Monday, March 31, 2008

Getting Married Today!!

After 5 years of being "married" to each other, my other half and I are finally making it official! Today at the French Quarter Wedding Chapel, we will become husband and wife! It's a very very small wedding, we didn't invite anyone! Our families are on opposite ends of the country. And of course each family wanted the wedding in THEIR state. If we did that, our friends couldn't come because who would pay for the plane tickets and hotels. Then we would have to put on a bigger wedding to cater to all of our families friends that we don't even know. All of this confusion caused me to put off my wedding for years. So finally we decided to forget all of it. We wanted a wedding that would reflect what mattered most, that the two of us loved each other and just wanted to be married. So WE are going to get married in this beautiful old New Orleans style French Quarter chapel that looks more like a Victorian Parlor but with that touch of unusual New Orleans whimsy, the ceiling is very high and filled with a collection of antique and Tiffany chandeliers. With a reverend, a violinist, champaign, a small red velvet/amaretto wedding cake, and my own bouquet that I made myself. Then we are going to up to the river and drink wine on the beach, watching the ships go by.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

The 1960s Chinese Dolls are back!

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE! I apologize for not keeping up with posting regularly on this blog. Due to an over-packed schedule, a wedding a week away, a baby on the way, a 2 year old, 2 stores, committees, classes, volunteer stuff, appointments, goals and a newsletter combined with a long-running lack of sleep, my online presence has been less than prolific lately. But please check back, I am making it my goal to post at least a bit several times a week. So what's in store?....The Chinese dolls are back!(scroll down for photo) I know a lot of people really liked the 1st set of 1960s Chinese dolls and they sold quickly. I have not seen any others like them. The place where I got the 1st set had 2 sets. So when I saw how much people liked the 1st set, I went back and got the second set. They are slightly different from the 1st set in that they are a little bigger and their eyes are open. This is the last set though, when they are gone, they are gone and I have no idea where to find more. So if you are interested, you can contact me before I put them in the store. Coming soon.....We have a 1960s plastic bowling ball that is actually an ice bucket! a set of bowling pin salt & pepper shakers, some retro atomic dishes in the Blue Heaven pattern.(we've had some in this pattern for a long time and really love them). An orange mod style metal casserole warmer & stand, a tiki idol and more! I can't remember it all right now so you'll just have to check out our stores to see! Also, for the collectors of mid century modern..... we have something good in the works! We are doing our best to start bringing you some very swank mid century modern pottery and other ceramic decor. We'd love to hear who your favorites are! And we will keep them in mind when buying! Stop by and say Hello! We'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Etsy Vintage shop directory!

Check out the Etsy vintage shop directory for a web-catalog /image list of items from different vintage stores on Etsy!

Monday, March 17, 2008


On Monday, Feb. 25, someone stole a cargo trailer stuffed with American art pottery headed for the American Art Pottery Association convention and auction in April. Also taken were fake and reproduction pottery that was to be displayed at the show. What was stolen was one of the best educational collections ever seen. It was to be auctioned by Belhorn Auction Services of Columbus, Ohio. Profits to go to the Association. You can see a list and pictures of the stolen pieces at Call Belhorn 614-921-9441 if you see any of the pottery. There is a reward.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

What's New....

New this week....the most adorable super retro apron ever! It's even way cuter in person! The photos do not do it justice! In red & yellow with Calypso images, maracas, drums and cute little phrases. You can imagine the 50s housewife wearing this while preparing for a summer time soirée! I also got some super strong Texasware! I love it because the pattern reminds me of the floor tiles in school when I was a kid! For danish modern collectors I got two Nymolle cups by Bjorn Winblad. Some supercute vintage "kawaii" chinese dolls from the 60s in a very 60s box! And for the rest, well, you'll just have to check the our two shops over the next week!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

She's Gonna Smash the Dishes!

