Yay Vintage Peach!

I mentioned not too long ago that I was opening an etsy store with my sister to sell some stuff that was left over from our mom’s estate sale. That was in 2007. Way to get on that girls. It has been sitting in boxes in what my husband affectionately calls the Harry Potter closet under our stairs since we moved in to our house three years ago. And our house is full. Time to sell some stuff! So, I give you Vintage Peach Boutique, named for our mom, who’s high school nickname was Peaches.

We are opening with pretty limited inventory, but I am trying to get things up as fast as I can. There are grubby little hands about, so the only really time I get to take pictures of the breakables is nap time, AFTER the chores are done. So, basically never. I made the mistake of opening the cupboard with the china just once in front of Spencer and he was circling the door for days like a shark who smelled blood in the water. It goes without saying, china plus (my) toddler equals (very, very) bad.

The store will mostly carry china, pewter, some mid-century silver and a few collectibles (like a Hummel) to start. We are very excited. And, after being open just a week, had our first sale. Yay! And as for the tsk-tskers, who asked my how I dared sell my mother’s things on etsy. The short anwer is simple: it is our stuff, we will do as we please. If I wasn’t clear enough, our parents are dead. It is not like we are stealing stuff from their attic for drug money.

The long answer? Well my parents had a lot of stuff. They lived in a large 4 bedroom house for 30 years that was packed full of stuff, not Hoarders style, but pretty damn full. My sister and I went through every. single. thing. In some cases, twice. We took what we wanted, we mailed stuff to relatives, we sold stuff at auction, we had an estate sale, we let our friends take stuff, and at the end of all of that, we gave stuff away to Goodwill. We did our best to give everything a good home. We only threw away what was truly garbage, like rat eaten baby clothes (mine) and a death trap of a crib (hers). And best of all, we were able to close our parent’s estate, while both in our 30s, with no recriminations and hurt feelings, no sisterly drama, which is pretty damn impressive.

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8 Responses to “Yay Vintage Peach!”

  1. Suzanne says:

    Who could possibly criticize you for listing this stuff on Etsy? That’s ridiculous. Where do people think all the other vintage stuff comes from – a magical portal to the past?

    I’m keeping an eye on your shop. Best of luck!!

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    Amy Reply:

    I got a twitter DM that told me I should be ashamed of trying to gleefully profit from the death of my parents. I also had a friend on facebook tell me it was disappointing and inappropriate. Apparently, I am not properly treasuring every possession. All I can say is that obviously these people have never gone through an entire house.

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    Natalie Reply:

    I came here to say the same thing Suzanne did! People are ridiculous and should mind their own business.

    I’ve watched SO many episodes of “Clean Sweep” where people were drowning in their stuff because they felt guilty getting rid of something that belonged to someone they loved who had passed away, but really had no use for it. So good for you for doing this!

    My grandmother gave me a LOT of really cheesy crystal dessert plates and glasses that I had grown up using, but they weren’t really my style. I felt so bad saying “no” when she asked if I wanted them (mistake!!), so she sent them to me, and I had 30 glass ice cream dishes that I had no use for. I kept them for 4 years in a tub in my closet, moved them three times and I FINALLY sold them at a yard sale and my mom was APPALLED. I asked her if she wanted them and she said “no” and then I pointed out it was her EX mother-in-law’s stuff, why the hell did she care?

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    Amy Reply:

    My mom would want people who wanted to have the stuff to have the stuff. Not have it sit in a box. It is not like we are trying to make a fortune selling mismatched china with pink flowers on it…

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    Natalie Reply:

    But if you did, I’ll bet she would be be proud! :o)

    Natalie Reply:

    um…just be proud, not be be proud. :)

  2. That is an awesome idea. I wish I had thought of that when my mother passed. Wish you great success with this!

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    Amy Reply:

    It took us awhile to figure out what to do with the last of the stuff. I always meant to sell it on ebay, but that seems so seller unfriendly. I decided to do it on etsy because I kept seeing random stuff she owned in some of the vintage stores on there and we decided to go for it. Thanks for coming by!

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