The simple answer for me is because there aren’t enough great sites out there that I like to read on a regular basis. There aren’t enough great podcasts that I subscribe too regarding antiques and collectibles. There are a few sites that I go to that I cannot wait until new material is uploaded. I hope that one day our little site will be the same way for you.
We are Jason and Jacob White. Brothers. Friends. Comrades. Cohorts. Kissing Cousins (Not really…but we are from West Virginia and have heard ALL the jokes). Lovers of all things vintage. Compared to many, we are relatively new to this wonderful world of flea markets, auctions, yard sales, estate sales, eBay, and Craigslist. I (Jason) have been buying and selling relics for a little over 3 years. Only 6 months after moving back to Tennessee after a 6 year stint in Las Vegas, I found myself out of work. I could only hit “refresh” on Monster or CareerBuilder so many times a day. I had to find ways to make money that also allowed me to go to interviews. I was tired of sitting on my butt waiting for the phone to ring. So I tried my hand at a few storage auctions. Luckily, I was able to turn a profit with every purchase made. I also hit a couple of auction houses and estate auctions. I was smart with my purchases and always turned a profit. I was VERY conservative at that point. Looking back…probably too conservative. I couldn’t lose money in the position I was in. I needed the money in a desperate way. I kept branching out to yard sales, Craigslist, etc. I would look everywhere I thought I could make a purchase and a profit. During this time, I also started to fall in love with this hobby. I fell in love with the research. I fell in love with the history. I started to tell my dad and brother about it. And they both tried their hands in it. You will hear Jacob’s story in the next blog.
After 6 months without a “real” job, I was finally employed again. But even though I had a 9-to-5 I couldn’t stop reading about antique and vintage items. I kept looking for great relics that I could purchase and sell….treasures that spoke to me. Items with a story. And 3 years later….I still hunt.
Now, let me say this….Jacob and I don’t know it all, though if you ask me, I know a lot more than my brother….sorry Jacob. We are still learning. Part of this site is telling OUR story. Telling the story of the journey. The ups and downs. Our successes and our failures. The stories of some of the great relics we find. Telling others of some of the things we learn along the way. We hope you’ll share your knowledge with us too. As my church says, life is better together. So please make this an interactive experience. Give us your feedback. Let’s make this a site that we all love and look forward to reading. That is our hope for this site. That is WHY we are doing this. To breathe new life into yesterday’s treasures. Let the hunt begin…