You know how some of the best things that happen in life come from totally unplanned or unexpected situations? Well, it was in this way, over 10 years ago, that I left the house as a stay-at-home mom and suddenly ended up, a few short hours later, surrounded by a whole lot of paper and an agreement to bring it all home with me. And it was in this spur-of-the-moment decision that my vintage wallpaper business was born.
Several years before this, our third child was born and I quit my job to be at home... because, let's face it, having three children under the age of 5 was a bit hectic. But by the time all three were in school, I was beginning to think about what I would do next. Although I was keeping my options open, I had enjoyed my time as a stay-at-home mom and really hoped to continue that by finding a work-from-home type of job.
Now my husband is a "collector" and, among many other things, is interested in fishing baits. One day, he mentioned he wanted to visit an old hardware store in a small town close to our home. He was hoping they might still have some old baits and I agreed to tag along. As my husband was talking to the store owner, I was browsing up and down the aisles, looking for nothing in particular. All of a sudden, something tucked away in a dark corner caught my attention: several rolls of wallpaper, dated mostly from the 1980s, along with a few older ones with bright patterns turned right side out. Finding the older ones very unique, I picked out about six rolls to buy. As I was making my purchase, the store owner said, "If you like old wallpaper, I have something to show you..."
My husband and I followed him into a dimly lit back room, where there were six large cardboard bins full of vintage wallpaper. He laughingly said he would make us a great deal if we would buy all that he had. Taking his offer literally, my husband and I went home, did some research of our own, and decided to return the next day to buy a truck load.
After I had success selling several of those rolls on Ebay, my husband said we should go back and buy all that he had—which was stored in three different buildings and estimated to be around 50,000 rolls! Wondering how this gentleman acquired such an overwhelming amount of wallpaper in the first place, we soon learned that he was not the original owner. The original owner had been in the wallpaper business since the early 1900's and apparently kept many patterns in stock. Then, as years passed and patterns became outdated, they were moved to the back of the building (or to another building) to make room for more