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Front of the store showing one of our local historic homes across the street. I started business in January of 2005 and quickly directed my focus on Vintage Costume Jewelry. In my former career I was a stock broker and financial advisor and worked teaching State Employees how to invest for retirement. It never would have occurred to me then that antiques can be a nice investment.

I moved back to my home town of Texarkana in August of 2006 when my daughter started college, to be closer to my parents who had just retired from the electronics business after 40 years. We have 6000 square foot, most of which is showrooms. Mom got interested in my Jewelry business after I moved back and started helping me almost daily. She especially enjoyed our road trips when we would go hunting for new stock. May 8th of 2008, we opened Sweet Things Vintage in the old store building as an antique mall. After we'd been open a year, Dad retired a second time. he had been a full time volunteer at a local homeless shelter after deciding that retirement wasn't much fun sitting on the couch! And, since then he has joined Mom & I and has become our "picker" going to estate and garage sales, auctions and responding to newspaper ads. He is still learning, but brings in some wonderful things for us to sell. One of the best things for me about the store is spending time doing something fun with my parents.

We are located at the corner of East 7th and Pecan at 620 E. We are open 4 days a week from 10-5 Wednesday through Saturday. Our online stores are, of course, open 7 days a week and 24 hours a day for your shopping pleasure! This vendor is in her 70's and has been doing this for a very long time, so has a great eye! My personal favorites are the jewelry and the Duck Decoys. The BEST thing about vintage and antiques is when they connect you to your past. Things like Grandmother used to have are just special. Those things take us out of our too stressed lives and take us back to when a hot cookie was the best thing on earth. A strand of beautiful crystals on a rainy winter day can just bring a little sunshine in when winter has overstayed it's welcome. Second photo is a booth with high end collectibles that can be seen in our other Ebay Store Sweet Things Vintage. The nice thing about vintage and antique from my standpoint is that it can't be done in a Big Box store. There is something very special about walking into a store and knowing the faces and knowing that they will know your name. You get a sense of a place where you know you will have respect and appreciation and not be just another faceless wallet. Above; Our furniture showroom, but the glass on the table is part of a new acquisition of a collection of 45 pieces of American Brilliant Cut Glass. Fourth is the Perennial Favorite White Wicker that we try our best to keep in stock whenever we can find it. From vintage prints and Ducks Unlimited to LeRoy Neiman and Bev Doolittle! Not only is it likely to be less expensive, but it will usually be better quality and it will appreciate in value. so, shop those antique malls for your home furnishings and decor items. You'll love the unique beauty of your home when you do. A special thank you to Becky Sweet for giving us a tour into your wonderful store. Tags: Antiques, AR, Beck Sweet, Interview, Store Tour, Sweet Things Vintage, Texarkana, Vintage, VintageIndie. If I lived anywhere near The Boynton Beach Woman's Club in Boynton Beach Florida, I would be heading to the Retro Indie Market on February 12th! Retro, handmade, vintage flea market goods as well as yummy baked treats! It is my pleasure to introduce you to the Retro Indie Market, our newest sponsor. ADMISSION $5 (children 12 and under free with adult) Strollers allowed, but not suggested. WHY Retro Indie Market is the creation of Amanda Linton and Michelle Parparian two long time friends who share a love of vintage and indie crafts. With two 2 successful shows between them (Amanda with Stitch Rock and Michelle with The Vintage Trunk Show) they wanted to combine their love of vintage and indie crafts together to create a unique marketplace showcasing some of the best local crafters and vintage dealers under one roof. Making things by hand has long been a part of the vintage home and we are happy to bring the two together once again. To find out more about the show, vendors and directions, please visit Retro Indie Market's Website. Are you planning on going to the Retro Indie Market?

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