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


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.