Discover Dinosaur World Cave City, KY

100_4052 Driving along I-65 S through Kentucky, it’s hard to miss the giant fiberglass dinosaur sitting atop a small hill at Exit 53.  He invites the adventurous driver and family to exit at Cave City, KY and visit Dinosaur World.  Reminiscent of the almost bygone roadside attractions, this is a delight to find along the modern interstate.


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 Opened in June 2003, this location is one of three in the United States.  Glen Rose, TX and Plant City, FL boast the other two, all owned by the same individual, Swedish businessman Christer Svensson.  The main attraction here is the Dinosaur Walk where one will find over 150 life size dinosaurs nestled among trees and other natural vegetation. 
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Signs are posted with dinosaur descriptions and facts.  Be sure to walk up the hill beyond the Mammoth Display to have your picture taken with Photosaurus.  Other onsite attractions include a fossil dig, boneyard, indoor museum, movie cave, picnic area, playground and gift shop.  The gift shop offers everything from a 50 cent plastic dinosaur to an authentic dinosaur egg nest for $3600.  Yes, they have sold several, mainly to companies seeking to decorate their offices with that most unusual item. 

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Father's Day Weekend 2016: Around Town June 17 - 19th.

This is just a small sample of what's going on around the Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati Area this coming Father's Day weekend. If you know of something fantastic going on, please feel free to add it to the comments. 



Vintage & Antiques: 

Burlington Antique Show 

Show hours: 6am- 3 pm

8am- 3pm $3 each

6am-8am $5 each (Early Bird Buying)

Kids under 12 years free

Free Parking

Show is Rain or Shine!

Sorry, No Pets Please




Goetta Fest 

16th Annual MainStrasse Village “Original” Goettafest

                Sponsored by J.B.’s Barbecue

Friday, June 17, 2016                          5 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 18, 2016                      Noon until 11:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 19, 2016                        Noon until 9:00 p.m.


6/18 Slide the City, Cincinnati, OH. Website:

6/18 RoeblingFest presented by Lighting Systems Inc on June 18 2016 Covington,Ky at 3rd and Court Streets

NEW this year at RoeblingFest will be our Historical Presentation series brought to you by BB Riverboats!

Presentations will take place in the Telephone building ($5 per session or $10 for all 3)

2:00 - Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann, will discuss John Roebling and his Ohio River Bridge.
3:00pm - Dr. Paul Tenkotte will discuss the local area during the bridge construction: "Regional Epicentre of
the Civil War: Northern Kentucky.”
4:00pm - Richard Sutherland, PE, will discuss the rehab and restoration of the Roebling bridge in the late 20th century.

Check out for more details!

Sat, Jun 18 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Airheads 30th Anniversary at Smale Park Website:


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20160317-concert6/17 - Summer Concert Series Crestview Hills, KY. Website:




Vintage Hot Spots & Around Your Town

We want to know what is going on in your town? Do you have a festival, a vintage/antique show? A special event that Vintage Indie readers may be interested in? Please send your submissions and get your town noticed! 


This is The Vintage House in Overland Park Kansas! It is a spectacular little event space for bridal showers, weddings, children's parties, baby showers and so much more! They're in the midst of a renovation and would love to have you stop by. Find them at #6 on the Local Life 3rd Fridays Map below.

LocalLifeMapLocal Life 3rd Fridays in Historic Downtown Overland Park is fast becoming a regular highlight in the region. Local merchants and businesses open their doors, offer special deals and create unique events that show off just what Downtown OP has to offer. More businesses feature special events on those nights. More people are in the street. More artists are performing, cooking, playing music and displaying their work throughout. 


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Vintage Hot Spots: June 28th & 29th 2014


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                                                              Buffalo County Fairgrounds
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Did I miss your event? Email your poster or informtion to me. 

Vintage Indie Shop Local: Carabello Coffee Newport, Ky

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Tis' the season to support local businesses. Now is the time they need your hard earned money more than ever. They're competing with the big guys and most of the time have so much more to offer.  

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Husband and wife team, Justin and Emily Carabello have recently opened their brick and mortar Roasting Works and Craft Coffee Bar in Newport, Ky. 


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They're doing amazing things there, like hand crafting out of this world cappuccinos. I could have stayed there and sipped their delicious brews all day. 

