Friday, October 10, 2014

Shop of the Week- Crooked Joe's Antiques

This week's shop is Crooked Joe's Antiques. 
Meet the owners Ted and Vanessa and take a peek at their fun shop. 

Please tell us a little about you and your shop.

My husband and I jokingly refer to ourselves as professional recyclers, but it is really what we have done for the last 30 years. We owned and operated an automotive recycling center  for over 20 years, and opened our antique store during that time also. We have had the antique store for 17 years, but for the last 8 years we have been exclusively selling antiques. 

What is your favorite era and why?

I can't say that we love one era of time more than others. We appreciate quality and workmanship. We appreciate folk art and handmade items.  We appreciate the quirky and odd in the world. All these things can be found throughout history, so we try to confine ourselves to looking at one era at a time. We do love metals. I suppose this comes from our time recycling cars and scrap metal. We spent years rescuing things from the crusher pile- items that still had life in them. Steel is such a comforting thing really- it seems to defy time. Just lately, we were lucky enough to find late 1800s screw type metal fence posts. They are 130 to 140 years old, and are better quality than just about anything you can buy today. They will last another 100 years and still be useable. 

On the other hand, doesn't one have to appreciate that piece of glass or antique book that has managed, by good stewardship, to survive intact? The fragile items that survive are just as amazing. 

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

We love the Marbro Harlequin lamp we have in our store. It is a piece of pure whimsy. It serves no purpose other than to make us feel good. Yes, you may get a few lumen from it, it may brighten a dark spot in your living room, but that could be achieved by much simpler means. He was made just to make us smile. What can be better?

The cast iron fencing urns are timeless.

The Last Whole Earth catalog is really a politcal statement of the times.  

The Robert Kennedy autographed photo is something I will never have again when it sells.

There is so much out there that is still useful, beautiful, and that we can learn from. We seem to have made it our mission to save it; at least some of it!

Ted and Vanessa also own two other Etsy shops.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Shop of the Week- Autena

This week's shop, Autena, is owned by Megan. Her wonderful shop is an eclectic mix of vintage trinkets, treasures, and one-of-a-kinds.

Please tell us a little about you and your shop. 

I grew up in a house filled with treasures of all sorts, many inherited through generations, others lovingly collected during trips throughout the US and Europe. So I had an ingrained appreciation for vintage and antique pieces, both large and small. I too began collecting, and when my parents began downsizing years ago, I became the owner of several of the things that had been in the cupboards and on the walls of my childhood home.

Autena is an amalgamation of these pieces, with some more recent discoveries thrown in. I love the eclectic nature of what is carried there; combining brass stencil numbers with vintage gloves, fishing lures, and wine labels. No specialization, but rather a “what will I find here?” mentality appeals more to my sensibilities.

What is your favorite era and why?

I don’t really have a favorite era, but am most attracted to primitive and rustic styles -- authentic, of course, not the reproductions found everywhere these days -- both in furniture and decorative things. The simple charm and unadorned practicality are what attracts me. 

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

The French jewelry casket featuring a Limoges portrait of St. Fabiola is my favorite item in my shop. It was an old family piece, well-loved and held onto for so long and I just adore the verdigris, the chipped medallion, and the broken hinge too.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Shop of the Week - LuRuUniques

This week's shop is owned by Mary. 

Please tell us a little about you and your shop.

I am a little old lady (67), under 5 ft tall, who lives alone with a huge 98 pound Golden Retriever.  My hubby passed away about 3 1/2 years ago. Our youngest daughter lives 2 blocks from me with her family of 3 young boys. Fun times watching them grow. I am still working about 30 hours a week at Burger King in a small rural town. I love visiting with the customers, so don't think I will quit anytime soon. I love the hunt for treasures to put in my shop. I also look for vintage tins to paint on for the craft shows where I sell them.

What is your favorite era and why?

My favorite era is the 50s. Life was simpler then, it seems to me. It could have been that I was a child of the 50s!! The bright yellows and reds of the 50s are still my favorite colors.

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

I have so many favorites items in my shop, it is hard to choose. But since my favorite childhood memory is playing "house" with my sister,  I am selecting this doll buggy.

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.

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.
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!