You won’t want to miss Take Five Tuesday this week because there’s a great discount nestled in here but you have to read each description below to discover where the deal is. I know, what a hook huh? I sound like such a sales girl. This week I’m sharing a mix of everything from faux bamboo retro lamps to Zakka-inspired magnets so without further rambling… here’s my 5 picks from Etsy this week!
Some of my goodies arrives recently from Zoe Tropa in Boston and so I had to include them in this round up to say how much I love their things. All the little pencils melt my heart…
Although I love the finds over at Fabulous Mess I wish the owners would disclose who they are and where they are based because I think it would definitely boost sales for them! But aside from that, I think their eye for vintage furniture, ceramics and lighting is the best and I especially like how well they restore pieces. Anyone know who is behind this shop though? They have excellent feedback so that should make you feel confident as a buyer though so I say give them a try.
Mr H Studio has some gorgeous modern bowls and mugs, I’m in love with the coffee cups… All are made by hand on a potter’s wheel in porcelain and stoneware shipped directly from maker to owner.
Courtney Oquist has such colorful, sweet prints that I just had to add them to the mix this week for a touch of whimsy.
Jean Pelle in Brooklyn is offering a 15% discount on most items in their shop – all Wood Candle Holders and ASSEMBLAGE pieces. I LOVE this shop and am dying to order about 5 of the these candle holders for my windows. The sale is over July 15th so if you want something simply make a note to the seller when you check out that you’d like the discount and they’ll send you a revised invoice for your new total. Sale excludes new items such as the Bubble Chandelier, jewelry, and already reduced items.
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Welcome to this week’s installment of Etsy Take Five Tuesdays! Today you’ll notice a slight theme: Vintage Charm. Whether it’s an old bear or a classic typewriter, a poster with an old-fashioned feel, or a bunch of 60s Science books you’ll no doubt find this blast from the past fun & inspirational. And as a bonus, I’ve added a 6th shop for you to visit. It’s a tiny one and has little to do with the vintage theme but hey, I’m not want to stay between the lines!
Artist and illustrator Melody Sea from The Dark Tree in London is currently working on a series of paintings focused on lost and abandoned vintage toys. “I am fascinated by how much personality toys can have especially as they get older and I love to imagine their histories and all the adventures they’ve had before they came to me,” Melody says. I was excited to learn that she also offers custom portraits so if you have a beloved toy you’d like captured forever on canvas just let her know.
Vintology is a sweet vintage shop who currently has an even sweeter white typewriter in stock (works great, they say), a set of 10 vintage deer glasses, packs of vintage paper for your crafty projects and a great set of 60s Science books in dreamy pale blue with hints of lemon on the spine – yum. There are more great things in this shop, but I thought I’d share the four that I’d considering purchasing either for myself or as a present. I love Science and old books so these beauties are calling my name… they’d look gorgeous on a bookcase.
If you love letterpress posters with hopeful and optimistic themes then Roll & Tumble Press in Arkansas may just be your new favorite. Their bio is written so perfectly that I can’t help but share the whole sha-bang, “Charming painter turned letterpress printer + Art school dropout turned tattoo artist bond over a love of music, quirky collections and dusty junk shops — and one, big, drafty house, three rescue dogs, and a chance meeting with a true old time printer — Roll & Tumble Press is born.” They’ve been all over blogland but never in an Etsy Take Five roundup so I’m sharing them here today for those of you who may haven’t heard of them already. Enjoy!
How about a second vintage seller to add to your list this week? Meet Vintage Jane in Pennsylvania who specializes in charming finds for babies and kids. I like her current selection of letters, jars, kids chairs and girl pillows and can imagine parents who really dig this retro look will really like her finds. The little lamp reminds me of Victoria at SFGirlByBay!
While I’m at it, let’s add a third vintage shop to the mix. This time it’s Extra Virgin Home owned by sisters Kate and Allison who live in Santa Monica and share a passion for hunting flea markets in search of vintage home finds. They both worked for the original Shabby Chic so of course, they soaked in all that style and experience turning Extra Virgin Home into a special spot for them to now showcase their own personal style of casual and vintage living. I love the blue wood crate for the kitchen, I’d put all of my glass water bottles in it. The metal boxes stacked near the sofa is a cute look but I’d use mine in the office beneath my desk for extra storage.
