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The Daily Swank - A Vintage Bouquet

Some days when I'm strolling through the market I'll treat myself to a bouquet of fresh flowers. I think it's so nice to have something a little special to set on your table or a little something to cheer you up. It brings life and refreshes. Today's Daily Swank doesn't feature live flowers, but these amazing vintage blooms.

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Aren't they gorgeous! It's like looking through a field of wild flowers. All different and unique in their very own way. Each flower brooch is handmade by Leslie Janson, a new shop owner on Etsy. Visit her shop for more gorgeous blooms and unique creations all using vintage handkerchiefs, buttons and accessories.

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Shop Indie - The Blissful is so much more than Bliss...

Hey VI readers! This feature comes with a "need to get your drool cloth ready" warning. I am in love with this shop! They best part it's only about a two hour drive so I'm making plans to head up there in the very near future.

I'm talking about the gorgeous French Inspired shop The Blissful. This independently owned shop is ran by proprietor Abby Kerr a former high school English teacher. Located in Canton Ohio.


This store is full of rich-chic and dreamy wares for living in luxury. I literally couldn't choose just any one picture to show you so I hope that you enjoy these.


After Following The Blissful Blog I get the feeling that every little detail is in place. Customers are in love with the vignettes and the care that is taken to create that special dreamland when you walk through the door.


Speaking of dreamland I could snuggle up with some apple cinnamon spice tea on that bed!

If you are planning on visiting The Blissful, try to make it there this week November 1st, 2nd & third as they host a special event. A Blissful Unveiling and a French Inspired Noel.

If you go, please take pictures and try not to rub it in to much!

4605 Fulton Drive, NW Canton, Ohio 44718 
TORE HOURS: Mon 10-5, Tues 10-5, Wed 10-7, 
          Thurs 10-7, Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5,           Sun Closed

From the North: Take I-77 South to the Everhard Rd/Exit 109. Turn Right on Everhard Rd. Turn Left on Dressler Rd. Turn Right on Fulton Rd. Turn Right immediately into first parking lot entrance.


From the South: Take I-77 North to the Fulton Rd/OH-687/Exit 107A. Turn Left on Fulton Rd; continue to follow for 2.4 miles. Just past the light at Dressler Road, turn Right immediately into first parking lot entrance.


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News/Updates - Vintage Indie Holiday Gift Guide


Hi there crafty readers and business owners. Just a quick note. If you would like to participate in the Vintage Indie Holiday Gift Guide there are a few spaces available. You have to act fast as October 31st is the deadline. Please follow the link or contact me directly for more information. The guide will be a gorgeous, professionally designed addition to our blog.

As far as all of you who are shoppers stay tuned you are going to love what we have for you, great gifts, special offers & more!


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Shop Indie - Take the Handmade Pledge

Hey there Vintage Indie readers. Did you take the pledge?

Pledge300x250 I did, The number was actually in the 200's when I signed up, but is well over 2,000 now. What's the handmade pledge you say? The fabulous creators of Etsy teamed up with other fabulous handmade and crafting sources to create this cool system of pledging.

It's simple, all you have to do is leave your name, url (optional, but great for networking), and a quote(optional, but fun) you are simply pledging to buy handmade this season and request that others do the same for you.

Head over to Buy Handmade and have a little fun browsing the others links, quotes and making your pledge to support handmade  goods this holiday season!

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Shop Vintage - Fall Fashion Week

If you are looking for true authentic vintage than you'll love Hobo's Vintage in Redlands, CA.

Hobosvintage Hobo's offers a nice selection of Vintage shirts, jackets, dresses, skirts as well as ladies accessories and shoes.

I recently asked Hobo's owner Marquis to fill me in on how Hobo's was started. After many years getting his feet wet working at other vintage stores and learning what he could from experienced long time store owners, his final goal would be to open his own shop.

After meeting his wife Nicole, he found all the missing pieces to his puzzle and they fulfilled his dream of owning his own shop together. They began with a spot in the run-down 1970's Redlands Mall.

       "It was a great starting point though, with enough foot traffic for us to become known and successful enough to move to an ideal spot the next year. Our charming current location is right in sync with our appreciate for history in a beautiful old building built in 1928. We are a few stores down from Fox Coffee at the corner of Vine and Cajon streets."

The main focus at Hobo's is to offer good vintage at low prices. Marquis said, "I think a good amount of the thrill of shopping vintage is the feeling of scoring a great piece for a great price. That could just be the cheapskate in me, but I don't seem to be the only one."

