Sunday, July 31, 2016

DEALER - Guest Blogger: Tina MacDonald, Mini Minutia

I was born a long time ago when I was very young, and shortly thereafter, I started a mini shop on EBay. Life took over, and I closed the shop amid a series of family illnesses. As the Bible says: "And It came to pass...." and I thank God for that, because it could have come to stay! Many years later, when I actually knew something about miniatures, I started occasionally selling things I had made at our local club's annual Show and Sale. That's the Miniature Enthusiasts of Edmonton, for which I am now the workshop coordinator.

More disasters! A basement flood resulted in a complete rebuild of my workshop. In the process of putting everything away, I found myself going through drawers and boxes that hadn't seen the light of day in years! I found all of my stock from my original EBay store. I decided to start again, only this time on Etsy, adding all the new products I have made over the years for sale at the Show and Sale.

In the last few years, I have had many names for my minis: "The Petite Press" (for my stock of printies), "Lathey Bones" (once I took up the lathe to make turnings).  or "Tina's Treasures" for other stuff I made for sale. My new shop trades under the name "Mini Minutia", where minutia is defined as the small, precise, or trivial details of something - the niceties, the finer points, or particulars. The new name thus allows  me to sell anything I darn well want!

At the Show and Sale this year I will be selling fabric, turnings, tool stands, laser cut kits, baskets, and ceramic mugs and dishes.


  1. sorry to hear about your flood but at least some good came out of it


  2. Thanks for highlighting these mini makers. I just bought a mini Timmies mug from Tina on Etsy!

    1. I'm enjoying highlighting our dealers. Glad you found Tina on Etsy!