And a 6th find this week, what I like to call the bonus seller that I like to occasionally surprise you with. Meet The Makers. A very small shop that only has log pillows but they’re too cute to pass by despite their teeny tiny inventory. Grab one while they last, and if they are gone then Etsy mail them for more.
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This week’s take five is pretty cute, I have to hold back from buying everything I’ve featured because there is at least one item that I want from each store featured here. I also see a bit of a theme as far as colors are concerned, which I just now noticed after uploading all of the images seeing them together — funny how this happens, right? Here are my picks for this week, hopefully you will enjoy them as much as I have curating these lovely finds.
Laura is a self-taught artist in Chicago who I recently found and fell for right away. She loves blue, green and yellow along with quirky characters and for that, I love her back. “My work is focused on the connections of these characters to each other and their environment, exploring the possibility of finding novelty in everyday life, and discovering the joy that comes from opening up to unlikely companions and fantastic situations.” Her gouache and ink prints, which she sells in her shop, Laura George, are fantastic and as a whole it’s all quite consistent and pulled together. Psst: She’s on Flickr, too.
Massey & Rogers are textile designers in Derby who make some killer lamp shades, their tempting selection makes it hard to decide on just one. In addition to shades, who wouldn’t want to own a budgie bag or some badges? Me, me! I had a childhood pet/special friend, a budgie named Snoopy, so I am especially fond of this motif.
I think you’ll really like Uncommon, what a fun housewares shop! Vincent and Jessie are a husband and wife team living in the midwest who make some pretty cool stuff from clocks to side tables and mirrors. You have to check this design team out – great things here!
Aiko Tanaka is a Japanese artist living in Osaka who I found reading Melissa’s blog last night. Aiko’s etsy shop is called Childlike Wisdom and is where she sells her original paintings along with some postcards and prints inspired by the natural world. She is also on Flickr in case you’d like to add her as a friend. (Thanks, Melissa you amazing lady, you!)
If you love kawaii and paper goods, you’ll adore Paper Binder based in New York and Seoul. I adore these paper balloons, they’d be lovely for a kid’s party or simply to adorn a bedroom. If I were little I’d beg my mother for these! At Paper Binder you can find decals, cards, stickers, totes, labels and more. In addition to the air balloons, I love these tiny hangers for clipping on notes and prints for the work room.
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I’ve been shopping quite a lot lately for gifts but also for things to take with me to Germany since I know some of my favorite sellers don’t ship outside of the U.S. and if they do, I’ll have to pay double or even triple for the postage. When you have two months to prepare for an international relocation, your brain thinks of what matters the most: availability of goods in your new country. he he. There is no Martha Stewart or Williams Sonoma or Paper Source in Germany so one must prepare for such losses in advance! :) Same goes for Etsy, I’ve been on a tiny spree but I think I’m at a point to where I have everything I need. Except vanilla extract, expats keep telling me to smuggle some in and I’m trying to figure out why because my husband swears Germany has it. Hmmmm. Anyway, here’s my curated collection of Etsians today, I hope you find a few click-worthy shops here!
Florrie Mitton has mostly frilly garters and things but I love her art prints and thought they’d fit nicely here on decor8. Super pretty!
Tina Crespo is a professional photographer working in a commercial studio in Philadelphia. Tina studied photography and loves nature, texture and working with light — evident in her work. I love the image of the plane – it reminds me if that lovely film with the gorgeous soundtrack, Out of Africa.
Next today I want to share with you another photographer, Blue Cocoon. Her latest images are dream-like where an almost modern day Alice in Wonderland world awaits. I love all of the handmade touches and sewing references.
The Time Is Now has some of the sweetest hand painted brooches and some, like the one shown here, are only $7!
I adore the illustrative style over at Tuesday Mourning and love that she’ll do custom work so you can have you and your loved one turned into quirky art. I would love this for my husband and I, but how cute if you just want one for yourself, or of you and your daughter or perhaps if you own a shop, one of each of your staff posted on the wall behind the cash register. :)
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