Dear Helen Hartman,
I see from your Facebook pages that you’ve had some frustrating situations arise at antique mall and flea markets of late. Clearly, you think there is some kind of etiquette for those places that people are violating even though you seem you’d be quite ruthless about thrifting yourself. I’d love to hear straight from the horse’s mouth - just what does constitute good manners in the flea mall?
Dear Loved One,
Helen has been accused of many things but rarely of being the part of the horse that contains the mouth!
|Can you guess what this is an advert for? Yes, lady stuff. because you know that time of the month, you just want to get on a horse and ride right out of the picture!|
I want to decry as false your
nasty little accusation not fully founded
observation about how I act when shopping but in seeing it written out am
actually thinking it would make a nice logo for a T-Shirt. RWT – Ruthless When
|You betcha we need more iron - to have the strength to wrestle treasures out of the hands of slower, more anemic shoppers.|
Most of us have those moments when we sense that little angel and devil duo hovering over our shoulders whispering into our ears to urge us to behave or misbehave.
Here are Helen’s (actually bought by Helen this past weekend, despite having to cope with scads of truly awful behavior, most of it on the part of others):
|Yes, Helen's angels are vintage and they look like they are up to something.|
|And her devils are darling - Like Helen they are much more devilish when the coffee carafe is empty!|
They take turns egging her on. I’m not saying which Helen heeds most often but I will say, oh how I do love deviled eggs.
|Oh, no, 1964 advert, these are not deviled eggs in a basket. These are fresh hell in a handbasket! Of course, Helen had to share them with YOU!|
But yes, I do think there are some guidelines for shopping and selling at antique shops and flea markets. They are the same guidelines that apply everywhere.
|Always dress like a giant eggplant so that people will get out of your way, leave you be and you won"t have to deal with them?|
Be aware you share the planet/space with others. Life is short and it is within your power to make this moment/their lives/your spirit lighter.
|For those who cannot play well with others and share the planet, Helen cordially invites you to live elsewhere.|
That’s it. Everything else stems from that.
It’s something I wish I’d had the nerve to remind the antique mall staffer who nabbed the entire box of 10s of dozens of 40s and 50s paper dolls as the vendor brought them in and announced “I'm taking all of these. I’ll never sell them. I have a collection”
|Mine, Mine, all MINE!|
BTW the wild look in her eyes told me - "Collection" was code for call Hoarders asap. I was sad to not even get to look at them but also sad no one else would ever see them.
I wish the sellers at the big flea market I went to this weekend had known those guidelines instead of acting like shoppers were an annoyance.
|The kind of woman who doesn't like just anybody touching my vintage aprons and Lefton figurines, that's what kind. Now back off and put your sticky hands in your pockets.|
I wish the flea market shoppers had remembered their manners when they stopped at the opening of the booths and kept everyone else from even seeing inside until they had their good long look.
|Unlike a bull in a china shop they made me feel more like a bull in canned ham can. Also like the people who made this truly weird ad (the bull is happy about canned beef???) - what were they thinking?|
We’re all in this world together. Cooperation may not get you the big score but it counts on the big scoreboard of life.
|I accept this award for being the Zero King ideal. Color me tickled. grey, beige, natural, green, navy and sandune.|
So you want to know how to act when thrifting? Be thoughtful. Be friendly. Be kind. And if you can’t be those – be quick because Helen is right behind you!
|Yeah, no point to this, I just got her this weekend and love her.|