Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Shop of the Week - Circa810

 This week's Shop of the Week, Circa810, is owned by Thom.

Please tell us a little about you and your shop.

I was born and raised in Iowa and after living in many different cities I ended up in Rockford, IL. My background before becoming a vintage seller was in aviation and aviation management. I started researching and selling vintage after the aviation industry took a downward turn and my position was done away with. I try to stock my shop with a variety of vintage objects ranging from very old antiques to kitschy items of the 1970's.

What is your favorite era and why?

Mid Century would have to be at the top of my list of favorite eras. Partly because it reminds me of my childhood but also because it was an exciting and revolutionary period of history. 

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

My favorite item right now in my shop is an authentic 1951 Pan Am Airlines travel poster, something I have debated about letting go of. It is truly a piece of everything I love .... aviation, mid century design and advertising art. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Shop of the Week -Ginasvintageshop

      This week's featured shop is Ginasvintageshop.
          Meet Gina and take a peek at her at her shop

Please tell us a little about you and your shop.

I first began as a photo shop but found people weren't interested in wall art, especially now that photos can be instantly downloaded and beautiful items can be created. So one day I was cleaning the basement, and I came across items from my childhood. I immediately fell in love with the history and the stories of each item. Since I didn't need them anymore and I wanted someone else to carry on the stories that the items held- I closed my photo shop and opened a vintage shop. As time moved on, I reinvented my photo shop and I now own and operate both a vintage and a photo shop. 

What is your favorite era and why? 
I love history and I love stories. Because of this, I hold no love for one particular era. Each era holds its own mysteries, stories, and vision of what the future would be. 

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

Odd as it may seem, my favorite item is my handcrafted folk-art Santa. He was a mystery at first. I couldn't find his story anywhere. Then one day, a guest contacted me and told me who created Santa and how he was created. I found out that the artist is still alive and still busy making and selling his wonderful art work. In this listing, I briefly talk about the story of the artist and how the Santa came to be. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Shop of the Week

This week's shop, MyOliviaVintage, is owned by Sarah. 

Please tell us a little about you and your shop. 

My love for vintage started with my grandmother. She was a collector of so many things. MyOliviaVintage was born a few years ago when I started helping her go through her things. There were boxes upon boxes of treasures, and each one had a story or special meaning she shared with me.  

What is your favorite era and why? 

I love anything from the early to mid 20th century. That was such an exciting time in human history. The 1920s-1950s was really that defining era that lead to modern society. Pieces from this time period seem to have such character, you can almost feel it when you hold them. 

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

 My favorite item that is currently in my shop is this beautiful Art Nouveau style hand mirror. The ornate detail on it is incredible.  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Shop of the Week - Vintage Relief

 This week's featured shop is Vintage Relief , owned by Heather.  

Tell us a little bit about you and your shop.

A bit about me and VintageRelief. 

I am 30 years old, living in Upstate NY with my husband and two puppy children (bulldog and pug). I currently work full time and I am attending grad school part time to get my Masters of Library Science. I have always had a love of vintage things and finding them in unexpected places. I have been scouring flea markets and garage sales as far back as I can remember. So, it only seemed natural to turn this into a small side business, thus VintageRelief was born.

I have been running VintageRelief for 3 years and have had so much fun with it. I'd say one of my proudest moments was when the set designer of the FX TV Show 'The Americans' contacted me to purchase an item to be used on set! 

The store is filled with items I love. I only buy pieces I would want to own myself. It is really a lot of fun being able to provide people a place to find items they love and can give a special place in their home. 

What is your favorite era and why? 

My favorite era would have to be the 1950's. I love the fashion and decor in the 50's. It's always an era I've like to watch movies from and that are set in.

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

I'd have to say my favorite item in my shop right now is this Italian leather covered bottle. I really like the look of it and the craftsmanship of it. It's such a great gift for someone with a bar or a man cave. It doesn't fit my decor in my home or it would be staying with me! 



Friday, November 14, 2014

Foodie Friday!

I recently found a batch of vintage handwritten recipes and have been making these tasty treats with my family.  Here are copies of the recipes we love.

Send us your handwritten vintage recipes to be included here on the blog!

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.