I hope if you live near Hobo's vintage or are in Redlands that you stop at their shop and check out their huge collection. While you are there have fun and don't forget to tell them you saw them on Vintage Indie.

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The Daily Swank Fall Fashion Week - Indie Accessories are a MUST

For today's Daily Swank, I've gathered up a few indie designers who make autumn a big part of their designs.


My first feature is this gorgeous Leafy Leather Brooch Autumn. This a perfect example of vintage and independent design. I love the vintage button in the center that pulls together the warm colors of the leathers. You can find this brooch and other wonderful hand cut and inked leather items at Etsy shop Holly Hawk.


Next up is the Olivia Hobo Bag in Vintage Fall Harvest. This is one of many new bags in the Olivia collection at Population 1. This one is created from thrifted vintage twill. Find many other creations from Population One's line including pouches, multiple designed bags and more.


We can't forget the little ones. How about this adorable one of a kind Silk PUMPKIN Emobroidered Ponytail Holder by Little Empress Couture I love the gorgeous Dupioni silk that lies as the background for the embroidered button. You will find this any many adorable children's couture outfits at Little Empress on Etsy. Check out the Autumn Print, Silk Skirt w/ Reversible Belt is it so adorable!

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The Daily Swank Fall Fashion Week - Leafy Accessories

Don't you just love it when the leaves start changing colors and make everything seem so warm and cozy in the fall. I sure do! Today's Daily Swank highlights some super swanky leafy accessories, I think you'll agree.

First up, I couldn't have said it better than what the shop owner from Vintage Musings said. "Let the beauty of autumn dangle from your ears" My thoughts exactly for these October Gold Vintage Leaf Earrings.


Also from the gorgeous collection at Vintage Musings is this Silver du jour Vintage Leaf and Pearl Necklace for all of your silver lovers.


Lastly from Vintage Musings is this lovely Autumn Verdigris Romance Vintage Treasures Charm Necklace. This features a 24karat gold dipped leaf, a cream white glass bead and a brass bead cap with a verdigris patina.

I hope you've enjoyed these leafy accessories just in time for fall. Gorgeous for highlighting one of autumns best features.

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VI Headliner - Gallimaufry Arts

Have you been to our sponsor Gallimaufry Arts shops in awhile? Well if not, you need to check out some of the new gorgeous house accessories.

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Perfect for fall festivities and family gatherings these Magnets would make delightful housewarming gifts.

How about giving one of these gorgeous Tea Tins, filled with some of your favorite teas or a blend of cinnamon sticks, orange peel, clove and a little cardamom for a perfect mulling spice gift.

Head over to the Gallimaufry Arts  website or  the Gallimaufry Etsy shop to find one of these perfect housewarming gifts & more!


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The Daily Swank - Fall Fashion Week - The Pillowcase Dress

Today's Daily Swank shop Sugar Sandwich shares with us her history of the pillowcase dress and brings an adorable collection of fall fashion for the sweet little girl in your life. I think you will fall in love with these adorable dresses.

Sugarsandwich First up from Sugar Sandwich is this adorable Fall Pumpkin Paisley Pillowcase dress. This dress is accompanied with a cute accessory the Scrappy Cat, made from terry cloth and scrappy remnants from dress making. 

Designer Style Notes:
from Sugar Sandwich owner Katrina

The vintage premise behind the pillow case dress is the idea of the pillowcase dress itself that is vintage. Sewing clothes for children has pulled our family through hard times for generations. My Grandmothers grandmother sewed flour sack and pillowcase dresses, I am simply carrying on that tradition as a way to get by while I raise two children. In their time it was a way of using what you had, and a pillowcase would certainly not lay idly by whilst a "youngin" went without! These days, I have a choice of so many fabrics so I haven't yet used an actual pillowcase, I do however, use what I have and every last bit of it...as you can see by my scrappy dolls!

Sugarsandwich3 Next up from the Sugar Sandwich shop is this perfect pair duo, the Fall Flowers Pillowcase Dress and Matching Scrappy Bear. I just can't get enough of those cute Scrappy creatures. I love how nothing is wasted and your little one will have a special new friend with each purchase. Purchase this outfit today from Sugar Sandwich and get ready for some perfect fall pictures.

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The Daily Swank, Fall Fashion Week - The Vintage Zoo

Good Monday morning everyone! I hope you are ready for another "Rockin' Shoppin' week on Vintage Indie! This week is going to be a ton of fun as VI is hosting Fall Fashion week. All vintage and all indie! I hope you visit every day and gobble up some great fall fashions. Enjoy!

