Mar 27, 2011

Classic Cool. Lives Forever.

In our humble opinion, Steve McQueen was (and is) the epitome of cool. Below is a gallery of items, all for sale on Etsy, that represent The McQueen Cool. Enjoy, and stay Cool.

(A shoutout to GM, the Coolest law professor we know, who unknowingly inspired this treasury by pointing us to A Continuous Lean -- a Cool site that recently posted a story on the upcoming auction of Steve McQueen's 1970 Porsche 911S.)

Mar 24, 2011

An Ode to Butter Pats

When we first saw these cuties, we thought they were little salt dishes. It also seemed that they were about the right size for a child's tea set, but we don't know many parents who would give their little children such nice dishware for a playset...

At only 3 inches in diameter, we thought they would make a perfect salt and pepper set for a formal table setting.

Turns out, we was wrong. They are actually "butter pats."

Butter pats! How adorable! 

Other names for these great little pieces include "butter chips," "butters," "butter pat plates," "butter pads" and "individual butters." As all these names suggest, butter pats are small dishes for serving an individual pat of butter to diners at the table. 

Several different butter shapes were used in butter pats. Sometimes it was a simple square of butter, other times it was a pat of butter molded into a pretty shape (such as a rosette) or stamped with an image (such as a family crest).

Butter pats were apparently the height of fashion from the 1880s to the 1910s, back when butter was typically made at home. Back before the advent of convenient pre-packaged butter quarters. (Can you imagine having to churn, knead, and mold your own butter? I certainly can't.) 

Butter pats were commonly a part of china sets until the early 20th century. After that, they started fading from use, especially as butter became more commercially available.  

Today, butter pats are quite collectible. There is even an association dedicated to butter pat collectors, called, unsurprisingly, The Butter Pat Patters Association. (Try saying that five times fast.) I'm not sure what butter pat patters do, but my bet is that it's a unique bunch.

Modern Butter Pats for Brunch
Butter Pats for the Modern Kitchen
We think a movement to bring back the butter pat is in order. It's just so very .... civilized. Not to mention that we can all use a little more vintage in our lives!

Now, if formal, vintage Victorian isn't quite your style, take a look at this neat idea on how to bring the butter pat to your modern brunch table. And if you really want to get adventurous, you can make your own molded pats of butter to put on your (vintage or modern) butter pats!

Mar 23, 2011

We Want Mad Men!

We just heard through the proverbial grapevine that Season 5 of Mad Men will likely be delayed. Sad news, indeed.

But instead of sulking about it, we made an Etsy treasury -- a gallery of items for sale by other Etsy sellers -- in honor of Mad Men Season 5, whenever it may come. It's full of great vintage finds. Come take a look!

Brighten Up Your Style!

Pretty Two-Tone Yellow Enamel Flower BroochSpring is here! (Well, by the calendar at least.) But regardless of whether spring has sprung where you live, this great vintage flower brooch will make you feel, well .... springy!

The yellows are crazy bright and sunshiny. Seriously, we smile every time we look at it. It's just that cool and fun. They had the right idea back in the 60s, oh yes they did.


Very vintage chic, this pin would look great on a summer dress, or on a light sweater or jacket. I think it would also be a super cool accessory attached to a bag or purse, maybe at the base of a handle or strap. Talk about adding a little oomph to a basic black or brown bag!

Mar 22, 2011

It's Official - Cassie's Tale Vintage is Open for Business!


In the beginning, Cassie's Tale had only one Etsy shop, where one could find lovely handcrafted jewelry. And it was good.

But now, it's better!

We officially opened a new Etsy shop yesterday -- Cassie's Tale Vintage -- where we will be selling (you guessed it) all things vintage.

My name is Lisa, and I'm the owner of Cassie's Tale. I have always loved digging through closets, sifting through piles of old treasures, wandering through antique stores, and perusing estate sales and tag sales. (Confession: I've lived in Virginia for ten years now, but still just can't get used to calling it a "yard sale"!) Now, I have a chance to share my love of vintage with ayou -- both through the items for sale in my shop, and through this blog.

Since we're just starting out with this blog and the new shop, we'd love to hear what you think. Please leave us a comment, or send us an email (Info [at] CassiesTale [dot] com) if you care to share your thoughts.