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Classic Keys for the Modern Memorandum: Jack Zylkin’s USB Typewriter

Classic Keys for the Modern Memorandum: Jack Zylkin’s USB Typewriter

When I was a kid, my mom had a beautiful old typewriter. I remember carefully inserting bright white sheets of paper, punching those big, round keys, hearing that delightful ding and the unmistakable sound emitted when I pulled back the lever, and the smell of a fresh, inky ribbon. Although it may not always be practical to type hard copies these days, with liquid paper being more work than hitting backspace and all, just looking at a typewriter does bring happy thoughts to many who have used one, and some who haven't--but see them in old movies, in antique stores, and on our some of our favorite period TV shows...
Made (Green) in the USA

Made (Green) in the USA

Our friends at Green 3, Jim and Sandy Martin, have helped us add some fantastic uncommon goods to our assortment. From adorable babywear like the gnome babysuit and hat and matching blanket, to the perfect-for-a-breezy-spring-day reclaimed t-shirt scarves, to the summer-friendly update on the popular recycled sweater skirt, the recycled bridesmaid dress skirt, the Martins know eco-friendly fashion...
Inside the Designer’s Studio with Laura Lobdell

Inside the Designer’s Studio with Laura Lobdell

We want to give you an exclusive look inside the minds of our uncommon artists. For Laura, there is no real division between her shop and her art; it all comes from the same place in her imaginative mind. Collections of objects which seem to have drifted together out of their desire to express Laura's poetic sensibility share shop space with pieces of her art--and of course, her jewelry.
Cook’s Birdhouse Illustrated

Cook’s Birdhouse Illustrated

Krista from Retro Pets sent us this illustration last week: We love her take on our Julia Child Birdhouse. This year Krista is doing a drawing a day, filled with watercolors and smart commentary. Great idea to keep your art skills sharp.
Building a Totem Necklace with Ana Sheldon

Building a Totem Necklace with Ana Sheldon

Ana Sheldon is the artist behind the Custom Totem Necklace, a collection of stones that is intended to be a play on physical and spiritual balance. Each necklace is unique with a set of hand-picked stones that represent different qualities. Creating a Totem Necklace for yourself or a loved one is a special and personal process so we asked Ana to share her inspiration behind the piece and how she would create a Totem Necklace for the women in her life.