July 30, 2011

T Minus Two Weeks

The date I've set for opening my Etsy shop is in two weeks. I'm excited. And about to throw up a little.

I am down with the fact that this could blow up in my face. Shit happens, and you move on to other things. At the very least, it will have been a learning experience, and an awful lot of fun.

At first, I plan on selling a variety of items - clothing, housewares, antiques, and industrial items. As time goes by I'll see what sort of items have the most sales, and I'll focus on those areas.

Want a sneaky peek at a few things that will be for sale?

This is a '70s Trench/Raincoat from Misty Harbor. Size 12 Petite, and made in the United States.

I love this thing. I would totally keep it, except that the fit is off. I am so not petite. If it were size 12 Linebacker, I would never part with it. And since I'm on the subject, why don't they make coats like this anymore? Why can't I pop into Kohl's and buy something like this? It's probably a good thing they don't make 'em like this anymore, because I'd have a closet full of coats, but still.

This wooden crate was used to ship dynamite.

These are old whiskey bottles, corks intact. Estimating the age on these guys is a little difficult, but I'd put them at early 1900s.

There will be plenty of items to browse in the shop once it opens. There are some items that need a little "upcycling" or refurbishment before they can be listed. I'll be slaving away over those items in the coming weeks, getting them ready for their Etsy debut.

So. Do me a solid and check out the shop once it opens in 2 weeks, and check back here for updates!
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July 28, 2011


This is my coffeepot.

Yes, I make coffee in that behemoth. Every morning.

It makes 18 cups of coffee. That's enough coffee to keep my entire neighorhood caffeinated.

It's called the Kwik Drip, and was made in the 1930s by the West Bend company, in West, Bend, Wisconsin. It's simple to use, you just put the coffee grounds in the filter (no paper filters needed) and heat the water separately. When the water comes to a boil, pour it into the top chamber, slap the lid on, and let it drip through.

Made of aluminum and stainless steel, this coffeepot was built to last. It has made thousands of cups of coffee, and will probably outlive me. Unless it gets run over.

It will probably be used to serve coffee at my own funeral, in lieu of a coffee urn.

Want one? Find them on eBay and Etsy.

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July 26, 2011

Is this thing on!?

So...starting a blog. What in the world do you say when it's your very first post? Any way you go you're probably going to sound like an ass.

The main thing I would like to accomplish with this first, barren, completely-devoid-of-photos post is to welcome everyone (anyone? someone? heeellllooo out there!) to Black Spruce Hound. I like simple living. And cooking. And crafting. And taking photos. And I love me some vintage.

So keep reading, follow me on Twitter if ya like, and stay tuned. I think we're going to have some fun.
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