Sunday, August 2, 2015

Retrophoria: A Place To Sell Only Vintage Items

There are a lot of venues for selling items online; Ebay, one of the biggest started out humble and wonderful once upon a time.  Now Ebay is the superstore of Ecommerce with new and vintage items.  When it first started, Ebay was solely vintage and I, amongst many other buyers and sellers watched it turn into a place where there is too much new, not so great quality merchandise, mostly from China.  Vintage goods are still going strong but the marketplace is flooded with too much and there are a lot of key word spammers so you get the impure search results.  Etsy was a great venue too, with ways to keep the key word spammers at bay, however they took those safeguards away.  Now the poor honest, hardworking independent artists and sellers have to compete with larger companies, yet again, from China.  We have nothing against China, just for the thousands of companies from China who manufacture low cost, low quality goods made to last for a few months at best.

Retrophoria is a company that has been around for a little while but hasn't seemed to be able to garner that much attention.  Yes, the site is pretty basic and they had some issues with Etsy uploads at one time but those have been fixed.  The best thing that Retrophoria has to offer is there no listing fee and small 3.5% fee when an item sells.  It still has a ways to go to compete with some of the larger markets but I do not think that is their aim.  I believe it is to be a purely vintage site that stays true to their origins.  Their platform lets you sell items from the 1920s to the 1980s, which we think should be expanded to earlier than 1920.  The interface for selling is very easy to use and it does not take long to list an item.  They have a duplicate item feature if you have something similar to sell that saves you time and energy.  In their own words "Retrophoria is an online marketplace where people who are passionate about collectibles can buy and sell vintage and retro items. Now there is a place that is completely dedicated to the sale of vintage items."

I've dealt with them personally and they are very open to suggestions and corrections that make the site more functional and easy for buyers and sellers alike.  It is refreshing to be able to email for help and get a quick response from someone truly interested in your comments or questions.  If you sell vintage and you sell online, try giving them a try and help boost a truly vintage only online selling venue.

Great Children's Wall Art Prints: Kase Collective Kritters on Zulily

I was looking at one of my favorite sites, Zulily and discovered one of my favorite Etsy stores, Kase Collective, running a sale today.  Zulily is a site that offers discounts on a variety of merchandise, from furniture to clothing and accessories.  Kase Collective Kritters, a collection of juvenile art, is done by Casey Kroger who has an Etsy store called The Kase Collective.  Etsy is  another of the team’s favorite sites for discovering fresh, new indie sellers and items.  We just want to congratulate Casey for her lovely designs being featured on Zulily, whose standards and acceptance guidelines are quite difficult.  It is a juried site and sellers have to apply and have their items judges and deemed good enough to run a sale on Zulily.  I reached out to Casey and found that they liked her items so much that they actually contacted her about putting her artwork on Zulily, quite a rare honor!  Take a look at some of her fabulous artwork and visit the sale at Kase Collective Kritters on Zulily.  **Please note that the gray frame is only to show the image size since they are on white cardstock and each image in an individual image even though they look like 3 or 4 attached..


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Painted Furniture Company Adds A Bit Of Color to Boulder, Co.

We love everything about vintage, from clothing to architecture and often spend our weekends roaming the highways for hidden treasures.  Alas, it was the Internet highway that lead us to our latest find – The Painted Furniture Company in Boulder, Colorado. 
This little gem of a shop boasts three levels filled with wonderful vintage solid wood furniture a few blocks from the Design District in downtown Boulder.  Upon walking in you might think this is not your granny’s furniture, it is, actually, yet much better.  Once unwanted and forgotten solid wood heirlooms have been transformed into playful, fun, hip furnishings perfect for today and the future.  Furniture once viewed as “old” and “boring” has had a metamorphosis as dramatic as a caterpillar emerging from a cocoon a stunning butterfly.  The artfully reimagined furniture boasts sometimes bright, sometimes metallic finishes which catch your eye as well as your imagination.  Another plus about The Painted Furniture Company is that if you get tired of the color of the piece you buy, you can have it reinvented yet again with a new coat of paint.  The owners look for only the highest quality and construction in the pieces they stock.  They give free reign to their talented artists who perform the incredible transformations as is evidenced below.  
The Scarlet dresser (bottom left) is a French Provincial beauty priced to fly at only $285.  The wonderful plum and cream color combination is truly lovely. You have to love the color of Armeria sofa table (bottom right), another steal at $210.
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One of our favorites has to be the Black Lace coffee table (bottom left), so chic and classy.  The Bell china cabinet (bottom right) is lovely with its leaded glass doors and contrasting sky blue paint inside.  A bargain at $885.
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The Groot dresser (bottom left) with its wonderful hand painted tree scene was so wonderful it sold already.  The Jumanji coffee table looks like a weathered piece of wood from deep in a jungle and will add a bit of the wild to your d├ęcor.
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The Samantha armoire (bottom left) has beautiful carved detailing on the door and is shabby cottage at its best while the Cottage Crystal hutch is the perfect storage piece.
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The Twilight armoire (bottom left), with its soft subtle grey color, will blend in with most color palettes.  Another lace effect finish can be seen on the Silver Lace dresser.
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The most unique piece, which has sold is the Plum Flare (bottom left) chest of drawers.  It looks like a wonderful Victorian “Painted Lady” with its fabulous colors and lacy accents.  Lovely molded drawers abound on the Bailey dresser in a washed blue.
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Two toned subtle sweetness shows through this lovely claw foot sofa table (bottom left) which can double as a desk .  We love it in the pale aqua. The shabby princess won’t be able to overlook the Ashley cabinet with its feminine touches and pale lilac color.
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The Disco night stand (bottom left) will take you back to the 80s with high style and it’s homage to the Art Deco era.   We think the mid century bi-level Glass Leaves table is so adorable and sure to catch your eye.
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We felt the Telluride dresser (bottom left) had loads of style and a snappy color.  The Shiprock side table or night stand is wonderful with the corkscrew turned decoration in distressed pale blue.
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If you are in the Denver/Boulder area, don’t forget to drop in and see these amazing transformations in person!  Their info is: The Painted Furniture Company, 1580 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder, CO 
Phone:  (303) 444-1307

