Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday - get 20% off!

Looks like Etsy has just made coupon codes available, so Ima jump on the bandwagon and give this thing a try.

If there is anything in the shop you've been considering, snag it now!

20% off anything in the shop with coupon code CYBERMONDAY.

Hurry - offer ends at 11:59pm PST on Monday, November 29.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Vintage Renewal - Car seats

I always like to see some creative reuse for everyday objects that would otherwise go to waste. These companies are putting good use to the interiors of cars that have seen their last U-turn:

Platinum Dirt makes leather jackets out of leather Cadillac seats. Each VIN Jacket is handmade and completely unique. The $1200 price point is a little steep ... but I guess it is cheaper than actually owning a Caddie. The ladies can always pick up an oddly shaped purse or clutch as well. I like that they keep the Cadillac insignia on the leather, and use the hood ornaments and other decals as zipper pulls:

Kim White uses the interiors of anything from a Mustang to a Volkswagon to create these surprisingly stylish clutches and handbags (some more subtle than others, right Camaro bag?):

Monday, November 15, 2010

Shop Preview: Hard to Choose - coats, dresses n shoes!

We've got some good stuff coming to the shop this week. Here is a peek at just some of the fun comin' your way:



Dresses made to Party!

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter to be the first to know when we list a new item.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Talking Pictures

My darling mother sent me a link to a column on mentalfloss by a dude named Ransom Riggs called Talking Pictures. He started collecting old photos at swapmeets and antique stores that had writing on the back of them. Though often it is just boring identifying information, sometimes you find really funny, revealing, emotional, surprising notes that transform the photo from something kind of anonymous into something really personal.

Here are a few of my favorites, though there are so many good ones it is hard to choose the best:

"This lipstick is mine. Always, Anna."

"This is the bum Gloria is in love with."

"From Billy Smith, To Thelma, my SweetHeart."

"In the sun."

"1968. Esther. New teeth."

"I think I'll marry this one. He is beautiful and brings out the best in me."

"Aint I a stinker?"

Doesn't it make you want to turn over every photo that you find? See more of his Talking Picture treasures archived here.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

DIY: Vintage Tin Candles

I have a huge collection of vintage tins - many from my grandmother, and many that were just too pretty not to buy. I store all sorts of odds and ends inside of them, but loved this easy Design Sponge project on making your own candles out of vintage tins. Can you say my new go-to homemade gift?

You can find lots of lovely old tins on ebay and etsy to make your own.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Vintage Renewal - The BOOMcase

Every generation has worked to make music portable. I am always on the hunt for old record players that run on batteries, perfect for taking to the lake for picnics. And the 80's had the boombox-on-shoulder thing down. So it is only logical that we'd get some portable speakers for our iPod generation as well.

Check out these stylish numbers, or "BoomCases," made by Sacramento-based sound wizard Dominic "Si-Mo." He embeds 30-, 50- and 200-watt speaker systems into awesomely vintage found luggage, and says that the sound from these babies could power an entire houseparty, which means bringing the tunes to your next picnic will be ... a picnic.

If you are someone who is handy with tools and things with wires, you may be able to make your own. Otherwise, prices for the BoomCase start at $250 for a plug-in, or $300 for a battery/plug-in case (though most look to have sold for closer to $400).

(via Thrillist)
Related posts you'll probably be way into