My name is Mitzi Curi, and I’m a one-woman enterprise with oodles of ideas and enthusiasm within my world of vintage collectibles and crafty treasures. My current ventures include rented retail space at two quality antique malls, the Antiques Market of Williamston and the Livingston Antique Outlet (in Williamston and Howell, Michigan, respectively); and my Etsy store, where I sell “Vintage and Handmade Treasures from the Midwest”. I began my blog so that I can impart my knowledge about antiques to others while promoting my business. I hope to encourage readers to explore ways to add what I call “Old Timey” goodness to their lives by shopping flea markets, antique malls, auctions, and online selling venues.
If passion could be measured in the blood, my level would be off the charts! I can barely contain my excitement when I come across a box of old photos, a Victorian-era scrapbook, or a box full of depression glass. I have sold everything from an old coffin to bedroom furniture, Steiff toys, costume jewelry, yellow ware pottery, hats full of millinery blossoms and enamel advertising signs.
Since I began my antique business ten years ago, I have accumulated a large stash of favorite vintage goodies that lend themselves to crafting. Old bottles, lampshades, cutter quilts, lace, ribbon, cabinet photos and paper ephemera are favorite ingredients in my crafting adventures. Right now I’m crazy for yoyo quilts that were made from feedsack fabrics during the depression years. I’m “upcycling” loose yoyos from unfinished quilts and combining them with old buttons into fun embellishments.
I always try to have something for men in my Etsy shop, because they can be difficult to shop for. Right now, I have pendants made from old police and firefighter badges that are pretty cool. I’ve checked with a real police officer to ensure that it’s legal to use them as adornments, and because they are vintage, it’s OK! Other holiday offerings this year include pendants made from genuine frozen Charlotte dolls, yoyo quilt “scarflettes”, vintage wallpaper cuff bracelets, and rosette corsages made from vintage lace and costume jewelry along with some newer materials.
The time is right for people to stop buying cranked-out junk sold at big box and chain stores and start surrounding themselves and gifting others with decorative objects that have meaning. That’s why I like Old Timey treasures. They have a past. They have a story to tell. They have more value than something new, even if they actually cost less! The same can be said for handmade items, including original art, crafts, and creatively re-purposed vintage materials. Mixing Old Timey and handmade treasures with modern life is a trend that is gaining momentum, and I want to be right in the middle of it all!
Win a $10 gift card. Just visit Mitzi’s Etsy Shop, and then come back to this post and tell us what you like best! The drawing will be held at 6pm Eastern on November 28.