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Family heirlooms bloom into a vintage obsession (featuring Stevie Nicks hair)

Originally Posted August 8th 2016

If you’ve read my “about me” section either here or on one of my Etsy sites you already know that my love of all things old began in 3rd grade. Here’s the Reader’s Digest version for those who haven't read it:

When I was in 3rd grade my great aunt Mary Frances passed away and left her house and everything in it to my dad. My family travelled from Jacksonville down to Delray Beach Florida to do the clean out/treasure hunt (ok maybe I was the only one who saw it as a treasure hunt…)

To sum up the experience it was a huge pain in the ass for my parents and a life changing, career inspiring event for me :)

Among the many, many things I still have of hers my favorite items are an old candlestick phone that has been converted into a lamp and a beautiful collection of vintage costume jewelry.

The jewelry would end up playing a significant role in my early vintage selling career when I decided to part with some of it to help finance the biggest and most significant event of my life- moving out of my hometown. It was 2008, I was fresh out of college and scrounging to gather enough money to move to NYC.  

In my first ever foray into vintage resale, I posted a listing on Craigslist and set up a meeting with a very nice vintage jewelry collector at a local coffee shop. I don’t remember her name but I do remember that she had Stevie Nicks hair and was wearing at least 7 vintage brooches pinned haphazardly to her sweatshirt. She bought everything I offered for a cool $1500. My young mind was blown! 

When I got home and told my parents how much money my Great Aunt’s “junk” jewelry fetched, their jaws hit the floor. To this day we all try not to dwell on all of the items that were thrown or given away in the frantic Delray house clean out.

It would still be several years before I decided to pursue a life of slinging vintage. It just never occurred to me, which seems crazy considering how much joy I got from rifling through my great aunt’s belongings, and how I’ve always been an avid thrifter. I still treasure my first estate sale find- a rhinestone bobby pin purchased for me by my mom when I was about 6 years old. 

It’s comforting to realize that although I’ve changed and grown a lot, my love of scavenging and treasure hunting has always been there, waiting for me to figure out how to monetize it :)

I am excited for each step of growing my business and to see if I’m actually able to maintain a blog! Whenever I do get around to posting I will be sure to announce it via Instagram. Find me there :)  @diamonddustvintage

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