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What Do You Love?

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There isn’t a soul on earth who doesn’t love a good story, and last year I came up with an excuse to hear some of yours. Over at The Roving Home we hosted a “I Love My Vintage _____” contest for February where participants were asked to submit a photo of a favorite vintage item along with a few words explaining the reason for their affection. We had entries ranging from a vintage VW car passed down from father to daughter to a cache of letters written between family members over decades to favorite dishware acquired piece by piece. It was a lot of fun to see and read about the different pieces people value and the contest reminded anyone who followed along just why it is that we love old things. (Not that most of us need a reminder…)

So at the risk of bothering you again, I’m going to ask (again): what is your favorite vintage item? It can be something you came across last week or something you have held dear for a lifetime. If you don’t mind sharing a picture and your story, submit it to our Facebook page HERE. If you’re not a fan of all things Facebook (and if this is the case I am deeply supportive of your position), submit it via email to therovinghome@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is this Friday, the day after Valentine’s Day. Voting will begin on Saturday and continue for a week, and this year’s prize is a vintage trophy and some coffee and chocolate in honor of the season of love. If you win the contest but have no interest in shiny trophies, vintage or otherwise, hate coffee and despise chocolate, we’ll work out another prize that will make your dead heart (just kidding) pound with happiness.

Vintage trophy, vintage diner coffee cup, fresh coffee and chocolate: deeeelightful!
Vintage trophy, vintage diner coffee cup, fresh coffee and chocolate: deeeelightful!

Playing Hooky

Well I guess I wasn’t the only one playing hooky from mug up on Sunday morning. Look who I ran into at Todd Farm…

Sarah Kelly, The Roving Home at Todd Farm

Our very own Sarah Kelly!  (and her very cool Elton John shades)

Sarah Kelly, The Roving Home, Todd Farm

She had her beautiful Roving Home booth set up with her newest addition; Francie.  Francie was quietly sleeping in the shade and enjoying the fresh air.

Francie, The Roving Home, Sarah Kelly, Todd Farm

I have to say sorry to my fellow GMG peeps. I miss mug up a lot because I have this vintage addiction and feel lost without my Sunday Todd Farm adventures! It’s kinda like crack. :)

~Alicia

Vintage & Recycled Goods Shop Photos

Last Saturday was a good time at the Tusinski Gallery for the opening of The Roving Home’s (re)Cycled show – just in time for Earth Day. I even spotted a GMG contributor, Father Matthew Green! To check out the show in person, stop by the Tusinski Gallery at 2 Main Street in Rockport, open Thursday through Monday 11 – 5. For more information feel free to e-mail me at therovinghome@gmail.com. If you would like to be on our mailing list to find out when & where The Roving Home’s events will be held, sign up through this link. Thanks to those of you who stopped in and I hope to see the rest of you who are interested in vintage interiors and design before the pop-up shop & show ends on May 13th!

- Sarah

A light made from a reclaimed beam and old cable.

Radio Show Appearance in Which I Give a Shout-out to Rockport’s Dump!

The Craftsman brand of tools has an online channel featuring a show with host Frank Fontana (formerly of HGTV’s Design on a Dime) in which he discusses DIY Disasters. His producer found my blog and asked me to be on Frank’s show for a brief segment. I mostly rambled about nothing but I did go on and on about how great Rockport’s transfer station is. I don’t know if the DPW guys would be excited about yet another advertisement for Rockport’s Swap Shop but it’s hard to talk about great finds, etc. and not bring up the dump. The clip from the show is found  below. Oh, and before my interview, George Takei from Star Trek (?) and Kathy Ireland the model (??) are on, so if you might want to check out the whole show to hear their interviews. The part where I come in (and Rockport) is at the 44 minute mark.

A Vintage Good Time at a Winter Beach Party!

The Roving Home‘s February Stylebook was published last Friday in collaboration with Rockport photographer Esther Mathieu. Check it out if you like vintage goods and partying on the beach in the dead of winter (but this involved hot chocolate and homemade mini apple pies, so wasn’t all bad!)

Click image to view the stylebook.

Oh yes – and our “I Love My Vintage ______ Contest” on facebook has a deadline coming up. You have to enter by NOON tomorrow to be considered for the prize. Then the voting (and real fun) begins. CLICK HERE to enter – I would love to see a photo of your favorite vintage item and know that other people would enjoy it too!

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What’s Your Favorite Vintage Item?

The Roving Home’s next show is scheduled to open on April 21st. The idea behind the show (well, the idea behind everything at The Roving Home, really) is an exploration of the place that old things have in our lives, whether our items are valued in the marketplace or just for sentimental reasons.

One of the ways I plan to demonstrate the meaning of our old stuff is by featuring snapshots that readers send in of their favorite vintage item. So I would love it if you could take a few moments to submit a snapshot of something old in your house. Feel free to include yourself in the photo — and if you qualify as vintage, that works too — just make sure to include the vintage item as well as your decrepit self. The item in the snapshot could be something you inherited or a piece you just picked up at the thrift store yesterday. Something as small as a teacup or as large as your house itself. And please send in a couple of sentences stating why the item is significant to you. It would be fascinating to see which of your older possessions you find meaningful and why. And don’t worry about the quality of the photo – it’s not a most-beautiful-photograph contest, just a chance to see what matters to those of you who care about old stuff (like GMG contributor Alicia Pensarosa, for instance, who has a very cool blog featuring vintage stuff).

