A Return to Etsy!
December 2022 Update: After becoming vaccinated, things really changed, and I have been going out more and more, while of course continuing to be cautious. I have less and less time now to dedicate towards maintaining my Etsy shop, and made the decision to close it. Thank you for all of your support.
Today I have special announcement! I’ve reopened my Etsy shop! If you’ve been reading for awhile now you may remember it, but the Etsy shop you once knew isn’t back, no, I’ve started on a new venture!
In recent years I’ve been growing increasingly fond of, and buying more vintage ephemera, specifically greetings cards. Typically I would buy at antique malls and flea markets, but with COVID, I started hunting on-line. Specifically on Etsy I would regularly run across digital download options, where Etsy sellers offer up scans of vintage ephemera from their own collection to purchase. I thought, “Well, this is certainly something I could do!” Over the month of January I dusted off my old Etsy shop, The Atomic Hideaway, but still under the username AtomicRedhead, where I started selling vintage clothes in 2010, and eventually dedicated it to vintage sewing patterns. After moving to California and becoming a Cast Member at the Disneyland Resort I closed my Etsy shop. While I’m no longer a Cast Member I did not feel like returning to the world of Etsy. But amid this pandemic, I’ve been increasingly fidgety (I can’t exactly go anywhere!), and while the end of it may be in sight, I know Patrick and I will be among some of the last people to receive the vaccine, so I figured it was the best time to revisit Etsy.
I also took this opportunity to revamp our office since I’m spending more time in it now. While part of the office redo had been put on hold due to the pandemic, I felt a need to create a more organized space for myself to work.
With my trusty scanner I’m working my way through my collection of vintage valentines, Christmas cards, and more. For the most part, my shop is filled with greetings cards, most of which have multiple files to provide the buyer with options, including the original, untouched scan, a retouched/restored version, as well as a retouched/restored version with text removed so the buyer can either use it as is, or apply their own text to it for a more personal creation. I have more items and a few ideas up my sleeve that I’ll be working on and listing in the future.
While I have a variety of items, the main focus at the moment is Valentine’s Day, and I’m constantly adding new items. As for the originals, I keep them all sorted by holiday in various binders in acid free sleeves, and still use them for my own decor when the holiday arrives.
The allure of the digital download item is that it can be downloaded instantly after purchase, and the image can be applied in many different ways. I’ve seen wreaths made with cards, cute little shadow boxes, and much more. The digital download gives these vintage items multiple lives and they are able to be shared with so many more people. So if this is something up your alley, then, please step into the Atomic Hideaway, click “Favorite Shop” and browse around!
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10 comments on “A Return to Etsy!”
Great idea, and love your office! Will be ordering some of your vintage cards next!
Thank you very much!
Congratulations on your reopening! That is such a good idea to do digital downloads; they seem to be a really popular way to get something without the costs involved of shipping/you having to print etc.
I love your office space too- the pink is perfect.
I LOVVVVVVE your office!! How great to have your own space to work and create!!!! And congrats on the updated shop! Very exciting! xox
Such great news! I will look forward purchasing from your Etsy shop. Your office is amazing! Would you mind sharing where you found your desk?
I had totally planned to link to the pages where I bought the desk and bookshelf from, but they are now both gone! They were purchased from Overstock.com.
Way to go on relaunching your Etsy shop. I adore the mid-century items you’re offering as digital downloads. What a great way to share some of your own fantastic collection of vintage items with the wider world.
Wishing you reams of success and enjoyment with your shop.
Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life
Thank you so much!