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HouseofAwesome

House of Awesome Vintage Goods

Beaverton, Oregon · 85 Sales

HouseofAwesome

House of Awesome Vintage Goods

Beaverton, Oregon 85 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   The Place for Kids at Heart with Vintage Soul.
Awesome Vintage Goods Hand Picked from throughout the 20th Century.
We Ship Internationally! We Combine for Shipping Savings!

Announcement

The Place for Kids at Heart with Vintage Soul.
Awesome Vintage Goods Hand Picked from throughout the 20th Century.
We Ship Internationally! We Combine for Shipping Savings!

Jason

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A cultivated Interest becomes an Obsession that turns into an Awesome Vintage Shop for Sharing, Learning, Having Fun and Making Connections

My wife and I have always enjoyed shopping in magazines. She subscribed to the usual suspects, such as House Beautiful and Better Homes and Gardens, even though we still lived in an apartment. We tore out pages of rooms we liked and more often, of specific items we liked in those rooms. Once a month or so, we would share our stack of pages and talk about what we liked on the page and why.

Sometimes it would be a guessing game as she just handed me a page and I had to pick out what she liked on it! You really get to know a person's sense of style and find your own evolving as you really begin to pay attention to details and learn about what's out there in the world of supposed "better homes". We both found that the things we each liked the most were almost always vintage items, from lamps to chairs to table lighters to dishes.

When we bought our first home and inherited a few Herman Miller, Mid-Century flavored items and incorporated them into our new space, the feeding frenzy on those poor shredded magazines really shifted into another gear! The difference was that now we had something to build around and a space to visualize putting it into. As luck would have it, our budget was occupied with paying for the house primarily, so many of our spaces remained vacant. When we had some money, we found things we could afford and filled a need, rather than fulfilling our vintage dreams of a home filled with style and grace.

Fast forward a few years and we have a baby boy and a lucky dad who gets to stay home to raise him! That lucky dad also just happens to be a total kid at heart who really likes toys and wants the most fun things to enjoy watching his son enjoying.

But oh, the poor state of modern toys! I remember having Tonka trucks made of steel when I was growing up in Minnesota. Back then, they made Bull Dozers, Graders, Cranes, Steam Rollers, Tow Trucks, Jeeps with Boats on Trailers! There were so many great toys to choose from! I was shocked to find that the only thing being made (which was not all plastic) was the Dump Truck! How's a little guy supposed to get the dirt IN there?

Well, that dearth of vintage Tonka joy led me to find resources online where I DID find all of those original wonderful vintage toys and I started snapping them up. Soon, I had more Tonka trucks than I ever dreamed I would have! Well, I mean...My Son has them. Luckily, I am in charge of making sure he knows how to share! :)

While finding all those fun toys, I also came across all of these incredible vintage shops on Etsy where, lo and behold, all of the Furniture, Housewares, Gadgets and nostalgic Ephemera we had so long played with in our minds were all right there! Alongside the creative and clever hand made goods, this whole world of vintage Everything was waiting for us to discover! Some things we could afford, but most were again out of reach for us because I no longer had an income to chip in.

Our solution? Use the stay-at-home spare time when I could to search out hidden vintage gems from less likely sources and bring them to market on Etsy for the world to enjoy along with us! Suddenly, Toys, Games, Cameras, Telephones, Typewriters, Housewares, Home Decor....all of those wonderful things came flooding into our home! The new challenge became not keeping everything we bought! As we say on our Profile, we love everything we buy, so if it doesn't find a buyer, we'll be happy to keep it. :)

After putting in the effort to learn how to find, research, write about, photograph, price and post items for sale on Etsy, I think we've finally found a great way to indulge our many faceted interests. We learn about the history, the use, the availability, the value and that indescribable experience of having the in-person, hands-on feel; Having the touch and smell and look that a thing has in real life that pictures just cannot convey. Sometimes an item just floors you with it's beauty. Or you make a connection with the sense of history and character that it carries with it once you have it in your hands, you wonder how can I let this awesome thing go?!

