Thursday, March 19, 2015

Save The Dates June 13 & August 15 For Some Of The Best Junkin' Of The Summer!!!

Yeah, yeah, yeah...We know it's a little early for this post, but we wanted to give all of you ample time to pencil us in and save the dates.  GIN'GILLI'S VINTAGE SUMMER FLEAS ARE BACK!!!

We couldn't wait any longer...our INFAMOUS parking lot flea markets are truly the highlight of the warm, picturesque, & idyllic Summer in Geyserville - the town we call home!

Listen, we love JUNKIN'...A lot (probably too much but we won’t talk about that).  Most of you do too and that’s why we make it a point to join forces with some of the region’s best artists, crafters, vendors, & collectors to bring you the very best in locally-sourced, funky fresh, creatively re-purposed, and most importantly, STUNNING VINTAGE offerings for each of our flea markets.

If you’re a JUNK-A-HOLIC, we’re your number one destination June 13 & August 15, hands down.  If you like chotchkes smothered in retro goodness, crumbled chippy painted patina furniture, antiques oozing character, freshly resurrected relics...if you love chatting & laughing with your fellow vintage addicts while shopping for more precious swag…we’ve got you covered.  The Gin'Gilli's Vintage Summer Fleas are your numero uno shopping destination.

If you are looking to be a seller, we are currently taking signups for anyone wanting to be a vendor - CALL TODAY as spaces are limited and fill up QUICKLY for this highly anticipated event!!!  Call the shop now: (707).857.3509

We can't wait to see all of your sexy smiling faces!!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

ANNOUNCING...CeCe Caldwell's STAIN + FINISH All In One Topcoat!!!

Introducing CeCe Caldwell's Stain + Finish, NOW AVAILABLE at Gin'Gilli's Vintage Home!!!

Well there's good news for all you painters!  CeCe Caldwell Stain + Finish is here!  This all-in-one product both stains your work, and protects it with a hard coat finish that gets it all done at once.  And like all their products, CeCe Caldwell Stain + Finish is water-based, super-low-VOC, safe to use around kids, pets, and indoors, and is easy-peasy to use!  Come on in today to check out some finished pieces painted by our FABULOUS teacher extraordinaire Elisa!!!

Hickory - A warm, medium brown color. The topcoat finish is built into the stain. 

Kukui - A dark espresso brown color with hints of black. The topcoat finish is built into the stain. 

Savannah Praline - A light brown with the golden undertones found in delicious pralines. The topcoat finish is built into the stain. 

Walnut Grove - The traditional rich walnut brown. The topcoat finish is built into the stain.

Little-Known North Bay Town Becomes Bay Area’s Rain Capital During Latest Storm!!!

Our very own Bonnie Pitkin of ALLORA made the local news!!! Please check out the video here:

Fancy Vintage Hat Collecting!!!

A good hat is like a billboard that instantly communicates to the world the interests and social standing of the wearer underneath. Whether it’s a silk spoon bonnet decorated with lace and organdy flowers from the mid-Victorian era or a weathered beaver-felt Stetson from the 1960s, hats tell us a lot of the people who wore them, as well as the styles and fashions of the day.

When the Victorian Era began in 1837, bonnets with large, hooded coverings that framed the face were made out of satin and silk. Wide-brimmed straw hats trimmed with handmade fabric flowers were also popular. By the 1850s, circular bonnets became more sculptural and stiff—a decade later, these drawn bonnets had become oval, framing the face more naturally than the round ones that had preceded them.

Straw skimmers, also known as rounds, were worn outdoors—the best of these had patterns of silk braids, real feathers, and other decorative embellishments sewn onto their tops. At the same time, simple straw boaters with flat tops and brims came into vogue for both men and women. The origins of the design are difficult to pin down, but the Venetian gondoliers, who tied brightly colored ribbons around the crowns of their hats, were probably their inspiration.

