Saturday, February 28, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday...Sunbathing

Gillis caught some warm rays on the living room floor today...I caught his shadow.

For more shadowy shots visit Hey Harriet's and follow the links. Hope everyone is having a fun-filled weekend!!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Apparently a lot of people have known how popular vintage typewriters are...but not me. Not really one for following current trends...or even knowing what they are...{hence my love of antiques and vintage}...I had no clue what a huge following these old babies have.

Mind you...I've always loved them myself. I had one, sitting on an old steamer trunk at the end of my bed, as a teenager. Always the romantic at heart...I imagined myself growing up to be a world traveler {hence the steamer trunk} and award winning writer {hence the typewriter...HA}. Then reality set in.

As a vendor of vintage...but not necessarily a very good business woman...I buy and sell what I like. Including vintage typewriters.

Last summer I had a couple for sale in my booth at Allegan. I remember one jerk gentleman in particular that was looking at this one...

He looked at the price tag and scoffed..."good luck with that. A guy right over their has one for $10...and I saw another one over that way for the same. You ought a go buy 'em all and corner the market if you think they're worth that!{hahaha}".

{picture me standing there with a look of utter shock at how rude some people can be...slowly changing to a look of I'm gonna kick your ass butt right out of this booth if you don't shut up and move along}.

Well, as it turns out he was giving me some sage, albeit sarcastic, advice. To my detriment I was too affronted to take it.

I've sold 1/2 a dozen vintage typewriters in the last 3 months...all I have...completely emptied my inventory.

Curious about this apparent trend...I finally Googled "vintage typewriters" this morning. Look at this...(click photo to enlarge)

The Vintage Typewriter Shoppe! Check out those prices. WOW...good for them. Rest assured...I have not been charging those kinds of prices for mine...nor will I.

Imagine the sticker shock Mr. "good luck with that" would be having if he saw those prices!! I bet he'd be buying up those $10 Allegan typewriters right and left! If there's still some to be had this summer...Mr. good luck will be having to fight me for 'em...and "good luck" to him with that! I may not have grown up to be much of a world traveler or award winning writer...but I can hold my own in a tussle for vintage treasure!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

p.s. One of the readers of this blog {I forgot who it was} had asked about "striking" out words. As you can see I finally took the time to Google that as well. I found a good tutorial on how to do strike outs and more here.

Monday, February 23, 2009

HAPPY PANTS ~ 1940's Vintage Palazzo Pant Jumper

I've given up on my plan to show all the booty from my last treasure hunt here on this blog. Quiet frankly, I've been overwhelmed by new purchases these last two weeks. One sale turned into another and another with many stops at favorite haunts in between...picking up new old things everywhere I went. My blazer and office were jam packed! I decided I'd better just start moving things straight into you know how I spent my weekend!

The rest of those new found treasures will be showing up in the Etsy Shops...RetroStyle Vintage and RetroStyle Vintage Craft & Supply and of course at the upcoming shows this spring.

There is one article of clothing that I haven't put away yet. It is so cool! I reserve the right to be wrong...however, I'm pretty sure this really cool palazzo style pantsuit jumper is of a 1940's vintage. As always...feel free to chime in with your thoughts.

(click to enlarge)

The fabric is amazing. Not only the wild print...but the way it hangs and floats. Just wonderful!! What d'ya think...know anyone with the chutzpah to pull off this little number?!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Saturday, February 21, 2009


I took this photo while trying to get shots for the jewelry in my previous post. Although it doesn't show the bracelet especially well...I really liked the shadow it cast.

The local jeweler did confirm it as 1920's -30's you were right on Debbie...thanks for that input!

Stop by Hey Harriet's for more shadow play!

On a completely unrelated a fit of social networking I joined in the Facebook and Twitter frenzy. I've yet to find a suitable widget for my sidebar...but if you're interested in hearing me can click here. I've also added this blog to the Facebook blog network. If anyone is signed up on Facebook and would be so kind as to click on this link and confirm that I am the would be much appreciated.

Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetoStyle™

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

MORE ESTATE SALE BOOTY ~ 1950's - 1960's Vintage Jewelry

I'm a bit embarrassed to say that I have yet to completely unload my car from last weekends shopping spree. It's not so much the unloading of the the cleaning, listing and storing all that booty. My downstairs bathroom is still looking like a Chinese laundry. Not that I've ever seen one...but that's how the saying goes. Right?

Anyway this next little bit wasn't such a hardship to deal with. Just some sweet little bling!

Vintage Trifari feather with pearls. Looks like it has a few tiny nail polish spots on it...not sure how to get that off faux pearls?

The R is marked Marvella. Not a name that I was familiar with...but thanks to Google I now know a bit. The little circle pin is unmarked.

Pretty simple, clean (except for that fuzz I didn't see until I looked closer at the photo) and classic Monet brooch.

I love this one. Very 1960's. Trifari. I can totally see my mother wearing this one back in the day. So pretty.

The best for last! As I'm sure my regular readers know...I'm not an expert on much. Certainly not on jewlery. However I can see that this bracelet is just beautiful! I'm very curious to learn more about it. It has such fine metal work and the little flowers are enameled. It has a very old look to it. Very nice quality. I don't see any markings on it.

So tempting to keep this one. Look at the detail.(Sorry I'm not an expert photographer either.)

Interesting story about the braclet. The lady at the "jewelry counter" bagged up all theses pieces and told Nick at the "checkout" the price for the bag. He asked her to repeat the price...although I know he heard her. Then he said to me "what's this" and took the braclet out of the bag and checked the price. He put it back in and said "oh, that's really nice". He's the owner of the estate sale company! He should have been the one doing the pricing...but he looked a little pale at the sight of the price on the bracelet. I could be totally wrong about what I thought I saw on his face...or maybe I have some real treasure here?! So if anyone knows anything...shout it out! Or maybe you'll just want to be real quiet and wait for it to turn up in my Etsy store gravely under priced!! Always the sellers dilemma...keep it moving...or play detective...hmmm?

More booty revealed on Friday...anyone want to come over and help unload the car?

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Monday, February 16, 2009

ESTATE SALE BOOTY ~ Vintage Train Case & Sewing Collectibles

This past Friday and Saturday I, along with my mother and sister-in-law, had a great time raking in some estate sale treasures. We loaded up the Blazer on Friday and then went back for more on Saturday. On Sunday I spent much of the day washing vintage clothing and other textiles, as well as sorting thru a yit load of sewing notions.

One of the items I was intending to purchase was this cute little train case.

Little did I know someone had turned it into their sewing box and I would be getting all this.

The notions in the case easily cover a 7 decade span of time! There is one needle book with a register date of 1896. It is amazing to me when a little piece of paper and cloth survive 113 far?!

This unusual shaped wooden sock darner is patent dated 1907.

There are at least a few things from the 1940's. I love the graphics on this needle book. It's marked "made in occupied Japan" (1945-1952).

There are lots of very useful things from the 1950's on up thru probably the 1970's...including a lifetime supply of needles and a ton of thread! A lot of the thread is from the more recent decades and still very usable. I shouldn't have to buy any new thread for quite sometime!

I'll be sharing more of the booty from our two day hunt as I get it sorted out and presentable. I found a couple of items of clothing that I just love...can't wait to show them to you!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Sunday, February 15, 2009


Shadow Shot Sunday with HEY HARRIET.



"The Fabulous Fifties" Etsy treasury by My Many Moods.

Hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend!!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle

Friday, February 13, 2009


Debbie of Talking Trash is having a BIG party celebration of her 100th post and her mother's birthday! Wait till you see what she's giving away!!!

In an effort to be two places at once...'cause I would not miss this party...and the flesh me will be out junking...I'm attending Deb's party as my alter ego Veronica.'s the lampshade again...sporting it on request of the hostess. Well, that and it does look just fabulous!

Forgive me if I'm under-dressed...Chris is a leg man...besides this northern gal knows better than to try and upstage a Texas woman!

Oh, and speaking of Chris...let me introduce my date. You know Chris...of "Chris in the morning"!

Yeah, I know...he may look like John Corbett...but he'll always be "Chris in the morning to me".

