VintageSqualor

Vintage Squalor

Tuscaloosa, Alabama · 3228 Sales

VintageSqualor

Vintage Squalor

Tuscaloosa, Alabama 3228 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   This shop name is best pronounced if you pretend for a moment that you are Inspector Clouseau. You know, it gives us a faux Paris flea market appeal. 'Cept we're in Alabama. And the flea markets here mostly have socks. Vintage Squalor declines to decorate with socks.

When peers walk into my home for the first time, they invariably say, "Your house reminds me so much of my grandmother's!" Usually they manage to include in this statement a touch of nostalgia combined with a smear of disbelief and a hint of distaste. Of course, most of their homes look like furniture store showrooms, and while there is something to be said for their clutter-free and clean-lined lives against neutral walls, I enjoy what I like to think of as my happy clutter (that often borders on chaos--thus, the Squalor part of our shop name) and colorful home. So I am learning to not take so much offense from such sensibilities. In the meantime, I can't help returning to the yard and estate sale circuit every Saturday. Every single person in my family suffers from this problem. It just has to be genetic. And I married a man whose family has the same problem. Our kids will probably wind up being hoarders.

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Last updated on Jan 7, 2017

This shop name is best pronounced if you pretend for a moment that you are Inspector Clouseau. You know, it gives us a faux Paris flea market appeal. 'Cept we're in Alabama. And the flea markets here mostly have socks. Vintage Squalor declines to decorate with socks.

When peers walk into my home for the first time, they invariably say, "Your house reminds me so much of my grandmother's!" Usually they manage to include in this statement a touch of nostalgia combined with a smear of disbelief and a hint of distaste. Of course, most of their homes look like furniture store showrooms, and while there is something to be said for their clutter-free and clean-lined lives against neutral walls, I enjoy what I like to think of as my happy clutter (that often borders on chaos--thus, the Squalor part of our shop name) and colorful home. So I am learning to not take so much offense from such sensibilities. In the meantime, I can't help returning to the yard and estate sale circuit every Saturday. Every single person in my family suffers from this problem. It just has to be genetic. And I married a man whose family has the same problem. Our kids will probably wind up being hoarders.

"Like" Vintage Squalor on facebook for updates about etsy listings, peeks into Vintage Squalor life, and other vintage amusements!

Serena Fortenberry

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Serena Fortenberry

Vintage Blockhead Game Blocks Midcentury
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Lot of 8 Faux Apples Pear Microbeads
$6.95
Vintage Cootie Game Mid Century
$14.50
Vintage Car Picture Wall Hanging Retro Kitsch
$16.95
Vintage Car Picture Wall Hanging Retro Kitsch
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About

Squalid Tale

As my husband and I surveyed our kitchen one evening after feeding children and clearing supper, the view included a sink overflowing with dishes, a full trash can, chopping boards with vegetable trimmings and various condiments littering the counters. In a word, the kitchen was a wreck. It was downright depressing. But in the background lurked a collection of miniature china animals in a deep window sill, the fetching little nooks and crannies that result from the roof lines of our tudor style home, the retro china we started collecting before we got married. And I remarked to my husband, "We have cute things. Our house _could_ be really cute if weren't such a mess." He replied, "I know. We live in Vintage Squalor."

The story of our married life is an ongoing battle against clutter, fought by two people who cannot resist a deal, cannot keep away from yard sales, thrift shops, estate sales, and auction houses, and who cannot organize no matter how hard they try.

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  • Serena

    Owner

    Genetically predispositioned to have great attraction to yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, auction houses; to collect; and to indulge her entrepeneurial spirit.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 20, 2015
Welcome to Vintage Squalor!

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Payment
All payments are due at the time of purchase. We accept paypal or credit cards through etsy.
Shipping
We ship in the U.S. and internationally. Our shipping rates are estimates. We will happily refund any shipping overages upon request or recalculate shipping on multiple items so that it is an accurate charge for actual costs. We reserve the right to cancel orders where shipping was grossly underestimated and buyer does not wish to pay the difference. Just convo us with your request.

We will not be responsible for customs charges on packages shipped internationally--customers in countries that levy customs charges (such as the UK) should inform themselves about these charges prior to purchasing.
Refunds and Exchanges
We will refund payment for items damaged in shipment, except in the case of internationally shipped items that are uninsured. We ask that customers work with us on insured items to file accurate claims for reimbursement.

For international customers, we ask that you ask questions in advance of purchase--we will not accept returns on internationally shipped items.

For all items, please ask questions in advance of order if you are unsure of condition, size, or other aspects of the item.