Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Meet the Members of Vintage Market Team- Anne of VintageAndSuch

1- Tell us a bit about you?


I am constantly in a state of reorganization! I like to save things that remind me of events, occasions, etc. I also love yard sales and thrift shops. I have learned how to determine if something is meant for me... If I know right away what I plan to use an item for, then I'm allowed to let myself buy it. If I have to stop and think 'hm, what could I use this for?' and if I don't get an answer right away then I leave it behind. Once in a while I have regrets but they are far outweighed by the savings in both money and space by items I wisely left behind. My other rule is a two year limit so that I try not to keep things forever and never ever get around to using them in the way planned. If approximately two years go by I try to decide if it's time to let go. Recently I've finally admitted to myself that I simply don't have the space to display these items so I wrestle with the thought of keeping things in storage or not keeping them at all. When the decision is to not keep them, my Etsy customers win! Because I list them in my Vintage And Such shop.

2- What do you sell?

A wide variety of vintage items! From military collectibles, Girl Guide or Girl Scout treasures, postcards, patterns, Canadiana, magazines and more! In addition to my 'Vintage And Such' shop, I have two other Etsy shops, one for quality handmade gifts called 'ennadoolf' and the other for supplies called 'Patterns And Such'.

3- Favorite decade for vintage?

I've never really thought about it... there is so much to appreciate in each decade! I am going to go on to the other questions and if I think of something I'll come back. If you're reading this and I've not added anything then you'll know I just love something about so many decades that I couldn't decide on a single one!

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

I still have my original Barbie - she's not the very first Barbie ever made but she's an early 1966 American Girl brunette Barbie. She's dressed in an original creation by me - she lost her original vintage wardrobe quite some time ago.

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

The Dutch tiles. http://www.etsy.com/listing/27118142/vintage-dutch-tile-windmill-and-swans
I am of Dutch heritage and love the colour and pictures in these tiles. I kept them for the longest time hoping I'd find the perfect spot for them in my home but I finally had to admit that they simply had no spot here. I do have other Dutch items on display and know that whoever buys one or both of these will love them.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/27118648/vintage-dutch-tile-windmill-and-horse

6- Best advice for newbies?

You can't sell it if you don't list it.

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

Websites:
http://americansguide.ca/
http://www.vintagegirlscout.com/index.htm - especially the Canadian pages
http://www.e-guiding.com/
http://www.girlguides.ca/

Blogs:
http://64thguides.blogspot.com/
http://allthingstangled.blogspot.com/
http://www.ctpubblog.com/
http://dzfantasy.blogspot.com/
http://hershbergerhuff.blogspot.com/
http://nattyknitter.wordpress.com/
http://ohcanadateam.blogspot.com/
and of course the Vintage Team blog as well as the many blogs of our members!
8- Favorite movies? Or TV?

Movies - Anne of Green Gables, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
TV - I watch way too much tv but for a good reason - I knit while I watch tv! The ones I tape to be sure I don't miss are Amazing Race, Survivor, The Mentalist, Big Bang Theory and Dancing with the Stars

9- Favorite music?

Almost all types of music and tend to listen to radio stations that play a good mix. I love to fill my ipod with seasonal music in December and listen to it all month long.

10- Favorite books? Authors?

I have a collection of Anne of Green Gables books by Lucy Maud Montgomery and there are some I have not yet read. I thoroughly enjoyed the Harry Potter series and still need to read the last one. I have six books on the shelf behind me that I bought last year to read and I'm part way through Pride and Prejudice - I tend to read magazines lately so that I read smaller articles rather than books because I seem to be more focussed on my sewing and knitting at this time in my life.

11- Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Spending my days at leisure! Sometimes knitting or sewing or reading, sometimes browsing thrift shops and such, sometimes driving through the countryside with my hunny maybe stopping in to see museums and other local places of interest.

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

You never know what you'll find in my Vintage And Such shop as it will always have variety!

