Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Shop of the Week

This week's Shop of the Week is Buttongal, owned by Joanne.



What is the meaning behind your shop name? what I am....I have collected buttons since I was eleven years old back in the I have been at it for awhile.

How did you get your start selling vintage? 

I am selling my collections to downsize, everything I am listing is from my personal collections. I have been a world traveller, antique dealer, teacher, personal property appraiser and an employee of a large auction house as well as a freelance writer/photographer over my varied career.

What is your favorite item in your shop right now, and what makes it special to you? 

My favourite item in the shop right now is a  wonderful creature button, it is a solid brass griffin/dragon, the detail is just fabulous on this Victorian antique piece. 

What is the most unusual or amazing item you have sold from your shop?

The most amazing item I have sold to date was a RARE Haiti PHOENIX BUTTON: 25th Limbe Regiment 1810-1820, from King Christophe. I was very pleased that it went to one of the best collections of Phoenix buttons around so I know it will be cherished and appreciated. 

What social media platforms do you use? Share your links with us, so we can follow you!

As I am a bit old fashioned, I don't have social media links.  But I do love to chat about buttons and sewing items with my buyers, and I feel I have developed some wonderful connections and button friends through Etsy.

Do you sell your items at other venues outside of Etsy? If so, where can we find you?

At this point I am only selling on Etsy, I love the easy listing page and their kinder, gentler commissions and fees, so I am pleased to offer my very large collection through this site and this site alone. 

Thanks for viewing my shop and allowing me to share my wonderful buttons and treasures. 




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Shop of the Week- We Love Vintage Jewelry

This week's Shop of the Week is WeLoveVintageJewelry ,owned by Nessa. 

What is the meaning behind your shop name? 

My name pretty much states the obvious. My husband and I both love vintage jewelry so it just seemed appropriate to call my shop WeLoveVintageJewelry.

 How did you get your start selling vintage? 

I collected vintage and antique jewelry for many many years and this turned into collecting many other types of vintage and antique items over time. So I ended up opening an antique store. I spent many years running my store. I enjoyed pretty much every aspect of running an antique store. I loved researching the items I had newly purchased and really loved decorating the large picture window, arranging the furniture, displaying glass wear and most of all displaying the jewelry. Unfortunately, that abruptly ended after a hurricane came through town.But lucky for me, I discovered Etsy! The jewelry was how everything got started, so that is what I wanted to stay with. Besides, I still had my very large collection of jewelry that did not go through the hurricane. 

 What is your favorite item in your shop right now, and what makes it special to you? 

Of course it is very difficult to select just one favorite item. I tend to go for the bling! As these were what I wore for nights out and clubbing. Seeing as I don’t get out to the clubs as often as I did, it makes the sparkly jewelry dear to me. If it is old and from the roaring 20’s than even better! So one of my favorites is this stunning 1920’s rhinestone necklace that in person still looks like diamonds after all these years!


What is the most unusual or amazing item you have sold from your shop? 

Oh my, this is another tough decision. Although I have sold some amazing Stanley Hagler pieces, I am not going to choose any of those. I had a bracelet that was so beautiful and unique that I’m somewhat sorry I sold it. It was the workmanship that stood out to me. Yes ,the crystal and enamel work were lovely, but the combination of those with the metal work made it pretty amazing to my eyes.


 Do you sell your items at other venues outside of Etsy? If so, where can we find you?

I only sell on Etsy although I have the domain name But that is forwarded to my Etsy shop. I have been working very hard on my Etsy shop. I need it to be my main source of income as working outside my home is very difficult for me. I feel that if I concentrate on just one online presence, then I can make it a bigger success. Out of all my other choices for online shops, I felt this site would be the one to grow and prosper more rapidly than the others. So I guess I kind of have all my eggs in one “Etsy” basket. 

 What social media platforms do you use? Share your links with us, so we can follow you!

I use Pinterest most of all. I’m just starting to increase my Google+ page and I have had Facebook for a while.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Shop of the Week- JudyGoVintage

This week's Shop of the Week, JudyGoVintage , is owned by none other than .....Judy!

What is the meaning behind your shop name?

