Thursday, August 27, 2009


I really enjoy knowing the ownership history of the things I buy and sell. I like to know to whom things belonged and to whom they will belong in the future. It's a sentimental notion that we are somehow connected by these old possessions.

About a month ago a lovely gal by the name of Sheila purchased a hoop slip from my Etsy shop. She loved it and wrote to tell me so. Very sweet of her! A couple weeks after that she wrote me again to let me know that she had worn the slip to a Faire and was quite pleased with it.

Sheila enjoys going to Renaissance Faires and delights in dressing in period appropriate attire. She was kind enough to send me photos of her in costume...

She looks beautiful! Although it can't be seen...underneath it all is that antique hoop slip! Many thanks to Sheila for allowing me the satisfaction of knowing what exactly has become of this treasure. It certainly is good to know that it is in such happy hands!

Saturday, August 22, 2009


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Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Last weekend I went to the "Back to the Bricks" car cruise in Flint, Michigan. I was born and spent much of my childhood in Flint. It has been a city in decline since the late 60's or early 70's. Although I haven't seen the movie since it came out in 1989, as I recall, Roger and Me depicts Flint pretty accurately.

Despite its pitiful state, I do have a little soft spot in my heart for this underdog city. I've been pleased to see small but positive changes in recent years and it gives me hope. Back to the Bricks is one of those changes. Rarely does one see this many people in downtown Flint.

I feel like a bit of a traitor saying this (I'm pretty sure T-bird's were made in Detroit), but a vintage Thunderbird is my all time favorite classic car.

A properly loyal Flintoid would have chosen the homegrown Corvette...

But lets face it...there is no room in either of those for all my junk finds anyway! What I really need is something more like this.

Now that's a car I could live with and it's even a Chevy!

Plenty of room back there.

And since I love to camp, I'm betting that old school SUV could even pull this little thing...

How cute!

There were an amazing number of cars at the cruise. Here's a few more that caught my eye.

If your interested in seeing more about the 2009 Back to the Bricks you can check out the video. I think it's a bit over 8 minutes, so be warned.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


I haven't seen one of these old ice cream carts in ages. I just love the sound of the bells! Their ringing brought back a flood of happy summer memories!

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Monday, August 10, 2009


One month last summer, at Allegan, a kindred spirit wandered into my little booth. She was set up in a space nearby. We shared a first name and similar taste in vintage and easily struck up a conversation. Turns out she was a fellow Etsian...and a rather famous one at that! Being new to Etsy, I had a million questions for her. Lisa was so gracious in providing me loads of useful tips. In the course of the conversation she mentioned she had two shops on Etsy, one for her vintage and one for her art. Being my ever nosey self I inquired about her art. When she started describing her block prints...something flickered in my memory.

I knew I'd seen her artwork...somewhere. As soon as I got home I started rifling through my old magazines. Sure enough there it Better Homes and Gardens! It had really left an impression on me!!

Here's a little sample from her art shop, Artgoodies...

Love her work!!

And here's a peek into her vintage shop, Vintagegoodies...

You can always count on finding loads of fun, colorful vintage @ Vintagegoodies!

Lisa and I have continued to meet up at Allegan from time to time and exchange convos on Etsy. Recently, Lisa started blogging. I've added her blog to my blogroll, but since her RSS feeding isn't up and running yet, the link has been stuck down at the bottom of my list. So, I'd like to invite everyone to pay her a visit and welcome her to the blogosphere! I think you'll find Lisa and her blog delightful!

Speaking of inviting, I'd also like to invite anyone planning on attending the Country Living Fair in Columbus Ohio, to meet up with me for a fun day of shopping. Lisa will be set up as a vendor. I'll just be having fun!

One last's a ways off, but something to really look forward to! I for one have always wanted to go to the Brimfield Antique Show, but have yet to do so. Next spring, the time has finally come. I'm not just going as a shopper...I'm setting up....right next to Vintagegoodies! Lisa did the show this last May and had a great time. So I'm just gonna dive in head first and see what it's all about! Anyone planning on attending...please come by and say hi! We'll be in the New England Motel field. WooHoo...can't wait!!

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week!

Saturday, August 8, 2009


Caught a glimpse of my shadow on the wash line earlier this week.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009


The last few days here have been just perfect. Perfect temperature. Bright sunshine. Lovely breezes. Perfect. So far, I am loving August!

Given the beautiful weather, I was very happy to be outside...even if it did involve doing laundry.

I recently found a couple of old laundry tubs at a sale.

I especially liked this one because of its lid, even though cosmetically it needs some attention.

I was also amused by its name...

"Maid of Honor" was a housewares product line introduced by Sears in 1945.

Fortunately the inside was looking much better than the outside.

On my 3 day shopping binge last week, I acquired a LOT of vintage clothing, linens and assorted textiles. Most of them were in great condition. But a number of them needed a good soak. Like this Strawberry tablecloth...

Since it was so beautiful outside, I thought I'd give my new old washtub a go. I filled it up out on the patio and did my laundry retro style!

I must say I rather enjoyed doing laundry outside. Usually this soaking would take all the sinks and tubs in my house. Since it needs to soak for several hours (at least) it would've been a real pain tying up the kitchen sink for that long. This worked perfect! The tub holds a lot, and when it was finished was only a few steps to the line.

A perfectly lovely way to spend a perfectly beautiful summer day! And that strawberry tablecloth...nearly perfectly clean:)

Hope you're enjoy some summer perfection of your own!

Sunday, August 2, 2009


Here I am! I've been holed up in my storage space for the last two days and just finally broke free. The space was already in dire need of attention and then after three days of very productive shopping this week...well, it was code red! I had vintage treasure pouring out all over the place. All back under control now and time for a little shadowy fun. Shadows from my new and improved vintage stash space...

Much better now...I can't wait to get back out there and start rehabbing the new finds!

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