Feb 14, 2011

Valentine's Day Love Affair with Vintage Contest

Antique Copper Creamer mid-1800s
Good morning dear reader. We had a nice start to our day by learning that an item we just listed in our Etsy shop was featured in another Etsy treasury this morning. Our pretty little copper creamer (who was separated from his family of the coffee pot and sugar bowl earlier this month) is included in the treasury, Metallic Mania. He feels more loved now - our thanks to CountrysidePeddlar for including this sweet little guy in her Etsy Treasury. (The sweet creamer has a new home! Shelly of Oberlin OH wants him to come live with her! Thanks Shelly!)

Do you have love for a special vintage or antique piece? Maybe it's something you own or long to own? Tell us about it and you could be chosen as our Valentine's Day Love Affair with Vintage contest winner. All you have to do is leave a comment below, telling us about your love of a special vintage or antique treasure (leave a link to a photo if you can) and on Feb 28th, we will announce the randomly-chosen winner. The winner will receive a Vintage on the Ridge gift certificate for $40.00; you can use it toward any items in our Etsy shop, any time, until it's all used up. It will be so much fun to read about your special treasures. Good luck!

Oh wait! Want to double or triple your entries? Just blog about our contest, then email us the link to the blog post with your name and your email address and we will happily add your entry to the drawing a second time. Add our button to your blog in addition to your post and get three extra entries! If you don't have a blog, just Follow us in the Google Follow box to the right and we'll add a second entry for you. We are spreading the love of vintage today - generosity abounds!

I am off to Tweet about the contest - it'd be great if you would click the Twitter or Facebook icons here to help spread the word so we can have lots of cool entries to look at and share! We love you!!!

Sally

Feb 12, 2011

I Could Smile for a While . . .

Hey gang - I am popping in to mention that I've added several items to our Etsy shop in the past few days. So if you haven't checked lately, I think you'll find some cool new things.

We have also had a couple of our items featured in Etsy Treasuries this week. The handpainted 1930s fruit basket appeared in a Treasury by Anne Keppe. Anne is a collector who creates Etsy Treasuries because she loves to shop for handmade and vintage on Etsy, so she helps promote Etsy sellers through her treasuries. Many thanks to Anne for her efforts! Her beautiful and colorful Treasury can be seen here:  Volviendo a SonreĆ­r (as sung by by Rebekah del Rio from the soundtrack album for Mulholland Drive, 2001.) Translation: "I could smile for a while." Ya gotta love Ray Orbison, the song writer.

Thanks also to Wendy at SweetWaterGifts in Dallas for featuring our German stein in her treasury entitled What Real Men Want (so that's what it is! Well, heck, that's easy!) Seriously though, her treasury is a plethora of manly stuff from some wonderful Etsy sellers. Be sure to check it out here: What Real Men Want   That Harley model is something else, right? I am always amazed at the wonderfully creative things artists come up with for men -- it's a hard category to fill with handcrafted things.

That's all for today . . . go check out the new stuff - just click on Most Recent in Sort By at the top of the listings

Sally

Feb 7, 2011

Antique or Vintage? What's Your Pleasure?

I have been a purist for many years and always wanted only antiques in my home. Vintage was fun and fine for other collectors, but I wanted the older pieces. What's the difference? Well, by definition, antiques are 100 years old or older; vintage must be at least 50 years old. The older I get, vintage gets even closer to antique (does that make sense?) I mean, ok, I grew up in the 50s. Most of the younger collectors think of 1950s vintage as 'antique.' How does that make me feel - well, vintage, of course! I guess I am talking in circles, but I hope you get my meaning: I want to collect antiques, not be one. So please, refer to me as vintage if you must (yes, I qualify) but I hope I die before I become a legitimate antique.
Cut Glass Antique Cruet Stand
What do you like to collect? Do you have a strong preference for vintage vs. antique? I hope you give them both an equal chance . . . just collect what you love because it makes your heart sing, or you love its color and form, or it has a special meaning to you. Being a purist is okay, but it can preclude you from finding some really beautiful things. If you see a piece of cut glass and your eyes pop out of your head, don't worry about how old it is -- figure out a way to use it! Like this one ... I added this cut glass cruet stand to our etsy shop today. It has long ago lost its bottles, but there has to be a great repurpose for this piece. It is so beautiful (yes, an antique) and in perfect condition.

Oh, you aren't crazy about glass? I get that - me either. I appreciate it and think it's pretty, but I collect primitive antiques and cut glass doesn't really fit that genre, you know?

So you like vintage stuff from the 40s maybe? Like that classic seafoam green color? It's gorgeous and blends with both bright and soft colors. Here's a very cool fruit basket from the 40s that you might like. It has handpainted fruit with mica glitter under glass:
Vintage 1940s Fruit Basket

See more photos of this awesome bread basket at Vintage on the Ridge.

Now here is a fun plate that can go with other antiques or with graphic vintage pieces. A white ironstone plate bearing the handpainted image of Little Polly Flinders in classic, simple colors. The nursery rhyme verse follows the rim of the pate, and that's it. No other decoration - beauty in simplicity. And fun, too.
Little Polly Flinders Plate
So there's a preview of just a couple of items I added to the shop today. I think I added about 10 items - between photographs, descriptions, measurements and all, I sort of lost track. But go for a visit and see for yourself -- vintage and antique -- both. I hope you see something you love, and maybe can't live without! If you have any questions, just convo me at the shop, or comment here. I am always happy to talk to you . . . vintage and antique lovers alike.

Take a look around your home -- do you have a vingnette that's kind of tired, or a collection that needs an addition? Think about color and form and not just age as you shop and buy the pieces you need . . . the time to buy an antique (or vintage) is when you see it! If you come back for it, chances are it will be living at someone else's house.
'Til next time . . .  Sally
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