Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Shop of the Week - Laura's Last Ditch

This week's Shop of the Week is Laura's Last Ditch .  





 What is the meaning behind your shop name? 

When I need advice, I go to Mom first. We brainstormed shop names. When I blurted out "Laura's Last Ditch!" she shrieked "Yes!!" (that's a dramatization, but you get the idea). It's a bit offbeat (like me), and--I think--memorable. The significance? "Let Laura help you in your last-ditch effort to find that something special." Corny, but it works. I know no one will copy my name.

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

I love "garage sale Cinderellas." I don't wear makeup or concern myself with fashion, and don't own a single knick knack. I'm all about practicality, and my selection reflects that. So, my favorite item might seem odd, but I love these vintage plastic freezer containers, how they're so utilitarian and ordinary. 



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

A cooler sold after being mocked on Regretsy (a now-defunct popular blog that made fun of Etsy items). Those who commented on the blog post thought I was nuts for listing it. I proved them wrong, which is always fun. 




SOLD!


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


I have a vintage small appliance replacement parts business on Zibbet: lauraslastditch.zibbet.com/shop You can find parts for some very obscure small appliances. I've saved countless items from the landfill, which makes me feel good, and I'm living up to my shop name.

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

My shop Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LaurasLastDitch) offers recipes and articles about kitchen- or food-related things. Recently I shared a video called "Behind the scenes at a supermarket, 1958," which proved very popular. 

My YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/lauraandcalin) has my own original videos demonstrating vintage kitchenwares, such as "How to Make Butter in a Food Processor." 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Shop of the Week- Sorrythankyou79

This week's Shop of the Week is sorrythankyou79 , owned by Andrea. 







What is the meaning behind your shop name? 

It's twofold. I originally picked it from a song that I loved when I was a teenager by a little know british band. The Song was titled "sorrythankyou" and I added the 79 for my birth year. I think the song resonated with me because "sorry, thank you" is a phrase I say quite often. 

 How did you get your start selling vintage? 

I opened my etsy shop 5 years ago - as a stay at home Mom looking for a way to earn extra income and use my creative mind! I've always had a love for vintage -- but my favorite thing is the hunt! I like to find it -- it's getting around to selling it that's hard!

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

Right now...a teal book stack! I love vintage books so much - and that is one of my favorite shades!



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

My most fabulous sale was when Fossil purchased hundreds of books from me for their spring 2012 Catalog...I don't think I will ever beat that sale or experience!

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

I sell on One King's Lane, and on Instagram. You can find me under "sorrythankyou79" on every site!


What social media platforms do you use? Share your links with us, so we can follow you! I use instagram, facebook, tumblr, pinterest and twitter. 

www.twitter.com/sorrythankyou79
www.facebook.com/sorrythankyou79
www.pinterest.com/sorrythankyou79
www.tumblr.com/sorrythankyou79













Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Shop of the Week - Rt9NJvintageFun


This week's Shop of the Week is Rt9NJvintageFun , owned by Candy. 






What is the meaning of your shop name?

U.S. Route 9 is a North-South Highway that runs 166.34 miles starting in Delaware, traveling on through New Jersey, and ending the adventure in New York State. This magical stretch in New Jersey travels through small towns, byways, chock full of antique stores, second hand stores, flea markets, and auction houses, not forgetting the fabulous unexpected estate sales...Stop the Car! This is a well-equipped laboratory to inspire in young children a love of the past. I was hooked at the ripe age of 3.
When I was young, my mother and talented Aunt Carol  would pile us into a station wagon (after we kids spent enough time at the beach, reading our book list for the fall school season) and educate the crew on the Art of Treasure Finding on The Route- Route 9 that is. A favorite mantra we would hear was...."You will never be too Rich, too Thin or have too much Limoges".  I still laugh about that saying today.

How did you start selling Vintage?


I have spent 30 years of my career as a retail executive, opening brick and mortar locations, and  living all over the US. I wanted to return to the "scene of the crime" and actually live near the famous Route 9.  The icing on the cake of course is that now I can smell the Atlantic Ocean! 

After doing tons of monetary research, I decided to do my own thing. Dealing with clients in person in a store is the polar opposite of dealing with clients on line, so I decided that in order to stand out, this is what I would do........I only list items I personally love, I provide research of the item, (company and era in history in which the item was produced), and  I share an untold backstory. This is the cornerstone of Rt9NJvintageFun. Everyone and everything has a unique backstory, history came before us all, so let's enjoy the ride together.



What is your favorite item and what makes it special to you?




I actually only list items that personally speak to me, but I would have to say the Vintage Architectural Swan Necked Pediment Circa 1906. The one that is listed is white and to let the truth be told, I have a matching one in the most luscious chippy pastel paint. It matches all the Mc Coy and American Pottery I have collected- a match made in Vintage Heaven! These pieces will probably be with me forever, 
unless someone is moved by the one that is currently listed.


What is the most amazing thing you have sold from your Shop?