However, as a parent trying to practice what I preach as I work to teach my little boy to share, I have to apply those ideals to all this vintage treasure that comes into our lives. We are lucky to find it, learn about it, and through our little shop on Etsy, we get to share it with all the other buyers and shop owners who browse our store and eventually, we pass it along to someone who loves it enough to buy it; Someone who will undoubtedly be as happy and as connected to these little objects of the past just as we have been.

We've only just begun our shop and have enjoyed every part of the process. As a means of extra income while focusing on being parents and as a way to connect with other people and the understanding of the timeline of history, it feels like a natural evolution that will stay with us for a very long time.

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Shop members

  • Jason

    Curator

    Pictured along with our lead product testing engineer, I am the compulsive finder (sometimes keeper), snappy happy photographer, wordsmith of reckless abandon, web crawling research troll, inter-personable networking guru and customer happiness man.

  • The Boss Wife

    Shadowy Figure

    The Brains and Credit Card behind the Organization.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 5, 2012
Welcome to the House of Awesome! We hope you have fun browsing our shop! :-)

About Us

This is more than just a business. It is a hobby, a learning experience, a labor of love and a lot of fun. It is an opportunity to discover awesome vintage things and to learn about their history. Having this business allows us to indulge in that learning process and we get to appreciate all the neat things we have often only ever seen in pictures until they come to us in person!

It is amazing to hold a vintage item in your hands and to be able to appreciate its place in our history, whether serious and useful or just playful and fun. Then we get to share those discoveries and bits of knowledge about the vintage past with the rest of the world here through Etsy, making connections with people everywhere and earning a little money while doing so.

We love the “green” nature of Vintage items (as well as those wonderful Handmade items from other clever and crafty Etsy sellers too!). In the mantra “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”, we are certainly champions of Re-use and by doing so we Reduce the amount of new materials required to make new products and all of the energy and resources to bring them to market. Anything we can Recycle in the process of doing business, we absolutely do. In general, we always try to think about what we do and how we do it because we believe Freedom requires Responsibility.


Our Business Philosophy

We will be as flexible with our policies as we can. They exist to give you some ground rules to go by and to give us the ability to protect ourselves, just in case, because, you know...

If you have any suggestions for us, please let us know! We would love to improve our store, our listing information, our item photos or anything you think we can do better! Nobody is perfect, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to work at it. :)

Thank you for taking the time to browse our shop, read our policies and get to know what we’re all about.

Have a great day! You’ve earned it!

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
Payment
Payment

We accept PayPal, Debit and Credit Card payments.

Please contact us if you wish to pay via USPS Money Order.

You can pay with your Credit Card, just as you would at any other online retailer.

You can also choose to have your Debit and Credit Card payments processed through PayPal, if you prefer. PayPal makes it quick and easy to securely process your payment using a Debit or Credit card and does not require you to have a PayPal account.

To pay with a Debit or Credit card using PayPal as the intermediary, you must choose the PayPal option and then on the PayPal page, choose "continue without a PayPal account".

PayPal is also very good at helping customers with using their service and they provide a contact number, so if you wish, you can hop on the phone to contact them directly in the middle of the night while in your bunny slippers. :-)

If you have any questions about the payment process, just let us know and we’ll help you figure it out!
Shipping
Shipping Policies! So exciting! Yes, we're a little odd to be excited about such things, but that exuberance means we do things right! :)

We warmly welcome both US and International Buyers!

For International Buyers, please contact us with the items you want to purchase and we can give you a shipping quote and time frame. If that works for you, we'll add it as an option for you on the item's listing so you can make your purchase and we'll send your item on it's journey!


Shipping Address

We will always ship to the address listed on the Etsy receipt, unless you contact us or add a note to let us know otherwise, such as in cases where it's being sent as a gift. Just let us know!

Please, be **absolutely certain** that you have provided the correct Shipping Address. There is nothing more disheartening than an item being delivered to the wrong place.

