Monday, December 29, 2008


Here's a recent ad for Vintages.

Holiday Glitter

A couple of weeks ago Marah Johnson, a scrapbooking expert from Southern California, stopped by Vintages and took some glittery photos for her blog, Randomly Speaking. She published these photos, along with some very nice comments about Vintages, on Dec 11, 2008. Here's a sample of some of the pics. Check out her blog and her classes. Thanks, Marah.

Los Gatos, California

Los Gatos is a wonderful town. Our shop has been here for nearly six years, but we have been here in the West Valley for decades. Located just moments from the high-tech heart of Silicon Valley, and nestled against the majestic Santa Cruz mountains, Los Gatos offers a small town feel with a lot going on.

Los Gatos is named for the mountain lions that have roamed the area for centuries. For the history of Los Gatos, from the times of the Ohlone Indians, to the missionaries and early industrial days, to the birth of our town as we know it today, check out the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce history page.

The Forbes Mill Museum is housed in the old grain mill along side Los Gatos Creek.

Lexington Reservoir is a popular fishing spot for the local Los Gatans and is home to several canoeing and crew teams. The artificial lake was formed when the Santa Clara Water District built the James J. Lenihan Dam in the early 1950s. The small towns of Alma and Lexington were covered by the rising waters of the lake, burying with it the colorful pasts of these two villages.

The photograph below shows the first waters flowing over the dam in 1952. This photo was taken by the pioneering woman photographer, Shirlie Montgomery. We'll have more to say about this remarkable lady, who is now 90 years young and still going, in a later blog.

Today's Los Gatos has come a long way from its raucous past, as these two images show.

The cats that were the namesake of Los Gatos are commemorated in a pair of stone statues at the entrance to an estate off the Santa Cruz Mountain Highway (US17).

Old artifacts of early wineries dot the hills west of the town. But fear not, there are several very good wineries in town and in the nearby hills.

Come visit Vintages and Los Gatos ... you will not be disappointed.

Welcome to POSTMARK: Vintages of Los Gatos

Travel with us on a journey into elegant treasures both past and present. We'll try to keep you up-to-date on the antiques, handcrafted art and gifts we offer in our shop. More importantly, we'll keep a running commentary on what's happening in our town and in the world of collecting and creating.

We have just finished an extremely busy Christmas Holiday season and are ready to take on 2009. We'll be at the Atlanta Gift Show in January where we expect to find some exciting new spring offerings for the shop. Of course, the quest for new and interesting antiques and crafting treasures never ends.

We have three websites which will introduce you to us and our shop. Our shop's website is nearly complete, and we will let you know when it is ready for prime time. Right now it is just a place-keeping site. We sell antiques at Vintages Los Gatos on Trocadero and hand crafted items at Pretty Ribbons on Etsy.

So, WELCOME to the world of Vintages of Los Gatos.
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