Vintage Books

Who doesn’t love a good book every now and again.  And vintage ones are even better.  I mean, look how beautiful they are.

And look how beautiful they are incorporated into various rooms.

(image from here)

(image from here)

By the way, check out the above link for details on the amazing dresser makeover.  It’s perfection.

And speaking of books, I think tomorrow I’ll share a few photos of some amazing bookshelves.  Why are bookshelves so difficult to get just right?  I’m still trying to master that one.

Come check out our vintage books and other collectibles in the store.

Cheers to a vintage life well lived.

Jessica and Julie


So, I didn’t get really creative with the title of the post, but baskets and storage are a rather utilitarian subject, so why not have a fitting title.  It is the nesting season (no babies necessary) and I have baskets on the brain.  I feel like I’m always searching for that perfect basket for something or another.  They’re great for corralling shoes, winter gear, firewood, toys, blankets, books, magazines, remote controls, and all of lifes other stuff.

You can never have too many baskets.



All images via Pinterest

Oh, the wonders of baskets.  They’ve been in existence forever and are stilling going strong today.  We have loads in the store and you need them.  We’re open Thursday – Saturday 10-5.

Cheers to a vintage life well lived.

Jessica and Julie






How appropriate

Just last week I was posting about vintage blankets and how beautiful and zesty they can be, and then I came across this quilt roundup on apartment therapy.  Now a few of them are not vintage, but rather vintage inspired, which we at Gather and Collect love just as much.  Here’s one of the pretty pictures from the original post.

Heirloom quilts in general are much harder to come by, unless of course you have a very talented friend or family member (or you yourself are very talented) who has generously gifted you one.  I have never been as lucky, so all of you talented friends of mine out there…wink wink;)

BUT, we do come across beautiful quilts from time to time, and more commonly but just as beautiful, we have many beautiful afghans and wool blankets that can add just as much zest to a room as a quilt.  Point being, we love to find all the long lost beautiful blankets of the world and offer them to you at our store.  After all, who doesn’t love to snuggle on the couch with a beautiful blanket.

Cheers to a vintage life well lived!

Jessica and Julie

Happy Weekend

It’s one of those amazing long weekends that are few and far between.  I sure hope you guys have some great plans, whether it be going on a short trip, taking a long overdue nap or finishing that great book you’ve been reading.

Whatever you have planned for the weekend, remember to stop, breathe and look around a little.

I’m always amazed at the places I find inspiration.  It can be from the color of an acorn, to the texture of the drying grasses or the blue color of the sky against the green of the trees.

Where ever your weekend finds you, I hope its enjoyable.

Cheers to a vintage life well lived.

Jessica and Julie




Getting cozy

It’s a beautiful week here in the midwest.  Our indian summer has finally arrived and I couldn’t be happier.  I believe it’s supposed to be in the 70’s through the weekend, but I’ve already dove into fall and I’m ready to cozy up on the couch under a nice warm blanket and a book.  How about you?


{one sheepish girl}


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A beautiful afghan, quilt or wool blanket looks great draped over a chair or sofa.  Or even nicely laid over the end of a bed (like above).  What a great dash of color they can add to a room.  Come take a look at what we have in the store.  We’ve been collecting blankets with you in mind.

Cheers to a vintage life well lived.

Jessica and Julie


Who else is excited for the Halloween season?  This is by far my favorite time of the year in terms of decorations.  And now that I have children, I have a fantastic reason to get dressed up and make a fool of myself.  We’ve always been really good at decorating the exterior of our house, but we’ve never decorated the inside.  This year I vowed to change that.  So, onto pinterest I went scouring for inspiration.  Here’s what I found…

Pretty fun, right?!!  Well, let it be known that I did find a little inspiration for my own house, but this year I only got  around to decorating the mantel.  That’s what happens when you’re trying to work and raise a family at the same time.  Anyhow, here’s a snap shot of how it turned out.

My kids were psyched to come home and see that I had decorated, even if it was just the mantel.

We have both spooky and sweet decorations in the store.  It’s also fun to incorporate some orange and black pottery, maybe some brass candleholders, and various pumpkins, all of which we have in the store.  This is a great time of the year to think outside of the box for decorations and have a little fun.

Cheers to a vintage life well lived,

Jessica and Julie