Today's Daily Swank is from a great vintage shop The Vintage Zoo!


I'm totally loving this Vintage Miss Rodeo America shirt, if it was my size it would already be mine! $27.00




Next up from The Vintage Zoo is this great Vintage Paisley Boho/Hippy Dress, pair with flat knee high boots for the ultra chic western feel. $15.00





Don't forget the accessories. How about this Vintage Brown Lucite Handled Purse for $14.00.

Style Notes

from The Vintage Zoo's owner Darla:
Brown is always in style for fall -  dresses would look great with boots and colorful tights to brighten up the earth tones. plaids, wool skirts. lacey, feminine shirts. Mixing patterns and colors, layering with big, fun knit sweaters - one of a kind pieces are fun - that's why i love vintage. Most of the time you're not going to see anyone else in it! Be yourself, be creative, be FUN and try experimenting with colors and patterns and textures.

Head over to The Vintage Zoo for a huge vintage collection of clothing & more.

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Shop Vintage & a SALE! - Brownies Vintage Berkeley, CA

Looking for some super fabulous diggs from the 60's 70's & 80's then check out Brownies Vintage in Berkeley CA. in today's Shop Vintage feature!


Specializing in Deadstock Vintage Tee's & clothing. As well as accessories and clothing from indie designers. Sounds like a vintage indie shop to me!


Fly-By-Night-  Fabric Sale

For a limited time at Brownies a Fly-By-Night fabric sale. Only 15 Days October 15th-30th. They've sat up shop right next door to their shop, just to hold it all. About 100 bolts (20 to 150 yards each bolt) selling insanely cheep at .50-$1buck a yard! That sounds like fun!

Brownies Vintage
Mon-Sat 11-7, Sun 12-5
2001 Milvia St.
Berkeley, CA 94704
(At University Ave.)

 Don't be sad if you can't make it to Brownies in Berkeley. Brownies also has an Etsy shop where they offer some super swanky Tee's and accessories!

Have fun shopping and don't forget to tell them you found them on Vintage Indie!

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The Daily Swank - Autumn Art

Good mornin' lovelies, it's Friday wahoo. Today's Daily Swank is absolutely gorgeous. I'm totally diggin these artists. They highlight autumn in a wonderful way though photography. Sit back drink your latte or tea and please enjoy.


Stunning aren't they. I could just "fall" into a dreamy state of relaxation thinking about laying under one of these trees. These come artist Thea Coughlin at her Etsy shop Monarch. I love the view finder edge on these, it gives it that perfect vintagy feel.





Thea doesn't just stop at amazing photography you can also find her artwork among her gorgeous line of pendants and jewelry. Top photo Take a swing signed photograph  bottom photo Autumn leaves signed photograph All photographs come with FREE shipping to!


Looking at fall in a whole different light is photographer Emma Ludwig. Her gorgeous fine print photography includes a fall collection that features vintage elements. The first is her Fall Cuttings I love the use of those scissors and and the subtle sepia tones.

Next is the Fall Thread print. Don't you just love the simplicity and elegance that gorgeous thread colors create. Head over to Emma Lynne on Etsy for these prints, gift cards, tags & more.

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The Daily Swank - Autumn Accessories

I am in love with Autumn and all the beautiful and creative creations it brings. Today's Daily Swank is some of my recent favorites. I hope you'll love them to.

Lindsayluu Lindsayluu2 Fall in LOVE with fall with this lovely Autumnal Crochet Wristband from Lindsay Luu Designs. With a touch of warmth and an embellishment of vintage this wristband is the perfect thing. Head over to Lindsay Luu Designs for a whole line up of accessories all featuring vintage elements.


How about a little eye candy for your hair. Surely to grab some attention this Fall Colors Hair Comb is just what you need for a perfect fall chic touch. I love the vintage look of all of the filigree that brings this piece together. Find this dreamy hair comb at Roses Are Red on Etsy!

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Shop Indie - Autumn Musings

I think I may have said this before, but it's the little things in life that really make it.  I'm  just in love with this shops name for one Elegant Musings and for two the little offerings were the icing on the cake. Today's Daily Swank brings you some Autumn Musings from this perfect indie shop.Elegantmusings1Elegantmusings3


Top left is the Squirrels in Scarves Pin in Yellow talk about adorable. Each little squirrel pin is adorned with a piece of vintage ribbon or lace to create a perfect little scarf. Next up, a perfect accompaniment to the squirrels are the sweet hand sewn Curious Acorn Badges from Elegant Musings. Add a touch of autumn to your life with one of these creations or visit Elegant Musings soon for a new line of creatures.

