketts! (Photo from blondemomentintheburbs.blogspot.com)

Lots to see and do at Lucketts! (Photo from blondemomentintheburbs.blogspot.com)

Have you guys ever been to the Luckett’s Spring Market? For those of you that live near Leesburg, VA…this annual event is a real treat!! I used to live right down the road and I can remember attending this event when I was younger with my mom. Back then, it was MUCH  smaller and was mostly comprised of high end dealers. Now, the event takes over 15 beautiful acres in Northern VA and offers antiques, cool retro finds, funky home decor and more!

I think this bench would be perfect for my front porch!!

I think this bench would be perfect for my front porch!! (Photo from luckettstoreblog.blogspot.com)

Need aromatherapy? I love the smell of fresh herbs for the garden!

Need aromatherapy? I love the smell of fresh herbs for the garden!

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Which wicker item would you choose? I like the hanging baskets…imagine them filled with lavender! (Photo from luckettstoreblog.blogspot.com)

Need a break from shopping? Rest a while in one of these funky vintage chairs.

Need a break from shopping? Rest a while in one of these funky vintage chairs. (Photo from luckettstoreblog.blogspot.com)

Have fun shopping and looking at the awesome eye candy from over 170 dealers May 18 & 19, from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $10 (kids 12 and under are free and NO pets are allowed). If you need more details, visit the Lucketts Store Blog.

How about a day trip to Nottoway County for a good country auction?

How about a day trip to Nottoway County for a good country auction?

Don’t want to drive to Northern VA? How about a day trip to Wilsons, VA? If you live in the central VA area, and love attending a good country auction, then I highly suggest you sign up to receive updates from Victoria Auctions. There’s a great auction going on Saturday, May 18 at 10am that will take place at a beautiful country farmhouse in Nottoway County. I don’t know about ya’ll….forget the contents of the house, just GIVE ME THIS HOUSE!! How gorgeous is that place?!

Here’s a smattering of the goods up for auction:

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Early antique cast iron bank…

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I’m guessing this is something that came out of a nearby general store?

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Beautiful southern crocks…

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And who doesn’t love a nice pie safe?

So make sure you get out this month and attend one of the many fun antiquing events going on in our region! And if you go…drop me a line and tell me what treasure you brought home! Happy Hunting!!

Copyright 2013. The Savvy Seeker blog by Erin Hurley-Brown. All Rights Reserved.

Q&A: Julie Sudbeck of Hunt and Found

Q: Tell us briefly about yourself – What are your interests and hobbies?

A: I am a wife and stay at home mom of 4 children – 3 girls, 1 boy, 2 cats and a very large lovable golden retriever. I love to read and get lost in a great book. I consider myself a sophisticated potato chip connoisseur. I love to decorate, redecorate and my surroundings. My favorite place to be is at our summer lake home in a small northwest Iowa town. When I am there I spend my days either on the end of the dock or hitting the local flea markets.

Don't you love these old tweed suitcases? Use them to store your treasures or stack them to make a table!

Don’t you love these old tweed suitcases? Use them to store your treasures or stack them to make a table!

Q: Describe your style in three words or less: 

A: Vintage eclectic

The graphics on this old soda crate are just AWESOME!

The graphics on this old soda crate are just AWESOME!

Q: What inspired you to open Hunt And Found and start selling antique goods on Etsy?

A: The inspiration to open my Etsy store can be summed up by 3 words-desire, desperation, and distraction.  I have always had a desire to open my own store however that was happily backseated by the commitment of being a stay at home mom and raising my children first.  The desperation was my need to lessen my mounting vintage inventory in my home curated by my endless thrifting and flea marketing. Yes my children have thrown down the hoarder word a time or two. And lastly, my need for distraction. My mom and lifetime best friend, whom I called a million times a day and shopped with endlessly, had just passed away from a brain tumor.  I was facing an enormous void in my life and I knew a distraction of some sort was needed.  So one night when I was window shopping on Etsy the lightbulb went on…an Etsy store was a perfect fit for me. I had my shop, it was an online shop but perfect for the stay at home mom and everything could be worked around my kids schedule. My vintage shopping was now considering “going to market” for my Etsy store. And was it a distraction. YEP, I was a one man show…sales started and I have been crazy busy ever since!  I even dedicated a shop section to my mom called Josephine’s closet.