So when I opened my vintage store on Etsy.... Obviously, I quickly became well aware that a lot of people on etsy made crafts and art or "Re-Purposed" items from vintage scraps, pieces & supplies. Great! I'm all for recycling, supporting the arts, collecting bits & pieces of odds & ends for a creation that has not yet emerged. I use to have a closet full of that stuff for my art when I used to do found object/industrial art sculptures in the 90s. And Mosaics too, I still have a bag of tiles and pieces of colored glass somewhere. I think it's great if pieces of a broken vintage item can be salvaged to make something. Better than sending it to the dump. That being said, if any of you have seen my Etsy profile.... Then you know that I go into my spiel about being "Not so much owner's of vintage things but temporary caretakers" And about "Preserving them for the next person". OK so as a vintage seller of course I've accidentally broken a few ceramic items over the years. And I can't help but feel a little guilty when I do. The Finality of it. That's it for that piece! They aren't making anymore. Sure you can probably find another like it if you search. But that doesn't change the fact that there is one less in circulation now. Kind of like an animal heading for extinction. There's only so many left and when they're gone ....They're gone!So in the back of my mind, from time to time.... I had wondered about the ethics of people who use vintage to "re-purpose". "I'm sure they only use vintage items that are broken beyond repair" I thought. Then I noticed some of my vintage dishes were sold. Which was great until I saw the buyer's user id. I won't say the exact id but it was very similar to ismashplates . WHAT!? I wasn't sure how I felt about that! I mean they're not even broken yet! I didn't know what to think. I felt a bit unsettled. I started to think of all the kittens I had given away to "good homes" over the years and imagined the possibility that all of those people had alternate agendas as well! A leather belt, furry ear muffs? stew? I guess it took me by surprise because I had just blindly assumed that all the "re-purposing" began after the original intended purpose was no longer an option. I mean, I like mosaics. And I can appreciate the joy of smashing something as much as the next girl. But I'm not going to grab a mallet and head for Granny's antiques either.Really, I know it's not a major issue. And these plates did have a small chip underneath. (UNDER-NEATH!) But it made me think. How DO I really feel about this since I am so supportive of the preservation of all antique, vintage & collectible items. Even the not so expensive ones that are easier to come across? I feel like this is the part where I wrap it up by announcing whether I've decided on left or right, A or B, but I'm still not sure. I'm usually pretty easy going, I guess I'll just take it one vintage killer at a time.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Vaudeville Vintage on Auction Wally's Podcast!

Special thanks to Mitzi of Vintage Goodness for mentioning our store on Auction Wally's Podcast! I'm flattered and delighted! In case you haven't been to Vintage Goodness on Etsy or the Vintage Goodness Flea-market on ebay, she has a universe full of vintage kitchen and housewares and all sorts of hip vintage finds and the etsy shop has some great vintage jewelry! Just follow the Vintage Goodness link in my links list over on the right side. That will take you to her blog and from there you can find links to the shops. And Auction Wally is a very experienced auctioneer with a really resourceful site called What's it worth? He does really good appraisals and he has a regular podcast that I've enjoyed listening too. And learned some things from! What's it Worth is also on my links list so if you like antiques go check it out!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Our Store Shipping Policy

♦ We always ship by the next business day, sometimes even the same day when possible! ♦We charge a low $1 handling fee on fragile items only. ♦We do a professional packing job! (just read our feedback!) And we use a lot of packing materials. SHIPPING POLICY We want to offer you the lowest cost shipping along with our professional quality packing! SMALLER ITEMS To save you more money, we ship U.S.P.S. First Class on any item under 13 ounces(Domestic) and under 4 pounds(International). AVERAGE SIZE ITEMS On most items we use U.S.P.S. Priority. It's both inexpensive and fast(usually 2-4 days). LARGER ITEMS For larger items (items that weigh more than 5 pounds and needing a box larger than 12 x 12 x 10) we use U.S.P.S Parcel Post(2-9 days) VERY LARGE/OVERSIZE ITEMS For very large/oversize items such as floor lamps or chairs, we've found it more economical to use UPS. INSURANCE Insurance is optional. However, we strongly encourage you to purchase insurance on fragile/breakable items. We are not responsible for items lost or damaged during transit. OPTIONS Of course U.S.P.S. Express is always available. And as always, if you have a different shipping method you prefer, please let us know! We are more than happy to oblige!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Vaudeville Vintage on

Thanks to Andy Nortnik for including our shop on his web site's "Retro Vintage Sites" page! Anyone with an interest in retro 50s is sure to have stumbled upon his Retro Clip art site at one time or another. Andy Nortnik is an artist who creates 50s kitsch, retro vintage style clip art that can be downloaded for next to nothing. His website not only has retro clip art for any occasion but also retro toys you can buy like 50s style jukeboxes & radios, pedal cars even rock 'em sock 'em robots! There's also a link to his Cafe press shop for Andy Nornik art T-shirts....He's got a ЯedЯum(redrum) shirt I'd love to get for my little boy! And the retro vintage sites page has tons of links to great retro sites for vintage clothing, bowling shirts, vintage toys, rockabilly clothing stores, retro clothing for kids, pin up art, retro candy stores, tiki bar shops and well, I can't tell you everything because I'm not done looking! You'll have to go see for yourself!....

Friday, February 29, 2008

We're Cooking up Something Good!....

Be sure to check out our eBay auctions this week and in the next few weeks! We have many many new vintage items to list! And we are doing a lot more auction style listings, that means very low cost!
And coming soon....Vintage Costume Jewelry lot! Sarah Coventry, Napier, Warner!, Trifari and more. In the mean time, we do have a couple pieces of vintage jewelry in the back of our etsy store to hold you over!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Sherbert Colored Retro Goodies! Just in time for Spring!