13- List your (clickable) links.

my Etsy shops:

Blog:

Facebook:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday Tip ~ Week 33


Polishing Furniture
If you ever find yourself out of furniture polish and you need to get that great vintage find cleaned up here are a couple of recipes for making your own.
Recipe 1:
Mix 1 cup of olive or vegetable oil with 1/3 cup of vinegar.
Recipe 2:
Mix 1 cup olive or vegetable oil with 1/2 cup lemon juice.
For both recipes once the ingredients are mixed place them in a squirt bottle.
Use on a soft cloth to polish your wood furniture to a beautiful shine.
Submitted by: TheVintageButtonJar
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Meet the Members of Vintage Market Team- Vintage Dazzle


1- Tell us a bit about you?

I've been interested in antiques and vintage my whole life. My first venture as a seller was in an antiques mall. Did that for a couple of years, but I much prefer doing it online. I actually started on Etsy as a craft seller featuring a few vintage items, but the vintage kind of took over (as vintage is wont to do!) My "day job" is writing romance novels.

2- What do you sell?

Mostly jewelry. I am particularly attracted to rhinestones and sterling silver (not necessarily together) but lately the mod 1960s stuff has been calling to me. I also sell scarves and small knick-knacks--whatever appeals to me!

3- Favorite decade for vintage?

Probably 1920s, though it's hard to find jewelry from that era at a reasonable price.

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

I have a huge, sterling Victorian locket that I found at an estate sale tangled up with so me cheap costume jewelry. it was solid black with tarnish. What a thrill to take it home and discover I had a really nice piece!

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

I love this 1950s Space Age cigarette or trinket box: http://www.etsy.com/listing/47979338/space-age-cigarette-case-or-trinket-box because it belonged to my parents. I have many lovely things to remember them by so I have to let some things go. But I remember this from my childhood.

6- Best advice for newbies?

Be patient and try lots of strategies. Wander around on Etsy and other sites a lot to see what others are doing to promote and sell their goods. What works for one person may not work for another, so it's usually a matter of trial-and-error to discover what works for you! Also, even if you specialize, try to have a few diverse items in different price ranges. You never, I mean NEVER, know what is going to catch on.

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

http://www.ulixis.com/ is one of my favorite blogs. She does handmade on Etsy, but her blog features wonderful items from other sellers that she likes as well as food and recipes. You never know what you'll find there.

8- Favorite movies? Or TV?

Favorite movie of all time: Paper Moon. Favorite TV show: At the moment, Glee.

9- Favorite music?

Classic rock, jazz and blues

10- Favorite books? Authors?

Since I'm an author myself, I love me! Okay, seriously. Love Janet Evanovich, Jasper Fforde, T. Jefferson Parker, Laura Lipman ... well, the list changes day to day.

11- Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I hope my house will finally be renovated. I hope I am a New York Times Best-Selling author, selling screenplays, and I hope I am still selling stuff on Etsy 'cause it's sooo much fun.

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

I've probably told you plenty! Nothing more fun than blathering about myself.

13- List your (clickable) links.

http://vintagedazzle.etsy.com/
http://karalennox.etsy.com/
http://karalennox.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Time to Vote: VMTEAM Challenge Halloween

The promotion of Halloween items 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!

Voting is open until 5pm EST on Thursday, October 21th!

Tuesday Tip ~ Week 32


Vinegar Cleaning Solution

Vinegar is a great all purpose household cleaner that you can use on most hard surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom and on glass and mirrors.

How about making cleaning with vinegar smell like your favorite herb?

It is really easy to infuse vinegar with herbs.

Just take the leaves of lavender, sage, mint, thyme, oregano, lemon balm or rosemary and place them in a large glass jar. Next pour vinegar to cover the leaves. Close the lid tight and let it sit for 4-6 weeks. Strain the mixture and put into a spray bottle.

You now have a great smelling cleaning solution.

Submitted by: TheVintageButtonJar

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Treasury Challenge # 6... Leaves


Hi Everyone!

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 "Leaves".

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 "vmteamchallengeleaves"

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!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Treasury Champ is....WorldVintage!!

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

How did WorldVintage make the voter list? Her treasury ranked in the top three of Etsy's "hotness" scale when searching our "vmteamchallengewood" treasuries created using the "Geometry" 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~

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Meet the Members of Vintage Market Team- Ismoyo of Ismoyo


1- Tell us a bit about you?

I'm Ismoyo Green, people call me Issey. Born and raised in Amsterdam and moved to NY a couple of years ago. Married to my Love who lets me bring in way too much cute and pretty vintage items!