You know you want these vintage Mason Chippewa Falls cowgirl boots! I actually have a pair that are very similar...LOVE the color!

You know you want these vintage Mason Chippewa Falls cowgirl boots! I actually have a pair that are very similar…LOVE the color!

Maybe this vintage Pendleton woolen cape is more your style. Love the color!

Maybe this vintage Pendleton woolen cape is more your style. Love the color!

Q: Most of the items that you sell in your Etsy shop have an industrial feel to them. Are you drawn to these types of antiques? If so, why?

A: I do find myself drawn to vintage industrial but I honestly can’t tell you exactly why I am.  Perhaps it is the metal of industrial pieces, I find metal a great texture to add to a home.  Maybe it is the color of the vintage metal-it is usually very simple and drab but has a calming feel when incorporated in a home.  I could even speculate that the clean lines that most industrial pieces possess attract me, I do favor modern edge when decorating.  I also think when decorating your surroundings and putting something in your home that does not typically belong in a home-like a great industrial piece that was maybe once used in a factory-makes a great statement piece and makes everyone go “WOW where did you get that-I love it!!”

Gettin' industrial with this lovely factory cart that would make a perfect coffee table!

Gettin’ industrial with this lovely factory cart that would make a perfect coffee table!

Store some magazines in this vintage locker basket!

Store some magazines in this vintage locker basket!

Q: Where do you go for antique inspiration? Are there particular blogs that you like to read or magazines?

A: I find the most inspirational places for vintage would have to be the flea markets in Okoboji, Iowa where our lake home is located.  Many of the vendors have been selling their whole life and are really good at what they do. They come from different states so you get a good mix of vintage from different regions.  My favorite magazine to read is Country Living and my fav blog would have to be Apartment Therapy. They both do a great job of featuring the vintage lifestyle of today.

Is an old duck decoy more your speed?

Is an old duck decoy more your speed?

Q: I’m always fascinated by what kind of antiques you can find in a certain region of the country, like the abundance of early American primitives that you can find in Pennsylvania. What kind of antiques are plentiful or popular in the mid-west?

A: The Midwest vintage finds are plentiful in what I consider “vintage farm fresh.” You get a variety of what a farmer would use to make his living off of the land which might include colorful egg gathering baskets, chicken feeders, turkey feeders, farm harvest tables, 3 legged milking stools, wagon wheels, milk cans, the discs of old plows, galvanized buckets and old horse collars.

Farm fresh from Omaha...or Omaha Street!

Farm fresh from Omaha…or Omaha Street!

Q: Do you have a flea market or a special place that you like to visit for your finds?

A: One of my fav places to shop vintage that tops my list for vintage finds-hands down is Junk Bonanza in Shakopee, MN. This is the mecca of vintage and the early bird ticket is a must and a very very very large vehicle for getting your vintage finds home is mandatory.

Get cozy with a funky flour sack pillow...galvanized bucket optional:)

Get cozy with a funky corn sack pillow…galvanized bucket optional:)

Q: What is the most unique antique item that you’ve had on your Etsy store (Hunt And Found)?

A: My most unique vintage find has not made it to my Etsy store yet. One day while on the hunt, the sweet man that I was dealing with must have known by my persistent inquiries of what he had that I was looking for something different that day.  He disappeared to his back room and reappeared with these very carefully wrapped items. When he unwrapped them I knew I had to have them! So simple but just so very unique. He had three glass corked bottles of vintage mineral samples from the University of Nebraska science department. They were from the 1950′s and the shape of the bottles were very scientific looking, the vintage labels were vintage amazing -everything about them was perfect!

Store some goodies in this old mini file cabinet. I'd use it to store jewelry or other small treats.

Store some goodies in this old mini file cabinet. I’d use it to store jewelry or other small treats.

Q: Is there any special treasure that you are looking for – for your own home?

A: The special treasure for my own home seems to be an on going hunt and one I consider a benefit of my job : ) It is an ever changing treasure item but I think one item that has been on my list from very early is a vintage drafting table. I have found several but they just have not had everything I am looking for in one. I know the one I want is out there and one day when I am NOT looking for it is when I will find it!!

What do you think this was used for? To hold medical files or magazines?

What do you think this was used for? To hold medical files or magazines?

Special thanks to Julie for the interview and be sure to check out her Etsy shop, Hunt and Found!

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