See! I told you all that every time I go out to hunt for more vintage merchandise I always seem to end up with groups of vintage items that all seem to go together! As I fill up a box, a theme emerges! There was the Inland Glass week, The Mid Century Modern studio pottery week, Tiki week. And this week was no different. This "haul" as I call it, all came from the same yardsale. And it all seems to go together like the decor of a retro 50s malt shop! Lime green, bright orange and pink along with diamond shapes & a candy striped soda bottle! Yum! And there's something for everyone...Pyrex, FireKing, GlassBake, Tupperware, Marcia of California art pottery, Taylor & Taylor, Sarah Coventry, WestClox, Italian Studio Pottery, a Swanky Swig, Retro creamers, a Porcelain egg cup, collectible retro soda bottles, and even a 1944 WW11 souvenir hand carved in Rome for a pair of lovers! I will be listing these wonderful treasures over the next week or so. But as always, just leave a comment if you see something you want to buy before it reaches the store.

Friday, February 22, 2008

See my Retro porcelain cream & sugar set on Deal of the DAY!

Go to RareBirdFind's site tomorrow the 22nd click here... My retro porcelain cream & sugar set will be featured as their "Deal of the Day"!. It's a really great blog anyway. And getting pretty big! Leave a comment here and let me know if you saw it! Thanks!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

My Boomerang Swanky Swigs are in a Treasury!

I just found out that my boomerang retro swanky swigs are in a treasury put together by Salvage Nation! This is the first time I've been in a treasury. Have a look..... Salvage Nation!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Who's here from myspace?

If you are here from myspace or found this blog through myspace-say Hello!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Coming Soon!

This time around on my search for merch. I did pretty good. I got a few retro 50s kitsch things like a Libby Glass retro bar-ware print shot-glass, a Florida black plastic souvenir tray with oranges, palm trees, flamingos the whole 9 yards and the 60's Ges-line melmac ashtray you see in the "New Store Items"(is that what it's called?) section. And then I also picked up a good bit of Mid Century Modern studio pottery! I got another West Germany vase, this one is 216-20 with a mottled and lava effect. I got the T8 fish tray by Frankoma from their Polynesian line, the same kind they had at the Trade Winds Tiki Lounge but it doesn't say "Trade Winds" on it so it won't be super expensive but just as hip! I got a handmade piece of pottery from 1957 in the painter's palette shape! And I even got a Desimone 1960s pitcher with the "Picasso-esque" woman's face on the front. This one had a part of the lip of the pitcher that had been broken off and re-glued. Normally, I would just keep right on walking but for a 1960s Desimone I'll make an exception! I also got a retro modern piece of Pigeon Forge studio pottery. I really like it and I'm sure a lot of you will also. Since I'm not sure of the age though, I'll be listing it in the ebay store and not on etsy. I will be listing all of these items over the next week or two so check back!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Look familiar?

I've been using this logo for a while now. I've posted it so many places that I'm not even sure I remember them all. I've noticed some logos on etsy that I've seen on myspace and vice versa, or on flickr that I've seen in etsy forums and well you get the idea. So I'm wondering who out there has seen this image before? I've got this logo posted in ebay, myspace, flickr, photo-bucket, and on etsy(sort of, just the head as my avatar). I want to know if after all of my hard work on marketing my store, is my logo being seen or just all alone floating around cyberspace? Comment and let me know. Thanks

1st Blog

Welcome to the blog for my store Vaudeville Vintage. We have two online locations...There's Vaudeville Vintage on Etsy and then there's Vaudeville Vintage & Collectibles on eBay. We mostly carry Retro 50's & 60's vintage merchandise. I go to estate, yard, garage, courtyard, alley and warehouse sales, sales in bars and antique stores that have closed, flea-markets, antiques malls and thrift stores to try and find vintage and collectible items from the Atomic Age! And I still have a hard time getting enough merchandise! I know I'm at least a little too particular. But for one thing, I'm not going to sell you anything chipped. And another reason is, I LOVE the eras and periods of design that my store items are from: Atomic Age, Mid Century Modern, Tiki/Polynesian, Retro Lounge & Cocktail Culture, and sometimes a little MOD. So I try very hard to only carry items that represent those aesthetics. I usually go to buy merchandise every other Saturday. This is only the second blog entry and I'm still kind of setting up and re-arranging my blog page. So please be patient and check back. I'd love to hear from anyone who reads this, your comments and emails are welcome! And if you want me to keep an eye out for a certain kind of retro vintage item on my next outing, I'd be happy to go on a treasure hunt for you. I have a lot more in the works for this blog page, photos, blog entries, new merchandise, favorite items and I'm thinking of a way to promote other etsy vintage sellers. So leave a comment, drop a suggestion in the box, drop a line, drop a dime? Give a HOLLA!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Opening Blog.

Hello! I am still setting up my blog page. If you check back later tonight, I will have an actual blog posted. Thanks!