Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Romancing Vintage Books Soon to Be Extinct

Old Books: Why We Love Them Retro Chalet
Above:  Real Entries from a vintage diary.

The Glory of Vintage Books

Some of my favorite things when picking for antiques or decor treasures for my home, is carefully looking for forgotten paper items.  Even better, when this paper is in the form of an old book.  Some serious book collectors will examine the spines, the condition of the pages, and of course, if the book is a first print or not. They will also look at circulation. I'm about the romance of the item itself.

Vintage Diary RetroChalet
In My Collection:  Five Year Diary Circa 1930. They didn't leave much room to write!

Why We Love Them in Shabby Condition

The first reason is curiosity and love for a vintage item. The old diary above, has seen better days. With a spine missing and pages discolored, the previous owner wrote her one to three sentence updates in the 30's.  Maybe part of me feels a bit dramatic for saying the sheer curiosity of the item drew me to it. What was it like living in the 30's and what things did this person write about? Who was she? Is she now passed or still alive somewhere?  Suddenly I wanted to know.  I was stuck to the small diary much like someone stuck on a reality show.  The cover itself sucked me in with the adorable Victorian children and original shabby condition just makes it look more appropriate for my decor. A silk cord rope was put in the book by the previous owner to indicate just where she left off.   I fell right in love with the thing and it was under $10. I don't know what an item like this is worth, but perhaps to the right person it's worth whatever price they are willing to pay.  Note to self: shred my diary. 

Vintage Fairy Book
From my shelf:  This book just makes my heart skip a beat.

Ernest Endres wrote about many fairies and gnomes yet much is missing about the author. Could this be a pen name for the publisher Ernest Nister, a famous turn of the century book printer and book publisher?  The book above is a first print and falling apart, much love and stained, held together with masking tape. This I did spend about $50 for, only because I loved it so and it's rare and something that I won't part with.  For me this book is rare and adorable. Combine the two and it's love at first site.  But where do you find these in better shape? Only if they are digitized from a good version, but the fact of the matter is these prints show their stained and shabby age, and were lovingly created by the author. 

Vintage Gnomes Book Ernest Nister
Circa 1900 era the publisher may have been the author. I am not certain.

From decor and art standpoints, I like to display old books in my home. The ones on my fireplace mantle are for sale on Etsy.  I used the ones at the bottom of the page to create a free Etsy shop banner. I also use some of the old more common books that are falling apart, to decoupage old switch plate covers and in my collage art work.  I love old paper and old books.  Don't you?

Old Books For Purchase:

Vintage Blue Books Lot on Etsy
Vintage Blue Book Lot $18 in my Retro Chalet shop on Etsy here.

unbound books from A Literary Suprise etsy shop
ALiterarySurprise sells unbound books for interesting displays. Buy them here for $27.50 

from Etsy Green Attic Vintage lot of 3 1949 Books.
1949 Lot of three, only $20 from Green Attic Vintage on Etsy.

old books from Etsy from My Three Sons Vintage
Huge Lot of 1900s Old Books only $41 from MyThreeSonsVintage

vintage book lot from Etsy the painted trunk

The Painted Trunk offers a lot of 10 retro books, find them here.

Leave me a note and tell me what are your thoughts with old books.  Do you have a story of a book you loved so much?  My concerns are now, when we live in such a digital age, using cellphones for everything, I feel old books will old day be obselete.  Perhaps going green means using your iBooks and not your Library card......

Here's How to Get This Free Etsy Banner

Free Etsy Banner

I am putting this here just so you know it's my original work, from a stack of books in my home, edited with my photo editor program.  
©Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer



Now I'm giving YOU, the reader my permission to use it in your Etsy shop for the purpose of a shop banner or on your blog, etc.  This is free as long as you are not selling the banner (so technically for non commercial uses). I simply ask that you return the favor of kindness by sharing my blog on twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook, etc.  A simple share of this post would be great.  Thanks so much. 

How to use the Free Etsy Cover Photo Below: 

  1. Right Click Image
  2. Save to Your Computer and Name It
  3. Add Your Shop Name Overlay by Opening with any  Photo Editor (PicMonkey is free and I love them.)
  4. Save with Changes
  5. Upload to Etsy and your done!

Vintage Old Books

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Warren Lynn Art Vintage Apple IMac veridycus Office Art

Warren Lynn Barbecue Feast Digital Art
Barbecue Feast by Warren Lynn

Artist Warren Lynn creates digitally stunning works of art suitable for display in  malls, professional offices such as the doctor's or dentists's offices, and even for  home use.  He creates the artwork in high resolution for sizable wall art which, at 40" x 60" makes for interesting conversation pieces.  Today this brings me to writing a bit about vintage apple items mixed with modern day works of Warren's art. Above, gorgeous rainbow color combinations make for a deliciously vivid piece called "Barbecue Feast." Below, vintage apple products with the rainbow of colors in the apple commend high prices and are desired among collectors. It seems a whole new line of rainbow Apple products have appeared on the web, Etsy and Ebay. Beware that these are not "modern day remakes" when paying antique prices.

