Post title from the ever classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail:
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the Saturday where I kept showing up at sales and finding these awesome vintage items at near giveaway prices that had already been scooped up. As I was leaving one house, I thought to myself: "I'm glad I'm not out here looking for vintage items only. I'd be a wreck after seeing all that."
That got me to thinking about my quest. What is the driving force that puts me out there every Saturday and as many other days as possible. Do I have a Holy Grail? When I walk up to a table and scan my eye over the goodies thereon, what do I want to see leaping out at me?
I think I have an advantage by selling in a flea market style mall. I'm not bound to any rules or perceptions of what is or is not "vintage" or an "antique." If I want to buy and sell that Teletubby, then I can buy and sell that Teletubby. I also do not have to worry about fighting the myriad of ever-changing eBay rules and regs. I don't feel bound by what my smart phone might say about what an item is bringing right now in online auctions. It's incredibly freeing and allows me to take chances and be creative.
I'm also a seller, not a maker or re-maker or fixer upper or doer. I have no, I repeat no discernible talent for that kind of thing and no patience to try and learn one. I admire those who do, especially the ones with the vision that takes them beyond what they see in front of them and leads them to make it into something classy and timeless, not trendy. The ones who know when to stop embellishing at just the right moment. The ones who are quirky and have a sense of humor about what they're creating. I cannot do this, and it's really better if I don't even try. I consider myself a sourcer of raw materials for these people. I have no doubt that there are things that have come out of my booth that are now vastly different from the way they were when they were bought. I'm happy to have given someone something to work with.
Somewhere along the path, this turned into a two-parter. I'm going to cut my general thoughts off here and come back later with something slightly more specific (or at least slightly less general). If the pics in this post look familiar, it's because they come from previous posts of my hauls.