Just two weekends of every year, one of my favorite vintage jewelry suppliers visits a nearby town. It is a husband and wife team who spend their days on the road, traveling all across the US in search of vintage and antique pieces, oddities, bits and bobs, and sometimes, rare treasures. I look forward to these two weekends literally all year long. I plan ahead with my gloves, my camera, hand sanitizer and make sure my entire morning is cleared to delegate as much digging time as possible.
Seven 10 foot tables are piled with thousands and thousands of things to dig through. By the end of it, my shoulders are sore and achy, my stomach is growling, my eyes are tired from squinting, and my heart is so very full. Honestly, the thrill of the hunt is right up there next to designing itself. If I could make a living searching for, and keeping, these precious items I would. Alas, bill collectors aren't paid with an etched 1840s gold filled brooch... if only!
I also scored some fantastic mismatched vintage silverware from this sweet couple. I plan to use them for our wedding next spring, and continue to use them once our house is fitted with a dining room (we've been eating at our kitchen island for 3 years now....).
The sweetest thing that makes my day when I visit this lovely couple's array of oddities, is that they recognize me. They sell to hundreds, maybe thousands, of people across the country on their trips and yet they remember not only my face, but my name. It just makes the day that much sweeter.
Please enjoy these photos from my day, taken gleefully with their permission.
Don't forget to join us starting Thursday at 8pm EST for our biggest sale of the year and 30% off all website orders. We'll also have Melvin the Mini Bus parked in downtown for Small Business Saturday and will also be honoring our big sale there as well. Join us at 913 Boundary Street in Beaufort, SC from 10am-4pm. See you there!
Also don't forget to enter our giveaway! You could win one of two $25 gift cards or a grand prize of a $150 gift card. Just in time for our big weekend sale. I don't know about you, but free is my favorite number! Visit our Facebook and find our recent 'giveaway' post to enter.