Guest post: Christina Tapp Wondra on the thrill of the hunt for beautiful, vintage items

Blog PhotoI'm on vacation this week and I'm featuring several guest posts. Today's is by Christina Wondra of Dear Home. I'm always amazed by the photos Christina posts on Facebook and Twitter of her charming vintage finds.

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When I was growing up, I used to play detective. I'd make up stories, investigate mysteries and record them in my trusty day planner (bought with my allowance instead of toys like the other kids). I'd search for treasures and find old chairs and tables in the woods, believing that at one time this was home to a living civilization. It was a thrill to go out into the woods and not know what I'd find. 
 
As an adult, the detective in me lives on when I head to an early-morning garage sale or an evening church rummage sale. This time, instead of carrying my trusty day planner, I'm armed with tote bags ready to fill them up with found vintage treasures — ephemera, office supplies, housewares, local history, fabric, photographs, postcards, books, travel posters and anything else that catches my eye. 
 
What can I say? I'm addicted to the thrill of the hunt.
 

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While going "sale-ing" has been a long-time hobby of mine, I never dreamed I could turn it into a small business. As the new owner of an online vintage shop, Dear Home, I get to spend each day doing something I have loved since my childhood.
 
Although I never became a true detective, I find myself "playing detective" as I head out 
into the neighborhoods to find treasures and return home to investigate my finds. It's 
exciting to find more items for my
personal collections and special vintage pieces for my shop that others can enjoy.
 
Is there a childhood pastime that you still enjoy? Do you have a hobby that you've been thinking about turning into your day job?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Christina Tapp Wondra is the owner of Dear Home, scheduled to open Fall 2012 on Etsy. In the meantime, check out her website and like Dear Home on Facebook. All photos are Christina's and are used with permission.
 
 
 
 
 
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