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.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

May News

We've got a couple more quick announcements to share with you all, then we'll let you get back to your Derby week festivities.  Speaking of the derby, YesterNook will close at 2 p.m. on Derby Day, which is this Saturday, in case it's slipped your mind.  That will give you plenty of time to do some quick vintage shopping in the morning and still get home for your Derby party that afternoon.

If you've ever thought about having a booth in a store like YesterNook, this could be your chance.  There is a booth coming available on May 1.  The space is located upstairs in that large room called Mayne's Ballroom, and the rent is $100 a month.  To see the space or get more information, stop by the store during regular business hours, call, or email.  But do it soon!  Spaces at yesterNook don't stay open for long!

Mark you calendars now for the next YesterNook special event!

June 8, 2013
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
YesterNook Outdoor Sale
(Rain Date June 15)

Spaces are available for this event, if you would like to sell something.  The rental fee is $5 for the day.  Call the store to reserve a spot or to get more information.  The number is listed above in the blog description.

That's all the news for this month!  Please have a safe and happy Derby!  If you win big at the track, don't forget to pay us a visit afterwards to celebrate!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

News, Notes, Updates and Thoughts

We've got a lot to share with you all this time around, so let's get started!

First off, we have a new mantle display in the store front lobby.

Don't you love the horseshoes?  How appropriate for Derbytime!  As usual, the items in the display are for sale.  The mantle itself, however, is not.

While we're talking about decor and beautification, Yesternook (along with other area businesses) were gifted with lovely flowerpots and flowers in front of the store, courtesy of our friends in the Schnitzelburg Area Community Council and Go Green Germantown.  Thanks, friends!  Keep stopping by the store to see how they grown and fill out the pots.

Over the weekend, the Kentucky Derby Festival began with the lights, planes and noise of Thunder Over Louisville.  From now until the first Saturday in May, there will be events and happenings all over town.  It will be a great time of celebrating Louisville, the Kentucky Derby, and our shared history.  We hope that all of our friends will have a happy and safe Derbytime.

Please remember to keep supporting YesterNook and other local small businesses during this time.  Stop in the store and see if we can help you with any of your Derby festivity needs.  Do you need a Derby hat?

Or maybe you want to have a retro-themed Derby Party and need some cool aluminum folding lawn chairs?

You never know what you can find at YesterNook!

After Derby comes Mother's Day and, close after that, graduations!  You can always find a unique gift for Mom, Grandma, or anyone else in the booths at YesterNook.  If you have young family members moving out for school, remember that we have a wide variety of furniture at very reasonable prices.  YesterNook has helped many people furnish their first apartments.

Finally, if you enjoyed last week's blog and would like to see the pictures that inspired the story up close, here's where you can find them:
  • Gussie and Bertie are in Booth 62, upstairs
  • Coraline is hanging in the front stairway, right before you get to the second floor
  • Earl and Dorcas are in Booth 89, downstairs
 Don't forget to keep checking the YesterNook Facebook page.  Several vendors are having sales right now, and you can get all the details there!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

This is the Story of Gussie and Bertie

When you go into a store like YesterNook, you almost always find something of a personal nature tucked away in one of the booths.  It may be a yearbook or a scrapbook.  Sometimes, it's old medals and awards.  Most often, it's photographs. 

Photographs are fascinating, especially when there are people in them.  Those people were real.  They lived and breathed.  They worked and played.  They were someone's parent or grandparent.  They had a history that is totally hidden to us as we look at them now, hanging in a vintage shop.

What happened?  Was there no one to take these memories after them?  What were these lost histories.  Who were these people?

In an effort to bring some of these folks back to life, we'd like to present the following story.  We know it's not the real life story of these people, but it reminds us just a little of the reality of their lives.


Gussie and Bertie weren’t really our aunts.  In fact, they weren’t anyone’s aunts.  Folks just got used to seeing them as the town’s maiden aunties, since they seemed to be everywhere and do everything.   From the mayor to the pastor to the undertaker, we all called them “Aunt Gussie and Aunt Bertie.”
"Aunt" Gussie

Now, I came closer than most people to having them as aunts.  In a way, they kind of were my aunts, just not by blood.  Their older brother Earl married Granny’s sister Dorcas a couple of years after she was widowed when the tobacco barn fell on Uncle Cleve.  That made Earl an uncle by marriage, which sort of made his sisters aunts by extension, or something like that.

Gussie and Bertie were as close as two sisters could be.  You rarely saw one of them without the other.  They did all their shopping together.  They worked in the garden together.  They cleaned the house together.  They went visiting together.  They both sang in the church choir.  They were nigh on inseparable, best of friends as well as sisters.

