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A Vintage Summer

With July here already I'm getting nostalgic about summers past. I do appreciate every moment of the here and now, please don't get me wrong but remembering summers from long ago make me appreciate this very short season even more.Do You Remember........?Eating An Ice cream Cone outdoors on a hot summer day.via http://dontwhistleontheelevator.tumblr.com/post/146993510/thedirtythirties-bette-davisRiding bikes with my best girlfriends. Oh, those days when you had no cares at all.via http://www.designsponge.com/2013/05/living-in-now-then.html/comment-page-1#comment-436996Spending the Day at the Beach, literally all day!via http://www.vogue.c... » Read More

I Brake for Yard Sales, Estate Sales, Garage Sales, Rummages Sales!....

Garage and Estate Sale Season is Here! I have been meaning to write, post whatever you want to call it,but sometimes it really is the last thing I have time to do!  Why do so many of us find it hard to keep posting regulary? Because we have so many other things going on I suppose.  Selling vintage at my Refined Vintage store is my passion right now, so as the  beautiful spring weather is getting warmer the Estate sale signs & yard sale signs have been calling to me! I cannot  ignore their tempting signage,especailly if it's from one of my favorite Estate sale companies & they mention, collectibles, antiques, jewelry!... » Read More

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mom deserves a special Day. I know it has been commercialized to death, but really she does so much for so many for so little in return. Moms do everything out of Love, She puts everyone's need before her own. Lets give all the mom's in our lives a great big hug right now, and tell her how much you love and appreciate her! Avon Crystal Glow Candle Holder - Vase with Antiqued Silver StandGifts for mom are sometimes difficult to choose, but most moms would appreciate something that she wouldn't go out and buy herself.  You know, something she doesn't need, but would love to have. Jewelry falls into this categor... » Read More

Why We still Need A 3 Martini Lunch! (Maybe Not 3 Martini)

  Vintage Smokey Grey Crystal Champagne glasses The other day when I was researching  my recently listed mid century crystal champagne glasses and I stumbled across an article about The Three Martini Lunch.  If you are a Madmen  fan you know what I'm talking about. I absolutely love the show!     Vintage glasses like these were used for champagne as well as cocktails.You have to wonder how they managed to drink 3 martini's which is all alcohol, no mixers, or juice and then go back to the office and get anything done. Well, I learned that cocktails were much smaller  in the 1950'-60's than they are tod... » Read More

Vintage:Top 5 Reasons To Love And Use

So many people are discovering vintage, but I thought sharing some of the reasons why everyone should consider Vintage will help others to see what they are missing out on! "Ribbon" Mid Century  Knowles China 1. Vintage is the New "Green"When you choose vintage you are lessening the impact by modern manufacturing on our     our environment, and saving  items from landfills, it is appalling how many cool vintage items get thrown away. 2. NostalgiaVintage brings back fond memories of childhood, family members and many other happy times in your past.Do you have a favorite memory?  Circ... » Read More

Retro & Vintage Favorites From Pinterest

I just have been Pinning away like crazy lately and though now would be a good time to share some of my retro & vintage favorites.Vintage Evening Dresses from the 1930's This has to be my favorite decade for vintage clothing. I love the glamour the cut and drape of these flowing styles that were so prevalent during the Art Deco period. (This image is via All Things Art Deco on Tumblr)This Turquoise Samsonite luggage is wonderful! Imagine the trips this matching set of luggage has been on!  The color happens to be in my favorite color too. You know how I love any shade of Aqua! This image (via Spin LP's on Flickr)... » Read More

Amazon Wish List and Artfire and Me

I have been trying to fill my Refined Vintage studio with lovely vintage items, but Amazon is making it difficult for me. As a vintage seller at Artfire, I like to know everything I can about what I am selling. I don't specialize in just one area, so it goes with out saying that I have to do quite a bit of research. So My problem is the fun and free and completely wonderful Amazon Wish list button! I added it to my tool bar. It was very easy to do at Amazon: 1,2,3 your done. I told my daughters to add it too, so that I can easily find things they actually want this year for Christmas. You can make your... » Read More

Has Mad Men Influenced a VintageTrend?

Have you wondered recently why there is such an interest in the Mad Men era? Were the 1960’s really more fashionable and cool, more exciting? I too have wondered about this. Has the popularity of Mad Men influenced an interest in Vintage? Maybe it started with Don Draper and his executive office on Madison Ave. The setting for this show portrays the sleek modern Eames Era in all its glory, kidney shaped tables, tapered legs, geometric influences. And of course the ever present cocktail hour which at Sterling Cooper was any time of day. Or maybe it is the beautiful clothing worn by Betty, Joan, Rog... » Read More