Just to make it interesting I’ve put together a contest for photo submissions over on The Roving Home’s Facebook page. You can submit your photo there and if your snapshot featuring a vintage item receives the most votes you’ll win a prize from our online shop. You can view more details about the contest HERE.

If you want to participate and aren’t interested in the contest, I would still love to have (and need) your photo for our upcoming show. Please e-mail it to me at therovinghome@gmail.com, or send me a message if you want to send a hard copy of your photo via the post office (I’ll send you my address). Of course you must be willing to have your snapshot used in the show and sending it in gives The Roving Home permission to display the item along with a few lines of explanation from you about why the item is meaningful. Thanks so much for your help, and I hope to see you joining in on Facebook or sending in a photo via e-mail!

Vintage Home Style

The Roving Home collaborated with Rockport’s own Esther Mathieu, a photographer specializing in natural light photography, on our first Roving Home Stylebook, a monthly catalog featuring vintage goods from The Roving Home. Check it out HERE (or by clicking the image). If you’re interested in receiving updates about events and publications from The Roving Home featuring vintage home style, sign up for our newsletter HERE. And be sure to check out the work of Esther Mathieu at www.esthermathieu.com. She creates beautiful images and is especially great at creating portraits with the natural beauty of Cape Ann as a backdrop.

Chickity Check It! Sarah Kelley’s Latest At The Roving Home

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Catalog Talk: Pottery Barn

If you’re an American of a certain age, you might just now be discovering that Pottery Barn is a relic of your youth. Those days when you were in your early 20s, just out of college maybe. You moved into your first apartment — the first chance you had to paint your walls beige all by yourself, or buy a pillow with a big button in the center of it. And now things have changed. You’re older, you extensively moisturize, and you don’t know if it’s your newly-strengthened glasses prescription or what, but the stuff from Pottery Barn looks like crap.

Why should you care, you ask? Because, I would argue, Pottery Barn is important to America. Pottery Barn has become as central to our middle class (that vaunted and vanishing class) sense of style as Starbucks is to our middle class taste in coffee. We cannot afford to lose either place to the that slow and steady decline that came to Department Stores and Tiki restaurants 40 years ago.

Pottery Barn democratized relatively good taste in an all-pervasive way that was extremely helpful, especially in the early days of the company’s ascent. Pottery Barn made it seem possible for you to own a couch of proper proportions, an upholstered chair with classic lines and attractively muted fabrics. You, too, could buy that giant mirror with the square black frame and lean it against the wall, just so, and all your friends would know that it was okay because they had seen it in Pottery Barn.

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Sarah Kelly Talks About The 2010 Rockport Harvest Fest Video

Here’s Sarah-

She’s also been added to the very prestigious GMG Blogroll to the right -The Roving Home

http://therovinghome.tumblr.com/

Friday night we’re kicking off the festival with a Community Harvest Picnic.  We’re asking people to bring a dish celebrating the harvest season and come down to T-Wharf starting at 6 o’clock for some music provided by the Polygroove Orchestra and a meal with friends, neighbors and visitors to Rockport.  The picnic will be followed by a screening of the movie Fresh at the Old Firehouse Trust.
The most important thing I should say is this: rain, shine or monsoon, HarvestFest will go on!  We’ll be warm and dry under the big tent, so don’t let the weather (whatever it turns out to be) stop be a deterrent from coming to downtown Rockport Friday for the kickoff and Saturday for the main event.
Thanks again for letting people know about HarvestFest – and we look forward to hearing your words of wisdom on Saturday at the Bloggers’ Summit!
– Sarah

Sarah Kelly Talks About Rockport Harvest Fest In Our Interview

Look for Sarah’s GMG Debut Tomorrow Morning

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Sarah is the mastermind behind The Roving Home

Check Out Her Blog Here- http://therovinghome.tumblr.com/

For More Info On Rockport Harvest Fest-

http://rockportartfestivals.blogspot.com/p/harvest-festival.html

 

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Sarah Writes-

Hey Joey,
Thanks so much for stopping by this morning! 
I just wanted to let you know that the poster was designed by Rockport’s own Darren Mason of Merge3 Creative (
www.merge3creative.com).  Also, I wanted to mention that on Friday night we’re kicking off the festival with a Community Harvest Picnic.  We’re asking people to bring a dish celebrating the harvest season and come down to T-Wharf starting at 6 o’clock for some music provided by the Polygroove Orchestra and a meal with friends, neighbors and visitors to Rockport.  The picnic will be followed by a screening of the movie Fresh at the Old Firehouse Trust. 
The most important thing I should say is this: rain, shine or monsoon, HarvestFest will go on!  We’ll be warm and dry under the big tent, so don’t let the weather (whatever it turns out to be) stop be a deterrent from coming to downtown Rockport Friday for the kickoff and Saturday for the main event.
Thanks again for letting people know about HarvestFest – and we look forward to hearing your words of wisdom on Saturday at the Bloggers’ Summit!
– Sarah