Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hold It! The Best Vintage & Handmade Containers

Hold it! Yes, hold it all. Handmade and recycled containers to hold the everyday & precious goodies we can't live without. From boxes to bags, vintage to handmade, you can find it all on Etsy.

The Finest Vintage To See It All this Fall

Light it! Yes, hold it up to see! Lightning, a mood changer, a great way to make your home warm and cozy this fall. A vintage, pendant light fixture holds the light, and adds character and charm to your decor. From famous Vintage Shops on Etsy.
Vintage Amber Chandelier from OceansideCastle.
Mid Century Porch Lantern from ethanollie.



A Member in the Circle of Eve, BabyTweeds

BabyTweeds Shop

Your turn in the Circle may be soon, as EveTeam members will be featured here, and other shopkeepers. Christine, EtsyVintageElite team member, has a passion for vintage. Her shop is BabyTweeds, and in case you don't know, "tweeds" is a classy name for woolen fabric. And "Baby", for her selection and careful attention to high quality, vintage clothing for babies and children.

1930's Gabardine Coat, Faux Fur

Christine's Love of Vintage, and the Winter Season

Baby clothes. Adorable, sweet and small, and they make us recall childhood memories. But Christine, a sensitive and thoughtful woman, gives us more and better reasons to desire vintage children's clothes. She is attracted to the design; the pattern of the garment; vintage details; and the sewn construction. The things true vintage lovers seek. For the handmade pieces, Christine is drawn to the handiwork and attention to detail, knowing these pieces are one-of-a-kind. The 1930's gabardine coat in her shop, and shown here, is one of her favorites. It exemplifies her fine taste for vintage features and quality construction. This coat is double-breasted with a large, full, cut-in, faux fur collar. Pockets, a wide belt, and a lining, oh my gosh, of Alpaca wool fur! And the gabardine fabric, a rich, full-body woven cloth! All carefully sewn to create the finest outerwear. Wow, what an amazing, BabyTweeds piece! Yes, adorable, and, of the best quality. All wonderful reasons why Christine loves vintage, and reasons to love her, and BabyTweeds.

And there is more to the meaning of this coat, to be worn during Christine's favorite season, the one that holds memories of long, snowy winters in her beloved, childhood state of Michigan. It reminds her of the attire of her past Mitten State friends. And winter makes her recall visits to the cider mills, ice skating with her father, and visions of falling snow. Things fondly remembered as she displays her wares.
And what piece of clothing does she remember best? The organdy dress, sold this summer. There is no other like it, she says, as she speaks about her admiration for the craftsmanship, the gorgeous fabric and fine touches. There will never be another, she laments, it is perfect and unique, like her other BabyTweeds listings.

The Organdy Dress
Vintage Clothing from BabyTweeds.

What We See and Want for the Fall Season

Current Etsy Tags are Autumn Trends, September Trends, Gifts for her, For home. In the latest Etsy Finds, patterns include the star. And stripes, dots, feathers, Southwest-inspired, snakeskin, leopard are all featured. As Fall approaches, people start looking for the fall patterns and colors of autumn for their homes and their wardrobes. And for special items to make rooms look cozy, inviting, and warm during the colder nights that are to come, and nothing better than lots of pillows!

Feather pillow cover by Elkhorn on Etsy

Leopard print pillow cover by AriannaBelle on Etsy

Southwest pattern throw pillow by NarkelAndNorsu on Etsy

And what about your wardrobe? A warm jacket and an animal print skirt are a must!

Southwest tapestry jacket by BermudaDream on Etsy

Vintage leopard print skirt by AppleBranchesVintage on Etsy
Featured shops:

The Other Side of History.

*Old is new, and what's new is old. And what is sold is now old, and is of news. Check out these fabulous solds! And a few of these sold very quickly, and now being enjoyed in new hands and hearts of vintage and handmade lovers.
*Travel cases, hat boxes, luggage of leather are always popular. Also, beautiful boxes are probably one of the biggest sellers- vintage and handmade. 
*Animals, large sculptures, bookends, and individual statues have also been at the top of buyers' lists, and with a range from life-size to window sill decor, animal pieces are viewed and sold at a fast rate. 
*Here are items that sold in August,  2012.
Vintage Hat Travel Case from RosaMeyerCollection
                               Gold Box from CakeNumber9
Regency Horse Bookends from FlumeStreet

Poison Plates of Halloween from AustinModern

Colorful and functional, cast iron, glass, and metal pieces lend distinctiveness and class to so many handsome Etsy offerings.  These items sold in August 2012. Lucky new owners.