I do not feel that it is the quantity of items in my shop that is important- it is the quality of the items I provide for my clientele. When I first opened by shop in August 2011, it was difficult to part with each treasure, but as sales grew I felt a lot better and overcame my tendency to keep everything. I quickly learned that only until  we learn to move treasured finds to a "forever home", will the Universe open the gates to new favorite treasures to discover and list. 

What is actually amazing to me is when my clients write personal stories about how they used the item and how it added flavor to their life journey. A sweet gentleman was going to ask his fiancĂ© to marry him on a cruise. He purchased a silver plate signed trinket box circa 1890.  I enclosed some vintage lace to wrap the engagement ring and ...her answer was Yes!.



SOLD!


Another customer, a young professional, was allowed to play with her aunt's vintage Lefton Bloomer Girl figurines when she was little. Her Aunt died and she was put into foster care. When she found the Lefton figurines in my shop, she said they brought memories of a loving aunt and how lucky she had been to have experienced love at a tender young age. 



SOLD!


A "Hollywood A Lister" purchased a few items and contacted me to tell me how they both were amazing, One item was placed on her desk. 


Those stories are real life amazing to me- how the WOW translates to other people.


Do you sell items outside Etsy?

Right now I sell on Etsy and in local antique venues in the South Jersey area. I am involved in the Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program in Atlantic City, New Jersey and am so excited to teach the classes to bring the world of the Etsy economy and entrepreneurship to my beloved Atlantic City.



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

Twitter:https://twitter.com/Rt9NJvintageFun
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rt9NJvintageFun
Pinterest:https://www.pintrest.com/Rt9NJvintageFun







Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Shop of the Week - Hanky Dresses

This week's shop of the week, HankyDresses , is owned by Muriel. 









What is the meaning behind your shop name?

One would think that choosing a name for my shop would have been relatively easy. After all I make little decorative dresses from vintage hankies. But when you are talking about one item, is it hanky or hankie? It seemed logical to me that hanky should be singular and hankies should be plural…and, I found that online dictionaries will confirm this. However, it is still very disturbing to me that the word hanky is so tightly connected to the word panky. I started my little business spelling it hankie to avoid all the panky and in 2012 changed it to Hanky Dresses when I opened my Etsy shop. So far this decision has been a good one and the search engine gods have been kind to me by putting me on the first page.


How did you get your start selling vintage?

I love creating with vintage hankies and have expanded into making Hanky Hearts, Hanky Cottages and mini Hanky Christmas Stockings from the good pieces of damaged hankies. The mini stockings are just the right size for a credit card style gift card.







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

Much of my work is custom orders. This was the most amazing order I have sold from my Etsy shop. My client requested a set of Hanky Dresses for her adult daughter’s bedroom and one for the adjoining bath. We chose to have the one hanky displayed flat between two pieces of glass in order to showcase its amazingly intricate hand work. All of these hankies were carefully chosen for size, design and color from my personal collection and I worked with a local framer to have them professionally framed.






What social media platforms do you use? Please share your links with us so that we can follow you.


Blog:  www.thehankydresslady.blogspot.com/
Pinterest:  www.pinterest.com/HankyDressLady/
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/pages/The-Hanky-Dress-Lady





Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Shop of the Week- QUIVERreclaimed

 This week's Shop of the Week is QUIVERreclaimed , owned by Marley. 







What is the meaning behind your shop name? 

I have always been drawn to Tribal designs and themes. I actually have a tiny bit of Native American heritage to claim. Pocahontas was my 11th grandmother! "Quiver" represents a place where you keep your valued possessions symbolic of a Native American's quiver holding their arrows which were vital to their existence but also unique to each tribe or individual and had great value. The "Reclaimed" is my favorite word for laying claim upon unwanted or discarded items once again! 

How did you get your start selling vintage?

I have always been drawn to old things and in high school I would drive across town to the only decent second hand store to purchase clothes for myself. I love vintage textiles. In my twenties I began collecting vintage fabric and my collection became a horde until I found Etsy in 2009. I started out selling only fabric and supplies. It didn't take long for me to expand to selling vintage clothing and decor as well.

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


I absolutely love the GIANT globe from the 1980's. This is the largest globe I have ever seen; it creates a huge presence in any room. You can literally bring the world to your living room and available at your fingertips without technology!




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

I sold my childhood rock collection last year. I had relatives who were famous rock collectors traveling all over the world to collect specimens. I had many unique pieces from as remote as the tropical forests in Brazil!! 

SOLD!

What social media platforms do your use? Please post them so we can follow you. instagram.com/quiverreclaimed/

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? 

Buttongal...is what I am....I have collected buttons since I was eleven years old back in the 1960s...so 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.



SOLD!


 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 welovevintagejewelry.com. 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.


plus.google.com/b/106561454866987861737/106561454866987861737/posts?cfem=1

www.pinterest.com/welovevintageje/

www.facebook.com/WeLoveVintageJewelry


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! 


SOLD!

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!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/judygovintage
Twitter: twitter.com/judygovintage 
Instagram: instagram.com/judygovintage



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 presence....it'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: www.franziskavintagejewels.com. We'd love to have you visit us soon!

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/FranziskaVintageJewels
On Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/FranziskaVJewel
and soon we'll be on Instagram: franziska_vintage_je
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