Vintage Hot Spots: Laguna Vintage Pottery Seattle

It's Malia and I'm here today with some photos from Laguna Vintage Pottery in Seattle.  I got to visit with owner Michael Lindsey and learn what's hot right now in the world of American Vintage Pottery.
Laguna is one of the largest vintage pottery stores in the United States. Walking into the shop, you are dazzled by all the colors and shapes.


Homer Laughlin Fiesta





And amazed at how modern looking so many of the pieces are...




Eva Zeisel

There's so much to see...

Pottery Collage

And here are some of the items to keep an eye out for.  They're beautiful and valuable!
Sought After Pieces

Franciscan Fine China

Plaid Pottery

Vernon Kilns

Franciscan Starburst

Franciscan Starburst

The store stocks almost all vintage pieces with the exception of a few items like these beautiful bud vases from Heath Ceramics. 

Heath Bud Vases

Thanks Michael Lindsey!  You can visit Laguna Vintage Pottery Online at or stop by the store in Seattle:
Laguna Pottery
116 S. Washington St.
Seattle, WA 98014
Michael is generously offering Vintage Indie Readers a 10% off discount
online (use code vintageindie) or in store if you mention the Vintage Indie.

Up next... an interview with American Vintage Pottery Expert,  Michael Lindsey, with his tips on collecting and taking care of your vintage pottery pieces.

Getting to know Olive & Tweed with Malia Karlinksky of Yesterday on Tuesday

Hello There, Friends!  It's Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday.  I'm so excited that I get to be your hostess here at Vintage Indie this week.  Since you're my guests, what should we do?  Go shopping you say? Wonderful! I'd love to share some of my favorite stores with you.

Somer Gardiner

I have a treat for you today.  While visiting Park City, Utah I found a wonderfully unique shop.  Olive & Tweed Owner, Somer Gardiner, mixes indie, modern and vintage clothing and jewelry, creating a fresh style.  I got to interview Somer and get the scoop on trends, what she's looking for in indie artists and the reality of running a brick and mortar store.

Can you describe your store a little?  What's the story behind the name “Olive and Tweed”?

Olive & Tweed is an artist driven boutique in a picturesque mountain town. We sell clothing and accessories that are hand picked or hand made. Our focus is to support as many local and national artists as possible by selling their wares at Olive & Tweed. It is also artist driven in that our buyers are all artists and together we have developed a look for the store by paying attention to detail and blending urban with bohemian in an Etsy meets Park City kind of way.

The name Olive & Tweed is sweet and simple but there is more to it than meets they eye. It incorporates one of my favorite colors, Olive, and one of my favorite fabrics and yarns, Tweed. It also references two things that are very important in fashion and in art - Color & Texture.

Little Dresses

How/why did you start your business?

My first business was as a professional artisan selling hand made scarves and hats at several local farmers markets and in holiday boutiques for over 4 years at the age of 20-24. Eventually my craft led me to open a hip and inspiring yarn shop, Soul Spun Yarn, just as the trend of knitting was making its way back into the mainstream. Soul Spun was an instant success because it offered gorgeous yarns that were used in new and exciting ways and easy to make projects to the beginning knitter. I ran Soul Spun for 5 years and in the interim decided that I wanted to open a boutique that expressed my interest in fashion, art, and community. 
Elle Necklace

You focus on featuring Indie artists… why?  A few favorites?

Indie artists are where it's at. They are generally ahead of the trend, they give personality to what they make and what you buy, and working with them is often enlightening in some way or the other. A few of my favorites are Ellebelle who makes jewelry from Antique coins, silverware, and found object, and Werks who hand dyes fabrics with herbs and flowers and creates very avant gaurd clothing that is whimsical and feminine. 
Embellished Tank

Some people may feel intimidated on how to mix “new” clothing items with their vintage collection.  Any tips?

Mixing is the old with the new is best. I love vintage clothing but I think to make something hip, current, and relevant you should balance the old with the new. A vintage print floral dress with a studded leather clog and a sweet little cardi will make everyone swoon. Accessorize your vintage to create an ironic juxtaposition and a look that's all your own.


What’s hot in the store right now?

We are really into floral this season. I.e.  a sweet floral print on a flowy short skirt,  a floral print button down shirt that is great paired with denim. We also have some bold edgy pieces such as a grey and lime striped shirt that is loose fitting and cropped, a studded sassy vest or leggings, 70's inspired wedge heel... and so much more. There is ton of artist made jewelry, a baby and kid section with darling cotton dresses, home decor with a very fun and colorful palette, and soooo many dresses and skirts. 


Trends for fall?

They say Velvet is making it's way back, pant legs are getting wider, and capes will be in, but I prefer to focus on classic cuts with a current feel. In Park City we are about being sexy, comfy, and sporty all at once, we are less trend focused and more focused on making layers work no matter the season. A great coat is a must, sexy jeans, dresses layered with a cardi and a cropped jacket, tights or leggings are still great, and boots with everything because they are practical for snowy weather and no one around here has given up on the trend.

What’s your favorite outfit right now?

My favorite outfit is a double layered silk wrap skirt with a Japanese print in dark blue, cream, and gold, it's flowy, soft to the touch, and sits on the waist perfectly. I wear it with a plain white tank tucked in or out; it's a great outfit for the farmers market or a concert in the park. 

Turquoise Necklace

What are you looking for from the artists who approach you about carrying their items?

I look for a couple of things. 

  •  Aesthetic appeal - it has to look good and be of the moment - 
  • Price - we keep things locally priced and we want to buy from artists sell their work at a price that we can keep appealing and accessible to our customers. 
  • Quality - in workmanship and in materials. 
What inspires you?

Clanking forks muted by lively conversations, illuminated aspens with translucent golden edged leaves in the last moments of daylight as the sun heads West, fabric hung on bolts layering upon each other begging to be freed and taken home, artists who do what they want without reserve, color, color, color - always color - and generally dance, music, writing, wool, silk, wood, handmade, vintage, rustic.

Baby Items

What color palettes are you into?

Right now I like cobalt blue, coral, and yellow but I'm sure in the Fall that will turn to Navy, Olive, Mustard, Brown, or soft tones of Cream, Amethyst, Blush, Mocha. 
Favorite designers/clothing companies?

Skunk Funk & Free People,  
What do you like to create in your “free” time?

I'm a singer-songwriter - guitarist and love to play and write music in my spare time. Playing the guitar and creating songs is just another way to keep my hands busy and my mind engaged in the creative process. I do some graphic design, I also knit hats and scarves, and am learning to sew. I just made my first sewn scarf today. I blended a gorgeous paisley chiffon in peach with a cream french lace. My designs tend to be feminine, simple, and made from luscious fabrics or yarns.


For people considering opening their own brick and mortar shop—anything you wish you had known?

What I was lucky to know from the start was that you have to create and fill a niche. Niche is very important. If you think that there is something that your city needs and that the public will respond well, go for it. Just make sure that you do your research first. It always costs more to open a business than you think it will, it always takes longer to build out the store than expected, and it always takes longer than you think it will to get into in 'the black'.  Plan for the worst case scenario just in case, because you can easily loose your shirt of you don't have the capital it takes to have an abundant inventory, and enough in the bank to pay your bills while you are establishing your business.  


Toughest/Most Rewarding part?

Toughest part is slow days and when things get lean and you worry about paying your bills. This happen in the beginning especially, and it's a big strain. The most rewarding part is wearing the different hats required of the job. You get to be the buyer, manager, merchandiser, creative directory, marketer, HR, designer, etc. For someone who is analytical, artistic, social, type A, business minded, and practical, it's a great job. Remember that in the beginning you are it. Even if you have help, it all comes down to you. I have seen many friends who romanticised owning a business crack under the pressure of it all. Be careful and know what you are getting into. Know if you are cut out for 100 hours a week for the first 6 months to a year. It's all you will sleep, eat, drink, and think about.
What’s next for Olive and Tweed?

We are growing our website and hope to expand to a second location in Seattle when the time is right. In the meantime, we'll just keep bringing the cutest affordable clothing, jewelery, and art to Park City!
Where can we find you and your shop? 

Olive and Tweed
608 Main Street
Park City, UT 84060

Thanks so much, Somer!

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 

Tales from The Farm Chicks 2010 & a Plan Ahead event for July 10th!

