I started collecting vintage items about 20 years ago. My mom has always loved antiques, auctions, garage sales and thrift shops. We sold collectibles together on Ebay for a few years in the 1990's, and were quite successful. My mom continued to sell at consignment shops to supplement her retirement income (and for fun). She still dabbles in selling, even though downsizing to an apartment slowed down her buying and selling. When I first started collecting, I read the collecting guides that really stressed condition, condition, condition of the item. So chipped, cracked, worn items seldom came home with me. Over the years my tastes have changed some, and I have my pretty collections and my rustic, junky collections. So, what do I collect? You will see my collections all over my house and gardens. I could never be a minimalist, but I like my collections and clutter to be ORGANIZED! Here are my favorite collectibles used outdoors: PAILS & BUCKETS:
You can just never have too many galvanized buckets.
It is still freezing cold here in northern Minnesota, so I am spending the morning with crafts and playing with an idea for a rustic Valentine's Day Mantel.
I started on the far left side of the mantel with a red dictionary, a jar full of white doilies and one red doily, a vintage clock, an old clipboard with a vintage Valentine from my Grandma's scrapbook.
Since Christmas is over, I have been scouring the thrift shops for heart shapes. Here I have a vintage heart cake pan from Bake King, a Jello mold, a necklace and heart from a necklace, and a tin heart cookie cutter.