Vintage Garden Style

This old carburetor cover starts again as a flower vessel.

This old carburetor cover starts again as a flower vessel.


Barn weddings and vintage garden style are this seasons hot trend. Even an old red carburetor lives a new life as a chippy red planter and soon to move to The Condor’s Nest Ranch.  More photos to come later!

The Condor's Nest Ranch A perfect wedding retreat.

The Condor’s Nest Ranch A perfect wedding retreat.

Rustic lanterns for cabin kitch

Vintage Dietz Lantern Kerosene Lamp Red Railroad Lanterns

Amazingly fast shipping, and even refunded the difference! Great lantern. Excellent experience!

CallMeCleverVintage takes shipping personally. We always refund shipping overage of $2.00 or more.

Second re-purposed project sold!

Bullhorns Wooden Plaque Turquoise Trim Upcyled

Yeah, this made my day.

Thank you Emily :)

OMG, I fell in love with this when I saw it – had to have! Going for an urban rustic look in my loft and this was absolutley the perfect fit – GREAT experience buying form this seller – thanks soooo much! I love!



Sell us Your Stuff!

What things are we looking for?

1. toys – Disney items, batons, Dick and Jane books, toy cars, piggy banks.
2. advertising labeled items-like old cigarette tins, coffee jars, Rice Krispy cereal bowls and
3. western gear – cowboy boots, horse shoes, lasso’s, horse and cowboy figurines.
4. military, fireman memorabilia medals, weapons, and uniforms.
5. housewares -  Pyrex dishes, embroidered dish towels, Ball jars, old copper items, metal
lunch boxes and thermos, wind-up clocks.
6.” 60s era” items vinyl chairs, end tables, lamps, chandeliers, wall hangings
7.  hardware tools and pulleys
8. outdoor items kerosene lanterns, thermos, coolers with Coke or other advertisements

9. sports hunting equipment (decoys, bows), Letterman’s jackets, megaphones, early football gear.

10. We also consign furniture pieces.

We take larger retro pieces too!

And chairs!
Old radios work for us :)

Old radios work for us :)

Old Fans. The more colorful the better.

Old Fans. The more colorful the better.

Remember these?

Remember these?

Old Bottles. YES PLEASE :)
Old Bottles. YES PLEASE :)

Yep! Cowboy boots, old alarm clocks, funky boxes.

Yep! Cowboy boots, old alarm clocks, funky boxes.

Barware? We say YES!

Barware? We say YES!

Find old oil cans in the garage? We'll take it :)

Find old oil cans in the garage? We’ll take it :)

Vintage dovetail wooden box with red lettering. We love boxes!

Vintage dovetail wooden box with red lettering. We love boxes!

Roller skates or ice skates.

Roller skates or ice skates.

An old footstool gathering dust? We'll take it.

An old footstool gathering dust? We’ll take it.

We like dishware, like sherbert dishes.

We like dishware, like sherbet dishes.

Rusty sprinkler lying around? Perfect!

Rusty sprinkler lying around? Perfect!

Typewriter tables are cool too :)

Typewriter tables are cool too :)

Ten Killer Tips for Attending A Sheriff’s Auction

So you want to attend a Sheriff’s auction so you can stock your vintage store.  I’m talking about a personal property auction not a real estate auctions held on the courthouse steps. Sound intriguing? Not only does it sound interesting but  I have it on good authority that items go for cheap—dirt-cheap.  Pickers of vintage goods need to buy low and sell high. I’m going.

