Let Market Season Begin

May seems to be the starting point month for most market seasons everywhere.  Flea markets, rummage sales, garage sales and estate sales, antique shows and junk extravaganzas- they all seem to start when spring is headed into summer and continues until the fall.   I love this season.  I love selling at markets.  I get…

Operation Texas Antique Week Part 2

My day started out at 3:00 this morning, when my alarm went off.  I actually sat up and thought, “What is that?!”  Nothing on this earth needed to be making a single sound at that time of the night…or early morning and it took me a minute to figure out what that rude, obnoxious, violent…

Junk Mobsters Part 5

After returning to the Junk Mobster’s Shop and being invited to pick from The Don’s secret collection, I returned every week to sit and chat with the Mobster Family.   La Familia was fierce to outsiders but once those outsiders were accepted, they were treated like family. On a recent trip I got to be a…

Junk Mobsters Part 4

I sat in my car in front of the Junk Mobsters Shop wondering how I had arrived there in the first place.   I swore I would never go there again, and after the almost brawl I had with the Don at the estate sale, I thought I had ended on a high note- with me…

Junk Crazed Part 2

The next day, after the heart rate of being Junk Drunk had settled down to a level of just over caffeinated, I drove to my favorite top secret junk shop after it had been open for several hours.  I was just intending to breeze through and check if any treasures were still waiting to be…

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Junk Crazed Part 1

This past weekend started out like an ordinary one with a little bit of extra time on my hands.  My normal 40+ hour a week had me going to training and, because of that, I was traveling past several new junk shops. I stopped in at one when I saw a really neat cubby.  I…

Junk Mobsters Part 3

A few weeks after being thrown out of the Junk Mobster Shop, I saw a flyer on a bulletin board in a little coffee shop, for an estate sale.  The estate sale was for a founding family of a little town and I knew it would be good. I scouted out the house the day before,…

Shopping Recap: The Two Gentlemen Antique Shop

This past weekend, I was supposed to be glued to my desk, chair and computer to get my taxes done.   I told myself that the only “shopping” I was allowed to do was to pick up an item, that I bought the weekend before, that was too big to fit in my car at the time. …

Junk Mobsters Part 2

After the Mobster Junk Shop refused to sell me anything, I swore I would never go back.  I swore right out loud, in multiple phone calls, to my poor mother who probably thought she was talking to a teenager again- “Why won’t he call me?!”  Instead, I was yelling, “Why won’t they sell anything to…

A Day of Junk Shopping

After selling the majority of what I brought to the Vintage Whites Market, I made plans, last Saturday, to go on a stock up shopping trip.  My shopping plan was a loose one that was subject to change with no notice and since I was the only one going, my fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants style was just fine. …