Hi, Malia here.  
I am so loving looking through all my Farm Chicks photos again for Vintage Indie.  There was SO much creativity packed into those three rooms.
Let me introduce you to Rolane (L) and Sharon (R).  They're pals sharing a space.

Rolane and Sharon

Sharon makes the most gorgeous pillows for her business "Romance Your Home."  And Rolane is a gal with a ton of talent too as you can see by her selections from The Vintage Barn (www.barnbabybarn).  

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Vintage Barn 4


I have some happy news to share from The Vintage Barn... they have an Antique Show coming up on July 10th in Rathdrum, ID.  

From the VB website:
"The Vintage Barn is proud to host more than 50 vendors with fabulous finds including farmhouse primitives, cottage style, rustic cabin, garden favorites, painted furniture and much more."

You must go!

Hope you are enjoying the eye candy.  I know I am!


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

The Farm Chicks Antique Show 2010: Guest Reporter Timi Weathers of Come Junk With Us


For years I have been making the five hour drive from Seattle to The Farm Chicks Show in Spokane, Washington.  As soon as I would leave the show on Sunday, I was planning my trip for the next year.  There was something about going there that had me on a Farm Chicks high for weeks afterwards. I was inspired to try something new, anxious to see my new friends that I had met there, and jonesing for more blog updates. It was crazy! My husband would be so sick of listening to me go on and on about The Farm Chicks show that eventually he was happy to see me leave on some other junkin adventure… for as long as I wanted to be gone.

Last summer, after attending The Farm Chicks show, I was having cocktails with friends and spreading the Farm Chicks word.  When all at once my friends started saying  “I want to go” “let me know and I’ll go with.”  Then I started talking with more people about Farm Chicks and everyone wanted to go.  So I thought “what if we take a bus full of new Farm Chick followers?”  So Come Junk With Us was born!

This year’s show was the first time I had organized that many people for 3 days. I was responsible for them having a good time, making sure they had everything they needed and getting all their treasures home safely.  This was a different show for me now. I didn’t leave with the same Farm Chicks high as I usually did.  This year it was more like a Farm Chicks hangover.

It’s been a couple weeks now, and I’m starting to get my Farm Chicks high.  I know you’re sitting there thinking “why now?”

I have figured out what it is about the Farm Chicks that gets me all “preachin the word” afterwards………..

It’s not the fabulous displays of goods by some of the most talented vendors that travel from all over, and it’s not buying a “one of a kind” item.  It’s the friendships that are made. It’s seeing my friends become friends with people they just met.  It’s seeing what evolves from those meetings.  Art retreats are formed, smaller shows are put together, business partners are made and the bringing together of people who have the same passion, love and artistic sole for junkin.   This is what I love about Farm Chicks!



Cindy and Ginny

Cindy and Ginny ended up introducing me to a few ladies that I soon will be working with on a little project.  I’m so excited about this project.


Donna and Shanon sharing a dessert.


Kay and Julie chatting. They knew each other from years ago, but had lost touch with each other and just happen to meet up again on the bus.


New friends Jill and Stephanie from Canada.



Even my Dad got sucked in to the whole experience of Farm Chicks. He’s still talking about what a neat lady Antonya was.


This was T R O U B L E!  These three clicked as friends before we even left the parking lot in Seattle.  On the way home I heard them making plans to get their families together and spend a weekend at Coastal Nest in Pacific Beach, Washington. 




More friends pictures


Two of my very favorite ladies Michele and Charity………. Are now friends.


Elaine of Tinker Verve  and I have really only talked on the phone and through email.  It was fun to spend some time with this very special talented woman. She and I will be attending The Creative Connection Event  together in September along with Amber  from Tres Birds Photography.


Me with Gladys and Celia of June Bug. I met these ladies last year and when I decided to plan a trip to Farm Chicks for 30 of my new friends I knew immediately these ladies where who I needed to get to help in planning my trip to Farm Chicks.  I was  soooooooooo right! 


One of my most very favorite ladies. We met at Farm Chicks 3 years ago. Joy is someone who inspired me, always told me to be me, and to do what I love.

If you have never met Joy of Auntie Joy , you need to make sure you do next time you have the opportunity.


Deb of Retreat Design  is another talented woman who I met through Farm Chicks and blogging.  She has been a source of encouragement, help, and just giving me an ear when I need one.



There is a reason Cindy of The Queen of Tarte and I live 5 hours away from each other.  We knew when we met that The Junkin Gods would prefer to keep us separated.   We don’t get to see each other very often but when we do we have a lot of fun.


This is Kal of Keeping it Bella.  She and I became very good friends 3 years ago at Farm Chicks over the purchase of a shopping cart from Lisa at A Thing For Roses.  I bought it, she wanted it, I let her admire it.  We ended keeping in touch from that day on and have become very good friends.  I also became very good friends with Lisa who sold me that shopping cart.


These were all my peeps!

It’s been fun for me over the last couple weeks to see them become friends on Facebook, asking me for contact information for one another, contacting me about projects, and of course, just seeing this group of strangers now great friends.


 Here ‘s to you Farm Chicks Show! 

The lines were long, it was crowded, you may have not got what you wanted as far as fabulous junk, BUT……… we left with something more valuable than you can put a price on……. Friendship!

Thank you to Tres Birds Photography for the great pictures

The Farm Chicks Antique Show 2010: Guest Reporter Malia Karlinsky

Hi Friends!  Malia here, I'm back with more photos from the Farm Chicks Antique Show.  

The next shop I'm going to introduce you to made me swoon.  It literally glittered with sparkly beauty.  Jennifer Osner Antique Textiles ( had such exquisite and unique items.  Rolls full of sparkles, ribbon in delicious colors, and special vintage notions.  A really wonderful collection.






I had to backtrack to the front of the show for my next stop at "Poor Pitiful Pam."  The reason?  It was so packed with people when we first got into the show we literally couldn't find anywhere to stand.  This vendor had such a fresh feel and take on things.  Some ruffles for under a dress, a striking display with a vintage suitcase, an incredibly gorgeous halter top, a spare yet striking light fixture and (I loved this one) a lacy light source. Feminine and pretty all around.  This Pam person is definitely not pitiful!


Next I got to meet Cheryl Cook from The Basket Barn


Cheryl Cook


Cheryl is crafty as well as having a terrific eye for vintage goodies.  This slice of cake idea was adorable, the way she had her things displayed was so clever. 



Her repurposing of children's clothing was really fun.  As a matter of fact, I think Cheryl had a lot more pieces of clothing to sell at the start of the show-- but was happily wiped out quickly by shoppers.

Thanks for joining me on my adventure.  I'll have more for you later!



 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.

Guest Reporter Amber Strehle at The Farm Chicks Antique Show 2010: Farm Chick Style!

What a fun week it has been so far. There has been a ton of juicy Farm Chicks goodies. Today's doesn't lack in style either, please help me in welcoming guest reporter Amber Strehle to Vintage Indie.

Do you remember the first day of school?  During my school age years I prepared weeks for the first day of school. Shopped, planned and lastly primped. I’m pretty sure I had my favorite outfit laid out on my bed for days, shoes and all! Now, I know I was not the only (or the last!) girl in the school to do this, I also know that I witnessed maybe thousands of ‘ farm chic’ women do the very same thing last  weekend at the Farm Chicks show.  It was like the first day of school…Farm Chick style.


While yes there were beautifully designed booths and treasures as far as the eye can see. There were also the shoppers and vendors dressed so cute, so creatively you could not help but to stare, and maybe try not to act too much like a stalker and ask for a picture!



The two cuties from




Artist in all things rusty, birdy and repurposed, Virgina Shawver. Oh my, her booth was a little bit of bird heaven!





Not just vendors dress up for FC’s..These ladies rocked it!



Fun vintage glam from Kansas City Kitty (



Cute and romantic wear from the ladies at Wild Whimsy (


Most ladies would agree, an outfit is not complete without the perfect accessory.  FC is the place to find the perfect accessory, some vintage, some cute and crafty. 


Oooh bakelite.


Cowgirl and cowboy wallets from Orange Crush Exports.



Sparkly goodness!





More fun stuff from the Wild Whimsy girls! (


The only sad part about the weekend?

I have to wait an entire year to go again..bummer.


Thanks so much Amber for giving us a fashionable look at the Farm Chicks so! That was so much fun.


