Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Shop of the Week The Lost Rooms

                                                This week's shop, The Lost Rooms, is owned by Mary Kaye. 

Please tell us a little about you and your shop.

My day job is in Marketing and Advertising Graphic Design. I live in the woods of Pennsylvania along with my husband and three mischievous cats in an old home that helps provide me inspiration (and the occasional bout of poison ivy)

. The Lost Rooms started in 2009. The name came from my memories of our 1800s ancestral family home. A home that was packed with left overs from generations of family members who have stayed there at one time or another. You could get lost (and lose) things in those rooms. As children,my cousins and I could dress up in actual roaring twenties dresses for Halloween.

What is your favorite era and why? 

My favorite periods in time date from around the 1860s to the 1910s. The era of the Belle Epoque.....Downtown Abbey, and on into Art Deco up to anything pre WWI. The decadence, elegance, and amazing workmanship that came from those glory days fascinate me.

What is your favorite item in the shop at the moment and why? 

A favorite item from my shop is always the one that photographed well and easily so, of course the object itself varies.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Shop of the Week -Vintage Archeology

This week's featured shop Vintage Archeology is owned by Karen.   https://www.etsy.com/shop/vintagearcheology

Please tell us a little about you and your shop.

As a child, searching through barns, shops, and country auctions of Pennsylvania with my parents was a weekend task that I grew to love. I can still see the barns loaded to the rafters with furniture, and see my father refinishing the tables, chairs, and chests that were toted home.

Loving to decorate, I have gone through many decor phases including primitive, shabby chic, and country French only to find that I wasn't really happy with any of them. I was soon having another huge garage sale emptying out the old to make room for the new.

What I have come to love is an eclectic d├ęcor. Unique pieces from different styles and eras, combined because of their shape, color, texture, or playfulness, spruce up a room.

Vintage Archeology affords me the opportunity to offer unique pieces that appeal to lovers of eclectic. I have great fun in searching for those special finds.

Not knowing what you are looking for, but you’ll know it when you see it, explains my approach to vintage. 

Just like the old barns of Pennsylvania, you never know what you will find as your peruse my shop.

What is your favorite era and why?

Unique, playful vintage is not found in only one era or design. Currently my shop has a mid-Victorian coffin plate, a wall biology chart from 1937, and a first edition book from 1968 to name a few. 

What is your favorite item in your shop and why?

I am enjoying this group of old pressure gauges resting in a wooden mold. It’s a fun assemblage of vintage industrial that adds uniqueness to a space. The texture of the wood combined with the varied gauge surfaces and faces shake things up a bit.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Shop of the Week

This week's Shop of the Week is Charmaine's Whimzy. https://www.etsy.com/shop/CharmainesWhimzy
Meet the owner, Charmaine, and take a peek at her lovely shop of vintage inspired jewelry and repurposed art and decor. 

Tell is a little about you and your shop. 

My name is Charmaine and I live in a small Victorian Cottage in Genoa, the oldest town in Nevada...History and Antiques abound in this little community, which certainly stimulates the avid Lover of Vintage Objets d' Art.  
Growing up in a large Italian family of 8 and making ends meet was a challenge, so my mother would go to Goodwill and garage sales in search of needed items. As the years passed, garage sales on Saturdays became a weekly event and now I'm carrying on the tradition, along with my brothers and sisters, to always be on the lookout for that one special broken and used piece to create and invent with.

My constantly changing Shoppe contains an assortment of vintage items, painted furniture, handmade repurposed jewelry, metal worked crowns, all with a whisper of Cottage French influence and a Vintage flair.

What is your favorite era and why?

My favorite era would probably be the Victorian Renaissance Era. I love elaborate scroll work used in metal, jewelry and wood carvings.

What is your favorite item in your shop at the moment? 

My favorite item is hard to pick because when you create things a part of you remains in that piece and you Love it all, but Today I’d have to say my Victorian Designed Necklace or one of my Crowns.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Shop of the Week

                     This week's featured shop is GSale Hunter, owned by Cat and David. 


Please tell us a little about you and your shop. 

 GSaleHunter is a Husband and Wife Team - we've been together since the mid-seventies, married for 37 years in October, and have always shared similar tastes and interests. We grew up in Northern Virginia just out of DC, then moved to Richmond, VA to pursue our education. Growing up so close to our Nations' History, we both developed a love for "old things", but we also grew up in the 50's through the 70's, a period of time with great change and innovative design. We both came from people who treasured and admired "collectibles", with a keen sense of quality. Those traits passed onto us, or so we'd like to think, and we often joke that we have very old souls. As youngsters who married young and our parents were not able to help us out financially so it was a natural for us to visit Estate Sales and Yard Sales to furnish our apartments, which soon grew into a passion that we never grew tired of. Saturdays were not for sleeping in - it was a time to get into the car and drive down every road looking for Yard Sale signs, ever watchful for our next "treasure". Urban Picking is nothing new to us. Even our kids as Teenagers had no interest in new clothes - they both preferred shopping at Thrift Stores and created their own look with 70's Rocker and Disco clothes. Our home has always been a mishmash of hand me downs from different Eras, yet it had a homey and interesting "look", often commented on by other family members and visitors.

