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Shop Talk: My Etsy Shop Launch!

I have officially opened an Etsy shop with my Mom and our mascot!  Why did no one tell me what a ridiculous amount of work it would be?  We are still figuring things out and adding to our inventory, but I wanted to give you all a peek.  Our shop is called Minden Shop.  “Minden” (pronounced “Meen-den”) means “Everything” in Hungarian.  As in, we’d like to keep everything in our shop because we love it so.  More importantly, we hope you love everything we have in store, too.

We are trying to stock a variety of items, from pretty vintage jewellery to kitschy kitchen decor.  We have a few finer antiques and then some quirky finds.  Our vintage goods range from 1930s pretty, to 1980s fab.  We’ve done our best to research everything, including pricing, and have priced everything so it’s within reach.  Here are a few of my (current) favorite items:

I’m pretty obsessed with this child’s plate we just added.  The young child, hunting rabbits, cracks me up:

These Emsa egg cups, from W. Germany, are so deliciously cheery, plus I love how practical they are (not breakable and they have a little spot for the shells).  My Mom has been hinting at un-listing them.  She is incorrigible. 

I have seen other cheese boards, but this lovely cheese board is the first I have bought because this one has the prettiest tile (celery green, periwinkle blue, pink and orange), combined with richly hued wood.  The whole piece is in fabulous condition.  And look how handy the little knife spot is – it has a magnet to hold the knife in. 

This set of leaves, from Occupied Japan, is so cheery.  I want these for nuts on a table setting, or for organizing jewellery.

This turquoise-coloured stone ring (we believe it to be Magnesite) is super stunning and makes such a statement.

Yup, there will always be at least a couple of turquoise pieces in the shop.  You know how much I heart turquoise.  If Hubs wasn’t so smitten with his pepper mill, I’d keep this sweet turquoise salt and pepper set:

We currently have quite a few Figgjo Norway pieces in stock, including full sets of dinner and lunch plates:

. . . and this sweet covered sugar bowl and creamer set:

We aren’t sure what these Sheffield Kelly green knives are made of, but they are really unusual and remind me of the Malachite that is so on-trend right now.

We don’t have many listings of jewellery or accessories, but we’re adding more (including some handmade items).  Currently, we do have a few gorgeous pieces, like these deep Baltic amber earrings . . .

and this sparkly, tiny chain mail purse:

We are always on the hunt for Pyrex, which is so scarce it seems!  We have a few pieces still to add, but right now we do have this crisp Pyrex casserole from England:

Not everything is for the ladies, though.  Among some other great finds for your favorite guy, we also have a little something Hubby has been begging me to keep (street sign themed shot glasses!):

I am so jealous of whoever buys this Arabia Finlandia vase (produced between 1932 and 1949).  It is so beautiful, and in amazing condition, but just won’t suit my decor.

Check out Minden Shop for more goodies.  Our vintage finds and handmade goods (to be added soon) will only be available until August 15th, 2012 because I’m heading abroad for research.  We plan to re-open in the spring of 2013.

To thank everyone for their support, I’d like to give my readers a 10% discount off anything in the shop.  Just use the code DANSLETOWNHOUSE12.  And stay tuned, because next week I plan to host a Minden Shop giveaway!!



  1. April
    June 28, 2012 / 2:47 pm

    Congrats on the shop, Tanya, your stock looks amazing!! Can't wait until I have a little extra cash to do some serious splurging 🙂

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 29, 2012 / 3:01 am

      Thanks April! If you do decide to do a little Minden Shopping, convo me so I can give you a customized shipping price (it will be cheaper).

  2. Dharma
    June 28, 2012 / 3:44 pm

    What a great little shop – those Zodiac shakers might be calling me……..

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 29, 2012 / 3:00 am

      Ha ha, aren't they sweet?!? If you decide to take the plunge, convo me first with your postal code so I can give you a specific shipping rate (it will be cheaper). And don't forget the DLT code!

  3. Lets just build a house!
    June 28, 2012 / 5:39 pm

    fun! I already went and added it to my favorite shops so I can keep an eye on the good stuff you will be posting!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 29, 2012 / 2:59 am

      Yay! Thanks 😀

  4. erica | wicked bride
    June 28, 2012 / 5:42 pm

    Beautiful stuff, t! I've already favorited you and added you to my circle 🙂

  5. Dana@Mid2Mod
    June 28, 2012 / 6:12 pm

    Your shop is adorable. Have fun with it! 🙂

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 29, 2012 / 2:59 am

      Thanks Dana, that means a lot to us!

