I LOVE vintage embroidered linens

And guess what? I found THE women who used to sell beautifully pressed and cleaned vintage embroidered linens at the Manson Market in Manson Washington. Notice I wrote, ‘used to’. She retired due to health reasons for over two years leaving a big hole in the marketplace. Luckily my daughter and I came across some of her linens at a garage sale and I’d recognize those pressed cases anywhere. (I have a think for pressed cottons :) But anyway I met Arlene and her 92 year young, husband Al today on their farm.

I brought them homemade (not store-bought) no-bake cookies from La Tea Da in Chelan. Scarfed my cookie down as I drove in circles looking for the farm. Siri did not detect the many dead ends that I somehow found.

Entrance to the farm and land of embroidered pillowcases.

Entrance to the farm and land of embroidered pillowcases.

Arlene showed my to an outbuilding where husband Al had set up a large fan. Did I say it was 100+ degrees out? I incorrectly assumed I’d be digging through boxes on my own. Nope. Al set up two chairs while he and Arlene entertained me with a running commentary about small town happenings. I managed to actually do two things at the same time . .. it’s called multitasking and only women can do this. It’s true. I swear. I counted linens and listened to stories and wait did I hear Arlene say she has a peach tree?
‘Al go pick Shawn some peaches.’ Said Arlene.
OMG, Al is 92 and its over 100 degrees outside and I can pick my own peaches. Right?
Nope. Al took off on his tractor to fetch me some peaches.

Al fetches fresh peaches from the tree.

Al fetches fresh peaches from the tree.

I kind of feel like Al and I have a bond now. I mean he picked the peaches for me and all so I asked him if I could look in the barn. Just poke around. I thought I’d traipse over across the field by myself because like I said its hot and did I say its smokey? It is. We’ve had horrific fires in the area.

Look what I found in the barn! These skis are over 100 years old. I’m going to have a hard time selling these.

Antique mahogany skis and just a few of the linens. Peaches not for sale :)

Antique mahogany skis and just a few of the linens. Peaches not for sale :)

I have a return invite. Can’t wait to see my new friends again. The joy of picking is in meeting new friends.

BTW—the linens will be listed in our Etsy shop sooner than later.

Industrial-like lighting cages that work

 

Love these pics and article. Courtesy of design sponge—a great website with good decor ideas. I had three wire cages that I paired with red hooks and they were gone in a day. Image
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CAGE

I have a love/hate relationship with cage lighting. When it’s done well, it’s beautiful and timeless, but when done poorly it can feel alternately too busy and too stark. A single cage light in a HUGE space can feel reminiscent of a construction sight, but when used in a simple row (like over a dining table or above a bar) they can be incredibly elegant. The key is to focus on high-quality materials and cages they have some visual interest. I prefer the thicker brass models to the super-colorful plastic models you can find in stores, but the thin cages painted white also have a nice simple feel. The bottom line is to stick to styles that have more substantial cage architecture and that are made of higher quality materials. Grouping too many together can feel busy, so stick to small numbers in a row or at staggered heights.

Images above, top to bottom: Mini-Pendant Light with Gold Cage Shade $320, Antique Brass Mini-Pendant Light $102, Gold Cage Pendant $79.95, Threshold Industrial Pendant $30, Room Essentials Industrial Pendant $18,
Atomic Topless Industrial Guard Pendant $125

Try Peek to review your website It’s free!!!

Check out this new (to me) tool I found for evaluating websites. Go here for a free 5-minute video evaluation of your website.  The evaluation is a real person talking through their navigation of your website or blog. peek.usertesting.com/

My video looks like this:

Peek a 5-minute video evaluation for your blog or website.

Peek a 5-minute video evaluation for your blog or website.

I submitted both my website and received a response almost immediately. I’m assuming the men who evaluated my websites were not my target customer but still they both did an admirable job. What I think of as ‘easy navigation’ on my website was not crystal clear to the evaluator. That response alone was useful.  I was so pleased that I emailed the company. Their response below:

You’re so very welcome! Thank you so much for writing in. Your appreciation for what we do makes our day. We appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback, as well as helping to spread the word. =)

 

Subject: UserTesting.com: Follow up to your message

JUN 10, 2014  |  12:01PM PDT
Jennifer replied:

Hello Shawn,

Hope you’re having a great day. :-)

We’re following up to your message:

Just received reviews for both my etsy and wordpress site and I have to say I’m impressed. Both offered useful information. Thank you so much and I’ll most def spread the word!

You’re so very welcome! Thank you so much for writing in. Your appreciation for what we do makes our day. We appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback, as well as helping to spread the word. =)

Again, thank you and have a wonderful day!

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Vintage flapper dress gets new life

From rags to rich-looking dress!

From rags to rich-looking dress!

Who wouldn’t love this dress? As I wrote in the previous post this dress was in tatters. Maggie works miracles. Check out her site at Martin’s Original Dolls and click on her dress collection. She told me she is adding 100 more in the next few weeks!

Flapper Dress finds a home

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I bought this dress at an auction for moi! It was a glittery shimmery site to see and I could not resist. Really. So I continued to old up my bidding number until the dress was mine. As I held out my beautiful glimmery shimmery flapper 1920’s dress, I realized it had rips Lots of rips. However I didn’t give up hope. I took it to my whiz of a seamstress, Maria. She fixes all my sewing problems but alas even Maria can’t mend the tears. Not wanting my dress to languish in a ‘to do’ pile I listed it in my store.
And now slinky winky glimmery shimmery 1920’s dress has a new home. Maggie, a collector of 1920’s dresses is going to fix her and she will be enshrined forever on her website here. Stay tuned. And THANK YOU Maggie for rescuing my (now yours) gorgeous dress. Here are a few of her collections and her lovely comment for our store:

Reserved Maggie Vintage 1920s Creme dress Silk Chiffon Beaded Such a very friendly store….thank you so much once again……you are why I like etsy…….AAA+++

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We love happy customers!

Aldo ashtray brilliant turk

Aldo ashtray brilliant turk

Mid Century Aldo Londi Remini Blu Ashtray Signed

 “Beautiful and gorgeous Aldo Londi ashtray. Vibrant color. Quick shipping. Exactly as described. Very happy with purchase.”
This gorgeous ashtray sold almost immediately after we listed it! I know. I know. Who wants an ashtray? Well guess what? Lots of people want retro ashtrays and I’m not talking about smokers! Lets see how can I use a worthless retro ashtray? You know this is what you are thinking :)
Here’s some ideas for your way cool ashtray.
1. Jewelry holder — put all your colored earrings in this ashtray.
2. Soap holder — set your ashtray by the sink and look at how pretty your soap looks!
3. Office catchall — yep one of my ashtrays is holding paperclips and rubber bands within easy reach.
4. Table decor — really! Add some cute little pine cones or beach glass. Awesome!
Ok. I’m running low on energy here with dinner around the corner. Someone else take over. Readers? More clever ideas for retro ashtray use?

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
pennants.
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 :)