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

With Winter firmly set in we are all looking for ways to keep warm, whether in our bodies, hearts, minds or spirit.  We have been looking in our usual and not so usual places for Indie items that fit the bill of WARMTH.
From pints of Fire Cider to one of a kind fluffy quilts, our array of finds will warm you in at least one of the ways we mention above. 

Once again, we thank those of you who have been faithful subscribers even through our hiatus of over a year.  We are striving to keep our posts more current and hope that you will enjoy each forthcoming issue.
  If you know of a talented designer or artisan, please pass along their information to us - they just might get featured in an upcoming blog!  If you visit any of our featured shops, please let them know where you saw them and that you liked their item.   They always appreciate positive feedback and validation of their talents.  

STATIONARY  Nothing like a seductive greeting card to bring warmth all the way down to your toes.  This one is from RavensFantasyArt.  Where Do You Want These Lips holiday card from AnnKayGreetingCards are risque’ enough to heat up several spots on a body!


On the tamer side, we found these Photo Notecards Set for Summer to be just the thing.  Looking forward to a nice vacation in a warm spot can definitely warm you, at least temporarily.  These adorable cards were discovered at 100wordsgreetings  This set of Surfer Girl Notecards by WendiSolariDesigns is adorable as well.


 BATH & BODY It might be called Apple Cider Simmer Mix but heat it up and add a little spice to it and you’ll warm right up; from AshleyJaneDesigns and Fire Cider Pints are sure to boost the temp up as well as your immune system.  They can be purchased at  UberHerbal


We also found these Tub Tea Bath Sachets by starrydeborah to be the perfect thing for a cold Winter night.  Time for Peace Aromatherapy Tea Bath with Himalayan and Dead Sea Salts and also Goat milk sure to warm the mind and spirit.  We found these at MomentsofZen.


We uncovered Healing Cayenne & Ginger Penetrating Muscle Rub at BarefootApothecary and what could be better than Warming Foot Massage Oil and the pampering that comes with it.  You can get some at TheBeehiveCalgary.


This is a wild 37” Sculptural Fire Bowl we fell in love with over at johntunger.  You can sit it right next to your hot tub to warm you up after a day of skiing. Once inside, light up your logs in this Antique Fireplace Insert.  Use it in your fireplace for some added glamour with its raised work design.    We uncovered this one at lakenormancedar

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Fabulous King/Queen Timber Wolf Faux Fur bedspread or comforter by FurAccents is sure to keep every inch of you warm and toasty.  What luxury with this Huge SILVER Raccoon Fur Throw Blanket we drooled over at SimplyFurs.

Natural Chinchilla Pillow 20"x20 by Gambrellrenart is luxury at its highest.   You can almost feel how soft this in through the photo.  How stylish is this?  20" Down Filled Pillow with cowhide center and appliqued vines in leather.  We drooled over this at SilverNestStudio

Great Felted Pillow Cover Fur can be bought at frenchfelt adds just the right amount of warmth and class to any bed.  Finally this amazing Mongolian Goat Rug or Throw would be perfect next to a roaring fireplace.  It can be bought at ShedLimited.  Both should be enough to raise the room temperature .