But it wasn’t always that way.  They had a terrible spat in their younger days and ended up not speaking to each other for over twelve years.  Seems they had both taken a shine to a horse trader who passed through town from time to time.  His name was Rufus, and he was a right fine looking fellow, if a little shifty.  He took to wooing and courting both Gussie and Bertie, without ever giving either of them any clue as to which way his affections really lay.

"Aunt" Bertie
It wasn’t long before they took to squabbling with each other something fierce.  From there, things escalated to dirty tricks.  Gussie locked Bertie in the cellar one time when Rufus came to call.  Bertie retaliated by pouring syrup all over her sisters hair right before Rufus called the next time.  Their mama, Esterline, was at her wits’ end with the two of them and was about to forbid both of them from ever even mentioning his name again when the unthinkable happened.

Rufus left town with Coraline, Gussie and Bertie’s much younger sister.  Turns out he’d been using their squabble as a distraction so he could court Coraline on the side, knowing full well that Esterline would not approve of her youngest daughter being wooed by such a scoundrel.  The whole town was shocked.  Esterline was devastated.  And Gussie and Bertie kept right on fighting.  Each one blamed the other for Rufus’ betrayal, convinced the Rufus would have never made eyes with Coraline, if there had only been one older sister to court.

Eventually, they stopped speaking to each other.  At all.  Not one word.  They would talk to Earl and Esterline, but not to each other.  There was nothing anyone could do to get them to even acknowledge each other’s presence, much less try to patch things up.  Earl married his first wife Bessamine and moved out, leaving Esterline stuck at home with her uncommunicative daughters.

The strain was too much for Esterline, who began having hysterical fits.  Eventually her health totally broke, leaving her confined to bed.  She began to waste away, unable to eat.  Finally, she passed away crying for Coraline and begging her remaining daughters to make peace with each other.

Gussie and Bertie inherited the house and settled into a routine of ignoring each other that stretched on for years.  They cooked separately.  They ate separately.  When they sat together in the parlor, each one sat in a chair with the back turned to the other, staring into a corner like a naughty child on punishment.    No one in town dared to ask one of them about the other one for fear of the torrent of wrath that would be unleashed.  Folks began to talk about the “crazy sisters” who lived in the big house and “sat in the corners.”

They spent so much time and effort ignoring each other that each one convinced herself that her sister did not really exist.  The specter floating through the halls of the house was merely a fragment of a memory and nothing more.  Gussie and Bertie each existed in her own solitary world.  Until one night changed everything.

Bertie was in the kitchen washing her supper dish, when Gussie walked through.  All of a sudden, Gussie sneezed.  Bertie found herself caught in the grips of all the lessons in manners and decorum that Esterline had drilled into her daughters.  Before she even realized what she was doing, force of habit seized her tongue and she heard herself saying:  “Bless you.”

No sooner had the words escaped her lips, when she realized what she had done!  She spoke to Gussie!  Evil, foul, Rufus-stealing Gussie.  She had broken her vow of silence and now had not the slightest clue what to do next. 

She stood there frozen, the wet dish in her hand suspended above the sink.  Her mouth was hanging slightly open, and her eyes were growing wide, as terror began to grip her mind.  Whatever was she going to do now?

At last she turned to face her sister, who was standing frozen in the middle of the floor.  Her mouth was agape and her eyes were frozen wide with terror in an expression that exactly mimicked her sister.  As they stood there silently, mouths open, hardly daring to breathe, the strangest, most unexpected thing began to happen.  Gussie and Bertie began to laugh.

Uncle Earl (right) and Aunt Dorcas
It started as a silly giggling fit, but soon spread to hearty guffaws, as they fell into each other’s arms.  Laughter turned to tears turned to talking turned to yelling turned back to laughter.  On and on throughout the night, the cycle repeated itself.  Each one would laugh at herself.  Then they would laugh at each other.  Then they laughed at themselves as a pair, as they bared their souls and let go of all the pent up resentment. 

They went through a pot of coffee that night, followed by an entire bottle of Earl’s blackberry brandy.  They held hands over the table and begged for forgiveness, which was quickly granted.  Finally, as the sun rose, they declared two things.  First, they had wasted enough time.  Nothing, especially not a man, was ever, ever going to separate them again.  Secondly, it was really Coraline and Rufus they were each angry with.  They vowed to never speak of her or Rufus again.

Story continues after the break. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Blow Molds

Did you happen to see this picture on the YesterNook Facebook page last week?

By the way, you are checking our Facebook page regularly, aren't you?  (Don't make us come over there.  You know how we get.)  If not, you're missing out on a lot:  pictures of current merchandise, vendor sales, and the occasional thought from store staff.  Do yourself a favor and hop on over and check it out.  If you can't make it to the store, it's the next best thing to being there.  (Of course, we'd much prefer to see you in person, but if that's not possible, we'll take what we can get.)

