Vintage With A Twist

Spring Cleaning at the Vintage Mall

Written by on April 10, 2013 in Booth with 2 Comments

Seems that old man Winter is finally leaving — it’s been a long season this year, for sure. Everyone is energized and ready to get their booths in shape, spit shined and polished. I was talking to a few other booth owners that were working in their spaces and we all seem to be analyzing […]

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Gearing Up for the Riley Festival

Written by on September 27, 2012 in Booth, Riley Emporium with 1 Comment

The street light banners are up! We spent a few hours this past weekend at the booth, rearranging and add some new merchandise — gearing up for the Riley Festival. We’ll do it again this coming weekend as it will be our last chance to get things just so before the festival starts on Thursday, […]

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Riley Days Festival – Greenfield, IN

Written by on September 13, 2012 in Antique, Booth with 1 Comment

The 2012 Riley Festival is only 3 weeks away! We are busy setting up and getting the booth stocked really full so it can last the full 4 days. During the festival it is impossible to get close enough to JW Riley’s Emporium to re-stock. Unless you can carry it in your hands while walking […]

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Cool Vintage Items VI | Vintage With A Twist

Written by on August 2, 2012 in Booth, Collectibles with 1 Comment

Okay, the 6th installment coming up! This installment of cool vintage items features small items or “smalls”. These go pretty fast in a booth so we have to have some back-up. We try to keep our eyes open for interesting and fun smalls that we think our clients would like. It can’t be ordinary or […]

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Vintage With A Twist Booth — Trying to Keep Up!

Written by on July 19, 2012 in Antique, Booth with 1 Comment

It’s been tough this season, keeping up with the sales and replace items in the booth. The yard sales haven’t been as great as in past years and one of our favorite auction houses has gone down from one a week to one every two weeks. They say the economy is getting better, yet we […]

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Redo Step End Tables | Ugly to Gorgeous!

Written by on September 23, 2012 in DIY, Furniture, Upcycle with 1 Comment

Last summer, (yes, that long ago), I bought these two end tables with the intent to re-do them, give them some life and beauty. Unfortunately, life got in the way. We bought a house and moved. Since, they have been buried in the garage. I finally decided to dig them out, re-do them and get […]

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Recycled Furniture — A Couple of Tables

Written by on September 6, 2012 in Furniture, home decor with 1 Comment

I just realized I had not posted the before and afters for a couple of tables I re-did, recycled. I really liked the way they turned out and one of them sold within a week of being placed in the booth — so, someone else really liked it too! The first one was a Pottery […]

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Upcycle, Recycle, Repurpose | Why?

Written by on August 30, 2012 in Antique, Furniture, Upcycle with 1 Comment

I ran across an interesting discussion in a forum about vintage and antique furniture. Someone was appalled that people were taking antiques and upcycling, recycling and/or repurposing them. There were plenty of comments s on both sides — and some were none to nice. Right, wrong or somewhere in the middle, this is my personal […]

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Vintage Patio Furniture | Patio Chairs

Written by on June 21, 2012 in Booth, Furniture with 2 Comments

This past weekend was a HUGE, about 40 miles long, yard sale along the road we live on. We had so much fun going from sale to sale, seeing unique and different items, picking up stuff for ourselves and for the Vintage With A Twist booth. One thing my mom was looking for was patio […]

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Re-Do Thrift Store Furniture | Pub Dining Table

Written by on February 22, 2012 in DIY, Furniture, Upcycle with 1 Comment

In one of my favorite thrift stores, I found a pub height table and 4 chairs. The table has butterfly leaves and was made of solid blonde maple — heavier than all get-out! I had been looking at new pub tables but was unhappy with the “wood-like” material they were constructed from and the fact […]

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Vintage Wedding Ideas

Vintage Centerpieces | It doesn’t have to be country… but it can

Written by on March 29, 2012 in Wedding with 1 Comment

I have noticed when you use the term “vintage centerpieces” people automatically think you mean a country or rustic wedding. This *might* be the case but not necessarily. Vintage centerpieces can come from any distinct style, place or era from the past. To name a few: Victorian – Turn of the Century (1900 not 2000) Shabby […]

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Vintage Hat Box Centerpiece Ideas

Written by on January 4, 2012 in DIY, Wedding with 0 Comments

With more and more brides searching for ideas for non-floral or less floral centerpieces, I have seen an upswing in sales of vintage hat boxes. The idea is not new but it is almost always unique to each bride. Vintage (and not vintage) hat boxes are very versatile — there are literally hundreds of different […]

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DIY Vintage Chalkboards for Weddings

Written by on November 6, 2011 in Upcycle, Wedding with 1 Comment

Ideas for Vintage Wedding One way to add a vintage feel to your wedding without going overboard is to use chalkboard paint in combination with a vintage item. Then, set your twisted items in various areas of your wedding ceremony or reception. You could use vintage frames, windows, old wood, bottles, old shutters, old doors […]

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Do It Yourself Centerpieces | Vintage Style

Written by on November 6, 2011 in Wedding with 3 Comments

Brides and grooms are still using flowers for corsages, boutineers and attendant bouquets but are moving away from all floral centerpieces. Vintage style centerpieces make for a more unique and personal statement at your event. Branching Out – Do it Yourself Centerpieces Non floral centerpieces are showing up more at weddings and events. Vintage themed […]

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Do It Yourself Centerpieces | 5 Ideas for Vintage Picture Frames

Written by on October 30, 2011 in Antique, Wedding with 0 Comments

Do you want to  make a centerpiece for the holidays, a get together or even a wedding or event? One item that can be incorporated very easily and inexpensively are vintage picture frames — they aren’t just for holding photos anymore! Whether you want it for your table, fireplace mantel, guestbook table, or entry table, […]

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Go Antique-ing in Indiana!

