Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Meet the Members of Vintage Market Team- Judy of ThisThatOtherThings


1- Tell us about you-

I like to keep things simple, No fuss no drama, steady as she goes, full speed ahead. Keep it simple stupid works just fine for my way of life. I enjoy re-purposing & creating something useful and unique out of found or broken objects that are reasonably priced. I always like to put a little twist on an old favorite but yet I still enjoy the classic’s & believe some thing’s should remain the same. It seems I think outside the box most of the time, I find it’s not as crowded there. Speaking of crowds I don’t like being a part of one, not that I am afraid of being in a crowd it’s just that I like to go the direction most people aren’t traveling in.I can remember as a child I used to go to yard sales and buy baby cloths for my dolls to wear who would have know that was the beginning to this thrifting adventure. For all of my adult life I have enjoyed going to yard, garage & rummage sales, Auctions, Thrift stores need I go on. Heck I've been know to slam on the breaks on trash day to go through a pile of stuff along the curb. When Traveling my eyes scan the curb sides looking for treasures to bring back to life. My love for vintage came later in life when I noticed that we were becoming a throw away society with no sense of value. Since then I appreciate the Rustic everlasting Charm of vintage. My astrology sign is Taurus but I’m not necessarily like a Bull in a ring with a toreador. I believe I’m more like peace-loving Ferdinand, seeking the gentle meadows filled with flowers, sunshine and natural beauty. It’s only Taurus stubbornness that can make me angry enough to charge at someone who is disturbing my peace or space. Taurus are noted for there Determination, Loyalty and Practicality and I find those are good qualities to have. I am trying to live my life with purpose and authenticity and would encourage everyone to do the same. I bow my head to my Creator God, Angels and Spirit guides each and everyday with thanks and gratitude for what I have been given.

2- What do you sell?

I sell vintage and re-purposed items of all shapes and sizes, hence my shops name This, That & Other Things. That shop was getting crowded so I had the idea a few months ago to open another Etsy shop selling vintage apparel and accessories for Men, Women and Children. That shops name is Back In Time Boutique. It is taking longer than I thought it would to get it up and running but It’s a work in progress. Please come by and take some time to browse around both shops from time to time you just never know what you'll find you didn't even now you wanted.

3- What is your favorite vintage decade?

is the 1890 the beginning of the progressive era. I love the rustic feel of the early settlers and how they were self sufficient at providing for their families needs. The craftsmanship and attention to detail are qualities we have lost over the years. Vintage to me is Recycling, Re-using and Re-purposing items of the past for future generations to enjoy.

4- What is your favorite vintage item?

A Black desktop phone from the 1940s that has been rewired.

5- What is your favorite item you currently have for sale & why?

I love this hand painted Vintage Serving Tray from Thailand that is for sale in my shop. If this doesn’t sell it will be just fine with me. I love this piece because it’s unique, beautiful & very functional.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/30287182/unique-vintage-serving-tray-hand-painted


6- Best advice for newbies?

I can give is Hang tough, it takes time for your shop to be noticed. Join some Etsy teams, enter the chat rooms, use twitter and Facebook. You will meet extraordinary people and build wonderful relationships through the experience.

7- Favorite websites or blogs?

Etsy - http://www.etsy.com/
Contact Talk Radio - http://www.contacttalkradio.com/
Hay House Radio - http://hayhouseradio.com/

Blogs:
http://creativechatter.blogspot.com/
http://www.sagepatch.com/
http://voleurdebijoux.blogspot.com/2010/08/new-movement-do-good.html
http://wwwbungelowjame.blogspot.com/
http://www.michelemorgan.org/
http://leoandjunie.blogspot.com/
http://autumnolive.blogspot.com/
http://www.intuitiveencounters.com/
http://www.marhatis.com/radio.html


8- Favorite movies? TV?

The TV shows I enjoy are House, NCIS, Bones, Ghost Whisperer, Medium.
Movies R, Taken, Spiderwick, American President, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Push, Mr. Hollands Opis, No Country for Old Men,

9- Favorite music?

