Friday, December 30, 2011

Welcome! Let's Talk Antiques!

My love of vintage and my current adventures in home building have inspired me to begin this blog.  I have an etsy shop full of treasures that I will be sharing and discussing as well. www.etsy.com/shop/valsvintageshoppe.  I will be posting about anything and everything vintage as well as my experience in home building.

I am a mother of three from Asheville North Carolina.  My husband and I are currently building a home next door to our current residence.  My hopes are to take the experiences of home building and my love of antiques and inspire those that also truly love nostalgia.  Our new home will have an emphasis on the Arts and Crafts movement of the turn of the century.  I will be posting photographs of our new home as it progresses.  Our choices in doors, windows, fixtures, hardware, all these myriad of decisions can be extremely helpful for the next person.

Asheville, North Carolina

I do not focus on one vintage or antique category as I love it all.  Vintage handbags and French porcelain are my current obsessions.  There will be absolutely nothing excluded from this blog, if it's old it belongs right here, let's talk about it, share photos and exchange thoughts and opinions.


I recently watched Woody Allens film Midnight In Paris.  The main character, played by Owen Wilson, often mentions his love of nostalgia and curiosity of novelist from the past.  His character is treated as frivolous and naive by his pretentious busy body family for his love of all things old.  His love of nostalgia was dismissed and his family often tried to convince him this interest of his was a waste of time. As I was watching Owen Wilson's character I could not help to think "Is it possible that I, as an antique junkie, am in a class of my own".  The answer could only be but of course, a special class that is.  One to cherish, find community in and bring old life to new. This is a feeling one cannot just dismiss or ignore.  It is within us that old enamel pots, tarnished silverware, chippy framed art work grabs hold of us and won't let go. 

Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris

So I invite you to share this glorious feeling of nostalgia for all things chippy and tarnished.  Think of it this way, there are groups for quilting, tennis, poker, book clubs, but have you ever seen or heard of a community that has antique clubs, maybe, but they couldn't be too common.  So our only other option is the world wide web. I love this hobby and profession so greatly that I couldn't imagine not sharing it with my fellow enthusiast.  I invite you to comment on anything you see on this blog, the more the merrier.  Ask questions, post comments and most of all Enjoy!  Your oddity aficionado.  Valerie

Early Chalk Bird By Val's Vintage Shoppe


  1. Val, the pictures of your beautiful home are
    great and will definitely follow their progression. Being a "treasurer hunter" as well, I certainly can see your passion in your
    etsy shop and really enjoyed your article on
    the various white accessories.

    D. McDonald