Tonight! Haus + Home Holiday Pop-Up Shop Opening Night

Haus + Home, Holiday Pop-Up Shop

It’s that time of year! Dear Home and NORDEN are teaming up again to bring you Haus + Home, a 3-week Holiday Pop-Up Shop at [co][lab] in downtown Urbana—just in time for the holidays!

New items this year include our line of vintage handmade notebooks and vintage key necklaces, in addition to a new collection of curated vintage items for sale. And we’ll be adding new items every week, so watch us on Facebook and Twitter.

For our Opening Night tonight, we’ll have a special holiday drink and cookies to enjoy while getting a first look at our vintage and handmade items. Hope to see you there! :)

Haus + Home Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Open Dec 4–Dec 23, 2014
Thurs & Fri 5–8, Sat & Sun 10–8
Special additional hours: Dec 22 & 23 from 5–8
[co][lab], 206 W Main, Urbana, IL


Dear Home Cabin Collection Trunk Show at Vintage Karma this Saturday!



Mark your calendars! We’re bringing our curated set of vintage rustic items inspired by the great outdoors to Vintage Karma this Saturday, October 18! Our Cabin Collection includes wool blankets, military bags, handmade notebooks, macrame, barware, globes and more. Be the first to check out some new items we’re adding to the collection! We’ll also have a selection of our new handmade vintage notebooks, vintage key necklaces and vintage tag keychains for sale.

The Cabin Collection will be available at Vintage Karma starting this Saturday, from 10am to 5pm at 110 W Sale St in Downtown Tuscola. I’ll be hanging out from Noon to 5pm and would love to see you! Cider and other fall snacks will be served.

Shop our Cabin Collection at The Made Fest


The Made Fest is back for its second year and we’ll be setting up shop! This year, the fest is TWO days. Yep, a two-day, outdoor curated marketplace featuring handmade artists, makers, and vintage sellers. Right here in Champaign.

Last year we brought you a mix of vintage goodies. This year, we’re super excited to debut The Cabin Collection—a curated set of vintage rustic items inspired by the great outdoors. The collection includes wool blankets, military bags, macrame, barware, globes and much, much more. As always, you can expect affordable, one-of-a-kind items with a lot of history. I love giving old pieces a new home!

Dear Home will also have a selection of new handmade items including our line of handmade vintage notebooks we debuted a few weeks ago at the Urban Outfitters Marketplace. The notebooks are made with discarded library books that were too damaged to stay on the shelves, and each one is unique using beautifully illustrated pages for the cover.

So mark your calendars, and stop on by Sat, Sept 27 and Sun, Sept 28 from 12—6pm at Main and Market in Downtown Champaign, IL.

Follow @dearhomevintage on Instagram for sneak peeks. Check out for more info and a list of vendors.

New in the Shop: Handmade Vintage Notebooks


We’re excited to announce the debut of our new line of handmade vintage notebooks this Saturday, from 10am-4pm as part of the Urban Outfitters, UO Marketplace!

Our handmade vintage notebooks are made using discarded library books that were too damaged to stay on the shelves. Each notebook is unique using beautifully illustrated pages for the cover. We’ll also have a mix of vintage pencils, staplers and clips for the office supply lover just in time for back to school.

Urban Outfitters, 507 E. Green St., is celebrating the local community by hosting UO Marketplace, featuring shops and creatives from the Champaign-Urbana area. This Saturday’s UO Marketplace will also feature Plant Mode, Neutral Cycle and the University of Illinois Metals Department.

Next stop: Vintage Karma

Dear Home is proud to announce that our vintage goods will soon be available to purchase at Vintage Karma in Tuscola, IL!


We met the awesome proprietors of Vintage Karma during our Haus + Home Holiday Popup Shop and it seemed like the perfect partnership. The atmosphere of their shop/tattoo parlor reflects the keen style of the owners. We feel right at home selling our vintage goodies in their store!

And to add to the excitement, Vintage Karma is throwing a Second Anniversary Party this Saturday, April 12th, where we’ll be debuting our items as part of the celebration! Stop on by for drinks, live music, giveaways and show your support for this great local business. For more info you can like Vintage Karma on Facebook and RSVP to the Anniversary Party.


Haus + Home: a Holiday Pop-Up Shop by Dear Home and NORDEN

Haus + Home, Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Check it out! Dear Home is branching out from online to storefront with Haus + Home, a 3-week Holiday Pop-Up Shop in collaboration with our friends at NORDEN!

