Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Winner Of Giveaway!!



The winner of the GIVEAWAY is:

  Jennie of 
Jennies Sue Etsy shop!!!!!
Thank you so much to those who commented and entered!
Many thanks to Woodrow of Percival Antiques 51 for his interview and wonderful giveaway!
Visit Jennie here for some fabulous finds!!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/JenniesSue
Winner was chosen through a random drawing. 

Friday, May 27, 2011

A Bicycle Love Tale "Cruisin' The Roadside"

Don't you just love it ?
Last fall my sweetheart did the nicest thing for me! I wanted a vintage bicycle to ride around the neighborhood on and luckily they found one on Craigs List and got it for me. For it's age, it was in decent condition with only some minor rust, needed new tires and a basket on the back!

 I have been in love with bicycle's since I was a little girl. My first two wheeler was a hand me down from my cousin Lynn. I was probably six or seven years old, when my dad mentioned to me that my Uncle was bringing over my cousins old bike for me! I was so excited! If memory serves me, I remember it being blue. My dad held on to the seat and took me around and around the yard to practice. Finally he let go and kismet, I could ride a bicycle! I would be on that bike from dawn until dusk everyday of the summer. When I got older I always had a bicycle and I would ride out on the country roads of my small hometown and explore the wildflowers along the roadside. It was my escape to beautiful country roads, trees, hills and fields! That feeling of freedom and peace has never left me and to this day I have a fond love for my bicycle! It makes me feel like a little girl again to ride my bicycle and it brings me great joy!

What are some fond memories you may have of riding your bicycle? Please share your stories with me of your retro bicycle love!


Wicker basket from Silver Leaf Emporium.
 http://www.etsy.com/shop/silverleafemporium

  

                                                      
                                                     






                                                       
  Vintage photograph of a young girl 1931
   http://www.etsy.com/shop/BuckhartCreekFa








                                                                                    
                                        
        Vintage postcard sexy lady on bicycle                                               http://www.etsy.com/shop/bananastrudel

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

FOR THE LOVE OF VINTAGE INTERVIEW AND GIVEAWAY WITH PERCIVALANTIQUES51!

We are featuring an interview and GIVEAWAY of a lovely "Fire King Milk Glass Condiment Tray" from Percival of PercivalAntiques51! He has a great shop on Etsy with many vintage treasures including primitives,collectibles, art,jewelry, housewares, home decor and furniture !

To be entered in the giveaway you MUST follow my BLOG, Tweet or Facebook the page and leave a comment here! Winner will be chosen in a random drawing on Tuesday May 31st!
Giveaway Item!

 Visit this wonderful shop here:












For The Love Of Vintage

What does vintage mean to you ?

I guess mainly what drew me to vintage merchandise is the memories
of my childhood or someone I knew. Then I began to notice the difference
in quality of craftsmanship of old versus new .It seems today, things are made
not to last and pride in workmanship has all but gone.

Why did you choose Etsy ?

For years I sold on Ebay and did fairly well . In 2008 my business
on Ebay took a downward trend. Some auctions only had one bid . When
Ebay raised their rates, I closed my shop. When I resumed doing business
last fall I checked out some other sites and luckily found Etsy ! I believe
Etsy has a better handle on monitoring the businesses it allows on it's
site . It just has better quality and you don't have to wade through all the knock
offs as on some sites .

  What kind of  vintage items are you drawn to ?

Hmmm. Well I guess furniture is my favorite . I like simple clean lines
or primitive items . Handmade with pride and love of the craft .

Where do you find most of my items?

Ha ha , can't tell . Just kidding! I owned an Antiques shop for 10 years
and during this time developed a client base and still get calls from some
when looking to buy or sell. Also flea markets, yard sales , auctions ,
classifieds and just riding along looking . I talked to a guy not long ago
at a flea market that specializes in cast iron. He said he hits the junkyard
and buys pots, pans and sometimes big kettles at 15 cents a pound.
People scrapping instead of selling an item !!


Tell us something about yourself.

About me is the tough part (haha) !
I grew up in the country on a family run farm . My great grand daddy settled
in South Carolina in the early 1800's from England . As a child, I learned
a work ethic out of necessity . I also appreciated my property and value
of caring for what I had . After school, I started out my career as a restaurant manager
and did catering part time as a chef.. I began an antique and collectibles business in the 90's as part of my retirement plan.
 
I love nature and believe in using what we have already taken
from our earth, before we strip it of more resources. To me, vintage
and people who buy and sell vintage are doing a great service in
helping save our resources. Whether they intend to or not doesn't really
matter. Thank You Kelly for the honor of your interest in me and my shop.

