I can’t remember when it was that I started liking vintage and decorative collectibles or crafting with vintage items….but maybe it goes back to when I was in grade school (about 8 or 9 ) and I recall that I bought an antique fairy tale book at a swap meet for a dime unlike one I had ever seen
It was a beautiful tale about the adventures of a boy and a girl and was illustrated with what I recall now as Art Nouveau illustrations. I can’t tell you why I remember the illustrations more than the story, but there you are. I lent this favorite book of mine to my best friend and somehow she promptly lost it. (Needless to say we probably didn’t remain friends for very long after that incident.) Perhaps I have been trying to replace that treasured book since then. And a loss of a book so long ago has transformed into part of my lifestyle and influenced my interior design tastes as well. C’est la Vie!
Talk about influences, the other major influence in my life was my grandmother, who practically raised me. I spent many a fond summer at her house. She was an avid crochet buff, gardener (she loved african violets) and made beautiful Barbie clothes for my Barbie. She grew up during the Depression, so she rarely threw away anything, so I imagine she impressed a little of her upcycle and repurposing habits onto me before it was fashionable and chic.
In any case, fast forward to the future and the fact is, at sometime I caught the vintage love bug, and I still love to read, research and hunt for vintage finds and antiques online and offline…and I really love to save money while at my favorite pursuit! That’s probably why all those interests have mixed together to make me take the time to start a blog and share some of those adventures with you!
As I shared on my first post, this blog was created to provide articles, book reviews, shopping reviews of stores in the LA and Orange County area and online resources, and some personal stories on vintage costume jewelry, decorative vintage collectibles, vintage ephemera and paper, and trash to treasure redo’s (it will be a mish mash of assorted things and we’ll see what direction the blog takes)— in any case it’s many of the things which I now collect and do.