Folk, Country, Classic Rock, Bluegrass, Gospel Hymns. Favorite Artist are - Nanci Griffith, Travis Tritt, Bob Seger, Jamey Johnson, Carol King, Vern Gosdin, Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Eagles, Phil Collins,

10- Favorite books and authors?

I’m not much of a reader, I do enjoy downloading and listening to Dr. Wayne Dyer, Louse Hay, Marianne Williamson just to name a few.

11- Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I see myself starting a auction gallery with a side business delivery vintage items to Antique shops up and down the Hudson River. But a Physic told me not too long ago in 10 yrs I would be moving to the mountain area of Central United States, so I guess we’ll see.

12- What else should we know about you/your business?

I love quotes and inspirational sayings, self help books and listening to people who expand my mind, body and spirit. I have strong christian beliefs and believe through prayer and meditation all things are possible.

13- List your clickable links-

http://thisthatotherthingsshop.blogspot.com/
http://www.etsy.com/shop/thisthatotherthings
http://www.etsy.com/shop/backintimeboutique

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Time to Vote: VM Team Treasury Challenge: Earth Tones






The use of earth tones is one of Etsy's big focus this month and the VMTeam did a great job creating treasuries around this theme! The top three are listed below. Don't forget to cast your vote for your favorite!

Cast your vote for your favorite of the three and that Etsy seller will get a shout out on our blog later this week! Voting is open until 5pm EST on Thursday, September 30th!



Tuesday Tip ~ Week 29


Cleaning Copper
An easy way to clean copper is to dip half of a lemon in salt.
Rub the copper with the lemon.
Rinse in hot water and dry with a soft cloth.
Submitted by: TheVintageButtonJar
(vmteam is not responsible for any damages caused by using this cleaning method)
Do you have any tips for caring for your vintage items? Send them to us and we will use it in an upcoming Tuesday Tip post.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Treasury Challenge #3 ... Geometric Shapes.


Hi Everyone and welcome to the Vintage Market Team's newest Treasury Challenge! Challenges are great because they not only allow us to promote on another, but it also allows us to stretch our creativity a bit and have some fun!

The theme for this challenge will be "Geometric Shapes". This is keeping in line with Etsy, which is actively promoting this theme this month (using shapes such as triangles, chevron, arrows). The rules are simple for treasury challenges:

1- the treasury must be put in Treasury East during the week of the challenge
2- a link to your treasury must be reposted here in the comments section
3- your treasury must contain the tags "vmteamchallenge" AND "vmteamchallengeGEO"
4- you must use 8-10 Vintage Market Team members' items (found using the search term "vmteam" under the vintage tab)
5- your treasury must contain a mix of handmade and vintage items
6- use must use the phrase "VMTeam Challenge" somewhere in your title
7- the treasury must not contain one of your own items

Have fun making these treasuries! And feel free to be as creative as you want with the theme!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Treasury Champ is.....VirgosVintage!

Congratulations to VirgosVintage! Her treasury was voted our FAVORITE treasury created for our very first treasury challenge! If you didn't see it the first time check out the photo below or click here to see the original treasury! Great job from all of us on the Vintage Market Team!



How did VirgosVintage make the voter list? Her treasury ranked in the top three of Etsy's "hotness" scale when searching our "vmteamchallenge" treasuries created using the "Autumn Wedding" theme. Try to get yours on the list by:
*tweeting your treasury FREQUENTLY
*post it on your facebook page
*post it on your blog
*contact each seller you included in your treasury so that they view it and leave a comment

~VMTeam~

Meet the Members of Vintage Market Team- Amy of PhotographicAmy


1- Tell us a bit about you?

I am married to my high school sweetheart who I met in Art class. Our desks were circled around a skeleton that we were drawing and he was across the room and was the only punk rock boy in the class, all cute in his cami pants. I asked him out. We dated almost 4 years and I broke up him in college. We had to grow up. After 10 years apart we ran into each other again at a concert. And not a moment had passed. We have now been back together for 9 years and have a 7 year old boy who is a story teller extraordinar. He goes to the Denver Waldorf (a popular search term on Etsy) where he is getting a nurturing, artistic, creative, well rounded education. We love it there! We also all love to treasure hunt!

