This is a dilemma I sometimes face with my vintage items. I don’t thrift just to find merchandise for my shop; in fact, the reason I opened a shop to begin with was that I had bought so much for myself that I had no space for all of it. When I decided to begin my business, I had a fairly clear idea of what to list and what to keep, but sometimes I come across an item that I have a difficult time parting with. This beautiful Arabia Finland butterfly pitcher from the ’60s is one of those items.
I just listed it for sale today (Saturdays are when I tend to photograph and list new items in my shop), but with a bit of a heavy heart. I nearly leaped for joy when I saw it sitting on the shelf at my favorite Boston thrift shop a couple of months ago. I’ve learned, though, that I get almost as much satisfaction from showcasing finds like these in my shop as I would keeping it for myself, especially if I can’t give it the proper showcasing it deserves in my own home.
Do any other Etsy sellers out there have a hard time parting with your merchandise?