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A Return to Simplicity: Mission Style Furniture

With a passion for the environment and a love of nature, Gustav Stickley introduced simplicity to the American public in early 1900s. Drawing inspiration from the beauty of his native state, Wisconsin, Stickley’s philosophy of “organic architecture” was based on four ideas: a house should be constructed in harmony with … Read More

To Educate, Instruct and Amuse: The Erector Set

The commute from New York City to New Haven by rail was tedious, at best, in 1911. Yet, it would be on one such trip that manufacturing mogul Alfred Carlton Gilbert would find the inspiration that would garner him a spot in toy making history. Taking his idea from the … Read More

Kitschy Cool —Vintage Handbags

From the “Real Housewives” and the ladies that walk the red carpet, to the actual housewives who clean the carpets, there is one common thread that ties all us gals together . . . we love our handbags! Whether it’s Grandma’s delicately beaded 1920s evening bag, or one of the … Read More

Timeless —Vintage Fashion

From funky to sophisticated, casual to couture, vintage clothing has captured the eye and the imagination of women from 18-80. The American Vintage era, 1930-1980, saw the most prolific and diversified production of women’s fashions in the past 150. Through exposure on the silver screen and later through the medium … Read More

Make Their Day Special — Vintage Wedding Gifts

There are few things nicer than receiving an invitation to be a part of that special day when two people vow to become one. An estimated 2.3 million couples will marry this year with over 25 percent of those weddings falling in July and August. Odds are you will be … Read More