I often bring my mom along with me for some quality mom and daughter time. She is as enthusiastic about searching for treasures as I am. We make a good team when we aren’t shouting at each other about directions and my propensity for ‘curb hopping.’ Without further jabbering, I’ll let you in on the secrets to a sheriff’s auction.
1.     *Get there early. It may or may not be crowded but regardless there are very few chairs. Auction attendees mostly mill about or prop against a wall. You will also need to get a bid number. I did notice people arriving late but they were still able to get a bid number.
      *Wear comfortable clothing. Especially shoes. You will have an opportunity to dig through items.
3.     *Stand or sit next to people who know what they are doing. We formed an immediate camaraderie with our little contingent of auction attendees. Five total strangers rooting for  each other, the ‘regulars’ whisper tips to mom and I, such as: “stop bidding, the person you are bidding against will not quit.” Or “Bid on the table, it’s very good.” Our helpful neighbors are not store owners but what I’d call, ‘auction zealots.’ They love a good auction but not dealers from out-of-town. Luckily, I have a home in Blaine County or I’d be kicked to the curb.
4.    * A regular (usually a dealer) will always start the bid. It’s not a rule but it worked that way at this auction. Anyway, don’t worry about starting the bid.
5.    * Bids start between $1.00 and $10.00!!!! I’m not kidding, however I’m sure its different at all auctions depending on the inventory and the county.
6.     *The auction will most likely go all day long. Not joking, but don’t worry, you can cash out at one-hour break intervals. Cashing out is quick because the auction clerk records a finished bid  as soon as it’s made. I checked out at the end of the day in five minutes.
7.     *This is not a professional setting like an auction house; there isn’t an official auctioneer. The sheriff assistant will hold up an item like a hatchet and ask, “how much for this hatchet?” That’s it. As a side note, my mother became so excited about the low prices that she bid on — well she bid on the hatchet. I hissed at her. “Mom, stop this instant, what do you need a hatchet for?” I’m still mulling over her response. “I need a hatchet for the back of my motorcycle.” No my mother is not crazy and she USED to own a variety of motorcycles but she is long past rides in the backcountry and camping in the woods. Apparently, it’s a very fond memory because she wants another hatchet for her long gone motorcycle. It’s fortunate that no motorcycles are up for auction. My mom simply succumbed to a sort of ‘auction frenzy.’ It can happen.
8.    * Be prepared to pay with cash or check. No credit card. There is no auction fee.
9.    * Personal property auctions happen because someone has not paid their debt. The property is seized and auctioned by the sheriff. The debt is made whole to the person owed the money within days. This is the system in Blaine County, and I would imagine elsewhere. The auction stops when the total cash amounts to debt owed, in this case, $14,350. Done.

*And finally, I asked three people in charge about the remainder of goods not auctioned. I have no answer as of yet.

Have you been to a sheriff’s auction? I’d love an answer to tip number ten. Auctions are loads of fun with all sorts of interesting attendees. I purchased ALL of the pictures below for $40.00. The frames alone are worth the price I paid. My mom did not purchase the hatchet, however she did purchase two boxes filled with HEAVY ASS books that I hauled to the car and a very large box of picture frames. She gave me all of the ‘ugly’ ones. :)

Etsy Vintage Gives Back

I wrote to the powers that be at Etsy to pitch our team charity concept ‘Etsy Vintage Gives Back‘. We would love to have a regular feature on the Etsy blog.

What is your story idea? Pitch us with the concept.
Our team is all about paying ‘paying it forward.’ Individually and as a group we contribute to a different charity every month. We individually donate under our respective shops monikers. Some of us also  contribute a percentage of the proceeds of selected items to the months charity.

We feel one of the main strengths of selling under the Etsy platform is the amazing number of sellers who make concerted efforts to help other sellers. We are taking this one step further by creating a team to help each other promote our shops through our ‘give back’ charity.

I would like to see Etsy ‘match’ our EVGB monthly donations and encourage other shop owners to give back either by joining the team or creating their own give back program. We plan to be the best role model out there! 

Charities we’ve donated to thus far:

Humane Society — December 2013

Doctors Without Borders — January 2014

Members picked their own charities — February 2014




In the Etsy Vintage World we create treasuries full of vintage finds. Today I got a wild hair and created a treasury of WOODS AND WOULDS for Valentines Day. I’m scaring myself now, January is not yet over and I’m thinking about wood boxes full of chocolate hearts <3.


And the Story had a Happy Ending

I have an Etsy store. I love Etsy because I’ve met some many great cyber-friends who share the same passion for antiques and vintage collections. This is what I came across today. A post from a fellow Etsian.

A Warm Fuzzy for a cold night…

Last year I purchased a young lady’s remarkable 1937 high school yearbook from Nebraska. The pages were mimeographed and the pictures were actual black and white photos glued in place. The book was full of beautiful writing and comments from teachers and friends. I was fascinated. The added feature was a folded newspaper clipping of the bride, Marie, and her new husband, a state senator.

I googled his name and was able to find info about her and about their divorce. I was still questioning why this book turned up in a thrift store in Orlando and what had become of Marie.

One thing led to another and I located her obituary from a funeral home in Nebraska.( I included the obit notice with the yearbook to complete the story.)

I contacted the home and asked them to please contact the family to see if they would like to have the book. I checked for many months and, after receiving no answer, decided to list it in my store.

