Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Trends, Ideas and Inspiration from the Gift Show

We just got back from the Atlanta Gift Show. Lots of ideas and inspiration ... plus we placed quite a bit of orders, so watch for new products arriving over the next couple of months. One continuing trend ... which lines up with our vintage and new offerings at Vintages ... is the mix of old an new ... vintage and modern in interior design and mixed media art.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Summertine Vacation Travel ... Need a Guide?

At Vintages we have a lot of old books ... collectible ... antiquarian ... children's ... first editions ... novels ... and more. One area we specialize in is old city and country guide books. We have France, Paris, England, London, Italy, Rome, Greece and more. We also have a small selection of maps as well.

These guide books go back to the turn of the last century and have descriptions of hotels, attractions, restaurants, travel tips, old advertisements and numerous maps. Great stuff. Most are priced at around $45.00 each and are available in our shop ... inquire if interested.

We also have the Grand Daddy of Travel Books ... The Stoddard's Lectures. John Lawson Stoddard traveled the world in the last quarter of the 19th century and talked about his experiences in a series of lectures, which were serialized and later published as a set. We have two sets and they are FABULOUS! (These are priced at $179 & $195 per set.)

Have a great vacation!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Famous 20th Century Americans

With Independence Day nearly upon us, I thought it was time to celebrate America through its iconic figures of the last century. This is my list ... you could add your own, debate my choices or just give thought to those Americans that have influenced you, your experiences, your life. My choices were based on the simple criteria that they must have made an impact on me through their achievements, their fortitude and their contributions to society in the 1900s. Are there more ... sure ... but I only have so much space. (BTW: These are in no particular order.) Have fun ... and make your own list.

Ali ... The Greatest ... both in the ring and in life

Babe Ditrickson (Zaharias) ... such a great athlete who influenced women's sports as no other has

Leonard Bernstein ... a true American musical icon ... I remember listening to him on the radio as a child

Julia Child ... if you love to cook ... and I do ... she has to be on the list ... transformed much of the  American diet

FDR ... accomplished so much even through personal pain ... arguably the best Democratic president of the 1900s

Frank Lloyd Wright ... creative, stubborn, arrogant, genius

Thomas Edison ... what didn't he invent?

Hepburn and Tracy ... Kate and Spencer ... they made the silver screen their own

Shirley Temple ... Hollywood's greatest little star

Ronald Reagan ... from sportscaster to B-movies to politics ... arguably the best Republican president of the 1900s

Jim Thorpe ... possibly the greatest athlete ever ... multi-sport champion

Jesse Owens ... challenged Hitler's best and beat them! ... one of sports greatest icons

Henry Ford ... "any color as long as it is black" ... made the automobile affordable for the average man
Seeing this list of Great Americans of the 20th Century gives a new meaning to "Made in America."

Celebrate America with Made in USA

Happy 4th of July ... Vintages will be open on 
Sunday July 3rd 11am-5pm (closed on July 4th)
Bring your friends, relatives and out-of-town visitors to Vintages, the most unique store in Los Gatos.  

Here at Vintages we strive to offer a wide selection of Made in America products. These are mostly handmade by Americans in America ... American artisans ... local and country wide. Ask us and we will point out the many items that help our local economy and the hard-working people of the Good Ol' U S of A! Here is a little gallery with a selection of our inventory.

Los Gatos Souvenirs ... all made locally
Cuff Bracelets made with Georgian Cut Steel Buckles mounted on leather
Boxed Sets of Magnets ... single magnets also available ... made locally
Antique Mother-of-Pearl Game Token Pendants ... wire-wrapped locally
Decorated Muslin Bags ... hand stamped locally
Colorful Wood Art ... from Wisconsin
Clay Tile and Sculptures ... from Fresno
Hand-stamped Metal Charms and Pendants ... created locally
Seashells with Applied Sayings ... handcrafted locally
Shadowbox Pins ... from Boulder Creek

Monday, June 27, 2016

Touring and Tasting Wine at Beringer Vineyards

Napa Valley is a fun place to spend a day or a weekend. Last month we spent a few days up there with family. We stayed right next to some vineyards ... not hard to do in St. Helena ... and had several marvelous sit-down wine tastings. The whole adventure started at Beringer Vineyards with a full tour of the historic property, including the gardens, the caves and both a barrel tasting in the cave and educational tasting in the kitchen.

Founded in 1875, Beringer Vineyards is considered to be the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley and is listed under the National Register of Historical Places. The Beringer Brothers Winery (as it as known for a century) had its first harvest and crush in 1876. With Jacob Beringer serving as Winemaker and Frederick Beringer as financier, the brothers made approximately 40,000 gallons of wine (18,000 cases) that first year. Today, Beringer Vineyards is a huge wine company, but still manages to keep the family winery feel to its estate. In fact, Mark Beringer, became Chief Winemaker in 2015 … he is a direct descendant of founding brother Jacob Beringer.

We took some awesome photos and I thought I would share them with you.

Vineyards in St. Helena
Cabernet Sauvignon Grapevines
Beringer's Rhine House Built in 1884
Beringer Private Reserve Wines
Barrels used for aging
Some wonderful large old barrels
Wine glasses after our barrel tasting in the cave
While the caves are dimly light by "electric lights", there are still some old candles burning along the walls
Vaulted walkway between the caves
Ornate old barrels
This is how the caves looked years ago. Today the working winery is across the road.
More aging barrels
The Kitchen Tasting Room
The setting for our educational tasting
Garden walkway ... the grounds are beautiful

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