Arcane Objects

Who We Are



We’re Carlene and John, a husband and wife team based out of the lovely Northern California Wine Country. We’ve been selling antiques & vintage since 2007. We met while making an indie film. (We're both filmmakers/producers and "Lord of Rings" fans so we made a film called "Ringers: Lord of the Fans.")

Carlene is also a fine artist and formerly ran an online art supply store for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. John is a video producer and musician. Our goal is to someday soon open a brick & mortar shop in addition to expanding our online shop.

We share a deep interest in all things arcane, and since the free online cryptozoological phrenology clinic we founded didn’t pan out, it was on to plan “B.” (Apparently the Yeti of Tibet don’t have internet access yet.) Happily, you do – so we hope you enjoy our site. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our stuff or suggestions on what to carry.

What we sell ...

Arcane Objects, or as the French might say, “objets mystérieux,” are items, typically vintage or antique, that come from the fringes of yesterday’s society. Some will notice that we tend towards the Steampunk and Dieselpunk look. Actually, we just sell things that we get excited about. Fortunately, we've discovered there are others out there who share our unique aesthetic.

We sell fine antiques, calligraphy supplies, art supplies, vintage cameras, typewriters and antique scientific instruments. It boils down to us selling interesting objects you can write with and anything old and unique with a lens.

We have an Online Shop and an Etsy Shop where you can purchase most of our available items.  Our fine art supplies and calligraphy supplies also are featured on Etsy Studio. We have been selling our antiques and arcane objects online since 2009 and have been fortunate enough to receive great reviews and ratings.