In the middle of the century, top hats came into prominence. One of the hat’s most famous customers was Abraham Lincoln, who favored stovepipes, as the tallest top hats were often called, for formal occasions. Meanwhile, magicians reveled in what they could hide (or appear to hide) inside their top hats (white rabbits), while authors such as Lewis Carroll created top-hat-wearing characters like the Mad Hatter.

Throughout the Victorian Era, particularly after the death of Prince Albert in 1861, mourning hats to go with mourning jewelry and similarly somber attire were common ways for women to express their grief. Some of these mourning hats included veils to hide the face.

On the other side of the Atlantic, a Philadelphia hatter named John B. Stetson introduced a hat called Boss of the Plains. With its wide, flat brim and straight-sided, round crown, the hat was an instant success with anyone working outdoors. It was a particular hit out West, where the short-lived era of the cowboy was in full swing.

Everyone from Custer riding to his doom at Little Bighorn to Canada’s North West Mounted Police wore Stetsons—the wide, flat-brimmed hats became the trademark of the Mounties in the 20th century. Buffalo Bill Cody wore Stetsons, as did Will Rogers. Stetson also made hats for women in Ascot, cloche, and other classic styles—one fedora-like creation was dubbed the Lady Stetson.

Although Stetsons are associated closely with the Wild West, English derbies, also known as bowlers, were far more common. Black Bart wore a derby, as did Butch Cassidy and his gang. But good guys also donned bowlers—the Pinkerton detectives who eventually broke up the Jesse James gang all wore derbies.

South of the border, the Panama hat was finding an audience in Ecuador. Unlike boaters and bonnets, which took their shapes in part from the structural properties of their materials, Panama hats were more like straw versions of felt hats, from fedoras to derbies.

By the end of the century, women’s hats were moving in two directions. Some were demure, almost too small for the heads they were perched on. Others had high-domed crowns and were piled high with loops of ribbon and drapes of rich velvet. Wide Gainsborough hats, sometimes called cartwheels, were so heavily decorated with feathers that laws had to be passed to prevent entire species of birds from going extinct.

As the 20th century dawned, boaters were the hats of Vaudevillians, yachtsmen, and horseracing enthusiasts, while politicians favored Panamas—Theodore Roosevelt was photographed wearing one in 1906 on a visit to the Panama Canal. By then, many of these hats featured black bands, which had graced Panama hats since the 1901 death of Queen Victoria.

In the Edwardian era, the Gibson Girl dominated fashion. The hallmark of the look was an hourglass figure and a big hat up top. Gainsboroughs were still worn, thanks to their popularization in the 1907 musical “The Merry Widow.” Smaller, but no less ornate, pompadour hats were a mirror of the popular hairstyle of the same name.

In the years before and after World War I, gigantic garden hats remained in vogue, but other trends were having an impact. Hats resembling berets and turbans began to appear, as did Musketeer hats. Tricorne hats, motoring hats, and straw boaters all had good runs toward the end of the decade. And as a precursor of the 1920s and the flapper era, close-fitting cloche hats were introduced.

For men of this era, the top hat was the unquestionable symbol of power and authority. Thus, J. M. Flagg’s famous World War I recruiting poster featured a version of Uncle Sam wearing a top hat. The hat fell out of favor after the stock-market crash, when it was associated with greedy fat cats, but it was revived in 1935 with the release of “Top Hat,” a film that gave audiences numbed by the poverty of the Great Depression a peek at the good life enjoyed by couples dancing cheek to cheek in top hats and tails.

Another popular men’s hat of the 1920s was the fedora - a medium-wide brimmed felt hat with a pinched-in front and a crease down the length of its crown. Until then, women were the fedora’s biggest customers, but in the ’20s men claimed the hat. In particular, the hat became a favorite of ruthless gangsters and the tough detectives that hunted them down.