We had a blast at The Made Fest in September (thanks to everyone who stopped by!) and we’re thrilled to be popping up in Downtown Urbana. We’ve partnered with NORDEN, an up-and-coming German design studio, and they’ve been a treat to work with. I fell in love with their aesthetic when I saw the beautiful pieces they make, and I think you will too.

We’ll be set up in the new [co][lab] space, selling a mixture of Dear Home’s stylish vintage goods and NORDEN’s simple, refined products for the home. And we’ll be adding new items every week, so watch us on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for our email list.

Haus + Home Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Open daily 10–7 from Nov 30–Dec 22
206 W Main, Urbana, IL



Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, we’re having an opening party and you’re invited! Stop by November 29, 6–10pm and finish off your Black Friday over a glass of wine and cupcakes from Cream & Flutter. We’d love to see you there! RSVP on Facebook.


Visit Dear Home at The Made Fest

The Made Fest posters

Photo by The Made Fest; posters designed and printed by The Living Letterpress

It’s that time again! As I mentioned last year, I’ve been a long-time fan and attendee of the über cool Pygmalion Music Festival in Champaign, IL. But this year’s even better. How so? There’s a new addition to the festival: The Made Fest.

The Made Fest is a one-day, outdoor curated marketplace featuring handmade artists and vintage sellers. And guess what? Dear Home will be there setting up shop! This will be our first on location gig and we’ve been busy getting lots of vintage goodies together—industrial items, cameras, office supplies, housewares, barware, scouting pieces, worldly souvenirs, women and men’s clothing, shoes, accessories and much more!

So mark your calendars, and stop on by Saturday, September 28, from 11am—7pm at Main and Market in Downtown Champaign, IL.

Follow @dearhomevintage on Instagram for sneak peeks. Check out for more info and a list of vendors.

Vintage Find: Liquor Labels

My husband and I decided to stop in Galena, Illinois on the way home from our annual Minnesota camping trip. If you haven’t been to Galena before, it’s a beautifully historic city with an architecturally stunning downtown that features restaurants, specialty shops, and antique shops galore. Although I usually stick to estate sales and thrift shops, one antique shop caught my eye. Piles on piles of vintage items stared at me through the window—now that’s my kind of place!

I could tell the owner was a life-long collector with an affinity for vintage cameras. I can relate. But I was looking for something more unique, and more within my budget. I’d know it when I saw it.

An overflowing pile of color caught my eye—a box of vintage unused labels in pristine condition. The digging began. I ended up selecting four liquor labels for their delicate design, unique typography, stunning colors and gold sheen.

Now, it’s about time I put them to good use. I’m thinking of framing and hanging them on our wall so we can enjoy their typographic beauty everyday. But I’m still open to suggestions—what would you do with them?

Flea Market Stop: ScreenDoor in Asheville, NC

Stopping at local vintage shops is one of our favorite parts of traveling. After finding ScreenDoor on Yelp (one of my favorite apps ever) and reading reviews of how unique it was, I knew we had to check it out. As we approached the giant warehouse-barn—tucked off the beaten path with a ton of stuff in the front yard—I knew we had stumbled upon a vintage lover’s gem.

I’m not sure exactly how to describe this picker’s place of wonder, but it wasn’t your typical hanky-sellin’ flea market. It housed a wealth of mid-century modern furniture, industrial items, architectural salvage, and many one-of-a-kind pieces (along with some antiques and shabby chic to appeal to all). Not only did they have amazing items, the place itself was stunning—the building structure, the lighting coming through the glass windows… Two hours later we walked out with an industrial slide file box and a ton of inspiration.

Next time you’re in the area, stop by and let us know what you think!

“Established in 1999, ScreenDoor offers 25,000 square feet of unique home and garden accessories from more than 100 vendors. There is always an exciting selection of architectural, antique, mid-century modern, industrial and country furnishings to reflect your personal style.”

featured spaces: photos 1–3, frances domingues found design


Road Trip (Appalachia Here We Come!)

Happy Friday y’all! We’re packing up for our vacation to Gatlinburg, TN and Asheville, NC tomorrow. SInce we’ll be busy hikin’ it up in the Smoky Mountains and sittin’ back in downtown Asheville, our Etsy shop will be on vacation too. The shop will open back up when we return with lots of new items to come!

