TheCuriousCaseShop

This, That and Everything Else Vintage

Ljubljana, Slovenia · 1632 Sales

TheCuriousCaseShop

This, That and Everything Else Vintage

Ljubljana, Slovenia 1632 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(390)

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Urban

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Announcement   Please enjoy our hand picked and carefully chosen selection of mid century modern and retro vintage design items, accompanied by some curious finds from Central Europe and Former Yugoslavia. There should be something for everyone and there's plenty more to come!

We appreciate everyone that pops into The Curious Case and if you do decide to leave with a penny less in your pocket, it is my responsibility to ensure you are thoroughly satisfied. An old Irish proverb says: "Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back". So please be sure to read the shop policies and item descriptions before making any purchases, and feel free to convo if you have any questions.

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Last updated on Oct 2, 2016

Please enjoy our hand picked and carefully chosen selection of mid century modern and retro vintage design items, accompanied by some curious finds from Central Europe and Former Yugoslavia. There should be something for everyone and there's plenty more to come!

We appreciate everyone that pops into The Curious Case and if you do decide to leave with a penny less in your pocket, it is my responsibility to ensure you are thoroughly satisfied. An old Irish proverb says: "Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back". So please be sure to read the shop policies and item descriptions before making any purchases, and feel free to convo if you have any questions.

Urban

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XL Vintage AEG Industrial Ceiling Lamp
XL Vintage AEG Industrial Ceiling Lamp
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About

An interview I wrote for a blog. I think it tells the story pretty well.

For me, vintage is an acquired taste as well as an attitude towards the consumerist society in which we all live. A kind of distraction from being drawn into the deceiving culture of “industrial brand new”. Vintage and antique products are also quite unique characteristically. Unique geographically, the space of time as well as their nature of limited availability. More or less anything we buy new in a shop today, will lose at least some of its sentimental as well as material value just by being picked off the shelf, let alone unpacked. There's a good chance that you'll find that same shelf-full half way around the world, priced accordingly with a life span probably shorter than that of a cheap bottle of wine. Vintage defies all of the above. That's beautiful to me.

More importantly, my affection for vintage and antiques developed instinctively and inherently. Like it does in most people. I grew up in Moscow during the 90’s, where my father would regularly take the family to various markets stacked with treasures of times past and taught me how to appreciate the story and detail behind things. He planted the ideas in my mind a long time ago and I realised them through experience, music, travel and – well, Etsy.

What is your favourite vintage item and how did you acquire it?
I would say that my current favourite is right at the pivot point which led to the inception of this shop – 1960s “Rex” Chair by Niko Kralj – you can currently find one in the sold section and read all about it. I look forward to bumping into another one, but they're becoming increasingly rare.

I had just moved out into an apartment and was looking for a low armchair that was compact and stackable, to go with the sofa and coffee table. The Rex was "sold" to me before I approached it or realised what I was buying. The previous owner of the chair and now a friend of mine, Urban, is the second member of The Curious Case, equally responsible for the emergence and realisation of the idea. He's also the owner of countless carefully selected vintage items, big and small, now found in mine and many other people's apartments, offices and pockets.

How did you come by the shop name? And is there a meaning to it?
The shop name was inspired by a recently acquired 1971 Pink Floyd LP - Relics "A Bizarre Collection Of Antiques& Curios".

The concept, however, is an ambiguous one. On the one hand, it represents the curious turn of events and acquaintances which eventually led to the emergence of the shop, on the other hand it's an idea, with which every flea-market-goer is very familiar. That always intriguing open case on the side of the market stand, filled with unsorted things from here, there and everywhere. Not so special at first glance, but if you look closer and dig real deep, and one always should, there'll certainly be something in there, which you had just realised you've been looking for, ever since you remembered. That's the curious case.

Your shop has a very distinct atmosphere and presentation. How do you go about creating that environment for your customers?
I guess our approach was to create an impression, which resembles us, the concept of the shop and will hopefully be appealing to our visitors. There isn't a whole lot of freedom in terms of fixed visual representation; Etsy is a platform after all, so the atmosphere is mostly attributed to the contents of the shop, its respective items, their photos and descriptions. There's plenty to be done and a whole lot of space for improvement. The learning curve is still very steep and that's the best thing about it.

