MerlesVintage

Merle's Vintage

California, United States · 3581 Sales

MerlesVintage

Merle's Vintage

California, United States 3581 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(772)

Announcement   Welcome to Merle's Vintage. Named after my best friend of a dozen years, Merle the Tosa Ken.

Also: MERLESVINTAGE on Instagram.

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Welcome to Merle's Vintage. Named after my best friend of a dozen years, Merle the Tosa Ken.

Also: MERLESVINTAGE on Instagram.

David Higgs

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About

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.

I've always been one to collect quirky, oddball things, and that's really how Merle's Vintage came to fruition.

In San Diego, 2010, I went to a buddy's garage sale (whom I always thought had good taste) and was, for some reason, instantly attracted to a handful of old distressed sign letters. I took them home, realized that my walls were already covered and thought I'd give Etsy a whirl. I posted, had a cup of coffee, and they instantly SOLD! That's when the lightbulb went off and I started brainstorming. I contacted my buddy straight away, and sure enough he had more letters. They also sold within hours.

I spent a few days mulling my potential new business venture over and realized that there was a niche in the market that I could fill. I guess you could say my main profession in life (or one that I've stuck to for 30 years) is a bookseller, so taking the *Etsy Letter Plunge* was quite an exciting / scary adventure. I've bounced around as a woodchopper, chef, recycling plant truckdriver, bartender, bouncer, jewelry maker, etc., so this risk was well within the range of acceptable norms.

Letters started out as my main focus, but eventually I started selling my own possessions; I've always been keen on the '60s -- from fashion, to furniture, to music – and as my personal collections dwindled began sourcing all manner of vintage & antique goods to further uniquify Merle's Vintage. For a while now I've had the largest and widest variety of sign letters on Etsy, but get more of a tingle from selling a oner antique from the 1800s or an indescribably odd piece of outsider art.

Merle’s Vintage has been my full time job for 4 years now and I wouldn’t want it any other way. I love hearing what other creatives are doing with the goods they purchase from me and am truly satisfied with my work.

And the name? That comes from my best friend in the entire world, Merle the Tosa Ken.

Happy Shopping!

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  • Dave Higgs

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Alaska born. Montana raised. California aged. Q*berting up, down & around the staircases of life, until I reach the kill screen.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 21, 2016
Enjoy browsing the largest vintage sign letter collection on Etsy -- or anywhere online, as best I can tell -- plus a variety of unique antiques from miniature toys to industrial lockers.

Happy shopping! And please, take a look at my reviews to see what shoppers are saying: https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/MerlesVintage/reviews.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Shipping
Orders typically ship within 3 business days. Very large or fragile orders may take a few extra days. All orders include tracking. I pack on the side of caution. Very large orders will be shipped via GPX & require pick-up at your nearest depot.

INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: Shipping options for bulky items are very limited. I'm happy to ship internationally, which will vary greatly depending on the item and destination, and so will be calculated individually. An example: the average-sized channel letter will cost anywhere from $50 to $100 for S&H alone. A multiple-letter shipment will cost into the three figures. Please convo only if you're OK with that rate, and please indicate that you have read this note.
Refunds and Exchanges
All items are sold 'as is'. I am not an expert on everything I deal in. I *do* quiz my sources & research items as best I can, but, for example, I may be off by a decade when dating an item. When I truly have no idea or am flat-out guessing, I always mention this.

No returns without prior authorization: please convo first. Customer is responsible for return shipping costs. Items must be returned in original condition. Thank you.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please Note: *ALL* of my available sign letters are listed; if you see one in a group photo that you like, check the "quick zephyrs" section of my shop: http://tinyurl.com/m6yaukn. If you don't find a separate listing for it, it is sold. I'm pleased to say I have far-and-away the largest selection and widest variety of letters on etsy. Shipping can be combined on multiple purchases. All orders shipped with tracking.

Although I offer good discounts on orders of multiple sign letters, and am always open to trades, please do not make me 'offers'; prices are as listed.

If you're in Southern California, search the San Diego Craigslist using "Vancouver Vintage" (I know, a different moniker, just for confusion's sake) for more of my unique treasures, typically larger items such as furniture, architectural salvage, and items that I prefer not to ship. For a specific item listed on Craigslist, a specific appointment time must be set. I do not have a brick-&-mortar store that is open for browsing.