2- What do you sell?

I sell any cool vintage thing I come along! What seems to sell best though is vintage shoes, boots and hand bags! I am going to focus more on those things.

3- Favorite decade for vintage?

I love the 80’s since I was a teenager then! Especially punk and new wave music and clothes. I also love the 30’s and 40’s for fashion and movies. The movies from that era are a bit grittier then the 50’s when things get a bit to saccharin for me.

4- Favorite vintage item you own? Or regret having sold in the past?

I have a black alligator purse that my grandma gave to me when I was in high school that was from the 40’s or 50’s. I carried while in school and still use it on dates from time to time! It is a treasured piece for me. I absolutely love old purses!

5- Favorite item you are currently selling? And why?

This is a hard one because I really do love all that is in my shop. But if I had to pick one thing it would be these Fluevog shoes from the 80’s. I wish they were my size! They are so cool! He is the designer responsible for bringing Dr Marten’s to the States! http://www.etsy.com/listing/51858993/vintage-john-fluevog-two-tone-camouflage

6- Best advice for newbies?

When you get frustrated by lack of sales do something to be positive, create a treasury with people who have hearted your shop as a thank you, go look at the VMTeamn Ning site and comment on someone else’s cute item photo. Go look around ETsy and heart other people’s items and comment on other peoples treasuries! Spread the good will!


7- Favorite web sites? Or blogs?

The Good Life - http://www.thegoodielife.com/ it is a fabulous home design blog.
The English Muffin - http://englishmuffinblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/canadiana-tame.html
Scoutie Girl - http://www.scoutiegirl.com/2010/08/purge-breathe-create.html


8- Favorite movies? Or TV?

Movies: Love Fred Astaire! I also love Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Juno, Much Ado About Nothing

TV – Glee, Arrested Development, Top Gear, Entourage, we have recorded Mad Men to watch since we have heard such rave reviews, but haven't gotten to it yet.

9- Favorite music?

Alternative, Celtic and Punk. Go Go Bordello, Devotchka, Great Big Sea, Neko Case, Vampire Weekend, Brazilian Girls, Edith Piaf, Rufus Wainright, Sigr Rois, She and Him – oh so many!

10- Favorite books? Authors?

I love MFK Fisher. She was a cohort of Julia Child and she is just a hoot! She writes about food, family, traveling, life. A really down to earth observant woman. My favorite genre to read is travel/food memoirs.

11- Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Hmm….My son will be 17 and I will be 49. I hope to be long settled in a house downtown near his school, a lovely bungalow or Tudar with an official dining room and a garden. I hope to have a storage/mailing room dedicated to my full time Etsy shop that will have a new name by then. I hope to have plenty of time and money to travel the world!

12- What else should we know about you/ your business?

I write micro fiction stories with each of the items in my shop!

13- List your links.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/photographicamy
http://www.photographicamy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tuesday Tip ~ Week 28


Ink Stains
If you find a vintage piece of clothing that has an ink stain on it here is a tip to get that ink out.
Use a cotton ball or a cotton swab dampened with rubbing alcohol.
Gently blot the stain until it is gone.
Submitted by: TheVintageButtonJar
(vmteam is not responsible for any damage caused by using this tip)
Do you have any tips for caring for your vintage items? Send them to us and we will use it in an upcoming Tuesday Tip post.
Send tips to: TheVintageButtonJar

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Time to Vote: VM Team Treasury Challenge: Autumn Wedding



We've just finished our first Etsy treasury challenge and it was a big success! Even though some thought the theme was a little difficult, everyone rose to the challenge and did a great job! Using Etsy's hotness scale, I have added the top three to the poll on the right---->


Cast your vote for your favorite of the three and that Etsy seller will get a shout out on our blog later this week! Voting is open until 5pm EST on Tuesday, September 21st!



Treasury Challenge #2 ... Earth Tones.


Hi everyone and welcome to the Vintage Market Team's newest Treasury Challenge! Challenges are great because they not only allow us to promote on another, but it also allows us to stretch our creativity a bit and have some fun!

