Posted By Michelle Greysen

     Is it just me or have you noticed a trend of late on the new man? For those who also follow my antique & collecting blog Thrifty Diversions you already know that thrifty is “IN” in a big way! But for those who get a more subtle message eventually and enjoy the slow dance you may have picked up on a gentle shift in all that is circling your history channel viewing pleasure of late. 
     It turns out the men of the much watched History Channel shows, the Pawn Stars, American Pickers, American Restoration, Cajun Pawn Stars, are the new sexy! Yes ladies you are not only looking for mister right – you are now hoping for mister into-great-junk! Women of a certain love-for-vintage age are wanting a man that will go picking and troll thrift stores and yard sales on a weekend. No elegant late Saturday morning yuppie coffee shop dates anymore, we just want a man who pulls up with two paper cups of no-name steaming coffees and an empty truck bed ready for some weekend action – auction action! A man who travels with a little be-prepared essentials rolling around under the seat of his pick-up next to his fishing gear – ropes, big garbage bags, gloves, multi-head screwdriver, hammer, crowbar, shrink wrap, an old-furniture blanket and the likes as you never know when you might come across an old abandoned barn door to liberate or have to dismantle a century old armoire at an auction to get it in the truck.
     Yes ladies we want a man who loves long back road drives in the country at dawn’s first light … looking for good junk! How do I know that to be true? I’m marrying one of those guys this coming weekend! Not only did he come to love the thrifty collecting lifestyle I exposed him to early on he has become a great picker himself, even worked the front counter of my antique store to great success on his weekends off the day job, and an expert tie-down man who can make anything fit in the back of a truck. As I am writing this he just texted me pics of a typewriter he is standing in front of at a thrift store he popped into while he is on the road to see a client – “works $8?”- like sexting to a collector – we call it thrift-porn.
     Our wedding is as simple as our love of a thrifty vintage lifestyle, all happening in a small prairie town at our shack of a cottage with no frills, but surrounded by family and fun.  Saturday afternoon ceremony in the town park gazebo, my minister brother marrying us, and a few blocks back at home we will be swinging open the old double carriage house doors to expose the tacky man-cave garage bar surrounded by vintage chrome stools. The yard will be full of guest campers, reception on patio tables covered in vintage linens surrounded by lawn chairs on the dirt driveway. Food will be plentiful simple family fare off the grill, fresh cut garden flowers all around in mismatched vases and stuffed into cream can urns, wine and beer out of iced topped galvanized pails, vintage mismatched dishes, and even the traditional, almost tacky vintage bride & groom cake topper on a simple real get-eaten white cake. There will be fire pit sing-a-longs, crib tournaments, lawn croquet  and best of all a celebration of a perfect match.
     If these auction loving, junk-hunting, pickup truck driving, rugged haulers are the new man – can the up and coming round of Mountain Men, Shark Wranglers and Swamp People filling up airways be the next great man to snag? Move over American Pickers – trends don’t lie.

Thanks for all the wedding wishes everyone!

8 Comment(s):
Linda Simpson said...
Well, well! Congratulations! As one of the other commentators stated, it sounds like you have gotten yourself A KEEPER! I love second-hand and I applaud you for bringing out the "good stuff" to use for this most wonderful celebration. All the best!
June 28, 2012 07:30:51
Ross Mavis said...
Best wishes youse guys. No matter the lifestyle, it all boils down to good booze, great food and fantastic freinds. Everything else is superfluous. Have a geat life together.
June 27, 2012 04:27:50
Joanne Carnegie said...
Congratulations, Michelle! What a lovely way to celebrate. Sounds like you've found a keeper! Please keep us posted on how it goes.
June 27, 2012 01:23:30
Christine Peets said...
This sounds like a hoot! Have a wonderful day, and have fun. It will all be wonderful, and whatever you two decide to say to each other will be the perfect vows for the day, and for all time. Cheers!
June 27, 2012 08:38:46
Karen said...
Well Michelle, this sounds like possible vows?
June 26, 2012 06:56:25
Tracey Arial said...
Congratulations, Michelle. Such an inspiring way to celebrate true love. Hope it's even more fun in person than it is in words.
June 26, 2012 04:02:47
Doreen Pendgracs said...
Wonderful post, Michelle! Reg and I did the same when we got married 17 years ago. Had it right on our acreage. Live band with friends we know. Cold beer in an old bathtub and wine bottles in one of those old steel tubs. Dancing till we couldn't stand no more. Such wonderful memories! I hope you and Gregg have a similarly SUPER day that will stay with you forever.
June 26, 2012 01:02:39
Kathe said...
Love this, Michelle! I see so many people going into debt to pay for over-the-top weddings. The whole point is to stand up with your love and say a few important words, then celebrate with family and friends. Everyone dressed in clothes they can wear another time, eating great down-home food. I wish I lived near you - I'd invite myself! Mazel tov!
June 26, 2012 11:05:41
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