Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My first blog post, WOOT!

This blog will be about my thrifting finds both vintage and current and the story behind the pick! You will also learn if I am reselling, upcycling, reusing, or repurposing the item.

About me and how this all started...

Well hello there and thanks for checking out my blog! I never thought I would be a blogger, but here I am. My thrifting and picking started shortly after my wonderful hubby and I decided it was time to have me stay home and create a nest for ourselves and our future children.
Up until this point I had worked a very busy job in the medical field and was at work close to 50 hours per week. My hubby had just landed a management position and was working more hours too. We were like two ships passing in the night. Or house was a mess. We had lived in the house for a year and a half and there were no personal photos or artwork on the walls, hardly any furniture, and a whole bunch of stress from too many hours worked. 
When I started to stay home, I cleaned and purged, it was a great feeling! My mother called me and said she had been purging the storage areas at their home as well and she had a bunch of my baby and early childhood items to hand over to me. She didn't care what I did with it. Throw it away, donate it, sell it, she didn't mind either way. I went to help her with the purge and we had so much fun together! Finding old artwork from grade school, My Little Pony, Barbie, Jem, Sesame Street. I loved going through the memories! Many things that were unusable to someone else were thrown away, nicer items were given to Goodwill. A few were kept for my future children and select pieces were put on Ebay. Ebay was a new venture for me, I had never done it. I just figured I would leave up the items until sold and that would be it. Well, the items started selling, and very well I might add! I decided this might be a nice way to have a little extra income since I was at home and would keep me as busy as I would want to be. After my kid stuff was sold, I started selling some of my massive stockpile of shoes, purses, and clothes that didn't fit or I didn't wear anymore. This Ebay thing was going well!
In August my hubby mentioned that our house just felt bare and not warm and cozy like a home should. With a budget of practically nothing, I started visiting thrift stores, yard and estate sales searching for items to fill up our home. My price range is free or dirt cheap. I cannot believe the treasures I found! I will begin posting a few here soon along with the price I paid, unless I am going to put it up for sale of course. If I am going to sell it, I will let you know if you can find it by my Ebay name~memorylane80s~or my Etsy shop~Vintage Dreams~.
Vintage? Yes, vintage! I like selling my newer items on ebay, but I especially love searching for vintage items to sell via my Etsy store, namely a little something some call mid-century modern. What is mid-century modern you ask? Think of the show Mad Men or Pan-Am and the decor and dress from that time period, 1950s and 1960s and that's what I am talkin' about!
So, I have two stores, one for current new and used items which are on Ebay and a store on Etsy for fabulous mid-century stuff.
Woosh, yep I love to talk and tell people about my finds, so here we go!


  1. Hi! I love your blog :-) I'm not sure how I stumbled upon it (linked from somewhere). Anyway, I've recently decided to start thrifting and reselling (I've done it here and there over the years on ebay, but want to do it more actively). I haven't sold on etsy but was wondering if you could give me some tips on how to know what to sell on ebay vs. etsy. I recently sold a couple of vintage clothing items on ebay, but am wondering if I could have gotten more for them on etsy. Feel free to email me if you get a chance (or a whole post dedicated to it would be great!). mefick@gmail dot com My husband is a recent thrift convert and we just started a blog ourselves:

    1. you are so kind, thanks! :) i will email you about etsy selling and check out your blog