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    It's always amazing to see the vast variety of hand sewn, embroidered and knit creations that are out there. Naturally, I'm sentimental about rescuing pieces that represent distant eras. For instance, it's hard for me to pass up even the smallest scraps of crazy quilt such as the one shown below. Surely there are crafters and artisans who are eager to use the patchwork to repair a blanket or create something new. It's deeply satisfying when my compulsion to rescue results in a connection down th [...]

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  • 02/03/16--08:30: Angels on high
  • There's something about angels! I'm always inclined to rescue winged things when I see them because there are so many collectors interested in these fascinating celestial beings. We've recently encountered gorgeous hand painted bisque porcelain cherub ornaments from Italy and meticulously hand-worked wool needlepoint angel pillows.Check out our Pinterest board appropriately called Angels, Cherubs & Seraphim, which includes a collection of related items from our store and other vendors [...]

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  • 02/09/16--09:03: Inspired by feedback
  • To outsiders, selling online may seem like an impersonal experience. On the contrary! We exchange email with window shoppers and buyers all the time. We also communicate with customers who may have a question or comment about a recent purchase or want to combine shipping on multiple purchases. We've had a few requests from people asking us to watch for a special vintage item. Occasionally something has been damaged in the mail, and even more rare, someone is disappointed or simply would like to [...]

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    A few months ago, your scouts at Cool Vintage Finds came upon an estate sale of an avid DeGrazia collector. We were able to acquire a number of wonderful DeGrazia Goebel pieces that we are gradually adding to our store inventory. If you're not a collector already yourself, you probably have encountered the artist's work somewhere before. So who is responsible for these colorful and highly collectible ceramic figurines and ornaments? Ettore "Ted" DeGrazia (June 14, 1909 – September 1 [...]

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  • 03/08/16--10:22: Who wears vintage clothes?
  • There’s a vintage crowd in every decade. I was a lone wolf among my peers when I started wearing old beaded sweaters in junior high school in the mid-seventies. I had a decent collection of vintage hats at the time too. Though my wardrobe choices have changed over the years, I’ve never lost my appreciation for vintage swag. Vintage style from the pages of Vogue magazine, circa 1940s. . It’s interesting to consider what’s behind the decision to wear vintage clothi [...]

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    Fabulous vintage style maven, thanks to the Hannah Morgan Kelly Tumbler page.1. Be unique.You can set yourself apart from the crowd by looking back in time to reclaim and celebrate fashion, home decor and collectibles of all kinds. If you decide to wear vintage, you're not likely to have a cookie-cutter look. You will demonstrate your independence and flair. When you fill your home with vintage treasures, visitors will ooh and aah as they walk down memory lane. You can mix and match centuries wh [...]

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    Mother’s Day is almost here! There’s no excuse not to remember dear old Mom on her special day. First of all, you're being reminded now. Secondly, it's the second Sunday of May every year. But don't sweat it, we've done the shopping for you.—and you don't have to venture inside a mall to tick this task off your to-do list. Here are 10 gifts any mom would love, along with reasons why they made it on our list. (We recommend giving one to your mom, of course.) [...]

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    With our Cool Vintages Finds Store on eBay, we help people discover treasures that might otherwise be lost. It's a blast to help shoppers from around the globe find what they're looking for. Here are three unusual "connections" we've made in the past few months:1. Providing the soon-to-open Brainxcape—THE Escape Room Game in NYC—with two vintage teddy bears that will be used as props. Check out what's planned and book your stay!2. Selling a sweet pair of vintage heels to a famous de [...]

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    Dad deserves some recognition for being a swell guy. This year, Father's Day falls on Sunday, June 19. Shop now so you're prepared to give dad his due as the number one dude in your family. (function(jQuery) {function init() { wSlideshow.render({elementID:"895505183306630946",nav:"none",navLocation:"bottom",captionLocation:"bottom",transition:"fade",autoplay:"1",speed:"5",aspectRatio:"auto",showControls:"true",randomStart:"false",images:[{"url":"7/1/9/7/71975357/6415923.png","width":"365","hei [...]

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    French country and shabby cottage aesthetics are all about flowers. Fortunately you can get your floral fix and achieve the look you're going for in a fantastic multitude of ways. Lie down on a bed of flowers. Ralph Lauren linens lead the pack with fabulous floral patterns in bedding. Carry a bouquet with you. Choose a canvas purse with a flowery pattern. Give in to your flower hang-ups. Get a dose of flower power when you open your closet with flowery padded clothes hang [...]