We brought a little somethin' for the hostess with the mostess.

I picked up a little Fresh Northern Michigan Apple Jelly from First Fruits, LLC. Enjoy Deb!

On second thought...maybe you'd rather have this...

We wanna thank you so much for inviting us. Congratulations on your 100th post! A fine accomplishment!!

Oh, and of course for your mother...the lovely Helen Louise...I thought she might enjoy a little bouquet.

Straight from Letters 4 Lilly. Are they not just the sweetest little things...even if I do say so myself. A big Happy Birthday to you Helen Louise.

Even tho I may look like the life of the party...what with the lampshade on my head and all...I'm actually a bit more on the reserved side. So I'll just be sitting over here in the corner...deep in conversation with Chris. I just love the way he talks...

"Be open to your dreams, people. Embrace that distant shore. Because our mortal journey is over all too soon."

Mmmm so true...

Thanks for all the fun Deb!

Ya'll be sure and stop over and check out the party!! Have wonderful weekend everyone and a very happy Valentines day!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle

P.S. If you haven't already please be sure and visit the OzBushfireAppeal Etsy shop! See the story in the post below. This morning they are up to 298 sales and $5,000 AUD!! You go girls!!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009


What a full of highs and lows...and it's not over yet. We had unseasonably warm weather here early in the week with temperatures in the 60's then were plummeted down today into the 30's.

Watching the news of the Australian Bush Fires in Victoria has been heart breaking, to say the least.

(Andrew Brownbill/EPA)
One of the many bushfires which tore through Victoria

To think that someone deliberately set some of the fires that have killed 181 people and God only knows how many animals, destroyed 500 homes and nearly wiped out an entire town. It's just hard to even imagine.

Nothing can make up for loses like that. But it's heartening to know that so many are trying. Members of the Etsy Dust team have set up a benefit Etsy shop. They are taking in donations of goods from Etsy sellers with 100% of the proceeds going to go the Australian Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal. All items include free shipping.

They are selling their hearts out over there! At the time of this writing, since Sunday the 8th, they have sold 239 items and raised $3,500 AUD. I applaud their remarkable efforts. Please do go over and see if there isn't a little something you need. They will also forward cash donations. I have tried all week to leave a donation with the Australian Red Cross and their site is apparently being the Etsy shop is a good option.

On a higher note Debbie of Talking Trash is hosting a party on Friday to celebrate her 100th post and her mother's birthday! Looks like it will be a hoot!! So be sure to check it out...from what I here there is a prize involved?! At the very least it should be a good laugh!

Last but not least on Friday...not only do I have a party to attend...but an estate sale to go to. So hopefully I'll be coming home with a truck full of treasure to show you all. We'll see?!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Monday, February 9, 2009


Karen of Sassycatts Vintage Fashion on Etsy created the coolest treasury today! Everyone seems to be thinking of spring...and Karen has pulled together some decidedly spring fresh colors.

How pretty. Thanks so much Karen for using my vintage Underwood typewriter.

Don't ya just love the purse she found...

Too fun!! That little gem can be found at Tikki Room Treasures right here.

Hope everyone is having a happy Monday! Only 39 days till the first day of Spring!!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Saturday, February 7, 2009


I kept passing by this crate in our garage last week and couldn't help noticing it's shadow. I took it out into the yard to see what it's shadow looked like there.

I like the pattern. Doesn't the snow look kind of like Styrofoam?

Is anyone else tired of looking at snow? How about some bicycles and bougainvillea? If you'd like a look at some warmer shadows...head over and check out Tracy's at Hey Harriet!

Earlier this week, I was tagged by Diane of Two Barking Dogs. If you haven't met Diane yet...she is a sweetheart! She authors two great blogs. One is devoted to Cosmo and Clover her "Two Barking Dogs" and the other is the Daily Vintage Square. On the Vintage Square she is cataloging vintage photos and and postcards. It's a wonderful collection and I really enjoying seeing them! I think it's great that Diane is preserving all our random ancestors.

Here are the rules for the tag:

1)Open a document or file folder
2)Click on the fifth folder and then the fifth photo
3)Post the photo and describe it
4)Then tag 5 other bloggers!