Also, consider the fact that the item will be delivered during the day, so there will need to be a secure place for it to be left if someone is not there to receive it.


Shipping Method

Shipping prices are determined by our cost of packaging and shipping combined, which includes the cost of materials and minor logistics. Our goal is to get it to you as inexpensively as possible.

We generally ship via USPS Priority Mail, Parcel Post, Media Mail or Flat Rate. We really do our best to choose the most economical method we can and the shipping costs reflect that. We're not trying to get rich on shipping charges! So, heavy items (4lbs +) are likely to go Parcel Post or Flat Rate if they fit. If the cost savings is only about $1, we prefer to ship via Priority Mail. It's faster, track-able and we believe it to be more gentle.


Time Frame and Expedited Shipping

You should expect your item in as little as 2 days and as much as 10 days from the date of shipment, depending on the shipping method listed for your item.

What if you need it NOW? Maybe you have a Birthday sneaking up on you? Other methods, including overnight or other guaranteed dates from UPS and FedEx are available upon special request and additional payment agreed upon and received prior to shipment. If we cannot accommodate your request for any particular shipping method, we will let you know ASAP.

Please Note! To request any particular shipping method, you MUST EITHER specify your special shipping request in the Notes to Seller at the time of Purchase OR, preferably Contact us within 24 hours of your purchase. I would recommend doing both so we are sure to see your request as soon as possible. We watch our shop and messages like hawks, so it should not be a problem. :-)


Combined Shipping

If you purchase multiple items going to the same address within 24 hours, we will automatically combine your items and refund any cost savings from your purchases to you via PayPal. We are more than happy to save you money by combining shipping on multiple items.

Be certain to purchase your items within 24 hours of each other or Contact Us within that time frame to let us know you plan to purchase additional items; otherwise they may have already been shipped and we will not have any savings to credit back to you! Obviously, you’ll have to ship the items to the same address to combine them and enjoy any cost savings.

Since the size and weight of items may vary widely, the amount of savings cannot be known until we re-pack, measure, weigh and re-calculate. Therefore, we cannot list the amount of savings you will enjoy. We are big fans of combining shipping when we buy things ourselves and will do all we can to save you money!

If the items cannot be combined due to breakability concerns, odd shapes or significantly oversized packages, we will go ahead and ship them individually and then we will contact you to let you know that we were unable to combine them. Any reasonable combination of items will be granted; bowling balls combined with glassware, not so much.

For any special requests, such as requesting to cancel your order if we cannot combine your items for shipping, contact us to let us know in advance, or at least within 24 hours, otherwise your items may have already been shipped.
Refunds and Exchanges
Refunds and Exchanges

All sales are Final. We do not offer refunds, credits or exchanges.

If you need to Cancel an Order, you MUST do so within 24 hours of your Purchase. In that event, we will issue a Full Refund. Once an order is given to the shipping carrier, we cannot issue a Refund.

We are confident that you will be thrilled with your purchase! However, if you feel that an item has been “grossly misrepresented” or if there is some major shipping issue, such as damage during shipment or if it doesn't arrive at all, then please do not hesitate to give us the news! We won’t shoot the messenger (well, maybe with a Nerf gun!).

IF there is a problem, we always are happy to consider what we can do to make things right! No need to yell or otherwise impress upon us your dissatisfaction. We know how it is. If you're not happy, we certainly won't be happy. Give us a chance to impress you with our awesomeness in handling your issue! We value your positive experience and are confident that you’ll give us fair feedback in return.

Also, PLEASE consider the following information below with regards to the nature of Vintage items and the possibility that the item may not meet your expectations:

Vintage Item Descriptions of Condition

Due to the nature of “Vintage” items (by Etsy Policy, “Vintage” items are 20 years or older), it is impossible for two people to agree exactly on the accurate description of an item. Terms like Mint, Excellent, Good, Fair and Poor are relative terms and their use depends upon the eye of the beholder. We do our best to be thorough when describing our items and as much as we love the things we buy, we try to avoid being overly optimistic about their condition.

