Monday, June 2, 2014

A vintage Instagram Giveaway

I could write so much about what I've been doing & where I've been, but honestly I just don't have the time right now.  I will say that last February I started a new part-time job working for an amazing not-for-profit organization in their kitchen store.  Fast forward a couple of months & part-time had turned much more than part-time.  Fast forward a few more months & they moved me over to work in their vintage boutique where part-time became full-time & everything else in my life pretty much fell by the wayside (including my beloved Etsy shop & blog).

I will dedicate a post to my new job very soon because it is an amazing organization where I get to work with the most amazing people & everything we do benefits some pretty awesome causes!  For now, I am trying to take a little time over the summer months to see my nieces more & get my house in order & my Etsy business back on track.

To help with this I must give in to change & lately I have been noticing that Instagram is where the vintage sellers are.  My personal account is BlissAndVinegar, & I recently made a new account just for my vintage business at Bliss_And_Vinegar.

As you can see I am having a giveaway on my Instagram business account to help gain followers so that I can offload some of this superfluous vintage awesomeness I have clogging up Bliss & Vinegar Vintage's Headquarters (aka my office)!  So all you have to do is follow my IG account, share that photo, tag my shop name (@bliss_and_vinegar) & #bvvintage150.  When I reach 150 followers, I will do a drawing & the winner will get a little package in the mail that includes this adorable 1960s floral puppy notebook & a lovely Fire King tulip cup & saucer set (plus a bar of my favorite chocolate, a box of my favorite tea & one of my very favorite writing pens).

So come find me on Instagram & enter to win some free awesome stuff.  Okay!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Packing, packing, packing. Let me say that moving out of a house you've lived in for 8 years is a tough job. It's even tougher when you sell vintage on Etsy! Egads. We got a house in Chico, I am over the moon with excitement. The moving part though, guh!

I am only sad that I didn't get to unpack any of my Halloween boxes this year, those are my very favorite boxes. To unpack it just to pack it back up immediately was too much extra work, especially since I start a new job on Friday. Gonna be a team lead at Hickory Farms over the holidays for some extra money. A vegetarian sausage slinger, purveyor of pepperoni, pimper of smoked cheese product!

It will be fun (& I'm sure not at all stressful) being out amid the holiday shoppers again. It has been a few years, I am spoiled by e-commerce & conducting customer service in my jammies.

So, I'm packing & listening to my favorite Halloween music, Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire :: Thrillsat the moment, one of the most perfect Halloween listening albums ever released ... even if it isn't really a Halloween album.

















I just finished up my last three treasuries for October teams, including this one. I hope y'all have a great & spooky day!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Weekly Window Shopping #1 (a wee bit late)

Christmas is coming & so is my birthday, I like to put together treasuries for Chucky so he knows what it is I've got my eye on & I think it's important to support other Etsy shops as much as possible. I was going to post this on Friday, but somehow it just slipped my mind. So here it is on Monday night, a small collection of things I found on Etsy last week that left me wanting.

















Treasury tool supported by the dog house

1 :: This saying sums up what wisdom I have to pass on to my nieces.
2 :: I was a Pippi fanatic as a child in the late 70s / early 80s. Need this to hang above my desk.
3 :: Red with white polka dots, awkward, vintage & handmade. Yes, yes, yes & yes.
4 :: Our Grampaw always had circus animal cookies on hand for us, these were made for my ears.
5 :: This little brooch is made up of all my favorite fall colors & would look smashing pinned to my cardigans.
6 :: In total love with this skirt & most of the other clothes in this Etsy shop!
7 :: Perfect shoes are perfect ... aside from being 4 sizes too small, ugh, damn you big feet!
8 :: I don't need any more pendants, ever, but that doesn't mean I don't want them.
9 :: Sweet little tote, in you my laptop & books would travel in style during road trips.
10 :: I rarely find cookie jars I would keep on my counter, I just adore those little houses.
11 :: Fun, wood & chunky. I like faceted wood.
12 :: Great colors for fall, I tend to wear lots of pumpkin orange & gray & I am always on the lookout for a good seasonal handbag.
13 :: Vintage cars on my favorite shade of green & oh! that darling bubbly kiss lock!
14 :: Cereal / ice cream bowls for me & my fella, we're kind of Frankenstein obsessed.
15 :: Sushipot art blocks always catch my eye, I dig that witch & would love to pull this out for Halloween decorating each year.
16 :: White chocolate with red hots!? So pretty, looks delicious.  I would like to try this, but with a nice dark chocolate for the holiday season this year.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Thrifted Finds # 19 :: A Month In The Making

It has been a full month (wee bit over actually) of thrifting & estate sales & rummage sales for me.  Life just keeps on rolling & I'm learning to better cope with the things that kept me from fully enjoying it.  It is wonderful to talk to friends & have them sigh with relief when they notice that I am my old self again.

