Welcome to the blog for YesterNook! We are a multi-vendor resale establishment located at 1041 Goss Avenue in Louisville, KY. Here you will find all kinds of information and news about the store and its vendors. Please check back often for updates! We're glad you stopped by.

Our hours are 10-6 Monday through Saturday and 12 to 5 on Sunday. Please feel free to call the store at 502.690.4572. Be sure to check us out on Facebook as well.

Friday, December 28, 2012

This is not Spam!

It's a bank!
This weekend is your last chance to drop by the store in 2012!  We'll be closed on December 31 and January 1.  If you want to "ring out the old" YesterNook style, this is your chance!

There's an old saying that whatever you're doing at the end of the year is what you'll be doing throughout the next year.  We don't know if it's true or not, but we can't think of a better way to spend the next twelve months than searching for special finds at YesterNook!

Lots of booths are having year-end sales right now, making the already low prices even lower!  You can check out the list of vendors with discounts at our Facebook page.

If we don't see you this weekend, please have a happy and safe New Year's Eve!  We look forward to seeing all of you throughout the year!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

And Now a Message from Saint Nick

YesterNook is closed today, so that everyone can spend the holiday with family and friends.  We hope that you are having a wonderful time doing just that as well!

We'll be open regular hours tomorrow (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), so please stop by if you;re out doing any post-holiday shopping.  Lots of vendors are running specials right now.  See our Facebook page for details on that.  Besides, there's no time like the present to put those YesterNook gift certificates to good use! 

Thanks for being such good friends throughout the year.  We look forward to moving into 2013 with you all! 

Merry Christmas!
Happy Holidays!
Season's Greetings!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Tick! Tock!


You still haven't gotten all your gifts yet?

Wait, you mean you haven't gotten any of your gifts yet?

What are you waiting for?

Time is running out!

Lucky for you, there's still one more weekend left to shop, which means it's time to hop on over to YesterNook!  Vendors bring in new items every day, so the selection constantly varies.  It's never the same store from visit to visit!


You've never been to YesterNook?  Really?  Well, if you're looking for last minute gifts, we've got all kinds of great stuff!

From great big,

to very small and delicate.

From practical as all get out,

to pure whimsy,

From primitive,

to vintage,

to collectible,

to just plain pretty,

Not to mention comfy,


flat out fun,

and colorful!

Seriously, there's something for everyone!  If you're really in a hurry or just cannot make up your mind, we have gift certificates in any amount you choose.  But you'll have to hurry!  You only have from 10-6 on Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday!  We'll be closed Christmas Eve!

There's still time to give the gift of Louisville's best multi-vendor re-sale store this holiday season!  We hope to see you this weekend.

For more pictures of current merchandise, visit our Facebook page.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


What are your holiday traditions?  Do you have a big Christmas party?  Or go to midnight mass?  Does your family draw names for gifts? 

Maybe you open your gifts on Christmas Eve instead of the next morning.  Or you and your sisters all get together for a big cookie-baking day.  How many of you spend Christmas Day travelling from house to house with gifts and food?  Or go caroling?

Maybe you’re one of the few who doesn’t have a tradition or maybe you want to start a new one.  Here are some YesterNook inspired ideas:

Have a Schnitzelburg shopping day.  Get together with a group of friends and spend the morning exploring the awesome Christmas offerings at YesterNook, then have lunch at one of the nearby restaurants.

Take a cool vintage ornament to your office ornament exchange party.

Instead of an Ugly Sweater Party, hold a Cool Vintage Winter Coat Party.

Use vintage plates and tins deliver your holiday cookies to friends and family.

Use vintage ornaments and holiday tidbits to embellish wrapped gifts.

Come to the store and go caroling at the various booths.

Build a unique Nativity scene out of lost or discarded pieces of other Nativities.

Make holiday gift baskets or holly arrangements out of old enamelware pots.

Get everyone on your gift list a YesterNook gift certificate.

Come to YesterNook and see how many flocked Santas and knee hugger elves you can find.