The theme for this challenge will be "Earth Tones". This is keeping in line with Etsy, which is actively promoting this color scheme (browns, oranges, reds, yellows, etc) this month. The rules are simple for treasury challenges:

1- the treasury must be put in Treasury East during the week of the challenge
2- a link to your treasury must be reposted here in the comments section
3- your treasury must contain the tag "vmteamchallenge"
4-your treasury must contain the tag "earth tones"
5- you must use 8-10 Vintage Market Team members' items (found using the search term "vmteam" under the vintage tab)
6- your treasury must contain a mix of handmade and vintage items
7- use must use the phrase "VMTeam Challenge" somewhere in your title
8- the treasury must not contain one of your own items

Have fun making these treasuries! And feel free to be as creative as you want with the theme!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Meet the Members of Vintage Market Team- Gwen of CollectableSpectacle


1. - Tell us a bit about you?

My name is Gwen. I'm a 42 year old female with a love for vintage eyeglasses. My family consists of an amazing husband named Richard, a great dog named Bo Diddley, and a funny, smart and terribly talkative Cockatiel named Bucky.

I was never the 9-5 kind of person, and in 2007 when the company I worked for moved to Massachusetts, it was a bit of a relief. Now I have several jobs that keep me busy. I help run a nonprofit Arts Organization with a mission to provide affordable studio space to artists in Washington, DC.

I live just outside of the District on the Maryland side, where I am also a piano teacher. Earlier this year I started Collectable Spectacle Vintage Eyewear. I like to keep busy, but sometimes it can get overwhelming.

My husband and I live in a 1954 Cape Cod style house. It has some great vintage construction like swirls in the plaster all over the ceiling. If you look closely you can see that someone made each swirl by hand and each one overlaps the previous one. It has beautiful hardwood floors and a lot of vintage charm with an eclectic mix of furniture. We love it!

Collectable Spectacle came about in a very interesting way. Last December my husband lost his job. We had a few months cushion before we ran out of money. I told him we had to figure out what we could sell in our house to make ends meet. Then I wandered to our basement, and saw the boxes of vintage eyeglasses from my stepfather’s office (Optometrist).

I first became enamored with vintage eyeglasses when I was a child. My stepfather, a second generation Optometrist, used to keep all of the old 50s and 60s inventory in a back stockroom. I used to love getting into the boxes, going through them and trying on all of the old eyeglasses. When my stepfather passed on, his last box of vintage frames came to me -- and they then went into the basement. I broke into that box! I found amazing pairs of old glasses that I remember putting on as a kid, and the light bulb went off to start Collectable Spectacle.

2- What do you sell?

I sell vintage eyeglass and sunglass frames. I am still fairly new to Etsy. CollectableSpectacle had it's first sale on 3/2010. I tried to sell a few glasses on Ebay (to start) and found out that other people out there love vintage frames as much as I do. As I began to sell almost all of my stepfather's stock (except my favorites) I began buying and selling more, and have been having fun with it ever since. A month after getting my shop online, my husband found a great job!

3- Favorite decade for vintage?

I love the frames of the 1950s and 1960s. They have so much personality and intricacies that you just don't see out there today. They are made incredibly well, are seriously Mod and so much fun! Most of the frames from this time period are handmade.

4- Favorite vintage item you own? Or regret having sold in the past?

My favorite vintage item is “Mr. Nobody's house”. It is an incredible lamp that my mother owned since I was a kid. The lamp was made out of an antique Chinese stove and has a door that opens and closes for coal ... When I was very young, I would play with Mr. Nobody, the imaginary friend who lived in this amazing lamp (house). It is now in our living room and we both just love it. My husband loves to tell the story of Mr. Nobody to anyone who comes to visit (and / or ... will listen).

5- Favorite item you are currently selling? And why?

http://www.etsy.com/listing/45479031/vintage-60s-modernist-eyeglasses
60's Modernist Mask Style Cat Eye Eyeglasses. I love them because they are wild, strange, and unusual. They are in two different collectible eyeglass books. One book features them on the cover.

6- Best advice for newbies?