How refreshing to be silly without worry, flighty & strange but not nearly as anxious or awkward, especially in crowds or around strangers.  The Jewish Grammaw in me doesn't like to talk about it much for fear the panic attacks will return, but even my therapist is like, "Who ARE you!?"  She had never met me before the anxiety returned, & had nothing to compare my personality to.  She hadn't realized how completely terrorized I had become.

One thing that I love is that I can go places by myself again.  I can drive up the canyon, & go grocery shopping, & I've taken up my every-other-day thrift route again.  I particularly missed estate sales, which I like to dilly-dally at.  So I have been.  I have been hitting them hard (like my ex co-worker Terrie who would give up chocolate every year for Lent, only to make herself completely sick with M&Ms 41 days later) because I can now take my time & dig through boxes & bins & cupboards without hurrying through before the fear struck.

Below are some of my favorite finds over the past month, most of these are in the shop (unless they have sold already) but I am sharing one of my favorite things ever found at the end of this post & that is staying with me.

Smalls!  Lots & lots of smalls!  Some folks don't like to fuss with them, but I can't resist their sweet kitschy charm & I have tons of customers who appreciate the time I take in selling the little dears.  Those Siamese cats at the very left are so perfect & hard to get rid of, but I have them listed.  They are just perfect in every way!  Everything above (aside from the Lucite dachshund) sits easily atop a quarter.
A fancy & very feminine set of mugs with colorful birds & foliage on them.  They are the loveliest creamy color & are kind of scalloped all the way around with ornate little handles, such a pretty vintage set!
My first Cathrineholm pieces, a pair of Lotus bowls that I picked up for $10 at a local thrift & sold, within two days of posting them, to a gal in Norway who paid me well for them & also didn't mind the hefty shipping fee (these bowls are not light).  I entertained the thought of keeping them, but it would be too easy to start up yet another collection.  I'm trying not to do that, tempting though ... very tempting.
Two gorgeously colored floral Noritake Craftone Blue Sky dessert plates.  Perfect colors, perfectly floral.  I would love to own an entire set of this dinnerware, but it seems pretty elusive.
The best little kiss clutch ever.  From the 1950s with the clasp at the top & a zipper across the bottom.  Just the right size & in amazing condition given its age.
A set of super cool Hazel Atlas pheasant hunting glasses.  Found these for a song at a local thrift, just in time for autumn & fowl season.  I'm not much of a hunter, but there's something so retro fabulous & masculine about them.  I know they'll find a great home & be very loved.
The sweetest little panda bear mug you've ever seen!  It's already gone, to a darlin' named Amanda.  She was so excited about this mug, I almost felt bad selling it to her as if it should have been gifted.
The coolest calendar I have found.  It is from 1964 & stands up & folds like a little Asian room divider.  It is covered in beautiful graphics made up of shiny foiled paint or paper & there are little pumpkins on the extra spots in October, turkeys on the extra spots in November, etc.  Kitschy & cute.
I found this fabulous unique owl jar at a local thrift.  It has wonderful little details, like the rain drop shaped feathers down the front & the its head comes off & will sit on its own too.  I have many owl loving customers & I'm sure he won't stick around long, especially with fall almost here.
I have a very large colletion of vintage buttons.  About seven years ago I decided that if every cardigan I bought was going to lose its buttons so quickly then I was going to replace the buttons (with vintage buttons I loved) as soon as I bought them to save the future frustration.  Thus I started buying jars of buttons every chance I got & then squirreling away my favorites.

Well, you can imagine I ended up with way too many buttons.  I mean, I have a lot of cardigans, but the button stash was taking over my Etsy room.  I took a week & rifled through them all, tucking away my very favorites & then I carded up a bunch of them onto these vintage animal SNAP playing cards.  They look so cute, I put some for sale in the shop.
Here it is, one (actually two) of my favorite finds of all time.  It is a Mid Century melamine storage chest.  The perfect dreamy turquoise, little black feet & an awesome shape.  Just right for stashing away those buttons I decided to keep!  It was extremely dirty when I found it, but I took a chance & it scrubbed up nicely.

Sitting on top is a little wooden finger push puppet.  I collect them.  They don't have to be vintage, but I have to like them a lot in order to buy them (that keeps the clutter at bay ... HA!).  As kids our mom would get these for us on Easter in our baskets & at Christmas in our stockings.  Finding vintage ones makes my day.  This little black cat is so sweet & goofy.

I have so much more to share, but I've been putting off a post for too long now.  I got super behind on everything in life & now that things are slowly becoming "normal" I am noticing how many things I avoided over the past year ... like cleaning off the top of my refrigerator!  Egads, that was a task not for the faint of heart!

I always find time for Instagram though & I think that may be why my blog has been so sorely neglected.  I will try harder not to substitute proper blog posts with ten Instagram posts per day.

Linking up with:
Thrift Share Monday
& Thriftosaurus
& The Penny Worthy Project 
& Vintage Thingie Thursday
& Treasure Hunt Thursday