Keepin’ It Real – The State Of Vintage Goodness – 2016 Edition

vintage see no evil hear no evil speak no evilFirst up – the obligatory apology for not posting much lately. “Not posting much” might be a bit of an understatement, actually. I just did a quick count, and I’ve posted a grand total of THREE times this year. That’s some serious underachieving, right there…

Originally I had typed up a long, drawn out post for this update, explaining everything that is going on with my business, and a lot that is going on in the rest of my life. I read it over, and then deleted it –  because I realized that no one really cares. Who has time to read a bunch of boring details that don’t really have any bearing on their life? No one, that’s who.

So here’s the condensed version, for those of you who might be mildly interested:

  • My boyfriend got a full time job last December, which means I lost my helper. (Doing my own packaging SUCKS.) I work my part time job in the mornings, he works 2nd shift. In other words, our schedule is super wonky, but we are doing our best to make it work.
  • My time is now so crunched that just getting the basic tasks done is an achievement. Basic tasks include – taking photos, listing, shipping… You know, all that tedious WORK stuff that has to happen if you want to sell shit online.
  • Anything that isn’t on that list of basic tasks has been pushed into a hole at the bottom of my to-do list. This includes blogging, my email newsletter, social media, etc.
  • I probably won’t be doing any Thrift Haul posts anytime soon. Or my usual weekly New Goodness posts. They just take too much time. :(

There’s a bunch of other stuff I could talk about, but those are the main points. I will hopefully still be able to put up an occasional post here an there, I just can’t promise any kind of schedule…. It’s not because I don’t love you all – I do, I really do! I just have to focus on getting the work done right now…

If you don’t follow me on Facebook yet, head on over and give my page a like – I am going to try to post some stuff over there from time to time. New listings, fun scores, etc. It’s definitely MUCH faster than blogging, if I can remember to do it! ;)

Oh, one more thing before I go:

Happy Birthday Vintage Goodness! My business turned 9 last month. Unbelievable.

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Let’s Start A Trend! Vintage Decoupaged Wood Wall Art

Vintage Wooden Decoupaged Wall ArtIn one week I picked up both of these (they are listed in my eBay store now!) – and visions of a gallery wall full of decoupaged wooden wall plaques floated in front of my eyes… It would be amazing! Kitschtastic! Someone needs to DO it – and send me photos! ;)

In the meantime, let’s create a virtual gallery wall right here – who knows, maybe it will catch on? I have all my fingers and toes crossed…

decoupage wood wall art covered bridgeVintage Covered Bridge Decoupage Wooden Wall Plaque

doctor decoupage wood wall artVintage Doctor Decoupaged Wood Wall Art

decoupage wood wall art set flowers mushroomsVintage Mushrooms & Flowers Decoupage Wood Wall Art Set

art nouveau decoupage wood wall plaqueVintage Art Nouveau Woman Decoupaged Wooden Wall Plaque

bee decoupaged wood wall artVintage Busy Bee Decoupage Wood Wall Plaque
(this made me laugh way too much…)

deer wood decoupaged wall plaqueVintage Deer Decoupaged Wooden Wall Art

john wayne wood slice decoupaged wall plaqueVintage John Wayne Decoupaged Wooden Wall Art

butterfly flowers wood decoupage wall artVintage Butterfly & Flowers Decoupage Wood Wall Plaque Set

fawn deer wood decoupage artVintage Fawn Deer Decoupage Wood Wall Plaque

marilyn monroe decoupaged wooden wall artVintage Marilyn Monroe Photo Decoupage Wooden Wall Art

owl family wood decoupaged wall plaqueVintage Owl Family Decoupaged Wooden Wall Art

farm scene decoupaged wood slab wall artVintage Farm Scene Wood Slab Decoupaged Wall Plaque

horse decoupaged wood wall artVintage Black Horse Wooden Decoupaged Wall Art Plaque

bunny chipmunk decoupage wood wall artVintage Rabbit & Chipmunk Decoupage Wood Wall Plaque Set

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Buying Back My Childhood – Nancy Plays Nurse

Rand McNally Nancy Plays NurseNancy had the BEST toys!

Apparently I have hit the age where I want to buy back bits of my childhood, in the form of books I had when I was a kid. It’s not so bad that I am actively seeking them out – but if I run across one at a sale for a buck or two, you better believe it is coming home with me! I am pretty sure my parents still have some of my books stored away at their house, but I have no idea which ones… So I might as well grab the ones I find, right? I mean having two doesn’t hurt, does it? Of course not. ;)

The first one I want to share is the one I found at an estate sale this weekend – it is a Rand McNally Giant Book called Nancy Plays Nurse, dated 1965. It is oversized – I’m not sure if the one I had was this big one, or a smaller one – I poked around and there is another smaller Tip Top Elf Book version out there. I may have actually had this at one of my grandparents house, rather than at my parents – it’s hard to remember for sure, I had a LOT of books. I was one of THOSE kids. Well – I’m one of THOSE adults too, but we won’t get into that here… Let’s take a look at Nancy Plays Nurse!