Written by on July 1, 2013 in Antique, Collectibles with 2 Comments

Ever wanted to visit all those out of the way shops but didn’t know where to begin? There is a free guide available on Facebook to wonderful stores and shops around the state — no matter where you travel! The Indiana Antique Guide is 47 pages worth of antique-ing fun! And it’s free! What could […]

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Collecting Dachshund Figurines – Displaying Collections

Written by on May 24, 2013 in Collectibles, home decor with 2 Comments

My mom is a Dachshund nut! She just loved the little wiener dogs. We almost always had one while I was growing up. The two that stick out the most in my memory were Hilda (from the time I was about 4 until I was 14) and Lucy, the 14 year old Dachshund they have […]

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Coca-Cola for Mom, Dad and Any Collector

Written by on November 22, 2012 in Antique, Collectibles, Holidays with 1 Comment

In the last post, I showed you one of our displays that had quite a few Coca-Cola items on it. Here it is again:   We got a call from the mall owners that we needed to move things around and make a space in the corner of our booth. Seems they are adding a […]

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Cool Vintage Items in the Booth V | Vintage With A Twist

Written by on June 12, 2012 in Booth, Collectibles, Riley Emporium with 3 Comments

It’s time for another addition of Cool Vintage Items! the yard, garage and tag sale season is heating up! We have been very busy cleaning out the garage and trying to get things to fixed up and ready to take to the Vintage With a Twist booth. Victor Talking In this addition, I’m gonna show […]

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Jewel Tea Autumn Leaf Pattern Collections

Written by on May 24, 2012 in Collectibles, home decor with 1 Comment

My mom is a collector of Jewel Tea Autumn Leaf pattern dishes. She had a few pieces herself and inherited a few more when my grandmother passed away. They remind her of growing up and good memories. The Jewel Tea company was actually a door to door sales venture when it first began. The dishes […]

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Holiday Articles

Holiday Gift Season at Vintage With A Twist

Written by on November 8, 2012 in DIY, Holidays with 1 Comment

I just wrote a couple of articles here and elsewhere on the web about vintage gift baskets. Today, I walked into the JW Riley emporium to find some dealers have put the same suggestion to work in their own booths.         They are all getting ready for the holiday shopping season! I […]

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Vintage Gifts – Holiday Gift Baskets

Written by on October 25, 2012 in DIY, Holidays with 2 Comments

Vintage Christmas Sleigh Basket with Vintage gifts I recently wrote an article about making holiday gift baskets with vintage gifts for the upcoming holiday season. Yes, by the way, Christmas is only two months from today or 61 days away. It’s coming up quicker than you think! A confession: I am actually addicted to making […]

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Using Vintage Items for Wreaths and Swags

Written by on October 11, 2012 in Holidays, home decor, Seasonal with 1 Comment

Well, it’s Autumn! Harvest, Halloween and straight through until Thanksgiving. This year, consider using vintage items to create wreaths and swags that can grace your door, foyer, guest bathroom, porch, or any other place you want to bring in the season in style. Repurposing, recycling or upcycling is so much fun with little vintage treasures. […]

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Booth Re-Do | Vintage with a Twist

Written by on January 1, 2012 in Booth, Holidays with 0 Comments

Now that Christmas has past and the New Year is only a couple of days away, we are getting ready for a re-do of the Vintage with a Twist booth. We did a pretty major one at the beginning of October and just sorta refilled the last couple of months. Taking down the holiday decor, […]

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The Booth is Ready for the Holidays (Almost)

Written by on November 18, 2011 in Antique, Booth, Holidays with 0 Comments

Well, after successfully finding the front door through the obstacle course of boxes and furniture from moving, we actually spent the day at the booth getting it ready for the holidays. The biggest drawback was forgetting the camera. So, I will apologize ahead of time for the quality of the pictures below. I love my […]

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Uses for Vintage Sewing Machine Drawers

Written by on June 18, 2013 in home decor, Upcycle with 2 Comments

I have run into a couple of broken down, treadle sewing machines. My mom still has the one that belonged to my great-grandmother but it’s in pretty good shape so we won’t be touching that! Mom put her foot down. Anyway, I was looking at the sewing drawers thinking they would make great containers, decor or […]

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Spring is Coming! Auction & Yard Sale Season

Written by on March 30, 2013 in home decor, Upcycle with 1 Comment

Seems like it’s been a long winter and it’s not over yet. However, according to Punxutawney Phil (the famous groundhog ), we are in for Spring soon! Spring always gets me excited about the house and the garden — and it’s Auction and Yard Sale Season! I have a plan when I go looking usually. […]

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Repurposed | Bullets to Cuff Links

Written by on August 16, 2012 in Jewelry, Upcycle with 3 Comments

You know we at Vintage With A Twist love, love, love anything that has had a previous life and is given a new life — basically repurposing. We have found a unique treasure that we wanted to share with all our Vintage With A Twist readers/customers because we know you will appreciate it. Bullet Cuff […]

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Cleaning Out the Garage for Spring/Summer

Written by on June 7, 2012 in Booth, DIY, Upcycle with 3 Comments

Our garage is chock-full of  miscellaneous items we picked up to eventually go in the booth. There weren’t a lot of auctions and sales through the winter but, somehow, we still ended up with a lot of stuff for the booth. Now, the job is to get out there and sort these vintage items into […]

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Furniture Repurposing | More Great Ideas!

Written by on January 20, 2012 in DIY, Furniture, Upcycle with 0 Comments

Repurposing furniture or “Upcycling” furniture is a lot of fun. Unfortunately it is darn cold here and snowing. So, our work area is not conducive to re-dos right now. So, I have been browsing the internet coming up with inspiration for future projects. Let me just say there are a lot of very creative and talented people […]

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