Go over to our Facebook page and share some of your YesterNook holiday tradition ideas!  Or share special traditions that your family has!  One of our favorite traditions here at the store is appreciating all of our customers during the holidays and all throughout the year.  That’s a tradition everyone can take part in!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Tick Tock!

Time is ticking away!  Are you a last minute shopper?  Still have to find a gift for that special person?  Time is running out!  Stop into YesterNook and let us help you out this weekend!

While you're there, be sure to take time to check out our special weekend literary events:

Saturday (Dec. 15) from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Chef Nancy Russman will be meeting the public and signing copies of her new book
Chef Nancy's Kids' Club Cookbook

Sunday (Dec 16) from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Kadie Engstrom will be on hand to sign copies of her book
Pathway Through the Past: A Timeline Tour of Historic Sites in the Louisville Metropolitan Area

Attendees will be able to buy the books (10% discount) and have them signed!  Both events will be upstairs in the Tiny Bookshop, which is located in Mayme's Ballroom.

Finally, don't forget what Santa says:

You might even see a reindeer or two!


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December News

The halls are all decked, so it must be December!  You can see it right from the moment you come in the door.

Yes, there's Christmas just about everywhere you look in YesterNook right now.

But that's not all that's new in the store.  Not by a long shot.  There's always something happening at YesterNook.

First off, we need to give a slightly belated YesterNook welcome to a vendor who started in November.  Bridgette (Booth 021) is located in the large room called Mayme's Ballroom upstairs.  She's located about halfway down the aisle in that room on the right.

It's going to be a literary weekend at this store this coming Saturday and Sunday, courtesy of the Tiny Bookshop!  We've already announced Chef Nancy Russman's appearance on Saturday, December 15.  On Sunday, December 16, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Kadie Engstrom will be on hand to talk about her book, "Pathway Through the Past: A Timeline Tour of Historic Sites in the Louisville Metropolitan Area."  If you are at all interested in historic buildings and locations in Louisville, you do not want to miss this one.

Ms. Engstrom has worked with the historic steamboat Belle of Louisville in several capacities since 1972, and has been Education Coordinator since 1992. Kadie has also developed and facilitated many educational experiences for children and adults. She now chairs the Kentuckiana Heritage Consortium, a networking group of representatives of historic sites in the metropolitan area.

Kadie has woven the stories of these historic sites into her book "Pathway Through the Past: A Timeline Tour of Historic Sites in the Louisville Metropolitan Area." Together with other sites and events, she traces the Louisville-area's history from the late 1700s to the modern day.  It’s a perfect gift to give yourself or someone else, and the proceeds will benefit the work of the consortium. Copies purchased from the Tiny Bookshop in YesterNook will receive a 10 percent discount from
the list price.

The Tiny Bookshop is also located upstairs in Mayme's Ballroom.  It's on the left as you go down the aisle.  You'll recognize it by the distinctive black bookshelves.

If you go downstairs to Lizzie's Lounge, be sure to look into the new Agnes Oakley room.  Located in the side room at the bottom of the stairs, where the Christmas Cavern used to be, this room is now dedicated to antiques and primitives.  There's lots of neat stuff down there.

The room is named for Agnes Oakley, the maternal great-grandmother of YesterNook owner Pattie Cape.

Speaking of space names, next time you are waiting to be checked out, glance up at the wall to the left of the register.  You'll see that the cashier space has now been named for Lonnie, Patti's paternal great-grandfather.

It's been a really busy December so far at the store.  As always, we appreciate your support.  Please keep checking in often.  Vendors bring in new items every day.  If you just can't decide what to get that special person for Christmas, YesterNook also has gift certificates.  Ask about them at the counter.