My first treasure hunts were playing over at my grandparents houses. I could watch time tick away on the travel alarm clocks of my grandfather. Play with all the pretty figurines in my grandmother's house. And breakfast always tasted better when eaten from the fifties dinnerware at my other grandma.

In my teens, my friends were always laughing when i used to tell them "Don't throw that away, it might be worth something later!". I would inspect everything that looked anything close to a collectible!

2- What do you sell?

I started out on Etsy as a handmade artist a couple of years ago. During that time i also published a craft book, "100 applique motifs". I loved being a crafter, but while craft supplies were taking over my work room, so were my vintage items taking over the entire house! It started out as just putting a couple of vintage items for sale to de-clutter a bit, but quickly my whole shop turned vintage. I try to only sell items I love myself, let my shop be a reflection of me. So what is in there? All things cute and pretty from the 1950’s to the 1970’s. Home d├ęcor, figurines, kitchenware, toys, childrens books, those sort of things.

3- Favorite decade for vintage?

My eye goes to the designs of the fifties, the happiness of the sixties and the colors of the seventies.

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

I have a couple of vintage collections that I wouldn’t want to part with ever. Like my huge big eyed art collection. Our livingroom looks somewhat like a museum! And my rubber dolls, I might have sold a few to justify new purchases, but I will never part with the group.

And I have a thing for vintage childrens picture dictionaries. I used to do a lot of illustration work and still do from time to time, and these books are such inspirations to me!

I try not to regret anything I sell in my shop. But there was this sweet fuzzy haired Berrie figurine that I sold to one of my favorite customers a long time ago. Afterwards I thought I wouldn’t have mind keeping that. But then, one day, the thrifting gods were shining over me and I found a whole box of different early 1970s Berrie figurines! Including the one I had sold before!

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

This adorable vintage doll. She is too cute for her own good. Now that I’m looking at her again, I’m thinking that I might have to take her out of my shop again and keep her here! http://www.etsy.com/listing/48853364/cute-vintage-redhead-blue-eyed-baby-doll

6- Best advice for newbies?

Don’t underestimate the work that goes into building your business. And do your research. Try to enjoy doing research.

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

Cathy of California for all the scans of vintage craft books: http://cathyofcalifornia.typepad.com/
Vintage childrens books my kid loves, if you love those illustrations as much as I do: http://www.vintagechildrensbooksmykidloves.com/
Thriftcore, Van is a sweetie who is obsessed with thrifting and shares tips and her scores: http://thriftview.blogspot.com/

8- Favorite movies? Or TV?

I love the old Ginger Rogers Fred Astaire movies, but I also like movies like Julie and Julia and 500 days of Summer. TV? Mad Men, of course. American Pickers, of course. I loved the Sopranos when it was still on. I also like shows like Top Chef, Project Runway and HGTV’s Design Star. But I won’t stay home for it.

9- Favorite music?

Can I plug? Have to say Gregg Green. Yes he’s my husband, but I really, really love his music. Would love it even if I didn’t know him personally.You can listen to a lot of his work on youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/gregoryggreen Plus his music brought me to Tokyo, which other musician did that for me?

10- Favorite books? Authors?

“The Earth’s Children” Series by Jean M. Auel, “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho and “Mutant Message Down Under” by Marlo Morgan.You will also find me reading those vintage mushy romance novels if I can’t get to sleep.

11- Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Probably still selling because I will probably still be buying and going on treasure hunts! But by that time hopefully with one or two kids running behind me.

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

I love hazelnut iced coffee and Juniors Cheesecake.

13- List your (clickable) links.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ismoyo
http://www.ismoyo.com
http://blog.ismoyo.com
http://www.twitter.com/ismoyo
http://http//www.facebook.com/ismoyosplayground
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ismoyo

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tuesday Tip ~ Week 31


White Spots
Here is a tip to remove white spots from mahogany wood pieces.
Spread a thick coat of Vaseline over the spot(s).
Let it stand for 48 hours.
Wipe clean.
(vmteam is not responsible for any damage 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.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Time to Vote: VM Team Treasury Challenge: Woodland


The promotion of woodland items 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 Wednesday, October 13th!

WorldVintage:


funretro:

VirgosVintage:

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Treasury Challenge #5 ... Halloween.


