Blog created by Liza Belle's Scrap Boutique owner Lisa Williams. Features a variety of posts related to vintage collecting and scrapbooking. Lisa also shares the latest additions to her shop and information on sales and coupon code offerings.
Happy Friday everyone!!!! Today is the finale of SECRET ITEM OF THE DAY week!!!! I've saved the best deal for last!!! Here's the last Secret Item of the Day from my ETSY SHOP.......
The beautiful six piece set of Lomonosov china is marked down 50% for a LIMITED TIME ONLY!!!! Its regular price is $49.95.....from now until noon EST Nov 19th it is only $24.97!!! WOW!!! Take advantage of this while you can!!!
Happy Thursday everyone!!! It's cold and rainy here.....the perfect time to cuddle up with a good book....or three! Today's Secret Item of the Day fits the bill perfectly..........
This bundle of 3 books comes with a pretty ribbon so that the books can double as a unique display when not in use!! :) Instant book collection! Click the picture above for details on these interesting (and diverse) books! This bundle was $25! From now until noon EST Nov 18th, it is marked down 50% to $12.50!!!! Take advantage now and snap this up before it goes back to its regular price!!!!!!
This beautifully illustrated book was published in 1943. It's a wonderful children's book and would look great displayed in a nursery!!! Its regular price is $25....I've just marked it down 50% to $12.50....this offer ends at noon EST Nov 17th when it will go back up to its regular price! There is also FREE shipping to all U.S locations for this item!!!! Click on the picture above for the book's listing in my ETSY shop.
Have a great day everyone!!! See you back here tomorrow for the next SECRET ITEM OF THE DAY!!!
Hello everyone!!! The secret item of the day today is.........
This vintage Delft Blue porcelain trinket box would be a great stocking stuffer....or a unique way to gift wrap a set of earrings or other small gifts. The regular price is $18....from now until noon EST Nov 16th it is only $9!!!!!!!!!! Just click on the picture above to get to the listing in my ETSY shop.
Hi folks! Happy Monday!!! :) Today I am kicking off "Secret Item of the Day" week! Each day I will highlight an item from my ETSY shop I have discreetly marked down a mere 50% (!!!!) ;). The item will be on sale until noon the next day...when it goes back up to its original price.
The first secret item of the day is.............
This is so cute! It's The Happy Christmas Story Book, published in 1961. It's full of retro illustrations, Christmas poems and stories! It's in excellent vintage condition and would be a fabulous gift for a vintage book lover! You could also display it as part of your Christmas decor!!! This book is now only $15!!! It will go back up to its original $30 tomorrow (Nov 15) at noon! Don't miss out!!!! Click on the picture above to get to the listing.
It's here.....the Saturday Night Special!!!! From now until Sunday Nov. 13 at 6am EST (New York time) you can use coupon code snspecial to receive 20% off everything in my Etsy shop!!! Get your Christmas gift and craft supply shopping done for less tonight!!!!!!
Here are some of the goodies you can find in my shop (all for $25 or less!)........
This print has a 3D effect.....looks like you are peeking into a tiny palace room!!!
Cute book with a lotta character!!! Vintage from the 1930's!!!!
Beautiful German hand-painted bowl!!!
Vintage 1950's advertising pamphlet....great to frame or to use in your crafts!!!
Use these cute stickers to seal Christmas card envelopes, for decorations on gift wrap, or to embellish a scrapbooking layout or other Christmas craft project!!!
Click here for more vintage, paper crafting, and sewing goodies!!!! Remember to use coupon code snspecial for 20% off tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy Wednesday everyone!!! Got a great deal today for all the paper crafters out there!!! Buy any two of the following paper craft supplies from my Etsy shop and get one of equal or lesser value FREE! You can choose the free item from ANY of my paper crafting supplies...not just the ones listed here. Just tell me which one you would like for free in the message to seller section at checkout. If you have any questions, please contact me via my shop on ETSY or leave a comment below. This offer ends Oct 10 at noon EST (NY time).
Scalloped paper circles created from pages from a vintage German book from the 1920's. Has some great classic looking font!
Little Christmas trees created from the same book that I used for the scalloped circles above. Tiny enough to use as confetti for table-top decor or Christmas cards!
Tiny Glitter Christmas trees made from beautiful cardstock!
Scalloped circles created from pages salvaged from a 1920's hymnal.
Vintage sheet music hearts.
Vintage sheet music blossoms.
Primitive Cream Colored Trees created from the tops of vintage/antique sheet music pages.