Friday, May 20, 2011

FOR THE LOVE OF VINTAGE SNEAK PEEK AND GIVEAWAY

Coming Wednesday May 25th I will be featuring Woodrow from PercivalAntiques51!
There will be a GIVEAWAY of a lovely item from this shop also!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/PERCIVALANTIQUES51 

Stayed tuned for this interview and GIVEAWAY in my series "For The Love Of Vintage!"

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Retro Lemonade Love



From the time I was a young girl I have always loved pucker your lips lemons! I've been drawn to sour squeeze your butt cheeks candy also! I can't help it! I love it! 

My cousin and I would go to my Grandmother's for a holiday dinner and eat all of the lemon wedges she had cut for sweet tea!
We would even sprinkle salt on them and squeeze the tangy wangy juice into our mouths and we were happy!

I love the taste of fresh squeezed lemonade! What is more fun than to purchase a bag of lemons, get out your vintage juice reamer and churn and turn those lemons and watch the juice run down the sides of the dish? Pouring the gift of the gods juice into a vintage retro pitcher,adding sugar, water and ice! Yes ...I said REAL sugar it is the best for that southern style sit on your porch libation!

These retro pitchers were recently listed in my shop! I love the heavy glass of these mid century beauties! You can find them in many patterns and sizes! 
I love the vibrant yellow flowers and green stems on this pitcher!


Look at the gorgeous coral and buttercup yellow of this pitcher!
Invite friends over this weekend and try this old fashioned lemonade recipe:

Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed from 8 large lemons (1-1/2 cups)
1/2  cup of sugar, granulated - more or less to taste
5  cups cold well water
1  large lemon, cut into small wedges or thin cartwheel slices
Freshly made Ice cubes. Make fresh ice cubes, as they may pick up freezer odors over a period of time, if not used regularly.
In a large pitcher, combine the freshly squeezed lemon juice, granulated sugar and 2 cups of cold water; stir briskly to dissolve the sugar. Add the remaining ingredients and stir briskly again.
To make a Honey Flavored Lemonade:
Substitute your favorite "honey" for the granulated sugar. Adjust more or less to taste.
To make a Pink Lemonade:
Add a few drops of grenadine syrup or Grandma's red frosting food coloring

SPREAD THE LEMONADE LOVE!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"For The Love Of Vintage" Series Interview With NorScott

We are interviewing Muriel of NorScott today. She has a very lovely shop on Etsy with many vintage treasures,home decor, handmade items, beautiful jewelry organizers, sewing patterns and supplies !

Find this lovely shop here:http://www.etsy.com/shop/NorScott

For The Love Of Vintage

What does VINTAGE mean to you?

Vintage to me represents stability, durability and quality. Whoa! That’s a mouthful of “ities!”

STABILITY

Let’s start with stability. Vintage items make me feel all cozy and warm, safe, and loved. The kind of feeling you get when you remember Grandma’s house. This is the place we all like to be. And then there is the stability of owning a classic that has already stood the test of time. A personal favorite of mine is Anchor Hocking Fire King Jadite green dishes. You know, the ones “Martha” made famous. I started collecting them when I first got married because I just loved the look of them. Now I have trouble using them because my husband keeps reminding me what they are worth. So it is also possible for a vintage item to provide a stable investment opportunity.

DURABILITY

Now lets talk a little bit about durability. Nothing wears better than sturdy 100% cotton or wool. I just love the feel and smell of fresh line-dried cotton sheets. If you have ever slept on them, you know the vintage ones have a different feel and texture. Ditto for cotton dish towels that are so nice and absorbent. Much like women in the past, I only use the beautifully embroidered ones for decoration. 100% vintage wool lends itself to many creative endeavors. There is altered clothing, rug making, old fashioned wool quilts, felting arts, and repurposed home d├ęcor. And let’s not forget gloriously durable bark cloth for throw pillows and other creative home decor projects.

QUALITY

And then there is the all important attribute of quality. While this attribute may be applied to all vintage items, I would like to discuss how it applies to furniture. I really like solid wood - no particle board for this girl! faux wood grain and particle board doesn’t stand a chance at the test of time. A solid wood dining room table can become a family heirloom. I think the old styles have so much more character. They are also very versatile at fitting in to smaller spaces and expanding as needed. Chest’s of drawers are also hardworking pieces of furniture - no longer used only in the bedroom. Furthermore, a well built piece of vintage furniture can still be purchased at a very reasonable price.

Vintage just seems right on so many levels. It is the best way I know to be both unique and eco-friendly. Why fill up our landfills when many old things can be used as is or made new again. The artist in me just loves to put a bright new spin on an old unwanted item to make it fresh and unique. As our population grows vintage items will only become more and more scarce.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

WINNER OF GIVEAWAY!!