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 "Halloween". 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" AND "vmteamchallengeboo"
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!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Treasury Champ is....WorldVintage!!

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



How did WorldVintage make the voter list? Her treasury ranked in the top three of Etsy's "hotness" scale when searching our "vmteamchallengegeo" treasuries created using the "Geometry" 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~

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Meet the Members of Vintage Market Team- Jacqueline of HatchedInFrance


1- Tell us a bit about you?

I am an English lady in my mid 40's, married with 4 children. We left England for sunnier climates in 2005 and moved to the USA living in both Florida and Texas! We are now living in the South of France, closer to the grand parents and enjoying a simpler way of life along with all its challenges that go with moving countries, several times! I discovered Etsy whilst living in the USA and started by selling my handmade but once I moved to France my love of vintage was soon rekindled with all the flea markets close at hand.

2- What do you sell?

I am most interested in home wares. I have an innate nesting instinct like many women and where ever we live I have always try to make it a home. Whilst in England I was always interested in used items! I felt a freshly painted room with a new sofa still needed a piece of vintage to ground it!

3- Favorite decade for vintage?

I don't think I have a favorite decade. I like the glamorous clothing from the 1930's but also the mod era of the 1960's . I love the music from the 1980's and I have a very eclectic taste for our home combining vintage with travel ! Work that one out !

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

A 1950's mantle clock which I bought at a 'Antique Roadshow". It has a distinct "tick tock" and has made it through our travels. It always makes the house sound like home!

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

1950's 60s alarm clocks ! I like the way they look whether they work or not! I think they remind me of when I was a girl?

6- Best advice for newbies?

I still consider myself a newbie on Etsy and at selling vintage! My advice is to listen, read the forums and ACT on it. Get involved right at the start and take tiny steps. Ignore your fears of failure, be honest and others will enjoy reading about your struggles to succeed. You will gain strength from their support.

7- Favorite web sites? Or blogs?

Vintage seller blogs and expats living in France. This one http://lillalotta-blog.blogspot.com/ because she also has 5 kids !

8- Favorite movies? Or TV?

The "Quiet Man" because it reminds me of my mum and dad. "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A good year". Surprisingly!

9- Favorite music?

The 1980's when I was the disco queen !

10- Favorite books? Authors?

I don't have any time to read novels and so I prefer reference books-sewing, home decor, France, cooking, selling online !!!!! I love to learn.

11- Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Well, if you had said 6 years ago that I would be living in France I would have thought you crazy! ! I hope I will be still married, living in France and running a successful business !

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

As a family we are facing many challenges, moving countries, children growing up and a World in recession! It has inspired me to diversify and start trading my vintage. I started having requests to swap my things and although I was not totally comfortable with the traditional process, I found it fun and inexpensive. So much so, with the help of hubbie I have designed a new website solely for swapping/trading. It is community based and has a unique points system. It is only for online sellers and is another way to promote my shop and others. I am going to be putting a lot of energy into that new venture to get it off the ground.

13- List your (clickable) links.

blog http://www.byhatched.com/shop http://www.hatchedinfrance.com/
swap workshop http://www.swapworkshop.com/
twitter http://twitter.com/byhatched
facebook http://facebook.com/byhatched

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Time to Vote: VM Team Treasury Challenge: Geometry



The use of geometric shapes 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, October 7th!


Tuesday Tip ~ Week 30


Cleaning Coffee Pots
To clean a glass or stainless steel coffee pot use baking soda.
Sprinkle baking soda inside coffee pot and scrub with a wet cloth.
Will remove the film that has built up.
(DO NOT use on aluminum coffee pots)
Submitted by: TheVintageButtonJar
(vmteam is not responsible for any damage caused by using this cleaning method)
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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Treasury Challenge #4 ... Woodland and Natural History


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 "Woodland and Natural History". 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" AND "vmteamchallengewood"
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!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Treasury Champ is.....StockinTrade!!

Congratulations to StockinTrade! Her treasury was voted our FAVORITE treasury created for our Earth Tones 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 StockinTrade make the voter list? Her treasury ranked in the top three of Etsy's "hotness" scale when searching our "vmteamchallenge" treasuries created using the "Earth Tones" 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~

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