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They're not just brewing yummy coffee though, they're giving back by sending much of their profits to benefit coffee regions in Kenya, and Nicaragua. You don't find dedication and commitment to the source  for many products like this. It is truly refreshing to see Justin, pursue his passions all while helping others and delivering fantastic coffee. I

  I can't wait until my summer craving for coffee starts! They're the first to offer cold-brew coffee on draft. I can already feel my taste buds starting to twinge.

Enjoy &  Shop Local!  

Visit  Carabello Coffee Roasting Works & Craft Coffee Bar  at 107 E. 9th St. in Newport, KY. Hours are: Tues. - Fri. 7am - 8pm, Sat. 8a-8p. Not local? Visit their online store. Their brews are a must read! The stories you can tell about your coffee will warm your heart. 

While you're there, pick up some local coffee for Christmas gifts this year! Your friends and family will love you. 


A New Vintage Hot Spot: Antiques Village in Dayton Ohio

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Don't let the shopping center facade keep you from visiting Antiques Village. Newly opened this August, this antique and vintage-indie type mall is a great new hot spot to add to your usual stops. 


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Each "shop" or booth is located on a street off of "Main St." We really liked the organization and personality found in each booth.

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There was a mix of everything from very old antiques, to cute shops like this one with handmade vintage-indie style goodies.

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This booth was one of my favorites with so many great vintage dresses at great prices.

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The displays like this kitchen booth were fabulous.


Antiques Village isn't at capacity and is still taking vendors. With the organization, friendliness of staff, I think it would be a great place for you to set up shop if you've been thinking about giving it a try.


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If you stop by, please tell them Vintage Indie Magazine sent you. Let us know what you think too! 


Antiques Village Website 

Phone (937) 291-5060
Email [email protected]

We Need You! Send in your Submissions!



Vintage Indie needs YOU!


We're looking to bring back one of our favorite features and that's visiting the places you visit! We want to share your favorite flea market, antique show, small business, ice cream shop, coffee shops, farmer's markets and whatever else you can think of! If they have vintage style, decorate with vintage and make you think " Oh, that's so Vintage Indie" we want to see too! 

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Send your submissions to me, here

Can't wait to see them! 

On the Road with The Bellaires: Lola's, Charleston, WV

Please help me in sending our new guest reporters The Bellaires, a warm Vintage Indie welcome! They'll be visiting us here at VI, sharing their love of travel, good eats and other fun topics that peak their interests. Up first, they bring us a foodie review of Lola's, in Charleston WV. 


Complicated Elegance from Simple Food?

 A trip to Charleston, WV did not disappoint. After a local’s recommendation, a visit to Lola’s restaurant was a must-do. Recognized for their delicious pizzas and salads, made fresh with natural ingredients as well as wonderful taste combinations, they include goat cheese, artichoke, and a variety of herbs and spices. The Lola’s experience was wonderful, and one that we will remember for years to come.  



Located in a small white house in the south hills just minutes from downtown Charleston, West Virginia, Lola’s is inviting and soothing from the landscape to the dining room. The surrounding architecture, ambiance, and layout literally make you feel at home. So how was eating at home away from home? In short, fantastically satisfying! 


The start of a memorable meal began with a masterful pan seared goat cheese salad with beautiful greens, a delicious vinaigrette, and goat cheese slices that melted in your mouth. The salad was the perfect entree in wait for a remarkable pizza. Lola’s has wowed the locals with the pizza creations since their start up. Our order of a child’s pepperoni pizza and large adult pizza with flank steak and sausage arrived in short time and we were eager to partake. The pizza dough was light and flavorful with cheese, meats, and sauce that was absolutely palette pleasing. It did not take long or much effort to completely finish this mouthwatering pie.


For dessert, well we could not pass up the flour-less chocolate cake and the coconut Crème Brûlée…. sweets made for a king. Some of the best pastry shops and cake houses in America would be privileged to serve the confections we enjoyed as the finality to our meal.



Eating salad and pizza may not seem like high-end dining, but do not be fooled. The meal was beyond expectations and could stand up to many 5 star restaurants we have been blessed to enjoy throughout the U.S. and several countries. Lola’s is without question in a league of its own. 


The meal portions were very appropriate, flavors best in class, and the overall experience impossible to pass up. If you enjoy salads, pizzas, and dessert items made with fresh ingredients that make you beg for more, then you must visit Lola’s. You will not only be satisfied, but will truly be creating a dining memory.   




