Friday, December 16, 2011


Check out the shop....everything is 15% because it's ALMOST CHRISTMAS!!!!
use coupon code: ALMOSTCHRISTMAS

Friday, November 25, 2011

It's a SALE!

It's Thanksgiving...and it's beautiful out...and I'm on my way to a flea market with parents and husband!

SOOOO.....I feel like having a sale....


and watch for more specials throughout December!

Happy Shopping!

<3 HGV

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

too cute

Laz isn't a westie..but i might need one of these anyway!

found here (from Anthro!)'s a SALE!!!

Head on over to the shop (see the right sidebar) or go HERE for 20% off anything in the HappyGoVintage shop in celebration of TWO YEARS of adding a bit more vintage fabulousness to the internet! (go, add some vintage fabulousness to your home at 20% off!! )

*sale good through 9/26!*

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New Mantle!

(and we don't even have a fireplace!!)

what, what?!?!
doesn't take much to confuse this one!

and the oposite wall, looking a bit heavy, got a new look too!
puppy likey!
okay, so puppy bored. silly puppy.

Monday, August 29, 2011

HappyGoVintage around the interweb!

Thanks to Olive Green Anna for a sweet feature on the Apartment Therapy House Tour of the HappyGoVintage apartmenthouse! Be sure to check out her blog for lots of beautiful things!

Also, saw the sweet "granny" pillows from the shop pop up on Mandi's Here's Looking at Me Kid post "Inspired by: Vintage Pillows."

(photo by Amanda Johnson, Here's Looking at Me Kid)

In other news...lots of new things have been added to the shop over the past few days...with lots more on the way!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My couch has a celebrity twin. Neat.

Okay.... it's not *exactly* the same. but for a price difference of $5,000 +, I think I can live with a few less tufts and a bit less modern shape! Oh how I love you, my little thrift-store-couch-that-could!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hey all you St. Louisans

(is that what we're called? although, technically, i'm a Hoosier--you have to be from St. Louis to be a St. Louisan, right?)

1. Check out Apartment Therapy's "Secondhand Superheroes in St. Louis" post...10 great house tours featuring thrifted treasures...all in St. Louis (including the HappyGoVintage apartmenthouse! whoo!)

2. Clean, purge, organize and DONATE!! The annual G&P Rummage Sale to benefit the Women's Emergency Winter Shelter is fast-approaching. We need your donations NOW and we need you AT THE SALE on August 5-6 and 12-13! Leave a comment if you need details on where to drop your stuff, how to find the sale, hours, etc...or email me at

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

HOUSE TOUR on Apartment Therapy!!!

Go to for a proper house tour of the HappyGoVintage Apartmenthouse! whoohoo!!!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Laz Says Goodbye

Out with the old (very trusty, faithful, long-suffering, though slightly sad looking) couch...but don't worry, it's not quite yet retired. It started its life as a grad-school student and wife's couch in the 70s...moved to their basement....went with their daughter to grad school....moved with her into my house in cbus when she joined team Kelso....was hauled out to STL with both of us...ended up in my 2nd floor apartment....had a few surgeries (thanks, Laz)...and now it's moving to the Old North!

and in with the NEW! Sorry for the crappy photos....MUCH better ones to come soon....thanks to Apartment Therapy! whoo!
Someday he'll get mustard yellow linen or dark charcole velvet treatment...but for now, he's awesome as-is. and the best part?! he's comfortable...those corners HUG you!

p.s. whoever is closest in guessing how much this baby cost gets.....recognition here on the blog! whoo! (no guessing if i already told you!)

Friday, May 20, 2011


Peonies are on of my favorite flowers--they're beautiful and the state flower of my homeland, Indiana. I have a vintage glass that lists the Zinnia (another fave) as the state flower...I finally researched the discrepancy and found out that Indiana has changed state flowers more than any other state! First, the carnation (ick) was the state flower, then, in 1931, the Zinnia was adopted. In 1957 they changed it TWICE...first to the dogwood blossom (does that really count as a flower?) and then, finally, to the Peony, which still reigns today!
I rescued these beauties from the front yard before all the rain knocked them into the grass! I've had this vintage candle mold mounted to my window frame for awhile now, and finally was able to put it to use as a vase!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

a big THANK YOU... everyone who voted for us on Apartment Therapy's Small Cool 2011 Contest!

We finished (just barely) in the top ten in our division! Yay! (see the apartmenthouse on Apartment Therapy HERE)

For anyone who wasn't keeping up, guess who won the whole she-bang?! That's right, Jordan, my "pick to win it" from days before the voting closed! Congrats, Girl with the Beautiful (bargain) Sofa!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Oh, Estate Sales, How Thou Dost Tempt Me...

Left for another buyer...or for half off tomorrow?! (the rug, that is. so. dang. beautiful!)