*Amber  loves  (just to name a few)  Zach, her 4 children, friends, stacks and stacks of books, photography, God, junk, 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 or check out her work at

Guest Reporter Malia at The Farm Chicks Antique Show 2010: Interview with Jo Packham of Where Women Create

Malia Karlinsky from Yesterday On Tuesday is back with another great Farm Chicks show highlight!

 The lovely Jo Packham was there, signing her book "Where Women Create" and copies of her "Where Women Create" Magazines.  Jo also has a beautiful "Where Women Create" Blog 

Jo Packham and Serena

I was able to get a cute picture of Jo with Serena Thompson from Farm Chicks.  I also got to meet Jo and ask her about what advice she has for women who are inspired to create, but are having a hard time taking the next step:

Jo Packham Founder Where Women Create

Jo was so encouraging and kind.  She's a gorgeous person inside and out.


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 her on her blog Yesterday On Tuesday.

Special Weekend Edition: The Farm Chicks Antique Show with Guest Reporter Malia Karlinsky

Hey everyone!

Did you have a fabulous weekend? I bet if you went to The Farm Chicks show you did! For those of you who didn't I'm back with another surprise! This time from Vintage Indie reader Malia of Yesterday On Tuesday.

She's back from the show with all kinds of goodies and interviews to share with you. Would please help me in giving Malia a warm Vintage Indie welcome? Thanks so much, you're the best readers a girl could have.  xoxo Gabreial

Hello!  I'm Malia from Yesterday On Tuesday  and I'm fresh from Spokane with your Farm (Chicks) Report.  This was the best FC show ever in my opinion.  There were 193 spaces to stop by... be inspired... and of course *wink* buy some treasures. 


There were so many amazing things to see.  I am going to bring you along on my journey of bliss, starting with the first spot I stopped:  JOHNBob cooljunk (above photo).  The must have item?  Aprons going for $5 apiece.  They were literally flying out of the booth.


Across the way, I found Heather Bullard Home & Lifestyle,  Elegance and charm are the words I'd use to describe Heather's space.  This designer uses lots of organic material in her work, as well as jewels and pastel tones.  I felt like I stepped into a beautiful boutique walking into her place.




Next up:  Orange Crush Exports.  They had tons of cool vintage leather belts, signs, pennants, show ribbons and my favorites, Skeleton Keys.  I wish I could have grabbed the giant box of them.  Orange Crush had all sorts of colors and textures... and I wasn't the only one who loved it.  I almost got crushed myself by the crowd at the table!

Orange Crush Exports 

Wow Malia, you found some great things at the show! I truly appreciate your time and effort to bring us these fabulous highlights. I can't wait to see what else you've got for us!

Please visit Malia at her corner of the web Yesterday On Tuesday, she offers a very charming blog another great addition to your reader!



 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. 

Special Weekend Edition: Guest Reporter & Farm Chicks Show Vendor Deb Kennedy

Good Saturday morning everyone! Remember that special surprise that I had for you? Well, Deb Kennedy of Retreat has graciously taken us along with her "on the road" to The Farm Chicks Antique Show!  Please help me in sending her a warm Vintage Indie welcome!

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Park Lane Hotel vintage sign  saying 'Farm Chicks Show'

Hi, everyone... I'm Deb Kennedy, and I am one of the vendors participating in the Farm Chicks Antique Show in Spokane, Washington this weekend. When Gabreial put out the call for guest bloggers to write about the show, I offered to share a bit of a 'behind the scenes' perspective. My husband and I own 'Retreat', and this is our third year as members of 'the Farm Chicks Family'.

The Farm Chicks Antique Show is more than just a great place for thousands of attendees to gather from across the nation... it's also the favorite venue for many dealers who come from near and far every June for the show!


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The giant 'CAKE' made from junk that Celeste of Chaps Restaurant set up at the show

150 of the best dealers of antiques, vintage, vintage-style, and handmade goods participate in the show, and most of them will tell you it is their favorite show to come to. How can you NOT love a show that is all about the details? Three years ago, vendors arrived to find boxed cupcakes in every space. This year, Celeste from the legendary CHAPS Restaurant built a giant cake from junk to celebrate the opening of her new business - aptly named 'CAKE' (What else?!). She served the most decadent devils' food cakes to every vendor on Friday during setup... a sugar rush that was most definitely appreciated by over 200 people working like mad all day.

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The decadent chocolate cakes that Celeste served to the vendors today!

Preparing for Farm Chicks begins months before the show for vendors, and it all culminates in the frenzied 10 hour setup day on Friday. Trailers, vans, and rented trucks fill the parking lots, while hundreds of people spend the day emptying them of thousands of pounds of merchandise. Some vendors create settings worthy of film sets and store displays, others manage to fill every last inch with finely-tuned details. We are, essentially, owners of traveling stores, and we set them up anew for every show.

It's hard work, but it's a lot of fun, too! Music plays, people chat and laugh and oooooh and aaaaahhh over each others' treasures, and a huge facility that was empty at 8 AM is transformed into a wonderland by 6 PM. {And that is when we are kicked OUT by security, so we have to be done!}
Photos are taken, hugs given, and an exhausted crowd heads out to rest until the next morning.

When that door opens at 10 AM on Saturday, the thousands of guests who come to the show know that their experience at Farm Chicks is just beginning... for vendors, that's the finish line! Saturday and Sunday are days to visit, share, inspire, and make new friends as we sell our wares. The energy of the show affects everyone present, and though Sunday afternoon will find us all exhausted, both vendors and attendees alike will be thrilled with their special finds, new friends, and wonderful memories of another successful show. You really can't ask for more! 

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Serena Thompson, founder & owner of The Farm Chicks, is a consummate professional and handles every detail with aplomb and style. She makes every vendor and every guest at her show feel welcome, appreciated, and like a valued contributor to the success of the entire show. Is it any wonder why so many of us consider this the best show in the country?! {No offense to Country Living Magazine, who rated it #2 in the nation in the May, 2010 issue.}

I hope you all have a chance to visit the Farm Chicks Show one day, or at least to view the many many photos of it that will soon be on blogs, Flikr, & Facebook. I know you'll be inspired! You can find out more at

Deb Kennedy is a designer & decorator, and co-owner of Retreat vintage-style furnishings.
Visit her blog at and her business website at

On the Road with Contributing Editor Elizabeth Young: The Ruby Rooster Shelbyville, KY


Driving down Main Street in the historic district of Shelbyville, KY, one cannot help but notice the huge antique mall near the courthouse.  Originally two separate clothing stores, the buildings have merged and are now home to The Ruby Rooster.  The name on the storefront reads Main St. Antique Mall but trust that you are in the right place.  Owner Glenda Hilling worked with the previous owner before she and her husband bought the business 6 years ago.  "I have really nice customers and dealers and I get to meet people from all over the world," says Glenda. 


With approximately 24,000 sq. feet and 75 dealers, this two story mall offers something for everyone.  The Ruby Rooster specializes in primitive furniture, collectibles, decorative items, vintage clothing and hats, jewelry, books, toys, glassware, linens and well known artist prints.  Two floors on each side will keep the antique lover busy for hours.  An entire downstairs room is devoted to consigned items.  If you need a little snack while shopping, cookies and coffee are offered daily. 


Customer service is a priority at The Ruby Rooster. Employees are happy to hold items while you shop and then help carry your purchases to the car. Gift certificates and layaway over $50 are available.  Before you leave, be sure to sign up for their mailing list.

Location:  514-518 Main St., Shelbyville, KY  40065

Phone:  502-633-0001

Hours:  Monday - Saturday 10:00 to 5:00, closed Sundays. Closed most major holidays, open Memorial Day.

Special Events:  Spring Fling at the end of March beginning of April- Dealers offer special sales and refreshments are served.  Events on Main St. include car shows and live band music.
Sidewalk sales and special booth sales are plentiful during the Annual Horse Show at the Fairgrounds in July.

A Christmas Open House is held the first Saturday in November.  Hours are extended until 7:00 PM, special sales are offered and refreshments are provided.





Elizabeth Young is a wife and cat mom who spends many an hour hunting for vintage goodies at her favorite  thrift stores, antique shops and monthly flea markets!  A collector of vintage toys, holiday decor and general store items, many of the found treasures end up on display in her Victorian home.  She also looks for vintage ephemera, fun supplies and kitschy decor for her Etsy shop Grandmother's Attic !  When not doing this, she works two part time jobs, wearing different hats at each! 

