Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Special ... For that Guy in Your Life!

Our crafty items, vintage treasures and gifty stuff ... which are special ... sometimes overshadow an excellent selection of gifts and antiques for men. So I thought I would feature a gallery of "manly" things ... perfect for that man in your life ... or just for you.

Vintage Badminton Racquets and Drafting Accessories

Janet Ontko Sculptures ... Bear, Owl, Cat and Frog ... plus a selection of tiles

Boxes and Frames

Rustic Frames and Doggies!

Globes in a variety of sizes ... Great for the office or den or study

TOYS! An old grape press, a 1930s pressed steel tow truck and a cast iron mortar and pestle, among a big selection of similar vintage items

Wine Labels ... and lots of Vintage Ephemera, including sports, aircraft, prints, magazines and books

Come on in and see what we have ... Just in time for Father's Day, Graduations and Weddings

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Vintage Perfume Bottle Decorated with Cinnabar Plaque Necklace Pendant

Just added to Lopaka ... One-of-a-kind necklace pendant made from a vintage Perfume Bottle and a re-purposed Cinnabar Ring. The bottle is decorated with the plaque from a carved cinnabar ring. The cinnabar piece is from an old Chinese ring and has a silver plated over copper frame. The bottle is wire-wrapped with sterling silver wire and is topped with a pearl colored bead. The necklace is a 28-inch rayon cord with a silver clasp. The bottle and bale measure about 2-1/2 inches long. Simple and beautiful.  Priced at $89.95.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Let's Get Literary

With school sessions ending for summer vacation and graduations taking place, now is a good time to think about gifts in the literary spirit. We have some wonderful old and antiquarian books ... novels, textbooks, reference books, classics, guide books, miniature books, children's books, sets and local editions too.

Set of 20 Mark Twain Books c1915 ($195 set)
Set of 9 Waverly Novels by Sir Walter Scott c1900 ($115 set)
A variety of Old Books, including Antique Photo Albums
Complete 15 Volume Set of Stoddard's Lectures c1925 ($195 set)
Complete 13 Volume Set "The Real America" c1914 ($149 set)
We also carry a large selection of magnifying glasses ... great for map reading, stamp collecting and to assist tired eyes.

Old ephemera is a specialty ... old letters, photos, documents, magazines, ledgers, autograph books and more.
Early 1900s Love Letters ($9.95 pack of five)
Old Letters ... many places, many names
Lots of WW2 Letters ... many Censored!
Old Autograph Books, a Poetry Journal and a Music Book
... and if you lose your way, we carry a selection of compasses too.
Compasses ($44.95 each)
Come on in and see what we have. Remember, we will gift wrap your purchase for you.

Peonies ... Such Beautiful Flowers

We planted some peony bushes in our yard. WOW! The first blooms are just spectacular. The peony has to be one of the prettiest flowers. Period!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Saga of Vintages' Squirrel Visitor!

A couple of weeks ago one of our customers noticed a squirrel resting in one of our baskets ... woah! We've been here 13 years and have never had a rodent issue, much less a squirrel in the shop. We tried to scare him back outside, but he was too quick and scurried to the back of the shop. While he (or she) was cute, we did not need a squirrelly visitor ... or a "watch squirrel" in the shop.

We tried trapping him, catching him in a box, scaring him and blocking his movements. NO LUCK! Every night he would get into the front window ... we know 'cause he would knock things over and mess up the display. Several customers saw him in the mornings and left us messages. One couple even left us a short video.

In the end  we took the advice of an animal control person. She said trapping was very difficult and the best way was to leave the interior dark, open the door, keep people away ... and wait. Susan did that on Monday (when we were closed) after nine days! She waited outside for an hour and a half and FINALLY the little critter hopped on out and went on his way. Susan ran and closed the door before the squirrel could change its mind. HOORAY! We are now squirrel-less in Los Gatos.

Thanks to those who cared enough to leave notes and messages and a video for us to remember our little visitor.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

Hope all you Moms out there have a truly special day ... you have earned it. 

Love You Mom
Vintages will be open on Mother's Day from 11-5. Bring Mom on in and get her something special ... or stop in and get a last minute gift or card for Mom ... to add to her flowers ... or before taking her out to dinner.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Vintage Rings for Mom ... or anyone you choose!

We recently posted some wonderful vintage fashion and fine jewelry on our online antique site. This gallery highlights some of the rings ... gold and silver ... citrines, diamonds, sapphires, crystals and more. 

Gorgeous, bright Citrine Ring set in 18C yellow Gold $595

Beautiful, bright amber yellow colored Crystal Ring set in cast Silver $89

Fantastic modern Multi-Colored Gold Ring with three Diamonds $895

Fantastic Fashion Ring with Marquis Cut Diamonds set in yellow Gold $695

Brilliant Ruby Red Corundum Ring set in Rose Gold $395
Blue Sapphire Ring with Diamonds set in 14K Gold $895
Yellow Gold Cocktail Ring set with Diamonds in a Floral mount $695
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