(304) 343-5652

1038 Bridge Rd
Charleston, WV 25314




Vintage Hot Spot Interview & Tour: Black Bear Vintage & Handmade Brooklyn, NY


Vintage Indie is pelased to welcome co owners Michelle Ferrara and Julia Duncan-Roitman with an inside look at their store Black Bear Vintage & Handmade.

When did you open? Is there a story about why you opened?
We opened in May of last year. Julia had been thinking about opening a store for  some time, and had already researched a lot of the logistics. We had talked about me doing some window displays for her, and then she asked me in late March if I wanted to come on board as a partner. I said I would think it over; she gave me the weekend to decide because she wanted to sign the lease! We decided to go for it -- we took the month of April to get the space ready and fill it with our initial inventory, some of which she already had. Pushing ourselves to open at the beginning of May was a ton of work, but definitely worth it!

Do you offer vintage or handmade items in your store?
Officially we're called Black Bear Vintage & Handmade, so you will find both vintage AND handmade items here. The clothing, shoes, belts and bags are mostly vintage. As far as handmade items, we carry jewelry, ceramics, greeting cards, pillows, candles, stuffed animals, art prints, and more! A lot of our handmade inventory is made my local artists.
Cat and Dog pillows, by our very own Julia Duncan-Roitman

What is your shop address?
469 16th Street, just off of Prospect Park West. 
Elephant and Owl pillows, illustrated, silkscreened and sewn by Alison Corrie

What are your hours?
12pm - 7pm Sunday through Friday, 11pm - 7pm Saturday
What are some of your favorite items?
We have some really great jewelry. Julia and I have definitely bought a few pieces for ourselves! Also, some of the vintage items we come across are outstanding. It's very hard not to buy them all, but we *try* to leave the best pieces for our customers. 
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What is it that you love about vintage & antiques?
First of all, the one-of-a-kind nature of vintage pieces is so fun -- you know no one else is going to have the same thing. Second, we both appreciate the design trends (not to mention the workmanship) of decades past. And it's always fun to mix modern pieces with vintage accessories, etc.

Is shopping indie and small businesses important to you? If so, why?
Yes -- we've both lived in Brooklyn for a long time, and have always tried to support the many small businesses in our neighborhoods. It's a big draw of living here, honestly. Also, we're both super crafty ladies, so we appreciate the high level of quality you get when something has been lovingly made by hand rather than churned out in mass quantities. But in order for those businesses to thrive, we all have to buy their products and services! So we try to support them whenever we can.
A special thank you to Michelle Ferrara and Julia Duncan-Roitman co-owners, Black Bear Vintage & Handmade for the interview and inside peek into their store. If you visit their shop, let them know you hear about them on Vintage Indie.

Vintage Hot Spot: Logan Antique Mall Logan, Ohio (Hocking Hills)

During our recent stay in Hocking Hills, it just so happened after leaving a very delicious restaurant (more on that later) we stumbled upon a sign that read antique mall. With the rainy weather and our love for antiques and vintage it was a perfect surprise. I'm pretty sure I squealed! 



For the next three hours, yes you read that right, three hours, we strolled the packed isles of the Logan Antique Mall.


The front porch, as long as the building was full of flea market priced goods.

It was glorious. The familiar smell of well loved treasures and worn edges on many pieces of furniture and glassware made for a super fun treasure hunt for hubbs and me.


Outdoor treasures.


Isle after isle we took our time as our eyes gazed on some fantastic finds. I would have loved to take home this display case.

Vintage and Antique cameras were plenty at this store.


A very full glass case of all kinds of flashlights. I've never seen so many antique flashlights all in one place. It made for a cool display.

I want this pink phone! It was $90.00 a little out of my price range for our kitchen phone.


Although this picture doesn't do the mall justice, it is very well lit and organized.


Lots of yummy milk bottles.


For information and hours visit the Logan Antique Mall Website.


Vintage Hot Spot: Tour & Interview Sweet Things Vintage Texarkana, AR


Welcome to another Vintage Hot Spot! We are so excited to be sharing with you a tour of Sweet Things Vintage Antique Mall filled to the brim with vintage goodies and authentic antiques. Please help me welcome Becky Sweet, owner of Sweet Things Vintage. 


