We’ve Moved!

YEAH, YOU HEARD IT RIGHT. We’ve moved to our own hosting setup and left the warm embrace of the WordPress servers. So if your bookmarks are set to have the “.wordpress” in the url you’ll only be seeing (this) our old format site. We announced this format switch about a month ago and it’s finally here. Big bear hugs to my web guru Jonathon for all the awesome work on the switchover. So, once again, be sure to update your links and bookmarks to  http://www.thingsifoundatthethriftstore.com for all the latest posts, thrift finds, swear words and usual banter!

Thanks,

Justin

Shunning the (Dusty) Digital Shelf.

We’re pumped to announce the second of two major announcements coming to the THINGS I FOUND brand.

We’ve started our own online store.

Do you like any particular object that we’ve ever posted? It’s probably for sale or going to be for sale right here. We’ll be adding more and more things all this week and as we come across them. Amazing vintage treasures at fair prices. We’ll also be adding in some THINGS I FOUND and thrift store themed schwag in the future as well.

The reason for this is because, we feel that although eBay and Etsy are necessary evils in a re-seller’s repertoire, we wanted a more focused place to showcase the types of handmade and vintage finds we feel deserve attention. Also, because I routinely get asked “what the heck do you do with all that stuff you buy/find?” Well, now you know the answer. Get shopping!

Thinking Spring? Wrong.

SPRING IS HERE in the upper Midwest (or so we’re told)…

So if you’re a reseller like me, you know that Spring means pushing things like t-shirts, snarky beer cozies and frisbees, shorts, vintage sunglasses, my personal favorite sight-see of the summer: sundresses. But there’s an even more important aspect to all of this – the stuff you’re buying, a.k.a your inventory. The world of selling operates seasonally, and at its most elementary, on a bi-yearly, 6 month cycle. Winter and Summer, cool and warm, lighter colors and then darker colors.

OBVIOUSLY! SO WHAT? This would mean that starting now. You should be actively seeking and buying your inventory for next Fall & Winter. Nothing conveys the theory of “buy low & sell high” better than second-hand reselling. Any thrift picker worth their weight in wool, knows that the cheapest items to yank right now would be winter and cool weather goods. Also, since the vintage industry isn’t propelled by nor does it operate solely within the confines of “what’s next”, worrying about 2011/2012 trends is pointless. The stuff you should be picking is is timeless anyways – but you already knew that.  This makes Spring time a very exciting time of year. Thrift stores are practically giving their winter weather stuff away to make way for people’s continual Spring cleaning purges that they’ll be bombarded with for the next couple of months.

So when it’s getting warm and sunny outside, resist temptation to buy high and now. You have to start thinking cool.

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Things I Wish I Knew More About

We can’t be good at everything, but we can sure try. There’s money to be made in every niche of a thrift store. I’m not advocating becoming an expert on a ton of stuff, but knowing the basics of each category can go a long way when your sifting through those cluttered aisles. Below is a list of stuff that I wish I had time to learn more about.

- Wooden, Hand-carved, African stuff (masks, instruments)
– Dolls
– Vintage Jewelry
– Monkeywood stuff
– Vintage Footwear (cowboy boots, Nike)
– Old Books and First editions
– Handbags and Luggage
– Pottery + Glassware (other than McCoy and Pyrex)
– Fabric, Textiles + Patterns

Reader Submitted Topics (Thanks guys!)
- Fishing Lures
- Holly Hobbie


What woud you consider yourself an expert in? What would you like to know more about? Anyone want to trade some knowledge?

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Design Inspiration II

More delicious visual nuggets I’ve spotted in my thrift outings the past couple months. So bold , so bright. For all of my fellow design & advertising homies out there. Enjoy.

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Heirloom Leather

Some tooled leather belts & wallets I’ve picked up in the past couple months. Most are genuine American leather. True beauties. These things last generations and only build character with age. I especially like the ones that are hand-detailed with paint or have trim wrap detail on them. I also threw in that vintage ashtray/bowl. Sexy looking with nickel, wood, and leather detailing on it. Enjoy.

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New Format Ahead

I’m proud to announce the first of two major announcements coming to the THINGS I FOUND brand.

We’re tweaking our format.

Now, don’t worry, the blog will still be the blog. It will showcase all of the thrift finds, articles, and snarky opinions. However, the frequency in which I post will be amped-the-eff-up. The issue was, that it’s incredibly hard to seek > find > accrue > shoot pics > crop+edit > and post so many items in big clusters, let alone write about each item and tell the price I got it for, etc. It was causing me some intense blogging anxiety, blogxiety, if you will. From now on, it’ll be so much easier to just post the items as I acquire them. This will help keep the blog more visually focused, as was the original intent. Simply put: If I find 2 items that day – I’m going to post 2 items that day. If I find 25 things that day, I’ll (try) to post those 25 things that day. Get it? Rapid-fire visual documentation, in (sort of) real-time, ‘cuz I love you guys. This will also translate into videos and interviews as well.

With that said, there’s a major bottleneck of treasures that I’ve acquired that I’ll be posting in clumps the next couple of weeks to get caught up. Get ready and stay tuned for the second big announcement coming real soon.

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