Announcement I have finally settled, for a while at least, in Nevada City, California, and will be offering hand made items made from reclaimed lumber and solid pine and vintage finds, also artwork, vintage items and antiques.
I have finally settled, for a while at least, in Nevada City, California, and will be offering hand made items made from reclaimed lumber and solid pine and vintage finds, also artwork, vintage items and antiques.
htn366 on Mar 4, 2016
Awesome primitive tool box and wonderful seller!
kristaj19 on Feb 25, 2016
This is in outstanding condition! Top notch packaging and communication. Fantastic seller!
Elizabeth Parks on Jan 2, 2015
The color was just what I expected and it was very detailed. You could tell it was high quality. My parents love it!
Life is art – a work in progress.
I was a flooring contractor for 21 of 25 years prior to 2010…….In 2008 with the Housing bubble bursting and banks failing, business started to take a turn for the worse, by 2010 it was very slim pickings and I decided to close my flooring business and sell off all my assets and start anew (Very scary) I was 42 years old at the time. I was living in Hawaii on the island of Maui…… I had no idea what I was going to do? I had made good money in the flooring business as my own boss for many years and there was no way I was going to get a “proper job” with an hourly wage!
Back in 2010 I had some savings and money from cashing in my assets, so had some time to try different stuff. I loved gardening and started studying permaculture. I took a PDC (permaculture design course) and received my Certification...... I thought that I was going to make a living on a permaculture farm somewhere and I will some day as I have a big love for that way of life. I am working towards getting my own piece of land, some where in the North West, and do a combination of what I do now and permaculture on my land .... I was also growing food for sale, growing starters for sale and some yard maintenance for a friend, but none of that was really funding me, and at the end of 2011, my friend Angel showed me her amazing winged skulls that she was selling on Etsy.....
Angels Etsy Shop:
.........and I thought, Hmmm, maybe I could make something and sell it on Etsy. I opened my Etsy store called Old Country General on January 13th 2012 and made a chalkboard with a driftwood frame and it sold pretty quick, I made another and that sold and then tried my hand at kitchen boxes for food. I ended up making all kinds of furniture, including bedside tables, money boxes, end tables and cabinets. I would make them look old and well used and needed old hinges and door knobs and such and so started going to yard sales to see if I could find anything to use on my creations. I re-fell in love with treasure hunting, which I had done many years before in London, San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. I found so much cool stuff that people no longer wanted and decided to open a second Etsy shop called Sherlock Steam which sold Antiques and vintage items. Both stores did very well, but would have been better if it not for the shipping charges and shipping time from Hawaii. I decided to move back to the west coast and California for starters as I had many friends there from living in Berkeley, San Anselmo, Fairfax and San francisco years before.
Background: Always an avid traveller, I left England when I was 25 to travel around Europe for a few months. A few months has turned into 23 years. I have lived in Greece, the San Francisco Bay Area, Maui Hawaii and now I am in Nevada City California.
Where ever I end up when I get my homestead, I know I will continue to expand on the idea that life is art and be loving the journey.
I am so appreciative the freedom Etsy has given me by providing an outlet for my creations and inspiration via my customer interactions.
Thank you for being a part of the Etsy community.
Daren Andrew Mann
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photographer, Packer And Chai Wallah
Currently in Nevada City, California. I am a carpenter, artist and picker, with a hankering for a homestead. Living life as art, constantly learning and evolving
I guarantee the workmanship of any product you see in my shop that is hand made by me and a true description of antiques and vintage items. It it important to me that you enjoy an item you receive from me, and that our transaction is as simple, swift and smooth as possible.
If you have any difficulty whatsoever, I will work with you to resolve the issue.
I ship on the next business day after I receive your order, or when the item is finished in the case of custom or made to order items.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
No extra charges for handling.
If you have special needs, please let me know.
Refunds and Exchanges
If an item is in new condition and you would like to return it, please contact me within 60 days of purchase, return the product in re-salable condition, and I will refund you the cost of the item - no questions asked.