The store will be open regular hours for the rest of the month, but will be closed December 24 and 25 and also on December 31 and January 1.  We hope all of our YesterNook friends have a happy and safe holiday season.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Chef Nancy Russman coming to YesterNook Dec 15th from 1:30 to 4:30

Chef Nancy's Kids' Club CookBook

Getting kids to eat healthy snacks just became easier with the publication
of Chef Nancy Russman's "Chef Nancy's Kids' Club Cookbook." Make plans
to meet Germantown native Chef Nancy and pick up an autographed copy of
her "Chef Nancy's Kids' Club Cookbook" on Saturday afternoon, December
15th, between 1:30 and 4:30 at the Tiny Bookshop in the YesterNook
antique mall, 1041 Goss Avenue.

Chef Nancy has gathered over twenty years of experience into her 52-page
cookbook. After apprenticing at Louisville's famed Casa Grisante, she
was a chef in numerous highly-rated restaurants and prepared culinary
delights across the United States and Europe.

Returning to Louisville, she created a Culinary Arts Job Training Program
at St. Vincent de Paul to prepare adults to work in the food service
industry. She later worked for the Second Harvest Food Bank, where she
expanded the Kids Café program to fifteen metro-area sites that provide
disadvantaged children with three evening meals a week. Chef Nancy has
received numerous awards for her talents, and is now program coordinator
for the culinary arts program at Jefferson Community and Technical

Chef Nancy's "Chef Nancy's Kids' Club Cookbook " is chock full of
kid-friendly, kid-easy, and kid-healthy recipes that teach young people
how to prepare healthy foods for themselves. And they are kid-safe: no
knives and no stoves are needed to make any of the receipes.

With growing concern about children's eating habits, "Chef Nancy's Kids'
Club Cookbook" can start young people down the road of healthy eating. It
will make a great Christmas or holiday gift. Come meet Chef Nancy
Russman and purchase "Chef Nancy's Kids' Club Cookbook" from the Tiny
Bookshop at YesterNook and receive a 10 percent discount.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Sometimes, the merchandise speaks for itself.  New holiday items are arriving nearly every day--modern decor, vintage items, and great gift ideas.

Check out our Facebook page for updates on new and notable items!  Hope to see you soon.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It starts out kind of small,
creeping in like a mouse.

Things, shiny and glittery,
appear in your house.

They bring out the message:

"It's that time of year!

Get out the holly!

is here!"

New and vintage holiday decor items are arriving every day at YesterNook.  Great gift items too!

Photos by Sharron Smiley

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday

Some things to remember, if you go out shopping today:

You don't have to wait in line overnight to get special prices on special items at YesterNook.  We have them all the time.

You can find unique items at YesterNook that you won't find anywhere else.

You won't find unruly crowds at YesterNook, just a calm peaceful, environment.

We're always glad to see you at YesterNook!

By shopping at YesterNook, you are supporting not only a local business, but you are contributing to the economic life of a neighborhood.

Supporting a business like YesterNook means you also support the nearly 40 vendors who have space here.  These are all local folks, and some even live in the Schitzelburg/Germantown area.  They're just ordinary folks, like you and your family.  They might even be people you know.

The variety here cannot be beat!

Shopping at YesterNook is fun!  You never know what you'll find. 

You can make a great day of it by adding a stop at one of the fine local restaurants on Goss Avenue!

Whether we see you on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday (which is tomorrow), or any other day during the holiday season, we do hope you'll stop in and see us.  Happy Holidays! Check out our Facebook page for pics of current merchandise, including tons of vintage Christmas decorations!  Also, be sure to read more information about YesterNook's participation in Small Business Saturday.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


This is a busy week for most of us.  If we're not getting ready to travel, then we're getting ready to receive guests. Otherwise, we're making special grocery runs to gather supplies for our annual feasts.  Some of us are looking forward to the football games.  Others can't wait for the big parade.  Some of us will be surrounded by many family members at a large gathering, while others will have a small get-together for a few people.

If you find yourself running short on autumn-themed decor, or special dishes, or even Christmas decorations to put our after the meals is over, we have plenty of all of these at YesterNook.  Maybe you want to use a classic tablecloth this year.  Or you want an interesting vase or bowl for a centerpiece.  Can't find your pickle dish?  Want to decorate with vintage utensils?

