Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight: UpbeatVintage

This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight is UpbeatVintage that’s run by Dan Jacobs.

Dan is passionate about finding (and restoring) unusual & functional pieces from the past.  He especially loves vintage advertising and anything made out of wood & metal, preferably both together: knives, straight razors, meat cleavers, military pins, tools, pulleys, silver coins, brass figurines, lighters…the list goes on and on.

One such advertising piece that’s in the UpbeatVintage shop is this great tip tray.


The tip tray is advertising Miller Beer, and it dates to the 1950’s.  The great thing about the tray is that it has one of the most recognizable advertisements on it–the Miller High Life Girl in the Moon.

You can see this tip tray here.  Another great item in the UpbeatVintage shop is this terrific pocket knife.


The Barlow Knife dates to the 1960’s, and it was made by STAG (which is based in Ireland).  You can see the pocket knife in the UpbeatVintage shop here.

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


A cross between a cigar humidor and a…FURNACE?!?

There are times when you actually stop and scratch your head when you run across an item, and this is definitely one of those times.  Have you ever seen a cross between a cigar humidor and a furnace?

Yep, you saw that right—this piece is a cross between a cigar humidor and a furnace.



This enamelware piece is made as a cigar humidor and is decorated as a furnace.  You could also say that this is a great salesman’s sample for LISLET FURNACE (the company that made the furnaces was based in Quebec, Canada).



The great thing about this item is the fact that you could use it a number of different ways—as a pencil holder, change holder, or even a container for the kitchen.  The uses can go on and on!

You can see the cigar humidor in the Etsy shop of Wisdom Lane Antiques here.  Head on over and check it out!

Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight: ModGirlVintage

This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight is ModGirlVintage that’s based in Oklahoma City, OK.

At ModGirlVintage, they sell vintage jewelry, vintage home goods and vintage clothing.  They also have a few vintage upcycIed pieces for sale that they have created out of some of their vintage jewelry.

Some of their vintage finds include this great silver bracelet.


The bracelet was made by CORO and dates to the 1960’s, and I love the striped motif on it.  You can see it in their shop here.

Another great item in their shop is this great pair of upcycled hair pins.


The hair pins have a great brass color and would look great with just about any outfit.  You can see it in the ModGirlVintage shop here.

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

What are some of the vintage serving pieces that I may not find on today’s table?

Over the years, there are new types of serving dishes that are introduced, and then there are times when a certain piece from a dinner set for the table that may fall out of favor.  What are some of the pieces that have fallen out of favor over the years that may not be on the table of today?

Cheese dish—this is a covered dish meant to store and serve a whole piece of cheese.  The bottom of this piece is a little larger than a butter dish, and you may see a small cutting board in the place of this today.

Cream soup dish—this is a two-handled bowl that comes with its own saucer and is meant to serve bouillon, a soup or even consommé (a clear soup made from a rich stock).  This type of dish could be confused with a sugar dish without the lid.

Aspic servers—these are used to serve aspic, which is a clear jelly that is made from broth. Generally, aspic is used to accent the serving of meat, and it is a lot like cranberry sauce. The aspic server has a curved and sharp end for the cutting and serving of aspic.

This is only a small sampling of what you can find.  What have you run across?

What to remember before you refinish a piece of furniture

You finally found that piece of vintage furniture that would look great in your house or apartment.  There are some things that you need to remember before you refinish the piece.

The first thing to remember is that you could be messing with the value of the piece.  With antique furniture (like items in the Chippendale era for example), there is a sizable chunk of the value of the piece invested in the original finish.  I’ve seen the value drop up to 50% when the piece of furniture was refinished.  A good rule of thumb on valuable pieces of furniture is to refrain from doing anything major yourself (dusting it off is more often the way to go).

The second thing to remember is how much it will cost to refinish and repair the piece.  I have seen furniture at auctions, flea markets and estate sales that need a good amount of repair work to go along with the refinishing.  Replacing legs, chair seats or even table tops could drive up the cost quite a bit.

The last thing to remember is how much time it will take to do the refinishing.  Over the years, I have seen a refinishing project take up to a week because of the number of steps in the process.  If you don’t have much time to begin with, you may want to stick with just stripping the old finish off and putting on some new stain.

What types of furniture have you refinished?

Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight: CrookedJoesAntiques

This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight is CrookedJoesAntiques that’s run by Ted and Vanessa Osborn.

Vanessa says that 19 years ago her husband asked her when she was going to stop dragging old stuff home (he asked her this as he was dragging old stuff home). Her reply was that she would probably always be dragging old stuff home. Subsequently, the two opened an antique store.

Books and glassware were Vanessa’s early passions, but of course that expanded. The two deal in everything; books, glassware, primitives, automotive, jewelry, sports collectibles and they love everything metal.

Crooked Joe’s is a combination of both of their tastes so you will find feminine and manly and everything in between.

One item is this cool cigarette dispenser.


A company named Kindel and Graham from Mission Street in San Francisco produced these wood cigarette dispensers in the 1920’s.  You can see this in their shop here.  Another item you can find in the CrookedJoesAntiques shop is this cool egg separator.


The lime green separator dates to the 1960’s, and I love the little lip on the end so you can safely set it on the edge of a bowl.  You can see this in their shop here.

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