Anyway, back to the picture.  Many of us have fond memories of those hard plastic, light up holiday figures sitting the yard.  Before inflatables became commonplace and widely available, blow molds like these were kind of the standard in holiday yard decorations.  And not just for Christmas either!  You can find blow molds for Easter, Halloween, and even Thanksgiving!  Some figures are large and intended for outdoor use, but there are smaller, tabletop figures that are perfect for sitting on a porch or in a window.

The term "blow molds" refers to the process by which the plastic is formed into the hollow shapes.  The technology was developed in the late thirties and came into widespread use in the 1950's.  Many plastic containers, jars, bottles, etc. are made using this process.

Decorative holiday blow molds like the ones in the picture are sought after by collectors.  There is a nostalgia factor for many that makes owning a figure like one remembered from childhood especially desirable.  Among the manufacturers that people look for are Empire Plastic, Union Products, and Marx.  Many classic figures from the past have now been reproduced, so that a new generation of fans can enjoy them.

We're always excited whenever we get a blow mold or two in at the store.  We know that it will soon be making its way to a new home with a happy friend.  In a few months, it will be sitting in a new yard, continuing to provide a cheery glow on a cold winter evening. 

Sunday, April 7, 2013


A couple of YesterNook vendors have been having some health issues lately, which has gotten us to thinking about the idea of comfort, particularly the kinds of things that bring us comfort.

One of the many online dictionaries defines comfort as soothing someone in times of affliction or distress.  We all have those times when we need a little extra comfort: illness, family crisis, or even just a particularly rough patch at work.  Those are the times when we reach for those certain things or people that bring us a little comfort.

It might be a certain food or a favorite movie.  Maybe, it's a favorite stuffed toy.  It could be a special place where you can sit and do nothing and not be disturbed for a precious few minutes.  Most of us have those certain things or people that bring a little extra comfort into our lives at just the right moment.  It's good to know that there are reliable sources of peace when things get a little too chaotic.

Comfort is often tied to memory, particularly memories of times when we felt secure and comfortable.  What most of us call "comfort food" is usually a favorite dish from childhood, prepared the way our mother or grandmother would fix it.  Many of the items that we keep for the comfort they bring have the same kind of memory tie to special times with special people.

One of the most awesome feelings about YesterNook is knowing that, sometimes, we help connect people (or reconnect, as the case maybe) with comfort sources from the past.  Maybe it's a bowl like the one that belonged to a beloved grandmother or a replacement for something that was lost or broken.  Just seeing some of these items in the store can bring back memories that need to be shared.  Sitting at the register and listening to our friends and their stories is special to us in a way that's hard to describe.  We're glad that we've been able to bring comfort to so many people.

We have all heard that material items cannot guarantee happiness.  Most of us have also had to learn the hard way that this is true.  But we should never, ever underestimate to power of a few select items to bring us comfort when it is most needed.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April News

Hey!  Have you heard the latest?

YesterNook owner Patti Cape has decided to paint the building!  It's going to be neon lime green with giant electric violet polka dots!  She says that it will "make the store stand out a little more in the neighborhood."

Not only that, but she's instituting a new dress code.  From now on, she and Sharron will be working the register wearing gorilla costumes!  We know you'll want to drop by and check that out!

Oh yeah, one more thing:


How about some real YesterNook news now?

We hope all of our friends had a nice Easter and that folks in Louisville are enjoying this Spring Break week.  We do have some real updates to pass on to you.

First off, we have some new vendors to share with you!

Kim and Melissa (Booths 876 and 295) will be moving into Mayme's Ballroom, the large room upstairs with several vendors in it.  They'll be the last booth on the left as you walk to the end of the room.  They'll be selling a variety of items, including some that are handmade.  You'll want to check that out for sure!

Stacy and Anita (Booths 109 and 714) will be in Amelia, which is at the top of the back stair case.  Pass through Maggie into Amelia and you'll find them.  They've been YesterNook customers for a long time and are excited about having a booth.  We're sure that you will want to support them.

All four are first-time vendors, and we welcome them to the YesterNook family.

Bob and Jody (Booth 459) are moving from the Ballroom downstairs into Edith, the big room just past the register.  They'll be on the right as you come into the room.  Look for them to have more furniture, in addition to their fabulous array of smalls and toys!

Several of our friends have inquired about Kathy (Booth 240--by the back door).  You're noticing that we haven't seen as many of her fine painted projects around.  We're just like you.  We miss them (and her!) as well.  She's been having some health problems that have made her put the paint brush down for a bit.  She's on the mend, though, and hopes to be back with us real soon! Please join us in sending her well wishes.

Speaking of painting, we want to remind you that we do buy items that might need a coat of paint or have a little rust on them.  Such items go well in the rough room, where other people looking for projects can find them.  Give us a call or drop us an email for more details.