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

Thursday, November 3

Does the Dress Fit?

In perusing my library of women's history documents, I came upon this wonderful article entitled Dress in the September 1893 issue of The American Woman's Journal / The Business Woman's Journal,  Vol. 7.  No 1.   

 

Just like today the irony of the corset advertising appearing on the back cover and the liberating article on the effects of woman's clothing upon her overall being is quite evident.    I find it an appropriate reminder even to our current trends of fashion!

The quips at the end of the article were just too sweet not to include here!   

Enjoy!

Saturday, August 20

Mixed Mind - Oh yes

Sitting on my back deck today, I'm thinking that many of my online vintage friends must think I've totally lost my mind... can't make a decision.... don't know which way I'm headed.   Well, in some respects that's probably right but not the full story.

Going through the cancer process this year had a profound impact on my attitude, opinions and life agenda.  I am healthy and expect to stay that way for a long time coming!  But my heart spirit has been forever adjusted.   Thank God!  One key that I have embodied is that the only matter that really matters is that I always move to my joy and Love first!  All else will follow from that when I allow the flow.

Sound a little selfish?  Not at all.  For the first time in my 66 yrs walking this earth, I have come to understand that there is only one pathway regardless of how many twists and turns it might take.  Surely yours will look a bit different than mine.  Being true to your own heart is being honest with your highest power - however one might choose to define "that".   I realize I can't change the world by my actions alone but I can create the world that I want live.  I'm ready and willing to accept my Good.

So...how's this relate to my antiques business?   I've come to know that I love working with people in all forms.  Serving to connect kindred spirits with their joyful wants and wishes is such a heart tickler!  It truly makes my heart sing.  While I was offline for over 2 months I felt a void that I kept saying, "oh you're just adjusting.... give it time."  Whenever I walked past my office with all the trinkets and textiles I'd go "gotta do something... gotta do some thing!  They need a new home."  Options seemed exhausting to my physical capabilities. Then lightbulb moment: Lets have an online shop - oh wait... I do have an online shop!

So for me the pressure seems to have melted away and as always, that too is part of the process.  Everything feels different and yet the same all in one breath.  Getting retired is not the same goal because basically I am retired!  LOL.  It's just that I want to keep connecting with my fullest circle potential and that includes all my online vintage life friends too.

So, expect some breaks in the shop here and there as I continue to explore with my heart, camper and kayak.  But I'll be around, until sometime when I'm somewhere else - and that too is exactly where I belong.



Saturday, August 13

Rag Rugs

I have several old rag rugs for sale at super low prices on Etsy - stock up for resale, decorating in country chic or for craft carpet bag material! 

I love the way these old rugs are just stuffed with hidden mysteries of materials!   Looking at the multi color ones especially if fun to pick out the old patterns in clothing.

The last one (lower right) has breaks at the end so you have choices: 1) shorten it a bit, or 2) use this as fabric to make a unique OOAK carpet bag!

Monday, August 8

Etsy Re-opened

I guess once a junkie....always a junkie!!  LOL.   I honestly so missed working on Etsy that I re-opened the shop today.   But make no mistake - it's just for a little while more to include all my online friends* in some super special reduced price sales.   Being in the retirement mind is a fun place!  The shop will be live sporadically.

*The shop is set to sales and shipping to US only. 

Thursday, May 26

Vintage for you

If anything sparks your interest, just use the button at the side and contact me via email.  Many items are in Etsy at great sale prices but some are not listed anywhere.


Saturday, May 21

No Tears Hankies

Sorted through the hankie box!  Lots of beautiful old hankies, some just right for collectors and many whites for brides! If anything sparks your interest - just use the button on the sidebar to email me.


Thursday, May 19

Moving right along

In the last few weeks of my Etsy shop career, things have been all abuzz.  Packing the orders and giving great deals to everyone who stops by has been such fun.    As a life long retail person, I have to admit that selling is fun!!

And then...... as always with perfect timing ....  I received this re-minder today in my email box from one of my most favored guides - Abraham-Hicks:

If your dominant intent is to feel joy while you are doing the work, your triad of intentions—freedom, growth and joy—will come quickly and easily into alignment. See your "career" as one of creating a joyful life experience. You are not a creator of things or a regurgitator of what someone else has created or a gatherer of stuff. You are a creator, and the subject of your creation is your joyful life experience. That is your mission. That is your quest. That is why you are here.
---Abraham
Excerpted from: Money and the Law of Attraction on August 31, 2008
Our Love,
Esther (and Abraham and Jerry)
Such a great reminder!!  Because I am having so much fun and joy with events taking place right now, more of it just keeps coming along!  Doesn't that just make ya smile?

Still not sure what happens after Etsy - but certainly not worrying about it either. I'm just loving my health, my good days, my family, my friends and all my connections.  I am so blessed! 

Monday, May 2


So I keep thinking about this "retirement thingie".  Still not sure exactly what it means for me except one thing for sure - I'll be watching the diamonds on the lakes and rivers in the years ahead - and boy do I know where THAT inspiration comes from!  I've always had such a soft spot for vintage crystal jewelry.  The 50s and the 60s have a terrific glimmer appeal.   Even last night while watching the clips from the older White House Correspondents' Association dinner events - up comes Laura Bush wearing a fabulous crystal necklace!  Did you catch that? 


There's lots of great history connected with these amazing beads too.  Be sure to check out the earlier piece I did - Aurora Borealis


Thursday, March 3

Retirement coming soon!

Things are winding down and retirement is feeling better all the time!  Honestly - after 50 years worth of retail selling career, there is a part of me going ... "hey - what 'cha gonna do next?"    Only time will tell but for sure my heart strings will lead the way!  I don't think old antiquer's like me ever completely leave the scene - just too many stories to pass along. ;)

A special note to local area shop owners and merchants:  If you are interested in bulk inventory purchases, contact me via email and we can arrange an appointment.  

Love to all my friends, team members on Etsy and all the amazing vintage groups I've shared with!

Friday, February 5

future leather vintage

I have to take a step sideways today to show off an artist craftsman extraordinaire that is not an antique.  Lets just put this into the category of future vintage bags because... quite frankly.... this amazing purse will surely outlast my meager years on this planet!

Hubby bought me a very special Christmas present this year - a David Anderson hand crafted leather bag.  Originally he picked a tote bag that was just a bit too massive for my size so David kindly let us exchange it.  Lucky me because I got to add a special touch - the infinity knot, or Celtic knot, on a bag of my choice.  I love visions that represent energy and this sign is surely a classic.  

The bag arrived yesterday so Christmas came twice for me :)  and the timing couldn't have been more perfect.  I needed a pick-me-up yesterday and boy did I get one!  If you have a heart-pull to finely crafted leather works (he does more than bags)  be sure to visit this amazing craftsman's website:  andersonleather.com 

Thanks again David - your work is awesome.