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    It may be 85 degrees and sunny where you are right now, but if you're a true fan of Christmas decor, you're already thinking about how you'll deck your halls for the upcoming holiday season. Vintage Xmas decorations are always charming and nostalgic, connecting us to ghosts of Christmas past and creating memories for generations to come. Here are some favorite vintage finds to enhance your collection of holiday home finery. Ceramic Christmas trees Rare white ceramic Christmas tree with bir [...]

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    Calling all dog owners: Stay cool in the heat and humidity of August with some indoor and online shopping for canine-themed collectibles. 1. Winsome vintage framed white poodle needlepoint Someone put their time and talent into creating this kitschy cute needlepoint rendering of a fine white poodle. This handmade treasure could be yours. 2. Little Paws key ring Bulldog breed Carry your favorite breed with you in the form of a key chain (or bag charm). 3. Sweet golden r [...]

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    If you enjoy pinning or simply browsing the amazing menagerie of images on Pinterest, you're in for a special treat. Cool Vintage Finds has more than 62 boards filled with more than 1,300 images for your viewing and sharing pleasure! Topics are diverse and feature items from our store as well as many other purveyors of vintage and other fascinating things. Follow us on Pinterest, where our name is abbreviated to "coolvtgfinds."   Scroll on for a small sample of our boards, which are ev [...]

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    Follow my blog with BloglovinThis German Valentine is wonderfully illustrated with dancing die-cut children on top of a large honeycomb.Valentine's Day is a special day set aside to shower a beloved with gifts and proclamations of love. Greeting cards are the most common way for a secret or open admirer to express affection on February 14, the date assigned to Valentine's Day. Mass production of intricate greeting cards started in earnest in the 1840s when an artistic woman named Esther A. Howla [...]

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  • 02/23/17--01:30: Hats off to feedback
  • Like many online businesses, eBay encourages buyers and sellers to provide feedback. A glowing review is not only insightful for potential customers, it's also meaningful to us as sellers.Many discoveries are just the ticket.Our primary mission is to connect buyers to longed-for and often hard-to-find merchandise. We love it when buyers are so thrilled with their find that they share what their purchase means to them.It's our hope that all of our stores' visitors find something they want, need, [...]

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  • 03/07/17--22:00: Every picture tells a story
  •  I have a soft spot for old photographs. On our treasure hunting forays, I always stop to inspect the faded photo album or the cardboard box stuffed with negatives. I don't claim to be an expert on photography over the ages, but I do consider myself a fan of the medium. Whether tintypes, cabinet cards or kodachrome prints—formal portraits, casual snapshots or carefully crafted compositions—photographs offer a window into history that narratives simply can't.Here are some [...]

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    If there's one thing you can say about our eBay business, it's that no two days are ever the same. Our Cool Vintage Finds Store on eBay offers an eclectic variety of merchandise. The store attracts serious collectors, window shoppers, costumers, staging professionals, crafters and even resellers looking for that special something. We're getting better at rescuing gold when we're out and about. Here's a short list of items that customers have been eager to buy. This vintage Italian straw hat [...]

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    Maybe dad would like a memento from his alma mater or favorite team. Act now to line up a gift for your favorite dad this Father's Day. The special day set aside for the top pop in your life always falls on the third Sunday in June, which means in 2017 we celebrate on SUNDAY, JUNE 18. There's still time to get a thoughtful and one-of-a-kind gift for your dad. Here are some ideas to help you nail it this year. Find his favorite fragrance. Do you have fond memories of dad's cologne wafting [...]

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  • 06/14/17--16:47: My Favorite Things, Part I
  • While out at estate sales, I come across all sorts of fascinating and desirable objects.  Like Oprah, I have a few "favorite things."  Here's a short list of discoveries I rarely pass up.via GIPHY Styles that take me back ...... to the sixties. I was just a squirt back then, but the current obsession with the Mid Century aesthetic has reawakened my fondness for preserving the fashion, decor, toys and trinkets that dominated the decade.J J Jonette made sweet pin sets like this.Flow [...]

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  • 09/01/17--09:34: Halloween Collectible Brands
  • Halloween is a popular holiday that generates all kinds of items that appeal to collectors. Here are some reliable brands for sought-after spooky, quirky and fun Halloween decorations. Beistle Martin Luther Beistle started his paper goods company in 1900. His alliance with the Paper Novelty Company in the 1920s produced the wonderful honeycomb and cardboard cut-out Halloween decorations that are desirable to this day. Authentic vintage Beistle paper goods (those originating decades ago) are [...]

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