Front of the store showing one of our local historic homes across the street.  We are in a historic area of Texarkana, AR


When did you open? Is there a story about why you opened?

I am Becky Sweet.  I started business in January of 2005 and quickly directed my focus on Vintage Costume Jewelry.  In my former career I was a stock broker and financial advisor and worked teaching State Employees how to invest for retirement.  It never would have occurred to me then that antiques can be a nice investment...but, now I wouldn't invest in much else! I moved back to my home town of Texarkana in August of 2006 when my daughter started college, to be closer to my parents who had just retired from the electronics business after 40 years.  The building we are in was their store. 

We have 6000 square foot, most of which is showrooms.

Mom got interested in my Jewelry business after I moved back and started helping me almost daily.  She especially enjoyed our road trips when we would go hunting for new stock.  May 8th of 2008, we opened Sweet Things Vintage in the old store building as an antique mall...Mom was tired of retirement!   After we'd been open a year, Dad retired a second time...he had been a full time volunteer at a local homeless shelter after deciding that retirement wasn't much fun sitting on the couch!  And, since then he has joined Mom & I and has become our "picker" going to estate and garage sales, auctions and responding to newspaper ads.  He is still learning, but brings in some wonderful things for us to sell.  One of the best things for me about the store is spending time doing something fun with my parents...and keeping them active and interested!

Just as you come in the door...and yes, the Barber Chair is the same model as that recently seen on Pawn Stars complete with the head rest that they had to pay $1000 to replace!  This one is beautifully restored.

A booth belonging to our elegant glass specialist.  She has a wonderful selection of Cambridge and Heisey.  She also has an online store on Cyberattic called Glass Amigos


What is your shop address?

We are located at the corner of East 7th and Pecan at 620 E. 7th St in Texarkana, the old Tape Village building for the locals.

Vendor booth filled with advertising collectibles.  This Vendor is a collector and knows his stuff!


What are your hours?
We are open 4 days a week from 10-5 Wednesday through Saturday. Our online stores are, of course, open 7 days a week and 24 hours a day for your shopping pleasure!


This vendor is in her 70's and has been doing this for a very long time, so has a great eye!


Top End Vintage Costume Jewelry

What are some of your favorite items?

My personal favorites are the jewelry and the Duck Decoys...isn't that a strange mix?  I also love the vintage glassware and cookie jars.

A collection of duck decoys.  My Dad has been a member of Ducks Unlimited for more than 35 years and won many awards for his work for the Ducks.
What is it that you love about vintage & antiques?

The BEST thing about vintage and antiques is when they connect you to your past.  Things like Grandmother used to have are just special.  Those things take us out of our too stressed lives and take us back to when a hot cookie was the best thing on earth.  And, sparkly things make me happy.  A strand of beautiful crystals on a rainy winter day can just bring a little sunshine in when winter has overstayed it's welcome.

Second photo is a booth with high end collectibles that can be seen in our other Ebay Store Sweet Things Vintage

Is shopping indie and small businesses important to you? If so, why?

The nice thing about vintage and antique from my standpoint is that it can't be done in a Big Box store.  It's always going to be a Mom & Pop...and those type stores are a dying breed.  Soon, we'll be the only ones left.  There is something very special about walking into a store and knowing the faces and knowing that they will know your name.  You get a sense of a place where you know you will have respect and appreciation and not be just another faceless wallet.


Above; Our furniture showroom, but the glass on the table is part of a new acquisition of a collection of 45 pieces of American Brilliant Cut Glass.


Fourth is the Perennial Favorite White Wicker that we try our best to keep in stock whenever we can find it.


We have tons of Art!  From vintage prints and Ducks Unlimited to LeRoy Neiman and Bev Doolittle!

Anything else you would like to add?

Maybe a financial tip for the young. :)  Buy vintage!  Not only is it likely to be less expensive, but it will usually be better quality and it will appreciate in, shop those antique malls for your home furnishings and decor items.  You'll love the unique beauty of your home when you do...and be building a portfolio of investments!


A special thank you to Becky Sweet for giving us a tour into your wonderful store. Visit Sweet Things Vintage online too!

VI Headliner: Retro Indie Market February 12,2011

If I lived anywhere near The Boynton Beach Woman's Club in Boynton Beach Florida, I would be heading to the Retro Indie Market on February 12th! Retro, handmade, vintage flea market goods as well as yummy baked treats! Boy, does that sound like my kind of perfect day.

