Sunday, April 20, 2014

Vintage Baskets

Baskets are useful for several things.  Use them in your home, office, or even in the garden.  We have a variety of vintage ones in our shop.  Give something old a new use.  For additional inspiration click here


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Vintage Canfolks in Galena IL

A new shipment of Canfolks have arrived.  Creative handmade characters made out of vintage spice cans.

We're the only shop in the Tri-State area that carries them.  The next time you visit Galena, IL stop in and check them out.  Here's a sample of a few.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Vintage Enid Collins Box Purses

Who is Enid Collins?  

She's from Medina, Texas and began to create these bags in 1959.  They're colorfully decorated with paint, sequins, rhinestones, and other unique embellishments.  Some of her designs were even named.   In 1970 she sold her business to the Tandy Leather Corporation.

We have four of her bags in our shop in Galena, IL.  All for sale.  Enjoy the pics.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

DIY Wall Decor Using Vintage Flashcards (Cheap & Easy)

Here's a cheap and easy DIY project that will add character to any room in your house.  Definitely a piece of art that'll have your guests talking.  They also make great gifts.

The project requires only three supplies.  A frame, your choice of adhesive, and a flashcard.  That's it.  You can add a solid color of cardstock as a border to the flashcard, if you wish.

*Hint:  We have a nice selection available in our shop in Galena, IL.

Now, here's where you can put some creativity into it.  Let's start with the image above.

day after day--For any room in your house.
will give me milk--For the nursery, kitchen decor, coffee shop decor.
do not like you--For a joke to someone who would find it funny.

the girl--For a girl's room (girl power).
do not like rain--For the mudroom.
will find a dinner--kitchen, restaurant/diner decor.

may play--For the playroom/daycare.
gave them milk for dinner--For the kitchen or nursery.
We said--For the library, livingroom, teacher's classroom, etc. 

is not a dog--For cat owners.
was wet--For the bathroom or mudroom.
likes me--For the bedroom, gift giving for your sweetheart.

saw the little boy--For the boys room.
went into the house--For the entry way.
gave them some dinner--For the kitchen, restaurant/diner decor.

Here's another idea that would make an awesome wedding gift.  

Have fun with these ideas and feel free to leave additional suggestions in the comment section below.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Elizabeth's Grand Antique Co.

Have you visited Elizabeth, IL lately?  You may of noticed that the old school building has been transformed into a new Antique Mall.  And guess what?  We've got so many vintage treasures that we decided to rent a booth there also.

Our team has been busy filling our space with lots of goodies.  There's a slide show of images below.

The building is located off of Hwy 20, East of Galena, IL.  Like their page on Facebook to keep up with all the news.  Hours of operation will be Monday-Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed on major holidays.  Stop by and check it out.  A full service coffee bar is located inside as well.

And don't forget to like our shop page on Facebook to keep up with what's happening in Galena. 


Thursday, November 21, 2013


It's that time of the year again, how did that happen so fast???
Christmas is the ultimate holiday where we celebrate that baby born in a manger.  Then looking thru the eyes of a child and the myth of Santa Claus, how can anyone NOT get excited?  The decorating, shopping, sending Christmas cards, holiday baking and finally the excitement of watching the Grandchildren open their presents is enough to make anyone smile (or exhausted)!!
As I think of Christmas past thru old photos I find myself yearning to go back in time and re-living those days.  Since my time machine is in the shop indefinitely, I'll have to do with the here and now.  I guess this is why I love selling antiques and vintage.
Taking vintage Christmas and turning into new is a new venture for me.  I have started repurposing vintage items into new Christmas ornaments, etc.  I am sharing some pictures of the shop showing what we currently have in stock.  If you have someone on your list that has everything,  you may want to check us out for that one-of-a-kind item.

My daughter and I would like to wish all of you a Happy Holiday season !!!!
                                             Shirley and Jennifer
Repurposed ice skates

Vintage ornaments


repurposed house, etc.

repurposed tree ornaments

misc. Christmas

Snow White repurposed orn.

more repurposed ornaments

Yes, these lights work!

Sweet repurposed ornament

More !

Vintage Christmas

repurposed house and jar with label

Mmmmmmmm   the smell of fresh pine!

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