AlegriaCollection

The Joy of Vintage

Georgia, United States · 1257 Sales

AlegriaCollection

The Joy of Vintage

Georgia, United States 1257 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(408)
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Beatriz

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Announcement   At AlegriaCollection you will find vintage home décor, housewares, art, jewelry, accessories, clothing, and unique gifts that recall classic styles of the past--Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern, and 1970s Boho styles are represented in our vintage collection. Mix-and-match flatware, retro barware, dinnerware, beaded bags, rustic and industrial décor are just some of the vintage treasures we specialize in.

Thank you for stopping by, and we hope you will find something here that will bring you vintage joy for years to come!

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Last updated on Jul 1, 2016

At AlegriaCollection you will find vintage home décor, housewares, art, jewelry, accessories, clothing, and unique gifts that recall classic styles of the past--Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern, and 1970s Boho styles are represented in our vintage collection. Mix-and-match flatware, retro barware, dinnerware, beaded bags, rustic and industrial décor are just some of the vintage treasures we specialize in.

Thank you for stopping by, and we hope you will find something here that will bring you vintage joy for years to come!

Beatriz

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Beatriz

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5 out of 5 stars
(408)
Christine DeLong

Christine DeLong on Jul 18, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I would highly recommend working with this shop! Items arrived packaged like a professional and on time! Owner is wonderful to work with and truly cares about her customers input. Thank you for making my transaction so easy.

laurahesters

laurahesters on Jun 15, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

LOVE my beautiful teapot! Seller was responsive to all questions and item was well packed and shipped quickly!

Bruce Lavender

Bruce Lavender on Jun 12, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

A beautiful vintage platter arrived as described. It is so refreshing when a seller packages so meticulously. Great Easy experience!

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Updates

A boatload of brass coming soon to the shop. Cozy-up your space with the warmth and patina of vintage brass.
Brighten up your work area or bedside table with a pair of midcentury modern Tensor high-intensity adjustable lamps. A perfect marriage when form meets function, as intended by inventor Jay Monroe.
"Clean and Simple" Timeless vintage pieces to create a clean and simple look. Elegant, warm, inviting.
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About

Alegria Collection Brings You the Joy of Vintage

The last time I walked out the door of our family home in Uruguay--pictured above--was in 1988. The farmhouse table we had inherited from my grandfather, and he from his father, was still in the kitchen. Family photographs, letters, and documents lay tucked away in boxes. My voluminous scrapbooks of everything Beatles, painstakingly assembled when I was a teenager, were left behind, too.

It had been a short visit--only about two weeks--but at age 36, I was now old enough to comprehend the loss, something that had escaped me at age 18, when my parents had made the momentous decision to move the family to the United States. Now I understood: my roots had been severed long ago, the "things" that connected me to my family's past, sold or abandoned.

During the intervening years between our first departure and return visit, I had married, and my husband and I--quite accidentally--had become antiques and "junk" collectors, when the unsuccessful search for a new couch led us past an auction house. I don't really know why we stopped, but perhaps it was a pull from my subconscious--and his as well; after all, his family had lived in Mississippi for five generations, and his roots ran deep. That night we bought our first antiques: a walnut writing desk and two golden oak pieces. (The couch--antique, of course--would come much later!)

From that day on, we were hooked! Every Saturday night we drove 45 minutes to Vicksburg, where we found antebellum furniture, depression glass, and primitives in abundance. Our discoveries mesmerized us, mostly with the mystery of their history. Those Saturday nights in a smoke-filled, unheated (or un-air-conditioned) warehouse, and after-midnight drives home, are the most fun we've ever had. We began spending the rest of our free time stripping old paint, sanding, refinishing. It was exciting to see a battered Victorian chair turn into a thing of beauty.

As so many old things passed through my hands, I developed a new awareness of the continuity of life. Not that "we" live forever, but that our possessions survive most of us, are passed down to the next generation--or sold at auction. And those objects have their own stories to tell, some of which are remembered and repeated, most of which remain untold and forever forgotten.

That day in 1988, the thought of possessions becoming separated from those who remember their stories and former owners' stories, was uppermost in my mind--and it made my stomach lurch a bit when I closed the door to our old house. I can't have my great-grandfather's kitchen table, or my grandmother's red ware teapot (chipped spout and all), or the books my parents had collected during their first 20 years of marriage--I only have their stories. So with that realization, and the collecting tradition my husband and I had already started, it was inevitable that my addiction--yes, it's an addiction--to possessing vintage items would grow. And as I acquired those things of unknown origin, I would silently make up my own version of their past lives and those of their previous owners.

But there comes a time when a collector must take stock and decide what to keep and what to pass on. I can't stop collecting, but I also know I can no longer keep everything I buy. That's how The Alegria Collection on Etsy was born. Alegria means joy in Spanish, and the shop is my joyful opportunity to share my vintage finds with you. The pieces in the shop reflect what intrigues me about our connections to the past--the quirkiness, the uniqueness, the history of these often discarded and unstoried objects. I am now passing on my vintage finds to you and, if you decide to make a purchase, I hope whatever you choose will bring you as much joy as finding it did for me.

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  • Beatriz McDavid

    Owner, Curator, Buyer, Photographer, Inventory Control, Packer, Shipper, Customer Service, PR--I Do It All!

    I've spent my professional life in the fields of law and real estate, but my loves are all things vintage: furniture, fabrics, porcelain, glassware, art, retro décor--anything with a past and an untold story. Those are the things that bring me joy!

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    Vintage and Main brings together curated online vintage shops and old fashioned customer service. 50+ quality shops showcasing 15000+ unique vintage items. To browse our full selection of Vintage And Main finds search Etsy for our "teamvam" tag.

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Last updated on Mar 26, 2016
Frequently asked questions

MY ITEM ARRIVED DAMAGED OR BROKEN

All items are very well packaged against breakage, and all shipments are insured. If an item arrives damaged or broken, you must contact us within 24 hours of receipt. Please retain all original packaging and send us photos of the damaged item and the packaging. You may be asked to sign an insurance claim, which we will file for you. Some carriers require that the broken or damaged item be surrendered to them--please do not discard it until the claim has been settled. Reimbursement of purchase price and shipping will be made upon settlement of the claim, typically within 30 days.

DO YOU SHIP TO MEXICO?

No, but we will gladly sell to a resident of Mexico and ship to a US address. Se habla español.

DO YOU OFFER LAYAWAY?

Yes; terms to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

WILL YOU RESERVE AN ITEM?

We will reserve an item for 24 hours free of charge. Longer holds to be agreed upon on a case-by-case basis.