Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hello Vintage Blog. Long time no see!

Once upon a time I used to blog alot and then one day I accidently deleted it by mistake.
Almost 3 years of postings went poof with all the photos etc. I was sick and livid to say the least.
So I started doing a Facebook business fan page instead.
Now I am tip toeing back here as FB drives me silly at times.

I hope your Christmas Holidays went well and I so look forward to 2015.

2014 hands down was the worst year of my life ever.
Concentrating on a business was an after thought. I lost 3 brothers and an aunt and another aunt currently very ill.

Every time I was able to try to do my business something else would of course be much more of a priority.

I do love my business but life and family is everything to me.

2015 cannot get here fast enough. I just want to say bye to 2014.

I have over 300 vintage items in many categories available in my shop currently but have way much more to add and hopefully next year……

I do my business with precision after being a dealer since 1996 and online since 2002.

I sell Exclusive at Ruby Lane as it is way better to concentrate on one shop.
I used to have 7 so now it is a matter of selling and/or rotating stock as Season or special times roll around.

If you see something and then don't it may be available.
You may ask or wait till certain time of year rolls around again. I am a turtle in a hare and turtle race. Always.

Just want to touch base and test the waters back here on my blog.

Enjoy and Happy New Year.

Sandy
www.gracefulantiques.com




Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Antique and Vintage and Repurposing

As a collector since I was 9 years old and vintage and antiques seller since 1996 I have seen many changes.

I am quite fascinated with how the field has changed all these years and to be honest I have been slow to follow suit.

I read Antique Trader magazine and hold on to every word that Wayne Jordan of Behind the Gavel states in there but I sometimes resist what he is stating. Though I know it is all true.

There is a word that has changed it all I think from my research.

The word is Repurpose.

How did this come about with the younger crowd.

My goal in life as a collector was to acquire the beautiful in as pristine condition as possible.

To find deadstock or mint original in box with tags thrilled me to no end.

One day I ran across a Limoges gorgeous plate. I reached excitedly to pick it up only to find it glued solid to a glass base.

Why? My mind could not comprehend this at all. I was horrified.

Now I like some of the items I see repurposed and have no issue whatsoever with taking items that have out lived the original purpose and creatively doing something with it.

Now it has IMHO gone too far to the extreme. Maybe a better statement would be what treasures will be lost due to the mindset of some.

I should not use a blanket statement and do know many still do appreciate true Antiques and Vintage in its original forms but there really does need to be a swing back in the other direction.

It is not just my inventory but seeing it across the board.

Does education of History need to be taught more?

What will be the one thing if anything to turn it around?

I find this all fascinating and find even designers from the 1960s history have been lost or little information about them can be found through old news and such.

Truly boggles my mind. I love research and will spend hours online and in books when I find a new designer or item. Like putting together a zig saw puzzle.

I do hope both worlds of Antiques and Vintage and Repurposing can be both appreciated and work together. When I see the stats for both of them nearing the same I will quit worrying about it  and what will happen to all the treasures I have accumulated over the years.

Sandy
Graceful Antiques

Monday, October 06, 2014

Autumn or Fall. I love you!

I love Autumn or Fall. I used to live where basically there was one Season. Hot.

Now that I live in a place with 4 actual Seasons I look so forward to this time of year.

We had a year with good rain so the colors should be spectacular soon.

I started and always start getting Fall brain when Schools start back up.

Orange, yellow, golden wheat, reds and plaids. Always plaids.

Decorating of taking the Summer wreath off my door and replacing it with the Fall one.



I like black glass as well as shown above.

I have filled my shop with Fall inventory that will stay on till about a week after Thanksgiving and then crossover with Christmas and Winter offerings.
I love to do Seasonal items and some go away forever when I take them off but some I keep till the following year.

I have been selling online since 2002 and know it is never about my inventory but always about the right one just has not come along yet.

Memories is what steams this Vintage and Antiques love and it is as varied as the person.

Why one reacts to a certain item is all about memories. Their memories.

I confess it always amazes me a bit what does sell and what sits for a bit.

I hope you are all able to enjoy this beautiful Season.

My items can be seen from the links photos on the right of the screen.

My best to you all.

Sandy

Graceful Antiques Antiques and Collectibles

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Business and Unexpected Life Trials

As a vintage and Antique dealer since 1996 in real world and online since 2002 I have never encountered a harder year than 2014.

My business is a huge part of me and I pride myself on customer service and passing on treasures I find.

Till recently I had never thought much about what business folks do when very unexpected emergencies occur.

This is what I put on my Facebook page about my life recently.

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My dear customers, friends, business associates. 
I normally never mix my personal life with my business but this year has been difficult beyond words. Started out well but in last 4 months I have lost 3 siblings. The last one very recent and tragically by a drunk driver. My Christian faith is strong and our whole family has forgiven as my sibling would of been the first to do so. 
Please do not drink and drive or let others do so.
Beyond words in my large family the dynamics this one act has changed in our lives. I am sure in the life of the other family as well. We shall all never be the same.
I am taking one day at a time. I appreciate the patience of my customers and am doing my best to serve you all.
If my post on this subject now or in the future will help one soul I am willing to speak.
I covet your prayers, kind thoughts etc. you may offer to this testimony to me and mine.

Sandra K.
Graceful Antiques

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I would put my shop on break and about the time I was able to open back up another loss would happen. 

Why do I put this here? 

Because I am now in a new reality. 

To watch these losses occur is one thing but to see the profound ways so many people have to change their life and make arrangements to start to move on is another. 

I had always been sheltered I guess from that part of it all. 

All over the news this story was but not the stories behind THE story. 

Who takes care of the spouse left behind injured? 
How is this paid for? 

Putting my shop on hold is a big thing but small in the scheme of things in relation to the crisis. 

I will move on and recoup my losses last few months and hopefully bring my traffic back up and sales as well but what about those who are profoundly affected. 

Over the years I have seen so many dealers come and go. 

I am just mainly trying to work this all out in some way the senselessness. 

How such a beautiful day with such beautiful plans can change in an instant. 

I am now a supporter of MADD. 

What this will mean for me I do not know. I cannot fix the pain I see in all of us. 

This other person has now entered our lives. Forever. A name out of nowhere that now has a place. We think about them and even pray for them. 

I want to write long books about it all. To try to get the angst out. Somehow, someway. 

Too much loss too quickly behind so much other loss. 

I was able to take time so the orders I received will be handled efficiently as possible. 

Great support from the venue I am on. Kind support. I appreciate it greatly. 

I will think of the great support of others I saw and respect for my sibling and their life and work. 

I will put my eyes once again back on the beautiful objects I sell and have acquired to pass on for others to treasure. 

Please keep this in mind as buyers and sellers. 

We never know what others are enduring at the moment. 

If they have their shop on hold assume there are good reasons in their personal lives. 

I may come back to this and add more. 

Thank you. 

Sandy