Never in a million years did I think my dad would one day be my head buyer. It hasn’t exactly been a picture perfect ride but we’ve made it this far. So long as I don’t catch him trying any jewelry on, we’ll continue to get along just fine. He’s proving to have quite the eye.
He’s where I get my spark. Having watched him ride the ups and downs as a lifetime entrepreneur, he’s yet to give up on a dream of chasing antiques full-time. Marry that with some corporate buying experience and an unsettling desire to prove that you can achieve anything your heart can conceive, and you have given me a very meaningful challenge.
Regardless of our coastal differences, we’ve spent more time together this past year dreaming than ever before. Its brought back a lifetime of memories and reinforced this path. In honor of Father’s Day, here’s how he’s shared his spark with me over the past year.
1. Don’t over consume. There’s no reason to spend more than $2 on a new shirt when there are nice second hand finds everywhere.
2. Be first. Hop a fence at a community yard sale if there’s a guard not willing to open the gates until precisely 9 am.
3. Get up early. It will be your only chance at scoring vintage Coach legacy bags and Chanel earrings for under $5.
4. Avoid being over connected. Use a cell phone from the early 2000’s and continue to resist an upgrade.
5. Never judge. The quality of a yard sale or flea market isn’t dictated by the size of a newspaper ad or sign.
6. There’s enough spark to go around. Walk away from a pile of jewelry if an old lady at a church sale is trying to hog and push you out of the way.
7. Work really hard. If there are 16 thrift shops within a 60 mile radius, stop at every. single. one.
8. Do what you want to do when you wanna do it. Life is too short not to eat ice cream and donuts, everyday.
What has your dad taught you this past year?