Monday, October 3, 2011

Thrift Haul: The Monster St. Augustine Vintage Score


This weekend I thrifted up a storm, starting in St. Augustine on Saturday and ending with my favorite thrift haunts here in Jacksonville on Sunday. I found numerous delicious vintage books I can't wait to devour and so many vintage valuables to sell! It's going to be a little overwhelming cleaning, photographing, and writing descriptions for all of these finds, but I'm up for the challenge.

The final picture is a sign I noticed on the back fence of the Ramona Flea Market in Jacksonville. (The one next to it is silly me holding a huge stuffed animal a vendor gave me for free!) The sign resonated with me; I'm embarking on a brave new journey. I no longer work in a cubicle as a writer, I'm now a full-time freelancer! I've landed a side PR gig already and I'm eager to take on more, so contact me if you need a writer, online marketer or PR person. I'll be offering packages soon which I'll talk more about soon once they're fully developed.

Leaving my full time job is like an exorcism, it was the final thing holding me back. I just couldn't do it all anymore. Being a freelancer/antique reseller is going to be hard work, but gives me more time to develop my Brick & Mortar and improve on this blog! After years it will be surreal not setting my alarm clock in the morning, but I know I'll enjoy leaving The Man! 

And if you're considering leaving your unfulfilling office job- I say, DO IT! Like the sign says, Be Brave!
Life's too short not to take risks and live for your dreams!


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39 comments:

  1. Good on you!! I bet you will do well and what great things you find everyone will be wanting to buy from you.

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  2. That is quite the haul and what great finds! Good luck with your new pursuits!

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  3. Yay you! Love the sign... you're going to do great.

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  4. Nelly & Anita: Thank you! :D

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  5. Brad: Thank you! And now I can follow-up with you and brainstorm in somewhat of a timely manner! ;)

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  6. Yay for quitting your job. I really want to hopefully soon I will take the leap. As always I'm in awe of your finds.

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  7. You won't look back :) I've had my "back-up" system set-up for months, though. I knew what I'd be doing afterwards.

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  8. you are not working foe the MAN? Woooo!!! Congrats hun! Loved that book on making dolls!!

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  9. Okay, that lamp is beyond adorable.

    And congrats on your leap of faith. You are so creative, hard working and smart, I know you'll make a success of it!

    Katy

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  10. Miss Lou: It's a creepy-cool book. All 70s craft books are ;) to me.

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  11. Katy: Thank you! I'm already working hard at it. You referencing the cowboy lamp? It's super adorable! I like the boat lamp of the Santa Maria, too...

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  12. Congrats!! H0w exciting!! I did the same thing about 8 years ago and never regretted it. :-) I predict you will do great!

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  13. Into Vintage: That means a lot coming from a pro like you. I may have to hit you up for tips!

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  14. Wow! Wow! Wow! So many great items! There is more than one thing in those photos that I would love to find!

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  15. That's awesome you decided to try and go out on your own. I know it may seem like taking a big leap of faith, but it's really great you're doing it now. I wish I'd done more of that when I was younger. Good luck!

    Oh, and great kitschy finds as usual!

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  16. I love love that booster seat! awesome haul.

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  17. Beckykay: It was a surprising haul of vintage goodies!

    A La Modern: Thank you! It was simply time to move on, my freelance efforts took over!

    Kirsty: I can't wait to take some detailed shots of it, the fabric is amazing!

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  18. Also, now you have that free time to come to Ohio!

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  19. Best of luck with the freelancing! I wish I was in a position to quit the dreaded day job. Maybe someday!

    <3 Jackie

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  20. It sounds like you're in a very good place right now... with some lovely thrift finds! :) Wishing you the best!


    Danielle
    http://loveandlookpretty.blogspot.com

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  21. Yay!! You dumped 'da Man'!! I bet there was an incredible weight lifted from your shoullders? I know that's how I felt when I quit an icky job years ago. AaaND lookit you! Have you lost more weight?(other than the job?) All dressed Florida-ish and schexxxy! :) You go girl! Great haul this week-lovin that booster seat!

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  22. I am unsure what my favorite find is! They are all so awesome!

    Smiles,
    the Joyful Thrifter

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  23. Yay to more time! We should get together and brainstorm about the TC B&M more now that I too am unemployed. BTW, do not sell that panda - I must have it!

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  24. Fenn: Indeed! Lemme make a bunch of money selling stuff first ;)

    Jackie: Thank you! There's never a "good position to quit," you just have to go for it when you know you've outgrown the proverbial nest.

    I'll write about this develop more later: but I put in 70+ hours of work a week to get where I'm at now in my creative career (55 at day job!). It ain't easy, but it's worth it!

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  25. Danielle: Thank you, I'll need it!

    Gypsygirl: Haha! Thank you! I'm just terribly unphotogenic and sometimes look much larger in photos ;) No dramatic weight-loss is happening.

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  26. The Joyful Thrifter: If I haaad to pick a favorite...yeah, nevermind, me either? Maybe the cowboy lamp...

    Oldskooljunk: Yes indeed, we shall meet! I'll hold it for you. I lost one of the mushroom earrings we traded for, maybe more trades are in order...

    Also, I wish I WAS unemployed. I have a W9 position already, so I don't get a break..or unemployment ;)

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  27. i've been thinking that i want one of those shadow box wooden display things and but awesome little fun "stuff" in each compartment. but then i'm like, i don't need to start another collection!

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  28. Drew: I know how you feel, there! Mine will host little dinosaur toys for now, me thinks. They're desirable to resell, too. A lot of people ask me for them.

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  29. What a great haul indeed looks like you had lots of fun.. Sending good luck vibes your way..Follow your dreams and be happy.
    hugs from Savannah, Cherry

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  30. Good luck on your new adventures! I too just started out on my own. I just found your site and I hope you don't mind if I share a link with my readers. I'm sure they would love what you do!
    toliveforlove.com

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  31. Cherry: Thank you, I'll need 'em!

    Emily: Thank you for that sweet write-up! I really appreciate it!

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  32. A big step out. Congratulations.
    Neat finds.
    - Joy

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  33. great finds Good luck on your new adventures

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  34. Excellent finds as always and congratulations on your new career move!

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  35. Your story resonated with me. I, too, am trying to leave my cubicle, office monkey job, and am trying to become a freelance writer. And the antique re-seller ;0) You are amazing. And I really do love your "sign." I'd appreciate it if you could check out my blog, too, and see what I have up my sleeve. I'm totally going to be thinking about your post all night...I'm so jealous!

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  36. Oh, and I'll probably be thinking about it all day tomorrow at work while I'm hating every minute of being there, working for "the man." You are a brave girl!

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  37. Joy, Becky, Monogirl: Thank you!

    Lesley: I spent at least a year preparing for my freelance life while working full time before I took the leap. I'll write more about it later, but there's never a "right" time even with lots of preparation. Believe in your abilities and do it ;)

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  38. I am proud of you. I have been following your blog for about a year and love what you do. I left my day job with Lockheed Martin 10/17/2011 because I just couldn't take it anymore. It was soul crushing and an awful cubicle hell of red tape and bureaucracy. I followed my dreams of opening a vintage shop and opened Opidell's Antiques, Vintage, and Forget-Me-Nots in Lexington, KY on 9/15/2012. I am making absolutely no money right now, but have never been happier in my life.

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