The meaning of my shop name is that my first name and part of my last name were combined (Gonzalez) and my husband felt it was important to include the word "vintage".  It just clicked and it rolls off the tongue easily.

How did you get your start selling vintage?

 I'm a New York city transplant and brought my love of vintage to upstate NY. I found shops where I could sell on consignment. At the time I was a stay at home mom and it really helped us financially. It took me awhile to understand I could sell vintage on Etsy.

What is your favorite item in your shop right now, and what makes it special to you?

 I have this George Nelson for Howard Miller wall mount grandfather clock that was recently repaired. It has a wonderful chime and such a cool look - I almost didn't list it.

What is the most unusual or amazing item you have sold from your shop? 

Hands down was a set of 2 1950's Paul McCobb end tables, I couldn't believe I found a set! 


Do you sell your items at other venues outside of Etsy? If so, where can we find you? 

I will be renting a small vendor space at a local antique shop and I do head to the flea markets in the summer to sell as I always have an inventory overload!

What social media platforms do you use? Share your links with us, so we can follow you!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Shop of the Week- Franziska

           This week's Shop of the Week is Franziska, owned by Sharon. 

"Franziska" of "Franziska Vintage Jewels is me! It's both my middle name and a family name, and I have always loved it. My parents and grandparents are from Vienna, Austria, and to me the name Franziska resonates with the beauty and culture I found when I visited that lovely city.

I started selling vintage as so many others do - by being an avid and professional collector, myself. Jewelry has been one of my big passions since I was a child, so I couldn't help but study, create it and collect it as an adult. Eventually I decided to part with some pieces to make room for more...and suddenly I had a wonderful little business with amazing like-minded customers.

I have two current favorites in my shop (though I honestly love them all, as I only offer pieces I would be happy to keep for myself): 

The first is an Art Deco diamond halo ring with just under 2 carats of gorgeous old cut diamonds. The diamonds are so scintillating and have so much character and's one of those pieces that makes you feel special to wear.

The second is a really amazing Victorian era snake bracelet with turquoise, diamonds and rubies. it has such fantastic attention to details and is such a clever design...all while being comfortable to wear.

I'm currently working to finish setting up my standalone site: We'd love to have you visit us soon!

On Facebook:
On Pinterest:
and soon we'll be on Instagram: franziska_vintage_je

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Shop of the Week- Happy Fortune Vintage

  This week's shop, Happy Fortune Vintage, is owned by Pamela. 

Please tell us a little about you and your shop:

I’m a librarian by training. I worked many years for a major New York City cultural institution from which I thought I would retire at the customary retirement age, but along came the Great Recession, and I was cast out into the seas of unemployment. It didn’t take me long to figure out that I would have to make my own way in the world. 

My vintage shop allows me to do many of the things I love to do, collecting, researching, organizing, photographing, and making interesting artifacts accessible to those who need them. I particularly enjoy hunting for books, paper ephemera, textiles, and pottery.

What is your favorite era and why?

Oh, this is a difficult question to answer. I’m drawn to objects more for their qualities than the era they were made in. I look for good bones, an interesting story, an attractive color, a beguiling texture, the quirky. This is why my shop has such an eclectic mix of eras and range of items spanning from antique Victorian boots to 1970s melmac dinnerware. 

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

I love this panoramic photograph of Lake Mudjekeewis in Lovell, Maine -- the lake, the landscape, the woman and their raw, youthful beauty. I find the photograph mesmerizing.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April 22 Shop of The Week - Throw it Forward

This week's Shop of the Week is Throw It Forward , owned by Angie. 

 Please tell us a little about you and your shop. 

 Hi, I am Angie and my shop is Throw It Forward. As a lifelong learner, I enjoy the task of researching vintage items to solve their mysteries. As an artist, I love experimenting and being creative with photographing items. The idea behind the name of Throw It Forward came from my desire to promote conscious buying, upcycling, recycling and repurposing. Just like Earth Day reminds us of the importance of these things. I wanted my shop to be that same kind of reminder. Throw It Forward’s philosophy is “Don’t throw it away…Throw It Forward!” …into a new generation, something artistic, something new, or to someone in need. Vintage, Creative, and Repurpose supply is just what you will find at Throw It Forward.