This one came home with ME!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

We're an "Underdog"...let's move up!

Now that they've stopped posting new apartments in the Small, Cool contest, Apartment Therapy is rotating the top ten of each category with "underdogs." If you click over now, you might catch us featured in the "underdog category!"

If you haven't voted yet, do so...and maybe we can climb out of the "underdog" category into the TOP TEN! (we're just a few votes away!)


Go HERE to vote!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Small, Cool 2011 - My Pick!

So, after tracking the Small, Cool page all day (watching the HappyGoVintage score climb...WHOO!...but please, VOTE if you haven't!!!), I think I've seen *almost* every other entry....I thought I'd bring you my "pick to win it." And I'd love to hear who you've picked!!

SO, here it is, my pick to win it: Jordan's Light, Location & Vibe!
Isn't that couch just amazing?!

Good luck, Jordan!!

Pop on over to AT and vote for Jordan (and HappyGoVintage)...and favorite your "pick to win it" and let us know who you picked!!

More of the HappyGoVintage Apartmenthouse!

Here are a few shots of the awesome kitchen cabinets in the HappyGoVintage apartmenthouse!
and the "green beast"


We made it to Apartment Therapy's Small, Cool 2011 Contest!!!! (again, remember 2010?!)

Pop on over to AT's contest page and give us your vote! (favorite = vote; thank you facebook for changing *everything*, even our most basic words).

You have until May 1, 2011 @ 12:01 pm EST to "favorite" our entry. (go to the AT page, sign in (or register), and favorite us..and a few other pretty places!)

Pretty please won't you vote for HappyGoVintage?!
p.s. if you have a blog of your own, we'd LOVE a shout out on there to get us more votes!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Pre-Before, Before, and After!

A little story about some very sad lampshades:

(Horrible size/shape for this lamp; cute dog in the mirror, though!)
(horribly ugly, but a much better fit!)
(like i said, UGLY!)
(Some trim ripped off, some fabric ready to cut!)
(ta-da! and there are two of them!)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

It's that Small Cool time again!

It's spring, so that mean's Apartment Therapy's Annual "Small Cool" Contest! Go to to check out the entries, vote for your faves, or even enter your OWN small, cool home!

Last year, the HappyGoVintage ApartmentHouse made an appearance (we'll see if we get some decent photos together for another go-around this year...) But, if you live in a small, cool home I encourage you to enter...even if for no other reason than it forces you to pick up your place enough to take a few photos! And even if you don't make it into the contest, it's fun to look at the photos a year later to see what (if any!) progress you've made!

Until I looked back at my 2010 entry, I didn't realize it had been that long since we swapped out our bedroom and office and painted the "new" bedroom my most favoritest color (in the apartment right now, that is)....I also didn't realize how stuck in a rut much the rest of my home is!

Pull out your cameras...or at least pop over to AT to check out the entries. And if you do enter, by all means, let me know!

p.s. yes, I am well aware that I still owe you part II of "Estate Sales for Dummies!"

Friday, February 25, 2011

Blog Love!

Check out this super sweet post over at Birch + Bird! the teal tray from HappyGoVintage that they feature has sold out, but there are many others to be had.

Thanks, Birch + Bird for the blog love!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

An Unfolding Mystery...

I just found this blog and I'm completely intrigued by the story....thousands and thousands of photographs (many only now being developed) taken by a very private woman, and only now being discovered. Spanning decades, most of the photographs were taken in Chicago and are "street photography," of ordinary and not so ordinary people and places and daily happenings.

The owner/discoverer of Vivian Maier's work is currently working on a book and documentary.

Check out the AMAZING photos on the blog. I'm looking through them now (and really, really hoping to find a photo of my grandma, grandpa, or mom who were all in Chicago during some of the years Ms. Maier was photographing in the city...wouldn't that be awesome?!)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Estate Sales for Dummies (Part I)

Okay, probably a bad title. If you go to estate sales...or if you have the desire to go to estate sales, you probably aren't a dummy (although I'm not entirely ruling it out)...BUT, you may be intimidated (I once was). So let's begin again:

Estate Sales for Those Who Are Intimidated by the Very Word Estate but Also Know They're Missing Out on Lots of Amazingness (Part I)

1. Know where to go
The internet is your friend, my friend. I currently use, but give me a holler if you know of any other good sites! In smaller towns, the plain, old-fashioned newspaper would also be a good source. I initially thought that the photos posted with the sale listing took away much of the "fun" of estate saling....but then i realized it's pretty awesome to be able to spot an amazing couch and make it to that sale 2 hours before everyone well as to not drive 45 minutes for an "estate" sale that looks less exciting than the worst garage sale you've ever been to in your life, and is using the word estate in like the 18th definition down on the list: Estate, noun, house. Yes, it's at a house; no, that doesn't make it an Estate Sale. Bottom line: look at those pictures, realize they aren't photographing everything, so there may still be some (hopefully wonderful) surprises, but use them as a gauge. Compare all the sales happening the same morning, compare relative locations, and proceed to #2....

