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.

Click on item titles for more details. 
Visit Thom's shop here:  
Read about Thom in his Profile:

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


Niftic Vintage said...

This is fabulous! Our new look and feel by Maggie couldn't be more US! Innovative and full of great information. I'm blown away!

Dana said...

Wonderful items here! Thanks you for including mine among these beauties!

Thom Aten said...

Honored... that is the one word that comes to mind. I told Maggie of Hilltop Times I would be commenting on this because this has been so motivational for me to know that what I am doing is being noticed by others. I remember growing up "Vintage" was almost a dirty word and it was something that you tried to get rid of... times have changed! The interview with Maggie was unreal, she is so funny not to mention just a delight to chat with. I look forward to reading about other sellers and how they got to where they are in life... Thanks again Maggie!! oops, one other thing, the new look is more than fabulous!

Andrea Holding said...

Amazing make-over! Captivating read! Looking forward to more, Maggie!

Diane said...

Maggie, you're a fabulous writer & have a great eye. Super blog - you're a pro!!


tracy said...

This is fabulous Maggie!! I enjoy the new look & reading the post, along with all the great vintage & handmade finds. Vintage is "in" and we do want what we see :)

Lydia McCauley said...

Thanks so much Maggie! Fantastic article.

Priscilla of Gardenmis said...

Thank you for including my mini pillow sachet here! I have many favorites when it comes to pillows and blankets ~ all of which have been handmade by one of my beloved kinswomen or fellow creatives. Knowing that someone toiled to bless our family makes it precious!

Rachel@rhapsodyattic said...

Thanks Maggie for including my chair in this fantastic post. favorite chair, I am sorry to say it is not vintage to be honest. My favorite chair is a comfy white slipcover chair chair that sits in my sun-room and brought me through 6 months of a very sick pregnancy and now it serves me every morning with my coffee for my quiet time before my little boys wake up. I cherish my time in that chair:)

Rhonda Beigert said...

Love the new blog!
It's true that I would rather have vintage things around me than new. My favorite chair was in this old house when we moved in. It's a spindle back wood arm chair, and it's just right for me to sit at my beading desk. My most treasured blanket is a quilt my great grandmother made for me. It's falling apart, but that doesn't matter. I still love it.

Whimzy Thyme said...

Love it! So much great information. I have a old 1940s club chair that I love and a barrel shape or John Wayne chair we got at auction. I so rather have vintage then new. I really hate shopping new retail.

Slatternhouse onETSY said...

Wonderful Blog Thank you Maggie

I guess my favorite chair is the one in front of my pc. It's a thrift store find, it's big roomy and swivels and rocks. To this day my kids 12 & 13 climb in it with me and we chat

Mary Elizabeth said...

Wonderful article!

Betsy and Randy Justis - and Ellen and Laura, too! said...

Maggie - you have the vintage gift! My favorite chair had gold upholstery and wooden legs. I have a photo me and my older brother Joe sitting on our mother's lap. We barely fit - but that was ok! I took all my naps in that chair. xxoo

gazaboo said...

Great reads and beautifully presented. A pleasure.
My favorite chair is a simple wooden farmhouse chair. It was an antique when given to my parents over 50 years ago. They were just starting out and were glad to have any chairs. Later I used in on the frozen pond, pushing it around and keeping my balance while learning to skate. Today it sits in a corner holding memories and a very old Christmas cactus.
Thanks Maggie!

Snapshot Vintage said...

I look forward to reading every new entry!

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