Friday, January 28, 2011

It's CONTEST Time! (And... The Friday News Round- Up)

Another week is coming to an end and there's lots to discuss.
Let's begin with THE CONTEST!

 It's been a week of milestones.
Over 1,300 Facebook fans, over 2,000 Twitter followers and over 500 retrotrend shop hearts.

My way of saying "Thank you!" is to give away this INCREDIBLE set of four Mid- Century dipped (insert Gigi reference here) quicksilver High Ball glasses.  

How does the contest work?
Complete any of the following steps (Complete more than one step and be entered more than once!):

1- Follow this blog and leave a comment on this post.
2- Become a fan on Facebook and comment with the details below.
3- Tweet about this contest and comment with the details below.
4- Link this blog post to your Facebook (personal or fan) page and comment with the details below. 

One winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011. The winner will be announced here.

Back to our (somewhat) regularly scheduled program. I was the recipient of two lovely blog mentions yesterday, from Amy'sOldSchool and GarageSaleGirly, featuring this bag and these ties, respectively. Thanks, guys!

If you're a regular reader, you'll recall this post from August, all about my vintage glasses frames buying adventure. Well, I went back a few days ago and purchased more frames, which will be listing in the next few weeks.

And SOLDES is still going strong, for a few more days.

35% off of nearly every retrotrend item!
25% off nearly every RetroHommeVintage item!
15% off of every ObjectRetro item with coupon code "15OFFYAY".

I'll enjoy the snow, you enjoy the savings.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Color My Office Beautiful

I've had good and bad experiences with bold wall colors. A bright red bathroom with skylights in the center of a 17' wide row house? Very bad. That same bathroom in a bright electric blue? Amazing. Of course, the tiny bathroom was painted white before the house was put on the market. Snow White, as I recall. I've been quite guilty of choosing paints by name alone (hence the Flaming Sword bathroom of anger- RED ROOM, RED ROOM!). It's never, ever a good idea, just like picking wines based on the label only.

This is the history of Crayola Crayon colors, by date of issue. Exceedingly pleasing. Of course, wall paints come in even larger spectrums. Of amazing depth. Often with horrific names.

You see, I haven't been all that pleased with my photos recently and am looking for a change. After shooting against several paintings, even moving one into my office, I think wall COLOR might be the answer. Choices have been narrowed down- you can add your opinion here. There are plans to pick up a few more paint swatches, perhaps a warm but not too dark blueish- gray among them. So many choices. 

Until next time... which will be later this week, honest.

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Friday SOLDES Round-Up

 SOLDES is in full swing and I wanted to share some of my favorite pieces with you.

From retrotrend, where items have been marked down by 35%, even if already on sale:

 1940s wool Renbrook suit, now $109.20.

From RetroHommeVintage, where items have been marked down by 25%, even if already on sale:

And at ObjectRetro, where the coupon code "15OFFYAY" will get you 15% off.

 octagonal Bakelite pillars, will be $593.30 with code "15OFFYAY".

 Mid- Century silver rimmed cordial set, will be $36.55 with code "15OFFYAY".

Many other VMTEAM members are participating in VMTEAMSOLDES. Be sure to see shop announcements for details. This promotion runs through 1/31/2011.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


It's time for an end of season sale! And you guys are getting the info BEFORE anyone else.

In the French tradition, the Vintage Market Team will be hosting Soldes from January 21st through January 31st, 2011.

Starting first thing Friday morning, my Etsy stores will be offering the following discounts:

 Nearly all retrotrend items will be marked down by 35%. Prices will reflect discounts taken.

 Nearly all RetroHommeVintage  items will be marked down by 25%. Prcies will reflect discounts taken.  

 All ObjectRetro items will be 15% off- just use coupon code "15offyay" at checkout to receive discount.

Looking for more items? Search for items from other sellers using "VMTEAMSOLDES" or follow this link.

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Friday News Round-Up

Yup, I stole this post's title from NPR. Go ahead, send Diane Rehm after me. I'd just force her to record my voicemail greeting. Because I'm evil.

No hot dogs were harmed during the taking of this oddly phallic photograph. Get your mind out of the gutter. It's a 1970s Avon gold plated chain and hot dog pendant. For the girl that has everything, including a twisted sense of humor.

Not much to report on the Retro Trend Vintage front, but there are several items worthy of noting.

- My lovely pal, Amateurian, is having a cool give-away on her blog. You should enter. And tell her I sent you.

-Fellow Vintage Market Team member and friend, PhotographicAmy, experienced an epic technical failure today. She has a new store, Amy's Old School, and blog. You should follow her. And tell her I sent you.

{Insert promises to be a more consistent blogger here.}

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wordful Wednesday

So I took a short holiday break. A little less time online, taking photos, sourcing, writing, blogging, and a bit more time relaxing. Realizing that I've been using my Wordless Wednesday posts to simply upload a photo and not actually write a blog post, you are getting both today. Lucky you!

Not the best photo ever. One of my favorite Christmas presents, a framed reprint of a butter- themed German propaganda poster. "gesund und gut mit butter" or "healthful and good with butter". What isn't?
Getting back into the swing of things after some much needed down time, a nice Christmas, a fun New Year's Eve and a decadent New Year's brunch. Not only did I make Christmas dinner (with a store- bought Buche), but hosted about 30 people for brunch the Sunday following New Year's. I'm finally over my bacon- induced hangover. And still eating French toast. For almost every meal. Tackling the remainder of the lox later this week, with eggs and onions.
Here's to a happy and healthy New Year!