With over thirty-five different vendors, there's a chance we may have what you need to make your Thanksgiving complete.  Stop in and check us out.  We're not that far from the Goss Avenue Kroger, so you can drop in YesterNook and still complete that run for cranberries and yams all in one trip!

If you have family or friends staying over the weekend, why not take them in to see your favorite store?  Maybe they'll find something special to take home with them.  We will close Wednesday, November 21st at 2:00 and return to regular hours on Friday. The store will be closed on Thursday to allow us the chance to celebrate with our families too. YesterNook is a great, relaxing place to do your Black Friday shopping.

When we are gathered around our tables giving thanks this year, you can bet that one of the things we're thankful for is all of the find friends and customers we have met through YesterNook.  Thanks for all your support throughout the year.  Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Think Small!

Once again, YesterNook is participating in Small Business Saturday, which will be held on November 24 this year.  This is the Saturday after Black Friday, the largest shopping day of the year.

Please remember YesterNook and other small, local businesses this year as you do your holiday shopping.  Businesses like YesterNook give back to local economies by supporting and using local vendors and suppliers.  In addition, YesterNook supports nearly 40 local vendors, all of whom are also supporting the local economy.

We appreciate the support you give us throughout the year.  Please make us a part of your holiday shopping as well.  We look forward to seeing you on Small Business Saturday and throughout the holiday season on into the New Year.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Yes, It Is!

There's a new mantle display up in the entryway at YesterNook, once again courtesy of the talented Brad of Booth 3.  It's got a homey, comfy feel to it, which is so appropriate for a time of the year when we are all making plans to gather with family for a big meal.  It's kind of like gathering in grandmother's kitchen, except it's in the lobby of YesterNook.  Take a look.

Photo by Sharron Smiley

So, what happens if you see something in the display that you'd like to buy?  It looks so good sitting there that you almost hate to disturb the display by taking it and making an empty spot.  Someone did work awfully hard on pulling it all together.  What should you do?

What if the item you want is hanging on the wall in the hallway?  Or in the restroom?  Or downstairs in the lounge?  Everything looks so nicely put together that you hate to disturb it and make more work for someone?  What should you do?

The answer is simple:  You carefully pick the item up, take it to the register, pay for it and take it home with you.  If it's got a price tag on it, it's for sale, even if it's in a display!  We don't mind that you buy things out of the displays, because we make them to catch your attention.  We'll find something else to put in that spot.  Don't worry about that.  We just want you to enjoy your purchase!

If you find you can't reach the item you want or otherwise need assistance, just ask for help.  We'll be glad to get something down for you or move it to the register so you can purchase it.  Just ask!

Remember, if it looks good in the store, it's going to look even better in your house.  Let us know how we can help you.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Have You Ever Noticed?

Have you ever noticed how nice YesterNook smells when you first walk in the door?  

Patti and Sharron keep scented candles burning at the register, and they make the first floor smell so nice and inviting.  It's a little homey touch that kind of sets the stage for the YesterNook experience.  On those days when there's popcorn popping in the basement, you can smell it all over the store!

Have you ever noticed how great YesterNook sounds?

One day it will be Billie Holiday.  The next it might be Elvis.  Or Big Bands.  Or Love Songs.  It kind of fits in a store full of items from different eras to hear music from different eras. The music adds to your experience while shopping, but doesn't overpower you or try to make you hurry.  Many customers have complimented us on the music we play, which Patti's father records to CD from his vast album collection.

Have you ever noticed how much the store changes from week to week and even day to day?

Vendors (including Patti and Sharron) bring in new items all the time.  Some even come in two or three times a week.  New arrivals, combined with other items selling, mean that some areas are rearranged frequently.  They can look totally different every few days!   The large room called Hattie, across from the register, especially seems to change constantly.  The dinette set that sat in the middle of the room on Monday could be replaced by a bedroom suite by Wednesday.