What is it about Etsy?
If I had to point one thing out, it would be Etsy’s simplicity. It welcomes absolutely anybody from anywhere, who wishes to take part in the community, without any complicated barriers to join. Whether it's to buy, sell or find inspiration. It enables individuals to showcase local craftwork and vintage peculiarities, which in their own environment might not stand out in the slightest and gives them a name and a story. I'm sure you'll agree, Europe has plenty to offer in that field. I see new shops springing up every month and we're very proud to be one of the first to open within the region of Former Yugoslavia. Keep an eye out, you might be surprised what treasures a former socialist block was able to produce in its time.

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Shop policies

Last updated on March 18, 2016
Welcome to the shop! An open case of hand picked vintage finds and curios from Mid Century Europe and Former Yugoslavia. Some mod, some rustic, but eye catching all-in-all. There should be something for everyone and there's plenty more to come!

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 and Etsy Credits
Payment
1. Paypal is the easiest and safest way to pay. If you don't have a paypal account, you can pay with your credit card and we will receive the payment on our paypal account.
To do so, you just have to follow the instructions on the paypal screen during the purchase process.

2. For other buyers, we are happy to offer interbank transfers. Please send us a convo before making your purchase and we can arrange the details.
Your purchase will be shipped only after payment has been received. Please note that items will be placed back to the shop if payment has not been received or arranged within 48 hours.

3. For all reserve listings, except those who have made prior arrangements, payments must be received within 48 hours or the item will be released and placed back in the shop.

4. Also note that buyers are responsible for any and all duties and customs charges that may be incurred.


We are happy to help if you have any questions.
Shipping
1. We ship everywhere in the world. If your country isn't mentioned in the shipping costs, it is included in the "Everywhere else" section. If this section doesn't exist please contact us.

2. Your purchase will be sent to the shipping address mentioned in your Etsy profile and on the invoice of your purchase. Be carefull to check your shipping adress.

3. Your purchase will be sent within 5 business days. If you need something to be shipped faster, please let us know. .

4. We always do our best to pack the items with care, so that they arrive safely. We also take care to use recycled packaging materials wherever possible.

5. We do our best to offer the most affordable yet safe shipping options for our customers. Kindly note that insurance is usually not included.

6. Convo us for combined shipping rates: they are calculated based on weight and box measurements.

7. Additional charges may be applied to P.O. boxes.

8. We are not responsible for taxes or customs fees. In cases where packages are returned to us, additional shipping costs will need to be paid for by the buyer to re-ship the item.

9. We are not responsible for postal transit times.
Expected transit times: Europe: 2-5 days
USA & Canada & Everywhere Else: 1-3 weeks

These transit times are for airmail, which is what we use for all our items, except the biggest ones (please ask us if you need more information about that).

10. Please note that we are not responsible for any shipping fees if an item returns as an unclaimed package. The returned item will be put up for sale in our shop again unless the buyer requests it to be reshipped at their own expense.
Refunds and Exchanges
Refunds will be offered for the following three reasons: loss in the mail; damage to the item during shipping; a considerable amount of dissatisfaction upon receipt of item. Each case will be evaluated individually. Buyer is responsible for shipping costs.

We will not be giving any refunds once the item is sent unless any of the above hold true. If you want to cancel your purchase, please contact us as soon as possible.
Additional policies and FAQs
When you purchase vintage, you undoubtedly receive a unique item that has its own story. Please keep in mind that all of our items are 20+ years old, so some items may show more use than others. Unless we specify that an item is in perfect vintage condition, it will probably have some wear from daily use.

Most importantly, all vintage electrical items must be fully safety checked by a qualified electrician before being plugged into the mains, if you decide you want to use them. Use at your own risk.

Secondly, following any safety check, it is important to note that electrical appliances may require a voltage adapter for use. These are inexpensive and very widely available. The items' functionality have been tested on Continental European mains electricity supply only, unless otherwise specified.

We are eager to answer any questions or send more photographs. The idea is to keep both parties happy. So all feedback, the good and the bad, is more than welcome.