Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Comic Shop Randolph, MA

Grrl Pickers has begun working with Danny Vince of The Comic Shop (Randolph, MA) and we are building our eBay and Etsy shops with great new and vintage comic books.

  We are delighted by this new arrangement and hope to build both of our businesses (Grrl Pickers and The Comic Shop) by joining our inventory online.

   Check out some of the great comics we have in our shops right now!







Monday, April 25, 2016

The Comic Shop of Randolph, MA

I know we haven't updated this blog lately but it's been pretty much business as usual until now.

  We've done some low key commission selling for friends but nothing on a large scale, until now.

  We have made an agreement with our newest local comic book shop to sell large quantities of vintage comic books through our Etsy shop.

     We are very excited for this new step in growing our business and are confident that it will be a successful endeavor for ourselves and our new friend at The Comic Shop of Randolph, MA.

     Wish us luck, check out our growing selection in our Etsy shop and if you are in the area, go see the best comic book shop on the South Shore, The Comic Shop at 500 North Main Street, Randolph, MA.

    If you have a spare like hanging around, we highly recommend that you stop by Facebook and drop it off at The Comic Shop:

The Comic Shop of Randolph Facebook Page

      

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Taunton Antiques Center

It's been a looooong time since we posted anything new here but that doesn't mean we haven't been busy little bees...

   We have been updating our facebook pages:

   Grrl Pickers Facebook page

and

Laura Vona Lacy Berman Facebook page


    (We have 2 because we wanted a business page but also liked the ability to make "friends" with other folks. The Laura Vona Lacy Berman page was originally also named Grrl Pickers" but Facebook told us we can't do that, that on that sort of page we needed to use our "real" name. Both pages have their own different values to us so we keep them both and (sorta) play by Facebook's rules by putting a "real" name on the page that requires that.)

   And....

    Today we officially set up our new expanded shop inside The Taunton Antiques Center!

     Taunton Antiques Center facebook page

Ooodles and oodles of wonderful things that for a multitude of reasons, do not work well in our online venues.

 




   We are VERY excited about our new adventure and looking forward to it being a smash success!

             Wish us luck and if you are in the Taunton, MA area, come and check out the whole Taunton Antiques Center complex. It's a vintage wonderland!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Finally got our original domain name back! Woot! : )

A few years back I signed us up for grrlpickers.com and we proceeded to use that domain on all of our advertising materials. Business cards, tshirts and a bumper graphic on the back of my car, we were happy with the resulting ability to direct our customers to one central location for all of our online shops.

   Life was good.

 Then my old email got hacked so badly that there was no recovering it, it was a nightmare. The email that I had for about 10 years with no issue at all was suddenly gone. I rebuilt my contacts and thought all was well until I went to visit our site one day and discovered the domain was no longer ours!

   Apparently the host had sent an email reminding me to renew the domain and since I didn't respond (due to my email hack I never saw the renewal message) the grrlpickers.com domain went up for grabs to the highest bidder.

   At one point I could have gotten it back for about $65.00 plus the 15 bucks or so to buy it back for ourselves but I did not have that kind of disposable cash at the time and I figured, "Who will want our silly domain name? No one! There will be no bidders at auction and then we can buy it straight as if it were a new domain!"

 I thought I was a business genius!

   Then someone else bought the domain and the price started to go up...

  I signed the domain off as lost and reregistered as grrlpickersvintage.com but I never fully lost hope on our old domain.

   "Someday..." I figured, "We will develop our business to be able to buy our old domain back!"

 I never threw out our old marketting materials because of this belief that one day, some day, we would get it back...

   Our doamin went to auction again and the last price I saw was just over $800.00 (this was sometime last summer). I stopped watching and everytime I saw the tshirts in my closet I contemplated tossing them and starting over with new ones that had GrrlPickersVintage.com on them but I just couldn't do it.

Good thing I couldn't because I randomly checked the host again a week or so ago and Lo!

   Our old domain was back for sale at a bargin basement price! Woot!

   So,
      we now have 2 domains that direct to the same place but I don't really mind that small cost when I think that our fans and customers will no longer be directed to a big spammy page when they Google Grrl Pickers.

  Hooray!

   Just thought we would post our tale of woe so if anyone else out there might be going through the same thing, don't give up, there is hope to get your original domain back.

   It might take years but sometimes, just sometimes, good things come to those who wait.

       : )

   

Saturday, August 9, 2014

New Bedford Antiques at Wamsutta Place

Grrl Picker Laura got lost yesterday while picking in New Bedford and happened by accident into the happiest place on earth for our kind of picking!


 NEW BEDFORD ANTIQUES at WAMSUTTA PLACE:




Is this a supposed to be a clown or perhaps a guy who tried out for KISS but couldn't get his make up right?

(I love the way his shoulders seem a little high up, as if he is taking a painted portrait "selfie".)

   Truely incredible bad clown art that would have come home with me if the way his lips are puckered didn't kind of creep me out...



There was a booth of incredible vintage bicycles, this on was my favorite as is reminded me of my friend Young Adult Writer, Stacey Toon.






3 foot tall metal rooster.

   He was very statuesque but I felt he could have probably used a more bold and colorful paint job if he were to attract a mate:



After spotting the rooster, I noticed an elephant of similar size and girth and moments later rounded the corner to a whole metal forest menagerie. (Unfortunately, the group picture came out all blurry but I think these 2 recycled metal creatures sum up the craftsman ship involved)



"Thaaaaaa   Siiimmppssssonnnnnsssss... do-dit-do-do-do, da-doo-dit-da-doooo"

    For 3K this authentic theater prop could be your family!



There were sooooo many incredible things to see at this place and I only explored about 1/3 of it before leaving with my arms (and the arms of the very nice man who helped me to my car) FULL of great finds.

  A lot of places we pick are either HIGH end or LOW end but this place had a wide range of prices and a million dreamy one of kind things to see!

    I can't wait to go back with Lacy Berman and any other friends who want to go, preferably friends with a van...  : )

                     -Laura

   



Sunday, February 2, 2014

F.W. Woolworth Co. price sticker

This 78rpm record was interesting enough but on closer inspection I found the price sticker to be the most fascinating part of the vintage item:
I remember buying K-Tel albums at my local Woolworth's but the days when Woolworth stocked 78's? That was well before my time. I find it really interesting tho to run across these little snippets of evidence of times gone by. When I was growing up there was a Woolworth in almost every shopping center, it was unimaginable that they would someday be completely gone. I wonder if 50-60 some odd years from now someone will be looking at a Wal Mart sticker on a vintage item and asking, "Remember when those used to be everywhere?"