It is my pleasure to introduce you to the Retro Indie Market, our newest sponsor. We are thrilled to be helping promote this event.


Sat Feb 12th, 11:00am-6:00pm

The Boynton Beach Woman’s Club
1010 S. Federal Hwy.
Boynton Beach Fl 33435

$5 (children 12 and under free with adult)
Strollers allowed, but not suggested.

Retro Indie Market is the creation of Amanda Linton and Michelle Parparian two long time friends who share a love of vintage and indie crafts. With two 2 successful shows between them (Amanda with Stitch Rock and Michelle with The Vintage Trunk Show) they wanted to combine their love of vintage and indie crafts together to create a unique marketplace showcasing some of the best local crafters and vintage dealers under one roof. Making things by hand has long been a part of the vintage home and we are happy to bring the two together once again.


To find out more about the show, vendors and directions, please visit Retro Indie Market's Website

Are you planning on going to the Retro Indie Market? Vintage Indie is looking for guest reporters. It's your opportinity to show off your video recording, photography and/or writing skills! We would love to have you. Please send your submissions to me, Gabreial Wyatt, Subject: Retro Indie Market Guest Reporter.


We're booking small business, eco-friendly, organic companies as well as blogs and other social sites. If you are interested in sponsoring Vintage Indie, please visit our advertising page.

On the Road with Contributing Editor Elizabeth Young: Alley Stuff Corbin, KY


On the way to Asheville, NC this past summer, my husband and I stopped in Corbin, KY.  After visiting the original Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, we headed downtown to their quaint shopping district on Main St.  My favorite shop was Alley Stuff located at 109 Main St.  This 2000 square foot store was packed full of antiques, collectibles, jewelry, vintage clothing, home and garden decor and more.  They also carried a nice selection of local art and handmade goods.


They are open Thursdays 12-6, Fridays and Saturdays from 10-6. 

Contact information:  109 Main St., Corbin, KY  40701        Phone:  606-524-1472




Plan Ahead Events: 2nd Saturdayz Market in Seattle this Weekend

Coming up this weekend:  

The gals who promote this shindig call themselves "The Junk Tribe" and are about the nicest and most talented bunch of creative types around.

To give you a taste, here's a little video I shot at the 2nd Saturdayz last month:


   That was Deb Bock and Linda Morrison's booth. For more info click here.

Happy Hunting!


On the Road with Contributing Editor Malia Karlinsky : JohnBob CoolJunk

Hello there, Vintage Lovers!  Join me for a tour of JohnBob CoolJunk's booth at Seattle's 2nd Saturdayz Flea Market.  Bob has a special way of putting things together.  Fun, festive inspiration.


Thank you, Bob.  If you happen to be in the Pacific Northwest, you can find more from JohnBob CoolJunk at South Tacoma Way Antiques and Collectibles.  Contact JohnBob  .

See you soon sweeties!

Paper Arts with a Vintage Feel with Contributing Editor Malia Karlinsky

Hi There!  I recently attended a paper crafting show in Seattle. There were loads of lovely things to see but one booth in particular felt very vintage indie. Crafty Secrets offers retro and vintage crafting supplies that also feel fresh.  Head Designer Vicki Chrisman shared some of her favorite products and projects with us:


For more inspiration visit the Crafty Secrets website and blog.  Check out Vicki Chrisman's personal blog too.  Lots of vintage loving beauty. 



Malia Karlinsky is a wife and a Mom to two cute kids.  She enjoys elegant upcycling, finding vintage treasures, sewing, photography and writing.  Oh and tap dancing which she isn't good at but really loves.  In her previous career, Malia was a television writer and producer. Visit Malia  on her blog Yesterday On Tuesday


On the Road with Guest Amber Strehle at Creative Connection Minneapolis

Style:  A quality of imagination and individuality expressed in one's actions and tastes.

Hello fashionistas!

I’m fresh home from a simply AMAZING trip to Minneapolis for the first EVER Creative Connection. This event was sensory overload in so so many ways.  Of course I could not help myself, and just had to snap a few pictures of this ever talented group of ladies, and (of course!) what they were wearing.



A little fashion inspiration from The Vintage Barn!



Kecia from Lemoncholy’s is not only a VERY talented artist, she looks just plain FAB!



Becky & Holly from All that Glitter!