 What is your favorite era and why? 

 Our favorite Era has to be the 60's and 70's, a truly remarkable Era of change and political unrest. It's what we know and recognize, however we have always both been drawn to anything "Mid Century", since that is what our Grandparents and Parents decorated in. As a trained Artist, my love for design and color was greatly influenced by that time, and it's something that has stayed with me.

 What is your favorite item in your shop at the moment and why? 

 Two things come to mind - our early 1913 Instructor's Literature Pamphlet on Booker T Washington. Even as a small child Slavery, The Civil War, and The Civil Rights Movement was a big topic in our family and Society as a whole. The fact that this little pamphlet was found in a 1950's home in Austin, TX well cared for and protected just hit home with me. 2nd, our Polaroid Sonar SX 70Land Camera. That camera was a marvel when it came out in the late 1970's and is still a fascinating trip down memory lane. Finding that camera was like finding an old photograph of a distant relative. It's a thing of the past, creating photos that are tangible and lasting, a snap of one moment, forever. If you get a chance to watch the Impossible Project documentary on the topic of Instant Cameras, watch it. You won't be sorry. Thank you for this - very special!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Shop of the Week

This week's Shop of the Week is Period Elegance owned by Julia. Read her interview (below) and take a peek at her wonderful vintage shop. 

Please tell us a little about you and your shop.

I am an interior designer whose roots are in upstate New York. It was there that decoration and gracious living first influenced me. I learned early on that stories and memories are woven around decorative antiques and beautiful objects and that these things provide a sense of history, meaning and personal style. 

I was inspired to create Period Elegance as a way to revive the fleeting world of etiquette, elegance and luxury in our contemporary lives. My shop offers vintage fine china and crystal, barware, linens, collectibles and home accents for the elegant home and lifestyle. Whether a collector, entertainer or simply personalizing a space, Period Elegance hopes to nourish inspiration in anyone with an interest in style, the decorative arts and interior design.

What is your favorite era and why?

I believe beautiful and charming objects transcend all eras so I don’t give a favorite to just one era. If an object is something that I would put in my own home or use for entertaining, I believe there is a possibility that others would also enjoy adding it to their own collections.

What is your favorite item in your shop at the moment and why?

This vintage box is inspired by an 18th century floral collage by Mrs. Delany who in 1771, in her early 70s, began to create botanical depictions of plants out of tissue paper and hand coloration, called “Paper Mosaics”. She produced nearly 1000 different flowers and some are still available to see today at the British Museum.

The box’s pink and white floral is one of Mrs. Delany’s flowers, hand painted by the renowned Irish designer, Sybil Connolly, for Tiffany & Company and exemplifies one of my favorite designers, Sister Parish, who best describes Period Elegance’s vision: "Innovation is often the ability to reach into the past and bring back what is good, what is beautiful, what is useful, what is lasting." 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Shop of the Week

                               Meet Belinda, the owner of this week's Shop of the Week- Belinda's Style Shop.

Please tell us a little bit about you and your shop. 

I get such pleasure out of finding cool things and then finding cool people who want to buy them. It is so satisfying to make that connection! Inspiring people to try things they might not normally think of themselves is pure pleasure.... 

It really is a treasure hunt that is win, win for everybody...the person I buy from, the person I sell to and me.

I love fixing up and restoring treasures too as well as repurposing.
Sewing up tears and holes is so satisfying!

What is your favorite era and why? 

I don't really have a favorite era. I love things that are artically designed and carefully, lovingly made. I am a sucker for vintage handmade.

What is your favorite item in your shop at the moment and why?

My favorite item right now is this aghan because it fills all that criteria. The woman who made this had a special person on her mind the whole time she was crocheting. It was made with so much love. How great is that?


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Shop of the Week -Happy Day Antiques

     Meet Jenn and visit her shop, Happy Day Antiques. 

Please tell us a little about you and your shop. 

I was raised in Georgia in a house full of antiques – so when it came time to decorate my own space as an adult anything old was my go-to! As the wife of an Army Ranger, we were constantly moving…and I was always discovering new vintage stores and markets. My collection grew! Three years ago, my husband retired, we moved to Ohio, and I opened Happy Day Antiques to supplement my family’s income. In particular I enjoy running my Etsy store for 2 reasons: saving vintage treasures from the landfill and spending time with my family. They love picking as much as I do!

What is your favorite era and why?

