In 1999 Melissa found her passion, buying and selling interesting objects. “The history and nostalgia in vintage and antiques became like a drug to me, I needed more. I worked my way through many categories of collecting, China, glassware, art pottery, jewelry, clothing and now antique and vintage decorative objects and art.” says Sands.
“Buying and selling antiques and vintage presents opportunities. It’s perfect for home decor, historians, collectors, designers, decorators and those who want to save the planet. It’s not just about the Antiques Roadshow and having something worth 250K hanging from your rafters. Keeping high quality items like art and decorative arts in circulation keeps history alive.” says Sands.
Melissa believes that vintage has 3 things today’s retail market doesn’t. ” It’s less expensive, higher quality and holds value.”
Melissa has founded Vintage Garage Chicago, North Shore Flea, Dallas Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show, Fashion and Flea, Grand Rapids Antiques Market and most recently Vintage & Design Weekend Market.
A partner in the American Vintage Market with Eric Miller of Urban Art and Antiques and Danielle Colby of American Pickers. Melissa also worked with Danielle’s on publicity and event promotions in 2014. “Getting Danielle an interview in Parade Magazine was the highlight of 2014. The vintage world doesn’t get many national mentions so I am particularly proud of that.” said Melissa.
Gatherings buyers and sellers together has been the focus but she will stop anything for a good flea market and Brimfield, Mass is her favorite. “There is nothing else like it” says Sands. Brimfield brings it all together, rain or shine. Dealers, customers, decorators, collectors. It’s the most exciting place on earth as far as I’m concerned.” She can get just as excited by estate sales and yard sales. “If you aren’t looking everywhere, you may not find it.” Melissa said.
Sands is the “vintage expert” with extensive public speaking and interview experience. Topics and specialties include: Antiques, vintage, online sales, Ebay, antique shows, vintage shows, Show promotion, vintage jewelry, vintage clothing, antique shows, estate sales, estate liquidation, vintage markets, vintage shows, vintage clothing, yard sales, tag sales, garage sales, vintage jewelry, vintage decor, vintage home, vintage expert, antiques expert, vintage events, decorative arts, vintage lighting, decorating, design, public speaking and engagements.