On the Road with Contributing Editor Elizabeth Young: Elizabeth's Timeless Attire Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY


Located in the trendy historic Frankfort Avenue corridor, Elizabeth's Timeless Attire is a shop not to be missed.  Filled with fashions and accessories from days gone by, Elizabeth's is the perfect destination for those who love to wear or collect vintage clothing.  Owner Elizabeth Schaaf opened the doors in May 1987.  She had amassed a huge collection of vintage clothing and had always dreamed of one day having her own shop.  "I feel so lucky that I can wake up every morning and do something I love," says Elizabeth.


The building itself was built in the 1930s and originally housed a cleaners as well as a beauty shop.  Today, it is filled with racks of vintage clothing, hats, shoes, purses and costume jewelry dating from the late 1800s to the 1970s.  A small men's section offers clothing, hats, accessories, bow ties, ties and cuff links.  Elizabeth still caters to some of her original clientele although in recent times she has seen younger customers seeking vintage fashion.  "Many of my customers are trying to create an individual style instead of the cookie cutter look you get from buying at local department stores.  The workmanship, details and beautiful fabrics are unlike the clothing of today although they do mix well with newer styles." 


Elizabeth's is known for special occasion dresses and evening wear.   Girls looking for a little something different have bought dresses to wear to their school proms.  Theater groups have also come in over the years seeking costumes for local productions.  Sales start as early as March for those seeking vintage hats, dresses and jewelry for the Kentucky Derby.  The movie A League of Their Own was filmed in nearby Evansville, IN and a buyer came into Elizabeth's seeking authentic 1940s clothing.  Elizabeth not only was able to provide the clothing, she was also an extra in the film.



Smaller items are carefully wrapped in tissue paper and tucked into classic black bags.  Gift certificates are offered as well as gift wrapping services.  "I get to know my customers, that is the most rewarding part of this business," states Elizabeth.


Special Events:  The last Friday of every month is known as "Fat Friday", essentially a trolley hop up and down Frankfort Avenue with stops at local shops and restaurants.  Elizabeth's is open until 9:00 PM during this event.  The Saturday before Easter is the annual Easter Parade and customers are encouraged to dress up in vintage clothing, parade down the street and hand out candy to the children. 

Address:  2050 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206

Phone:  502-895-5911

Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday, 12 - 6 PM



Elizabeth Young is a wife and cat mom who spends many an hour hunting for vintage goodies at her favorite  thrift stores, antique shops and monthly flea markets!  A collector of vintage toys, holiday decor and general store items, many of the found treasures end up on display in her Victorian home.  She also looks for vintage ephemera, fun supplies and kitschy decor for her Etsy shop Grandmother's Attic !  When not doing this, she works two part time jobs, wearing different hats at each! 

On the Road with Contributing Editor Elizabeth Young: Sugar Maples Antiques & Gifts Jeffersonville, IN


In the quaint downtown district of Jeffersonville, IN, one of my very favorite antique shops can be found.  Sugar Maples Antiques & Gifts is located just off the main street and offers a delightful mix of antiques, collectibles, primitives and gifts.  The mini antique mall opened in April 2006 and is owned by three friends.  A total of ten dealers fill 2000 sq. feet, divided into 12 booths and 3 sets of well lit showcases. 


The building is charming itself.  The original tin ceiling has been preserved and the vault from the building's days as the Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co now houses a booth appropriately coined "The Vault".  Classical music plays softly in the background.  "We're small but you can come in and relax, no one is in a rush, we cater to the customer in any way we can and we offer a variety of items that are affordable," states owner Diana Kircher.

Located just off 1-65, Sugar Maples is easily accessible whether one is coming from the Louisville, KY area or Southern Indiana.  Customers will find everything from cookbooks, vintage jewelry, crystal, china, linens, candles, primitives to furniture and architectural pieces tastefully displayed.


Location:  109 West Maple Street, Jeffersonville, IN  47130

Phone:  (812) 285-1616

Hours:  Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 - 5:00, Saturday 10:00 - 3:00, closed Sunday and Monday


 Special Events:  In the spring, Sugar Maples offers an egg drawing for a percentage off purchases and the Easter Bunny comes to each shop and passes out candy.  A Fall Festival is held in mid October and the street in front of the shop is closed off.  There are additional antique dealers, food booths and homemade baked goods provided by the Animal Protection Association. 


Trick or Treat Downtown is held at the end of October on a Saturday before Halloween.  Sugar Maples passes out candy the entire day. The store also participates in the Jeffersonville Christmas Walk which is held one evening in November from 6:00 - 9:00 PM.  Sugar Maples has an open house during this event, offering sales and snacks.  Other events include participation in the Jeffersonville Wine Walk and Art on Spring both held in July.



Elizabeth Young is a wife and cat mom who spends many an hour hunting for vintage goodies at her favorite  thrift stores, antique shops and monthly flea markets!  A collector of vintage toys, holiday decor and general store items, many of the found treasures end up on display in her Victorian home.  She also looks for vintage ephemera, fun supplies and kitschy decor for her Etsy shop Grandmother's Attic !  When not doing this, she works two part time jobs, wearing different hats at each! 

Vintage Hot Spot Store Tour: Wholly Craft Columbus, OH

Vintage Indie would like to welcome you to another Vintage Hot Spot Shop Tour! Today we welcome Olivera of Wholly Craft, located in Columbus Ohio! 


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Hi Olivera, thanks so much for the interview. Can you tell us about when Wholly Craft was born? 

We opened our doors in October 2005 and moved into a bigger storefront in the summer of 2007.

What kind of store is Wholly Craft?

We carry a wide variety of handmade goods from over 100 crafters and artists. Our selection includes clothing, jewelry, handbags, baby items, paper goods, kitchen ware, bath goods, zines, hair accessories and more. We also carry a few DIY craft kits and patterns and vintage craft supplies, including knitting needles, yarn, instructional books, and trims.

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We carry tons of screen printed designs, all printed on sweatshop free tshirts.  Our best selling designs let customers wear their Ohio pride on their sleeves.

What is your shop address?
3169 N. High St. Columbus, Ohio 43202. We’re in the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus, ten minutes from downtown and just north of the Ohio State University.

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One stop shopping for baby showers. Onsies, leg warmers, natural teethers, belly balm for expecting moms and more.

What are your hours?

1-8pm weekdays. 12-7pm Saturdays. 12-5pm Sundays. And we’re closed on Tuesdays. In December, we’re open everyday 12-8pm.


AmyD is a favorite local designer who uses vintage and reclaimed materials in most of her work. The vintage men’s shirt turned unisex apron is a classic.

Do you hold any special events at your store?

We do! We host crafty classes and workshops on a regular basis. The class schedule is published in our monthly email newsletter and posted on our blog at  We also host local bands, traveling authors, and the occasional puppet show. On the second Saturday of December, we host our Midnight Madness Sale which is a fun holiday celebration benefiting a local charity. And in 2010, we’ll be hosting bi-monthly art shows in the shop as well. It’s a busy place!

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Handmade scarves, printed tote bags, and recycled handbags co-exist peacefully with the creatures of Berkley Illustration

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Zine section: We carry several self-published zines and books from local writers and from Microcosm Publishing. The posters are the Celebrate People’s History series from Just Seeds.

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

Absolutely. When shopping at a small business, you still get that level of personal interaction that transforms bland, cold consumption into a warm and pleasurable human experience. Small businesses and cottage industries strengthen our communities and when they are successful, they can offer meaningful employment to a number of people. Supporting these businesses means supporting people’s modest dreams of sustainability, not buying into a system that thrives on greed and exploitation.


Fondue: Fondue creates home décor, including these light switch plates, from original vintage wallpaper. The patterns they use are incredible! 

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Uncle John: We were thrilled to find this vintage advertisement hidden behind a canvas cover when we moved the shop into this space. It adds a lot of charm to the room, but sometimes I feel the burn of Uncle John’s stare.

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Red Raven Studios: Red Raven Studios from Pittsburgh specializes in gorgeous pendants made from vintage china patterns.


  Emily Kircher, Recycling Artsit uses images from vintage children’s books to create unique bottlecap brooches.

