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The Little Things

Posted by Kate Hackman on

My favorite thing at flea markets is digging through tubs filled with a mish mosh of little odds and ends. And my favorite thing at estate sales is poking through desk drawers and piles…you just never know what little treasure you might find. For most dealers, the sorts of little curiosities I love most are too small to mess with—not enough profit in them to be worth the time, especially not if selling things online, where the time and cost of listing and packaging might outweigh the value of the thing itself. But I don’t care! Oftentimes it is the...

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What Should It Cost? A Bit About My Pricing Process and Rationale

Posted by Kate Hackman on

When I come home with a load from an estate sale, flea market, or a day out thrifting or antiquing, the first thing I do, after unpacking and inventorying my finds, is to start researching. Happily, my ability to recognize generally what things are (what they are made of, where they are from, how old they are, etc) is growing, but a lot of times I really have no real idea! When buying, I’m more driven by curiosity and informed by intuition than consumed by what something's worth, and pretty much only buy things I will be happy to keep...

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Treasure Hunting in Winter….Braving the Cold Weather Estate Sale!

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I go to a fair number of estate sales in search of finds, which in the cold winter months requires extra fortitude! When I moved back east from Kansas City a few years ago, I discovered a whole new set of estate sale rules and procedures than I had encountered previously. At most sales here, a list can be started at the midnight proceeding the sale, to which people can add their names up until about 7 am, when the estate sale company arrives to distribute numbers to all present, corresponding to their place on the list. Everyone then disperses...

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New Finds Everyday for the Holidays + Gift-hunting Assistance As Needed!

Posted by Kate Hackman on

Throughout this holiday season, I'll be out hunting and posting new finds most everyday. Orders are mailed the following day, if not sooner, and priority shipping via USPS means they will be to you in just a couple of days. Also, if you see a find you love but its sold out, shoot me an email to keep an eye out for something similar. 

To make gift-finding a bit easier, you can now search by price point as well as category. And if you like my eye but don't want to spend time shopping, drop me a note and I'll be happy to help put together suggestions to meet your needs and wants, and will gift wrap your finds if you and write personal notes to your giftees if you'd like. Just be in touch! 

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Adopt a FIND! Introducing "Rescues"

Posted by Kate Hackman on

With every Critical Eye purchase, I include a short handwritten note of thanks, and I've been thrilled to be receiving personal notes from customers in return, sharing with me a little about the homes and collections into which my finds are finding their place. This week, I received a fantastic handwritten letter from a couple that included the following line: "You are such a kind person to entrust me with this treasure, which I will indeed love and keep safe always!"  In addition to making me super happy, this really captured the spirit of what I am hoping to do with Critical Eye--discovering...

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