Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Shop of the Week FreewheelFinds

This week's featured shop is  FreewheelFinds , owned by Kara. 

Please tell us a little about yourself and your shop. 

I am a writer and teacher who lives on the East End of Long Island. I have always been an avid yard-saler and picker - from birth I think! I cannot resist going hunting for forgotten objects. My favorite finds are the whimsical and unusual folk art ones. Things hand made or homemade by people. 

Last year I found a precious thing: an amateur oil painting of the Starship Enterprise. It was from the 70s and was very funny and wonderful. Sometimes it takes longer for items like that to sell, but when pieces like that, or my giant victorian portrait of a St. Bernard, or my crazy velvet Hollywood Regency chair, or my red goat weathervane - when these find their true owners, and their true owners find them on my shop, it is so wonderful!

 Since I am a writer and a storyteller I do consider my Etsy shop an extension of that passion. Each object has a story, and for me, the stranger the better!

I go to sales out here in the Hamptons and, of course, the recycling center has amazing things, and then I do commission on bigger items that friends want to sell. There are really plenty of bargains left, even in a place that knows its antiques.

What is your favorite era and why? 

I don't have a favorite era really. I love beautiful and unusual finds from any era and my shop is very eclectic that way. 50s, 60s, 70s, Victorian, 30s - I just don't have a favorite! Of course I've gone crazy over all the mid century modern stuff that's all the rage. But I like to mix styles. And I love the home-made or folk art things.

 Do you have a favorite item in shop right now?

My mid century Brutalist dragon sculpture.I guess I love it because it is so mysterious. Is it an Asian dragon or a Nordic ship? Who made this? What was their story? It might actually be a piece by a well known artist. The craftsmanship and design are incredible. I find it magical and can't wait for the day when someone on Etsy emails me all about it. This happens quite a lot on Etsy.

                                                                           dragon sculpture

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Shop of the Week SwingKatsVintage

                                              This week's Shop of the week is SwingKatsVintage, owned by Deb.

Please tell us a little about you and your shop.

My earliest memories are of watching the women in my life dress up for a party or to go out dancing. And of playing dress up with my grandmothers clothes~ those gals had some killer stuff, some of which I still have as cherished keepsakes! I absolutely LOVE selling on Etsy, sharing the vintage love with other vin ties. I have also sold vintage/antiques online for many years on other online venues and at Vintage Shows/Fairs and B & M shops.

What is your favorite era and why?

My favorite era is the 30s for the evening gowns and the 40s for everything else~ those 30s deco gowns are to die for!

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

My favorite item in my shop right now is a 40s Nude Pink dress and bolero jacket ~the jacket having dozens of little gold acorns adorning it, so neat!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Shop of the Week- Vintage Varietee

This week's Shop of the Week is Vintage Varietee owned by Cindy. 

Please tell us a little about you and your shop

I have been interested in making collections since I was young, whether it be rocks or bird feathers, it was all good. As I grew older and had my own place to live I found that I always sought out thrift shops for furniture and household needs. Recycling is a big part of my life so it seemed a natural transition to begin selling those items I loved. My New England roots have brought me to many Estate sales and auctions where I find the best items to share in my shop. I love vintage and always will. There's nothing like the "good old days!".

What is your favorite era and why?

I would say the late 60s and early 70s. Everything was so cool then to a kid coming of age during this transitional time.Flowers in your hair, Patchouli, loads of color, tie dye and "make love not war" were all a part of politics and fashion. Clothing varied widely and I loved that. Individuality was the name of the game. What fun!

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

Right now it is a cobalt blue glass pitcher. I have a large collection of mini crackle glass pitchers that I absolutely love. To see them with the sun shining through them is as beautiful as a rainbow!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Shop of the Week

                                          This week's featured shop is Tim and Kim Show

Please tell us a little about you and your shop.

Tim and I have worked together doing something creative almost from the time we met. We have designed and manufactured a men's beach and casual clothing called Classic Beach, owned retail stores, gutted and remodeled several homes... The love of vintage has always been a part of me but became important to both of us when we were outfitting our clothing store. We were on a tight budget and wanted a certain casual beach vibe to compliment our wares so we hit the southern California flea markets in earnest. The result was magical to us and struck a interest with our customers. Before I knew it, I was designing home interiors for our customers that reflected their casual surf and beach lifestyles.
After we had our two kids and a moved cross country to live the small beach town life in Florida, I became a full time mom doing the occasional design job and remodeling homes with Tim. As the kids grew older and more independent (one is in college now, wow!) I longed for a connection to the vintage items that was such a huge part of my life in California, so Tim and Kim Show was born. 

What is your favorite era and why?

We are drawn to items across many styles but primarily live with an eclectic mix of mid century modern, industrial and tropical pieces. Mid Century is what you will find in our shop as well. We will add the occasional addition of Hollywood Regency or Mid Century Kitsch items to round out our offerings. It is said often by Etsy shop owners that they only stock what they love and that is certainly true of Tim and Kim Show. I would be in heaven to live in a quirky converted commercial building filled with mcm walnut furniture, library book carts, metal shelving units, Mawal chalk hula heads, and a crazy array of mid century lights. The odd mix reflects who we are and isn't that what design is truly about?

Eclectic is a great way to live!

What is your favorite item in your shop at the moment and why?
Picking a favorite is tough for me. It is usually the latest treasure we have found. But if I had to name one, it would be the three Lightolier chrome light fixtures. I adore seeing lights like this hung in multiples and it is rare to find more than one at a time. 

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!