Vintage Apple Computer Coffee Mug
                       Vintage Apple Computer Mug @SunflowerGarlicFarm

When designing Apple computers, Steve Jobs was fond of not only functionality but superior design.  I would like to think that design and style was as important to him as being at the top of the innovation scale.  To this date Apple's design team thinks of everything from packaging to design.  When I look at Warren Lynn's work I see clear and distinct design lines that incorporate and beautify the streamlined ideas that flourish into his art.  
Warren Lynn IPhone Case Hancock Art  veridycus
Warren Lynn's gorgeous Hancock design  is also sold on tote bags, pillows, phone cases. Pictured here on an iPhone case, $25

Warren is a computer engineer from Los Angeles.  He creates from his Apple iMac computer and the items are available for purchase on online gallery veridycus .   Above, the Hancock design was inspired by a filming location in Los Angeles mixed with the views of the "Hollywood" sign. This is certainly one of my personal favorites, and the fact that any of his creations come on bags, pillows, tshirts or accessories on the website is even better.  Below, neutral colors were used by Apple in early computer production.  The greyish creamy neutral colors made the Apple I and II.

Vintage Apple Modulator
Vintage Apple Modulator - Way back when Apple II was connected to the TV!
found at :  StuffFromBackThen

Prehistoric Fish Warren Lynn
"Prehistoric Fish" is my favorite Warren Lynn work. It reminds me of Murano glass mixed with many colors. 

The Prehistoric Fish above shows how creative one can get on an iMac, mixing digital creativeness with stunning design.  Below, in 1983, you would have to read the Apple Works Tutorial book, which was included in the purchase of your Apple IIe or IIc Computer.  Today, ephemera and books like the one below are highly sought after among collectors.  Yet the market is slim for working Apple computers that are in use today. 

Vintage Apple Computer Book
Old Book, Apple Computer, 1983 Found at PengyPatterns

I myself have quite a collection of vintage Apple products, as now I look back to the past to the Apple Computer of the 80's and realize just how far we have come.  As for Warren Lynn, he's constantly creating and looking to the future with new designs.

If you know someone looking for great artwork, please share.  He even offers free monthly downloads (for non commercial use) on his website.

Find them here: https://veridycus.com

Or, sign up to follow him here:  https://gumroad.com/warrenlynn

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Coffee Collectibles Best Vintage Java

vintage german coffee set Schonwald
Vintage Schonwald German Coffee Set from OurRetroShop $44.01

Coffee......yum.  Whether you drink it up as a treat or on a daily basis or simply reward yourself all day long, the best coffee collectibles are outlined here on VintageChalet!  Above, an old German retro dinnerware set yields an antique coffee pot and sugar bowl. Yum.  Enjoy these finds, most are from Etsy.  For the best coffee, try SapaCoffee.com . Sapa Coffee is a line of premium roasted coffee blended with toasted hemp hearts!  This makes the coffee rich in Omegas 3 & 6!
antique coffee grinders
Estonia's take on the coffee bean grinder, Find them at TallinnVintage for  $36.17

Coffee collectibles vary in type based on the part of the world you are in.  What's not to love if you are a coffee fanatic putting some of these artifact worthy finds in your home. Both for good "coffee talk" and conversation, most can be interesting topics of conversation.  Below, an old grinder Italian style, with mill is shown.  

old italian coffee mill
Old Coffee Mills shop from Spain offers many coffee mills, this mill & grinder  $174.83

Perhaps the easiest thing to collect is old coffee mugs.  Whether you are into melmac , vintage glassware or old china, finding something economic and antique to put to use in your kitchen was never easier.  Our pick today is old and colorful!

Editor's Pick

vintage fire king collection anchor hocking
Fire King Collection, $48 for these mugs InteriorComponents

Fire King, by Anchor Hocking makes for great milk glass collecting and a fine cup of java.   

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Vintage Style Lights at Lamplight Design Company

Turquoise Marquee Anchor Light
Vintage Style Anchor Lamp at Lamplight Design Co 

James Brighouse out of the UK makes these gorgeous lamps made out of reclaimed and new wood, steel and LED lights. Many look like the old marquee lights you would see in movie theaters or bars back in the 50's.  These are functional lights handmade on Etsy with a vintage flair!  The store is located in the UK but shipping to the states is not expensive at all!  Above: The vintage style anchor light above would look great in a cottage or lake house, and even in Gramp's garage over his boat.  Cost is $180 USA plus $50 shipping which doesn't make the item a bad by at $230 total. 

Fairground Marquee Arrow at Lamplight Design Co
Stunning Marquee Arrow at Lamplight Design Company

I am drawn to the arrow above, as I remember as a child the old movie theatres that still had the arrows. Even visiting Ocean City's boardwalk, I'd see these old arrows signaling to "come in" to the gaming halls or the instant photo booths. Finding them now is rare and this new item made by Lamplight Design Company has a vintage style patina and comes in different colors to match the home.  Not to mention having LED lights is safe and cost effective and can light up a room for pennies on the dollar. The arrow above retails for $113 USA and shipping to the USA East Coast runs about $51.  Certainly a worthwhile purchase for $164.

Love Sign for Yard or House by Lamplight Design Company

You can never have enough love....by Lamplight Design Company

My favorite of course is this stunning display of LOVE, all four letters are large and bright, measuring over will run you over $600, but perhaps for a wedding or special gathering (meant for indoor use, but you can use outside temporarily as long as you take in when finished)  would be a work of art that all your guests would adore. I think especially great for photographers staging videos.  I simply LOVE this sign.  

According to their Etsy profile, the husband and wife team James and Samantha Brighouse loves nostalgia and work from home in England. They state that lifestyle merchandising is their passion and they offer unique items for your surroundings.  All of thier lamps are made with LED battery op lights. That's not all that is in their shop , you will even find tshirts and hand painted signs. 

For all you Manilow Maniacs or Breakfast Club generation out there.................

Barry Manilow Sign from Lamplight Design Company
Go crazy with this quote sign, only $126.99 handpainted.