Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Christmas Craft Books Winner + Newsletter Ideas

We have a winner of the Christmas Craft Book Giveaway - Trase from Kitschicat's Den on Etsy! Congrats Trase, I'll be emailing you in a moment for your address so I can get your books on their way!

I got some outstanding suggestions for newsletter content from everyone who entered - thanks so much for your ideas, you don't know how much I appreciate them! Here are some of my favorites:

- How long have I been interested in vintage finds and what got me started
- What do I consider an "excellent vintage find" in several different areas
- History of mid-century modern items and designers
- Recommendations on price guide books - which are worth using?
- Featured vintage china patterns with history
- Vintage bathroom decor
- Vintage eyeglasses
- Garage Sale and Flea Market finds
- Links for researching items
- "Real world" places to shop for vintage

You guys really came through with a ton of awesome ideas! I hope to address all of these (and more!) in the newsletter.

I think I am going to try to send them out every 2 weeks, on the 1st and the 15th of the month. I'm working on a new format, using the ideas that were sent in plus a few of my own, so that there will be several "sections" of regular content in each issue. So look for the next on on December 1st, with all the new goodness inside! :)

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

New eBay Auction Goodness - Purses & More!

Last weekend I took photos of all the vintage purses I have collected this season - around 30 in all! They are all up for auction right now, here are a few of my favorites:

If you want to check out the rest, just click on over - grab a cup of coffee, there are a lot of bags to look at! ;)

I did list a few other things besides purses - we have been working very hard to get all of the sets of dishes we have here listed while the eBay listing sale is going on (2 more sets and we are done!) and I cherry picked a few cool things to post (including the McCoy cookie jar and plastic canister set that I posted about the other day):

Vintage Dark Blue Tupperware 4 Pc Canister Set

I meant to post this yesterday, some of this stuff is actually ending tonight, but the eBay outage screwed up my plans! What a nightmare. But, things seem to be working as normal today, so head on over and take a look! :)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Featured Collectible - 1970's Typographic Kitchenware

My latest little obsession is kind of hard to label - 1970's Typographic Kitchenware was the closest I could get - hopefully it is close enough! What I mean is those mod canisters, jars, and serving pieces that like to scream their intended use in large, bold letters. I've sold a few pieces in the past, and the more I find them the more I love them... First let's look at a few things I have up for sale at the moment:

(These canisters and the McCoy cookie jar weren't made to go together - but man, they sure do!)

I looked around eBay for some other typographic goodness to drool over - but I couldn't really find any. This is happening to me a lot these days - are the sellers just not listing stuff, or am I just not able to find it? Who knows! What I do know is that a quick search on Etsy brought up a TON of cool stuff. Etsy rocks vintage - and more and more people are finding that out every day!

Ok, I could go on like this all day... you get the idea - love, love, love. :)

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Christmas Kitsch Craft Projects!

I wrote a few days ago about a couple little vintage Christmas craft books I am going to be giving away in the next issue of my email newsletter - they are kitschtastic, and here's a few scans to prove it! Click to enlarge, I left them really big so you can hopefully read the text and see all the details in the photos...

This is just a small sampling of course, if you want to try to win them, just sign up for the newsletter and I'll be sending out all the details! :)

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Want to win a pair of vintage Christmas craft books?

We have been sorting and listing my vintage Christmas stash this week, and I came across these little Christmas craft books (click to enlarge):

I'll scan some of the pages in to post here before the end of the week, but in the meantime, do you want to win them? I figured since I haven't sent out a newsletter in a while, I'll put a little contest in the next issue - and these seemed perfect for a prize! Plenty of time to try out some of the projects before Christmas comes, or if you aren't super crafty, they are just really fun to look at - retro kitsch at it's best!

So - if you want to win, sign up for the newsletter, and you'll get the details on the contest emailed right to your inbox! :)

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

100+ subscribers to my email newsletter?!?

I logged into my MadMimi account today and discovered I now have over 100 subscribers - you guys rock! Talk about feeling guilty about not sending one out in a while (as you can see from my header, the last one was #12 on August 31st - yikes!). I've had writers block, and my pleas for ideas on the Facebook Page didn't get any response... :(

I have to pay $8/mo. now that I have more than 100 people on my list - that's $8 worth of motivation right there! So I'll be sending them out more regularly from now on, I promise. If you have any ideas about what you would like to see me cover in my emails, please leave a comment and let me know!

Also, they are offering a new feature where you can use your blog's RSS feed to send out emails to your list when you do new posts, it is $5 a month. Would that be something that you guys would like? If so let me know in the comments!

If you haven't signed up yet here's the sign up box:

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Vintage Dance Magazines - I've Got A LOT!

This week I have been up to my eyeballs in vintage Dance magazines from the 50's and 60's! I think I have three left to list, other than the stack that have condition issues (mostly missing pages) that I am not sure what I am going to do with... Either list them in lots or break them down for ephemera packs, I think...

We are also working hard to list all the dish sets that I have in time for the holidays - hopefully some folks will be needing replacements or extras for their holiday dinners! Once those are done it will be time to break out the vintage Christmas decorations - so stay tuned! :)

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