Oh my! Look at these shoes! Sweet Candy Creations



Let’s talk about this sweet girl! She had a story to go with her guitar, everything on it had a special meaning or reason it was there. If you look closely you can even see Ree Drummond’s autograph! What a talented lady!



Happy girls!



Elaine  & Rolane from Barn Baby all dressed up for the welcome dinner on Friday night. These ladies went ALL out! Loving all the time and attention that went into these outfits.

My girlfriend said, “Really these types of events are just about the only place we can all dress totally free and not even get a funny look, but rather, “Oh!! I just love your outfit!””  I could not agree more.


 Amber  loves  (just to name a few)  Zach, her 4 children, friends,  stacks of books, photography, God,  coffee and deep conversation. What she does not love is, dirty toilets, folding laundry and when the person in the Starbucks Drive-Thru does not pull up all the way.  You can find her on her personal blog Tres Birds.

Vintage Hot Spots: Autumn Petite Retreat Camano Island WA

Artful, Unqiue and Whimsical:  That's how I'd describe the Autumn Petite Retreat Show on Camano Island, WA.  My friend Rebecca and I spent a lovely day together, meeting lovely people and looking at gorgeous things.


My Mothers Buttons had so many fabulous items, it was difficult to know where to look... shiny things kept catching my eye.


Have you ever seen a more beautiful horse bridle?


My Mother's Buttons creates one of a kind jewelry made with antique buttons and bridle rosettes from the Victorian and Edwardian era.


So detailed and special.  Speaking of special, Deb and Bob Kennedy from Retreat come up with the most fun and pretty ideas.


Like this "Witches Hat" mirror.  Wait, that witch looks familiar.  

The Kennedys always have a fresh point of view.

From the smallest spice jar...


 To a fresh take on a piano.  Those are wine bottles in there!


Deb made a bunch of these darling pumpkins...


The barn was packed with fabulous things.


And of course Deb matched her decor perfectly.


Garden Party had a floral inspired point of view...


There were plenty of vintage treasures.


And this dress which I'm pretty sure was created out of crepe paper!


I had a hard time resisting this phone.


Rose-Marie had so many things to see...


Like these Bakelite utensils


And these vintage skates.


But the really amazing thing about Rose-Marie is the talented woman behind it-- Jo Marie Richman


She makes all these beautiful skirts for ladies and girls


And aprons like this one modeled by Rebecca


See the background behind her?  


Rebecca and I 

That's where photographer Elise Liptack of Elise Marie Photography was snapping photos of folks at the show.  Elise has a magical way of taking pictures and capturing the personality of her subjects.  I'm so inspired by her work.


The Vendors


 Deb taught a class on how to make these lovelies

Have a beautiful day!  Hugs, Malia


No. 123 Rue de Park Lane

Hello Vintage Indie Readers!

I got to attend a fun little show last weekend and take oodles of photos that I'd love to share with you.  The No. 123 Rue de Park Lane Event took place on a sunny Saturday in Kirkland, WA.  The lane was shut down to cars and filled with fantastic booths instead.

From Cindy + Jody's Booth 

So much creativity

These tiny chairs are created out of champagne corks by Cindy

Sheri from Designer Junk Finder


Sheri makes these gorgeous aprons


Sweet Ceramic clocks by Angel Heart Designs

 So fun, also from Angel Heart Designs

This is the Bohemian Gypsy Collections and Consignment booth-- lots of treasures




Cake Couture Vintage had a gorgeous mix of antiques



Mela from Cake and her sweet friend Paris

A clever blackboard, fluffy pillows and cute place setting from My Sweet Savannah




Lots of pretty stuff from Tippy Stockton

 Thanks for letting me share a bit from the show.  What did I buy?  Well I was busy snapping photos but couldn't resist this tiny china set.  I'd say it's for my little girl but the truth is we're sharing it.

 Thanks VI readers!  Visit me any day over at my blog Yesterday on Tuesday.

On the Road with Contributing Editor Elizabeth Young Tickled Pink Louisville, KY



One cannot help but notice the bright pink awning on the Tickled Pink Memorabilia Mall when driving down Taylor Boulevard in Louisville, Kentucky.  Originally, the property served as Heartmann’s Grocery from 1918-1965.  The tin ceiling and fireplace mantle still remain intact.  Owner, Tony Lechner purchased the building in 1991 and, working closely with Russ Nalley, has run an extremely successful business ever since.


