Lloyd Christopher's Profile

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First I should tell you that my profile photo was taken in at a company Christmas party in 1966, so it truly qualifies as a vintage photo.

How did I get started in the antique business? In the early 1970's my step-dad owned two antique shops on U S Highway 1 in Ft. Lauderdale. Around 1972 I started going to auctions and estate sales with Dad and on some Saturdays I helped out in one of the shops. (I called my step-father Dad because he had raised me since I was 2 years old, and had always been good to me). Soon I discovered that I loved buying the old stuff. After a couple of years of buying it came to the point that I needed to start selling some of the stuff, or move to a bigger home. Guess I came close to being a hoarder.

Around 1974 I started selling on Saturdays at a "Swap Meet" held on Saturdays and Sundays at the Tropicaire Drive-In…

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  • Born on June 23
  • Joined November 18, 2012

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Silk and Satin, Leather and Lace, Gold and Silver, Pearls, Jade, Emeralds, Sapphires, Diamonds, Rubys, Ivory, Topaz, Turquoise, Opals

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About

First I should tell you that my profile photo was taken in at a company Christmas party in 1966, so it truly qualifies as a vintage photo.

How did I get started in the antique business? In the early 1970's my step-dad owned two antique shops on U S Highway 1 in Ft. Lauderdale. Around 1972 I started going to auctions and estate sales with Dad and on some Saturdays I helped out in one of the shops. (I called my step-father Dad because he had raised me since I was 2 years old, and had always been good to me). Soon I discovered that I loved buying the old stuff. After a couple of years of buying it came to the point that I needed to start selling some of the stuff, or move to a bigger home. Guess I came close to being a hoarder.

Around 1974 I started selling on Saturdays at a "Swap Meet" held on Saturdays and Sundays at the Tropicaire Drive-In Theatre on Bird Road in Miami, and once a month I sold on Sundays at the Antique Flea Market held at the Coconut Grove Convention Center.

I had the bug! Soon I was selling either at the Tropicaire or at Coconut Grove almost every weekend. Exceptions were anniversary, wife's birthday, kid's birthdays, and holiday weekends when we usually did a family road trip. Selling at the flea markets was hard work, but I made enough money to keep it interesting. I remember one month when I sold three sets of bedroom furniture that I had bought at auction. For three weeks in a row I bought a bedroom set at auction on Friday night and sold it a the flea market on Sunday.
I should mention that my wife enjoyed going to the auctions too. That's how I got away with going on Friday nights. She used to get her own bidders number and buy stuff for the house.

Then, in 1995 eBay opened up. I started selling on eBay and gave up selling at the flea markets. Seemed like eBay was a lot less work than selling at the flea markets.

Eventually I grew tired of eBay and some of their policies so in January 2010, I opened my first Etsy shop, https://www.etsy.com/shop/AntiquesNOldies . September 2012 was when I opened my second Etsy shop, https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperTreasureChest.

I've been selling vintage and antique goods for the home for more than four decades, and now I've decided to open a shop selling vintage clothes, shoes, accessories, and jewelry, https://www.etsy.com/shop/GuysandDollsFashion?ref=ss_profile . It should be fun.

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