Monday, October 23, 2006

Finding wheat among chaff

I'm Jennifer, a transplanted Midwesterner, living in Pennsylvania for the past 25 years, and I'm so happy to be a contributer to this great blog. It's written for people after my own heart, who love to find the glinting piece of gold amongst all the junk. Although I love old things, I have no interest in walking into an antique shop. There's no sport in that - it's like shooting fish in a barrel (assuming you have the money, which I don't, but more to the point, there's just no thrill.) The joy is in finding something great in a box under the tables at the church rummage sale, in the recycling bin amongst all the tattered TV Guides, or tossed out on the curbside. It takes a good eye to spot a gem in an ugly context, like a vintage planter hidden by Avon bottles and home-made ceramics at Goodwill, and be able to recognize its beauty or potential. Unlike many of you, I'm not a visual artist. I'm a writer and PR person living in a big constantly-in-need-of-repair Arts & Crafts house in suburban Philadelphia with my husband Chris and our three boys. I've always adored old people, old houses, old things. I'm drawn to vintage linens, baby clothing and accessories, books and paper ephemera. Tales of finding such things will be my primary storyline here, I imagine. I've always wanted to be a correspondent! Thanks for having me, Jenny.


jenny vorwaller said...

can't wait to see what you find! great to have you jennifer :) and welcome.

Heidi said...

Totally agree with you about the antique shops...I used to enjoy them, but now I'm hardly interested! Thrifting and junking has ruined me, LOL! I'd rather be ferreting around in the junk shop across the street for a hidden gem.

aimee said...

I could not agree more! and I get just as much excitement at other peoples finds as I do with my own. Great blog- looking forward to your adventures!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jennifer,
I know it's a year after you wrote, but I live outside of Philly (hoping to move to Mt Airy) and was searching for ideas for some vintage fabrics and came across your info. It's always fun to find someone like-minded in the area. Maybe our paths will cross some day! Happy thrifting.