All posts tagged: vintage

tinsel.

Step right in to Tinsel in Berkeley! I frequently pass by this shop thinking I must go in someday. Someday was last Saturday, finally! Tinsel is known for their vintage trim so I was expecting to see lots of ribbons, tassels, and fun things for decorating. I was correct, but oh, there was so much to look at and my brain went into overdrive as I started to think about all the projects I could make with everything in the store. What an amazing collection of things on spools – fabric ribbons, metal ribbons… They had bottle brush trees (I love these things!) for every occasion. This handy passementerie (art of making elaborate trimmings or edgings) guide needs to be an art print. A wall of passements… If I was a master seamstress I would be ALL OVER these trims. Everything looked so elaborate, detailed, well-made. There were bins of vintage appliques, beads, charms… Spools in all the sizes… My family’s cigar company ;)…plus golden scissors… These flower middles reminded me of my childhood and …

shop feature: station one farmhouse. 

A lovely shop tucked away in Point Richmond, Station One Farmhouse boasts an array of repurposed and handmade items. On my visit, shop gal Christine was busy painting furniture to be sold in store. They finish a lot of the pieces in shop – talk about locally made! They’ve got soaps, candles, housewares, and decor items. Hubs and I picked up a jar of Jack Rabbit Farms’ roasted tomatoes and bell peppers. Yum! You’ll find a lot of unique finds at Station One. I’m excited to visit again to see new furniture and painting projects! Where have you shopped local lately? Share below!

old things!

Over the weekend I visited the Alameda Point Antique Faire, the largest antique shopping experience in Northern California. They weren’t lying. They open gates at 6a, but I got there at 1p when admission is cheaper and it’s easier to get closer parking, and there are rows and rows of vendors with loads and loads of old things. It was quite an experience. Of course, I didn’t find anything that really grabbed my attention, but I did leave with two soft pretzels for a dollar each, an end-of-the-day special! The fair is held outside so it was dusty, cold, and windy, but sunny – in other words, a nice bay area day! There was so much to look at. I’m always impressed with the craftsmanship of older items. Things really were made to last. I had my eyes open for a typewriter and some small teak bowls; I’ll have to do a bit more searching. I almost bought this glass stand, though. I couldn’t think of a purpose except “soap dish,” but I only have so many …

crafty garage sale.

What’s better than discount prices on home goods at a garage sale? Discount prices on craft supplies at an arts & crafts garage sale! I know, mind blown. Over the weekend I visited Handcraft Studio School for their Craft & Art Supply Garage Sale. Studio instructors and collective members brought out their goods for an afternoon of rummaging delight. There were vintage books, unique buttons, colorful fabrics, and a whole lot of other random and unusual finds. These punches were very pleasing. My crafty friend and I spent a few minutes here testing out our favorites, and then purchasing them. I got a tree, just in time for Christmas…in ten months. Ha! Looking through the vintage findings selection trying to come up with a craft project to justify a purchase was just as fun as actually picking something out and buying it. I recently turned my walk-in closet into a craft “room” and have been gradually sorting and cleaning out my craft explosion. Going to one of these events is dangerous when you’re mid-sort! I did a …