Have you ever noticed how quickly that item you really wanted goes home with someone else?

A store like YesterNook has no set inventory, so that item you really like is the only one in the store.  There's not another one in storage in the back.  Even with around 40 vendors, all carrying different items, typically there's only one of most items in the store.  We can't tell you how many times someone has contacted the store to ask about something they saw a couple of days earlier, only to find that it had already sold.  Not to pressure anyone, but if you see it and you like it, you should consider getting it. 

Have you ever noticed the really cool details in the building?

Seriously, this is one cool building.  The hardwood floors upstairs are really awesome!  And have you seen those arches all over the place?  The architecture seems to totally fit the nature and purpose of the store.

Have you ever really noticed that it might be time to visit YesterNook again?

If you haven't been in a while, it might be time to stop in and see what's new!  Holiday items are beginning to show up!  Plus, there's a ton of new furniture and stuff in the garage!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

November News

Welcome to November, everyone!  The year is quickly winding down, isn't it?  Where does the time go?  It's getting cooler and the days are getting shorter.  The time changes tomorrow.  Soon, the outdoors will be cold and dreary, so you'll want to come inside YesterNook, where it's always warm and festive!

We've got three new vendors starting this month to add to that warmth.  Be sure to head upstairs next time you're in, so you can check them all out.  In the front half of Claude, new vendor Robin is in Booth 777.  That sure sounds like a lucky booth number to us, so you're sure to find a treasure there.  In Edna, in the closet area, you'll find Shelly and Lisa, who are starting Booth 93.  We'd like to extend a big YesterNook welcome to all of them and encourage everyone to check them out.  It means a lot to vendors to know that customers like visiting their booths.

Since everyone's thoughts are turning to the holidays, we'd like to go ahead and let you know the Thanksgiving hours for the store:

Wednesday, November 21, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 22, CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING
Friday, November 23, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

We'd like to ask that you remember YesterNook and all of your other favorite local businesses this year as you shop for the holidays.  We'll be returning to this theme a few times this month in the blog.

Don't forget to check out the store Facebook page, which updates constantly with pics of new merchandise!  Many vendors also post on Craigslist, so do a search for YesterNook there from time to time to see what's up!  We look forward to seeing you and serving you this month.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from YesterNook!

Please stay safe if you're going to a party or trick or treating.  We want to see you in the store for a long time to come!

YesterNook will be open regular hours on Halloween (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), so you can stop by and pick up a "treat" for yourself!

If you've used anything that you got at the store for a decoration or costume, please share the photos with us.  You can post them to Facebook or email them to yesternook@insightbb.com.  We love to see our customers' creativity in action!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Making the Most of It

If you haven't been to YesterNook recently, this post is for you.  If you don't go frequently, it's for you as well.  And, if you haven't been at all, this post is especially for you!  Even if you shop there all the time, you might find something to ponder in this post, so keep reading.  In other words, this one has something for everyone, kind of like the store itself!

Sometimes, walking into YesterNook can cause a kind of sensory overload.  There's so much stuff there!  So much to see!  So many rooms!  Which way should you go first?  What do you look at?  Can you possibly see it all?  Sure you can!  To help everyone out, we'd like to offer some hints for making the most of your trip to YesterNook.

First, give yourself plenty of time.  With two floors, plus part of the basement and the garage, not to mention over thirty vendors, there's a lot of ground to cover.  You want to be able to browse slowly and check things out.  It is possible to pop in for a few minutes, but nearly everyone who does says that they'll be back to spend more time.

Next, try to just wander freely and look at things as you come across them.  Don't rush.  Allow small things to catch your attention.  Check out the detailing on the furniture.  Feel the cushions.  Look at the small figurine with the gold trim.  You can practically lose yourself in one room, so allow yourself to savor the experience.

Come with a friend, if you can.  Special experiences should be shared.  Plus, it's easier to look for a special item when two pairs of eyes are searching.

