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


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Shop of the Week - Umeone

                                                      This week's shop is Umeone, owned by Linda.

Please tell us a little about you and your shop. 

I started my shop 4 years ago as a venue to showcase my pottery. It wasn't long before my passion for vintage treasures and antiques collided with my creative side. My mother had an antique shop when I was a child, then I did Antique Shows in my 20s during a previous stent in Ohio.  After 30 years in the restaurant business in the South, I have found myself back in Ohio. So it was a natural progression for me to get back into the antiques and vintage world. My shop is an eclectic mix of things that I love to use, decorate with, or wear.

What is your favorite era and why?

 My favorite era would be the early 1960's in Old Florida. That is wear I grew up, fell in love with the tropics, the ocean and the beach. I've spent my life looking for those little pockets of underpopulated beach communities in which I get that feeling again.

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

 My favorite item in my shop is my Artist Floor Lamp. Artist floor lamp. I started with an antique Anco Bilt easel, searched and found the perfect components to make it come from a vision in my head to a real lamp!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Shop of the Week - Evaelena

                              This week's Shop of the week,  Evaelena,  is owned by Eva. 

Please tell us a little about you and your shop. 

 I am a visual artist based in Sydney, although I make mainly video art - I have always been attracted to re-using materials in my house renovations and I have always collected vintage things both for the house and to wear. I love well made, beautiful or quirky things and for me there is always a story in the history of a vintage or antique item - and that really appeals to me! I started selling some of my own things on etsy and that has gradually built up to my present store- it's quite addictive - I love going to auctions and garage sales and I love the research bit on each item that I list- each and every one of them, a tiny pocket of history.

 What is your favorite era and why?

 I love all eras. It is craftsmanship and good design, that I am attracted to, but having said that I am very fond of mid century - partly because it is my generation and these things remind me of my parents and grandparents when I was growing up.

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

 I have to say the big world globe I have at the moment - I actually collect globes - but I have run out of room on my globe table and this one is the first of my collection to go. I travel overseas a lot and I always interested in the history of places I go to- of course!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Shop of the Week- One Fairfax Road

This week's shop, One Fairfax Road , is owned by Anne. 

1. Please tell us a little about you and your shop. 
I live in southern California with my husband and I have two sons who recently graduated from college. I have worked in finance for many years, and am now trying to use my creative side. My interest in antiques started when I was living in London some 20 years ago. I became intrigued by the history behind the objects and art I spotted at antique shops and fairs, and I continued to collect and learn about antiques when we returned to the US.

Fast forward a few years, and we had just dropped our youngest son off at college. With a fair amount of trepidation since I had never started a business, I opened an antiques booth at a nearby antiques mall. A short time later, I launched my Etsy shop, OneFairfaxRoad, which was our address in London.  

I travel to Europe once a year to buy decorative vintage items and I also frequent southern California estate sales and antiques markets. I’m drawn to unusual finds and I enjoy discovering the story behind them. For example, what at first looks like a simple wicker basket becomes more interesting to me when I learn that fashionable Parisian ladies were fond of using these baskets for holding fruits and veggies on market days.  

I’m grateful to my Vesties Team members who I continue to learn from. Whether it’s how to take better pictures in poor light or how to respond to a customer requesting an untruthful customs form, this team is the one I turn to time and time again. Merci, friends!

2. What is your favorite era and why?
My favorites tend to be items from the 30s and 40s with patina, rust and a story to tell. Our home is an eclectic mix of old and new with a beachy spin.  

3. What is your favorite item in your shop at the moment and why? 
My favorite item is this little bathing beauty from France. These flapper figurines are found in assorted poses wearing the colorful swim costumes of the times. Tourists to French resort beach towns bought them as souvenirs of their vacations. I believe a coastal accent works well with most decorating styles.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Shop of the Week -Blue Moon Collectibles

      This week's shop is BlueMoonCollectibles , owned by Linda. 

Tell us a little about you and your shop. 

 I have lived in Washington State my entire life and started picking as a hobby when I retired, initially just collecting items for my own home and family. Then, in 2010, my daughter suggested I turn my hobby into a business and open a shop on Etsy. It was a great decision for me—I love the people I've met on Etsy, and it’s a great alternative to having a physical shop location. In addition to my Etsy shop I usually participate in three to four vintage flea markets every year. I really enjoy “the hunt,” so I go picking with a couple of my good friends as often as possible. I also do a half dozen road trips throughout the year with my husband in our Airstream, usually Eastern Washington and down the coastal highway through Oregon to California. Some people go to Hawaii…I’d rather go to a flea market. 

What is your favorite era and why? 