Rand McNally Nancy Plays NurseHow cute is that giraffe with the bandage on his neck?

Rand McNally Nancy Plays NurseNancy’s sister was a candy striper. I was totally in love with that uniform!

Rand McNally Nancy Plays NurseNancy ran her own little doll hospital, taking after her sister.

Rand McNally Nancy Plays NurseNancy to the rescue!
(This illustration bothered me – it was a little too much blood on his knees for my taste.)

Rand McNally Nancy Plays NurseMore of the bloody knees… *shudder*

Rand McNally Nancy Plays NurseNext patient – a puppy with splinters in his paw! SO cute.
(bonus points for that awesome rotary phone, Nancy!)

Rand McNally Nancy Plays NurseNancy taking care of her sick giraffe.

Rand McNally Nancy Plays NurseRewarded for all her hard work – a candy striper outfit for her birthday!

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New Goodness At Auction On eBay This Week!

It’s the new year! I know I haven’t been posting much lately – the holidays are always a crazy time… I’m excited for things to get back to what passes for normal here at Vintage Goodness. ;)

I listed some fun new things at auction this week, including some 1980’s plastic bell charms! If you were a little girl in the 80’s you probably had a necklace full of them. They were quite the trend, right up there with scratch and sniff stickers… I’ve been hoping to find some for literally YEARS, so needless to say, I’m pretty excited about them! ;) I have 12 listed in all, I’ll just show you a few of my favorites – click on over if you want to check them all out!

Vintage 80's Plastic Necklace Clip On Bell Charm Blue Phone Rotary TelephoneVintage 80’s Plastic Necklace Clip On Bell Charm Blue Phone

Vintage 80's Plastic Necklace Clip On Bell Charm I Love You Note NotepadVintage 80’s Plastic Necklace Clip On Bell Charm I Love You Note Notepad

Vintage 80's Plastic Necklace Clip On Bell Charm Coffee Cup Mug TeacupVintage 80’s Plastic Necklace Clip On Bell Charm Coffee Cup Mug Teacup

Vintage 80's Plastic Necklace Clip On Charm Blue Deer FawnVintage 80’s Plastic Necklace Clip On Charm Blue Deer Fawn

Vintage 80's Plastic Necklace Clip On Bell Charm Red AbacusVintage 80’s Plastic Necklace Clip On Bell Charm Red Abacus

I didn’t list only charms – I put up a few other goodies too:

Vintage Adult Coloring Book Fine Line #2 Jeanne Wenzel 1970sVintage Adult Coloring Book Fine Line #2 Jeanne Wenzel 1970s

Vintage Tan Club Aluminum Sauce Pot Pan Wood Handle Lid KnobVintage Tan Club Aluminum Sauce Pot Pan Wood Handle Lid Knob

Vintage 80s My Little Pony Paper Doll Moondancer In BoxVintage 80s My Little Pony Paper Doll Moondancer In Box

Vintage Bionic Woman Plastic Thermos for Lunch Box TV Show AladdinVintage Bionic Woman Plastic Thermos for Lunch Box TV Show Aladdin

Vintage Nevco Beanbag Ashtray Green Plaid Fabric Original Box 1970sVintage Nevco Beanbag Ashtray Green Plaid Fabric Original Box 1970s

Vintage Raggedy Ann Doll Ceramic Bank 12" RetroVintage Raggedy Ann Doll Ceramic Bank 12″ Retro

Vintage Ballonoff Pepsi-Cola Tray Pepsi Serving Tin Metal Coney IslandVintage Ballonoff Pepsi-Cola Tray Pepsi Serving Tin Metal Coney Island

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Let’s Start A Trend! Vintage Amber Glass

A while back I wrote a post called Vintage Trends I’m Kind Of Over – and I got a great suggestion over on Facebook from a reader. Why not highlight some stuff that I think is cool, but doesn’t tend to get a lot of attention? In other words, why not try to start my own trend? Why not, indeed! ;)

First up: I picked on milk glass in my Trends post, because, well – it’s everywhere. (For the record, I do like it, I’m just tired of seeing it.) You also see a lot of blue, aqua, green, and red glassware – but what you don’t see featured much is the color amber.

Now why is that? Amber glass comes in a lot of different shades – from light honey gold, to almost brown. I think maybe the brown vibe is what turns a lot of people off – brown is a hard color for a lot of people to get down with, for some reason…

I personally really like amber glass – it feels kind of homey too me, for lack of a better word. I took a look around and found some really great pieces – let’s check them out!