If you find something that brings up a memory, share that with someone.  One of the happiest things to see in the store is a parent or grandparent sharing a story with a child about something they see or a family member who had a similar item.  "My Nana had one just like this."  It's educational and personal at the same time.

Think creatively about the things you see.  That suitcase doesn't have to stay a suitcase.  Maybe it's ready to become a pet bed!  Many customers have re-purposed items they have found and turned them into new treasures.  Even a fresh paint treatment on a dresser makes it something new and unique.  If you need some ideas, there are magazines and reference books in the lounge.

Speaking of the lounge, stop down there and take a load off if you need to.  Have a drink or snack and recharge before getting back to browsing and shopping.

If you have any questions or need any help, feel free to ask.  Patti and Sharron are more than willing to help in any way that they can.  Even if you don't have a question, stop at the counter and chat for a bit.  We love visiting with customers!

Speaking of visiting, if you do see a vendor there, take a minute to talk with them too.  Nothing makes a vendor's day like being told that that a shopper likes their booth and the items there.  Everyone loves feedback!

Finally, just have fun while you're there.  Enjoy the music and the atmosphere in the store.  Smile and laugh.  Treat yourself to something special.  Look for a unique gift for a friend.  Part of the YesterNook experience is about having fun.  We want everyone who steps in the door to feel welcome and enjoy themselves.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

And a good time was had by all!

Note:  We're a day late, due to some unavoidable circumstances.  While we're sorry about that, we're also thankful that several readers inquired at the store about the blog yesterday.  We're glad it's become a part of your YesterNook experience!

If you missed Saturday's Autumn Affair event at the store, you missed quite a lot!  Take a look.

The placed was decked out in its Halloween finest, both inside....

Unless otherwise noted, all photos are by Keith Evans.
...and out.

There was a ton of wonderful food to enjoy, with fresh, hot cookies and popcorn available.

Resa has a booth upstairs in the store.

The first floor smelled totally delicious from all the baking going on.  The goodies were provided by the vendors, and much of it was homemade.  Not only do the YesterNook vendors work hard to provide you with interesting merchandise, they're also fabulous cooks!  (There may still be a few leftovers at the store.  Head on over and ask at the counter.)

Then there were the vendors who came in costume!  There were characters running all over the store.
We had hippies running the place.

Owner Patti Cape spread the message of peace all day. (Photo by S. Smiley)
As did Sharron Smiley, manager.

There were gangsters running around.

Eric and Shane are new vendors upstairs.
 (Photos by S. Smiley)

Rosie the Riveter dropped by to make a few repairs.

She's a handy gal, that Rosie (aka Kathy from Booth 240). Photo by S. Smiley.
This strange dude who called himself "The Mad Monk of Schnitzelburg" came wandering through.

You really don't want to know.
There were a few more that somehow managed not to get in any pictures.  It was quite the show!

It was a great day for shopping too.

So many vendors were having sales that it was like the whole store was on sale!  Since the prices at YesterNook are so reasonable to begin with, you know that means that there were some super bargains that day!  Many booths also had Halloween candy for trick or treating, which made exploring the store more fun that day.

All in all, it was a ton of fun!  It was also a lot of work, which could not have been done without the many vendors who volunteered their time that day, brought food, helped decorate and performed myriad other special tasks.  Everyone played a part to make it an extra special day.

It was a fun way to mark what has turned out to be a super year for the store.  Thanks to everyone, vendors and customers, who have made YesterNook's first year so great.  We appreciate all of you much more than we could ever say.

At one point during the day, a young girl was leading a couple of other kids around the store, showing them where all the bowls of candy were.  She's the daughter of one of the vendors, so she already had the lay of the land, as far as the goodies were concerned.  They stopped at the counter to get bags so they could gather some treats, and she said:  "There's only a little bit down here, but there's candy all over the place upstairs!"  It was a sweet little snapshot of the day, for sure.  It also kind of sums up what YesterNook is all about:  Helping people find the good stuff that they're looking for.

Here's to a whole lot more really good years!