Announcement My faves: Vintage lamps, clocks, textiles, kitchenware and anything funky and functional! Please enjoy browsing... I love every single one of these items and I am so excited to share them with you!
My faves: Vintage lamps, clocks, textiles, kitchenware and anything funky and functional! Please enjoy browsing... I love every single one of these items and I am so excited to share them with you!
- All 258
- afghans and throws 8
- home decor 40
- art and frames 19
- luggage purses totes 22
- throw pillows 10
- lamps / lighting 15
- kitchen / bar / table 47
- storage / organization 10
- clocks / phones / gizmos 14
- fabric and textiles 12
- cartoon / promo / games 18
- rustic / rusty 13
- vintage linens 20
- vintage bedding 10
Helping displaced vintage treasures find their forever homes!
I grew up on Long Island in New York, into a family of thrift store junkies. My mother started us off, and my sisters and I have always enjoyed living with very few retail purchases. In turn I have passed the 'bug' on to my children, especially my daughter, who sells beautiful vintage women's wear and other things at advintagous.etsy.com.
Currently I live in a two story craftsman bungalow two blocks from the ocean. I planned to refurbish the house on my own, using my experience as a home renovator. As it happens, I met love-of-my-life-turned-husband David right after I purchased the wreck of a house in 2010. He is a woodworker and together we are (slowly) breathing new life into this forgotten beauty. You can see his shop and read all about him at thedavecave.etsy.com.
My Etsy shop is full of things that inspire me, that grab me, and I get so excited when someone else feels the same way and places an order! I pass over a lot of stuff that may be vintage, or even valuable, and choose instead the things that I want to look at every day. I would keep every one of these items if I had the space in my own home... I like happy and light hearted things: the funky, the functional, things that turn and click. I also love vintage fabrics – textiles, patterns, weaving, needlework. Not so much the 'grandma' vintage stuff – I lean more towards the James Bond or “I Dream of Jeannie” type. I sometimes choose things for their pop of modern color and other times I fall for finishes that are worn from time or handling.
One of the things I enjoy the most, believe it or not, is the cleaning. Some pieces have a patina and personality from age that is fine just as it is. But a lot of things are beautifully preserved like hidden treasures, waiting for a good work-over. I have an assortment of cleaners, little brushes, oils, and secret techniques that, along with some good elbow grease have turned lumps of coal into diamonds at my studio sink. None of my listings will ever say “this item could use a good cleaning”, I promise you! Another favorite is lamps... each of which is taken apart, cleaned and re-wired with a new socket so you can enjoy the vintage beauty as if it was brand new.
But that's just a part of who I am - I'm also an artist looking for inspiration … aren't we all? Recently a small cottage came available to rent just a stone's throw from our home, and I moved my Etsy shop and art studio in there. The convenient location has saved me so much time and mental effort that I am finally able to pursue my dream of creating original pieces to feature in the shop. You will soon see a section entitled “assembled / upcycled” which is that dream become reality. I take inspiration from a found object – a piece of hardware or an old wooden box for example. Then, pulling from a collection of other random stuff that I have collected, I assemble a completed piece. I like it best if it has a function (think 'lighted shelf' or 'end table with storage'). I am just starting out on this adventure and haven't yet sold one thing that I've made, but I'm having fun and that's what counts!!
The name Heartkeyologie was something that we came up with because one of the first things David did for after I met him was make keys for the house. A heart plus a key, as a symbol of all the things that are floating around this world that haven't yet found exactly where they belong. Maybe I'm a romantic, but I like to think I am rescuing some of them, and sending them to a place where they will be loved.
Owner, Maker, Curator
I'm an artist and builder with a passion for finding forgotten things, restoring them and then guiding them to their forever homes.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
I usually ship via USPS. I've done my best to estimate shipping, but it may be less - I will round up and refund any overpayment of shipping more than $2, once the item is on it's way.
A special note for International Shipments: If you don't see a price for your country, please ask so I can figure an accurate cost before ordering.
Overseas shipments can commonly take from 1-3 weeks. However, there is no way I can guarantee it will not take even longer, unless you want to pay a crazy amount of shipping for Global Express.
Please be aware there may be customs fees at your end that are beyond my control.
You will get a tracking number in an email after your order, and you'll see in a couple of days the package will "leave the shipping facility" in the US. After that it won't show up until your postal carrier scans it again. Please check with customs if you don't see the package in 2 weeks, and make any inquiries there about delays. I'm sorry to say I can't do more once the package leaves my hands!