The yearbook had many views but no buyer. Tonight I received an convo from someone who had seen the yearbook on my site and who had also become fascinated that here was a person’s life laid out in pictures. This person even went as far as to go to the funeral home’s sight and was able to find that the daughter did answer my email and would love to have the book.

With her unusual name, I was able to locate her and her phone number, called, and left a message. She called back and we spoke for quite some time. Her mom had moved to Longwood to live with her son. She had been suffering with the beginning signs of dementia. As the disease progressed, she moved back to Nebraska to live in a nursing home that was closer to her daughter.

Her belongings were left in Florida along with her yearbook. Her daughter told me that someone broke into her brother’s home and stole many things including that yearbook. That’s apparently where I came in when I purchased it.

And here is the really warm fuzzy—the convo was sent to me by a person who lives less than 20 miles from me AND Marie and her son had lived less than 2 miles from me!

So, on Monday. I will have the wonderful pleasure of mailing Marie’s yearbook back to her daughter and her grandchildren. I wish all days would end this way!

Leather covered horse discovered on a dusty desktop of a farm office.

Leather covered horse discovered on a dusty desktop of a farm office.

Modern Reading Flash Cards

Modern Reading Flash Cards

(post by TheAtticBirds)

I’ve used flash cards while learning to read French. A troublesome task to be sure, however it did bring back memories of flash cards I used with my kids. AtticBirds found these flash cards at a rummage sale. Bring back a bit of ‘Dick and Jane’. Yes I know I’m dating myself :)

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There’s something so irreverently clever about these! Particularly the last one! And they’ve even got dotted line paper inside, to ensure your perfect penmanship (Palmer method, of course!)

Reading Flash Cards (5)

Do you get what each of them are? (Translations below)

If you’re in Dallas this weekend, head over to The Gypsy Wagon and enjoy great prices on vintage and vintage-inspired clothing and home items!


*No compensation was provided for this post. We just really love Gertie and her girls!

Translations: Cheap Skate, Empy Nest, Fruit Cake, Black Sheep, Cross Dresser, Social Climbe

The Skater and the Cereal Killer

I’m not picking or hunting for antiques today.

I’m learning to skate ski. I suck. One must be able to glide and push-off skinny skis without losing one’s balance. There are poles involved and they are long. Awkwardly long. My natural instinct is to PUSH with my poles. Push like Hell and perhaps make it up one of the many hills we attempted. WE as in my good friend, Ned and I. Craig and I met Ned when we started building our house in Sun Valley. We now count Ned and his wife, Cindy as good friend. That makes four friends we have in Sun Valley!

Me and my friend Ned.

Me and my friend Ned.

Ned has the patience of a saint. Really. I’m the slowest learner ever and I really spend more time on my butt in the snow than ‘gliding’ like a pro, however today I achieved a milestone. My legs didn’t get tired though I still felt like I was going to hurl at the end of our lesson. That’s it. It may not seem like a lot to you non-skaters but this sport that looks so freaking easy is  .  .  . well it’s not.  You can see this by my form. I believe I’m about to topple over here.

Attempted skating. Pre-fall position

Attempted skating. Pre-fall position

Ned dropped me off at my house and I crawled climbed out of the car. I’m exhausted (my son’s who btw don’t skate ski would call me weak sauce) but I’m at still adjusting to the altitude . . . at least that’s what I tell myself. Mr. Big and Mr. Small are suspiciously quiet in the kitchen.

Mr. Big has a serious food addiction as well as being an accomplished dog a lete.

Mr. Big has a serious food addiction as well as being an accomplished dog a lete.

I knew right away who the culprit was because he left evidence. ON. HIS. HEAD.

Mr. Big looks shame-faced at the floor.

Mr. Big looks shame-faced at the floor.

I’d like to think Mr. Big is suitably chastised though no doubt he feels he’s accomplished a great feat. After all the muffins were left out on the counter and he DID manage to scale the chair then the counter, where he jumped across or walked through the sink to the tempting muffins awaiting him.

Mr. Big looking satisfied after his latest raid.

Mr. Big looking satisfied after his latest raid.

This all happened before noon. If only Mr. Big could use his athletic abilities to do something productive like oh I don’t know . . . pull me on my skis :)

My latest hobby.

Our online Etsy shop featuring vintage goods. CallMeCleverVintage.

And our bricks and mortar store lives in Gilman Gallery in Issaquah. Booth 73