  6. Sarah
    June 28, 2012 / 11:46 pm

    CONGRATS Tanya! How exciting! Very sweet things in your shop!xoxo, Sarah

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 29, 2012 / 2:58 am

      Thanks Sarah!

  7. Christy Grauer
    June 29, 2012 / 12:55 am

    congrats on your shop. i went and checked it out- it looks great! seems like you ladies know more than you think 😉 it is a lot of work though. I added you to my circle so I can see all the fun stuff you are adding. Good luck!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 29, 2012 / 2:58 am

      Thanks so much! We're trying to be knowledgeable but there's a big learning curve between collecting neat vintage things for us and then having to be accountable for what it is, etc. Whew. But we're getting the hang of it!And I'm still figuring out this Etsy thing. Favorite-ing, admirers, circles. I'm going to understand soon!

  8. Amelia @ House Pretty
    June 29, 2012 / 1:09 am

    Congratulations Tanya! It looks like you've collected some really beautiful pieces!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 29, 2012 / 2:56 am

      Thanks!! And there's more to come 😉

  9. Amy
    June 29, 2012 / 3:04 am

    Wow! So much stock — great job.!!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 30, 2012 / 8:16 pm

      Thanks Amy!!

  10. Tamsyn
    June 29, 2012 / 3:48 am

    Congrats on opening your store Tanya, I love all of the gorgeous things you have for sale xx

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 30, 2012 / 8:17 pm

      Thanks Tamsyn. Thanks for adding me to your circle! I figured out how, lol, and added you to mine. So much to learn 🙂

  11. Lisa - A Room with A View
    June 29, 2012 / 12:28 pm

    Great job with the spray painting – visiting via Living Savvy. You have some adorable vintage pieces – will be checking those out for sure.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 30, 2012 / 8:14 pm

      Thanks Lisa! Great to meet you!!

  12. Interior Design Musings
    June 29, 2012 / 1:17 pm

    Just purchased that fabulous jewelry dish! Will be using it for pretty soaps in our master bathroom!! Love the new shop. M.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 30, 2012 / 8:16 pm

      Thanks!! Oh, I'm so happy you bought the gold patterned dish! That was one of my favorite finds and I was hoping it would go to a good home. Once you receive it, you'll have to send me some photos of it in your bathroom. Is it weird how excited I am about this? It's a holiday for us Canadians, so shipment might be delayed by a day or two, but I'll send it ASAP.

  13. Vidya @ Whats Ur Home Story
    June 29, 2012 / 5:23 pm

    Congratulatins Tanya! Wow that is quite a lot of stuff to start with. Great job and good luck. I'm thinking of opening an Etsy store too hopefully soon.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 2, 2012 / 2:38 am

      Thanks! We've been stock piling goodies for some time in preparation.Good luck with your shop!! I'm so excited to it, be sure to let us all know if/when you open.

  14. Miranda
    June 29, 2012 / 9:07 pm

    Best of luck!You have a great eye. I'm sure your venture will be a big success.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 30, 2012 / 8:18 pm

      Thank you!! It's so hard to buy things for the shop because if I don't love something, I won't add it – but if I DO love it, I don't want to sell it, lol. My Mom and I are getting better at sharing. We do have tiny homes, afterall.

  15. Shannon
    July 2, 2012 / 11:34 am

    Great shop! Way to work it girl! It must be impossible shopping for the shop! And taking 5 photos of everything…and then finding boxes…oh boy! i helped my mom set up hers! (for knitting). i want to get out thrifting on a regular basis again! Maybe this fall when the big guy goes to preschool!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 2, 2012 / 2:08 pm

      Thanks Shannon! It is boatloads of work, and a struggle not to keep every single thing. But we pledged not to stock stuff we didn't think was cool. It's funny you mention boxes! Jeepers, that's been one of the trickiest parts, along with figuring out shipping without knowing who will buy it.

  16. barbara@hodge:podge
    July 4, 2012 / 1:28 am

    Congrats on the shop Tanya! YAY!

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