Why ACME? Because we have a love of POP culture and a desire to surround ourselves with more whimsy, humor, and fun. After all, why open a business if you can’t make it fun? So, we decided to pull from the iconic themes that we enjoy and have surrounded us during our lives.
ACME, because we grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons and loved the antics of Wile E. Coyote chasing the roadrunner. We enjoyed watching Bugs taunt Daffy, Elmer Fudd, and Yosemite Sam. But everyone who watched the cartoons can finish this line, “I will hug him and squeeze him and call him _____.”
This piece of art, created by Warner Brother’s Director Robert McKimson was a wedding gift to each other and hangs in our bedroom. It reminds us of us. A little coy, a lot of love, and well, let’s face it, a little pudgy around the tummy.
Inspiration for sale names comes from the award-winning TV show Friends. We didn’t discover the show until the tenth season, and once we found we could watch it on DVD, we were hooked! It seemed like a perfect fit for our quirky family, especially since we never miss a chance to splash in a fountain. The episode names are written as if you are speaking to a friend to describe a memory, a place you visited, an event… “the one with…” We find it to be an easy and entertaining way to describe an estate sale because you never have the same assortment twice.
We aren’t alone in finding inspiration in our childhood memories. Episodes of Bugs Bunny cartoons featured 15 pieces of classical music including Strauss and Beethoven. And of course, who doesn’t remember Bugs’ performance as the Rabbit of Seville set to Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture? An article titled, How Bugs Bunny and ‘Kill the Wabbit’ Inspired a Generation of Opera Stars, says it all, as it describes how Bugs and his pals introduced and influenced a few of today’s finest Opera stars.
Tracey has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and years and years and years of managing specialty retail stores. Okay, maybe not that many years, maybe it just felt like that many! She managed stores for The Limited, Victoria’s Secret and even did a few months with Warner Brothers Studio Stores, deepening the ACME connection.
Tracey loves photography, art, old houses, and old furniture. She sees potential in every house she walks into and every piece of furniture she finds. If she can’t find potential for an items original purpose, she will find a way to repurpose. Her favorite is an antique medical (apothecary) cabinet converted to a home to display her Fiestaware. Tracey secretly covets Jeannie’s bottle, Aunt Clara’s door knob collection, and Mary Crawley’s wardrobe. Not sure who Jeannie and Aunt Clara are? Than it is time to reacquaint yourself with those iconic 60’s sitcoms, start with I Dream of Jeannie and to find Aunt Clara, check out Bewitched. If you can’t quite place Mary Crawley, catch up on the historical fiction of as told by the Crawley Family of Downton Abbey.
Estate sales seemed like a perfect way to blend her professional experience of sales, merchandising, and customer service with her passion for all things vintage and old.
Tracey’s family is the support and strength behind ACME Estate Sales. Daughters, Bailey and Shelby, are the ones who ring your sales and at bigger sales, Sean is the driving force behind helping you load your purchases. ACME Sales couldn’t happen without them!
POP Culture runs strong in the family, probably because we do so many things as a family. One family obsession is Harry Potter. Other family past times include movies and TV. Top picks include everything produced by MARVEL Universe, BBC’s Sherlock, and Downton Abbey (I know, eclectic mix). And family games, Monopoly is now forbidden since some don’t play well, but we do love playing “Sherlocked,” a game that combines Clue with Jenga. Estate sales are a great place to find vintage games to add to our game night repertoire.