Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight: TheLionsDenStudio

This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight is TheLionsDenStudio that’s run by Heather Hagen.

The Lion’s Den Studio is a one-woman operation made up of funky vintage items that Heather collected and also her hand made arts and crafts.  She loves searching through flea markets and garage sales for slightly chipped and rusted vintage treasures, ready to be restored or re-purposed. She tends to collect pieces that she wants for her own home and loves to test them out before writing descriptions.

One of these great items is this enameled Dutch oven pan.

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This great lidded Dutch oven pan with kobenstyle handles on both sides and on the top of the lid was made by Dansk. The lid can be used as a trivet, making this a great piece for serving.  This older Dansk piece was made in the original factory in Denmark, between 1954 and 1966, and is marked with the duck logo.

You can see this terrific pan in Heather’s shop here.

Another great item in TheLionsDenStudio is this great Louis Vuitton Train Case.

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The Louis Vuitton train case or cosmetic case dates to about the 1980’s, and it was designed to keep beauty products organized for travel. It also makes a fantastic vanity or dresser top case for cosmetics and accessories.

You can see this great find in TheLionsDenStudio shop here.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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: Kultur

This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight is Kultur based in Carmel Valley, California.

Kultur is the Etsy shop of two European transplants to California’s Central Coast.  One is a finder and describer, the other is the shipper when not functioning as a feeder of beasties.

Kultur is the word for ‘culture’ in German and most Scandinavian languages.  The shop examines the treasures of culture past. The goodies that are special enough to make us smile or even grin are presented in their shop.  Sometimes it almost feels like they are an adoption agency finding new homes for orphaned vintage items.

One of these great items is this great silk scarf.

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The scarf was made in the 1950’s by VERA, and I love the orange and gold color on it.  You can see the scarf in their shop here.  Another great find in the Kultur shop is great book from the 1910’s.

Uncle Wigglys airship

The book is titled “Uncle Wiggily’s Airship” and was written by Howard R. Garis.  This copy is a first edition, and the book can be seen in their shop here.

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

Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight: Reconstitutions

This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight features the Reconstitutions shop that is run by Shelley.  Shelley lives in the gorgeous state of Kentucky, and runs Reconstitutions with her husband.  Together they choose the wonderful, beautiful and sometimes bizarre items you may find in their shop.

Her love for all things vintage can be attributed to my grandmother, Marleah.  She instilled in Shelley a love and respect of unique antiques and the memories they hold.  When Shelley was little, her grandmother would sit Shelley in front of her china cabinet or jewelry box and tell Shelley wonderful stories about the sparkling things inside. Those memories are some of her greatest treasures.

One of the great treasures in her shop is this nutcracker from the 1970’s.

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This nutcracker was made by the DIAMOND company, and it’s billed as the “nutquacker”.  You can see this great item in their shop here.  Another great treasure that they have in their shop is this piece of Samsonite Luggage.

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It dates to the 1960’s, and what’s cool about it is that it’s bubblegum pink.  You can see this great item in their shop here.

As a matter of fact, you can see all of the great items in their shop here.  Head on over and check them out!

Etsy Vitnage Team Store Highlight: JudisLamps

This week, the Etsy vintage Team is highlighting the Etsy store JudisLamps, which is run by Judi Sadan.

The JudisLamps store sells quite a wide variety of lamps.  They sell restored vintage antique lighting, custom lamps, industrial pendants, brass lamps, crystal chandeliers, wall sconces, table lamps, and even floor lamps.

One of the great items in the shop is this great pair of wall sconces.

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This great pair of Hollywood Regency sconces have the original brass patina and date to the 1950’s.  You can see the listing on Etsy here.

Another really cool item in the shop is this lamp pillar.

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The great vintage pillar is cast out of solid brass, and can be seen hereThe shop even sells unique handmade lamp shades that are designed by Judi Sadan.  You can see all of the great items for sale in the shop here.

Head on over and see all of the great items that they have in their shop!

Ever see a Victorian Red Tomato Server?

At a local flea market, I ran across a box of spoons not too long ago.  When I started looking through them, I found quite a few utensils that really got my interest.  The Victorian Era was pretty interesting when it came to the serving pieces that were made, and one of those serving pieces was in that box I bought.

That piece is a red tomato server and is marked WM ROGERS MFG ORIGINAL ROGERS.  The server has the LA FRANCE pattern and dates to the early 1900’s.

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Here’s the kicker—there are two different types of tomato servers.  There’s one for red tomatoes and for green.

There’s a big difference to the server, and it’s that the spade on the green tomato server is not perforated. The red tomatoes can be juicy, so the perforations lets the juice drip through.  Green tomatoes are not nearly as messy so you don’t have to worry as much about spilling tomato juice on the table cloth.

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A modern twist on this type of server is that you could use the green tomato server to serve fried green tomatoes.  You can see the red tomato server in my Etsy store here.

What kinds of Victorian serving pieces have you run across?