scroungebird

Vintage decor, housewares, art, and clothing

178 Sales

scroungebird

Vintage decor, housewares, art, and clothing

178 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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(47)

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Note from shop owner Happy Holidays!!! We will be closed from 12/22 until 12/27. Orders taken on or after Dec. 27th will not ship for three (3) full business days, and will ship on Monday, Dec. 31st. Hopefully, I'll be bringing back some new goodies from rural Appalachia when we return! New Year's wishes to you all, and happy end-of-the-year scrounging!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Apr 20, 2016

Happy Holidays!!! We will be closed from 12/22 until 12/27. Orders taken on or after Dec. 27th will not ship for three (3) full business days, and will ship on Monday, Dec. 31st. Hopefully, I'll be bringing back some new goodies from rural Appalachia when we return! New Year's wishes to you all, and happy end-of-the-year scrounging!

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Corinne Bristol

Corinne Bristol on May 5, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

I have fallen in love with this bowl and its history. The seller was very informative causing me to want to know more of the history of it being made in occupied Japan and the meaning of wabi sabi. The seller was very quick to ship and it arrived faster than expected. I also researched how to correctly treat the wood and now that the bowl has been properly restored it is my favorite piece. High praises and super happy!

deborah dumalo

deborah dumalo on Mar 21, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

It's the beautiful top in my closet now thank u so much for parting with it. It has a good home

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About

Four generations of eccentric Southerners re-using, reducing & recycling wonderful vintage objects

Oldest things are the most beautiful of all things, and that beauty can be measured in every dent, ding, crack, smudge, and worn surface. The Asians call beauty in imperfections, "wabi-sabi" – a pure celebration of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death of all objects.

I believe that objects, like people, have personalities and imperfections, and deserve to have a chance for a full, long life... useful, fulfilled, and much loved. I was raised by generations of Southern people who lived frugally by the philosophy of "use it up, wear it out, and repurpose it if you can", whatever it was from household goods to clothing to food to odds and ends (hence all the classic junk drawers). I mean, it just doesn't make sense to throw out good things that could still be loved and used!

I grew up curb surfing, thrift store-ing, yard sale-ing, and loving hand-me-down and hand-me-over secondhand goods. None of us have ever been able to pass up a look in a box on trash day, and I've found some really amazing things.

I once lived in a haunted turn of the century apartment building and found a set of teacups on a high shelf, and that (and the lady they had belonged to) started the whole Scroungebird adventure, so I can really attribute turning my obsession into a business to the ghost of an old lady I never met.

My particular talent is being able to discern something about original owners of the things I find, about their life, speculation as to how much an item was used or loved (or not at all), why the item may have been abandoned, and especially being able to go through a flea market booth or junk store and pick out items that had all lived together before. Objects take on a life of their own, they develop a familiarity with their owners and a sense of identity, so they have a "feel" if they all came from the same place.

I also have a unique knack for gravitating to vintage objects from Japan.

Though our family of pickers is spread out, we still collect, share, visit, consult, and find things for each other, and keep the circle of reusing and repurposing going around and around like a chain of love.

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  • Mara Bird

    Owner, Queen Of Mongo

  • Daddy D

    King Knucklebuster & Architectural Salvage Expert

    He keeps me straight and makes sure I don't antique too much. He's our go-to person about anything architectural salvage related, or vintage pop culture related.

  • Lu

    Junior Scroungebird

    The sharpest little eyes east of the Mississippi, she's spotted things I'd easily miss.

  • Alice

    Vintage Book And Comic Consultant

    Alice's speciality is old books and comics from the 40's-60's, which she repurposes into collage art.

  • Barb

    Recycled Junk Sculpture Expert

    An accomplished artist, sculptor, furniture refinisher, and creative re-user of junk.

  • Mr. Wizard

    Antique Glassware, Fossil, & Botany Specialist

    A longtime collector and connoisseur of antique laboratory glassware, biology specimens, old botany, and owner of about twenty large boxes of fossils.

  • Gus

    Junior Steampunk & Vintage Fashion Consultant

    Because teenagers know what's truly cool in vintage clothing. Also, he looks awesomely stylish in his antique lab goggles.

  • Micah

    Unique Finds

    This full-on dumpster diver has rescued countless amazing things from certain doom in the landfill. Here, he's examining a vintage lotto machine and trying to figure out how to repurpose it with new cards filled with creative and bizarre fortunes.

  • Jan

    Queen Of Thrift

    Even though she has been legally blind for most of her adult life, she's still the most amazing thrift store shopper in the world and a truly astonishing master of living frugally and living well.

