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Retro Chalet : Living A Vintage Life

Author: 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.
30 Episodes
Today I have my great friend Ed and he's here to tell us all about collecting silver!  Whether you collect coins or rings, this episode is for you!Connect with me RetroChalet.etsy.comFind me on TikTokSponsored by:  VikingsinMaine
Look what I found, Corn Crib Clothing Boutique, in form of a vintage trailer. What a great side hustle idea.  Listen to this great idea to take your antiques or collectibles to the next level. Special Guest: Alicia Marie   See my video of the trailer here: 10% on any purchase from RetroChalet or RetroChalet Studio with the coupon code dropped in this episode. Connect with me at @RetroChalet on all social media platforms.  Living vintage is what I do!
A quick podcast about my love for Sterilite, and a rare plastic picnic set.  I have written a huge article with collecting tips and have pictures of this set here on my Melmac Central blog: Melmac Central Vintage Melmac Dinnerware and Plastics Fantastic Collecting Site : Steri-Lite Plastic STERILITE COMPANY Connections to Tupperware ( of this set can also be found in my Etsy shop. This post sponsored by Maine Romance
I had such a great time visiting DM Blair (Dungeon Master Blair) who taught me a little bit about the very collectible and vintage world of Dungeons and Dragons.  Blair not only has been gaming in D&D since it's inception, but makes his own cast houses and characters.  See Blair making his work on my tik tok links below.  Find all the links to the show below. BLAIR making his stuff: Visit Blair at Relief Buddies LLC 3397 N. George Street Unit 2 Emigsville PA Visit Blair online at use promo code DMBLAIR to save more!Blair's YouTube Channel:  (375) DMBLAIR - YouTubeGaming Conventions Blair Enjoys:  THE NOVA OPENand SAVE AGAINST FEAR Gaming Convention:  Save Against Fear event Oct 6 - Oct 10, 2022 | StartPlayingConnect with me:   TIkTok EtsyI also talk about my paranormal adventures at Paranormal Chalet!
Episode 25 is here!  I love collecting old medical and apothecary collectibles, so find out my top five picks that maintain their value that you should nab up on when you find them!   Also, as part of this episode, you can get my top secret recipe to make your own Dandelion Face Oil.  This is a great inexpensive way to treat your skin to something natural and good for you.  See it in action: with meEtsy TikTokI don't really use the rest so much...........TwitterFacebook
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 ( reading : About Lesney Products History and great old pics: Lesney factories ( with me: On TikTokAt RetroChalet Etsy ShopOn TwitterFacebookInstagram
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 | EtsyConnect with me: TikTokTwitterEtsyI also have a Paranormal Podcast!  Check it out. and these I don't use that much: FacebookInstagram
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 FacebookI have another podcast ParanormalChalet!
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. tribute from Maryland on loss of her soldies is here: A tribute to New York is here: 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: My Etsy shop supports my hosting fees:  https://RetroChalet.etsy.comContract 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! (   Connect with me TikTokFacebookTwitterInstagramCheck out Nature Chalet podcastCheck out Paranormal Chalet Podcast
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 ( 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.comThis episode sponsored by GI3DPRINTSConnect 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 hereout how I'm living greener at NatureChalet podcast. 
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  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 | EtsySellers 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 Community2)   Find out more about the Etsy StrikeSources: MSN:   Sellers on This Site Are Livid After Another Rate Hike THE STREET: Etsy Sellers Are Livid After Another Rate Hike - TheStreetVERGE:  Etsy hits sellers with 30 percent transaction fee increase - The VergeLISTEN TO PART TWO FOR SOLUTIONS HOW TO OFFSET THE FEESPlease SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS, the struggle is real. Connect with me on all social media @retrochalet^TIkTok^Instagram^Facebook^Twitter-->Listen to my ghostly life at ParanormalChalet-->I have a melmac dinnerware site for the vintage lover check it out.  RetroChalet's Melmac Central-->I have begun hosting naturechalet for the green healthy junkie in you
CoHost Pat takes us into a walk back in time in a vintage 1950s five and dime. You may be suprised what they sold in the dime store!  Oh what fun it must have been to be able to spend your allowance in the five and dime!  This episode sponsored by Pat's both PP in Serendipity Antiques, Find them:  Serendipity Antiques, Shrewsbury click here-->  2 N Main St, Shrewsbury, PA 17361 ·   Call for hours (717) 235-5422Also check out my new podcasts, Nature Chalet and Paranormal Chalet.Connect with me at @RetroChalet on all major platformsOn EtsyOn TikTokOn InstagramOn FacebookI am editor of Melmac Central, join the other million visitors and learn about vintage plastics fantastic.
