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Saturday, December 28, 2013

After Christmas Sale!

Christmas has come and gone, and I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!  Now that we are approaching the end of the year, I'm sure that all of you are looking forward at the new year ahead of us, and making plans and resolutions. I hope it will be a year of good things for all of you!

I have decided to kick off the new year with a sale! It is officially marked on items in the artwork and home decor section of my Etsy store, but I have been doing some markdowns in other stores as well.

 When the USPS raises their shipping rates again in January, these items will probably be more significantly affected than some of the other sections of the store (because they tend to be heavier). That seems like a good incentive to buy now, before they end up costing you more (and while you can benefit from the sale price as well).

Here are some highlights from the sale (while supplies last!):
These Morgantown blown glass "patio lights" from the Federal pattern are greatly discounted!  Made in the 50s, these pieces have a peacock blue color and a clear, bell ring because they are leaded glass.
This extremely rare (possibly one of a kind!) Jeanette Iris and Herringbone pattern metal bowl is very deeply discounted, about $85 off. My research uncovered one example each of solid metal bowls like this, in other Jeanette patterns, although there is no record of glass companies making metal bowls at all! It must be some kind of salesman sample or mockup, made of an unknown pitted and worn metal. Follow the link to read more about it!
Did you wish you had a more stylish carry-on than a ratty backpack during your holiday travels this season? Here is an affordable powder blue American Tourister bag from the early 80s. It is quite roomy, but fits perfectly into an overhead bin!
Looking for something to dress up the room for spring? How about this framed butterfly needlepoint tapestry, probably from the 50s or 60s.
And now for one of the "less advertised" sales. This pretty set of Metlox Red Rooster pattern salt and pepper shakers has been marked down AND set for free US shipping (all other shipping destinations have discounted shipping rates, as well).
This dueling pistol cologne bottle from Avon has received a lot of attention lately. Nope, it is not a gun at all! Leave a comment and get a discount on your purchase!
If you intend to do some entertaining in the coming year (or finish decorating a room), I have 2 of these white divided serving dishes from Fire King. They are from the 50s-era "Golden Shell" pattern (you should see the back!) and are edged in real gold. Leave a comment, get a discount!
Here is another lovely vintage plate in untouched condition. It was made in postwar Japan, and seems to have been part of a rare pattern from a company named Jyoto. I have marked it down 20%! It is well worth a closer look.
I just marked down this attractive pair of metal wall chargers from England, made in the medieval style. They are now 20% off!
This lovely Daher lithographed metal tray is also 20% off. Lovely piece to decorate a wall, but can also be used as a serving tray or catch-all tray in your home.

There are many more things than this on sale right now. I hope you'll stop by before the year-end sale ends. Follow the links and go exploring!

Friday, December 13, 2013

More Last Minute Gifts--Party Edition

We are getting steadily closer to those last-minute online shopping deadlines...but we're not there yet!  Just in case you didn't read my last post, here are the "last days for Christmas delivery" again:

US Standard Post (for heavy things; read my listings) ends Tomorrow 12/14 

US First Class (for lighter things; read listings) ends next Friday, 12/20

International customers and US customers ordering late on these dates should contact me first about faster holiday shipping rates!

So, with no further ado, here are some great party themed gift ideas (or maybe things you need to throw the best party ever!).
If you're in love with the 50s/60s, here is a cool stainless steel cream and sugar set from Arnart. Great for serving all kinds of condiments, not just the usual thing, and that stainless steel really reflects the holiday lights!

Ships standard. Talk to me about expedited shipping or order it for New Years!
Bring some cheer to the holiday with this Kissing Santa and Mrs. Claus platter

It is possible to ship it faster than Standard (in which case you can order it as late as Dec. 21 if you do it early in the day).  I'd love to get it to you for the holidays!
Volunteer to bring the chutney or the dip? That's what this handy-dandy self-sealing Christmas crock was made for. 