I really connect with anything Art Deco - that’s when craftsmanship and attention to detail was expected! From intricate beaded clothing to architectural antiques to detailed woodwork. I love it all! 

What is your favorite item in your shop at the moment and why? 

A handmade folk art cradle. 

SUCH a darling piece of folk art and unique to boot. You can tell it’s been passed down through multiple generations and well-loved during each!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Shop of the week - FibsandScraps 

        This week's featured shop, FibsandScraps is owned by Francesca. Read her interview and take a peek at her fun shop. 

Please tell us a little about you and your shop. 

I am a collector and vintage treasure hunter in Auckland New Zealand. I love ferreting out the discarded scraps that others overlook, cleaning them up and making sense of them by putting them with other objects from their own era, that suggest their use, and tell their visual story in my shop Fibs & Scraps. I suppose that is what is encapsulated by the shop's summation 'Salvaged, Scavanged, Dusted off, Dolled up!'

Fibs and Scraps is a cluttered visual cacophony of objects, pattern and colours in badly lit pictures! Photography and design are not my fortes and though I admire many vintage shops on Etsy that present their items minimally with white backgrounds I cant resist 'merchandising' items with lots of other stuff! Overly wordy descriptions are my other foible that can be blamed on my background in Art History. Sometimes, in the face of a 20th century relic, I just get carried away in aesthetic contemplation and nostalgia induced reverie!!!

Luckily, despite its eccentricities, people have found things they like at Fibs & Scraps and kindly decided to purchase them despite the insane cost of shipping from this far flung island.

It is great being on Etsy and having the chance to connect with an international community who value old things and the handmade over the new and commercially produced. Best of all its great having the excuse to visit flea markets and every charity shop I pass!! I'm hoping this enterprise will grow and continue long term. 

What is your favorite era and why?

Oh to have been a flapper fly on the wall - or better still, bar fly- in twenties Paris, London, Berlin or New York! Not to mention the fantastical fashion, crazy jazz music and inspired Art Deco design, the 1920's and 30's seemed like a great era to have experienced. 

What is your favorite item in your shop at the moment and why?

I'm in love with this 1960's ceramic, fawn posy vase made by Eastgate, England! It features the most adorable, wide-eyed, baby deer who looks little bit wary of our confrontation in its secluded woodland knoll. The sprayed on colours of the green grass, fuchsia flowers and yellow tree stump give the ornament a bright kitschy charm. It is set in front of a huge, kitschtastic, paint-by-numbers forest scene and looks perfectly at home in front of it. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Please tell us a little about you and your shop. 

My name is Francesco and I live in the south of the Netherlands, in a city called Breda. A few years ago I used to visit flea markets, junk yards, etc. looking for old bicycle parts. That was my business back then: restoring road bikes from the 60s, 70s and 80s and selling vintage bike parts on EBay. During my search I would often come across all types of other vintage goodies. I decided to give Etsy a go and see if I could sell some of those gems and that is, in short, how VintageBreda came about. The handy thing about living in the Netherlands is that we are that close to Belgium and France that I can travel up and down to markets just for one day. This is where I usually find the best vintage articles. I think it is great that I can offer my Etsy customer a wide variety of vintage items from several European countries. 

What is your favorite era and why?

I love the fifties. So many things we love nowadays seem to originate from the fifties. Movies, music, fashion and design from that era still serve as an inspiration to many, including me. The whole 50s atmosphere very much appeals to me. 

What is your favorite item in your shop at the moment and why?

The red Mid Century Desk Lamp made by Philips in the Netherlands is one of my favourites at the moment. I can just picture that lamp on a swanky retro restaurant’s vintage reception desk. The sleek yet simple design is what I like best. Simple and sleek actually goes with anything if you ask me. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Shop of the Week

  Meet Cyndie, the owner of Vintage Envy, this week's featured Shop of the Week. 


Ever since I can remember I have had the desire to create! As a little girl you could always find me with a crayon in my hand and a pad of paper. Drawing, painting, pottery you name it I wanted to do it. I also admired the gorgeous brooches and high heels that my mother wore to work and would love to play dress up. She gave me my first piece of jewelry at the age of five which was a jelly belly cat necklace:) 

My passion for creating and fashion has stayed with me in one way or another through out my life from painting murals to decorating homes, wedding receptions and showers. As one of the buyers for a small boutique I always tried to find unique jewelry to sell in the shop. I thought why not make my own jewelry combining a mix of vintage, antique and new elements to create romantic and whimsical pieces. So Vintage Envy was born! 

My favorite era would be the 40’s and 50’s. I love the gorgeous rhinestone brooches and the Hollywood glam! Although recently I have been attracted to Victorian pieces.

One of my favorite pieces in my shop at the moment is a necklace that I made from a vintage rabbit baby rattle. I love how whimsical it is with the bunny jingling sweetly as you move:)