I would say learn about social media tools, like Facebook, Twitter, Kaboodle, etc. I have found that using these free online tools has helped me exponentially since starting up. I still have a long way to go, but they have really helped so far. Second, join a Team on Etsy. It has been the best thing I've done so far. Everyone is friendly and helpful. I have learned how to be successful on Etsy, how Etsy works, made friends, benefited from the group effort of promotion and love being part of the team. Finally, I would say ... don't give up, don't get discouraged.

7- Favorite web sites? Or blogs? (Clickable links, please.)

http://www.unionreview.com/ - my husband's blog





http://www.oliverpeoples.com/

8- Favorite movies? Or TV?

My favorite TV shows are Mad Men, Pickers, Pawn Stars, and Medium.My favorite movie? There are just so many that I love -- and often they are so different in theme. Hard to answer this one.

9- Favorite music?

Well, I love a vast variety of music. From classical to jazz, from techno to hard rock, 80's metal, and I love psych rock like Spacemen3 and Spiritualized.

10- Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I see myself happily married with a thriving vintage eyeglass business on Etsy. Maybe 90s glasses will be the new rage? I can’t wait to see what comes back in style in the next ten years. Hopefully, if all goes as planned, we will have traveled to Europe by that time. I would like to eventually see the world. ☺

11- What else should we know about you/ your business?

I truly love vintage and handmade items. My house if full of vintage and if it's not vintage, it's hand made. I have a passionate love for pottery as well.

12- List your (clickable) links.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/CollectableSpectacle
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Collectable-Spectacle-Vintage-Eyewear/109563509092969?ref=ts
http://twitter.com/vintagecateyes

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesday Tip ~ Week 27


Candle Care
If you have a vintage candle that is dirty here is a tip to get it looking like new.
Wipe the candle with a cloth dampened with alcohol.
Like new!
Tip extra: To keep your candles from dripping soak them in cool salt water.
Submitted by: TheVintageButtonJar
(vmteam is not responsible for any damages caused by using this tip)
Do you have any tips for caring for your vintage items? Send them to us an we will use it in an upcoming Tuesday Tip post.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Treasury Challenge #1 ... Autumn Wedding


Hi Everyone and welcome to the Vintage Market Team's first Treasury Challenge! Challenges are great because they not only allow us to promote on another, but it also allows us to stretch our creativity a bit and have some fun!

The theme for this challenge will be "Autumn Wedding". This is keeping in line with Etsy, which is actively promoting this theme this month. The rules are simple for treasury challenges:

1- the treasury must be put in Treasury East during the week of the challenge
2- a link to your treasury must be reposted here in the comments section
3- your treasury must contain the tag "vmteamchallenge"
4- you must use 8-10 Vintage Market Team members' items (found using the search term "vmteam" under the vintage tab)
5- your treasury must contain a mix of handmade and vintage items
6- use must use the phrase "VMTeam Challenge" somewhere in your title
7- the treasury must not contain one of your own items

Have fun making these treasuries! And feel free to be as creative as you want with the theme!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Meet the Members of Vintage Market Team- Pam of THeVintageGreen


1- Tell us a bit about you?

Well, I guess the first thing that comes to mind about myself is that I am happily married and the mom of 2 teens. I am a city girl at heart, being born and raised in Philadelphia. We currently live in a small town and run a delicatessen. I am a sweet and caring person, but have been known to push people down at thrift shops and yard sales! I am a bookkeeper by trade, but have been collecting and thrifting since I was a little girl. I used to go "junking" with my grand-pop and when I was older, & would drag my boyfriends out on trash night jaunts when I lived in the city. One of the first things my husband and I found for our apartment was a painting that was too big to fit in my car, so we carried it 5 blocks home!


2- What do you sell?

I sell anything vintage, anything that I love is usually what I sell. From vintage clothing and shoes, bags and luggage, housewares and ephemera, you name it, I'll sell it!


3- Favorite decade for vintage?

That would depend on the item, I guess. I honestly can't pinpoint a favorite era for me...I love it all!


4- Favorite vintage item you own? Or regret having sold in the past?

