Announcement Aunt Sisters love SUMMER! Camping, boating, the beach, flowers, gardens, yard sales, picnics, outdoor parties...we love it all!
Aunt Sisters love SUMMER! Camping, boating, the beach, flowers, gardens, yard sales, picnics, outdoor parties...we love it all!
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- Vintage Luggage 48
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- Vintage Kitchen Items 60
- Vintage Home Decor 65
- Toys and Puzzles 132
- Other Vintage Treasures 97
Zach Absher on Jul 27, 2016
“It’s not about the stuff, it’s about the feeling”.
The word sister has always meant “love” in our family. My sister and I grew up watching our mom help take care of her sister, who was intellectually challenged. Aunt Barbara almost always called our mom “Sister” and she often said to our mom, “I love you, Sister”.
We found the name “Aunt Sister” in a series of books that we read by a southern female author. This author wrote about two sisters in Alabama who seemed to fall into some pretty hilarious mysteries. One sister was referred to as “Mouse” and the other sister as “Sister”. In the course of the story it was mentioned that “Sister” was known as “Aunt Sister” to her nieces and nephews. We loved that name! Over the years, we would jokingly refer to each other as Aunt Sister or occasionally we used it as a threat to our growing kids that if they strayed from our side in a department store that we would have it announced over the PA system that “their Aunt Sister was waiting for them in the bra department”. It’s funny, but we never did have to follow through on that threat.
We began to use the name Aunt Sisters Picks when we tried our hands at decorating a couple of antique booths in the Springfield and Adams, TN areas. We also attended our first ever “festival”…in a cold warehouse in Westmoreland, TN, one February weekend at a mule auction. A friend talked us into it, then basically showed us how to decorate and display our booth. In one weekend we went from laying our items out in “yard sale” style…flat and side by side..to stacking our tables on top of each other, filling our cabinets with knick knacks, using our wooden ladders to display and more. Now, that is one of the things we love about going to festivals…setting up our “shop”.
About this same time we “found” ETSY and jumped in with both feet. We started with ugly Christmas sweaters and cracked ourselves up trying to be funny and draw attention to our new shop. January arrived and we struggled to change our voice from tongue in cheek to a more serious tone with our listing descriptions. We have now found a middle ground between playful and friendly lines with accurate descriptions of the quality, style, measurements and flaws of our items. From the beginning we were thrilled that someone would buy what we had picked out and be as happy as us or even more so with what we had found. We loved the positive reviews we received. When a customer wrote that we had found a much loved book from their childhood or a sheet that she had slept on at her Mee-Maw’s house, we felt a connection to them and it spurred us on to find more. We have recently put into words what we have learned from our customers: “It’s not about the stuff, it’s about a feeling.”
We have always strived to find the best quality vintage items and then offer them for sale at a fair price. We try to quickly answer convos and we ship out sold items as quickly as we can. We are honest and friendly and we do our best to convey this in all of our dealings with our customers. We live by the Golden Rule in our business and personal lives.
Our first “picks” and listings were all over the place from vintage clothing to knick knacks. We eventually moved away from vintage clothing and left that category up to one of our daughters who has a small ETSY shop, HalfSkyCovered. We also moved away from most dishes and glassware, although Aunt Sister Cindy does love pyrex and always buys it. We moved toward fabric linens—sheets, towels, curtains, and more and have found a niche there. The linens complement our larger eclectic mix of what we like and what is up and coming—suitcases, globes, maps, toys, furniture and more.
Since our first show at the mule auction we have tried two other local venues—the flea market and a local outdoor festival in the early fall, next door to Aunt Sister Deb. We have participated in the growing Handmade Harvest Festival in Bethpage, TN for the last 3 years and have found that it is the perfect venue for us—we know a lot of the folks that visit our booth, the weather is usually warm, and it’s a friendly and growing festival. We usually get all of our family involved at festival time—from our parents to our children. It usually takes all of us to get our items to the fair, set up the booth, sell, sell, sell, and take it all back down again.
After our shop was up and running on ETSY, we turned to our son, Matt, to create a website for us. He created our auntsisterspicks website and attached a blog to it. We regularly blog as a way to reach out to our customers, new and returning. Through our blog we let them know what we’ve been up to, in both the vintage world and with our family, and when we’ve created a coupon to use in our shop. We always try to include photos and we always thank our customers for their loyalty. We also have an Instagram account “auntsisterspicks” where we post a lot of our finds and photos of the back of Aunt Sister Deb’s loaded Explorer an
Aunt Sister Cindy
Aunt Sister Cindy shops daily to find “stuff”. She believes when the price is right, the customer feels like she is the one “finding” the “stuff”.
Aunt Sister Deb
Aunt Sister Deb reaches out to our customer family through our blog, AuntSistersPicks, with family and shop news, the latest picks and coupons to spend in our shop.
Uncle Brother Tony
Uncle Brother Tony is head of our packing/shipping department. We give him all the credit for our reviews that compliment our packing.
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