Aug 28, 2012


Meet Bo.

We rescued Bo about 7 years ago.
He's a big teddy bear, and a big goofball.
He brings smiles and laughter to our lives every day.

A few weeks ago, he was diagnosed with bone cancer,
and had to have one of his front legs amputated

Mr. Bo was learning to hop around tripawd-style the day after surgery (amazing), and continues to recover very well. Best of all, he has not lost his happy-go-lucky spirit or his classically-Rottie sense of humor! 

He is the inspiration for our latest Etsy treasury collection -- vintage goodies, all available for purchase from Vintage Etsy Society Street Team members:

Rug Covered 3 Legged Wo...

Vintage Pug Figurine St...

vintage wood embroidery...

Vintage Wooden Hangers ...

Vintage industrial spri...

Vintage U.S. Army Small...

Antique Wye Level Trans...

Vintage A Dog Like No O...

Set of Three, Vintage, ...

Dog Whirligig Part. Fol...

Vintage Iron Rest Stand

Antique Horseshoes

Silverplate Forks Oneid...

Mid Century Wooden Furn...

Brass Rottweiler // Sol...

Furniture Legs New Old ...

Apr 20, 2012

R.I.P., Levon

Levon Helm, drummer for The Band and brilliant musician, passed away yesterday afternoon. He leaves behind a grand musical legacy, and will be greatly missed.

RIP, Levon.

Marc Cohn performing "Listening to Levon".

photo via 4488:A Ridge Blog
photo via Free People
photo via We Write Lists

Apr 13, 2012

Coastal Style

The beautiful weather today made us yearn for the coast. We may not be headed to the beach this weekend (*sigh*), but there's nothing wrong with a little dreaming, coastal style.

Coastal-style cottage loft in weathered blues & white. via The Iron Fish.
Coastal-style DIY mason jar wall plaques. via Craftberry Bush
Beach house porch & vintage bicycles. via thegreedyseagull

Apr 5, 2012

Don't Grocery Shop on Thursday Morning if You're on Deadline and Other Small Business Tales

One of the great things about owning your own business is being responsible for your own schedule. (It's also one of the not-so-great things, because that business is your baby, and it's hard not to work during every waking hour. But that's another story for another time.) 

When you can set your own schedule, you can run out to the grocery store mid-day if you run out of coffee, or if you need some snacks to keep you going. So you can shop during "off peak" hours. 

Which is great - right?

Antique coffee mill. via CalloohCallay.

Not so fast....

Apr 3, 2012

DIY Business Card Holder

Ran across this idea on Pinterest earlier today: decorate a used mint tin (like an Altoids box) with pretty paper to create a unique business card holder.

This would also work brilliantly with a vintage photo or two as decoration, instead of (or in addition to) scrapbook paper.

DIY business card holder, via

Apr 2, 2012

A Look Back in Time: 1916

Today, we take a look at the year 1916. 

What was happening in 1916? The Great War was being fought. Edwardian fashion was working its way out of style, and 1920s fashions were about to work their way in. Women were fighting for the right to vote. Rasputin was murdered by the Romanovs. The Easter Rising took place in Ireland. Margaret Higgins Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. and was arrested for distributing information about contraception. President Woodrow Wilson was reelected. And the Saturday Evening Post published its first Norman Rockwell cover

Even a small selection of photographs can tell us so much about  our history - about fashion, world events, how people used to live, and so much more. Here's a quick look back in pictures.

Florence, NY - 1916. A great example of women's casual fashion in the mid-1900s. 
Francis A. Nixon & Hannah Nixon with their children: L-R Harold, Donald, and Richard (later President) Nixon. via Our Presidents.
Feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman addresses members of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, June 1916.
via The Guardian. Photograph (c) Bettmann/CORBIS. 

Apr 1, 2012

Sunshine & Sunday Brunch

Brunch is the best meal ever invented, don't you think?  Eggs, bacon (for the carnivores among us), warm muffins, fresh strawberries, fresh-squeezed orange juice ... makes us salivate just thinking about it.

