All the women in my family love garage sales.
When I was growing up, my grandma operated an antique shop. That meant she had to hit the sales every summer weekend to keep her inventory fresh.
My mother and I often joined her.
By midday on a Saturday, we’d have a car full of new-old furniture, pretty dishes, vintage clothes and accessories. And a lot of knickknacks and other small trinkets.
As you can imagine, even as a kid my eyes were naturally drawn to anything doggy.
My grandmother taught me to judge items based on their overall condition, the material from which they were constructed (solid wood, ceramic and stone beat out plastic any day) and where they were made.
Sometimes I ignored all that advice and bought things I just thought were cute.
My grandma still sells antiques, from a booth at fairs and festivals around the Midwest. My mother is a curiosity dealer now, too, with her own permanent booth at an antique market in the Kansas City area.
My dad’s sweetheart is also in the business. She has a popular craft and antique shop called Rosie’s in my hometown of Beatrice, Nebraska.
Although I don’t have a lot of time to personally shop thrift stores, estate sales, auctions and garage sales, I love to pick through Rosie’s treasures and examine my mom’s latest finds.
I’ve instructed all the antique mavens I know to be on the lookout for dogtiques – canine-related relics and conversation pieces – that I can share with you.
Maybe they’ll find something you’ll want to buy!