In addition to loving all that is handmade, I have to admit to being a long-time vintage junkie! So it’s very exciting to be featured on this awesome site! Endless Saturdays spent yard saling have led to a ridiculously full basement (and garage and spare bedroom…), so to lighten the load we’re opening an Etsy site this month devoted strictly to fun vintage finds. All those 1950’s knitting patterns and 1970’s ceramic owls I just couldn’t pass up can now be yours at

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Angie Wright: Angie Wright Designs offers pendants and rings fashioned from vintage typewriter keys.


Revelry: Revelry press makes these amazing vintage-inspired coasters. Heavy duty and fun to boot.

Wholly Craft
3169 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43202
(614) 447-3445
Open 1-8pm Weekdays, 12-7 Saturdays, 12-5pm Sundays.
Closed on Tuesdays.

I can't exclaim any louder than this, that this time in our economy it is vital that we support the independent small businesses. Thanks to Olivera for sharing your wonderful store with us and your passions behind it.

On the Road with Contributing Editor Elizabeth Young: Springfield Antique Center Springfield, OH


If you are looking for a fun weekend getaway, Springfield, OH is an antique lover's paradise.  The Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market is held monthly (except for July) at the Clark County Fairgrounds just off I-70.  Extravaganzas are held in May and September as well as the Antique Fest which is held in June.


Within a mile or two of the Fairgrounds, one will easily find two huge antique malls, AAA I-70 and The Springfield Antique Center.  Jump back on the interstate and take Exit 62 to visit the Heart of Ohio Antique Mall within minutes of the others.



I recently visited the Springfield Antique Center when I went to one of the big Extravaganzas.  This mall opened 12 years ago and is filled with hundreds of thousands of antiques and collectibles.  Plan to spend several hours here as it contains over 100,000 square feet and more than 1000 booths and cases.  When you need a break, enjoy the vending and rest area complete with a sofa and television.



One can find everything under the sun at the Springfield Antiques Center but specialties do include architectural salvage, toys, holiday and advertising.  One booth displays gasoline and automobile memorabilia; another is set up to resemble and old general store complete with unused old store stock.  If 1950s furniture is on your list, it can be found here along with the more traditional and Victorian era pieces.  Glassware, china, jewelry, vintage clothing, housewares and vintage books are also plentiful.

Every Sunday, Steve Word plays guitar music and sings.  He can also be found on site providing entertainment during the Extravaganzas and Antique Fest.
The mall is well lit, climate controlled and handicapped accessible.
Location:  1735 Titus Road, Springfield, OH  45502
                 Exit 59 at I-70 and US 41
Phone:  937-322-8868

Hours:  10:00 - 6:00


Elizabeth Young is a wife and cat mom who spends many an hour hunting for vintage goodies at her favorite  thrift stores, antique shops and monthly flea markets!  A collector of vintage toys, holiday decor and general store items, many of the found treasures end up on display in her Victorian home.  She also looks for vintage ephemera, fun supplies and kitschy decor for her Etsy shop Grandmother's Attic !  When not doing this, she works two part time jobs, wearing different hats at each! 

On the Road with Contributing Editor Gina Smith: Ellicott City, MD

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Ellicott City, MD

    Walking along the hilly brick streets of Ellicott City, Maryland, taking in the myriad antiques and  gift shops, the old grist mill, the railroad bridge with water lines marked by floods of a hundred or more years ago, one would hardly believe the nation’s capital is a mere twenty minutes away.

    Nestled in a spot that on the surface time appears to have forgotten, Ellicott City is a delightful historical visit with all the conveniences one would expect to find in a Washington, D.C., bedroom community.

    Between the steep main street and the overhead wires and overhead railroad trestle, you might conjure up visions of  San Francisco but the culinary delights more closely resemble Paris. And you’ll be in need of refreshments as it is most likely an all-day walk down one side of  Main Street and up the other if you plan to take in all the shops.

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      No matter what you--or the family--wants to see, you can find it in this seemingly little town. The historic section contains countless antiques shops all in a row, including more than one large antique mall. There are shops specializing in antique clocks and watches, furniture, jewelry, a doll hospital, a vintage-looking grocery, complete with produce in wire bins outside, old books and more. There are more than a dozen antiques shops and malls listed in the town visitor’s guide, which you can pick up for free or visit

    I made time to visit Taylor’s Antique Mall, 8197 Main; Joan Eve at 8018 Main, Caplan’s at 8125 Main, Maxine’s, 8116 Main and went nuts over the Alice in Wonderland collectibles and several floors of goodies crammed to the rafters at Forget-Me-Not-Factory, 8044 Main.

    But where I really fell in love with Ellicott City was at The Vintage Shoppes, now at 8198 Main and owned by Kelli Laine Myers.

    I just couldn’t leave without talking with this proprietress with the most-est (stuff ) I had ever seen. How did she know I had a pink typewriter? Needless to say, we hit it off over our love of all things vintage or pink or both, and before long we were exchanging business cards, email address and making plans: she’d help me get familiar with my new neck of the woods and take on some of my altered art and jewelry to sell, and I’d help her get a blog started and help publicize her new location.

    As Kelli explains, “For years I dreamed of opening my own vintage-inspired store that would be filled with all the things I’d picked up over the years. So I talked and talked and talked about it, until one day my husband said, ‘If you don't get rid of this stuff in our basement, I'm out of here!’ He wouldn't leave me, but he DID want the stuff out. After all...How can he do our laundry if he can't even get to the laundry room?!” Gotta love a vintage gal who thinks like that!

    She continues, “So that day I headed down to Ellicott City to see what I could find, and there in the window  was a for-rent sign. After that it was a matter of days until my dream was to come true. I love the search for great, neat, old treasures (others call it trash) that I can sell as is with its beautiful chipped paint, or something that someone else would have thrown away. But to me it's a brand new project that will just take a little love to see its potential.”

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    As with many stores in the historic section of  Ellicott City, The Vintage Shoppes are typically open Wednesday through Sunday, so it’s often best to call ahead if planning a trip from out of town. Watch for special holiday hours and open houses through the rest of 2009.

    Besides antiques and vintage, there are shops for chocolates, wine, house wares, retro clothing, children’s clothing, art supplies, pet gifts, country crafts, figurines, musical gifts, toys, and more. For the art lover, there are countless galleries and shops, including Original Souls, ZeBop, Art & Artisan, Discoveries, f64, Gallery 44, Oriental Art, Salient Group, Southwest Connection, Irish Wonders and Still Life Gallery. Add to this framing and matting shops (at least three), and the Howard County Center for the Arts, and you can get your culture however you like it.

    For more historical flavor, which dad and the kids are sure to appreciate (or at least enjoy), there’s The Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad Museum and Gift Shop on Maryland Avenue. The museum itself includes the station/main depot from 1830--the oldest surviving station in America--along with an 1855 freight house and 1927 caboose. This was the original end of the of first 13 miles of track laid west from Baltimore City.  The museum also includes a 40-foot HO-gauge model train exhibit. The annual Holiday Festival of Trains runs Nov. 27 through January 2010. The museum is also open Wed-Sun.

    In 1830 the B&O Railroad tested its first steam engine along this stretch and was rumored to have been outrun by a horse-drawn carriage on the return trip when a malfunction halted the Tom Thumb steam engine.

    Other history abounds with the Thomas Isaac Log  Cabin, c. 1780, the town’s oldest known building, which has been  moved from Merryman Street and restored by the city. It is open weekends through December in the former mill town on the Patapsco River. Milling played a large role in the development of Ellicott City, first named Ellicott’s Mills, after the Pennsylvania Quaker brothers who founded the mill there in 1772. It was changed to its present name in 1867. The Wilkens-Rogers Co., makes Washington-brand flour, cornmeal, cake and dessert mixes on the original site of the Ellicott brothers’ mill at the bottom of Main street along the river.

    It is here you can also see the marks of water depth from the historic floods of 1868 through 1972 (Hurricane Agnes) and beyond.. Read and hear tales of famous past residents, including Annie Oakley, Charles Carroll (a signer of the Declaration of Independence) whose relatives still live on the Carroll property; Benjamin Banneker, a famous African American scientist; Thomas Watkins Ligon, a former governor of Maryland; Dr. Mordecai Sykes, a dentist and mayor in the late 1800s; and Babe Ruth, married in EC in 1914.

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The Little French Market Café

Another historic lane off of Main Street is Tongue Row, a group of closely-spaced granite houses, so name for the widowed proprietress Ann Tongue or Tonge who rented houses to mill workers. The houses are now shops and boutiques, including La Boutique de Mon Amie and The Little French Market Café.