It's that time of the year again!!! Time to start (if you haven't already) making your Christmas decorations, cards, gifts, etc. Here are some items from my Etsy shop that can help stir up those creative juices and help you get those Christmas projects finished..... AND let you have a little fun in the process!! Just click on the pics to get more info on the items.
These crafty books from the late 1980's are full of delicious recipes and patterns for sewing, quilting, woodworking, and paper projects! Lots of fabulous ideas!!
Great paper ephemera to use in your crafting projects! The calligraphy type font of the pages in this vintage softcover German book just beg to be used for making embellishments for cards, ornaments, and gift tags!
I made these cute little trees and scalloped circles from pages of a book that was similar to the one pictured above.
Here are some cute postcards and old advertisements with Christmas themes. These are wonderful to frame or use in paper crafts.
Add these cute books to your Christmas decor!!!!!
Now....for the Deal of the Day!!!
Buy one of the items featured above and get one item from my shop (at equal or lesser value) for FREE! Just let me know which item you would like in the "message for seller" section at checkout. If you have any questions, just contact me on Etsy or leave a comment below.
Have fun crafting, cooking, and decorating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy Monday vintage lovers!! I've been researching some really interesting china I recently listed in my shop. My youngest daughter actually spotted this china while she was with me on one of my vintage hunting trips. She's got a fabulous eye for vintage treasures!
Pretty, isn't it? It's also a great little piece of history! The mark on the bottom of the saucer (see below) has the signature Lomonosov stamp and says Made in USSR. This made it easier to date it as a vintage item, since the USSR dissolved 20 years ago. Love it when vintage items display something concrete about their age!!! :)
The Lomonosov factory was founded in 1744 and was the first porcelain factory in Russia. It was originally called the Imperial Porcelain Factory, but became the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory in 1925. In 2005, it reverted back to its old name Imperial Porcelain Factory.
I learned that the stamp on the bottom of the saucer dates the piece from the 1970's -1991. It also denotes the quality. The red color signifies that it is rated top quality for that company. The fact that it states that it is Made in USSR means that it was meant for export to other countries.
The stamps on the back of each cup are all in green and just contain the Lomonosov monogram, and "2c" followed by the numbers "411-00" on the bigger cups in the set, and "47-50" on all of the smaller cups. From what I've read, it seems like the items with the green stamp are of slightly lower quality than the red stamped ones. I am still trying to find out exactly what the numbers mean. From the lack of any "made in" marks, I believe these were made for domestic sale only. These should also date from the same time period as the saucers.
Not sure why the marks are different on the saucers and cups, but they all have the same pattern and beautiful cobalt blue color!
NOW for the DEAL of the DAY>>>>>>>>>>>>
Use coupon code blogfriend to receive 15% off of the Lomonosov china in my shop>>>>>>>>>
Happy Saturday everyone!!!!! I am sooo looking forward to tonight! I'm a member of the Original Saturday Night Specials team on Etsy. It's a team made up of both Etsy sellers and buyers, where sellers can list their "Saturday Night Specials" in one of the threads every Saturday and buyers can check out all the great deals!!!! Saturday Night Specials are limited time sales/discounts that are only offered between 5pm Sat night-6am Sun morning every weekend. For sellers, it's a great way to advertise their sales and get some exposure for their shop. For buyers it's a one-stop shop for some fabulous bargains! Check it out this evening! Click here to get to the team....you don't even have to be a member to browse the threads and check out the deals! Tonight look for "The Original Saturday Night Specials (SNS) for Nov 5" thread at 5pm EST. See you guys there!!! The sky's the limit on the bargains to be found!! :)
Psst! Today there are two secret items of the day.....items in my Etsy shop that I have marked down 50% JUST FOR TODAY!!!! I'll give you a few clues.....then go hunt these babies down!!! Take advantage of the discount....the prices go back up tomorrow at noon!!!!
The Clues: 1)Both items feature a familiar jolly bearded fellow
"There is the fear, common to all English-only speakers, that the chief purpose of foreign languages is to make fun of us. Otherwise, you know, why not just come out and say it?" - Barbara Ehrenreich :)!
"Parents should conduct their arguments in quiet, respectful tones, but in a foreign language. You'd be surprised what an inducement that is to the education of children." -Judith S. Marin :)!
I am on a foreign book kick....I've come across some great foreign language books lately on my vintage hunting trips! Here are a few that I've been able to pry out of my greedy hands and actually list in my shop!!!
