Sidetracked Vintage: Saturday in the Shop

My shop in the caboose, Sidetracked, is my happy place!  I love it so much!  When I get there I am very content.  I move things around, stand and stare at them, and think, hmmmmmmm, is that better?  Yes.  Then I move some more.  I talk to customers.  When it is slow, I take my essential oils — a few drops on wet papertowels, and wipe down the floors, the walls, the door knobs, everything like that, to keep it dust free and smelling so clean and dreamlike!  Yes, dreamlike.  It is a little boxcar space that is full of magic and wonder!  Lots of twinkly lights.  Lots of this and that.  Clothes.  Trinkets.  Antique purses and hats.  I have regular customers who tell me Sidetracked is their happy place as well!  Here are some photos from yesterday.

Vintage mannequin with vintage hat.
Cute wooden box (Who does not love the Eiffel Tower?) filled with old photos dating back to Civil War era.
Electric clock, fit for a princess, keeps perfect time.
Rustic shelf filled with little vintage booklets of all kinds. By the way, the wizard hat in the photo sold yesterday.
Little tree loaded with vintage ornaments.
A collection of snowmen dance around silver candlesticks.
More snowmen. The cow bell sold yesterday as well!
Vintage purses!
Unusual and vintage books. I am always adding, and they are always selling!
It took some thinking to get a dressing room in the caboose, but I did it. Every inch is filled with treasures.
Vintage flamingo, anyone?
Clothes line the racks. Lots of white, lace, cream, flowy-blowy. Denim jackets — the kind that are just right. Lots of vintage dresses.
Collection of prayer shawls from the estate of a Catholic lady born in 1905. The items that came from her estate were beautiful, clean, perfect, loved and cared for! Behind the shawls is a wall hanging I made.
Prayer shawls. Many have sold. They were finely made, some mohair, most from Europe.
My most recent canine visitor, Jet!

I wish you could come shop with me some Saturday!

Enjoy this day!

Gearing Up For Christmas At Sidetracked

Dear Friends,

I am in the shop right now. It is a place I love. My happy place. It is just a shame that sometimes we have to get to a point where we have to “allow” ourselves to have something like this. It is also a shame that a woman might have someone in her life who says, “you can’t do that.” I am very happy now to have the most supportive love and friendship in my life. It makes it so much easier to thrive and take chances and succeed with those chances.

I am gearing up for Christmas in the shop. I love the twinkly lights! I love the customers who come in! Today was the first day that I began unpacking vintage ornaments and bringing them in. More to come, but I wanted to share with you one of my little trees.


Most little nooks and corners in the shop are adorned with old photos.


Right now one of my favorite customers is in the shop. She takes her time and looks at every tiny treasure. We discovered that we both love making doll houses and dolls.

I will close for now. Oh my gosh it feels so good to have WordPress installed and reliable hosting and something to blog about!


Awww, Angel the Visitor

Look who popped into the shop Saturday!!


What a little angel this sweet dog is! And she was named Angel because she was discovered in the road, in not the best of shape, and rescued by a woman who had just lost her pet poodle of many years. She said this little dog felt like an angel to comfort her grieving spirit. Angel is always dressed up, has many outfits and even a stroller that she gets pushed around in.

Enjoy this day!