The 2017 Circa 19xx Gift Picks

Have you started working on your Christmas gift lists yet?  I know a couple of people who started Christmas shopping in July and are already finished!   I just can’t think about Christmas in July.  I’m too focused on the sun and the pool to think about short winter days and heavy coats!  Besides, I like …

Pysanky: The Prettiest Art Form You’ve Never Heard Of

On a lunch hour not so long ago Ashley Venenga and I were talking hobbies over barbecue sandwiches and sweet potato fries.  I described my new life as a hobbyest blogger—a life that, for people who know me, was just inevitable, given my decades-long love of writing and my more recent history of building amatuer websites.  …

Let’s Go to Kat & Co! A Visit (and some shopping) with Jan Ruoff, Owner of Kat & Co Antiques and Gifts

When you’re driving down Belt Highway in St. Joseph, Missouri, the last thing you expect to see along that busy thoroughfare is an antique shop.  Belt is a congested traffic corridor lined with fast food restaurants (I’ve been told St. Joseph has more fast food restaurants per capita than any town in the world), big …

Ghost Story at Kansas City’s Beautiful Haunted Mansion

It was long before sunrise when the gentleman tour guide at Vaile Mansion in Independence, Missouri stepped to the front door, key in hand.  It would be a long day.  A special champagne reception was to take place at the mansion that afternoon and there was much to prepare.  It was that reception, in fact, …

Vintage Give-Aways! From Circa19xx.com

As a thank-you to subscribers, I’m doing drawings in November for vintage prizes. To make it fun, I’m keeping the prizes a secret until people win. Even I don’t know what the prizes will be. I’m shopping for them now, in all of my usual antique haunts. They will be vintage, and they’ll be things …

November Give-Aways from Circa 19xx!

  As a thank-you to subscribers, I’m doing drawings in November for vintage prizes.  To make it fun, I’m keeping the prizes a secret until people win.  Even I don’t know what the prizes will be.  I’m shopping for them now, in all of my usual antique haunts.  They will be vintage, and they’ll be things …