Variety is the spice of life and vintage variety is the good stuff that shakes it all up!

Thursday, November 15

Inspiring Trinkets

Being a fabric freak for way so many years, there are bits and pieces in my stash that my family just doesn't seem to understand!  They have no clue as to why I cherish and store my old textile remnants!  You can mess with the basement but don't you dare touch my storage building of fabric! LOL

I often say, I'm only the temporary Keeper.  That's my job.  So recently I broke ties with a wonderful piece of wool plaid fabric.  Each time I felt it I thought of "something" to become of it but had no inclination of what that might be.   I guess because of the upcoming holiday season where red and green prevail, I knew it was time to list this great remnant.  Etsy crafters and designers have way more ideas than I do!



Well much to my delight, I received a message from the buyer and she showed me what became of some of the fabric. What a treat!  Totally unique and clever design.  And to boot, the shop, UpscaleDownhome, was chosen for Etsy Finds!  

Now that makes a Keeper's heart very happy! 




Monday, November 5

Nostalgic Aprons

I think most women over 40 immediately think about pretty aprons when it comes to holiday seasons like we are entering now.  Images of grandma, mom or auntie in the kitchen cooking up a storm always includes her being in some kind of utilitarian or fancy apron!  Every era has it's unique flavor.

My own mom hardly wore aprons during the year.  She was a full time working lady most of the years I can remember and aprons were not part of the scene on a daily basis.  But come turkey day and other family parties in holiday tradition, out came her favorite aprons! 

So in honor of all the warm memories of the cooking and serving moms of days gone by, here's a peek at my apron collection growing now in the Etsy shop.


Sunday, October 7

How Big?



When it comes to brooches, you just cannot deny that big and bold takes on a special definition when talking about vintage costume jewelry.  Big pins were IT in many decades 1880s ~ 1940s ~ 1960s ~ 1970s ~ you pick.  Whether they were simple flowing designs, gemstone studded or rhinestone bling - the bigger the better!

All of these brooches are in the Etsy shop Pins Section.  I re-shot each of these pins on a dress form shoulder to give a better perspective of just how big big can get!  Come see where fashion jewelry designers of today pull their inspirations from - good ol' vintage costume jewelry!





Wednesday, October 3

Winter's Charm

Oh the delight of little girls clothing from the late Victorian era!  Years ago I made a wonderful purchase of antiques including some childrens clothing from a local estate here is western New York.  Our winters were snowy and cold in the late 1800s.  Wearing quilted or stuffed clothing and accessories was a must.

This little girls bonnet is a treasure and was just listed at my Etsy shop.  I absolutely love the rich, thick chocolate brown velvet!  The little ribbons at the top just add the right touch of little Miss feminine charm.  From what I can tell, it is completely hand sewn.  Probably a pound of momma's love in each and every stitch!
Victorian Girl's Winter Bonnet
Bonnet side and back views


Friday, September 28

Fall Means Time for Vintage Hats

I had a fun idea yesterday to create an Etsy Treasury using a theme of his and her vintage hats.  For each occasion or color I picked, there would be one hat for him and one for her.  Well!  My heart goes out to the men folk -you poor guys have an extremely limited fashion bonanza of hats to choose from!  Derby - Boler - Boater - Fedora - Caps  .... and just a few tweeks in between.  Boy have fashion designers missed a whole market segment! LOL.  Anyhow - here's the treasury with a majority of great vintage examples from friends at the Vintage Fashion Guild.

He Said She Said ~ Vintage Hats

Monday, September 24

Orange

What a fun surprise to wake up today and find my vintage scarf featured in a new treasury:  Orangemania

Orangemania Etsy Treasury
When fall comes alive boy do the colors bloom!

Sunday, September 23

Sweater Weather

Call me forever nostalgic, but one thing I love about fall is cozy-ing up in the daytime or evening with a sweater.  Living in western New York, our fall has a great crispness in the air that just begs one more layer of warmth.  Afternoon strolls right into football games or formal evenings - the vintage sweater is a must in your fashion wardrobe.

Here are a few picks I found on Etsy that express my heart's desires:  Cozy Round the Table.   Enjoy!
And here is one more beauty I found recently for any glamour occasion - a Jo Ro Imports from Miami Beach FL  from the late 1950s ~  fully beaded in little pearls on a lush creamy color wool blend.  At a size 40, it will fit many a modern girl!  Find it in my Etsy shop AnotherTimeAntiques will full details.


Saturday, September 15

Autumn Leaves

Since we are getting ready for an early autumn car jaunt, I got to thinking of seeing all the beautiful leaves in our western NY region!   Uh oh.... fall leaves = raking!  Oh NO!   Well that's not really so bad because that also means leaf piles, great colors, fresh air and of course a new Etsy Treasury!


Great Vintage Leaf Selections on Etsy!

Monday, May 28

The Picnic

When Memorial Day comes around it is the kick-off of the summer season of picnics. All through the hot days family and friends gather and share, remember, and renew.  Summer picnics are always special times. While getting ready for  a family event I came up with this fun Etsy Treasury!  Enjoy .... and see you after the picnic!  Time for me to go chopping.