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The Daily Swank - Autumn Accessories

Today's Daily Swank brings a little autumn to your wardrobe with the most perfect handmade accessories.


First up are these gorgeous Vintage Halloween Pumpkin Earrings from Shy Siren's Etsy shop. I just love the simplicity of the vintage components, and I think they are perfectly Halloween chic. Check out the Autumn Squash earrings while your browsing their Etsy collection and fine their full line at their website.


Another perfect autumn accessory is this Autumn Harvest Vintage Pendant. Created on a vintage game piece and indulged with oriental papers, and findings makes this a perfect example of vintage reconstruction. You can find this pendant and many others from Etsy shop Caught Red Handed.


Lastly for today's Daily Swank of autumn accessories are these lovely Harvest Earrings from Girl in World.
These stunning earings feature smoky labradorite thats linked by hand to the vintage lucite beads. Head over to Girl in World on Etsy for a beautiful line of nature inspired jewelery.

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VI Headliner - Featured Sponsor Back Home Again

Today's VI Headliner is our Featured Sponsor Back Home Again. I've shown you the many gorgeous handmade bags that they offer, but if you haven't been to the shop lately you've missed out on some really great vintage collectibles and other handmade specialties.



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Head over to Back Home Again today for more gorgeous vintage collectibles including vintage china & dinnerware.


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Shop Vintage & Indie at Le Petit Garage

Today's featured store is a perfect example of Vintage Indie. A gorgeous shop that specializes in both Vintage & Independent goods. I'm thrilled to bring you Le Petit Garage.

Le Petit Garage started with a creative mind. College grad Cara Hershey was looking to fulfill some dreams, all while creating with her own two hands. She began her venture by first making handbags.

After pairing up with a couple of crafty friends, they soon took their show on the road. A "boutique on wheels" is what Cara called it. They traveled together giving at home parties for people who filled their homes with handmade goods and crafty creations. Little did Cara know, her dream of opening her own actual store was about to come true.



With a wonderful idea from Cara's mom and a friend Le Petit Garage was born. Yes, Le Petit Garage really is in a garage. Not just any garage. A street side shop nestled in the first floor of the very same  ocean home Cara grew up in, in Seaside Heights, NJ. 

Today, the antique tables serve as displays. All of them holding creations from indie designers themselves and gorgeous vintage finds.  While the gorgeous chandelier ceiling illuminates the boutique.

After three years of business Le Petit Garage has expanded and opened it's second location on the boardwalk called Cabana. They've also recently launched their online website and are in the works of opening a third location called The Paris Flea Market.

Visit Le Petit Garage in person as soon as you get the chance and please tell them you viewed their feature on Vintage Indie.

Visit Le Petit Garage in Person
1020 Ocean Terrace
Seaside Heights, NJ 08751

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The Daily Swank - Shoppin' on Etsy

Today's Daily Swank features a couple of unique Etsy shops. Etsy, is such a great resource for finding great handmade items with a vintage flair.


First up from a really cool shop on Etsy called When in Doubt Draw Flowers. Check out this handmade Flowers lampshade created with original vintage 70's wall paper. I love how something so vintage, is brought to life in a new mod kind of way.

Next up from Etsy is shop ShowPony Their line of  Vintage Purses, this one shown in lime is brought to life with this great vintage image screenprinted on organic fair-trade cotton. Head over to ShowPony they have other great colors and bags in these vintage styles.




The Daily Swank - All in Good Time

Not necessarily vintage, but definitely indie today's Daily Swank features All in Good Time.


The first from All in Good Time is one that I just couldn't pass up. We share the same name, but a different spelling. This is the Gabrielle Necklace. A gorgeous silver plated filigree base holds the Waltham watch face and other components. I love the composition of the all of the elements in this necklace, and they best part it's versatile and can be worn as a pin.


Next is this Adeline Necklace. Don't you just love the classiness of these pieces, simply stunning. The watch gears are an extra special addition to this piece. Simply remove the pendant and place on your favorite casual clutch for a quick dress up.

Head over to this newly opened shop on Etsy and support and independent designer today!

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You know that feeling when a piece of artwork speaks to you. You know, your browsing your local museum and you see all of these people starring at a piece of art and you can't understand why. Then you walk closer, you get a better look and then find yourself in that same state... standing there just starring. That's how I felt when I came across Galerie de Illuminata. Artist Mikel Robinson is a self trained artist from North Carolina who specializes in mixed media art.


