Here at Amber Ostrich Estate Sales, we have many shoppers who are business owners and come to our estate sales to buy for their businesses.
This shopper profile is part of installation of a blog series about our shoppers who are also business owners.
Melinda Ledbetter is joining the forces of people who take something they love and start blogging about it. About six months ago, she took the plunge and started Austin Vintage Blog where she blogs about her local vintage buys and her general love of vintage.
A former wedding planner, Ledbetter said she loved the vintage weddings the most and still had a collection of antique and vintage wedding items when she quit that business after suffering from back problems.
Ledbetter was no stranger to thrifting even before her wedding planning days. As a child she and her mother shopped at garage sales. And growing up in Victoria, TX, she and her mother shopped antique and vintage stores all the time.
“I’ve always been so addicted to it,” she said.
At one point, Ledbetter’s scouring of thrift and antique stores turned up a major
score. She found a Wavecrest opal vase, which she bought for a mere $2.50. It turned
out to be worth about $350.
At that point, she said, she knew she was hooked and needed an outlet to tell other people about her finds.
Wedding planing and antique vases aside, Ledbetter’s passion for vintage is in the clothes.
“(Vintage) clothing is my passion,” she said. Her favorite being, “the roaring 20s.”
You can visit Austin Vintage Blog for more info. The blog will begin to feature monthly “recycled rewards” where she will feature local venues and give away cool stuff she finds.