Saturday, December 09, 2017

A Story of Love

Luke 2 

1. And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David.
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Each year it is Christmas I try to arrive at. 
I always feel if I can make it to that time of year I will somehow be okay. 
It all started to be so significant when my Father became ill many years ago. 
Somehow I knew it would be the last Christmas with him and it was. 
Since then every smell, sound is somehow extra special at Christmas. 
Each year I also note the starting of the Christmas Season when I hear the beautiful song 
O Holy Night. 
That also started because of love for a family member. 
This year I was in an auto and coming across Oklahoma right after Thanksgiving when I heard it. 
This year of 2017 has been a very hard one I believe for most everyone. 
All the natural disasters have been unreal. 
Basically all of the ones in the USA I knew someone in the path of them. 
I flat cannot believe it is near the end of the year. 
Praying for all and a great big thank you for all those who have followed me this year. 
I appreciate each and every one. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Christmas Findings at GracefulAntiquesVtg on Etsy


Loading up my shops on Etsy with Christmas findings.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Vintage Carts are Loaded Up!

My EtsyShop is loaded up with more great items for the Thanksgiving table and the upcoming Holidays. Check it out.


I have also been loading up my VintageClothing shop on Etsy as well.

It is GracefulVtgClothing

Lots of pretty bling Vintage Fashion has been added to that shop.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Combining Shops and More!

It is nearing the end of August of 2017.

Most of the children are headed back to School already.

I am trying to decide how to go forward with my shops.

The last few years have been completely an overhaul of most all business online.

I thought for a bit it was just me. Now I know it is absolutely not.

I try to use my instincts in all of this and until last few years it worked well.

Now it is as mysterious as the Solar Eclipse we had yesterday.

It should be very simple.

I have wandered far and wide to gather Vintage and Antique treasures.

Some I shall most likely never part with.

Others I get great satisfaction restoring them by cleaning and bringing them back to life as best as possible. All done without changing the integrity of a piece.

Since 1996 I have been a seller of Vintage.

Some days I would do it all again twice.

Other days it is like, "What were you thinking?"

It is never the stuff.

It is always the changes constantly that these venues I try to sell on decide is fine to throw at the dealers.

Like most everything this makes it 1000 percent harder than something that once again should be very simple.

A perpetual thought process of oh ok, maybe they are done tinkering now.

Then it is nope are they kidding?

Not even sure at this point they understand what they are doing.

Playing around with code to just play around with code?

Sharing the wealth for the new sellers. One can not even make this stuff up or I sure cannot.

So I am going to plug along for a bit longer.  Playing around with shipping cost also so bear with me on this please. I make no money on shipping. I also refund any difference over $2.00.

Vintage Clothing shop on Etsy called GracefulVtgClothing

Honestly I do not know what else to do.

I believe about 3 out of every 5 sellers that sell Vintage currently are in my same position.

Thanks for listening to my current status selling Vintage.

My shop for Vintage Clothing, Sewing and some Jewelry is also still on Etsy.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Hurry Fall and Back to School

It has been a very long time since I attended School.

I always though get Fall fever as soon as that First Back to School rolls around.

Even though it is way too short a Summer for most now IMHO.

I remember we used to start after Labor Day as a child.

Plaid. My mom believed in Plaid for School.

I sort of feel like I am going back to School though as I am moving basically 2 shops to a venue called Artyah.

I always hear and want to say Art Yeah!

I loved Art in School. I wanted to be a Commercial Artist once upon a time.

That or an Interior Decorator.

Somehow I ended up selling Vintage and Antiques.

Life huh.

So along with tons of other items I am adding Fall or Autumn items.

I have decided in building this shop at Artyah that I will include Free USA shipping on all my items.

I will ship international on a case basis if contacted.

Come check my new shop out.

Graceful Antiques and Vintage Collectibles will get you there also.

Vintage Plaid Skirt
Vintage Plaid Dress
Hope everyone has a safe, productive wonderful School year.

May God bless all the Administrations, Faculty and Students.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

All is well in Vintage Land.

Perspective is everything.

Recently life jerked me back to reality.

I remember how and why I started my business.

Years and years ago my FIL passed away.

He had a small side hobby business repairing TVs and Radios.

The old tube type. When he passed he had lots of old things like schematics.

Lets just say we got taken advantage of.

Right then and there it led up to me deciding to find out about Vintage.

Along of course with other things happening.

I collect, love and try to pass on lovely Vintage and Antiques.

Since 1996 I have officially been a seller and online since 2002.