This morning dawned rather dull and grey here in central Virginia, but we found some bright vintage kitchen goodness to bring sunshine into the house. We hope these lovelies make you smile, too.

If you like these, you'll find more sunshine-y vintage breakfast ideas in the Etsy treasury we curated this morning, called (unsurprisingly) Sunshine & Sunday Brunch -- a collection of items that are currently available for purchase in shops owned by certified members of the Etsy Vintage Team.

Vintage cold handle cowboy skillet and hammered cast iron pan. via Judygovintage.
Vintage kitchen chopper with yellow wood ball handle. via Dentwood.
Vintage Mikasa cups and creamer. via Mary & Grace

Mar 27, 2012

Rockin' and Rollin'

Do you remember riding in the front seat as a kid? Or riding without a seatbelt, riding "backwards" in the rear seat of a faux wood-paneled Oldsmobile station wagon (that was the best!), or riding a bike as fast as you could, downhill, with your hands in the air and the wind blowing through your unfettered (er, we mean unhelmeted) hair. Ah, yes, those were the days. 

In honor of those days gone by, here's a quick look back at how our children used to roll. 

Antique baby stroller. via Freestyle Collection.

Turn-of-the-century wicker baby buggy.

1960s bike seat attachment in red plaid. via Time for Memories.

Mar 14, 2012

Vintage Spring Poetry

Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.
     - Rainer Maria Rilke

Mar 12, 2012

In the Navy

Quite a few former members of the US Navy have crossed our path recently, in the form of portraits and photographs from the World War II era. Today, we wanted to share some of these heroes with you. To those who have served, and who are serving today, we salute you.

We don't know who this handsome young man is, but isn't it a stunning portrait? 
At ease on laundry day. 
We believe her uniform signifies that she was a member of the
WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), 1945. 

Mar 10, 2012

Vintage Sewing, Beautiful Photography

Vintage sewing. (via Mystic Explorations

Mar 9, 2012

Nature's Brightest

Eye candy of the day. (we may deal in old-timey black & white and sepia most of the time, but sometimes the day just calls for a happy burst of color.)

(Credit:  Reencarnation Cristalero
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), via Lingua Franca (with credit to

Lucky Green Gecko Photo- St.Patrick's Day Green Garden Lizard Photo- Spring Green Garden Home Decor 5x7 Photo
Green gecko. via Madden Photography on Etsy. 
Sunflower, via

Mar 2, 2012

Vintage Toasters: Utilitarian Beauties

1920s toaster, made by Landers, Frary & Clark. Photo via the Cyber Toaster Museum.
We ran across this photo of a 1920s toaster the other day. Isn't it lovely? We were immediately struck by the artistry and thought that went into designing an appliance that we 21st-century folks tend to consider rather boring and utilitarian. 

Naturally, we started wondering what other interesting toaster designs were out there. It turned out to be a pretty interesting trail to follow -- starting chronologically with old-school toast-your-bread-over-the-fire designs, followed by simple stovetop racks, and finally to the early electric models that evolved into what we think of today as the standard pop-up kitchen toaster. 

Below, you'll find a quick sampling of what we found. Which one is your favorite?

Feb 29, 2012

Happiness, Personified

Unearthed this treasure of a photo last night, and just had to share it. Isn't her smile infectious? 

The composition of the photograph is wonderful. Her youthful exuberance, adorable (and very clean) polka dot dress, and braided-but-mussed hair play a delightful contrast against the time-worn city building, metal window grates, and cracked sidewalk around her.

Jan 12, 2012

The Grey-White of Winter

It's suddenly feeling like January around here. A blue-skied, bright sunny day is surely just around the corner; but today's sky is painted that wintery grey-white that seems to reach its cold tentacles out into everything around you.

This collection of vintage items is an ode to the grey-white of winter. Which is actually pretty beautiful, don't you think?

All the items in this collection are for sale in Etsy Vintage Street Society Team member shops.