Art Glass Bird from reclaimer
Curtain Tiebacks from VintageRetrievers
Keepsake Box by BlissfulBoxes
Antique Biscuit Tin from BoudreauCollection

Saturday, August 25, 2012

September: Fall Fare

Old is new and new is old. Vintage lovers have history on their side: we appreciate the aged beauty of vintage and antiques. History often means used and loved, and thus a wonderful, old item is in the hands and heart of a new owner. Seeing what has been used/purchased in the past is an insight into buyers' eyes. It gives us clues about what were once trends, what people once desired. It's also fun to imagine why someone was attracted to a certain, special piece. 

The following vintage items were all sold on Etsy in August, 2012:

Fish Plates, Gold Flecks from TwoStoryVintage

Vintage Lures from birdneststudio

     Fall Hair Clip from SweetSapling

Ironstone Platter from gardenofsimples

                                                                      Peacock Necklace from Renata & Jonathan

Wood Barbells from 86 For the Home

For Shop Owners: Trending Tags

Current trending tags on Etsy for the month of September are: September, For Home, Accessories, Fall, Finest Vintage, Handmade, HalloweenUse these tags when creating treasuries and tagging your listings. They will give you a fresh advantage to be noticed and found among product searches. with Etsy's current themes.

Equestrian leather boots from 20twentyvintage

Fox Gloves for Kids & Adults from Pomber

Kitty Mummy Costume from TooTuTuCute

The Etsy Finds, a daily buying guide, often includes what is, and what is about to be, New Loves for the Handmade and Vintage Lovers. The current Finds Guide uses the ongoing Back To School trends and goods. But, note the gorgeous autumn colors of the Etsy Finds items, and the themes of Harvest, Outerwear, Rustic, Kids, and, of course, Halloween. Start using the Tags to find the vintage and handmade goods of your choice. And make use of the themes in the Finds. You will see what you want.

Thom Aten,  Circa810

A Member in the Circle of Eve

No rhyme, no reason for who gets circled here, but keep eyes and ears open as every EveTeam member, and other Etsy shopkeepers, will be in the spot light of the Circle of Eve. Thom Aten, EtsyVintageElite team member, tells us about his passion for vintage. His shop name is Circa810, and his last name is pronounced like the two numbers, 8,10. Clever.

About Thom's love for aviation.
I have too many aviation collectibles!  One of my favorites is a TWA Passenger Service Kit. It's a beautiful, brown, leather trimmed, boxy type suitcase used in the early days of commercial flights. Brass clip closures on the front, and a sturdy, leather handle on top. The stewardess, as they were called back then, used these so called "catering boxes" to tote food and other passenger service goods on board. With all my vintage aviation items, I use this streamlined, sturdy catering box to hold many of my cherished items. When I get tired of one thing, it goes in the box and something else comes out. I guess I use it like a safe for those items I can't part with. This box bridges my love of vintage, aviation, and the affection I have for the dear friend who gave me this treasured piece. I like looking at this box when I day dream of what flying was all about years ago.

Art Deco Padlock from Circa810
Cram Globe from Circa810

O'Hare Field Stamps from Circa810

A note on Thom's memory, and an item now long gone.
This is kind of silly, but one vintage item I don't have any more is an old Folgers coffee can, and I wish I had it. It belonged to my father, and it rested on his work bench, and it sat there for my entire life. It was filled with broken pencils and pens, and an old green grease pencil with a red top sticking out of the can. I gave it to someone years ago, and I wish I had it today. It still holds such sentimental value. So I say to people, hang on to your special pieces, they hold such wonderful memories, and nothing can take their place.

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The Finest Vintage: Have a Seat

              Saddle Stool from 86home
Caned Chair from RhapsodyAttic

Mid Century Modern from TheOrangeCollective

The Best Handmade: Pillows & Pure Cotton

                       Modern Leaf from gardenmis
Tooth Fairy Pillow from AppleWhite

Chenille Pillow by moreChenilleChateau

Blanket Granny Squares from AllThingsGranny

Pillow Boxes from KidsAtHeartDesigns