  • Grammy

    Grand Dame Of Frugality

    Eighty-eight years old, she was raised as a farmer's daughter in the mountains of rural Tennessee. She has been through every war in the last century plus the Great Depression, has outlived all her siblings and most of her family, & quilts like mad.

  • Sambo

    Bird & Ocean Life Expert

    Even though our most junior Scroungebird is only three, he can name over two hundred kinds of birds and at least a hundred types of unusual ocean creatures, including his favorite, the vampire squid. Obsessed much?

Shop policies

Last updated on November 26, 2014
Thank you for visiting! if you are here now, it's because you likely love vintage and antique items as much as I do, or you feel that little thrill when you find something special that someone else has cast away. I grew up swimming in the delicious scents of ballrooms now empty and moldering, surrounded by delusions of grandeur, crumbling mansions, and the decay of things once rich and beautiful... my ears filled with the mad mumblings of malcontents with long lost posh memories, the creaking of drought weary pecan trees, and the steady hum of hungry mosquitoes. I hope my unique finds will have a good home with you, and many years of life left in them, loved and useful once again. The South shall rise again! One vintage item at a time.

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Payment
DIRECT CHECKOUT: I accept Credit Cards with Direct Checkout.

PAYPAL: In case you didn't know, you don't need a PayPal Account to pay for your items through PayPal:

 You can just choose the PayPal Option during checkout, and after you submit your order click the "Pay Now" button. Scroll Down and you will see the option to pay with a Credit or Debit Card WITHOUT having to sign up for a PayPal account.

NEGOTIATING: Nope. Not really. I price based on research, uniqueness, availability, and condition of a vintage object, though I feel that objects with more use are the most beautiful, contain the most love, and are the most wabi-sabi. Much of my inventory is already a bargain!
Shipping
HOLIDAYS: Scroungebird Vintage will be on Christmas Vacation from Friday, Dec. 19th until Friday Dec 26th, 2014. Orders placed from Dec 19th to Dec 28th will ship Monday December 29th, 2014.

INTERNATIONAL: I often ship outside the United States! If it's not listed, please feel free to inquire about shipping to other countries, and I can advise on shipping costs.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: MAKE SURE YOUR ADDRESS IS CORRECT.

RESERVING ITEMS: I will only reserve an item for three (3) days. During the month of December, I only reserve for one (1) day only. If there is simultaneous or multiple interest in a single item, I will reserve for one (1) day only.

I will not ship to a P.O. Box anywhere.

CORRECT ADDRESSES: It's up to you to make sure that A.) that the physical mailing address given in the Etsy invoice is correct and current., and/or B.) the address is residential or commercial (if shipping with UPS or FedEx).

IF A BUYER GIVES AN INCORRECT ADDRESS WHEN THEY ORDER, (AND YOUR PACKAGE GETS LOST OR DELIVERED INCORRECTLY), AND THE POST OFFICE, OR UPS/FEDEX HAS TO FIGURE OUT THE CORRECT ADDRESS AND RE-DELIVER, UPS & FEDEX BOTH HAVE TO CHARGE ME A "RE-DELIVERY FEE" (WHICH IS QUITE LARGE, $15+). YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE TO REIMBURSE THAT FEE TO ME. THIS APPLIES TO POSTAL DELIVERIES WHICH GET RETURNED AND HAVE TO BE RE-SENT.

SHIPPING COST IS CALCULATED: using an estimated item weight (and accounting for some box & package weight) plus coast-to-coast zip codes– using the US Post Office's Price Lists available online. Delivery Confirmation and Insurance are both included in my shipping cost on all packages, and extra Insurance is added to fragile items, or International shipping. This doesn't even account for the cost of packaging materials, time spent packing, and traveling to shipping locations. I sadly often underestimate shipping costs because every package is a completely different size, weight, and cubic dimension.

IF AN ITEM COSTS LESS TO SHIP: I will refund the difference to you only IF the overage is more than $3.00, but in 100 orders, I've only had occasion to do that about five times (and I have to pay a fee to do the refund). If you live near Philadelphia, PA or are on the East Coast it may be cheaper to ship your item, but for orders further away or on the West Coast, it always costs me MORE (which happens often). Those so called flat-rate boxes are almost all the wrong dimensions for what I sell, so they're totally useless for vintage items.

The Post Office is often the best deal, but only on boxes under 12" square and under 3 lbs packed to ship, but on some items, I may use FedEx or UPS.