What a wild ride. At the end of the day it was God that taught me and gave me this great interest and provision for this business of mine.

Currently I have two shops.

One for Vintage Clothing called GracefulVtgClothing and it is currently on Etsy.


I have another one for all else Vintage and Antiques.

Graceful Antiques

Thank you.

Friday, May 05, 2017

Airing of the Quilts Greenwood Arkansas

Good morning all. It is a beautiful day in Arkansas.

Today is a day I have waited for awhile to arrive.

Today May 5th. and 6th. is the 8th. Annual Airing of the Quilts in Greenwood Arkansas.

Over 100 Quilts displayed by Master Seamstresses or Quilters.

I love tradition as an Antiques and Vintage dealer.

IMHO it does not get any more traditional then Quilts.

There is also a tearoom.

Last year it was delightful and looking forward to it.

It is in the beautiful Bell Park Pavilion off of Main Street.

It has new items as well as some vintage.

Hope you can attend.

Tomorrow there is also an Art Festival on the walking trails.

Airing of the Quilts Quilt Show

Monday, April 03, 2017

Vintage and Cereal Drive for Children

Trial and Error is part of life. If we never have rain we never appreciate the Sunshine.

I love Springtime. It is all around me.

Easter is late this year on April 16th. but sure could fool me with all the flowers and trees.

I have a double cherry tree loaded with pink blossoms, apple and crabapple trees with white flowers.

My hyacinth just ended and now the huge Snowball plant is getting ready to bloom.

New beginnings everywhere. Little baby lambs and baby colts and calves everywhere.

I am venturing out or should I say back to brick and mortar booth.

Hopefully it will be a 2 way street with the booth and the online shops.

If you follow me on Instagram as OliviaandShae you will see a bit of everything.

Many of my sales over the years have been used by me to help those in need of a bit of help.

Especially children.

Seller since 1996 and online since 2002 God has been good to me with selling the Vintage and Antiques that I love.

Bulldog Breakfast Club

Currently I am hoping to help provide 5000 boxes of Breakfast Cereal and Dry Powdered Milk to feed the children in the Summertime.

That is a lot of children and alot of Cereal needed.

If some nice Organization is out there and sees this and wants to help well.....

I am sure many areas could use something like this and it is a real Blessing to me personally to help with this.

Thanks so much for being such wonderful followers of my shops over the years.

I greatly appreciate it.

GracefulAntiquesVtg My Bonanza Shop

GracefulVtgClothing My Etsy Clothing Shop

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

March Winds Bring Change

March winds and yes we have them where I live here in Arkansas.

Blowing out the old and blowing in the new.

My daffodils are popping up and so are my Hyacinths.

The wild Pear trees all have white blossoms on them.

Spring is coming or trying to anyway.

Selling online if any have followed me it is like a Roller Coaster in this venture.

I now have 1 shops on Etsy venue for now. GracefulVtgClothing

I also am filling up a shop on Bonanza. GracefulAntiquesVtg


Feel free to contact me on any of these sites.

Thank you for all my customers the last 20 years of selling Vintage and Antiques.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Happy New Year 2017

Good morning all you lovers of vintage. 
Elsa and I are back from our Winter break and will be adding lots of goodies to both my shops. 
Love spending time with loved ones and hope all of you were able to and had a great Christmas. 
Cannot believe 2017 is upon us. 
Looking forward to a new start as always. 
Will be hitting it hard next week but want to tell all who follow this page and love Vintage and Antiques I appreciate you all.
Thank you, thank you and thank you for helping me be in business for 20 years in 2016.
Time really does fly as they say and I truly love vintage as much today as always.
Due again to factors beyond my control like shipping cost I am always having to reinvent the wheel it seems.
I have been thinking of different strategy as always for 2017.
I confess I hold on to quite a bit of stuff for myself and am going to try to make myself list it.
I said TRY. For many reasons I do not list some things.
My family may want it? It may get harder to find as time goes on.
It is my dream one of my family will take the reins from me one day but so far it is a hmm...
I read many things about collecting vintage on Etsy and have come to the conclusion I find some dealers think like me and some do not at all.
To me I share my treasures and at times it is hard.
Part of it I am sure it is because I had to share so much as a child being from a huge family.
It is not selfishness. It is the opposite as I see it.
I want those that will appreciate the vintage to share it with.
I also utilize and always have my business to glean finances to then use in proper stewardship.
It brings me great joy and I take it very seriously.
Generally it is used to help children most but not always.
Digging for treasures and blessing Gods treasures.

Graceful Antiques and Vintage Collectibles