Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Favorite Finds: Etsy Style

First Things First

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad! It not often today, that people can say they've been married for nearly 60 years. You guys have stood the test of time and then some.  Truly, 5 kids. None of us angels. Dogs. Cats. Even turtles at one point.  Many moves (at least before I was born), carting small children across the US to different work locations. Changing a gazillion diapers. Volunteering for umpteen organizations. Raising money for worth while causes. Broken bones. Living away from family. Making your friends your family. Seeing friends and family pass away. Seeing grandchildren and great grandchildren born.  Living life to the fullest and through it all, together.

We raise a glass to you and say, Salute and L'chaim! (More at the bottom of this post.)

It's OK To Pick Favorites

Cross my heart and hope to die.....ok, maybe not, but it really is ok to pick favorites when browsing on etsy. If you haven't been bitten by the etsy bug yet, here's the scoop. Etsy is an worldwide online marketplace for wonderful things that are made by hand, vintage or supplies to make really great stuff. Etsy is made up of shops owned by individuals or small groups.  There is a plethora of product (how'd you like that alliteration?) from places far and wide.  Caution: proceed to etsy at your own risk. You may not be able to leave. Please, by all means, while you're there, do visit our own little shop- Bates Mercantile Co.  

Now, onto the task at hand. This post isn't about our shop on etsy.  It's about other shops on etsy and the things I've discovered of late, that I really, really like. I hope you like them too.

1. Lovely little cahiers to carry to jot something down, covered in pretty Italian paper.

2. Lemon-yellow showers tea towel.

3. Colorful cloud brooch.

4. both impressionist and modern art that speaks to me.

5. Chinoiserrie Earrings

6. A piece of art that reminds me of me (twenty years ago! ha!)
me and my dark hair and mole above my lip. me cutting my own bangs. 
actually been leaning towards cutting a new fringe lately.

7. gorgeous vintage french dresser (made even more beautiful by my friend Susie)

8. Cute little 'couple' of egg cups
(These are so darn cute, I'm starting to think I may have included them in my favorite finds before!)

Do you shop or window shop on etsy? Are you amazed at the things you find there? It's like a candy store for adults. If you have any favorite finds from etsy, feel free to share them in the comments. I love to discover new shops from your recommendations.

Suggested Reading

A couple of my blogging pals have written posts that I think are really worth reading. 

First, Paige's post over on Little Nostalgia is about business and the 'art' of pricing or the 'justification' of pricing.  This is something that many business owners grapple with, I certainly have and do.  Here's rub though (and this took me too long to learn), if you're in business for yourself, you are in fact in it to some extent 'in it for the money'. You are trying to earn a living. You are not in it for your health or to be a charity case.  If you grapple with this at all, head on over and to Little Nostalgia and read Paige's post. I'd also just like to add, apparently some people missed the age old lesson 'if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all'. (You'll find my take on things in the comments under Paige's post).

Secondly, Bonnie at {PaperKeeper} has written a beautiful post about the loss of someone too young who was full to the brim with promise.  It would be a wonderful tribute to her student and friend Rachel, if we all took something away from Bonnie's post...whether it's to support others, be kind to others or live with all the gusto we've got.

Side By Side

As I mentioned, today is my parent's anniversary. Love this picture I got of them at the beginning of the Summer.

We couldn't have asked for better parents.  Really and truly. You're always there no matter what we need. What more could we ask for?

This is for you. (by the way, it takes a few moments to begin so be patient). Click here if you're reading by email.

We'll be celebrating later on their porch, to be sure.

Hope you're all having a great week.

Ciao for now,


  1. Oh my... That dresser needs to be in my home... STAT!

    1. Isn't it gorg?

      If you're up for a drive to OKC, that's where Susie is, but she also ships. Sorry, just taunting.

  2. Pam, you're gonna make me cry, again. Thank you so much for adding my post about Rachel and her lovely spirit to your post today. For spreading her beauty even farther than I ever could. big hugs

    1. I didn't mean to make you cry. It's a beautiful tribute and a beautiful reminder to grab life with gusto while you've got it.

      ((()))) hugs back. wish your heart wasn't so heavy.

    2. was a good cry, was just feeling the weight of it while we talked about it at work, and you sharing it was just so nice...just tipped the tears right over the edge, but in that happy grateful way. thank you!

    3. well i am so glad that you and your coworkers have each other through such a tough time.

  3. great post!! so many fabulous Etsy finds! thank you for including my vintage egg cups! you have a beautiful blog!

  4. Thank you so much for featuring my cloud brooch as one of your Etsy finds- and the happiest wishes to your folks for a lovely 60th anniversary!!!

    1. You are more than welcome Astrid. LOVE your creations! thanks for the well wishes for my parents. they were happy for the Mercantile Muse shoutout.

  5. Happy Anniversary Gerry & Marge! xoxo

    1. :) hey Celine, so nice to see you pop up here my friend.

  6. Great post Pam - and great links to other great posts - I read both but just couldn't find the words to comment on Bonnie's tragic story.
    Big congratulations to your Mum and Dad. 60 years is really rather epic.

    1. Thanks Cari. Glad you took the time to read Paige's post and Bonnie's post. Totally different but both get you thinking about things.

      Bonnie's loss is most definitely sad but you can see the impact that Rachel had on those around her and that can only be good.

      59 and more and we'll have to throw a big party for m & d!!!

  7. Oh, how nice! We're speechless! Thank you so much for including our pocket cahiers in your list!


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