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Like so many Vintage Sellers on Etsy, I give credit (or blame) for my fascination with vintage to my family. But I know almost precisely when it began: at a family picnic in the mountains West of Denver.

Just as we arrived, a huge thunderstorm began dumping rain on the campground site we had chosen. However, like most Summer storms in Colorado, we all knew it was just a big production number and would soon blow over, leaving the air fresh with the scent of pine, and the brilliant sun encouraging the birds to sing. But in the meantime, there was a bunch of bored teenagers to entertain.

My father looked across the gravel road and saw an old mountain cabin with a faded sign that read "Antiques and Old Stuff". Perfect! He sent us over in the pouring rain on a mission to find a spatula that he had "left behind" for the…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 11
  • Joined March 1, 2011

Favorite materials

paper, glass in many forms, beach worn glass, glass floats, stained glass, hand blown glass, vintage, etc, also fabric, found objects, rusted metal, household silver and books

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About

Like so many Vintage Sellers on Etsy, I give credit (or blame) for my fascination with vintage to my family. But I know almost precisely when it began: at a family picnic in the mountains West of Denver.

Just as we arrived, a huge thunderstorm began dumping rain on the campground site we had chosen. However, like most Summer storms in Colorado, we all knew it was just a big production number and would soon blow over, leaving the air fresh with the scent of pine, and the brilliant sun encouraging the birds to sing. But in the meantime, there was a bunch of bored teenagers to entertain.

My father looked across the gravel road and saw an old mountain cabin with a faded sign that read "Antiques and Old Stuff". Perfect! He sent us over in the pouring rain on a mission to find a spatula that he had "left behind" for the hamburgers. After drying out on the cabin's rough-hewn porch, my cousins and I spent the better part of an hour prowling around this little dusty jewel box of a store, eventually sprawling on the floor in front of an old dresser, crammed with old post cards, photos, love letters, and cards. And I mean crammed. My romantic 16 year old cousin came away with an armful of love letters and photos and I borrowed enough money from her to buy a sweet little German demitasse set that I still have today. Even my cousin Billy scooped up some antique fountain pens that started a wonderful collection.

Spatula?

Never found one. Just as well, as we arrived back my father "found" it at the bottom of a cardboard box. There were five of us that visited the "old stuff store" that day, and thereafter, every time we had a picnic in that mountain park, we would pay a visit. I am sure that store, with the memories it contained and the memories it created for all of us, was the genesis of the collecting bugs each one of us possess to this day. And I hope to instill in all of you the magic of that day we experienced with the hope of you creating some memories for yourself!

In the mood for sewing? Me too! Check out my "all things sewing" shop here on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/KeepsakesStudio Create a Keepsake of your own!

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