2. Make a plan
I'm talking the night before. Okay, or the morning OF if your running buddy cancels on you, you magically wake up at 6:30 AM after being out 'til 3:00 AM, you stumble upon an unadvertised sale in your neighborhood, or you otherwise find yourself available to sale on a Saturday. But, back to Friday night preparations. Decide where you're going. Make a list of addresses. Put them in order of importance and/or location. Backtracking is not advised, but perfectly acceptable should several amounts of amazingness on opposite sides of the city be scouted out the night before. Hit up the ATM. Checks, hecks, even credit cards, are often accepted, but nothing talks like cold hard dolla-dolla bills! Which brings us to the next hint:

3. Flash cash...
ONLY after trying to talk them down. Don't be a jerk about it, but there's usually a little wiggle room in price...maybe not so much at 6:55 AM on the first day of the sale...but often quite a bit late in the day and especially the 2nd, 3rd days of the sale. Keep in mind, lots of sales are 1/2 off EVERYTHING the second day. There are advantages...but don't start crying about the amazing things w/ SOLD stickers on them that obviously sold the day before. I mean, at some point, you *will* cry. Let's be honest. Just make your 1st day/2nd day attendance decision very, very carefully!

4. Companions
I definitely love me some alone time a'saling...the freedom to buy (or even just consider) the most ridiculous things ever, the mobility of skirting around clumps of other people, the freedom to mosey along and/or speed through at your own discretion. BUT there is something to be said for an uninterested-other-than-the-fact-that-he-loves-you husband or other such boy toy (j/k, gentlemen! okay, well mostly kidding!) who is there to simply say "sure," "i like it," and "here's some more cash," oh, and to carry things. large, small, heavy, multiple pieces of furniture....leaving your hands free to dig through boxes of vintage photos, craddle a precious peice of pottery on your way to the check out, etc. *note, often there are boxes/laundry baskets/etc. available UNDER the cash register table where you can stash half your loot while you go searching for the other half...ya know, just in case that man isn't around! *another note: friends and fellow estate sale fanatics are also wonderful companions...but make sure they're the tried and true kind who will load and unload a car 5 times with you until you get it just right so that everything fits and gets to come home with you!...and play nice. if she has similar taste and spots something awesome first....well, i'm not going to tell you how to conduct yourself. hopefully you learned that in middle school....:)

Oh, and about those vehicles you may be repacking and repacking and breaking headrests out of in order to
5. Fit Everything In
The bigger, the better. 'nuff said. And along those lines...there is always/usually a go with your gut and buy the green velvet sofa and figure out how to get it home later (rent a truck from Lowes for 20 bucks or one of those local "pick up and haul" guys....tie something dangerous on top of your car).

Okay, so that's enough for now. Stay tuned for Part II (and i promise i'll post some pictures somwhere along the way...) For now, a sneak peek: 6. See Potential in Everything; Remain Realistic. (ha, riiiight, you say!)

Be sure to post any questions/stories from your estate sale adventures in the comments!

Monday, January 10, 2011

My New Favorite Thing:

So I gave this humongo lampshade to some friends awhile back (i didn't need it, they potentially had a use for it, yay!) Welll, turns out it didn't work w/ their lamps, so back to HappyGoVintage Apartmenthouse it went...much to the husband's chagrin. I pretty much instantly realized it was what I had needed for the "brain lights" that I thought were so great....and were really just so-so (and a tad bit on the college dorm side of things. gasp!)

2 minutes later, and assured it won't fall on my face in the middle of the night, the new and improved "brain" light!
Oh, and like that cute little There's-no-room-for-a-bedside-table Shelf? Yea, well don't go likin' it too much. It's in the shop right now, and I just don't think I can bear to part with it now (should probably go take it off of HappyGoVintage, huh?!)

Anyway, this room definitely gets the title "favorite," which is saying something. As favorite, it gets all the favorite stuff:

New print (Christmas gift!) from this great etsy shop (yet to be framed, so for now it's on a particular favorite piece of salvaged trim (found in alley) turned photo display...sitting on my most favorite wooden box turned shelf off all time!)

Cute little squirrel (new fav since i sold this guy!)

Vintage hanger-turned necklace display. Step #1: Glue wire hook thingies b/w two wooden bars on vintage hanger (find some in the SHOP!) Step #2: Hang on wall. Done!

Newly framed stuff: original marriage license from 1906 (the husband's great grandpa and great grandma's!) and our wedding invitation (handmade by yours truly. still pretty durn proud of them!)