We’ll also be bringing our vintage goods to the Champaign-Urbana (C-U) Flea #3 on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 12-3. If you’re in the area, save the date. Have a great couple weeks!

The Thrill of the Hunt

Note: This post was written as a guest contribution for the News-Gazette’s Area Extras blog. Thanks to Meg Dickinson for asking me to contribute! See the original post here.

When I was growing up, I used to play detective. I’d make up stories, investigate mysteries and record them in my trusty day planner (bought with my allowance instead of toys like the other kids). I’d search for treasures and find old chairs and tables in the woods, believing that at one time this was home to a living civilization. It was a thrill to go out into the woods and not know what I’d find.

As an adult, the detective in me lives on when I head to an early-morning garage sale or an evening church rummage sale. This time, instead of carrying my trusty day planner, I’m armed with tote bags ready to fill them up with found vintage treasures — ephemera, office supplies, housewares, local history, fabric, photographs, postcards, books, travel posters and anything else that catches my eye.

What can I say? I’m addicted to the thrill of the hunt.

While going “sale-ing” has been a long-time hobby of mine, I never dreamed I could turn it into a small business. As the new owner of an online vintage shop, Dear Home, I get to spend each day doing something I have loved since my childhood.

Although I never became a true detective, I find myself “playing detective” as I head out into the neighborhoods to find treasures and return home to investigate my finds. It’s exciting to find more items for my personal collections and special vintage pieces for my shop that others can enjoy.

Is there a childhood pastime that you still enjoy? Do you have a hobby that you’ve been thinking about turning into your day job?

DIY Ideas For Vintage Wallpaper Scraps, Fabric Swatches & Postage Stamps

I’ve been a long-time fan and attendee of the über cool Pygmalion Music Festival in Champaign, IL (did I mention that I’m super proud to live here?) and decided to show my support by sponsoring the festival this year.

As a sponsor, I got to put something in the swag bags for festival passholders. I pondered many ideas—pinback buttons, custom guitar picks, a simple flyer… but then it hit me. Why not give everyone a “piece” of Dear Home? So I put together Grab Bags containing a piece of vintage tack-tastic wallpaper, an out-of-this-world fabric swatch and an intricately designed postage stamp, all ready for a Saturday afternoon DIY project.

If you’re a passholder at this year’s festival, here’s a couple DIY ideas for using your Grab Bag pieces. Or if you’ve got some left-over wallpaper, fabric or old stamps lying around, give these a try!

Vintage Wallpaper Ideas

  1. Glass coasters from Martha Stewart
  2. Covered matchbooks from Morning Creativity
  3. Covered clothespins from KraftyDesign on Etsy

More ideas: Tray embellishmentsDrawer liners; DIY envelopes

Vintage Fabric Ideas

Photo: Fabric buttons from Design Sponge

More ideas: Swatch portraits

Vintage Postage Stamp Ideas

Photo: Postage Stamp Notebooks from Krrb

More ideas: Collage; Coasters

Send us a photo if you try one of these DIY ideas out, or if you have an idea yourself please share!

Welcome to Dear Home!

Since I can remember, I’ve had an affinity for collecting—whether it be collecting physical things like a concert ticket, images through photography, or just really awesome stuff. I love surrounding myself with beautiful, interesting things that spark my inner curiosity. After years of collecting, I’ve reached a point where I’m knee-deep in stuff. I figure, it’s about time to let some things go to a new home. That’s one of the reasons I opened a vintage resale shop.

Introducing: Dear Home. As I find vintage modern treasures, I’ll be listing them on the Dear Home Etsy Shop. The shop will feature mid-century modern items, international pieces, ephemera, office supplies, kitchenware, knick-knacks, and lots more. I’d love for you to check out what’s in the shop now, with lots more coming soon!

Hunting for vintage goodies is always an adventure, and every adventure has a story to tell. The Dear Home Blog is my place to share these stories and ask you about yours. I’ll be sharing these adventures, new and left behind items, fab houses that I dream of, and more right here.

Here are some ways to stay connected with what’s going on at Dear Home:

I love chatting about anything and everything vintage, so feel free to send me an email at to chat, or, if you have specific item requests. Here’s to the hunt!

I’m Christina, owner and curator of Dear Home. I live in the small, but fabulous city of Champaign, IL, and am proud of it! Besides being a collector, I’m a typography nut, fitness fanatic, and domestic architecture geek who loves to ponder the idea of home.

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

— William Morris