From the cottage of Maud and Claude

Sharing Tangible Memories of America's Heartland





After surrounding myself with antique and vintage items ever since I was old enough to hold a job and obtain a checking account, I decided selling that which I love made sense.  Back in 2000, I opened up a booth in a small antique mall located in Paola, Kansas.  In order to fill up the booth, I perused auctions and antique shops and did quite well until eBay came along.

Around 2001, I closed my booth and strictly sold online and it became a full-time job for awhile.  My grandmother needed help consolidating her estate full of antiques, so in 2004 I sold her items exclusively through mid-2005 on eBay and then I took a break.

Just recently the bug bit again and the timing seems right, so I am back selling items that are near and dear to me.  In my early years of selling, I purchased a plethora of items to sell, but now I'm more particular.  The items for sale will be centered around vintage fabrics including quilts, quilt tops, sewing fabric, feedsacks and flour sacks.

You'll also see anything related to sewing that is vintage in nature such as old sewing books, sewing baskets/boxes, and any type of sewing essentials.

Other than those items, you will see vintage clothing and perhaps new clothing made from vintage material.  Old pictures from the locales of Kansas and Missouri will be featured as well as my own photography in which I feature Kansas and Missouri abandonment.

Continue to check this website as I will list things periodically on both eBay and Etsy and will often blog about my adventures here.  You can access my eBay and Etsy listings on this site by clicking on the appropriate links on the sidebars.

I am a midwestern girl at heart and strive to share with you the items used heavily by pioneering women and the generations of women thereafter who toiled away making life better for those they loved.  The items left behind for our generation have stories to tell.  Those are the items I share with you here.

After 6 years, the sign on the front door of Dancing Bumblebee Cottage again reads, "Open for Business."

Welcome.