    And speaking of food, there is no shortage of that either, from the aforementioned sweets and bakeries to Mamma Lucia’s Italian home cooking, Clef Notes Music Café, the award-winning microbrewery Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, Diamondback Tavern, La Palapa Grill and Cantina, Judge’s Bench Pub, Johnny’s Bistro, Jordan’s Steakhouse, Cacao Lane, Bean Hollow Café, Dimitri’s Greek-Italian-German-American Grille and there’s also a wine café, a fusion bar and restaurant, a vegetarian café and The Trolley Stop, as well as some of the usual chain fare in the “modern” part of Ellicott City, where you’ll find Pizzeria Uno, Outback, CiCi’s, Einstein’s, and more along with Kohl’s, Barnes & Noble, Home Depot and other familiar names.

    Besides Centennial Park which offers paddle boating, fishing, picnicking, walking and biking, there’s also The Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, a Greek revival building formerly a girls school in the 1800s at the highest point in Ellicott City, in ruins now except for its Doric columns; the Mt. Ida Visitors Center, a realistic 19th century home open for tours; the Firehouse Museum at Main and Church streets, the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum; The Ellicott City Colored School, a one-room restored former segregated school and Clark’s Elioak Farm, a 540-acre working farm and petting zoo, open Tuesdays through Sundays, as well as Mondays in October.

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    Whether you’re planning a long weekend (take advantage of the upcoming Columbus Day and Veterans’ Day holidays but check ahead for closings), or a week-long vacation near the nation’s capital and The Capitol, Ellicott City offers a peek--or a long look-- back in time without getting too far from the comforts of modern civilization.

    Clearly, one could visit Ellicott City just for the vintage flavor, but you could easily add a little history, culture, recreation and dining to the menu and satisfy all family members’ travel and exploration appetites, big or small. Just drop me at The Vintage Shoppes. I’ll still be there when you’re through.


Featurebutton_06 - Contributing Editor Gina Smith aka Lilly*s of London*ish, started making jewelry about six years ago and has since tied this in with a love of vintage finds, Blythe, crochet and altered art in her etsy shop. Growing up in an antiquing family gives her a background and appreciation for all things vintage, especially dinnerware, jewelry and Americana advertising prints and products

{All contributed content Gina Smith © Lilly*s of London*ish, Vintage Indie)



Vintage England: International Guest Contributor Natasha D - Zani Lady


'Zani Lady' is the name given to a fabulous antique emporium in the historic market town of Ludlow in Shropshire . The shop occupies a large period town house which spans three floors and has seven rooms. The antiques and curios are beautifully displayed, making browsing a true pleasure.


The shop is filled with a wide variety of vintage furniture, lighting, pictures, crockery, linens, glass, mirrors, jewellery, gifts, clothing and bags. And, with so many dealers, the stock is ever-changing.


The shop has a comfortable and friendly atmosphere, and the staff are always on hand to assist with your vintage shopping dilemmas! If you are visiting the area, or are looking for somewhere to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon, you should certainly drop by.


Zani Lady, 15 Corve Street , Ludlow , Shropshire , SY8 1DA , UK



Photography and review by Natasha of Candy Pop Images.

On the Road with Contributing Editor Elizabeth Young: Tea Leaf Cottage Orange, CA


My husband and I recently visited Southern California for our anniversary.  After 2 1/2 days at Disneyland, we rented a car and ventured into the historic district of Orange.  Easy to access either by freeway or main roads, this charming little town is considered the "antiques capital of southern California".  It definitely lives up to its reputation.


There are many antique malls as well as individually owned and operated shops.  At least two vintage clothing stores line the streets.  However, one shop stood out among all the rest.  Tea Leaf Cottage, owned by Joan Alford, is a delightful mix of antiques and gift items.  Specializing in romantic decor, the booths are filled with vintage purses, jewelry, hats, dolls, stationery, glassware, china, chandeliers, pillows, shabby chic items and more.  The displays are eye catching and beautiful.

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Alford purchased the business 8 years ago.  She had been a dealer with the original owners.  The shop now has 6 different dealers who have been with her the entire time.  Diane Sedo, author of Taking Tea with Alice, has a booth at Tea Leaf Cottage.  She has been featured in Romantic Homes on several occasions.  Alford moved the shop to its current location 4 1/2 years ago.  The building itself was built in the late 1800s and has the original tin ceiling and wood floors.  Soft music playing in the background completes the attention to detail and beauty one will find here. 

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Gift certificates and layaway are offered. 
Address:  141 N. Glassell
               Orange, CA  92866
Phone:  714-771-7752
Hours:  10-5 or 11-6 depending on the season, extended hours during the Christmas season and special town events.

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Elizabeth Young is a wife and cat mom who spends many an hour hunting for vintage goodies at her favorite  thrift stores, antique shops and monthly flea markets!  A collector of vintage toys, holiday decor and general store items, many of the found treasures end up on display in her Victorian home.  She also looks for vintage ephemera, fun supplies and kitschy decor for her Etsy shop Grandmother's Attic !  When not doing this, she works two part time jobs, wearing different hats at each! 

Tales from the Flea Market Episode 6 by Cindy Cooper: Lights & Bric-à-brac

With the intoxicating smell of Kettle Korn in the air, I practically run from my Row V parking space.  Once through the gates, I sense something is different.

All the typical vendors located in the front rows had been replaced leaving me totally discombobulated and lost.  It takes a moment to get my bearings and decide that this must be an opportunity for the lesser known vendors to move up the flea chain and be prominently featured in the gateway of traffic or perhaps the usual's are taking a summer vacation.

I ponder this for two seconds and decide it really doesn't matter as I had the pleasure of discovering many divine finds right up front including glorious light fixtures from lamps to sconces to chandeliers that were all out in full dazzling force.

I also noticed many well-priced side tables that would be over the top fantastic if painted an interesting color such as chartreuse.  I saw several for as little as $25.  Nice lines, spindle, turned or carved legs and in ready-to-paint condition.  Then there were the plank farm tables that went on for days and the galvanized metal topped dining table that exude cool rawness.

Big Daddy's Antiques has it going on with their dramatic ingenious set-up of upside down laundry basket lighting, alabaster lamps and a small railway-type cart presented as a coffee table and architectural elements woven in throughout to better define the finds.

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Upside down laundry basket light

Railway coffee and alabaster lamps - Big Daddy

Railway coffee table and alabaster lamps

Located in row J, Don Hackler of Second Time Around is a vintage lighting aficionado and who also repairs with his expertise in vintage fixtures.  Don had  his own array of lighting options from the 1920-70's. Lots of looks to mix and mingle with current decor. Pop a glorious shade on any of his lovely lamp bases, and you have insta-style.  Plus and most importantly, Don was plain nice and interesting.

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Don Hackler, Row J, Alameda

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Love the metal work on this lamp image


Bric-à-brac, in flea-speak, refers to to a selection of items of low value.  Personally I think Bric-à-brac are those little nonsense trinkets that we all possess for one reason or another. Such is the case with bottle caps, beads, chandelier crystals, typeset letters and my personal pick on this particular flea visit - vintage shoe stands.   And.. what in the world would someone do with their new found Bric-à-brac?  The key word is filler!  Use in a favorite apothecary jar or combine several bric-a-brac elements in a bowl for an intriguing visual or set them out in plain view just because. That's right, use them for the kitch-y art form they are.

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Crystal bricabrac

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Next month, Tales from the Flea Market is going on location to Ohio to get a taste of what a good mid-western flea market is all about.  The Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market EXTRAVAGANZA is happening September 18 & 19th then.. Imagine my surprise to find that the same weekend, Country Living will hosting its 4th Annual Country LIving Fair right in Ohio's Historical Center in Columbus.  Real excited about that too.  Stay tuned, I'm overwhelmed thinking about all I'm going to see.


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The Main Runway at Alameda Point. Alameda, CA

A special thank you to Cindy Cooper, who brings us Tales from the Flea Market!

On the Road with Contributing Editor Elizabeth Young: Superman Museum in Metropolis, IL


As a child, I loved to watch the reruns of the old 1950s Superman TV show.  Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen were always getting into sticky situations and Clark Kent aka Superman somehow managed to arrive just in the nick of time to save them.  Superman stood tall and proud and was a true hero in the eyes of the American public.

