Friday, February 27, 2015

Self-Aligning Letter and Number Rubber Stamps

Ever have a problem getting letters of numbers to line up correctly when using rubber stamps? I thought so ... well these Pegz stamps solve the problem. The stamps click together to form self-aligned words and phrases. They have a 1/4-inch tall character height ... the font is known as the Bodoni font. Each package includes 12-36 clickable rubber stamps. We carry four sets ... upper and lower case letters with 36 assorted stamps per set ($23.95 per set) and number and symbol sets with a dozen stamps per set ($10.95 and $16.95 per set).

These are the contents of the four different sets we carry.

With these stamp sets you can personalize everything from gift packaging, greeting cards and scrapbook pages to place cards, social correspondence, crafting projects and much, much more!

Available in our Los Gatos Shop or from Vintages online shop.

Cute Little Bags for Your Treasures and Gifts

Ever need that little something to hold a gift for a friend or piece of jewelry in while traveling? Well ... we got 'em! Small muslin and organza bags are prettier and more practical than the traditional white gift box. 

The muslin bags are about 2-3/4 x 4-1/4 inches and are just wonderful! These are hand decorated with images and quotes, making each of them a personal keepsake ... as well as a gift or storage bag. Priced at $2.39 each.

The organza bags come in three sizes and a plethora of colors as well. Priced from 69c to 99c each.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Shirlie Montgomery: Picturing San Jose Since 1938 ... Online Exhibit

Did you miss the Shirlie Montgomery: Picturing San Jose Since 1938 exhibit last year at History San Jose? The folks over at HSJ have reformatted the exhibit into an on-line exhibit through their partnership with Google Cultural Institute. HSJ archivist Cate Mills did a great job. Check it out, you will enjoy it.

It includes some unique views of San Jose and the Valley of Hearts Delight from the middle half of the 1900s. Breaking news, politics, local color, celebrities, wrestling ... plus a video of Opening Day at Candlestick Park in 1960 -- SF Giants v St Louis Cardinals

You might also like other blog posts about this San Jose icon who passed away in November 2012 at the age of 94 years young.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Beautiful Victorian Carnelian Bracelet

We just acquired this beautiful Gold and Carnelian Bracelet. It hails from the late Ch'ing Dynasty in China ... late-Victorian times in the Western world. It is made from five lovely carnelian rings linked together with 18K yellow gold hinges. The clasp is a work of art in and of itself. I just listed this on our antique site.

Take a look ... listed at just $395.

Happy Valentine's Day

They don't make 'em like the used to!
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Handmade Leather Cuff Bracelets with Antique Cut Steel Buckles

I have taken some of the antique cut steel buckles we have (see earlier post) and made wonderful cuff bracelets using them. These are available in our shop in Los Gatos and in the new Lopaka Designs Etsy site. 

These antique 19th century cut steel shoe buckles were used in Georgian and Victorian for men's shoes and have a place to slide a belt or fabric piece through the bottom. The faceted, cut steel studs are riveted into place onto a steel backing plate. Most of the ones I am using here are French and have a wonderful patina and just a tiny hint of antique rust.

The leather straps on the cuffs are 3/4 and 1-1/4 inch wide and have two snaps to fit 7-1/2 and 8-inch wrists. This is a wonderful and unique gift or accessory and are all priced $89.00 each.

Introducing Lopaka Designs


Lopaka Designs: Unique and Timeless Inspiration

"Lopaka" is Hawaiian for "Robert." My name is Bob ... aka "Robert" ... I was born in Hawaii ... and though I reside in the fantastic Bay Area, my roots are in the Hawaiian Islands. I love antiques, family history, ephemera and making things. Lopaka Designs is located in Vintages, our shop in Los Gatos, CA. At Vintages we sell handcrafted, Made in America products, vintage treasures from Victorian times to the 1960's, as well as other gift items.

I am one of two crafters in the shop ... Susan has been creating wonderful crafts, jewelry, tags and cards for quite some time now. Her designs are available the her Etsy site Pretty Ribbons as well as in our shop.

Lopaka Designs is my Etsy site and I am now starting to place some of my own designs on the site. Some of the early items are jewelry ... handmade using repurposed antique and vintage treasures, combining my love of antiques with contemporary findings to create mostly one-of-a-kind jewelry, accessory and decorative pieces. I hope you love them ... let me know what you think.
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