Friday, July 12, 2013

Whew! Etsy Buzziness!

I LOVE having my etsy shop!  I love hunting for things that I think others will like or finding things and keeping them for awhile and then listing them or even sending them off with one of our family's favorite recipes.  

However I don't always have time to take nice pictures, measure and describe, and weigh all those items for how much they would cost to ship to Maine.  (Okay, my one gripe about etsy is that you have to estimate the most expensive shipping because it doesn't adjust the shipping for different locations like ebay does.  At least I get to surprise people with a nice little refund.)  

But for the past couple mornings I have cataloged and photographed and weighed and measured several items.  

Wanna' see a sneak peek?  (I always want to spell that peak - always.  I have to make a special effort to NOT write sneak peak.  Worker Bee - my own grammar cop - would be proud.)

These flashcards are from the 50s!  Glad to see time hasn't changed in 60+ years.  

Love the style of this bread box and I'm tempted to keep it, but I really don't have a spot to put it.  

My mom had tons of this moon and stars stuff when I was a kid and I didn't appreciate it then and now I just like to find it for you but I'm not tempted to keep it, even though this is in one of my favorite colors.  Lucky you!  

A friend of mine recently retired from teaching and she gave me three paper boxes full of great vintage educational aids.  Love them but I can only keep so many.  These sets are from the 1960s.  They are in great shape.  Imagine all the little hands that used them to learn their addition and subtraction facts.

I was never a Brownie myself, but I was a Junior Girl Scout for a brief amount of time.  Adorable vintage uniform and beanie.  Troop 305?  Are you out there still?

Got this at the same sale I got the bread box.  I can't bring myself to take the sugar and scoop out.  I just think it looks right this way.  Is that crazy?  Does it gross you out?  I don't think I would use the sugar but it just would look - gasp - naked without it. (so hope that one word does not lead to a bunch of strange spam)

My retired friend said they used to have to trace and make their own borders for the bulletin boards.  I CAN NOT imagine doing that!  I'm so bad that I am not careful about saving my current bulletin board borders. (Try saying that ten times really fast!)

 My biggest problem?  I keep buying and then squirreling my finds away so it's not cluttered and I forget about some of them!  Really need to get a handle on that!  Does anyone else have the same problem?


  1. The tracing borders remind me of a border pattern book that I used to have years ago. My cohorts called me the border queen because I accumulated so many borders. Ah, those were the days! I have stashed things away after buying them and forgotten about them, too! Hope you are enjoying your summer!

  2. Oops... I was going to leave a comment but I think I'll "go shopping" instead, Etsy shopping that is!


  3. Hi, Janelle. It's Lynne, from Highland Park. My students make my borders. I cut tons of 2" strips of white construction paper, explain the theme/topic, and turn the kids loose with crayons, markers, and colored pencils. I tell them to work "big, bright, and bold." The results are always amazing. Then I laminate the strips. I don't want to put the border people out of business, but the student-made strips make my heart smile every time I look at my bulletin boards.

  4. Heading to your shop now to see what you have in there:)

  5. I do have the same problem, with squirreling things away and forgetting I have them. My kids love this about me at Christmas time, hah! Because then I find them and they get even more stuff! Love all you fun items, and the bread box is really neat!! I think that the sugar looks good, but yes, it would be gross to use :)

  6. Wow i want to see that vintage bread box hand to hand and i want to see more vintage material in your shop...


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