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Today, one can visit The Superman Museum in Metropolis, IL for a nostalgic look back at Superman history through the years.  Crossing from Paducah, KY into Metropolis, a huge Superman billboard greets travelers as well as murals and a giant statue of Superman that stands in front of the courthouse.  Photo ops abound and fans can have their picture taken by the over-sized statue, behind wooden cutouts of Superman and Supergirl or peering out of an old fashioned telephone booth.

Field Trip Ideas: Superman Museum in Metropolis, IL
The Superman Museum opened in 1993 by renowned collector Jim Hambrick.  Originally from Orange Co, CA, Hambrick brought Superman memorabilia to towns across the United States with his traveling museum for almost 10 years.  He eventually set up a permanent museum in Metropolis, the town with the perfect name.  Filled with over 20,000 items, this 15,000 sq. ft. museum contains everything from original costumes and props to licensed toys, games, clothing, dolls, promotional items and more.  Hambrick often rotates displays with items from his personal collection of over 100,000 pieces.  The Museum is divided into sections paying tribute to the Superman movies, TV shows and comic strips.  Other areas focus on the famous characters of Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Perry White.  A gift shop at the entrance to the museum offers a large selection of Superman related memorabilia and merchandise.

Special events include the Metropolis Superman Celebration held the second full weekend in June.  Many celebrities with Superman ties attend, including Noel Neill who played Lois Lane.  The event is renowned and sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.  It will celebrate its 32 year in June 2010.  Over 30,000 fans visit Superman's hometown during this celebration.

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Hours:   9 - 6 daily, closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
Address:  517 Market St., Metropolis, IL 62960
Phone:  (618) 524-5518
Admission:  $5 which includes admission to the Americana Hollywood Museum, children 5 and under are
                   free, military personnel are free and senior discounts are offered
Website:   Online store:

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Elizabeth Young is a wife and cat mom who spends many an hour hunting for vintage goodies at her favorite  thrift stores, antique shops and monthly flea markets!  A collector of vintage toys, holiday decor and general store items, many of the found treasures end up on display in her Victorian home.  She also looks for vintage ephemera, fun supplies and kitschy decor for her Etsy shop Grandmother's Attic !  When not doing this, she works two part time jobs, wearing different hats at each! 

Tales from the Flea Market Episode 5 by Cindy Cooper: Vintage Garden Necessities

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The Main Runway at Alameda Point. Alameda, CA

It's officially Summer!

Whether gardening is a passion or on the list of things to try, the many flea market vendors of Alameda, offer impressive vintage garden decorations, trinkets and elements to lift the spirits in any outdoor space, and well-worn tools that are experienced and ready to work the earth.

First stop - Sandi Cook and her son Eric Rollins spaces D4-5, which has the most dazzling array of vintage flower frogs in cast iron and leaded glass in striking colors.  Flower frogs are used to help arrange flowers and make a garden arrangement stand proud. A flurry of patents in the 1920s, followed the metal flower frog popularity, all claiming to save the housewife time and allow her to beautifully and creatively arrange flowers.

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Colored glass flower frogs

After the glory of the flower frogs, William Berg of William's Antiks comes up next on the radar.  William offers French urban rural, deco, modernism, bistro & kitsch as well as vintage and restored leather club chairs.  His selection of watering cans look as though they were plucked fresh off a lavender farm in northern France and they actually may have been as William ships a fresh supply of Paris flea market discoveries on a frequent basis. 

French Watering Cans

Vintage garden necessities
Down the aisle a bit on the corner of G21 is La Petite Chaise. Mary de la Vega has set-up a setting featuring a galvanized industrial sink and wooden potting bench perfect for the gardening porch and an assortment of tools to make you an experienced gardner just by taking them home.  Most intriguing was the long stake-like rusted wrought iron pieces that slip into the ground leaving a large round holes exposed - viola! a hose guide.  Really fancy way to keep your garden hose in line. Spickets, watering cans, metal baskets and simple everyday items with an overwhelming amount of visual intrigue - all delightful pieces to build an inspiring garden story in your own backyard.

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Well loved vintage tools  

It's no longer necessary to just fantasize about having the perfect gardening pieces to start a collection or add to an existing one.  Wonderful gardening adornments and some plain and simple tools can all be found at the Flea Market.

Find Mary de la Vega of La Petite Chaise , William's Anitks & Sandi and the collection of flower frogs can be found at Alameda Point.

Vintage Indie is happy to welcome Cindy Cooper as our newest Guest Contributor. She'll be joining us for "Tales From the Flea Market" a new series sharing real life stories of trips to the flea market. Cindy Cooper is also a vintage jewelry aficionado and would love to help answer your vintage jewelry questions.

On the Road with Special Guest Claire Bone of Glitter & Grunge: Roseville Antique Market, Roseville, CA

Logo Vintage Indie would like to welcome our special guest for July, Claire Bone of Glitter and Grunge. She took us on the road with her to the Roseville  Antique Market

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This is eye candy to end all eye candy. At least in the greater Sacramento area. I still have visions of tulle petticoats dancing in my head.

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The Antique Market is held in Old Roseville on a little street which is closed off to traffic. There were about 50 vendors here, and it is clear that the event promoters have emphasized booth set up and arrangement because each booth was prettier than the next.

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Prices aren't as low as the WX event (more like the neighborhood boutique) but there are still good deals to be found. Even though items may have been a little pricier I still walked away with a happy load of treasures.

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 This event also had significantly more craft items. Easily a third or more of the vendors had a good selection of handmade goods at their booths.

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I enjoyed this event all the more for it. It feels good to browse through a mix of handmade items and items with an interesting past.

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Next Show:
Roseville Fall Antique Market
September 20, 8 am - 4 pm
free admission, free parking

A special thanks to Claire Bone, if you have a moment visit her site Glitter and Grunge for fabulous independent artists, crafters and the like.

On the Road with Special Guest Claire Bone of Glitter & Grunge: Sacramento Antique Faire

Logo Vintage Indie would like to welcome our special guest for July, Claire Bone of Glitter and Grunge. She took us on the road with her to the Sacramento Antique Faire.

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As long as I can remember I have loved antique stores, flea markets, thrift stores - you know all the usual places those will a penchant for hoarding tend to like to hang out. Sacramento, CA and its surrounding towns have always been home to a fine population of Antique Stores, large thrift warehouses and in the last few years, some really killer street faires, most notably the 2nd Sunday Antiques Under the Freeway. Lucky for me I live here and can plunder the wealth of other collectors all I want. I had a chance to visit both Sacramento Antique Faire and Roseville's Spring Antique Market and am pretty giddy about the collectors and crafters gathered at both events. My husband was decidedly less giddy because I made the rookie mistake of taking him and letting him hold the cash. My dad was an avid collector, so I mistook my husband for him, haha!

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Sacramento Antique Faire
Second Sunday of every month
6:30 am - 3 pm,  $3

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300 vendors for $3 is not a bad deal I tell you! It seemed as if there was a huge variety of vendors, magazines, records, clothes, furniture, toys (oh the vintage Fisher Price!!). hardware, glassware. You name it, it's here and most of it comes at a great price. Its also conveniently located in two parking lots under Hwy 50 between W and X streets (dubbed the "WX"). I have gone the last three months in a row and spoken to several vendors and some of the long term vendors who participate every month told me that they like to bring different inventory each time. Wonderful news for those of us who want to attend every month.

If you have kids and you give them a dollar or two, many of the vendors had little dollar tables which were great to cease the whining - at least for a little while (not 10 minutes after I bought my kids a vintage Little People Tudor House my son whined for the 50th time "This is my worst day EVER!" Happy Mother's Day to me!). If you collect it chances are there is a vendor for it... (The only thing I don't think I'll ever understand is the collect-ability of political and souvenir buttons. Really. I just don't get it.) If you are looking for handmade items the WX is a great place, many sellers sell handmade items as well as their usual antique inventory.

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A special thanks to Claire Bone, if you have a moment visit her site Glitter and Grunge for fabulous independent artists, crafters and the like.

On the Road with Contributing Editor Gina Smith - American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore MD


By Gina M. Smith, Lilly*s of London*ish

      “Road Trip,” my sweetie proclaimed after I had a particularly grueling morning on what was supposed to be a vacation day. “You’re not gonna believe this place,” he promised.  And then delivered. I’d still be at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230 if he hadn’t dragged me out at closing time.

