I have a problem. No more like an addiction when it comes to shopping. It’s something I wish I could do everyday. Facebook marketplace, ebay, etsy, amazon, and auction sites are my kryptonite. Usually I’m looking for the perfect antique or something for the house or gifts for my family. Sara congratulates me every time we go past an estate sale and I don’t pull over. She is well aware of my vices and thank God she still puts up with me. It’s a habit I will try and break, but like all habits it is easier said then done. Luckily I usually just look and only buy if I have the money. Thus is it really a problem? Probably yes. However I realized I’ve been doing this since I was a child.
My Grandma Crow used to take me to garage sales and flea markets all time when I was little. She was a master of garage sales in the pre smart phone age. She would get a stack newspapers and then go on map quest and create a battle plan. She knew how to find a bargain in a sea of junk. Other times she would take me to the flea markets that were held at my family’s campground and give me a few dollars to buy something I wanted. I think it was from here I had my first taste of buying other peoples junk and searching for treasures.
Over the years I have found amazing things because of my shopping addiction. Most are amazing deals that made their way to the Crow’s Nest while others items are waiting for their time and place to be used or seen. Thus I feel like I am justified in my shopping addiction. I long for big, shiny, and extravagant Victorian greatness. When I see something I like, I become like Gollum from Lord of the Rings wanting his precious ring. It must be mine my head says, but in the back of mind someone calls out you have a mortgage payment and two cats to feed.
I digress, this week would have been the annual trip to go picking with my Aunt Lenny, Uncle Bob, Mom, Dad, and Sara in Shipshewana, Indiana. Shipshewana is an Amish and Mennonite community that has a massive flea market/auction but also lots of barns to look through and specialty shops. Alas the shut down makes this impossible. It really bums me out but really it’s a Godsend because I have to many projects right now and I don’t need another…10?
However my dear readers I feel I must share with you some of my best finds ever.