My Absence Has Brought You Something New!

Hello, dear readers. I know I have been AWOL, but it is for good reason. As most of you that appreciate vintage know, Winter is not a season in which there are rummage sales, estate sales, etc., (maybe for western and southern states) hence the reason for no monthly purchase posts recently.

I've always thought it would be neat to have a space at a flea market, a booth at an antique shop, anything to do with sharing and selling vintage. Well, this past fall, I looked through my stash of vintage patterns, linens, books and jewelry, amongst my other treasures to see if I even had enough to have a shop of sorts. I do! But what about rotating inventory, keeping it fresh? Yes, I think so. But, should I attempt this adventure? Can I handle it? What if I am not doing it right? How do I know if I am legally cooperating?! IRS, Debt, Fines, oh my!

Yikes. I got the information I needed to do things correctly, and did a lot of research. Now, I am ready, and have opened a shop on Etsy! If you have seen one of my purchases that you liked, maybe it will be available.

The name of my shop is Ruby & Mathilda. You can visit here to read about the name I chose and its significance. I hope you take the time to visit my shop and come along with me on this new journey!

Thank You!


  1. how exciting! i'll have to give it a look. i've been thinking of starting an etsy shop too, due to having lots of things as well, but i've also had good experiences with the folks on there. so nice and helpful!

  2. Congrats on opening your shop! Good luck with your business venture :)

  3. Ooh, how exciting! Congrats! :)

  4. You should always explore as many mediums and venues that you can grasp. They are quite ubiquitous now, and aren't merely confined to physical space. However, there still exists that back and forth attitude, between the browser interfaces and the inputs of data and product, as well as among sellers and dealers in the real world, so it's always best to tread on a business wisely. More power to you!

    Daryl Cross @ Nahi Gazal

  5. Congratulations on your new shop! I just "favorited" it. Looking forward to seeing more of your inventory.
    Cheers! =)

  6. That is thoroughly awesome, dear Ivy! Congratulations on launching your Etsy shop. Having done so myself last year and wanting to do things by the books from the word go, I fully understand the work, research, time and thought involved. You have some really beautiful vintage offerings in your shop and it looks like you're off to a flying start. Awesome work!!!

    ♥ Jessica

  7. Congratulations, your shop is absolutely beautiful and I look forward to seeing what vintage treasures you choose to stock. Wishing you the best of luck and many sales!

  8. That is such a lovely collection of trinkets, books and jewelry, Ivy! You created your own cozy nook of little amusements there. I’m a bookworm myself, and I’m always on the hunt for good reads, whether I’m out and about or just at home surfing the internet. Now that I’ve found your store, you’ll find me a regular visitor on your site, looking at the books you have. Thanks for sharing that! More power to you!

    Clint Shaff @ Franchise Match