      So what’s this got to do with Vintage Indie? If you like the cast-off, the odd neglected item, the long ago favorite, in short, “vintage,” then you’ll love art made out of all things vintage.

      The artists at the Visionary Museum (AVAM for short) not only like this same stuff; they use it in their art, they sell it in the gift shop, they live and breathe vintage bits and bobs. The museum is proclaimed the “official national museum for self-taught, intuitive artistry.”

      ‘Visionary’ or outsider artists do not consider themselves part of an art movement. They often use unusual materials and tools to make their art and create just for the simple reason that they “need” to create.

      The current AVAM exhibit, through Sept. 6, is “The Marriage of Art, Science and Philosophy.” If that sounds too egg-heady for you and yours, consider some of the exhibits: life-sized robots made from sprinkler heads and radiators, a tiny diorama of hundreds of busy monkeys carved out of peach pits, a more-than-life-sized and anatomically-correct Big Foot made from multi-colored electrical wire.


      Lest you think I am poking fun at any of the art- far from it! I was enthralled and amazed. It felt like I was among kindred spirits. The spirit of one of my recent Art & Soul teachers, Anne Grgich (, was certainly there. In fact, when I got home I wrote to ask if she is familiar with AVAM and learned she had exhibited there in 2002-2003. The exhibit was titled “High On Life,” and you can read more about that here:  . As a related side note, Anne was also the cover story in issue 22 of Raw Vision, an outsider and contemporary folk art journal/magazine sold at the museum. I was able to pick up issue 66 and can’t stop drooling over it.

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      AVAM is an excellent road trip for families with children. Kids will love what they think are wacky exhibits while mom and dad will appreciate the deeper meanings. And if one or both of you is into vintage, recycling, science fiction or more, you’ll need the entire 10 a.m. to 6 p. m. Tuesday through Sunday to see everything. I could have spent a good two hours in the gift shop alone.  It’s not called Sideshow for nothing. The variety of kitsch, original art, toys and memorabilia from the 70s and 80s, and the large selection of art books are all outstanding.


      There’s plenty of open space at AVAM for restless kids. Besides the full-sized mosaic-covered bus outside, there’s the wildflower garden (which can also be rented for weddings), the sculpture plaza and tall sculpture barn (yes, it’s really a barn- with barn-sized art). There’s also the Giant Whirligig, Baltimore’s 55-foot wind-powered outdoor landmark, created by 76-year-old mechanic, farmer and visionary artist Vollis Simpson. It is free to see in central plaza.


      An adjacent building, the Jim Rouse Visionary Center, pays tribute to social and urban activist the late Jim Rouse, founder of the nearby community of Columbia, MD, and a major developer in the Baltimore area. The three levels include The Hall of Social Visionaries, Visionary Village and The Center for Visionary Thought and Expression.

      The current exhibit (Art, Science and Philosophy) in the main building is dedicated to the late Sir Arthur C. Clarke, whose short story was the basis for 2001: A Space Odyssey, the movie he co-wrote with Stanley Kubrick. That alone should give those of us old enough to remember a vision for what to expect there. But in addition to sci-fi fantasies, (un) expect to find intricate patchwork quilts by Michigan artist Ms. Chris Roberts-Antieau, paintings on tar paper by former biochemist Mr. Tres Taylor, intricate carvings on the tips of pencil leads by Dalton Ghetti and 30-foot rolls of crayon drawings by 112-year-old (and counting) Frank Calloway.


      Still, my favorite exhibit is the life-sized robots by DeVon Smith in the Rouse center. If you are enamored of doorknobs, sprinkler heads, coils, watering cans and bed knobs and broomsticks, you’ll want to take them home, or at least hug them. It’s Found-Object Art at its best. (A good use of vintage parts for smaller robots can be found on Etsy here:  and here.

      More open space abounds around AVAM on Federal Hill where free movies are shown at 9 pm on Thursday nights through mid-August. The film selections are inspired by the current exhibit. Schedule: July 2 Raiders of the Lost Ark • July 9: Dr. Strangelove • July 16: The Time Machine • July 23: Sleeper • July 30: Dr. No • August 6: The King & I • August 13: Ghostbusters. The museum is open and free between 5 and 9 pm on movie nights. Rain location is inside the museum.

      For more information on this or any AVAM activities and exhibits you can contact the museum at 1-410-244-1900 or Now, go figure out how to make art with all the vintage goodies you’ve been hoarding.

Featurebutton_06 - Contributing Editor Gina Smith aka Lilly*s of London*ish, started making jewelry about six years ago and has since tied this in with a love of vintage finds, Blythe, crochet and altered art in her etsy shop. Growing up in an antiquing family gives her a background and appreciation for all things vintage, especially dinnerware, jewelry and Americana advertising prints and products

{All contributed content Gina Smith © Lilly*s of London*ish}

On the Road with Contributing Editor Elizabeth Young: Aunt Artie's Antique Mall New Albany, IN

Aunt Artie's Antique Mall
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Located in a historic building in downtown New Albany, Indiana, Aunt Artie's Antique Mall provides 14,000 square feet and three floors of antiques and collectibles for locals and tourists alike.  The property was originally built in 1852 as a public hall for amusements and entertainment.  It later was used as a hospital during the Civil War.  It is also rumored to have a ghostly inhabitant or two.

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Owner, Judy Gwinn purchased the building in 2001 and named the mall after her very own Aunt Artie.  The mall has three floors including a rough room on the third floor.  Over 40 dealers are represented as well as several consignees. 


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There are over 20 locked and well lit cases for smaller items.  Aunt Artie's offers a wide variety of antiques including glassware, furniture, estate jewelry, toys, china, and holiday collectibles.  One dealer from Michigan specializes in books.  Two dealers specialize in advertising.  "Whatever you want, we are sure to have it," says Gwinn.

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(Pictured above Elizabeth Young, Contributing Editor)


The windows facing Main St. are quite eye catching and ever changing.  The displays are redone monthly, incorporating items from different booths.  At Christmas, a huge sleigh and 3 vintage choir people from the 1930s make quite a statement and lure holiday shoppers into the mall. 


Sylvia Degenkolb, a local artist from nearby Louisville, KY, opened an art studio at the end of the second floor in early 2009.  She specializes in portraits and offers private lessons.  Degenkolb can be found painting in the studio several times a week or an appointment can be made to meet with her.  Her art is also available for sale. 


Location:  128 W. Main St., New Albany, IN  47150 
Phone:  (812) 945-9494
Hours:  Monday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5


Special Events:  A Christmas Open House is held in November on a Wednesday night.  Chamber music plays on the second floor and a banquet of food is provided by Gwinn and other dealers.  Customers and dealers can mingle and take advantage of holiday sales.  Other random sales are offered throughout the year.



Elizabeth Young is a wife and cat mom who spends many an hour hunting for vintage goodies at her favorite  thrift stores, antique shops and monthly flea markets!  A collector of vintage toys, holiday decor and general store items, many of the found treasures end up on display in her Victorian home.  She also looks for vintage ephemera, fun supplies and kitschy decor for her Etsy shop Grandmother's Attic !  When not doing this, she works two part time jobs, wearing different hats at each! 


Road Trip Madison Indiana: Sticks Interior Decorations by Steven Joslin

Back in April my husband and I took a little trip to Madison Indiana. I've been going through the pictures again and was reminded of Steven Joslin Proprietor of Sticks Interior Decorations.


While strolling the main street of Madison my eye was drawn to the sleek and sophisticated yet charming likes of Sticks Interior Decoration.

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Steven Joslin the stores proprietor, welcomed us inside for a further look into his beautiful studio.

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Steven spoke with us about his passion for handcrafted goods produced in the United States. Many items were those of local Madison residents.

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The handcrafted quality of the furniture and lighting wasn't to be gone unnoticed. Each sharing specific qualities of formation and design portraying uniqueness, reminding me why I love handmade so much.

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One of my favorite details of this shop, were the vintage cabinets and countertops used for checkout and storage. I loved this rustic element.

Steven Joslin takes a lot of pride in what he does. I love his since of style and compassion he has for handmade products. His studio/store is inviting, comfortable and full of books with luscious fabrics waiting for your to get your design project started.

Visit Steven Joslin's Sticks online at

411 West Main Street  | Historic Downtown Madison, IN 47250