Friday, May 28, 2010

Favorite Vintage Valentine of the Day

Hi all! I just found this cute little card and wanted to share it with you. It's a 1960's vintage die-cut Valentine card. There's a bright, colorful carousel with the words: Oh Valentine, You've Got Me Going 'Round in Circles! Such a true example of 1960's children's Valentines ... and oh so cute!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Antique German Postcards - Christmas

These vintage postcards are too lovely not to share. They are German and 1900's to 1910's vintage. One card features an old fashioned Christmas tree with gold tinsel, star, and candles. Another features a band of musicians playing in an open air tower. The third is an especially beautiful card featuring angels singing from a book that is held up by little cherubs.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Children's Illustrator Miroslav Sasek

I have always loved the vintage children's book illustrators of Miroslav Sasek. He was a Czech born illustrator who lived 1916 - 1980. His series of This Is books is especially charming and a great example of mid-century book illustrations.

I have several of these books listed in my store:
  • This is Greece

  • This is London

  • This is Israel

You may also enjoy reading more about Miroslav Sasek at:

1940's Vintage Wirehair Fox Terrier Valentine

Another sold card ... I especially love vintage dog cards!

More Vintage Easter Cards - Bunny Rabbits & Bluebirds

More sold cards (going through and deleting photos today) ... too cute not to share!

A Few Antique Easter Cards

Here are a few antique Easter postcards and a lovely vintage Easter card that sold out of my store. I love this vintage Easter card with the sweet little angel child.

1920s Christmas Card with Ironer IOU

What an unusual card! This Christmas card has an IOU photo for an ironing machine inside. It sold from my store and I wanted to share the photo with you before deleting it. (I'm going to try to post interesting photos here before deleting ... there are some neat ones I think you would enjoy!)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

5 Ways Squidoo Can Benefit Your eBay or Other Online Retail Business

I am delighted to have a guest blogger today. My friend Susan is so knowledgeable about Squidoo, and she has wonderful ideas about Squidoo and eBay. Hope you will enjoy her article as well!


5 Ways Squidoo Can Benefit Your eBay or Other Online Retail Business

Online sellers need all the help they can get these days; the competition is fierce! Squidoo is easy to use and it's free, and it's a perfect place to help you gain an advantage over your competitors. With that in mind, here are five ways that your business can benefit from having a presence on Squidoo.

1. A Squidoo lens can help your customers get to know you. Make a Squid Who lens about yourself. Include pertinent details about your business, but feature interesting information about you: your hobbies, your background, even your pets. I like to shop with someone I feel that I know, don't you? Keep the presentation on a professional level, but let your customers get to know the person behind the business.

2. A Squidoo lens can help you educate your customers about your products or specialty. Present lessons or interesting articles about the type of items you sell. Share (and offer for sale) the reference books that you personally recommend. Make a fun educational lens using the “Quiz” module to test your customers’ knowledge about your specialty or related trivia. Try to elicit an “I didn’t know that!” response from the lens by keeping it informative but light.

3. Squidoo's a perfect place to display the products you have for sale. Use an eBay module to feature specific listings (be sure to keep it updated) or show your current auctions by category (this will update automatically). Use feeds to show items from Etsy or Bonanzle or other online selling venues.

4. Use Squidoo to interact and communicate with your customers. Conduct opinion polls and surveys, even start debates comparing two hot topics within your specialty. Always include a guest book for customers to leave comments that might not fit elsewhere.

5. Squidoo can help make it easy for customers to find you online. Social networking is hot and likely to remain that way for some time to come. Make a lens using an RSS feed module to showcase your blog. Use one of several Twitter modules to display your most recent tweets. Point readers to your LinkedIn profile, your HubPages articles, or any other places you hang out online. There's even a Squidoo module to showcase your Facebook fan page.

These are just five ways Squidoo can benefit your business, but you’ll think of others. Remember that it's important to generate a widespread online presence so that search engines will honor you with higher rankings of all your related pages. Squidoo's page rank and respect from the search engines will help to build your online reputation faster. To get started, just go to and click on the "Start Building!" link. It's easy! Hope to see you there soon.

You can find Susan in various places around the web including on
Squidoo, on her Online Selling and Auction Tips blog, and on Twitter