We purchase our vintage linens and lace from estate sales or from people who are downsizing.  People call us and we meet them – usually at their homes.  The conversations flow as we gather history on the items and occasionally the conversation turns to vintage or antique items other than linens.  Naturally, as people who love antiques and collectibles, we run across great deals that we can’t pass up.  (An allergic condition called collectoritis)  For example, my husband restores vintage furniture, so he is constantly on the lookout for items that fit our late 1800’s, early 1900’s Sewing parlor and Victorian format at the American Classics Antique Mall, space B26 & B30.  (Right under the Dick Clark Lane sign)  Take a look at that beautiful little Singer sewing machine and cabinet we have in space B26.

Occasionally however, he will run into furniture that is more towards that of the early 50’s to late 70’s, like our 1957 Singer Sewing Machine Desk, that once held a Singer Slant-O-Matic sewing machine.  It is Singer’s Hampton Court Mahogany series.  He wants to repurpose into a computer and writing desk.  It is so pretty with its deep red mahogany finish, we couldn’t let it sit in that old garage any longer.  We are going to put that into our Treasure Shoppe location.  Our industrial sewing cabinet with the Singer Mod 66 Red Eye machine is one my husband refers to as the Steam Punk model. You’ll also see that in The Treasure Shoppe.

English: View of Pikes Peak from the Universit...
English: View of Pikes Peak from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, sometime before 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Of course, we also run into great buys or things we just can’t pass up, but don’t fit into any of our sewing themes, but are simply great to have or have a lot of life left in them.  If the price is right, and we think they have a market, our collectoritis sets in and we buy them.  For those items, we opened a small store in the American Indoor Flea Market, space 301.  Items like our in perfect condition Commercial Hobart Meat Slicer that the hubby was going to make his own beef jerky from, or the humidifier that he purchased because it got too dry in the house during the winter.  He never jerked any beef (I just cracked myself up) and it’s still dry in the house.  Hurry up and buy the meat slicer before he knows it’s gone.  I priced it at half of what they go for on eBay.

Stop in any one or all of our Colorado Springs locations.  American Classics Marketplace is at 1815 N. Academy.  The Treasure Shoppe is at 324 E. Pikes Peak and the American Indoor Flea Market is 2727 Palmer Park Blvd.  You’ll have a great day of shopping and if you catch a bad case of collectoritis, don’t blame me.


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