About

My name is Tara and I am an online Etsy and eBay seller of vintage, antiques, and collectibles. In my shops you will find figurines, old coins, fishing lures, antique dolls, jewelry, hats, purses, home décor and housewares, as well as many other finds! Check out my stores at the links below:

Etsy Shop: http://www.RascalsRarities.etsy.com
eBay Shop: http://www.ebay.com/usr/rascals_rarities

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The adorable Boston terrier in the picture was my dog Rascal. Rascal, who was only 8 years old, recently passed away from cancer. As everyone who knows me is aware, Rascal was a big part of my life and I was devastated to lose him. As any mommy or daddy of fur babies can understand, losing a beloved pet is a very difficult thing to have to go through, especially when you had such a loving dog as Rascal. He was very obedient and well trained, only barked when someone was at the door, never made a mess in the house (well only when he ripped up all of his stuffed animal toys), never got into trash, and was basically a cuddle bug. Rascal loved to accompany me everywhere I went, and he was such a help when I took pictures of my Etsy and ebay listings, he always did love to jump in front of the camera when I was trying to photograph an item for sale! He loved having all of the attention, and he not only gave tons of love, but he was very much loved in return! While he was alive, I felt that it was only fitting that I named my online stores after him, and now that he is gone, I will keep the names to always remember him by.
A little bit about me, I grew up in an old stone farmhouse with a log cabin addition, built in 1791, which used to be a seminary for the local church back in the early 1800s. It’s amazing that the old house has stood for so many years. When I was a child, I remember my parents and I uncovered small musket and cannon balls in our yard which were probably from The Revolutionary War. (The Battle of the Brandywine took place in our area). I think it is so neat to be surrounded by history! Since becoming an adult, I have grown to appreciate age-old items because these artifacts have not only stood the test of time, but they have carried with them a unique history. I love uncovering the stories behind each object that I collect or sell, and I am a big fan of doing research to discover all there is to know about the items that I come across.
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Eleven years ago, I met my loving husband Shaun Abel, we were married four years ago, and we purchased a small farmhouse of our own that we have been restoring. We have replaced the roof, added electric baseboards (because it had no heat but two wood stoves), updated the downstairs bathroom (still no working upstairs bathroom though), painted every room, stripped, sanded, and stained the hardwood floors, redid the plaster on the ceiling in the living and dining room, and tore up the poor excuse of a deck that was outside and added a nice large patio. All of this we did on our own with some help from my dad. We are a very handy family! I have decorated the house with vintage and collectibles, what my husband calls “Junktiques” and it is looking very lovely. My mom and I have a habit of going to yard sales, antique malls, thrift stores, and auctions looking for stuff that we can both add to our old farmhouses. My husband will accompany me on the weekends; we just love looking for vintage treasures! Sometimes all we have to do is look in the attic and we uncover items we never knew we had!

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I am an avid reader and bibliophile.

Add me as a friend on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31399129-tara

 

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Our orange tabby cat Hammy.

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Our cat Tink.

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Rascal who is watching over us from heaven.

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I love flowers and have a large garden outside my old farmhouse.

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