Can ship as late as Dec. 21 if you pay for Priority mail; otherwise, ships standard post.
This lovely Partridge in a pear tree scarf has a festive air about it. It would also look fabulous framed on a wall or displayed under a piece of Plexiglas on a party table, if you decide not to wear it!

Ships first class!
Check out your reflection in this shiny silver Gorham punch bowl from the 50s

Yes, it ships standard post, so order now, contact me about express shipping, or consider buying for New Years Eve!

Are you handy with a needle? There is still time to whip up this evening gown from Lauren Hutton (fits size 8), or perhaps my other evening dress patterns will do (see them here, various sizes). Steal all of the attention at the Christmas or New Years Eve party!

All patterns ship first class.
Not into sewing, but you are going to a formal affair this season? Throw on an elegant scarf like this Ginnie Johansen number--red jewels, gold chain, on black silk. You'll look fabulous!

Ships first class!

 Be the sharpest-looking fellow at the party with this 50s silk Madmen era necktie from Wembley.

Ships First class!
Finally, add some pizazz to your holiday ensemble with this little pearl and rhinestone pin.

I'm watching my stores, ready to ship your orders when they come in, so you don't have to stress. Come and see me! :)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Last-Minute Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is right around the corner, and naturally, customers have begun to worry that they won't get their gifts in time. No need to worry. I am keeping an eye on the clock and I know the postal service's shipping cutoff dates!

For international orders, the last day to ship your order for Christmas is tomorrow, December 9th!  After that, it gets more expensive than you probably want to mess with. If I find your order too late, I'll rush it out, but I can't make any promises. Don't delay!

For US customers, the dates to watch are December 14th for most heavy packages (marked "Standard Post" in the listing), and December 20th for all of my lighter packages (Marked "US First Class").

So, let's get shopping!
 Christmas Bells hankie/pocket square. the print on this scarf plays with the eyes like a holographic image. Ships as late as Dec. 20th (or earlier, of course).
Not your ho-hum holiday tie. Flashy red and black skinny tie from the 60s. Can ship as late as Dec. 20th.
Dress up your wreaths, swags, or whatever with this Partridge and Pear ribbon. I have 2 spools in different widths. This image is the narrow one. Can ship as late as Dec. 20th.
Alternatively, dress up yourself with this Partridge and Pear Tree scarf from the 60s! Can ship as late as Dec. 20th.
Here's a classy Fire King serving dish from the 50s, with real gold trim! Got a big holiday crew to feed? I have 2! Order 1 or both and I can ship as late as Dec. 14th, or later by arrangement (if you want to pay Priority shipping rates, it can ship as late as Dec. 21st).
My last set of these traditional ribbon candy ornaments. Set of 4. Can ship as late as Dec. 20!
Precious Moments Pomander. Can be used as an ornament.  Can ship as late as Dec. 20th (or pay Priority shipping and ship as late as Dec. 21st).

Putting the finishing touches on your holiday decor? These vintage Currier and Ives plaques will look wonderful on your wall! Hangers attached to the back and ready to go. Can ship as late as Dec. 14th, or later by arrangement (if you want to pay Priority shipping rates, it can ship as late as Dec. 21st).
Decorate with this snow angels candle holder from the Little Miracles collection. It is a Russ Berrie product. The heads and wings have glass "sugaring" on them. Can ship as late as Dec. 14th, or later by arrangement (if you want to pay Priority shipping rates, it can ship as late as Dec. 21st).
Need personalization? Make this initial pin kit (on the left) in a few minutes. Can ship as late as Dec. 20th.
Want to make some memories with the older kids in the upcoming year? This book about making miniatures might be fun!

I also have a book about wooden toy model making, and one about miniature embroidery.

These are currently marked media mail, but I can upgrade to Standard post and ship as late as Dec. 14th.
 Of course, there are always my pom pom animal ornaments, like this friendly lion, or the ever-popular poodles. Please give me a day or two to make yours, especially if you order 3 or more. They're all made to order!  Can ship as late as Dec. 20th (so order by Dec. 18th).

Many more to come! Keep an eye on my stores. I'm always happy to help you make the season bright!