Retro Chalet : Living A Vintage Life

Retro Chalet : Living A Vintage Life

Vintage, Antiques, Collecting, Hobbies. Etsy, Decorating, Decor. Home, Living, Design, Recycling, and Education on vintage collectibles! Day to day conversations, sometimes with guests about what's hot and trendy to collect in the vintage antiques world. Living a Vintage Life gives ideas on what to collect, where to find it, and how to live a greener life by recycling antiques. Please also check out my White Witch Magazine Podcast on all major platforms!


January 16, 2023 33 mins

Today I have my great friend Ed and he's here to tell us all about collecting silver!  Whether you collect coins or rings, this episode is for you!

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Look what I found, Corn Crib Clothing Boutique, in form of a vintage trailer. What a great side hustle idea.  Listen to this great idea to take your antiques or collectibles to the next level. Special Guest: Alicia Marie   

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A quick podcast about my love for Sterilite, and a rare plastic picnic set.  I have written a huge article with collecting tips and have pictures of this set here on my Melmac Central blog:

Melmac Central Vintage Melmac Dinnerware and Plastics Fantastic Collecting Site : Steri-Lite Plastic STERILITE COMPANY Connections to Tupperware (

Pictures of this set can also be found in my Etsy shop...

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I had such a great time visiting DM Blair (Dungeon Master Blair) who taught me a little bit about the very collectible and vintage world of Dungeons and Dragons.  Blair not only has been gaming in D&D since it's inception, but makes his own cast houses and characters.  See Blair making his work on my tik tok links below.  Find all the links to the show below.

BLAIR making his stuff:

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Episode 25 is here!  I love collecting old medical and apothecary collectibles, so find out my top five picks that maintain their value that you should nab up on when you find them!   Also, as part of this episode, you can get my top secret recipe to make your own Dandelion Face Oil.  This is a great inexpensive way to treat your skin to something natural and good for you. 

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Today we have a mashup edition on collecting Moko Lesney and Lesney Products famous Matchbox Cars!  Listen to the podcast to find out more about this great collectible we know and love Special guest Ed shares his stories!

More reading:   About Moko Toy Company:
Moko Lesney Toys History (
More reading : About Lesney Products History and great old pics:
Lesney factories (vintagebritishdie...

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I have been getting a lot of messages about Etsy sales being low, and in response to my previous podcasts I'm explaining the factors as to why.  In the meantime, stay vintage and stay wonderful.

For great vintage, Visit my Friend:  MettlesomeMeans | Etsy
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I also have a Paranormal Podcast!  Check it out.
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Inspired by podcast sponsor Mettlesome Means Etsy Shop, I talk clean lines and functional European Collectibles - what to collect and what's hot.  What can be used in a cottage as well as a mansion, how to find the look!

Visit my friend at MettlesomeMeans on Etsy!  For great art and home decor!

Connect with me on TikTok,   Twitter or My Etsy shop!

I rarely use my Instagram or Facebook
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I took a tour of Gettysburg and share a little history with you; explaining why Gettysburg collectibles are sought after. Anyone who has not visited there, should in my opinion, to get a better understanding of this amazing yet truly shocking part of our country's history (when you think from the point of how many casualties in such a small town) which is quite overwhelming to see.   I am also dropping a 2 part podcast on my p...

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As promised, I am giving you new direction to succeed in your Etsy shop in regards to the most recent hike in Etsy seller fees which takes place April 11, 2022.   In my opinion Etsy is still the best place to sell, unless you have an already established shop with lots of supportive niche customers and decide to take your store elsewhere :  Example   Three Bird Nest  Exclusive: ‘Etsy’s Richest Seller’ Explains Why She’s Suddenly Lea...

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Part one of two, special Episode on Etsy's latest fee hike which takes place April 11, 2022 from a 5% sales fee to 6.5% sales fee, and how some sellers are organizing an #EtsyStrike, which is now all over Twitter, Discord, and has it's own website  Seller's anger is making news such as MSN Market News, The Street and The Verge, and more.  I discuss the fees associated with selling on Etsy with special...

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March 9, 2022 28 mins

CoHost Pat takes us into a walk back in time in a vintage 1950s five and dime. You may be suprised what they sold in the dime store!  Oh what fun it must have been to be able to spend your allowance in the five and dime! 

This episode sponsored by Pat's both PP in Serendipity Antiques,
Find them:  Serendipity Antiques, Shrewsbury click here-->  2 N Main St, Shrewsbury, PA 17361 ·   Call for hours (717) 235-54...

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For the love of old books, I love them and am giving you some ideas on what books to look for, which to covet and how to use them.

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On my other podcasts:  Paranormal Chalet and Nature Chalet

Shop RetroChalet for the coolest vintage finds.  I also run the Melmac Central website where you can learn about cool vintage plastics. 

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Ed & I absolutely adore all things Peter Max, we have an informal discussion on Peter Max's timeless designs through the years.   Peter, we love you <3

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I havee recently hosted a paranormal Podcast you may like : Paranormal Chalet
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In this episode I have a chance to interview Naa Ardua , SVG artisan who has a wonderful inspiring Etsy story that all online sellers should listen to.  Her success story is exactly what I've been preaching to Etsians all along, --- so tune in!   Her designs are vintage style and whimsical and she teaches us a bit about the SVG world which is open with opportunities!   Naa Ardua  used to live in the USA, and now lives in Antib...

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Finally I get to talking about what I love, and that's plastic, In this episode, we talk about Boontonware, made by Boonton Molding Company that was then located on Myrtle Avenue in Boonton, New Jersey.  Belle Kogan's  gorgeous design with her widely popular Boonton Belle and Scandia in the Patrician line are some of my favorite things.  Enjoy a little history with a walk back in time.

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January 31, 2022 29 mins

VIntage Valentines and VIntage   Valentines Day  PostCards, how romantic!  LIsten as Ed and I discuss the top vintage collectibles for Valentine's Day!  You can see my curated public list at RetroChalet on Etsy simply go to my favorites and click on my Valentines Day Podcast Picks!

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Welcome to our 14th episode just in time for Valentine's Day 

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January 28, 2022 33 mins

For the love of all things Victorian!  This episode discusses vintage Victorian era homes and all things spooky about them. I grew up in a late 1800s farmhouse and later bought my first home that was built in 1927 and haunted.  Now I share proof in the pudding that other Victorian homes have been haunted too, and why the romance and love for them exists.   For the Ghostbusters article in question in the podcast, go here: Old House ...

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Living a Vintage Life today and always!  Season Two is here, I'll recap what we've done in Season One looking back at the first season's 11 episodes.  I'll tell you my New Years Vintage Resolutions and then talk about Etsy Shop SEO and Algorithm. 

CALLING ETSY SELLERS!  Do you know an Etsy shop who would like to be considered for an on air interview? Connect with me on all major platforms under RETROCH...

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In this episode I discuss with special guest Ed the thrifter,  the top five vintage Christmas gifts you can get for the vintage lover! Which is your favorite pick?   You will have to listen to the episode to find out mine!  I also discuss vintage shoes, and my secret crush on my vintage KangaRoos shoes.  I also give a special shout out to Aussies who are tuning in to the podcast :)

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Chris...

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