Antique Finds

Last Saturday my younger sister Sue asked me to go Antique shopping with her.  She has been renting a booth at this Antique place for over 2 months now, and wanted to show me what all she is selling.  I think I’m more interested in seeing if it’s a reasonable place and that her overhead is not too high for her, monthly rent on these booths is very reasonable for her and the price range is depending on the size that you get, the bigger the more expensive but hers is in the middle range.  The place is nice and decent, sits by a busy main road not too far from the mall.

Sue's store

Sue is a crafty person, I think most in our family are. She knows how to do chair, sofa, pillows, drapery and refurbished old furniture.  Sue and I used to work for my GI Joe sister (she has a reupholstery business) when we were in High School and she had to do all the grunt work such as stripping old sofas and chairs, doing touch up on antiques, and I on the other hand had to do mostly sewing of pillows, cushions, and drapery, I’m a bit neater than her back then.  I think those early years built a good foundation for her, and she is good at what she is doing, she made several chairs for me in the past.

Sue's store

She is selling the red Kimona silk throw pillow for $60 each, and the Asian pattern poly and down fill is $40 each, some of her other pillows are $35.  Her workmanship is excellent, in the last 10 years or so, I can’t bring myself to buy store brand throw pillows or drapery because they’re so cheaply made, I made my own drapery and other items.

Sue's store

This painting is a flea market find, she did some touch up on the frame and it looks very decent now.

Sue's store

She used to own a florist shop in Philadelphia, and sold it to her friend, I think it’s still in business, so she is good with floral arrangement, and does for weddings, but only for people that she knew since this is not something that she does on a regular basis.

Sue's store

Her store (booth) is only for local customers, or tourists that are visiting the area, and I believed she is working on an on-line store, this might be good for her, and this would be another outlet for her to sell her furniture as well.

After visiting her booth, we walked around to see what other sellers are selling and I came to a booth that sell handmade soap, it’s $5.00 per bar and only labeled soap.

Handmade soap

Handmade soap

I fell in love with handmade soap after using Cambree Notes handmade soap, and was excited to see this basket of soap, but was very disappointed with the smell, it’s not as nice as hers so I didn’t buy any.  Cambree sent me some sample bars of her latest Gardener’s Sunshine Handmade Soap.

Cambree Notes Handmade soap

What I like about Cambree Notes handmade soap is that she has all the natural ingredients such Soybean oil, Palm Oil, Olive oil, coconut oil, Lemon essential oil, and her latest Gardener’s Sunshine Handmade Soap has some crushed organic Sunflower and organic Calendula petals, her ingredients vary according to the types of soap that she is making.  I’d love to make one myself but I don’t know if I have the patience to do it, I think this is one of those “labor of love.”

Way back, I asked her if I could buy some from her, but at the time she only make it as gifts for her friends and family and she was kind enough to sent me some sample bars. I love the smell of her soap, it lathered really well and left my skin feeling squeaky clean, and as of right now I only use it to wash my face because I’m afraid to run out, I’ve been using it for over 5 months now and absolutely love it. I hope that she would consider selling it as well, I’d definitely buy Cambree Notes handmade soap.

Back to my Antique shopping, it’s amazing what you would find in there, who would have thought that your old pantyhose and old clothes would be on an antique store display one day.

Antique store

Antique store

This one made me think of my mom’s old sewing machine that we had in Laos, my mom was a seamstress, and my dad helped her some during his time off, he now made his own clothes, including his jeans and jackets.

Antique store

Odd finds,

Antique store

Antique store

Antique store

I didn’t buy anything, but Little Miss Sunshine did rack up on some stuff.

Little Miss Sunshine

8 comments

  1. awww, your little miss sunshine is sooo adorable!!!! She’s very pretty! Ginger, you guys are so talented! I am so jealous!!! Your sister has very nice craftmanship! I hope she starts an online store soon so maybe I can start ordering some things.

    • mozemoua, I think when we first came to the US, we were so poor that we learned to be resourceful and help ourselves, and it’s great to be able to do things to our liking.

      I think they’re still working on getting it set up, my sister is not very computer sabby, but her boyfriend is helping her. I’ll let you know if and when she has it up and running.

    • Hi K.noizki, thanks. They’ve some nice pieces there, I think it’d look nice to add with you more modern furniture.

    • Hi oudom, I did ask her mom for permission in the past before posting, and her dad came by the other day and saw her pictures as well and didn’t say anything. I’ll talk to them again, I’m not sure if you meant this picture only or children’s pictures in general.

      Many of her aunts saw her pictures and they are okay with it, and also I didn’t post her name, I didn’t think it’s a big deal.

  2. Hi Nye,
    I’m glad you enjoy using my soaps. I need to experiment on more varieties. I’m thinking “ginger lime” bar would be nice. Ginger flower smells nice and citrus is always refreshing.

    And love the pillows your sister made. The fabric selection is classic, they will always be in style. I like the Asian prints too.

    That is also a very antique sewing machine. I love seeing sewing machines. Your mom & dad’s story is sweet. Sounds like they made a great team.

    And Little Miss Sunshine is having fun as usual. 🙂 Thanks for the great post.

    • Cambree, thanks for the soap, they’re great and I had only heard about how great your soap is in the past until I tried it for myself, absolutely love it. My sister Sue has many neat fabric, she sold antique needle point pillows a couple of days before we got there, and she found some old needle point, and made them into pillows, she is very good in doing stuff like that.

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