The winner of the GIVEAWAY is:

Rebbeca of 
Meadowview Vintage!!!!!
Thank you so much to those who commented and entered!
Many thanks to Reana of Niftic Vintage for her interview and wonderful giveaway!
Visit Meadowview Vintage here for some fabulous finds!!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/MeadowviewVintage  
Winner was chosen through a random drawing. 


Coming tomorrow "For The Love Of Vintage" interview with 
Muriel of NorScott Etsy Shop!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

FOR THE LOVE OF VINTAGE INTERVIEW AND GIVEAWAY WITH NIFTIC

 This is the first guest interview in my series,"For The Love Of Vintage!" We are featuring an interview and GIVEAWAY of a $20.00 Gift Certificate with Reana of Niftic. She is a gracious and kind spunky lady who has a great shop!
To be entered in the giveaway you MUST follow my BLOG, Tweet or Facebook the page and leave a comment here! 
The GIVEAWAY winner will be announced Tuesday May 17th!

Please visit her shop here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Niftic

A lovely item from Niftic Vintage!

 For The Love Of Vintage

How did you get started on Etsy?
 
I was selling on Ebay for quite some time and was tired of the fees the endless listing and just wasn't happy doing it anymore. I started researching online venues and stumbled upon Etsy in 2005 and was knocked out. I new immediately knew that this would be the place for me, I looked no further.

I opened a small shop in 1997, although the process was simple enough I felt that I had so much to learn and decided if I was going to move forward I wanted to do it right. I closed that shop and did my research into online marketing and all things Etsy. Finally in 2010 I launched Niftic.

The learning curve never stops and I am constantly tweaking my shop, my tags, my pictures, my marketing techniques, well everything really. It's just a constant process to get better at what you do, improvements can be made every single day, it's never ending and it's exciting.


What is your typical day like?

 I must say that I am nearly on my computer 24/7. I'm up before the birds around 5:00 or 5:30, a nice tall iced coffee in hand I head straight to the computer. That is where I usually stay until at least 7:30. Quick shower and off to the shop where it is more marketing, team treasuries, team invites, blogging, FB, tweeting, photographing, listing and packaging when I have a sale. Dinner is usually around 7:00 then it's back at it until 10:00, then head to bed with a good book in hand. My life in almost entirely Etsy focused at this point and I am loving every moment.
I do take days off though! Every Wednesday morning is a fabulous auction just moments from the shop and I enjoy going to yard, estate and church sales. I try to kick back a bit on Sunday as well to spend time with family and friends.

Any tips?


Stay diligent, market heavily, get to know your camera, read everything that you can about what is hot and happening on Etsy, provide stellar customer service, the list goes on and on. Basically never stop learning and realize you can always get better at what you do, the sky is the limit.

Most importantly join a team that suits your needs, one that provides information, camaraderie, exciting ideas and increased exposure for you shop. The Vintage Etsy Society Street Team or Vestiesteam is the best thing that I have ever done for my little slice of Etsy.

Monday, May 9, 2011

FOR THE LOVE OF VINTAGE SNEAK PEEK AND GIVEAWAY

Coming soon I will be starting a series called, "For The Love Of Vintage." 
I will be featuring shop owners who sell on Etsy!
Coming this week will be Reana from NIFTIC VINTAGE!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Niftic
There will be a giveway also!! 
Stay tuned for this lovely series and GIVEAWAY!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Dedicated To Mama!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ZenfulGoods

 

 

           


I believe my Mother did her best to raise us in hard times. Life was tough being a single Mother with small children back in the 60's!  Living in a small town didn't help either.
Sometimes when life is hard and difficult in the end it makes you stronger. You don't realize it when you're going through it but after you grow up and get away you are thankful for the lessons you learned, the hardships you suffered and the endurance you built through it!
Mom did her best with the tools and knowledge she had. We lost her to cancer at the age of 49 and I miss her so. We might not of understood some of her choices but somehow love rang through. I'm a BETTER person for the way I grew up and I have chosen not to be a BITTER person.
So today I raise my glass to my Mother La Donna Jean and post some things here from these lovely shops that I think she would of loved.


Blue Hall China Pitcher


Check out this lovely shop!!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/RollingHillsVintage



 


 
Nat King Cole LOVE Album 


Check out this lovely shop!!

 http://www.etsy.com/shop/collectorconnection




Hills Vintage





Vintage Unsigned Spring Rhinestone and Glass Cabochons Floral Costume Brooch 1950's to 60's.

Check out this lovely shop!!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/joolaholic

 

60's Vintage Salad Bowl
Check out this lovely shop!!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ColleensCustomDesign

GIVE YOUR MAMA A HUG TODAY!!