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.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Friday, July 1, 2016
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
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."
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
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|