Monday, August 15, 2016

Some great news items for Nellie's Barn Sale

Today I took some pics of things I'm taking to the annual "Nellie's Barn Sale". My tent will be fill with 1940's...1950's...and 60's....vintage goodness!

MCM, retro, pyrex, mirrors, kitschy, and more to come! 

Stay tuned for some more pics!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Booth Crush

So, we are getting ready for spring and we have rented a space at a local vintage, antique, and collectibles mall, called Hidden Treasures, in Loves Park, Illinois. 

        As I have been collecting, painting, sewing things for the booth I have been so drawn to certain colors and styles. I'm excited to finally have a space again and a place the reflects my style. Here are some pics from our booth. We are adding more daily!

Excited to see our booth coming along! Check us out at VintageHeather . Lots of goodies like Ironstone, Jadeite, Chalkboards, Luggage, Vintage Fabrics and Linens.

Chippy Goodness, Chalk Paint, Throw Pillows, Quilts, etc.
Lots of aqua and turquoise items, aprons, vintage baby stuff, Fire King, glassware, MCM, etc. 
Vintage child's play, chippy furniture, drawers, paintings, pottery, etc.
New things daily: Painted furniture, pyrex, vintage kitschy, books, children's items, etc.
Great sewing notations, drawers, glassware, Ironstone, Pyrex, pottery, etc.
Lovely Ironstone, Benches, Planters for Spring! Stop out and see us Booth 143

Friday, October 30, 2015

Vintage Jewelry: A Lost Art Form

Oh, la, la.......vintage rhinestone jewelry swoon!

       About ten years ago I joined a local antique mall, Main Street Antiques, as a vendor. They have many antiques and vintage items that they specialize in and sell. I was a vintage seller and rented a small case and bookshelf space. At the time I knew nothing about vintage jewelry, or what some call costume or junk jewelry.  I always liked vintage jewelry from the time I was a kid dressing up at grandma's house with old vintage dresses and clip on earrings. I thought I was the bomb. Little did I know that down the road the vintage collectors from the antique shop would spark a true interest and a new addiction (like I need another one of those). 

     I have always love sparkly things, so it is probably no surprise to my friends and family that, in my book, "Rhinestones are a girls best friend", and much more affordable than diamonds! 
Royal Blue and Emerald Green Prong Set Rhinestone Brooch Set in Gold Tone.
      I researched, bought books, hauled thousands of books home from the library, studied each style, shape, size, uniqueness, and of course signatures. Signatures are not always a literal signature on a piece of jewelry.  Many pieces were unsigned before the 40's and 50's. Sometimes signatures are styles and techniques used by an individual artist or company. Some are the types of materials the jewelry is made from. Before the thousands of hours of studying these I could not tell you one from another. Now I am able to look at a piece and tell you what company the piece may have come from. 

My favorite from the 1950's Hollycraft
      Some of the most sought after costume jewelry is by Eisenberg, Hollycraft, Weiss, Hobe', Alice Caviness, and the very famous Miriam Haskell. They are all quite different and quite unique. It is hard to believe that almost all of these brands were started by ordering them from home parties, like tupperware. 

Miriam Haskell Pearl Baroque Earrings - most sought after vintage jewelry on the market today and also most counterfeited costume jewelry.  

      Miriam Haskell is definitely a favorite of mine. I always keep my eyes open when looking for her jewelry. It fetches a pretty penny for just being costume jewelry. Don't be fooled though if it sounds to good to be true it probably is. Many are cashing in on her name so make sure to study everything from color, size, beading placement, backings and fixtures used. Even her signed pieces are signed a certain way. 

Juliana D&E Demi Parure Rhinestone Prong Set

       Many pieces today are mass produced and not in very good quality. That is the number one reason why I would rather have a good old piece of costume jewelry from the 1940's and 50's any day of the week than twenty pieces made today!


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Nellie's Vintage Extravaganza

Nellie's Vintage Extravaganza:

 is one of the best sales in our Midwest area. It is packed full of vintage goodness. People from all over come to this sale. Many make arrangements to do a girls weekend to visit Nellie's. This is the second year and the second year

  Vintage Heather  was part of it.....and it was fab!

MCM furniture mixed with lovely #globes. Are you allowed to swoon over your own items?

A lil seasonal flair! The cat book was the first thing to sell out of everything! So cute!

So fond of the aqua painted suitcase! Such a lovely color. Almost all our Aqua/Turquoise pieces sold on the first day!

If you missed Nellie's Vintage Extravaganza 2015

Like her facebook page for future sales! 

Also you can follow along on her Vintage Shop Hop Page for more great Vintage Vendor Sales!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Prepping For Fall

Vintage Heather has been prepping for all the fall shows coming up!

       We are getting all prepared for our fall shows. From picking to painting fixing and staging. So excited!

    Can't wait to add fall decor to this mix! Vintage Clocks, Scales, Headboard, Chalkboards, Accent Tables,Windows, etc.

 Here are some items that will be heading to my vintage sales. So glad I found the baby Jesus. He took me a little searching (these are vintage chalkware,by the way)! A piece of LuRay which I collect and peeking out from the bottom of the globe, do I see Ironstone...whaaat? We will have lots of ironstone! 

 Lovely hand painted Glamperware! Designed and painted by VintageHeather!

I love turning old ugly things into reloved beauties. ♥
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