There is just something about these trees that I love. This particular one is called Red Tree Landscape. I adore the clouds in this piece of art, and the vintage feel that each piece has.


How about this one, called Evening. Isn't it gorgeous and the warm hues of golds and the details of the birds. It reminds me of late night summers on the farm growing up.

There is so much more to view of Mikel's work you can visit his website and online gallery & you can also visit him on Etsy. What a great opportunity to support and indie artist all while filling your home with gorgeous art.

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Shop Indie - For a Good Cause

I always like to support a good cause and Vintage Indie Sponsor Tacky Back in Time asked if I could share Etsy for Animals with you . Etsy for Animals is a shop on Etsy where items are donated to be sold and profits donated to the chosen charity of the month. Etsy for Animals has chosen her favorite charity the Town Cats of Ocean City MD this month. Please head over the Etsy for Animals shop for further details on how you can support great causes every month.

Have you heard of Marmalade Pink? Marmalade Pink is a co-operative of online women owned businesses supporting socially conscious shopping. A group of fabulous women who also donate to a worthy cause every year. Each year 5% of member dues are donated to a selected charity twice a year. They have chosen the ALS Association (also known as Lou Gehrig's) to recieve their first donation of $250.00 for the July to December time period.

This is only a tiny glimpse into the world independent shops who give from their hearts and who support many causes. Thank you for letting me share these two with you today.


VI Headliner - Tacky Back In Time

Tackybackintime Tacky Back in Time is back again sponsoring Vintage Indie. This time, this shop has grown leaps and bounds and is offering all kinds of vintage treats, supplies and more.


Stock up on Vintage Supplies like this Seamstress Dream Notions set in store now.  At only $8.50 you'll get a whole choc full of vintage goodness including vintage rick rack, bias tape, buttons, beads and more.


While you are there, pick up a couple of old school crafting books or a great vintage book like this Schoolgirl Kitty book. Perfect for altering and vintage scrapbooking.

Head over to Tacky Back in Time today. The shop's inventory is full of old school supplies, books, gifts & more. Don't forget to check out their special Halloween section for some swanky Halloween supplies too! Have fun shopping!

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The Daily Swank - Sepia Art Studio

Do you ever just have one of those jaw dropping moments? You know the kind that you see something and get this weird crazy feeling like, oh my I could just roll around in all of those yummy gorgeous,pretty things. Sometimes, I land on something like this and I love the composition of it so much it's just hard to wrap my mind around it. Man I love creativity and the humand mind. I love how designers and creators can see something in their minds, create and put things together that just fit so perfectly kind of like my latest find Sepia Art Studios  & the Naturalist Collection.



Seriously, how gorgeous is this! This is the Naturalist Box from Sepia Art Studios. It's composed up of a ton of yummy little treats. Perfect for gift giving, crafting or in my case staring!



Sometimes joy comes in the little details. Like with these Bibliotheque Tickets. Perfect for your altered art projects, scrapbooking and for pretend play.

Get inspired this weekend, stock up with some goodies from Sepia Art Studio and enjoy the little things.


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VI Headliner - Sweet Spice

140x140jpgsweetspiceoct Looking for indie hand made bath and body products?  Vintage Indie is committed to being your shopping source for all things vintage, antique and independently made. Today's VI Headliner and sponsor Sweet Spice  is a perfect example of an independent shop, who's focus is to also keep it green.


Just in time for fall Sweet Spice offers Pumpkin Spice Botanical Bath Salts.  Perfect for soothing tired and aching feet and wonderful for soaking up fall. Each bath salt is also loaded with organic ingredients. This one includes  certified organic pumpkin seed oil, certified organic ginger,certified organic cloves and more.

Sweet Spice is also committed to doing their part during October's Breast Cancer awareness month. This week October 2nd-8th all sales from the Sweet Spice Etsy shop will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

If you just can't get enough of fall aromas you can also savor the moment in a Warm Pumpkin Pie Botanical Sugar Scrub. I'm a huge fan of Sugar Scrubs. Exfoliating your skin is the perfect way to keep it glowing and healthy during winter months.  Sweet Spice also offers these products mentioned in many fragrances, something to please everyone.

Head over to Sweet Spice on Etsy,  treat yourself to some yummy bath and body treats and support a good cause while your at it. Don't forget to mention you found them on Vintage Indie!

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