Renee, the Bolingbrook owner of Etsy’s Acrossthegap, started working to close the gap between generations after going shopping with her mother one day at a garage sale.
She found a boxed ashtray from the company “Doral” and her curiosity in vintage items was piqued.
“I don’t smoke, found I found this little packaged ashtray to be interesting,” Renee writes on her Etsy profile. “For some reason at that exact moment, everything around me screamed to be touched and examined … it was as if I was blind and suddenly could see all of the history on those tables.”
She joined Etsy in February of 2013. And she is selling a “Vintage Christmas Luvkinas" ceramic drummer boy right now for $6.50. Yep, I found it on Etsy. And I found an interesting tale to tell involving a local woman’s push to find her identity in life.
“Most of my interest involves 20th century housewares but extends into coins and books,” Renee writes on Etsy. “I am currently working towards a degree in art history and look forward to expanding my shop to include 19th century finds.”
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