Three floors filled with collectibles, antiques, gift items, vintage toys, retro kitchen accessories and more await collectors and dealers alike.  Specializing in 1950s to 1980s era items, Tickled Pink promises affordable items at a low cost.  Tony states, “We guarantee that 95% of our stock will be priced $9.99 and under and 5,000 new items will be added each week.”  Sixteen dealers rent booths and three of the vendors bring in new items daily.  Lately, anything from the 1970s with butterflies, mushrooms or owls has been popular.  “We only offer furniture that our customers can handle by themselves.  We often have the popular white metal cabinets and shabby chic style furniture.  Our rough room out back offers a wide variety of garden furniture.”

Sunday is Crazy Hat Day and many regular customers will stop by just to see what hat Tony is wearing that day.  Others come on their lunch hour for a walk down memory lane or a little bit of talk therapy.  The friendly and welcoming environment makes for a wealth of repeat customers.  Tony’s sister Carol runs a second location in Ireland, Indiana near Jasper.  When in town, Antiques Roadshow voted Tickled Pink the third best mall in Kentucky.


Location:  3269 Taylor Blvd., Louisville, KY

Phone:  502-366-5577

Hours:  Monday through Friday 10:00 – 5:00, Sunday 9:00 – 6:00, Closed Saturday


On the Road with Contributing Editor Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko: Yard Saling!

August 2010 was the season of huge yard sale events, and I went to two of them!


The first is the granddaddy of yard sales, The Route 127 World’s Longest Yard Sale. This sale is over 500 miles from Gadsen, Alabama in the south up to the Ohio/Michigan border in the north. My friend, Suzy and I, celebrating our mutual 50th birthdays this year, followed a 150 mile stretch of the route beginning in Crossville, TN and ending in Danville, KY. It took us 2 days.

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The treasures along the way vary from a few high-priced antique dealers, to some moderately-priced antique/vintage dealers, to the very affordable yard sales. You get a heady mixture of used goods along the route as well as an interesting mix of sellers. The scenery is tranquil farms and rolling hills. Beautiful!

Crossville sale 1 Crossville, TN

There were way too many yards full of clothes hanging from lines stretched between trees or spread out on tarps for my taste, but if we saw a yard where non-clothing stuff was the norm, we usually pulled over and took a look. We really had to search a lot to find vintage treasures. However, some of the towns had fields or fairgrounds where clusters of dealers had more interesting fare. In our 150 stretch of the route we hoped there would be more of these clusters of sellers instead of the single yard sales, but we did manage to fill the back of Suzy’s SUV! Our favorite clusters of sellers were in Crossville, TN and further north at the Cumberland General Store in TN where the grounds were full of dealers. The Ag Expo Center in Liberty, KY was a great place to stop too where there were lots of dealers under a huge roof.

Pall Mall, TN chairs Pall Mall, TN chairs

Food along the route was anything from quaint and reasonably-priced bar-b-que places, cafes, fast food, and vendors with everything from fried pork skins to fried pies. Our favorite lunch was in the fellowship hall of a Methodist church in KY where BBQ brisket, fresh cornbread, and homemade pie was to die for!


It took us 9 hours to drive from our homes to the Route 127 sale. Would we do it again? Probably not. I do think, however, that junkers, pickers, and antiquers should do it at least once. Put in on your “bucket list.” It is always the first weekend in August, although dealers told us that they set and began selling the weekend before.

Yard crawl Stephensville Yard crawl Stephensville

Closer to home (only an hour and 15 minutes west of my home) was the Route 11 Yard Crawl. This is the second Saturday in August. This 43 mile sale in the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley of Virginia stretches north to south from Stephensville to New Market. Antebellum homes and Civil War battlefields are a big part of the scenery. This route is very doable during the one day event, although I hear vendors set up and sell the day before. As you approach each town on the route the traffic does come to a “crawl.”  You need to put on your “patience pants” and crawl along until you find a place to pull off so you can search through larger clusters of sales in fields or large front yards. These clusters are where you will find the few antique dealers along the route.

Yard crawl white house Yard crawl white house

In less congested areas, between towns, there are mostly single and small clusters of yard sales. Once again, like with the Route 127 sale, you have to pick and choose what sale to stop for a closer look. Many of the sales are practically right on the side of the road so looking is easy.