For the love of old books, I love them and am giving you some ideas on what books to look for, which to covet and how to use them. Connect with On my other podcasts:  Paranormal Chalet and Nature ChaletShop RetroChalet for the coolest vintage finds.  I also run the Melmac Central website where you can learn about cool vintage plastics.  Follow me on TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter
Ed & I absolutely adore all things Peter Max, we have an informal discussion on Peter Max's timeless designs through the years.   Peter, we love you <3Connect with me : Etsy ShopTikTokInstagramTwitterI havee recently hosted a paranormal Podcast you may like : Paranormal ChaletI have a vintage plastics site:
In this episode I have a chance to interview Naa Ardua , SVG artisan who has a wonderful inspiring Etsy story that all online sellers should listen to.  Her success story is exactly what I've been preaching to Etsians all along, --- so tune in!   Her designs are vintage style and whimsical and she teaches us a bit about the SVG world which is open with opportunities!   Naa Ardua  used to live in the USA, and now lives in Antibes, France.   She also tells us, a bit about French vintage..............SPECIAL GUEST :  Naa Ardua - Find this SVG Diva at the following links:  Paper Flo Design on Etsy Paper Flo Designs Course to teach you how to use and sell SVG art in a very quick course which you can watch videos at your own pace...SHe is also on Instagram!  NaaArdua Darfoor Illustrator (@paperflodesigns) • Instagram photos and videosYou can find out my top picks by going to my public Etsy Favorites board for Paper Flo Design! As always connect with me at TikTokEtsyInstagramUntil next time..........enjoy and share!
Finally I get to talking about what I love, and that's plastic, In this episode, we talk about Boontonware, made by Boonton Molding Company that was then located on Myrtle Avenue in Boonton, New Jersey.  Belle Kogan's  gorgeous design with her widely popular Boonton Belle and Scandia in the Patrician line are some of my favorite things.  Enjoy a little history with a walk back in time. This podcast was sponsored by Etsy shop: who offers great graphic designs in their Etsy shop in the form of hats, comfy clothing and more!  Click on the link to check it out or go to my shop favorites!Boontonware Factory Tour Link: Melmac Central Vintage Melmac Dinnerware and Plastics Fantastic Collecting Site : Boonton Melmac Factory Tour Stop One : This Was The Melamine Factory (, make sure to share, like and give my podcast a great rating to keep me talking :) Connect with #RetroChalet on all major social media platforms for great vintage pictures and on for vintage style videos. 
VIntage Valentines and VIntage   Valentines Day  PostCards, how romantic!  LIsten as Ed and I discuss the top vintage collectibles for Valentine's Day!  You can see my curated public list at RetroChalet on Etsy simply go to my favorites and click on my Valentines Day Podcast Picks!Retro Chalet on Etsy Connect on TikTok  @RetroChaletWelcome to our 14th episode just in time for Valentine's Day 
For the love of all things Victorian!  This episode discusses vintage Victorian era homes and all things spooky about them. I grew up in a late 1800s farmhouse and later bought my first home that was built in 1927 and haunted.  Now I share proof in the pudding that other Victorian homes have been haunted too, and why the romance and love for them exists.   For the Ghostbusters article in question in the podcast, go here: Old House Calling.   Maybe you will look at the old house on the hill in a different sorta way. Connect with me at RetroChalet on Etsy. Kind of funny the spooky episode is our 13th episode. 
Living a Vintage Life today and always!  Season Two is here, I'll recap what we've done in Season One looking back at the first season's 11 episodes.  I'll tell you my New Years Vintage Resolutions and then talk about Etsy Shop SEO and Algorithm.  CALLING ETSY SELLERS!  Do you know an Etsy shop who would like to be considered for an on air interview? Connect with me on all major platforms under RETROCHALET Instagram TikTok EtsyThanks for living and Happy 2022
In this episode I discuss with special guest Ed the thrifter,  the top five vintage Christmas gifts you can get for the vintage lover! Which is your favorite pick?   You will have to listen to the episode to find out mine!  I also discuss vintage shoes, and my secret crush on my vintage KangaRoos shoes.  I also give a special shout out to Aussies who are tuning in to the podcast :) Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and safe and happy Holiday season!
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