Bluebird Goods: Vintage & Cottage Kitchenwares

Bluebird Goods: Vintage & Cottage Kitchenwares

Sarah Coffey
Mar 28, 2011

Store History

  • Founded: 2010
  • Founded by: Alana Waters-Piper
  • Headquarters: Brookfield, Illinois

Alana Waters-Piper spent 18 years working in interactive design until a layoff forced her to re-think her career path. When faced with what to do next, she found inspiration in an unlikely place — her grandma's Galveston kitchen.

"She measured ingredients by pinches & handfuls, and used well-worn iron skillets," Alana says. "At one point, when my aunts and father were kids, she kept chickens and ducks and used to tell a story about my Aunt Rae leading a parade of them around the yard. Her backyard smelled of pecan shells, magnolia blossoms, and honeysuckle."

From that vision of a humble Texas kitchen, she built Bluebird Goods, a webshop specializing in reproduction home goods inspired by the depression era. The shop features a mix of jadeite crockery, pressed glassware, kitschy tablecloths, and woven picnic baskets.

Vintage Cherries Tablecloth, $29
American Wonderland United States Map Vintage Reproduction Tablecloth, $29
Grandma's Crocheted Potholders, $16 for a set of 3
Reproduction Jadeite Glass Rolling Pin, $23
Reproduction Pressed Glass Butter Dish, $13
Country Collection Pitcher, $25
Reproduction Depression Glass Pitcher and Tumbler Set, $45
Nana's Sliced Bread Patchwork Dish Towels, $12
Chardonnay Classic Red Checkered Picnic Basket for 2, $54
Bicycle Picnic Saddle Bag, $80

Alana lives and works in Brookfield, Illinois. Maybe it's her background in interactive design, but she's definitely been able to master social media marketing — since her launch in 2010, she's gained over 14,000 Facebook likes.

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