Bloomington, Minnesota · 1335 Sales



Bloomington, Minnesota 1335 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars

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Last updated on Jul 10, 2017

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vakvar = vackrare vardagsvara

10 years of homemaking in an area settled by Swedes, Norwegians, Finns, Danes and Germans opened my eyes to remarkable qualities in housewares from those places! In the Swedish adoption and adaption of the principles of Germany's Deutscher Werkbund (an Association of artists, architects, designers, and industrialists), art and craft are integral to the industrial production of goods. Sweden's "Vackrare Vardasvara" ("beautiful every day"), brought beautiful, practical design to each kitchen, each meal and each day.

Borrowing from that slogan, vakvar was opened to bring these objects to light and to market, so your meal, table, kitchen and life can be beautiful, too, every day!

Modern American design culture, enriched and enlivened by ideas from Europe and Japan, is also well-represented in our daily lives, and we embrace the kitsch! Take a look! We speak your language!

Shop members

  • Faith

    Owner, Curator

    Child of the 60s and 70s, studied art and design in the 80s. Items selected for enduring design quality, and decorative style.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 2, 2015
Welcome to vakvar, your store for vintage, housewares, decor and more. Our bent is toward the modern and the minimal, with a grounding in the psychedelic pop era, and we will surely stray outside these parameters in order to offer the best of everyday items. Occasionally, we offer supplies for creative use, and things we've made, ourselves! Sometimes vintage supplies.

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 is by Paypal to fbusiek [!at] Please read the shipping policy section- we estimate shipping and refund overage, asap, via Paypal

Shipping is by USPS and FedEx Ground (and Home Delivery). I can give you an exact cost, if you ask about a specific item, or combo of items. SHIPPING COSTS IN ALL LISTINGS ARE ESTIMATES.

We have many years of experience, packing with care and shipping quickly. We combine, whenever practical, (maintaining safety and security to the purchased item) to save you shipping costs.

WE DO SHIP INTERNATIONALLY!! If we can use First Class International Service, we will, and it's getting easier- with Etsy DIRECT we can print these labels at home. Priority International Service does not incur any extra cost for packaging, but it's often more than twice as much as First Class. Items that are large (like a suitcase), can be excluded entirely from these shipping classes, and may not be feasible to ship internationally, at all. But if we can ship it to you, we will!

ALL GLASS IS DOUBLE BOXED AND most is SHIPPED INSURED, oftern via FEDEX, when purchased domestically . If you have specific shipping requirements, let us know and we'll do our level best to accommodate!

WE RECYCLE! WE REUSE PACKAGING MATERIALS when we have it! Some items will arrive in all new packaging since we require so many different sizes and shapes, and don't always have the right sized materials available.

If you read our feedback, you'll see many comments about how quickly an item was received. We try to send purchases out within ONE DAY, whenever that's possible! Also, living in the midwest allows pretty darn quick shipping to anywhere in the continental USA! Of course, international shipping takes more time (and is very slow in some countries), and holidays or weather can cause delays. We do make an effort to get your item to you ASAP!
Refunds and Exchanges
Please contact us if there's a problem with your order. Vintage items have been used, and are described to the best of our abilities. Feel free to ask as many questions as you'd like to ask prior to making a purchase. If you do want to return an item after you've purchased it, you will have to ship it back and that can be a disappointing expense. We do accept returns, but we are hoping every purchase is a happy one!
Additional policies and FAQs
We do make custom order, hand dipped, bayberry candles, when we can get the wax!