Vintage Mid Century UFO Amber Ribbed Optic Hanging Swag LampVintage Amber Glass Swag Hanging Lamp

There are TONS of amazing amber glass hanging lamps – it was hard to choose just one to feature here. Seriously. TONS.

Viking Glass Amber Diamond Point Glimmer Fairy LampsVintage Viking Amber Glass Fairy Lamp Candle Holders

I’ve sold quite a bit of Viking glass different colors, and amber is always the hardest sell. I found these that I’ve never seen before, I mean how cool are they? I’m tempted to get them for myself… ;)

L.E. SMITH GLASS AMBER MOON AND STARSVintage L.E. Smith Amber Moon & Stars Glass Canister Set

L.E. Smith’s Moon & Stars pattern is another one that comes in the more popular colors of blue, red and green – but look how pretty it is in this honey gold shade of amber!

Vintage Libbey Glasses Country Garden Daisy Amber SetVintage Libbey Amber Country Garden Drinking Glasses Set

There is a LOT of vintage beverage glassware in amber – drinking glasses, pitchers, etc. etc… Libbey is a great brand to look at for that kind of stuff, they are one of my favorites.

Honey Gold (amber) ANCHOR HOCKING LIDO MILANO Ball Pitcher & 6 TumblersVintage Anchor Hocking Lido Amber Glass Beverage Set

Anchor Hocking is right up there with Libbey – check out this new old stock set in their Lido pattern! Yet another case where the blue and green versions tend to get all the glory…

Vintage KAHAWHA Hand Crafted Glass Pedestal Amber Swung Stretch VaseVintage Kahawha Amber Glass Pedestal Swung Stretch Vase

Of course I can’t do a post on glass without featuring a fun vase – this one is from a company I haven’t heard of before, I might have to do some digging about them! It’s just as cool as a Viking or Fenton piece, that’s for sure…

LE Smith Amber Glass Rearing Horse BookendsVintage L.E. Smith Amber Glass Rearing Horses Bookends

Another offering in amber from L.E. Smith…

So what do you think? Can we convince the vintage geeks out there that amber glass is something to love? Are there some of you out there already, happily collecting it despite (or maybe because of) its tendency to fly under the radar? Leave me a comment, or better yet, email photos of your collection to vintagegoodness@gmail.com. :)

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What’s It Worth? Ask Me On LoveToKnow!

lovetoknowbannerI’ve got a new gig – and it’s awesome! I’m now officially an antiques and collectibles expert over on LoveToKnow’s What’s It Worth? website:

LoveToKnow’s What’s It Worth site is a place for enthusiasts and professionals to gather and discuss antiques and collectibles. Visitors can receive expert answers on questions about antique value, identification as well as general information and discussion about collectible items. Join the What’s It Worth community by adding your insights, helping to identify antiques and vintage items and creating a great resource for all our enthusiasts.

How cool is that? I can’t guarantee that I will be the one to answer your question, but between me, the other experts, and the rest of the community, someone is likely to be able to help you out. And yes, it’s FREE!

Head on over and take the tour if you want to find out more about how it works – not only is it kind of fun, it’s a little bit addicting… Or maybe I’m just a vintage geek like that? ;)

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It’s Christmas Stash Blowout Time – At Auction On eBay!

Every year I hoard all the vintage Christmas goodness I find, then list it all in one week – and this is the week! I’ve got too much to show it all here so I’ll just highlight a few of my favorites, head on over to my eBay store if you want to check it all out!

Vintage Libbey Holt Howard Happy Santas Cocktail SetVintage Libbey Holt Howard Happy Santas Cocktail Set

Vintage Melted Popcorn Plastic Decorations LotVintage Melted Popcorn Plastic Decorations Lot

Vintage Shiny Brite Christmas Tree TopperVintage Shiny Brite Glass Christmas Tree Topper

Vintage Norcrest Christmas Owl Salt & Pepper Shaker SetVintage Norcrest Christmas Owl Salt & Pepper Shaker Set

Vintage 2" Glitter Christmas Ornaments Set 10 Glass In BoxSet Of 10 Vintage 2″ Glass Glitter Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Peanut Butter GlassesVintage Christmas Peanut Butter Drinking Glasses Set

Vintage Granny Square Christmas Stockings Pair SetVintage Granny Square Christmas Stockings Pair Set

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New Goodness At Auction On eBay This Week!