 I honestly don't have a favorite. I have very eclectic taste and love things from all eras. My own home is decorated in a blend from all eras and vintage beach-themed pieces, so you will always find a mix of these things in my shop. My latest personal collection is toy shovels and miniature tin candy buckets. (Add that to my other collections of aqua bottles, beach glass, vintage necklaces, and miniature make-up tins.) 

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

Currently, my favorite is an old tin "Dairy" toy truck from the 1940s. I love the graphics and colors! I keep envisioning the truck bed full of vintage half-pint glass cream bottles filled with assorted wild flower stems. I also think it would be an adorable display in a baby's room.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Shop of the Week- Vintage Runway

                                   This week's shop is Vintage Runway, owned by Suzanne.

Please tell us a little about you and your shop. 

I opened my shop in 2009 and started by selling my own clothes - yes, I'm what you might call "seasoned" . Ha Ha. I have worn many hats - travel agent, flutist and teacher, realtor, and last, but not least, wife and mother

I love being creative and actually started a line of vintage inspired baby clothes in 2003. I learned a TON about retail sales. I had a sales rep and was able to get my line into about 20 boutiques but soon realized I could never make much money selling to small boutiques. I ended that business, but I had been bitten by the entrepreneur bug and was anxious to start another venture. While I had been selling my baby line I had become aware of Etsy and the fact that that they offered a platform from which to sell vintage items. I had always enjoyed shopping in antique shops with my mom and had an appreciation for vintage clothing and textiles. I thought I'd give it a try - I had learned a lot about on-line marketing, editing photos, etc. with the baby clothing business, so I wasn't intimidated by the on-line aspect at all. In fact, I loved it! I found it very creative - I loved making banners, taking photos, editing them, etc., and of course, shopping for inventory! I quickly fell in love with my Etsy shop and the sales have grown each year. I have learned a lot from teams and the forums. I love how Etsy sellers are so generous with their knowledge and really want to help each other succeed. 

 What is your favorite era and why?

I love all eras of vintage fashion, but my two favorites (can I have two?) are Edwardian and 60s mod.

The Edwardian clothing had such romantic, detailed embellishments - the lace and hand work is incredible! It's impossible not to love it - think of the early episodes of Downton Abbey.

I love 60s mod clothing for the opposite reason - I love the clean lines, graphics and sense of fun and whimsy.

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

I love this 60s lace trapeze dress - fun and flirty but sweet and lacy too. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Shop of the Week- Folk Art Emporium

                      This week's Shop of the Week,  Folk Art Emporium , is owned by Val.

Please tell us a little about yourself and your shop.

Years ago, I met a dear friend every morning at 8 am and we would walk and talk for over four miles. She is an antiques dealer and I would help her gather items at estate sales and yard sales. I couldn't resist the urge to collect, myself. One day, we took our regular route and carried a standing, oak, hat rack, and a wooden ironing board for more than three miles.

What is your favorite era and why? 

I like the turn of the century the best but, in my area, it is easier to collect from the 30's-50's. There was a clean, modern style in home decor.

Which item in your shop is your favorite? 

My favorite item in my shop, at this time is a very pretty, pink and gray, lazy susan. A piece like this speaks volumes about the owner. Social, trendy, retro, and isn't afraid to decorate with pink.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Shop of the Week - CarambasVintage

           This week's Shop of the Week is CarambasVintage owned by Maria. 

 Please tell us a little about you and your shop.

Hi, my name is Maria and I run CarambasVintage from Uruguay. My shop specializes in vintage prints and I like to have an eclectic collection that goes from vintage maps to natural history engravings or modern art lithographs. Most of my prints are from the 19th. or early 20th. century. This is my job now that I am supposed to be retired and I really enjoy it!

Even while the majority of my prints were not produced in Uruguay I feel that, in a way, they reflect our own history. I found them here and they got here for a reason. When I find a new treasure from Italy, France or Germany, I am always curious about its long voyage. It could have been part of the luggage of a family that was looking for a better life here or bought by wealthy travelers in one of their long trips to Europe. Sometimes the journey is quite obvious but still puzzling. What is a late 19th. century travel guide to Egypt doing in Uruguay? Who brought an 18th century book with architectural drawings of Palladio here? When the book was published this was still a colony. It is always a bit mysterious!

What is your favorite era and why?

I really don´t have a favorite era. Printmaking techniques evolved through the years and each technique is interesting. I love looking at a hand painted engraving from early 19th century but I also enjoy a 20th century lithograph. As I said, my collection is eclectic and browsing it is an adventure.

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

There is a collection of illustrations of the book “One Thousand and One Nights” by Kees van Dongen that I could say that it is my favorite right now. There are only a few still available, here is one:

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!