Friday, May 25

Vintage Clothing Enthusiasts Attention Please!


So sad to report another robbery of vintage clothing!  It may seem far away, but we live in a very close knit world when it comes to vintage clothing.  So shop owners, auctioneers and the buying public of vintage clothing enthusiasts - please take not are read the full article

Vintage Robbery

FOLLOWING the robbery at his WilliamVintage store on Monday,  William Banks-Blaney  has explained how the public can help him recover the beautiful items stolen - worth £40,000 in total. Three balaclava-clad men smashed the shop's front, raided the boutique, and scooped a selection of rare vintage couture gowns - including looks by Ossie Clark,  Givenchy  and Dior.

Thursday, May 24

What's in a Number?

This was a major week at Etsy as my store sales hit that wonder number: 1000.  I feel like that storybook turtle who finally crossed the finish line!  Having started in 2008 it seems like a very long time in the making, and then it seems like a blink of an eye - all wrapped into one.  So for sure this benchmark of retail sales causes me to pause and think.

Lots of stores reach this number very quickly.  Being in the antiques and vintage goods retail business, it came much slower.  So here are a few ideas that seem clear to me now and I offer them so that others starting out on Etsy will feel encouraged to stick with it.

Straight and Steady
The only way to keep progressing is to keep on going.  Simple right?  Actually it is.  There have been so many times when I got discouraged.  Comparing the shop to other vintage shops seemed like a constant reminder that I wasn't "doing" something right.  About a year ago it finally hit me - antiques are unique - so why even think that I can even compare the store to other stores?

What matters is what works for my particular line of goods and the consistency it takes to show them off.   Follow the crowd here and there only holds me in the middle of a pack moving to and fro in a million directions.  Keeping a steady pace in one direction has been key.  Yes, be flexible and change when needed.  But do it with focus and a little at a time.

Fresh is Best
 No matter where I promote and advertise, on Etsy there is 1 Golden Rule to keep:  list something new every day or at least several times per week.  Period.  If I feel that one particular line of vintage isn't moving, the best way to bring it forward into potential customers' eyes is to list a new item in that category!  Google and other search engines love new material.  Etsy pages love new material.   Treasury builders like new materials.  Customers like to see new items.  But once they are in the store and see there is a whole department of "this new stuff" they are likely to look at others!  So I promote the whole category by spending $.20 and listing a new product.

Know Your Treasures
If you are a home builder, you must know about tools.  If you are a dentist, you must know teeth.  If you are an engineer you must know certain laws of science.  If you are an antiques seller, you must know details about your product!  How old? What materials? Particular historic style? Any social history? Famous designers?  I have to admit that research has been the greatest gift of my business!  Learning about life through object is a fascinating path - and a whole article in itself!  When I don't know (or easily remember) the important details of a product I'm selling, I research.  I love my personal library and use it often.  But I have to admit that the Online Library of Life has made researching so much easier and fun.  When Google became a verb, I was hooked.

Let me just emphasize that to create a successful vintage store you have to understand the item you are selling.   For anyone who thinks you will build a growing business on "I found this old thing and I think it's cool", you should probably consider another line of work.  It may work once in a while but not for solid growth.

Treat Customers with Respect
For many years I owned a B&M store and treasured the folks that walked in the front door whether they bought something or not!  I carry that same feeling in my online stores too.  I don't subscribe to "the customer is always right" principle.  I do subscribe to the principle that customers deserve all my attention and respect when they are in my store and writing to me.  Learning to read between the lines is crucial just like reading body language is when you are face to face with someone.

Making up excuses is a waste of time.  When I goof,  I apologize and make it right.  Going the extra step fosters favorable impressions and regularly creates repeat customers.   I just can't imagine any other way to operate and stay in business for the long haul.

So, Cheers to those who have been part of my online successes!  It's been a wonderful ride so far and I'm looking forward to 2000!  So much to list...so much to share!

Monday, May 21

Cortland County Civil War Collection Theft

Civil War Collection Stolen  

Your help is needed....
   
On May 9, 2012 three items were discovered stolen from the cases of the Cortland County Historical Society military exhibit. The items include a Civil War Jacket, Civil War Hat, and Savage Percussion Revolver.  Photos of the stolen items are below. The revolver is in the upper right hand corner of picture.

CCHS are working with the local police department, but currently have no leads as to who, when or how the items exited the museums property. If you have any information or advice please do not hesitate to contact them a (cortlandhistory@centralny.twcbc.com) or by phone (607)756-6071. They would appreciate any help, or alerts to other sites that can be offered.


 CCHS stolen items 2CCHS soten items 1


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Thursday, May 10

The Seams Busted!

Very happy to announce that I have finally opened my second Etsy store:  Fragments of Another Time.  With years of accumulation and the passion to keep just about everything I ever bought from an estate, the wall seams busted on Another Time Antiques!  The new store (see Mini at side) will focus on bits and pieces that I hope will inspire your creative juices to make them a-new again.  It's still 1 business with just one PJ CEO ~ so you can shop from both stores and combine orders if you wish.

This has been a big move and I look forward to stuffing the new shop with lots of vintage goodies.  With 20 categories in all between the two stores, I think your shopping experience will be much easier!