Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Last Post Here ... See our other blog

Alas, I have decided to discontinue posting on this blog. BUT I will continue to post the content about Made in America and our other products, ideas and adventures on our regular blog:  

We also will continue to list our own creations ... which are all Made in Los Gatos ... on our two Etsy sites:


Susan and I are still very much committed to Made in America products and they now represent much more than half of our items. Please join us on our other blog. You will not be disappointed.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Introducing Lopaka Designs

Lopaka Designs: Unique and Timeless Inspiration

"Lopaka" is Hawaiian for "Robert." My name is Bob ... aka "Robert" ... I was born in Hawaii ... and though I reside in the fantastic Bay Area, my roots are in the Hawaiian Islands. I love antiques, family history, ephemera and making things. Lopaka Designs is located in Vintages, our shop in Los Gatos, CA. At Vintages we sell handcrafted, Made in America products, vintage treasures from Victorian times to the 1960's, as well as other gift items.

I am one of two crafters in the shop ... Susan has been creating wonderful crafts, jewelry, tags and cards for quite some time now. Her designs are available the her Etsy site Pretty Ribbons as well as in our shop.

Lopaka Designs is my Etsy site and I am now starting to place some of my own designs on the site. Some of the early items are jewelry ... handmade using repurposed antique and vintage treasures, combining my love of antiques with contemporary findings to create mostly one-of-a-kind jewelry, accessory and decorative pieces. I hope you love them ... let me know what you think.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Vintage Style Tags and Post Cards

The American Tag Company produces a line of reproduction tags and postal cards. The tags are designer tags featuring art deco ladies and fashions. The postal cards come in two styles. One features international postcard designs. The other American designs. These are great for crafting, gift tags, and actual postcards. Another Made in America product.

Designer Tags • Set of 4 • $3.95

Postal Cards in American Designs • Set of 8 • $9.95

Postal Cards in International Designs • Set of 8 • $9.95

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Handcrafted Christmas Tree Ornaments

One of the things I love about the Holidays is decorating the Christmas tree with unique ornaments. At home we have a lot of ornaments that celebrate events or travels we have had. Some are vintage ornaments or family treasures of Christmases past. Others are just simply beautiful. Then there are the handcrafted ornaments ... special ... one of a kind ... unique to our tree!

Every year we have both vintage and handcrafted ornaments at Vintages. Susan hand makes a variety of ornaments every year. Take a look at some of what we have in the shop.

We also have a selection from a creative artist we met earlier in the year, who makes these little bottles filled with treasures and enhances traditional glass ornaments with tinsel, beads and doo-dads.

When you want something unique, handcrafted or vintage to decorate your holiday tree, wreath or centerpiece, Vintages probably has it.

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Maxfield Parrish Poster Book

Maxfield Parrish (July 25, 1870 – March 30, 1966) was an American painter and illustrator active in the first half of the 20th century. He is known for his distinctive saturated hues and idealized neo-classical imagery.

Understated! Maxfield Parrish was one of the most influential artists of the early 1900s. His work covered so many subjects and genres, that he is difficult to classify. Neo-classical ... yes. Arts & Crafts ... yes. Magazine cover illustrator par excellence ... absolutely. Master of color ... without a doubt.

In fairness, Wikipedia does go on to say: 
Parrish was one of the most successful and prolific of the illustrators and painters of the Golden Age of Illustration. He was earning over $100,000 per year by 1910, at a time when a fine home could be purchased for $2,000. Norman Rockwell referred to Parrish as "my idol." Parrish, although unique in his execution and never duplicated, exhibited considerable influence upon other illustrators and artists, an influence which continues through the present.

I have always loved his work, from the innocence of his "girls on a rock" images, to his compositions of people framed by fantastic architectural structures, to his whimsical knaves and princes. We have this book titled The Maxfield Parrish Poster Book. This is a later (1974) publication of his poster art ... each piece in the folio ready for framing. OK, these are not originals, but the price is right and the execution of the prints is quite good. 

Printed and published in the USA by Harmony Books (New York) in 1974 with an Introduction by Maurice Sendak. The book contains 21 independent prints, plus the introduction and a chronology. Nice find. ($49.00 in the shop.)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Antique Yellow Ware Bowls

Yellow Ware Bowls and other American Primitives in the front window of Vintages
Yellow ware was a staple of every family's cupboard from the mid-1800s to around 1930. While bowls were the primary item found, all types of kitchen vessels as well as decorative items were made using yellow clay. The earlier pieces were made in England, but by the mid-19th century American potters entered into production. 
Collection of Yellow Ware from Found on the Eastend
Another collection from Frog Goes to Market
Yellow ware has been highly collectible for years and we have several wonderful bowls for you here in Vintages, along with other American primitives. Take a look.

These bowls are all from the early 1900s and range from 10 inches to 14 inches in diameter. Priced from $65 each.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Magnifier Necklaces with Vintage Beads

I recently put together these magnifiers with some vintage beads and hung them off of black satin cord. Each of these is a neat little glass magnifying optical lens with one yard of black satin cord and a black organza bag. Perfect to hang around your neck or keep in your handbag. Great little item to use so you can see your project a bit better, to read the fine print or dinner menu, or to inspect jewelry or silver antiques.

We have these priced at $24.95 each. No two are alike. Handcrafted here in our own studio. Available in our Los Gatos shop or at Pretty Ribbons, our Etsy shop.

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