Sunday, September 29, 2013

Halloween is Creeping up on us!

Halloween is just a few weeks away! Can you believe how fast time flies? Wow!

Vintages is your one-stop place for Halloween decorations and creepy accents and to treat yourself to something special. Come on into the shop or check our online selection.
 
Magnets and Blackboards let you customize your greetings
From haunted houses to frightened dolls to Halloween accents...
Flying skulls and jack-o-lanterns...
Black Halloween trees and ornaments...
Hand made puppets...
... and glittery masks

Saturday, September 28, 2013

New Category for Sports Collectibles in Our Online Shop

We have created a new category in our online shop focused on Sports Collectibles. We will carry vintage sports related collectibles and souvenirs like jewelry, medals, photos, letters, programs and such. We do not plan on carrying fan shop items, sports trading cards or made for collecting souvenirs.

We have Nine Different Categories ... and will add more if needed
Look for items like these below.
Old Baseball Tag or Fob ($45)

1985 SF 49ers Brass Tag Schedule ($36)

Vintage Silver Golf Brooch ($49)

1939 Santa Cruz Open Swim Champions Medal ($12.95)

Placer Relays 1980s Medal ($12.95)

Dominic Denucci Photo Christmas Card Autographed 1964 ($12)

SCU v Oklahoma Football Program (Sold)

Wrestlers Photos (This one is sold)

Wrestling Photos (This one is sold)

Wrestling & Boxing Magazines (This one is sold)
1911 Real Photo Post Card Football ($10)

The items we will offer are normally one-of-a-kind, unique or have some special significance. Have fun shopping!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Doors, Doors ... and more Doors!

Doors always fascinate me. Some are ornate, others plain. Works of art, some of them are. In New England red doors are welcoming. What's behind a door? Sometimes a room, sometimes a driveway, sometimes more doors!

Remember the old honky-tonk tune Green Door?

Midnight, one more night without sleepin'
Watchin', till the morning comes creepin'
Green door, what's that secret you're keepin'?


There's an old piano and they play it hot behind the green door
Don't know what they're doin' but they laugh a lot behind the green door
Wish they'd let me in so I could find out what's behind the green door
Marvin Moore, Bob Davie (C) Alley Music Corp.

When we were in Paris several years ago, I remembered finding so many wonderful doors along the boulevards, down the avenues and hidden in alleys. So this time, I took photos of many of the doors we saw. Some are fantastic. Others colorful. Some downright mystifying.


This very traditional Parisian door has seen some wear over time.

Sometimes it's not the door, but what's around it that catches my eye!

Tucked into a corner, this oak door almost hides!

This oxblood red is a popular color for doors.

Green comes in a close second, by my count.

This red-red door is much like the "welcoming" color of New England.

The transom above this door seems to radiate warmth.

The scene carved into this door, and the two muses above, give this entry a very aristocratic air.

Beautifully designed and proportioned entry door.

Art Nouveau ... the entry to a tea salon.

Geometric, stout and a bit foreboding.

Could be right out of Roman times!

This is a tall door combining a whole array of architectural styles.

Gates are doors ... right?

What's behind that door ... maybe this.


Looks like home.

Really a pretty door ... just seen better times, I guess.

Another very tall door ... almost looks like a tiny balcony above it.

Now this one has a real balcony above.

This was my favorite find on our strolls through the streets of Paris. It has just enough decoration to be very interesting, but it does not overwhelm.

The two grids are guarded by ancient heads in the middle.

Even the pull handle has character.
Not sure what this says, but it's cool!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Paris Parks and Diversions


Paris is a wonderful walking city. Yes, the museums are fantastic, the shopping great and the people watching absolutely terrific, but the way to see the many faces of Paris is to take the metro to a place of interest, walk the neighborhood for hours and return to your room when "enough is enough" via the closest metro station. Then back out for dinner! At least that's our daily game plan when visiting great cities.

One of the great and famous Paris Cafes - Les Deux Magots
When your feet are tired or it starts to rain, just duck into a local cafe and have a cup of coffee (or tea or chocolate) or maybe one of the delicious Parisian lemonades ... Citron pressé is a popular, refreshing drink served in French cafes. It's homemade lemonade at its finest ... a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice, a bowl of sugar, a carafe of cold water and a maybe few ice cubes. Sprinkle some sugar into the lemon juice, stir, add water to taste. Lemonade just like in Paris!
 
One of the intriguing covered passageways of Paris
Or maybe you are close to one of the many covered passageways of Paris when you need cover from the elements. These shopping alleys are great cover and the stroll through the cafes, souvenir emporiums and vintage shops is pretty interesting.
 
Rue Mouffetard at the turn of the 20th century
Rue Mouffetard markets
Rue Mouffetard cafes
When you need a break from the museums and shops, try a diversion into an old fashioned market street, like Rue Mouffetard near the Luxembourg Gardens, or one of the many city squares, like Place du Terte in the Montmartre neighborhood.
 
Place du Terte in Montmartre near le Sacre Cours
Our favorite diversions on this trip were into the lovely, manicured old jardins of Paris. These parks always have interesting, formal layouts with gravelly walking paths, beautiful gardens and fountains, often with vast grassy areas and lots of benches. Parisians love their parks and use them like we do our backyards. We strolled through three lovely garden parks last week, stopping to sit and rest our feet while people watching and taking in the beauty.

John Singer Sargeant's Luxembourg Gardens at Twilight 1879
Fontaine de Médicis (1866) in the Jardin du Luxembourg
Fontaine de Médicis
Fontaine de Médicis
Palais du Luxembourg
Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin du Luxembourg with the Palais in the background
Jardin du Luxembourg
Near of the Latin Quarter, the Jardin et Palais du Luxembourg (Paris 6e) is one of Paris' most beloved parks. It was raining the afternoon we took our stroll through the gardens, so there were few people in the park.
 
Edouard Manet's Music in the Tuileries 1862
"Sailboat Fountain" in the Jardin des Tuileries
Jardin des Tuileries
The Jardin des Tuileries (Paris 1er) is the Central Park of Paris. Running along the right bank of the River Seine from The Louvre to the Place de la Concorde, this 16th century park is always lively and lovely. It's not only great for people watching, but there is a fountain on the Louvre end that is always busy with children pushing sailboats along in the pond.

Gustav Caillebotte's Le Parc Monceau 1877
Bridge in Le Parc Monceau
Serene stream in Le Parc Monceau
Carousel in Le Parc Monceau
A quiet park in the eighth district is the Parc Monceau (Paris 8e). This garden-filled park is home to a variety of architectural features, numerous streams and ponds a children's carousel and walkways used extensively during the lunch hour by runners.

These are but three of the many wonderful parks of Paris. For more about these and other Parisian parks, visit this site.
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