That would be my vintage Moon globe. My husband and I found it at a yard sale in the 1980s. I posted a picture of it on my Facebook Page...everyone wants to buy it, but it is so amazing when paired with my vintage Earth globe!


5- Favorite item you are currently selling? And why?

That would have to be my vintage Oshkosh Luggage Set. I adore vintage luggage and they simply do not make them like they used to. The hard-body cases are so charming and chic.


6- Best advice for newbies?

Network and network some more. Keep your items organized and clean so that when they do sell, they are ready to ship. Otherwise, have fun and remember, you can't keep everything you like!


7- Favorite web sites? Or blogs? (clickable, please)

I am either listing or shopping on etsy, and don't much go anywhere else online, except maybe Facebook, sorry!


8- Favorite movies? Or TV?

Favorite movie is 20th Century with John Barrymore, and current flicks include anything by the Coen Brothers or Quentin Tarantino * TV is rare, but I love the twisted humor of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and the soap opera All My Children.


9- Favorite music?

anything alternative, from the 80s, and disco, too. I am not fond of radio today, and only listen to CDs or Tapes. In my car right now is a Ween CD.


10- Favorite books? Authors?

I love the English Country Murders, Sherlock Holmes, Mrs. Marple, Agatha Christie. Also, beatnick poetry by Kerouac and Ginsberg are a challenge to read.


11- Where do you see yourself in ten years?

That's a hard question! I usually live in the moment and take each day one at a time...but hopefully, still here and visiting my kids at college.

12- List your (clickable) links.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/thevintagegreen
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Etsy-Vintage/328623358471?ref=ts

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tueday Tip ~ Week 26


Sratched Mahogany
To make scratches in mahogany invisible.
Rub iodine on the scratch.
It will dye the wood so you cannot see the scratch.
Tip extra: to get scratches out of wood rub th scratch with the cut surface of a walnut or a brazil nut.
Submitted by: TheVintageButtonJar
(vmteam is not responsible for any damages caused by using this method)
Do you have any tips for caring for your vintage items? Send them to us and we will use it in an upcoming Tuesday Tip post.
Send tips to: TheVintageButtonJar

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Meet the Members of Vintage Market Team- Tracie of Life In Stages


1- Tell us a bit about yourself?

I live with my husband and two children in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle. I started my Etsy business, Life In Stages in late January of this year.

2- What do you sell?

I sell vintage, up-cycled, and refinished items.

3- Favorite decade for vintage?

I don't know that I have a favorite, but I do seem to like the depression era pieces.

4- Favorite vintage item you own? Or regret having sold in the past?

My favorite vintage item is a cedar chest that was built in the 1930's and given to my mother on her 13th birthday as a "hope chest." It was given to me on my 13th and I passed it on to my daughter on her birthday.

4- Favorite item you are currently selling? And why?

I would like to keep so many of them it is hard to choose but I guess I would say the Antique Child's Chair. It is so sweet!http://www.etsy.com/listing/48826314/antique-wooden-childs-chair

5- Best advice for newbies?

Make sure and visit the Forums early! I have received so much help from other sellers through these discussions! Invaluable resource to get questions answered and advice from more experienced sellers.

6- Favorite web sites? Or blogs? (clickable, please)

Thrifty D├ęcor Chick; http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/Tales From the Coop Keeper; http://talefromthecoopkeeper.blogspot.com/The DIY Showoff; http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/Hip2Save; http://hip2save.com/The Coupon Project http://thecouponproject.com/

7- Favorite movies? Or TV?

CSI; Criminal Minds; Dateline; American Pickers

8- Favorite music?

I like all music except for opera!

9- Favorite books? Authors?

True Crime; Stephen King; Ann Rule; Three Cups of Tea; The Long Road Home-Memories of a Boy Soldier

10- Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I hope to have a successful business refinishing antique furniture. I would also love to live somewhere tropical!

11- What else should we know about you/ your business?

I love to treasure hunt, so if you are looking for something special, let me know and I will try to find it for you.

12- List your (clickable) links.

My Blog – http://www/mylifeinstages.blogspot.com
Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/lifeinstages
Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/LifeInStages
Website- http://www.mylifeinstages.com/

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