Timeworn treasures for home + garden

Richmond, Virginia · 103 Sales


Timeworn treasures for home + garden

Richmond, Virginia 103 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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TheFickleFern is taking a short break

Karen Wolfe

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Karen Wolfe


Reinvigorate your space with "Take-Me-Home" treasures for home + garden.

I began my life on esty with a co-owned shop by the name of Ernst & Thistle. My partner and I hand-made vintage inspired homegoods and accessories like pillows, greeting cards and "join-or-die" flags.

I still love vintage but just don't have the room for a full-fledged DIY studio anymore. Instead, I am sharing my passion by acquiring the circa goods and selling them straight to you. Now it is all about the thrill of the hunt over the joy of watching a piece come into being. The call of the object from crowded shelves, under piles of ‘unwanteds’ resonates with me more than the tampered, false patina of oxidized wood.

I am constantly bringing home some newfound treasure from the local thrift store, estate sale or antique auction. Some objects instigate a whole house rearranging and redecorating, others fit neatly amidst other beloved artifacts throughout every room. But there is never enough space for them all; I live in a teeny 1 bedroom apartment with a boyfriend and a cat. Bad for me, good for you! I am selling my brimming treasures to you! Each piece tells its own story, where it's been, what it's contained, who it's lived with. I want for these treasures to find a happy home. I want them to put a smile on the buyer's face.

Acquiring vintage, pre-owned + pre-loved objects is more a form of adoption then purchasing newer, mass-produced products. The items of a bygone era seem to have more integrity and better craftsmanship than a lot of the current market items. The owner is entering into a caretaker contract, honoring the object's history and memory and bestowing a form of love + commitment for years to come. In return, the object will infuse your space with new energy and life.

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  • Karen Wolfe

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Stylist, Photographer, Blogger

    I’m a 30 year old self-confessed thrift junkie and fickle interior designer. My apartment is rearranged often, and my style changes with the constant influx of new fab finds.

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Last updated on December 31, 2013

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Returns and exchanges
While we want you to love our products as much as we do, we cannot offer returns and refunds at this time. Most of the items, if not all of them, are vintage, pre-owned and pre-used; we are not accountable/responsible for their less-than-new condition We try to describe any defects in our item descriptions to ensure that there are no surprises upon delivery.

The Fickle Fern cannot accept any responsibility for any items lost or stolen in transit.
PayPal or personal checks are accepted, as long as the Check is drawn on a U.S. Bank.

Personal Checks are subject to a 5 business day approval before shipment of any item.
Your order will ship to the address you choose during checkout, not to your billing (or PayPal) address. Most orders are shipped within 3 business days. Made-to-order items are usually ready to ship within 3 to 5 days (you'll be notified if the item will take longer to make. For custom orders, a time frame will be provided.

Most orders are shipped via the United States Post Office (USPS). We try our very best to estimate shipping costs, which generally include handling fees up to $1.50 to help us cover the cost of shipping supplies (ie. ink, paper, boxes, bubble wrap, labels). If the actual shipping cost is more than $1.50 over what you pay, we will reimburse the difference through Paypal.

We carry our eco-responsibility to our packaging and therefore use, when in stock, used boxes and stuffing made from confetti-shredded paper or newspaper (ie. junkmail, scrap paper, newspapers) are used. This helps us to keep our shipping costs down. Typically our boxes and envelopes are manufactured from post-consumer paper.

Orders are packed with extreme care and are shipped in the most cost and care efficient way possible depending upon the nature of the order (ie: weight, size, fragility, etc.) For orders of multiple items, the pieces can be boxed either together or separately. If no preference is given, we will decide the best way to package your order.

If you would like your order to be insured, please contact us before making a payment. Items being insured will ship within the US standard ground. Items being insured at a net-worth of $500 or more will be subject to a surcharge b/c of the additional expense.

If you want something gift wrapped or want a note included, contact us.


If you are interested in a Fickle Fern product and would like it shipped internationally, just message me with the item you are interested in and your address, complete with country and zipcode. I will figure out an approximate cost for you and message you back. After you purchase the item, I will send you a Paypal invoice for the difference in shipping. Once you pay that, I will ship out the item to you. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Most International orders ship by Priority Mail Flat Rate (in order to save cost) and generally arrive within 6-10 days. Please note that this shipping method does not include insurance. We can ship Express (for an additional charge–please ask for rates and delivery times for your location.)
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We are happy and thrilled to receive custom orders and commissions. Please contact us if there is something you don't see that you want!