Thursday's Unique Picks - Little Green Men

Top O’ The Mornin’ revelers and Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
Do you think it is too clichéd of me to write a blog with a St. Patrick’s Day theme? 
O.k. good, I knew you liked clichéd too (Especially after all of those green beers you have had).
"A Happy St. Patrick's Day to Ye!" Vintage greeting card found in starmango's Pink Tree etsy shop.

Irish or not, you are in luck, I am going to share some great finds from etsy sellers that will have you dancing a jig!

Wear a little bit of luck around your neck any day with this lovely handmade four leaf clover charm and green jade drop necklace from MoonRox on etsy. This seller is donating proceeds from this necklace to the Red Cross to help Japan in their recovery efforts after the recent earthquake and tsunami.

What comes to mind when you think of St. Patrick’s Day?
Ireland? Totally.

Sensational handmade bracelet upcycled from a vintage swizzle stick that features a map of Ireland from My Mom's Basement's etsy shop.

Four leaf Clovers? Sure.

Beautiful mini bouquet of handmade origami four leaf clovers from My Bohemian Summer's etsy shop.

Green? Always.

Don't get pinched! Perfect for St. Patrick's Day or perfect for any spring day. This sweet vintage find from Tea at home with Olivia's etsy shop is so versatile. It is actually a three piece set, button down top, sassy skirt and a shamrockin' pair of wide leg pants.

Beer? Of course.

My goodness, My Guinness! These bottles have been upcycled into drinking glasses from Nickpaul Windy City Glassblower on etsy.

Yes, all of those things come to mind today, but I have to say that this year, I am especially fascinated with leprechauns…
Why leprechauns you may ponder?
It is all because I scored this lovely piece at an estate sale.

I was very excited about it. It would be perfect for St. Patrick’s day because he is an elf. Duh Girly, ELF, not a leprechaun. This little detail eluded me at first. I posted this photo of my sweet find on twitter and it wasn’t until Buddy the Elf commented on my photo (yes, I said Buddy the Elf. Please don’t be jealous.) that it dawned on me this little guy is an ELF not a leprechaun.

What’s the difference between all of these little green men anyway? 
Interesting query. I just happened to do a little research on this subject, from some very reliable sources (of course), and would love to share my findings with you.

This 1968 delightfully decorated ceramic liquor bottle from A Collectible Cachet on etsy, features a little harp playing leprechaun "Wearin' O the Green".

A leprechaun makes cereal and an elf bakes cookies. Just kidding.

Leprechaun: Usually wears a red or green coat. It enjoys partaking in mischief. The leprechaun spends his days repairing shoes and collecting gold coins that are in a hidden pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. If captured by a human, the leprechaun uses its magical powers to grant three wishes in return for their release. (wikipedia)

The elf himself, this little vintage buddy was spotted in gathersalot's etsy shop.

Elf: It is a little more complicated to define this little creature, just because there are so many different types of elves. Elves were originally thought to be divine or semi divine beings that possessed magical powers, that they could use to either benefit or injure mankind. (wikipedia)

Generally speaking they sound pretty similar, right? 
Here is the major difference, a leprechaun is a type of fairy from Irish folklore, and an elf is from Germanic mythology. 
BAM! Now go wow your pals at the pub with that little nugget of trivia.

Are you a pixie, an elf or a leprechaun? I don't think it matters because he is just plain cute! This sweet vintage figurine is from Own Back Yard's etsy shop.

Now what about pixies and trolls? 
I will try and figure out what the heck a pixie is another day and you can ask Charlie to tell you about trolls. 

I wish you all a very Happy St. Patrick's Day and wish you luck with finding a leprechaun...

Sweet little handmade plush dolls from SwenNatural on etsy.

to direct you to the rainbow...

Here is something you don't see every day, these 1960's rainbow striped heels from are General Whimsy's etsy shop.

Where he has stashed his pot of gold!

Well, technically it is a pot of just happens to be a fondue pot that is gold. This fun vintage find is from A Simply Charming Life on etsy.

Cheers to that...
Awesome handmade reusable fabric cocktail napkins from Terre Mum on etsy.

and Cheers to the fact that today is the one year Blog-A-Versary of my weekly Unique Picks blog post! Thank you to all of my readers that tune in each week to read my random stories, and oh so informative bits of trivia and history, but more importantly to check out my unique finds from great etsy sellers.


  1. You have a great blog here!! Why not have Irish on St.Patricks Day?? You assembled a great collection of vintage items and I am honored to be included...xo Tricia :)

  2. thank you so much for including our gnome dolls here!

  3. love the green elf. my mom had a bunch of those back in the 60's. i loved them then and now!
    have a great weekend!