With both UPS and FedEx, packages up to about 5 lbs start at around $12.50 to ship, no matter what size the box is.

It's a case by case basis which carrier I choose to ship with. I use the US Post Office for most things, depending on what I'm shipping, and I double-box many fragile items.

DOUBLE-BOXING: I take shipping fragile, irreplaceable vintage things seriously, and the reason the shipping on many items seem to cost a little more is that I not only include Insurance and Delivery Confirmation, but I sometimes "double-box" and I pack the boxes with a LOT of packing material and use a bigger box than you might expect. I find that "double-boxing" any fragile items minimizes the chance of damage but does sometimes raise the shipping cost by a dollar or three. I absolutely believe in insurance, all to protect the precious cargo. Whatever I need to do to keep your vintage item safe in transit. Remember, these things are hard to replace, so a little extra cost in shipping should be worth it.

I hope that you will recycle your box and packing materials into other things. Recycle or upcycle, please!
Refunds and Exchanges
SALES ON VINTAGE CLOTHING ITEMS & ACCESSORIES ARE FINAL. PLEASE MEASURE YOURSELF CAREFULLY AND EMAIL ME ANY QUESTIONS BEFORE PURCHASING.

ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL objects are being sold in "As-Is Condition". If I can report that they work, I will, and if I can't seem to figure them out, I'll disclose that. For the most part, they're being sold as nostalgia or novelty objects, and if you want to take it upon yourself to take it to a shop and see if they can fix it or get it working, or try to fix it yourself, more power to you, but if you or they can't make it work, I am not responsible, as the item in question was sold in as-is condition.

Understand that I sell OLD things. Vintage things. Used things. These things have been used, beat up, and been around the block for thirty to seventy years (or even a hundred years!) by multiple owners. I try to take good pictures and write good descriptions. My measurements may be off by 1/4", but I try to accurately represent my inventory.

I am not responsible if you didn't read the description and sizes and notes on any flaws/defects or as I like to think of it, "personality". I hope you're buying because you like old used things too and you don't care about trivial age and damage.

However, if you're not happy with your purchase, you are welcome to CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY, AND RETURN IT WITHIN 5 DAYS*, though I hope you love it and want to keep it forever. Upon my receipt of the item, I will refund the sale price of that item, NOT including shipping. That is non-refundable. Return shipping is also to be paid by the buyer, which is you.

In the event that an item arrives to you damaged, I can issue a refund upon receipt of the damaged goods back to me, and I will file for reimbursement with FedEx or UPS. You will need to provide me photo-documentation of the broken item, the packing material, and the box to show evidence of any damage to the box. UPS & FedEx need that, otherwise they schedule to actually come to your house to examine the damage in person themselves. For real.

*RETURNS are accepted only if made within 5 DAYS of receipt of your order. Items must return to me, the seller, in original condition. Should you be dissatisfied with your purchase for any reason once you have received it, please contact me within 5 days to allow me to do what I can to correct the problem and improve my business before you leave negative or neutral feedback.
Additional policies and FAQs
These vintage things are being sold in an as-is condition. They have been used and used and used, not wrapped up in a cocoon in someone's closet for fifty years. I rescued them because most of them were imperfect, scratched up, or chipped, and still completely lovable and useable, but I am a wabi-sabi kind of person with a big heart for slightly damaged goods with a mysterious past.

ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL objects are being sold in "As-Is Condition". If I can report that they work, I will, and if I can't seem to figure them out, I'll disclose that. For the most part, they're being sold as nostalgia or novelty objects, and if you want to take it upon yourself to take it to a shop and see if they can fix it or get it working, or try to fix it yourself, more power to you, but if you or they can't make it work, I am not responsible, as the item in question was sold in as-is condition.

Ask me anything, but I am NOT an antique specialist. I'm a lover of junk. I pull beautiful things off the curb and out of yard sales and thrift shops because I like them myself and I love the thrill of the find. I hope that if you are buying my vintage items, it's because you love them for themselves, for their oldness, their decay and neglect, their innate beauty in their imperfection, and not because they're worth some dollar amount. And yes, I do in fact know the real value of some of the antique and vintage items I have, and most of my inventory is worth more than I have listed.

I do some research and I loosely know about most of the items, and the rest I have to make educated guesses about. If you know more than I do about an item, please let me know! I'm just one of Hell's Ignorant Southern Belles turned upside down in the Yankee Frozen North, and I need an education somethin' awful. And a decent glass of iced tea. I need that too. (Did I mention you can't get anything good to eat up here? It's terrible, but true.)