Women in the 1920s went crazy for hats, especially the cloche. Cloche hats ranged from beaver felt dyed in a range of colors to tightly woven straw. At first, the brims of cloche hats were essentially extensions of the crown, dropping straight down on all sides with no rim, let alone brim. By the end of the 1920s, though, is was common for the cloche to be worn with the brim turned up, especially in the front.

Many cloche hats were worn unadorned, but lots of styles demanded ribbons, which could be tied to signal one’s availability to prospective suitors. A ribbon that resembled an arrow signaled that the woman was in a relationship, a knot meant the wearer was married, but a big bow was an eye-catching invitation.

In addition to the ubiquitous cloche, women wore sculptural hats resembling airplane wings or actual crowns. Felt hats were embroidered with Art Deco flowers, and kits were sold for just 89 cents so that women could make their own “crushers,” as they were called. Actress Louise Brooks made it acceptable to wear pokes and helmet hats, and so-called Speakeasy hats were studded with sequins and costume jewels.

Things sobered up a bit in the 1930s, but only a bit. Black, Sou’wester hats made of braided hemp continued the helmet look. In fact, straw hats went from garden to dressy, as straw cloches were woven with ecru to resemble smart tweeds.

Knit turbans took off thanks to Greta Garbo, the pillbox was introduced, and women even took to wearing sequined or rhinestone-accented calot caps, which resembled large yarmulkes and were first worn by the ancient Greeks. Colorful berets and pirate caps, as well as felt or stitched geometric Dutch Boys, added to the decade’s sense of style.

During World War II, the fedora reigned for men and women, mostly due to Ingrid Bergman’s look in the 1942 film Casablanca. Crocheted snoods designed to keep hair from getting tangled in machine parts were a counterpoint to Rosie the Riveter’s famous red with white polka dot headscarf. After the war, berets of crushed velvet and printed barkcloth gained ground, as did bandeaux, which weren’t really hats but looked like them from the front when padded and worn like a tiara.

Other hats of the 1940s included militaristic berets with platter-shaped crowns, small tilt or doll hats, bumpers of straw or felt, and increasingly exotic turbans, which had been popular in the 1930s and remained so during the war years. Some turbans were made of rich velvet and rose above the wearer’s head by as much as a foot. Other more humble creations were built out of cheap rayon and sold by Sears for 49 cents.

In the 1950s, hats almost resembled the costume jewelry of that period. The mushroom cloche and the melon hat were just two of the hats that took their shapes, and names, from food. Celebrities such as the Duchess of Windsor and Gloria Swanson wore casques, sailors, and large-brim hats interchangeably. Mamie Eisenhower wore an Air Wave hat to her husband’s first inauguration. Small, but visually arresting, cocktail hats were decorated with everything from dyed feathers to faceted beads, while bowlers, rollers, and Bretons were perfect for everyday wear.

Finally, in the 1960s, hats reflected the rising dominance of youth culture. The decade began with turban-like bubble toques made of feathers, prints, or mesh. Felt conehead caps and zippered Bobbie helmets exuded a Carnaby Street vibe, while fake fur was the fabric of choice for everything from pointed fedoras to pillboxes. Patent-leather jockey caps, from jet black to bright yellow, continued the Mod style. Even straw Gainsboroughs, which had been re-imagined as “flower power” sun hats littered with chenille daisies, now seemed entirely in step with the trend toward natural looks.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Geyserville Tree Lighting & NSCLU Tractor Parade ~ Saturday November 29th, 2014 ~ 5:00pm-8:00pm!!!

Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like large farm machinery bedecked with bright Christmas lights.  Celebrate both the holidays and the region’s agricultural traditions at the fifth annual Geyserville Lighted Tractor Parade, starting down Geyserville Avenue at 7:00pm on November 29th, 2014.

The parade, which also features trucks, is part of downtown Geyserville’s annual celebration, which includes a tree-lighting ceremony and appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus.  The program runs from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.  The event traditionally draws thousands of people downtown, and stores stay open for evening Christmas shopping.

