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 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.


Monday, June 26, 2017

Vintage Shabby French Post Cards from Paris Collector's Dream

Buy Shabby French Post cards
A stack of 30 postmarked only $28 at RetroChalet on Etsy

Post cards from Paris, yes, they are real and old.  A post card collector's dream. If you love shabby ephemera, or collecting post cards, these stacks of retro cards are for you.  Maybe it's just me, but I was a bit nosy trying to read what they say. Perhaps the fact of romance from days gone by never gets old.
French Post Cards Collection
Gorgeous Written letters just waiting to be had. @RetroChalet

RetroChalet now has many lots available from a huge French post card buyout: stamped, unstamped, written or unwritten.  It seems after taking French two years to be exact,  I cannot for the life of me read these.

How romantic that loved ones, friends and neighbors traveled on vacation to areas of  France sending back greetings and salutations. Many have old stamps or post marks which would look great in collage and scrapbooking.

Many collectors of post cards may find them interesting to read, they are in  dull used shabby condition.

Go see them here:
Paris, French, retrochalet

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Vintage Glove Molds at RetroChalet

Vintage Porcelain Glove Mold from RetroChalet
Vintage Porcelain Glove Mold from RetroChalet $32 on Etsy

My how we love the vintage glove molds. People squawk at the idea of having a hand in their home, but little do they know it is a fad that grows on you quite quickly. Having an old industrial mold may appear creepy at first, but after time, you get used to it and desire more and more laying around the home.

vintage porcelain Glove Mold at retrochalet on Etsy
Glove Mold at retrochalet on Etsy

They seem to blend with any decor and look quite lovely. Most were used in making vinyl and latex gloves for years in the factory. To be honest, many were made in the USA by a company named General Porcelain in Trenton. The company had ties back to the early 1900's and would make everything from porcelain tubs, insulators, and sinks.  The close of General Porcelain was an indication of American industrialism gone bad.  RetroChalet has found containers of glove molds that were headed to destruction from an old glove factory.
Porcelain Glove Molds
Photo: RetroChalet.  These were by Hall China Company, also made in USA

Owner Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer indicates, "They were mounted onto an assembly line and the assembly line was metal. They would crank around and dip into a vat of molten rubber, thereby drying as they came out, making gloves.  I assume each glove was then peeled off the mold and packaged. What a really long time to get to a box of 100".  

Schafer explains most of hers were made circa 1950's to 1980's and were made in the USA.  She sells them in her Etsy shop RetroChalet.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

KariBeth Vintage Archival Home Decor Items

Etched Floral Decanter at
Photo: Karibeth This etched floral decanter,  $30, would look great holding colored liquid (food coloring) for a statement piece in the home.

KariBeth is a jewelry designer from Nashville who uses upcycled and recycled parts in her work.  Her jewelry (such as compass necklaces and knife necklaces) has made a name for itself being sold direct in brick and mortar boutiques from New York to Tennessee and online sites as well. Her work has been featured in places such as Anthropologie and Roses and Rustics.   She also has a keen eye for good design relics for the home. offers curated Archival Vintage items
KariBeth's collection of vintage relics for the home are rare and astounding. 

 Her store online,, contains a great page with vintage archival items.   These are curated items for your home and you will find things used for different purposes here. For instance, an etched decanter (above) could be filled with colored liquid, or the stopper removed to house fresh wildflowers.  The lovely metal double sided swan basket (below) can be used to hold an air plant or even house your remote controls for television and car keys.

Art Nouveau Metal Swan Basket Metal Swan Basket at
Photo:  This swan looks so art nouveau and would look great holding remotes, keys, or an air plant.

Brass Peacock with Rhinestone Eyes
Unusual Decor: Brass Peacock with Rhinestone Eyes

See more of KariBeth's designs for the home here:

Please be sure to check out her jewelry as well!

Editor Pick: This Knife Necklace

Knife Necklace by Karibeth
KariBeth necklace includes a 2.5" vintage penknife found in travels.