mattherman on Jun 4, 2016
Easy to deal with, was very flexible on method of shipping, purchase came exactly as described. Thanks for helping me through my first Etsy experience, and for being so patient!
WENDY HOFFMAN on Mar 27, 2016
A FINE SELLER. EXCELLENT COMMUNICATION AND OVERALL PROFESSIONAL APPROACH. LOOK FORWARD TO FUTURE DEALINGS WITH THIS SELLER.
The Stories Behind The Stuff
My driving forces in life (besides my beautiful children) are History, Found Objects, Ephemera, Antiques, & Creative Re-Use. The thread connecting all of these passions is stories. Each object holds a tale which the finder can choose to unfold.
The poet, Pablo Neruda has said it best for me in his poem "Ode To Common Things":
and little forgotten
love has scattered
glasses, knives and
of someone's fingers
on their handle or surface,
the trace of a distant hand
in the depths of forgetfulness
-an excerpt from Pablo Neruda's
"ODE TO COMMON THINGS"
I love to discover the "forgotten treasures," learn their stories, and place them back in the open for the world to see.
Through my work as a Property Master for Theatre , Film, & TV, I actually am paid to go out and shop for these treasures from our past which will then be used to tell new stories.
While living in Philadelphia, I had the joy of telling these stories in another way thru Found Object Art. The wonderful tribe of the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers (http://dumpsterdivers.org/) welcomed me in as a fellow traveler. This loose band of scavengers reuses the discarded materials they find to make incredible decorative and functional art work. Thru the examples set by the sages of this group I found inspiration to tell my own stories with discarded materials. While I have not made the space or time for these projects recently, I yearn to set up a shop space soon for these endeavors.
In collaboration with the Divers, we also set up a non-profit materials exchange called Please Take M.e. which served as a clearinghouse of materials for artists, arts organizations, and teachers.
Now resettled in Portland, Oregon (via Nine Mile Falls, WA) I have the joyful job of working on the TV show GRIMM as the Assistant Property Master.
When not on set you will find me sorting, photographing and scanning some of the treasures I have found in the last 20 plus years of collecting.
I look forward to sharing my finds with you.
Owner, Maker, Designer
A Prop Master for Film & TV by profession A Found Object art maker by passion A collector of Ephemera & Antiques by compulson Trying desperately not to become one ofthe cast of Hoarders!
Also please note shipping is done on a weekly basis.
If you have a need for speed ask me for details and pricing on expedited shipping. Always ready to help make sure that last minute purchase arrives on time for your special event.
Please see shipping policies for details.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Money Order
If you live in Washington state, we will need to charge the appropriate sales tax.
I always insure if it is within the shipping costs paid.
If you would like to definitely have insurance for shipment please let me know prior to shipping and I will check to make sure that is within the shipping costs listed or will make the adjustment to the shipping price with your consent.
You may be able to expedite or upgrade your shipping if you communicate your desire to do so prior to the sale.
Confirmation of receipt will be requested at the buyer's request..
NOTE TO OVERSEAS BUYERS: If the total value of your purchases exceeds $75.00, REGISTERED INTERNATIONAL MAIL MAY BE REQUIRED. THE REGISTRY FEE CHARGED BY THE U.S. POST OFFICE IS $12.95 PLUS INTERNATIONAL PACKAGE RATE POSTAGE BY WEIGHT.
For Shipments valued at $199 or more Express Insured International Mail will cost $35.
Refunds and Exchanges
Additional policies and FAQs
Need a frame for that new piece you are buying? I have a stock if frames for most items in my shop and many local sources for affordable frames.
Please let me know prior to purchase so that we can be sure I am able to provide what you need.
Custom print orders available on most paper items.
Want that piece in a different size or printed on a specialty paper? I have several local printers I work with for custom orders at affordable prices.
Ask and we will make it happen for you !