About Me

About me....Let's see, where to start.... OK, I was born in Minnesota and am of Norwegian, Irish and American Indian descent. I moved around a lot when I was growing up as my dad spent 22 years in the USMC. I had a wonderful childhood and was always encouraged by my parents to compete in sports, do well in school, and be creative. I was raised with 4 siblings and am the #2 daughter. I have a wonderful son... who in turn had a beautiful little girl who is now a mommy so I'm a great grandmother. My, how time flies! For those of you wondering about my name "Sandy Shores", I have to admit that's not my real name - I had to marry twice to get that last name! My maiden name is Sandy Troy.

I have lived in many different US states and traveled to other countries. I love the diversity of this world we live in and feel we can learn from other cultures. My home decor has a little bit of every state and country I've lived or visited, and my friends are as varied as my house! My favorite US cities are San Francisco and New Orleans (where the picture was taken). I've aged some since the picture as it was taken some 15 years ago but it reminds me of all the good times I've had so it stays! My favorite countries are France and Italy. I retired from IBM in 2009 and now live in Florida. My favorite animals are cats, I have two beautiful Persians - Love Bug and Peanut, but I love all animals. My hobbies are swimming, biking, any type of art, and gardening. Recently I put got a boat so am in the midst of becoming a boater person.

Collecting.... ah yes! I am a collector... of just about everything... coins, stamps, depression glass, pixies, pinups, bathing beauties, Fiesta, Waterford, Arthur Court, Fitz & Floyd, Peter Max, Erte, and of course vintage mermaids. I also collect Bordeaux, primarily first growths as I used to buy wine futures. Most of the items you see for sale here are collectibles that I personally collect too. That makes it fun for me, and good for my customers because I know a lot about the things I'm selling. Some items are from my personal collections and some come from estate sales and auctions. I have been selling on the internet since 1998... yikes, that's a long time! It doesn't matter how long you have been collecting, there are still always those elusive items you look for thru the years to complete a certain set or collection.... or that item you didn't know was even made in a certain pattern that you find. What a thrill it is to find those items!

Since I have an art background, I also got into making molds of vintage mermaids and pinups in 2002... now I have over 300 molds. My reproductions give people the chance to have these beauties in different hair/eye/tailfin colors than originally made and they last as long as the originals. They are often embellished with rhinestones, shells, pearls, vintage jewelry, and/or micro glitter to add a shabby chic "bling" to the piece.

I am knows as "MermaidMania" by other mermaid collectors and have created comprehensive writings, with photos, of 1940's/1950's mermaids and sea creatures - do visit my MermaidMania webite if you are new to collecting nautical creatures. I also have created a Holt Howard Pixie website so vist there if you are into pixies.

And where do I get all this energy??? .... I'm a Gemini!

Favorite quote - Men are like wine, the best get better with age!

Motto - Treat others as you would like to be treated.

Pet Peeve - Slow drivers in the fast lane.

Philosophy on Life - Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, Champagne in one hand - strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WHO HOO - What a Ride!

Thanks for stopping by!

This website is dedicated to my nephew, Robert "Bob" Harris, who designed and developed this site. He is loved and missed every day by friends and family around the world.

August 15, 1962 - August 6, 2011

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