25 episodes

Vintage, Antiques, Collecting, Hobbies. Etsy, Decorating, Decor. Home, Living, Design, Recycling, and Education on vintage collectibles! Day to day conversations, sometimes with guests about what's hot and trendy to collect in the vintage antiques world. Living a Vintage Life gives ideas on what to collect, where to find it, and how to live a greener life by recycling antiques.

Retro Chalet : Living A Vintage Life Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer

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Vintage, Antiques, Collecting, Hobbies. Etsy, Decorating, Decor. Home, Living, Design, Recycling, and Education on vintage collectibles! Day to day conversations, sometimes with guests about what's hot and trendy to collect in the vintage antiques world. Living a Vintage Life gives ideas on what to collect, where to find it, and how to live a greener life by recycling antiques.

    Matchbox Cars Moko Lesney Vintage Collecting Mashup

    Matchbox Cars Moko Lesney Vintage Collecting Mashup

    Today we have a mashup edition on collecting Moko Lesney and Lesney Products famous Matchbox Cars!  Listen to the podcast to find out more about this great collectible we know and love Special guest Ed shares his stories!

    More reading:   About Moko Toy Company:
    Moko Lesney Toys History (mokolesneymatchbox.com)
    More reading : About Lesney Products History and great old pics:
    Lesney factories (vintagebritishdiecasts.co.uk)
    Connect with me:
    On TikTok
    At RetroChalet Etsy Shop
    On Twitter


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    • 25 min
    Why Are My Etsy Shop Sales Down (The Answers)

    Why Are My Etsy Shop Sales Down (The Answers)

    I have been getting a lot of messages about Etsy sales being low, and in response to my previous podcasts I'm explaining the factors as to why.  In the meantime, stay vintage and stay wonderful.

    For great vintage, Visit my Friend:  MettlesomeMeans | Etsy
    Connect with me:
    TikTok
    Twitter
    Etsy
    I also have a Paranormal Podcast!  Check it out.
    and these I don't use that much:
    Facebook
    Instagram

    • 10 min
    European and Cottage Collectibles Mettlesome Means on Etsy

    European and Cottage Collectibles Mettlesome Means on Etsy

    Inspired by podcast sponsor Mettlesome Means Etsy Shop, I talk clean lines and functional European Collectibles - what to collect and what's hot.  What can be used in a cottage as well as a mansion, how to find the look!

    Visit my friend at MettlesomeMeans on Etsy!  For great art and home decor!

    Connect with me on TikTok,   Twitter or My Etsy shop!

    I rarely use my Instagram or Facebook
    I have another podcast ParanormalChalet!

    • 26 min
    Gettysburg Pennsylvania Antiques Collectibles Civil War History

    Gettysburg Pennsylvania Antiques Collectibles Civil War History

    I took a tour of Gettysburg and share a little history with you; explaining why Gettysburg collectibles are sought after. Anyone who has not visited there, should in my opinion, to get a better understanding of this amazing yet truly shocking part of our country's history (when you think from the point of how many casualties in such a small town) which is quite overwhelming to see.   I am also dropping a 2 part podcast on my paranormal channel, because at night we took the ghost tour and have more to share.  Here are some video links from my travel:

    A witness tree to the Battle of Gettysburg is here on my tiktok.
    https://www.tiktok.com/@retrochalet/video/7066029017148804399
    A tribute from Maryland on loss of her soldies is here:

    A tribute to New York is here:
    https://www.tiktok.com/@retrochalet/video/7079385970499456299

    A view of the Battlefield is here:

    Part One of the Ghosts we met in Gettysburg here:

    A video of the Orb from our ghost tour Gettysburg here:
    https://www.tiktok.com/@retrochalet/video/7079387341202214190


    My Etsy shop supports my hosting fees:  https://RetroChalet.etsy.com

    Contract Cedric for a tour in Gettysburg by using this Louisiana contact information as he has moved and is now a resident of Gettysburg at the time of this podcast.   New Orleans Paranormal – Sometimes the right answer is…NOPE! (nolaparanormal.com)   

    Connect with me
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    Twitter
    Instagram

    Check out Nature Chalet podcast
    Check out Paranormal Chalet Podcast

    • 26 min
    Etsy Fee Increase Survival Ideas for Etsy Sellers PART TWO Lightbringer Designs

    Etsy Fee Increase Survival Ideas for Etsy Sellers PART TWO Lightbringer Designs

    As promised, I am giving you new direction to succeed in your Etsy shop in regards to the most recent hike in Etsy seller fees which takes place April 11, 2022.   In my opinion Etsy is still the best place to sell, unless you have an already established shop with lots of supportive niche customers and decide to take your store elsewhere :  Example   Three Bird Nest  Exclusive: ‘Etsy’s Richest Seller’ Explains Why She’s Suddenly Leaving — ‘We Can’t Trust’ Them (yahoo.com)This is part two  that gives some solutions about staying on Etsy and cutting costs.  In this episode I discuss with Harry at Lightbringer Designs some of the topics here.  I also use GI3D prints as a business model and encourage everyone to shop this adorable shop full of plastic PLA planters. Part one of this series  is here,

    Support Harry at LightbringerDesigns.Etsy.com
    This episode sponsored by GI3DPRINTS
    Connect with me on @RetroChalet TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Etsy or Twitter.
    Look at my plastic fantastic website Melmac Central
    Listen to my lIfe at Paranormal Chalet 
    Find my Journal of my paranormal life here
    out how I'm living greener at NatureChalet podcast. 

    • 24 min
    Etsy Fee Increase Leads to Angry Etsy Sellers, Etsy Strike, Lightbringer Designs Wax Seals PART ONE

    Etsy Fee Increase Leads to Angry Etsy Sellers, Etsy Strike, Lightbringer Designs Wax Seals PART ONE

    Part one of two, special Episode on Etsy's latest fee hike which takes place April 11, 2022 from a 5% sales fee to 6.5% sales fee, and how some sellers are organizing an #EtsyStrike, which is now all over Twitter, Discord, and has it's own website EtsyStrike.org.  Seller's anger is making news such as MSN Market News, The Street and The Verge, and more.  I discuss the fees associated with selling on Etsy with special guest Harry Burger from Lightbringer Designs who sells wax seals and stamps. Harry is not a paid sponsor, he is a special guest who ran for Congress in New York in 2020.   
    SUPPORT HIS SHOP :  LightbringerDesigns | Etsy

    Sellers may find these links helpful:
    1) FILL OUT THE SURVEY AT THE BOTTOM OF THE OFFICIAL FORUM POST ANNOUNCEMENT ON HIKE IN FEES:  A Message from Etsy’s CEO Josh Silverman on our Co... - Welcome to the Etsy Community
    2)  EtsyStrike.org   Find out more about the Etsy Strike
    Sources:
    MSN:   Sellers on This Site Are Livid After Another Rate Hike 
    THE STREET: Etsy Sellers Are Livid After Another Rate Hike - TheStreet
    VERGE:  Etsy hits sellers with 30 percent transaction fee increase - The Verge


    LISTEN TO PART TWO FOR SOLUTIONS HOW TO OFFSET THE FEES

    Please SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS, the struggle is real.
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    -->Listen to my ghostly life at ParanormalChalet
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    -->I have begun hosting naturechalet for the green healthy junkie in you

    • 44 min

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