This should be interesting. Here goes...

Oh good...I like this one. That's my niece...Chelsea. For a while, before she left for college she would model some of the clothes I sold. She even brought her own of her high school buddies. I miss them.

Anyone who wants to play this little challenge...consider yourself tagged!

Happy weekend everyone!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Thursday, February 5, 2009

VINTAGE are your roping skills?

Last night when I should have been sleeping I got hooked on watching some old classic movies. They brought such a smile to my face that I wanted to share a bit of it.

I love this one! Stick with it to the end and you'll see not only what a terrific dancer Eleanor Powell was...but that lady could rope...and jump rope!!

Hope that puts a little skip in your step and a smile on your face today!!

For all you cowgirls...or cowgirl wannabes out there...I have to mention the kitschy little "made in Japan" planter I have up for auction this week...

How kitschy cool is that?! I like to re-purpose these little vintage planters on desks for pens & pencils...or in bathrooms for tooth brush & paste holders.

I've also posted over at the Vintage List today. It's an interview with Pam Wolfe of Whimsical Vintage Jewelry and Collectibles. Lovely lady with a delightful Etsy shop...tap on over and check her out!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Last winter, when I made my first foray into the blogosphere, one of the first blogs I stumbled upon was Vintage Goodness. I instantly connected with Mitzi through our shared love of vintage. The more I looked around...the more I wanted to be a part of it all...and I looked to Mitiz for mentor-ship. Following her lead I dove in and join this ever amazing new-found world we call the blogosphere.

Over the last year Mitzi has continued to grow her online business. Not long ago she created a site called the Vintage List (you may have noticed the icon for it in my sidebar). The list is a place where vintage sellers can submit an application and if approved have their online business indexed there.

"The Vintage List is a human edited directory of sites that will serve as your trusted guide to the best that the online vintage community has to offer!"

A great idea given the vastness of the online world.

Recently Mitzi asked if I would like to contribute to the Vintage List Blog. Needless to say I was flattered! I readily/nervously agreed to 2 posts per week. I will be posting on "What's Hot From Member Shops" as well posting interviews with members. This morning I published my first "What's Hot" post. I featured some sweet treats for Valentine's Day! Won't you check them out? Let me try and tempt you a little more...

Is that not a stunning piece!! I think it's just beautiful!!

Continuing with my Mitzi love fest...another of her ventures this last year has been co-hosting The AuctionWally Show on TalkShoe (every time I say that I can't help hearing Ed Sullivan "...reeally big shoe").

I've enjoyed listening to them over this last year and tonight they do have a reeeally big shoooe. Somehow they've managed to snag an interview with Terry Kovel! Yes...that Terry of the "bible" of antique price guides!! How'd they do that?! Guess what I'll be doing a 8:00 PM EST tonight!

I've added a widget to the sidebar for The AuctionWally Show. If your interested in the world of antiques and vintage I recommend you give them a listen. All of the segments are if the timing isn't can listen it to them whenever you like.

Well...I'd better get back to work if I'm going to be finished in time to listen to the reeally big shoe!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Sunday, February 1, 2009

SHUTTER CLICK & CHAT...a new look through an old camera

Well, I don't know if this will be "exciting" to anyone else...but...I found this the other day while out junking.

A vintage Brownie Reflex. I'm very excited!! I've been dying to give TtV (through the viewfinder) photography a try. I'm so glad T. picked "photograph something, someone you see everyday in a NEW! different and exciting way" as her Shutter Click & Chat challenge for this week! Perfect! It's like she knew I was going to find this camera this very week!! How'd you know that T.?

My "someone I see everyday" is Gillis. All day matter what I'm buddy Gillis is by my side. He's one of the best friends I've ever had. Gill is always ready to help whenever he can. So on request, he sat politely and let me photograph him in this NEW and different way...through the viewfinder!

I like Gill's new vintage look!

That was fun T. Thanks! Gillis and I are headed over to Tea and Honey Bread to see the new and exciting ways others are viewing their worlds today...won't you join us?

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™


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