I found that the prices went from the ridiculously high-priced (only a very few dealers were like this) to the insanely cheap (quite a few dealers). There was this one couple who had a lot of wonderful old books and other goods and were selling everything at end of day for the rock bottom price of ten cents each! Insane! You have to willing to look and look for those special goodies at the sales. There is something for everyone on this sale and the scenery is truly breathtaking.


I will go to this sale again because it is so close to home, but if you have to drive more than 3 hours to get here, you may want to think twice. It really depends on what you are looking for. I actually found as much stuff on the one day of the Route 11 sale as I did during the 2 days we spent on Route 127 sale.


Good luck and enjoy the rest of yard sale season!


Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko, aka Bethsbagz, began her checkered crafting career when at four she realized using paste on paper was better than eating it. Inspired by vintage dime store treasures, vintage fabric, and a no-fear attitude toward color, Beth crafts totes, pin cushions, wreaths, and corsages into her Dime Store Chic creations. Beth would love you to take a peek into her whimsical world at her blog.

Vintage Hot Spots: Maison Douce at the Barn House Flea Market

Hi Pals... I'm back with more from the The Barn House Flea Market.  Maison Douce was one of my most favorite booths.  So fun and feminine!  Owner Isabel Lang is so sweet and talented.  Here's a little interview and tour to share with you.  Enjoy!  Malia





Malia Karlinsky is a wife and a Mom to two cute kids.  She enjoys elegant upcycling, finding vintage treasures, sewing, photography and writing.  Oh and tap dancing which she isn't good at but really loves.  In her previous career, Malia was a television writer and producer. Visit Malia  on her blog Yesterday On Tuesday




Vintage Hot Spots: Back From Barn House with Malia Karlinsky

Hi Friends!  Malia here.  I am back from the Barn House Antiques Show and let me tell you-- it was a blur of beauty!


 There were so many lovely things to look at.  And wonderful people to meet.



Calamity Jane

The Women of Worthy Goods 


 Worthy Goods mixed in greenery with their antiques


Maison Douce

Maison Douce -- so pretty and feminine 




Here are Deb and Bob Kennedy from Retreat.  


I wanted to retreat into their beautiful booth!  Did you notice the way they turned a bee's nest into art?


Kindred Roses

 This is Julie Crumpacker from Kindred Roses.


 Kindred Roses had a whimsical spin on vintage-- so fun


 Thanks for letting me share my Barn House photos with you.  BIG Hug!  Malia



Malia Karlinsky is a wife and a Mom to two cute kids.  She enjoys elegant upcycling, finding vintage treasures, sewing, photography and writing.  Oh and tap dancing which she isn't good at but really loves.  In her previous career, Malia was a television writer and producer. Visit Malia  on her blog Yesterday On Tuesday



Vintage Indie Hot Spots: Willow Giveaway

Hello, Malia here.  It sure is fun hanging out with you this week.  So we've been to Utah and stopped in Seattle, Washington.  Now let's visit another part of the state.

In the picturesque town of Chelan, there's a wonderful store filled with unique handcrafted items. The shop is named "Willow" and for owner Robyn Skaar, retail is part of her family heritage.  

Robyn Skaar

Robyn Skaar, Willow

Robyn is a third generation entrepreneur-- both her Mother and Grandmother owned retail apparel stores. To her, "going to market" and helping out with the endless list of tasks that accompany running a shop was a happy part of her childhood.

According to Robyn, "My dream was to bring women together in a creative, collaborative spirit and watch the outcome.  I have a passion for handcrafted and time worn products, especially those that have been taken from vintage pieces and remade into new artworks. Of course the best part is watching our customers get excited about those products, buy them and come back and tell us how much they enjoy living with they enjoy living with them."

Thanks Robyn.  Now let's take a look around...



Keep Calm and Carry On



Dwell in Possibilty

Ceramic Heart


Vintage Party Girl Pendant

Gorgeous stuff, right?  In anticipation of expanding Willow's online presence, Robyn is generously offering Vintage Indie readers a chance to win a twenty five dollar gift certificate to the store.  Just leave a comment here, letting us know what your favorite item was on this virtual shopping trip.  Good Luck!  Entries close at on Sunday July 18th at midnight EST.

Willow Info

Address: 119 E. Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA  98816

Phone:  509.682.8700