In April of 2012, vintage enthusiast Melissa Mackaly set out to create a mobile vintage shop that specialized in housewares. "It's my passion," she said this week, while tending the cash table at her "estate sale" in an unmarked building at 2650 Main in Deep Ellum on Thursday.
The mint green 1958 Cardinal trailer that has traveled across the metroplex, selling goods at music venues, art events and festivals has come to a temporary halt, and all of Mackaly's treasures are up for grabs at a discounted price this weekend.
The sale runs through Sunday and includes everything from jewelry and clothing to records, magazines, furniture and, of course, housewares. Everything is full price today (except clothing, which is 50 percent off), prices drop to 50 percent off on Saturday, and then to 75 percent off on Sunday. Mackaly will be around until 8 p.m. tonight, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Once her merchandise is gone, she will be able to focus on her new plans for the trailer: opening a photo booth.
"People always wanted to take pictures in front of and inside the trailer ... but they wouldn't necessarily buy anything," she said. So she plans to have the booth up and running by September, in time for "wedding season." But with all the changes, she won't be giving up her true passion: vintage housewares, which she plans on selling at a storefront or two around town.