 What is your favorite era and why?

My favorite era for home d├ęcor is most definitely Mid Century Modern. The clean lines are a perfect canvas for adding personal style. And for fashion, I love 60s clothing for the range of styles, bold designs and colors.

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

Currently, my favorite item I have listed is a set of 28 Speedball Nibs with Speedball Textbook. I dug through more than 100 vintage nibs to find the best ones to create a full set. Each nib is a different size which is very enticing to me as an abstract artist.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Shop of the Week- Aunt Hatties Attic

This week's Shop of the Week is  AuntHattiesAttic,  owned by Mary Ellen. 

Please tell us a little about you and your shop.

I'm turning 63 this week! Yay!!! I have always loved the thrill of treasure hunting as I would call it. I'm really not a collector as such, so it thrills me to connect with a buyer to help add something from my shop to their collection. My husband Paul does our shop photography and is also the pen,camera and inkwell buyer and seller. We opened our shop in August 2011 and have increased sales and learned many lessons over the years. I'm proud to be on the Vestiesteam. I'm looking forward to retirement in a few years so I'll have more time to devote to selling vintage and antique items.

 What is your favorite era and why?

I love the kitschiness and nostalgia of the 1950s era, having lived through it. I have many memories of seeing items in friends' and relatives' homes and joyfully finding similar items to list. I also love the Victorian era, the clothes, the amazing leaps of technology juxtaposed with tradition and romance. If I were younger, I'd be into steam punk!

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

I just love my Victorian lion pitcher and the questions that I ponder about him. Was he a part of a larger set? Was this some sort of parody? Where can I get other pieces???

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Shop of the Week - ionesAttic

This week's Shop of the Week, ionesAttic, is owned by Barbara.

 Please tell us a little about you and your shop.

My love of vintage was developed early by my mother, Ione. Her thriftiness instilled an appreciation of reclaimed items and her sense of adventure made the hunting and the process fun. As a designer and prop stylist for food photographers, I am always on the hunt for props. Opening an Etsy shop in 2009 was an easy and natural extension of my passion.

Which era is your favorite and why?

My favorite era of furnishings? In the early 1970's before we understood the value of patina, we were "gasp" stripping and refinishing primitive pine pieces. I still like simple solid lines of the craftsmen era, with a few organic embellishments. If I am every out dream home shopping it's in a neighborhood of solid little story and a half bungalows.

Which of the items in your shop is your favorite? 

Speaking of bungalows, one of he most unique items in my shop is this model home kit that was probably assembled in the 1960s. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Shop of the Week - ancienesthetique

This week's Shop of the Week is ancienesthetique, owned by Victoria. 

Please tell us a little about your and your shop. 

Bonjour and hello! My name is Victoria and I have lived in central France for the past nearly six years, which is full of unique aspects. The scenery is gorgeous, and the vintage treasures are many!
I am a mum of two little boys, who are also a constant inspiration to me, (even if some days I'd do anything for more sleep!).  We are  always trying to make life more simple, to gain time and have the chance to play a bit more! My husband is an antique restorer, mainly furniture but some smaller items too, so we usually go treasure hunting together. I find a lot of my items in 'vide grinners  ( which means 'empty attic'). Each village has a different weekend during the summer to have their 'fete', usually there is a large food tent and of course a bar!  Often there is some folk music or other entertainment, and then each family sells their treasures to us passers by!

What is your favorite era and why?

I LOVE art nouveau to the art deco period. It was a time of dramatic experimental change in styles, fashion, furniture- leading to such unique pieces and fantastic clothing, hats, jewellery, delightful. If only I could time travel!

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

Choosing one is  an impossible task, of course there are some things I buy as I think others will like them,  but in general I just buy things that I fall in love with! Sooo please can I choose two?!

The irregular quirky glass formation in these bottles is unique and they catch the light beautifully:

                                                         antique glass apothecary bottles

and of course I have to choose one of my husband's upcycled peices as they constantly inspire me:

                                                                up cycled office desk