Love this soft cover German book. The font is fabulous......wonderful book to display or (ahhh! Heaven forbid) use for paper crafts! I've got 3 others similar to this one that I'm keeping for myself. I've already started making some cool scalloped circles for scrapbooking embellishments and little Christmas tree confetti out of one of the books I kept.....for some reason the German and the cool font just BEGGED me to use the pages for Christmas paper crafts. I know....it's a sin to tear up a book that's sooooo cool, but I couldn't help myself! :) Click on the pic to see more details (and a look at the inside of the book).
This is such a pretty book! I don't think I could bear to cut this one up. I think the best use for this is adding it to a couple more French books in blue shades, tie a ribbon around them and make them into a cool vintage display! I didn't have anymore blue French books....so had to list this one on its own! :) If you can read French, this is about the church's role in the French Revolution.
This is another French book. This one is about WW1. Fantastically horrific pictures of war and very cool maps and graphics abound in this book. I love the embossed stark design on the cover. Another great book to display.
NOW...for the fun SPECIAL of the DAY!! Buy any vintage item from my ETSY SHOP and get one free paper crafting item (priced at $2 and under) for FREE!!! Just specify which item you would like for FREE in the "message to seller" section at checkout. Just let me know if you have any questions......you can contact me on Etsy or leave a comment below and I will get back with you!!
Vintage items make unique Christmas gifts!!! Here are a few that would look great wrapped up under your Christmas tree!!!
6 Piece Set of Vintage Lomonosov China Tea Cups and Saucers....Made in the USSR
Vintage (Possible Antique) German Hand Painted China Serving Bowl from Late 1800's-Early 1900's
Circa 1940's Novel by Edgar Maass
Classic 1961 novel The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
Vintage Row Boat Smurf with German Box Circa early 1980's
Royal Albert Bone China England Poinsettia Tea Cup and Saucer
The Special of The Day.......... 20% off all ceramic/porcelain and china items in my Etsy shop!!!!! EXTRA BONUS DEAL.......Just For READING this blog.....use coupon code blogfriend at checkout to receive an EXTRA 15% off your purchase!!!! These offers expire Thurs Nov 3rd at 12pm EST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BUT WAIT.... Here's a BONUS DEAL!!! For anyone who purchases my books between now and 9am Nov 2 (including my wonderful INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS...if I could afford to give you guys the free shipping I would do it in a heartbeat!):
1. Follow my blog (just click the "join this site" to the left of the screen if you are not following me already)
2. "favorite" my Etsy shop (just click on the "add to favorites" link on the left side of the screen)
I will give you a FREE book (it must be one currently for sale in my shop and priced at equal to or less than the most expensive book you purchase). Just put your "blogger/google friend" name in the "message to seller" section at checkout and let me know which book from my shop you would like for FREE!! Can't beat this deal!!!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments section below or convo me via the "contact" link in my Etsy shop.
Thanks for looking!!! Check back daily for more great deals!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
My favorite part of owning a vintage shop (besides the thrill of hunting down oldies but goodies...) is researching the items I add to the shop. I love history...any kind of history...so it's a lot of fun to play detective and decipher when a piece was manufactured and the history behind it....even on the little items like the one pictured above! This kitschy little souvenir caught my eye on one of my latest vintage hunting trips. I could tell by the speckled design on the top and the retro images, that it was probably from the 1950's or 1960's. I wanted to make sure, though, so I did a little research. I first looked up the company listed on a label I found on the bottom of the shaker.
It turns out that G Nov Co (novelty company) was in business from the 1950's-1970's. So...it definitely meshed with the time period I had in mind. Then I started looking up info on the sites featured on the shaker. I learned a few interesting facts. The Gulfarium pictured at the top of the shaker is the world's oldest marine show aquarium.
The Bok Singing Tower pictured at the bottom left (below the lion) contains what is said to be the world's largest carillon library in the world.
The first big clue to the age of the piece came when I researched Africa U.S.A. (the lion graphic pictured above). Africa U.S.A. was a theme park-like tourist attraction that featured African wild life that roamed free. It was located in Boca Raton and was open from 1953-1961. This was the only attraction featured on the shaker that is no longer around. So...I figure that the shaker was manufactured sometime before 1961.
I then researched the dates of when each attraction was built. It turned out that the Citrus Tower (see below) was the latest one to be built..in 1956...my second big clue. So...this piece couldn't have been made before 1956.
My research had proven my first hunch right! It was a mid-century piece manufactured between the late 1950's and early 1960's. What a fun little piece to research...and I LOVED playing the role of the kitsch history detective!