Gin'Gilli's will be celebrating with everyone else, staying open as long as customers are willing to SHOP 'til they DROP!!!  All of our vendors and market merchants have filled their spaces with amazing and unique gift ideas to help you cross off that Christmas shopping list...come get a whole lot of shopping done all under ONE ROOF!!!  Just think of all the time, gas, and stress we are saving you!!!  We will be serving hot cider and sweets to keep everyone happy & in the CHRISTMAS SPIRIT!!!  Mark your calenders now folks, you definitely don't wanna miss this one!!!

Here are pictures form the past years to get you excited!!!:

This Charming Tiny House Has Everything You Need (And It Travels With You)!!!

The interior looks surprisingly comfortable.  The tiny house trend is still going strong, but even though these homes help families minimize living costs and are often dolled up in bright colors, most of us remain skeptical about how long we could actually stay in one (even if it tries to entice us with a hot tub).
But this home, made by the new Orgeon-based company Tiny Heirloom, might be the space that changes your mind for good.  It's a home that's small enough to hitch to your truck and take wherever you please, but is also thoughtfully designed.  Tiny Heirloom found room for a slim desk, a washer-dryer, a kitchen with suprisingly ample counter space, and even striking architectural touches like exposed beams.
It's clear that with elements like granite countertops, hardwood floors, and stainless steel appliances, the company aims to create a luxury product.  But with just a $65,000 price tag, it might just be an affordable way to get everything you ever wanted in a home (minus the square footage, of course).

Take a tour:

Vintage Vignette ~ A Convo With Cathleen Alyce Of Vintage Home Lifestyle!!!

Welcome Gin'Gilli's FANS & DEDICATED CUSTOMERS!!!  Richert here...The following is the FIRST INSTALLMENT of a NEW Face-To-Face series we are calling "Vintage Vignettes"!!!  In these posts we are shining a SPOTLIGHT on one of the many talented VENDORS that sell in our beloved shop.  In these in-depth interviews we will discuss each merchant's Aesthetic, their Inspiration, their personal lives, and much much more!!!

The first vendor we are highlighting is CATHLEEN ALYCE who runs her shop known by all as VINTAGE HOME LIFESTYLE.  The following exchange is what we recently discovered about this very talented Artist & Shop Owner - ENJOY!!!:

Richert: "Thank you so much for taking part in this new experiment Cathleen!  Why don't you start off by telling us a little about yourself - your past history, how you got into Vintage?  How you were trained or learned your craft?"

Cathleen: "I have always had a love for antiques and old homes.  I opened my first shop in the early 90's and I was building reproduction furniture then.  I fell deeper in love with vintage when Rachel Ashwell came out with her first book.  I learned a lot from her but I am mostly self taught."

Richert: "I love hearing that you proclaim yourself as "self taught"...I am sure many fellow merchants feel the same.  Sometimes getting into this business is a bit of "baptism by fire" - it is crazy how a little dream can turn into a mini business overnight!  So how would you describe your aesthetic and look of your shop?

Cathleen: "A comfortable casual relaxed feel with a blending of French Farmhouse, Shabby Chic & Chic Industrial.  Innocent and clean with a little bit of edge."

Richert: "What was the coolest vintage find you ever discovered?  What did you do to it?  Do you still own it?"

Cathleen: "That's a tough one, Richert!  I would say it would have to be the huge redwood table with a 3 inch thick top, I found laying in a field at a farmhouse, it took a forklift to put it on my truck, luckily they just happened to have one at the farm.  I just put a whitewash on it and sold it to an antique dealer in Petaluma.  I would have kept it if I could have got it through my door!"

Richert: "That table sounds AMAZING!!!  I am sure we all have similar stories about those pieces that have haunted us simply because we loved them so much but unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) had to part with.  Which leads me to my next inquiry...what inspires you?  What are your muses?  What designers do you admire?"