I got some fun stuff listed this week, some of which you probably haven’t seen before, since I haven’t done any haul posts lately… To be perfectly honest, it’s gotten kind of cold here in Ohio, and I’ve been reluctant to set all the stuff out on the steps outside to photo it up! I’m a wuss, I know… I need to figure out a spot inside to use, but haven’t gotten around to it yet…

Anyway, enough of my lame excuses, let’s check out the goods!

Vintage Cockatoo Bird Paint By Number PaintingVintage Cockatoo Bird Paint By Number Painting

Marielle Seidel Batik Big Eye Girl Good Morning PrintVintage Marielle Seidel Batik Big Eye Girl Good Morning Print

Vintage Tapestry Wall Hanging Textile Woven Green Fiber String ArtVintage Tapestry Wall Hanging Textile Woven Green Fiber String Art
(I have another one of these that I listed on Etsy – click here to check it out!)

Vintage Woven Textile Art Plate Wall Hanging PlaqueVintage Woven Textile Art Ceramic Plate Wall Hanging Plaque

Vintage GE Toaster Oven General Electric Bake Toast 'N BroilVintage GE Toaster Oven General Electric Bake Toast ‘N Broil

Vintage Texas Ware Melmac Mixing Bowl 118Vintage Texas Ware Melmac Mixing Bowl 118

Vintage Syroco Wood Wall Hanging Art Plaque Fruit FlowersVintage Syroco Wood Wall Hanging Art Plaque Fruit Flowers

Vintage Annalee Mobilitee Hot Air Balloon Santa Claus Doll DecorationVintage Annalee Mobilitee Hot Air Balloon Santa Claus Decoration

Vintage String Art Wall Hanging Wood Plaque StarburstVintage String Art Wall Hanging Wood Plaque Starburst

Vintage Milk Glass Spice Jars Set Lot Of 15 White Plastic LidsVintage Milk Glass Spice Jars Set Lot Of 15 White Plastic Lids

Vintage Butterfly Serving Tray Ceramic Pink Chip Veggie Relish DishVintage Butterfly Serving Tray Ceramic Pink Chip Veggie Dish

Vintage Stuffed Rabbit Plush Bunny Handmade Orange CorduroyVintage Stuffed Rabbit Plush Bunny Handmade Orange Corduroy

Vintage Regal Non-Stick Skillet 10" Frying Pan DuPont SilverStoneVintage Regal Non-Stick Skillet 10″ Frying Pan DuPont SilverStone

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Thrift Haul – Not Bad For October!

Thrift Scores HaulEstate Sale FindsThankfully I had a good weekend out at the sales – no drama (yay!), and I got quite a bit of stuff for it being so late in the season… I went to a couple estate sales and a couple church sales – I think the fall church sales are about over now. :( Garage Sale FindsSyroco Wall Hanging
Dritz Pressing Ham
Ballonoff Cake Saver
Vintage GE Toater Oven

Thrift Scores Estate Sale FindsSyroco Diamond Wall Hanging Set
Vintage Ceramic Monk Figurine ( I couldn’t believe it when I found this guy – I just saw similar ones being discussed on Facebook the other day.. They called him “Saint Peter” because when you turn him around, he’s, how should I say it, a little X-rated? lol)
Nude Wrestlers Ceramic Figurine – from the same sale as Saint Peter. ;)
Vintage Napco Ceramic Angel Figurine
Otagiri Whales Coffee Mugs

Church Rummage Sale ScoresVintage Glass Sun Tea Jar
Wooden Folding Coat Rack
Betty Crocker’s Cookbook
Vintage Pepsi Glass
Vintage “Bump” Glass – is that a type of drink? Does anyone know?
Born Slip On Shoes

Vintage GE Reel To Reel Tape RecorderVintage GE Reel To Reel Tape Recorder

Church Rummage Sale ScoresMarvin The Martian Coffee Mug
Vintage Orange Juice Carafe
Green Flower Glass Pitcher
Vintage String Art Wall Hanging
Vintage Sony Clock Radio

Estate Sale Scores FindsCorning Ware Roasting Pan
3 Ceramic Zodiac “Adult Novelty” Ashtrays – from the same sale as Saint Peter. There was a theme going on there. lol

Garage Sale Finds ScoresVintage Green Task Lamp
Hull Pottery Brown Drip Cream & Sugar Set
Vintage NAS Bag Purse

Yard Sale Score FindsAnchor Hocking Mugs Set
Vintage Christmas Glasses Set
Hull Pottery Hand & Flower Vase
Vintage Slave Mug – ?!?!
Salton Hotray Food Warmer Tray
Vintage Handmade Clutch Purse

Thrift Scores FindsVintage Hawaiian King Wall Art
IIttala Glass Finland Candle Holder Set
Shiny Brite Christmas Ornaments
Napkin Holder Lot – I got them mostly for the yellow plastic ones, they are Vera Neumann…

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