Vintage Vixen: My First Purchasing Trip - A Vintage Scavenger Hunt

My first few flea market trips to find jewelry were kind of hard, considering where I live. Leesville, LA does not have a lot to offer in vintage jewelry, or anything worth much for that matter. Just a few junk yard looking places that call themselves flea markets. Luckily my mom, who is very talented in internet research, was around to help show me the ropes and found some very special little places.

Among those special little places were some small flea markets we found through search engines, map quest, and Craig’s List by typing in flea markets, or garage sales, or antique malls. I did find the greatest thrift store that I visit every week. Miss Tina’S. It’s actually right down the road from my house, and full of hidden treasures. I try to go at least once a week. Miss Tina has become a good friend, and she gives me amazing deals on just about whatever I find in here little treasure trove of things. There was also Blue Star Flea Market where there was an array of items from the 1940’s-1970’s which as everyone knows are my favorite decades. I’m talking about magazines, movie books, frames pictures and posters. So even when it seems there is no hope to find anything, you will be surprised.

My mom taught me a lot about what’s good, what sells, what’s worth what, and what to keep my eyes out for. It was a fun and educational trip. Plus it was great quality time with my parents, since I haven’t gotten to see them much over the last 5 years, between being stationed in Germany, and deployed to Baghdad, then moving to Louisiana with my new husband, who is stationed at Fort Polk.

I definitely learned that so many people don’t even realize what they have, but you definitely have to keep a close eye out for damaged and broken pieces. So keep a close eye on what you are purchasing and be educated on what you are purchasing.

This vintage scavenger hunt, as I like to call it, is becoming a relaxing and fun hobby if you can find the places worth going to. It has also helped fill a void in my life since I was recently declared 100% disabled due to service related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and no longer able to work. Plus, I do love bargain hunting, so this is right up my alley. So as the saying goes, “One man’s trash, is another man’s treasure!”

My little corner in Ruby Plaza Is Vixen’s Vintage Venue. I love every decade between the 1940’s-1970’s mostly. But I love all things vintage Hollywood and the starlets from those days. The stars today have nothing on the beauties of the past. So you will find classy jewelry with a funky twist in my shop.

Debi Badillo

Vixen’s Vintage Venue

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