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New in the Shop: Handmade Vintage Notebooks


We’re excited to announce the debut of our new line of handmade vintage notebooks this Saturday, from 10am-4pm as part of the Urban Outfitters, UO Marketplace!

Our handmade vintage notebooks are made using discarded library books that were too damaged to stay on the shelves. Each notebook is unique using beautifully illustrated pages for the cover. We’ll also have a mix of vintage pencils, staplers and clips for the office supply lover just in time for back to school.

Urban Outfitters, 507 E. Green St., is celebrating the local community by hosting UO Marketplace, featuring shops and creatives from the Champaign-Urbana area. This Saturday’s UO Marketplace will also feature Plant Mode, Neutral Cycle and the University of Illinois Metals Department.

The Thrill of the Hunt

Note: This post was written as a guest contribution for the News-Gazette’s Area Extras blog. Thanks to Meg Dickinson for asking me to contribute! See the original post here.

When I was growing up, I used to play detective. I’d make up stories, investigate mysteries and record them in my trusty day planner (bought with my allowance instead of toys like the other kids). I’d search for treasures and find old chairs and tables in the woods, believing that at one time this was home to a living civilization. It was a thrill to go out into the woods and not know what I’d find.

As an adult, the detective in me lives on when I head to an early-morning garage sale or an evening church rummage sale. This time, instead of carrying my trusty day planner, I’m armed with tote bags ready to fill them up with found vintage treasures — ephemera, office supplies, housewares, local history, fabric, photographs, postcards, books, travel posters and anything else that catches my eye.

What can I say? I’m addicted to the thrill of the hunt.

While going “sale-ing” has been a long-time hobby of mine, I never dreamed I could turn it into a small business. As the new owner of an online vintage shop, Dear Home, I get to spend each day doing something I have loved since my childhood.

Although I never became a true detective, I find myself “playing detective” as I head out into the neighborhoods to find treasures and return home to investigate my finds. It’s exciting to find more items for my personal collections and special vintage pieces for my shop that others can enjoy.

Is there a childhood pastime that you still enjoy? Do you have a hobby that you’ve been thinking about turning into your day job?