Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight: LaKimonoya

This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight is LaKimonoya that’s run by Isabelle.

The first time Isabelle came to Japan, she fell in love with the local flea markets, kimonos, haoris, kakemonos.  She loves Japanese vintage items, their uniqueness in color, touch and designs.  Isabelle has lived in Japan for few years now and feels very lucky that enjoying those became a part of their daily life!

One of the items in the LaKimonoya shop is this terrific Japanese long Kimono.

japanese long Kimono, wine red leaf pattern

I love the wine red leaf pattern that is on it, and you can see this terrific item in their shop here.  Another great item in the LaKimonoya shop is this great Lacquered Wood Lunch Box.

Jubako Lacquered Wood Lunch Box

This great 1970’s lacquered wood lunch box was originally aimed for festive food presentation (something like New Year’s celebrations or even for a wedding).  It could also be great storing little treasures, and you can see it in their shop here.

As a matter of fact, you can check out everything in the LaKimonoya shop here.  Head on over and check them out!

The boys of summer…in 1956?

The 1956 TOPPS baseball cards have been a favorite of mine for many years now.  There are quite a few of players that you can find in this set—Jackie Robinson and Al Rosen are just two of them.

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When TOPPS came on the sports cards scene in the early 1950’s, they competed with another company named BOWMAN.

When 1956 rolled around, TOPPS bought out BOWMAN.  The wonderful thing that happened for the collectors was that all of the players were featured in just one set.  In the years before 1956, you could only find certain players on BOWMAN cards, while other players were just on TOPPS cards.

Collectors today also look for varieties in the set.  Two of the more famous verities deal the back of the cards with one being called “white back” (this is a white or cream color) and the other is called the “gray back” (this has more of a gray color).

A word of advice though—these cards are a little larger than today’s cards.  Be careful if you want to put these in pages for a three-ring binder (the cards won’t fit).  You may have to buy some pages for these to fit in.

You can see all of the 1956 TOPPS baseball cards that the Etsy Vintage Team has for sale here.

You can also see the card that is featured above in the Wisdom Lane Antiques Etsy shop here.  Have you ever run into these cards?

Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight: KitschyVintage

This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight is KitschyVintage that’s run by Anne.

Anne began collecting as soon as she could walk.  It started with pretty rocks (what kid doesn’t like those?) and toads & salamanders, but quickly graduated to penny machine prizes (remember rat-finks?), trolls and comic books.

She has always loved old things, old stories, family history (her husband calls it ‘ancestor worship’) and the link that vintage and antique things have to the past.

Anne loves to go to flea markets, estate sales, thrift shops and the occasional curb-side.  She’s not above dumpster-diving and should have a bumper sticker that reads ‘I Brake for Other People’s Trash’!  Often the cast-off and forgotten hides a nugget of wonderful-ness that just needs to be found.

One of those great nuggets is this great plastic cheese server with Mouse handle on the top.

Plastic Cheese Server with Mouse Metal Handles Covered Cheese Tray

The cheese server dates to the 1960’s, and it can be found in the KitschyVintage shop here.  Another great item in Anne’s shop is this great Vintage Androck Whipper with a glass jar.

Vintage Androck Whipper in Glass Jar

The Whipper dates from the 1930’s to the 1940’s and would be great for making cream, mayonnaise or even beating eggs.  You can see it in the shop here.

As a matter of fact, you can check out everything in the KitschyVintage shop here.  Head on over and check them out!

Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight: NuggetsOfGoodness

This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight is Nuggets of Goodness that’s run by Carla.

Nuggets of Goodness specializes in original one-of-a-kind handmade jewels and accessories made with recycled vintage baubles and beads. They scour local antique stores, flea markets and yard sales for hidden treasures to use in our unique pieces, each with its own special connection to the past.

Carla started collecting vintage jewelry while in high school, oddly enough due to Madonna. She wore stacks and stacks of rhinestones, and while Carla could pick up knockoffs in the store, her thriftiness led her to second-hand stores where she could pick them up for next to nothing.  This is also when she began to make her own jewelry too, crazy stuff made of found objects from the hardware store!

A few years ago, overwhelmed by the amount of jewelry in her collection that never got worn, Carla decided to break it down and recycle it, and Nuggets of Goodness was born.

One of these really cool recycled pieces of jewelry is this really cool ring.

recycled-ring

This terrific ring has a pink and yellow vintage glass cabochon, and it’s adjustable to fit just about any finger!  You can see this cool ring in the Nuggets of Goodness shop here.

As a matter of fact, you can check out everything in the Nuggets of Goodness shop here.  Head on over and check them out!

Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight: WhimZies

This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight is the WhimZies store that’s run by Bev.  Bev has been a folk artist for over 30 years and finally realized that she has many more supplies than she can ever use so she decided to set up a whimzical shop on Etsy.

This way she can share some of her interesting and unusual finds. Her collection of “stuff” includes ephemera, vintage lace, patterns, books, photos, postcards, aprons and unique bits and pieces.  All of the items in her shop is perfect for altered artists.

One of these great items is this book from 1912.

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This book is a vintage copy of “English Readings” of Tennyson’s Idylls of the King published in 1912.  Idylls of the King, originally published between 1859 and 1885, is a cycle of twelve narrative poems by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson.  You can see this terrific book in Bev’s shop here.

Another great item in the WhimZies shop is this terrific paper road map.

road-map

This fun mid-century road map is for Fulton county Ohio.  This is perfect to frame for your wall or to give as a gift, especially is someone lives in Ohio!  You can see this great conversation piece in the WhimZies shop here.

As a matter of fact, you can check out everything in the WhimZies shop here.  Head on over and check them out!

Great things for Valentine’s Day!

With Valentine’s Day approaching pretty fast, the Etsy Vintage Team has a wide variety of items for the big day.  You can find great items from cards to items for the dinner table for a romantic dinner.

One of the great items that you could give as a present is a vintage Valentine card, like this set from the Tparty shop.

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This lot of 5 cards have different scenes, and the cards date to the 1930’s.  I like the one on the top with the children reading, and this set can be seen in the Tparty shop here.  Another thing that you could do is to get is this great pair of candlesticks for that romantic dinner.

candlesticks

They are in the MyHeirloomEssentials shop, and the pair of Wedgewood Jasperware candlesticks date to the 1960’s.  The candlesticks can be seen in their shop here.  Another thing that you could do is to get this terrific vase to hold some red roses.

vase

This stunning antique Nippon white floral porcelain two handled vase was made in the early 1900’s, and it was made by the Morimura Brothers.  You can see this great vase in the Farmhouseattic shop, here.

As a matter of fact, you can find even more items from the entire Etsy Vintage Team for Valentine’s Day here.

I hope that you have a fantastic Valentine’s Day!

Reader’s help needed in identifying this mystery Razorback!

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Help!  We need some reader’s help with identifying this really cool piece of pottery!

This really cool razorback belongs to Etsy Vintage Team member Kultur (they also have a  shop on Etsy, which can be seen here).

What they need help with is who made this really cool pottery piece.  There is a maker’s mark on the back leg, but they could not find anything about it either in a book or online.  You can see the mark in the photo above, and you can also see the photo on Flikr here.

This looks pretty close to Jaru pottery, McCoy, Bauer, and even Gladding Mcbean, but nothing has turned up to confirm who made this terrific piece of pottery.

If you also know when this great piece was made would also be a terrific help as well.

Any help is greatly appreciated!