We try to point out in the item description any obvious imperfections we find, particularly those beyond normal “vintage wear”. We take photos to try to show everything we can about an item for you to use your own judgment in evaluating the condition beyond our description. It is always possible there are issues that were not observed or something missing we didn’t know should be there. Nobody is perfect, but we will always be perfectly honest! We are not experts in any field and cannot be held liable for errors or omissions. Our description is an opinion.

Items that have been tested and noted as being in “working” condition are honestly listed. If the item does not work upon arrival or stops working for any reason, please be aware that we do not guarantee the functionality of any item and will not be held responsible. All items are sold “As-Is” and we sincerely regret if there is any problem with an item as compared to your expectation.

If you have any questions about a particular item, please make sure to contact us prior to purchase. We are happy to answer questions and provide additional photos to you via email. We want you to see what you're buying and believe that YOU are the best judge of what will meet your expectations!
Additional policies and FAQs
Our Philosophy of Packaging and Packing Materials

Yes, we do have some particular ideas about shipping stuff! No, you don't have to read any of this, but do feel free to borrow any of these practices for your own shipping procedures!

We are picky about how items are packaged and consider proper packing one of the most important things we can do for you. We have a lot of experience receiving packages and we know what we do NOT like and therefore we will not subject any buyer to receiving a package we would be unhappy about.

We pack sturdy boxes with plenty of cushion, as if our items were going to the heart of the Mongolian steppes transported by disgruntled Yaks with an unsatisfactory employment arrangement (…or possibly just by the USPS!). :-o

We properly recycle any material that is not being re-used. We only re-use clean materials. We don’t use any packaging that smells like smoke or anything other than what packaging materials are supposed to smell like! We do not use boxes with spurious history, such as food boxes. We received an item in an old diaper box once. Technically, there is likely nothing wrong with that, but…well, come on. Really? I’m not sure I want to open that! :-\


+ We use (preferably we re-use) Brown Packing Paper, Styrofoam Peanuts, Bubble Wrap or Foam.

+ We do not use newsprint as packing material, which can bleed ink in humid environments.

+ We do not use any kind of shredded paper as packing material, which leads to paper cuts and is not gentle on your awesome vintage items either.

+ We do not pack fragile items right up against the inside edge of the box. They are likely to break from impact during shipping.

+ We certainly do not ship our breakable items with insufficient padding or even just partially filled with packing material. We like to be certain your one-of-a-kind vintage item is snugly and securely padded with packing materials. Partially filled boxes allow the items within to bounce around during shipment and are likely to be crushed along with the contents.

+ We do not use bunches of crumpled up plastic bags, such as grocery store bags, as packing material, because they do not provide much padding and often contain dirt or other debris. Instead, we always properly recycle these bags when we get them. Your grocery store likely takes them!

So, why do we sometimes put items in clear Plastic Bags?

We are very vigilant about recycling plastics and will NOT use them unless it makes sense, such as in the following examples from our own experience:

+ We do not like it when we have to search through the packing materials to see if there are any small items hiding in there somewhere which are in danger of being missed and thrown out. How many times have I found a Fisher Price Little Person hiding in a bag of packing peanuts that I was about to re-use?! We won’t ship any small parts left loose in a box.

+ We do not like it when our items arrive with bits and pieces of Styrofoam packing peanuts embedded in them, such as a vintage typewriter we once purchased. It took an hour to get all those little broken Styrofoam bits out from inside the keys and other moving parts deep inside the machine. We will put anything that makes sense into a plastic bag to protect it from the other packing materials!

+ We do not like it when an item arrives with moisture or more significant water damage that occurred during shipping or just from sitting on your door step in the rain while you are away at work. How sad it is to have a 100 year old book damaged after all of it’s life until now, just because of a little carelessness and the lack of a five cent plastic bag. We will be certain to protect your awesome vintage treasures from that danger.