Cathleen: "I find my inspiration in going to antique shows, flea markets and a huge part of my inspiration comes from the magazine Jeanne d'Arc Living.  Rachel Ashwell is my designer of choice...I love her spirit...when she fell down...she picked herself up...brushed herself off and kept going."

Richert: "OMG!!!  I finally have found a kindred spirit - I LOVE Jeanne d'Arc Living magazine!!!  Not too many people know about it nor can afford that amazing periodical.  For all of you wanting to check it out GO HERE: Jeanne d'Arc Living  On that note, I have long admired your painted furniture pieces in your space...Any secret tips or techniques you would like to divulge on painting furniture?"

Cathleen: "I have always had a hard time with teaching or giving tips because every piece is different...some need a more clean refined look, some call out for a more rustic feel.  I guess the one best tip I can give is, use a bristle brush not foam, the brush marks make it look more authentic."

Richert: "With Fall & Winter upon us, what do you see as design trends in the coming months?"

Cathleen: "I forecast more warm tones of natural wood finishes, soft warm whites mixed with functional industrial and accents of burgundy, burnt orange and mustard yellow...or at least that's what I would do...LOL."

Richert: "I like throwing in a fun question like this one - In your opinion, what 3 things (design components or decor items) should every room in your house contain?"

Cathleen: "Ok, now you are really getting tough.  Start with one main large piece and go from there.  A beautiful accent lamp and a floor rug for grounding."

Richert: "I believe every room should contain: 1. A beautiful clock that actually tells time, 2. A selection of gorgeous books, and 3. Green plants that evoke nature and life!  So now let's get down to business.  As a merchant, seller, and business woman, what is the best business advice you can give or was ever given by someone else?"

Cathleen: "My answer is actually very simple:  Live your passion.  Sell what you love, if you love it, you can sell it.  Don't give up on what you love!"

Richert: "SO TRUE Cathleen, so true!!!  What is your secret vintage addiction or biggest collection you currently own?"

Cathleen: "I have never been a collector, but my biggest vintage passions are lamps and chairs.  But I am known for large pieces, if its big, I'll find it.  I can't tell you how many times pieces have had to be loaded in my truck with a forklift!!!  My poor truck...LOL!"

Richert: "I have one last question for you - What was your proudest design "moment" or accomplishment?"

Cathleen: "When I did the San Francisco Gift show with my Bath & Candle line and received an award for best booth display and design!"

A HUGE Thank You to Cathleen Alyce for taking a moment to chat with us, impart some wisdom, and share a bit of your PASSION with us today.  Please be sure to check out her space VINTAGE HOME LIFESTYLE today.  A little birdie told me that Cathleen has already brought in many of her FABULOUS candles and soaps for the holiday season and they are selling like hotcakes!!!  Come in and get yours today!!!  Richert signing off for today, but stay tuned as we plan on featuring another talented vendor in a future installment of Vintage Vignette!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Fab Life Room Makeover!!!

Leah & Mary have been at it again - BEING FAB!!!  These two chic lifestyle mavens are so darn cute and have managed to pull off yet another AMAZING room makeover.  This time they took YouTube sensation Connor Franta's blank canvas of an apartment and transformed it in ONE DAY!!!  Watch these 2 fresh design videos to see what I mean...and yes, YOU'RE WELCOME!!!

Fall's Horn Of Plenty Has Runneth Over In Geyserville!!!

A veritable cornucopia of Autumnal abundance has recently arrived at Gin'Gilli's Vintage Home!  In the form of rustic blooming sunflowers, comfy earth-toned textiles, warm and woodsy furniture offerings, even brand new CeCe Caldwell's paint colors to inspire you to create!!!  Here's just a small peek at what you will discover next time you come on in for a grab a few friends, make it a day in wine country, and come on down for a long overdue visit - WE LOVE SEEING YOUR HAPPY FACES!!!