Saturday, April 27, 2013

Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Storybook Figures • New Additions

We carry few collectibles in the shop, but one that we always search out are the wonderfully cute character figurines from the Beatrix Potter Storybook collection. We recently acquired a dozen or so additions to our selection. Peruse a few of them below:

The Amiable Guinea-Pig

Mrs. Rabbit with Two Babies

Jeremy Fisher and his Buddy Mr. Jackson (below)

Mr. Jackson

Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail
 These are all available online and in the shop.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Make-It Book - Things to Do for Children

Not only is this a great children's book with great graphic images, but it also has a boatload of craft projects for kids and kids-at-heart. The Make-It Book- Things to do with Scissors and Paste and Odds and Ends by Rachel Taft Dixon and Marjorie Hartwell. This wonderful book was published back in 1928, yet the craft projects are as relevant today as they were then. 

The projects include paper folding, paper dolls, doll houses, masks, kites, things made from corks and clothespins, walnut shells and twigs.

I have copied below a couple of clothespin projects. Pretty cute! Try them.
 Click on the image to see a larger size.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Vintage Photographs ... and the stories behind them

Old photographic images intrigue me. It is amazing that so many of them are still around. Most of the images are still crisp and clear, though many are faded or have taken on sepia tones. But that's OK with me. Just makes them look old. In doing my family history (an undertaking that can be fully consuming of time and emotions) I have found relatives who have literally boxes of old pictures of our family. Tiny ones, torn ones, faded ones, unknown ones! It's like solving mysteries.

In the shop we have hundreds of old photographic images ... cabinet photos, carte de visites (CDV), tintypes, portraits, action shots and more. Just like with my own family photos, I get excited when I find writing on the photo. Sometimes it's a name. Sometimes it's a story. Sometimes just a date. Along with clues in the images like cars, signs, fashion and such, these help connect other photos, other people and other times together.

Here are some recently acquired photos along with the annotations that are on some of them. Of course, there are some images that speak for themselves ... no notes needed. Enjoy!

Grandchild walking by car.

Great Bicycle Shot ... note the dude sitting on his bike!


Need a Haircut?

Old Harley Davidson

1931 Bi-Plane in Texas

Dig the kid in his green and white rompers!

Old folks in front of their vintage Studie! Studebaker, that is.

I hope this is a theatrical group.

Kahalui Railroad on Maui in the 1930s

These guys are working?
Woodrow Wilson? No but worth a few laughs.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

10th Anniversary Open House COUPON

Come on in and help us celebrate at our 
10th Anniversary Open House
Saturday April 20th (10am to 6pm)
and Sunday April 21st (11am to 5pm)
Join us for fun, specials, refreshments and prizes.
We have enjoyed a full decade here and want to 
thank all of our loyal customers 
for making us a success.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Sad Love Story: Fill in the Blanks

I came across this post on I just had to share it with you. Fill in the blanks and make your own Sad Love Stry ... or maybe a Happy One!

Found Magazine captioned this little ditty an "enigma":
FOUND by Liz in Detroit, Michigan
A typewritten, fill-in-the-blank enigma. Who wrote it? What for? Why a big church wedding? What does the last sentence mean?? How long has it been since you’ve thought of the word “daffy?”

Monday, April 1, 2013

It's Vintages' 10th Anniversary!!!

 It's hard to believe it, but we are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Vintages this month! We opened Vintages of Los Gatos in April of 2003. Susan and I wanted to combined our diverse strengths with a common love of art and antiques to create a shop unlike any other. We took one part of antiques and mixed it with hand crafted art and distinctive gifts. That's how we envisioned Vintages ... and we think that's how we have made it successful. 
Celebrating 10 Years in Los Gatos
In the first couple of years we offered antiques, gifts and home decor. Over time, we realized that there was a need for unique crafting supplies and accessories, so that became a growth area for us. In the past several years we have also added a lot of handcrafted, Made-in-America items. So that Vintages today is quite different than it was ten years ago. Instead of antiques, gifts and home decor, we now have antiques, gifts and crafts.

We have tried to listen to our customers and provide unique items ... things that you cannot find elsewhere. Thanks to all of you who shop with us, we are now starting another decade here in Los Gatos.

Let's get nostalgic for a moment and look back at some photos of Vintages in earlier years.

Ribbon cutting at Vintages in April 2003.
Here's what you first saw as you entered the shop when we opened ten years ago.
Our Grand Opening was celebrated in September with an Open House.
We offered wedding supplies back then ... and notice our one rack of ribbons ... now we have a whole wall of ribbons and paper!
Some of our home decor along the front wall.
Come on in for our Open House celebrating our 10th Anniversary on Saturday April 20th and Sunday April 21st. Join us for fun, specials, refreshments and prizes. We have enjoyed a full decade here and want to thank all of our loyal customers for making us a success.
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