Guest Curation: Unveiling the Treasure Troves with Bambi Costanzo

Blog Written by AuctionNinja Staff
Written by: AuctionNinja Staff
January 11, 2024 Updated 07:01 AM
January 11, 2024 Updated 07:01 AM

Welcome to another enchanting chapter of our Guest Curation series! This week, we're delighted to have Bambi, a seasoned collector and home enthusiast, as our guest curator. Growing up in an old farmhouse surrounded by the charm of vintage architecture, Bambi's love for antiques and unique finds was cultivated at a young age. Join us as we explore Bambi's journey into the world of secondhand treasures and her handpicked favorites from our online auctions.

Meet Bambi: A Journey Through Time and Homes

Bambi's story begins in the hills of West Virginia, in a quaint farmhouse with yellow cabinets, a double drainboard sink, and a claw foot tub—a haven filled with the essence of a bygone era. Her appreciation for old houses was instilled by her surroundings, setting the stage for a lifelong passion.


Her love for antiques was further nurtured by her mother, a dedicated antique enthusiast who frequented auctions and owned a booth in the historic downtown area. Though her mom's antique-selling days are behind her, Bambi continues the tradition, exploring antique shops for her next cherished find.

Embarking on her journey of collecting and hunting at the tender age of 22, Bambi's first thrifted treasure was a set of blue and white dishes—a catalyst for a home filled with unique, timeworn, secondhand pieces. Now, let's delve into Bambi's AuctionNinja picks, where each item tells a story of its own.

Bambi’s AuctionNinja Picks: A Symphony of Timeless Pieces



  1. 19th C Antique French Wood Farm Table with Side Drawer

  2. Antique Primitive Folk Art Cheese Box Hat/ Glove Umbrella Stand

  3. Brass Duck Cane

  4. 3 Crock Lot

  5. Erich Paulsen - German (1932 - ) Painting Oil on Canvas

  6. Large Copper Strainer

  7. Flow Blue Glass Platter Oblong 13 Inches

  8. 1930s Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt

  9. Antique Signed & Dated Caucus Rug - Circa 1891!!

Each item curated by Bambi reflects her keen eye for timeless pieces that weave seamlessly into the fabric of a home, echoing the sentiment of nostalgia and authenticity.

Q&A with Bambi: A Peek into the Collector's Mind

What got you interested in secondhand, vintage and antique items?

I was a young, new homeowner trying to make a house my home. 


What are the one or two things that you always find yourself bidding on/looking for when shopping secondhand?

There’s 3. Blue and white, copper and old paintings. 


What's your absolute favorite item ever purchased at an estate sale or online auction?

My favorite estate sale was a set of two scalloped baskets from an old house in PA. The larger one sits on top of Bentley’ kennel. It holds all of my seasonal plants and an old thrifted tea pot turned pitcher to water them. 

Any tips or advice for online auction or estate sale newbies?

There will be times when you walk away empty handed. Don’t expect to find everything all at once. Home should tell your story and be collected over time. 


We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Bambi for curating a captivating selection and sharing her insights with our community. Stay tuned for more enchanting perspectives from our guest curators in the Collected Perspectives series!


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