Monday, October 20, 2014

Some recent items

I've been busy preparing for Halloween and haven't had a chance to take pictures of some of my favorite finds from this week, but I have found so many great items recently that I still have plenty to share.

I shared this one on Instagram earlier this week.  It's a vintage Spartaflex camera - I wish it had the flash bulb, but I think it looks great in my dining room anyway.   The Kokeshi dolls were found a few months ago at an epic estate sale where I picked up a treasure trove of vintage Japanese items.  I haven't had a chance to sort and photograph those items yet, but I will share as soon as I do. 

In the background of the photo above are some prints from a gallery wall that I recently put up. The images come from a set of reproduction antique prints from the Museum of Natural History.  Here is a shot of how the wall looks - it's not the best angle, but you get the idea. 
Next up are some other recent finds:

From left to right are a footed planter or bowl , a vintage Raymor vase, a wonderful painting of a girl in a red dress, a floral painting, and a stack of vintage coffee tins. 
Here's a closeup of the planter/bowl:
I don't know the designer, but it looks like it is marked 1926 (although I've never seen a "2" written that way, so I wonder if I'm looking at "9761" upside down):
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Monday, October 13, 2014

New Header and Great Vintage Decor Finds

You might notice a new header above - I was playing around with displaying that picture of me in my living room and ended up with it in the header. I'll have to play around to get it to look just right, but it works for now. 

I had some great finds over the weekend!  My very favorite score was this fantastic vintage oil portrait that I have pictured here in my entryway:

I also found the ceramic pot on the right and an MCM scandavian glass candle holder on the left.  I picked up the antique books the prior weekend.  The console is actually a child's dresser from Land of Nod that I got a few months ago for Mother's Day.  I love the vintage library card catalog style. 

Here is another look at the old oil portrait.
  I got it from the estate sale of an art collector.
I'm not quite positive what era it is from, maybe the 30s or 40s?

Here's a shot of the candle holder:
I'm assuming it's a candle holder but I may have it wrong side up for all I know.  I'm not sure of the maker, but it looks familiar.  If you know, please do tell in the comments! 

I wasn't sure about the planter, because I wondered if the brown color looked a bit dated, but I took a chance. It's the perfect size for my IKEA plant (If you're wondering, I have great luck with their plants!).

 I think in the right setting, this geometric pattern looks very modern.

Check out this beautiful antique side table: 
I can't wait to find a spot for it and style it up right.

I also found a few lap blankets.  First, a pretty quilt: 
 It's handmade from colorful scraps, which is my favorite kind of quilt. 

 Finally, a crocheted throw blanket:
I love the pretty blue and white stripes of this afghan. 

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Vintage Finds for the New House

We moved into a new home earlier this summer and have been busy unpacking, arranging and getting settled.  I have not been disappointed with the estates sales in my new zip code, where I have found some great furniture and decor for the new digs.

Here are some of my finds:

Pottery Barn desk and chair, abstract art, 1950s suitcase and crocheted afghan

The estate sale desk and chair are originally from Pottery Barn -  the green glass knobs on the drawer are too pretty and I love how the desk fits neatly into the corner of my living room.  The abstract painting is probably from the 80s.  It is gorgeously framed and I think the colors are very modern.  I picked up the round white suitcase from a dealer pal of mine for next to nothing.  It's a 1950s American Tourister Tri Taper.  My pal deals in mainly vintage records and books, and he had it sitting high on a shelf in his booth for a long time.  I told him it would sell in instant if he staged it by opening it up and filling it with cool old records.  He laughed and said he didn't "do staging" and thought it belonged to someone who could appreciate it more.  I was more than happy to oblige.  
Last but not least, I had to snap up the crocheted chevron blanket, because I am powerless against all things brightly colored and hand made. 

Next up are some fabulous items I picked up at three different sales.  They are just hanging out in the garage waiting to be thoroughly cleaned before I bring them inside. 

Campaign side table, plant stand and Mid Century Chair

On the left is a campaign side table.  It is pretty scratched up, but I'm hoping some Old English polish will restore it.  The picture doesn't really show the pretty grain, but trust me, it's worth saving if possible.  If not, a few glossy coats of paint will be in store.  Next, the brass faux bamboo plant stand is the perfect size to stick in some corner.  I have been finding a lot of plant stands lately, and this is my favorite so far.  Finally, a very happy find, a yellow Steelcase chair for my home office. 

And a few more fun things: 

Vintage aluminum jello molds and glass tray

I found two sets of aluminum jello molds and promptly filled a bunch of them with succulents from my garden.  These will make great hostess gifts.  I also found this cute little mod glass dish.  

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Italian Art Pottery and other 60s Vintage Finds

It was a great weekend for vintage treasure hunting and I found some really cool things!  First, I snagged some great Italian Art Pottery from the 60s.  These two are my favorite find:

This pair of shelf sitters is by mid century modernist Marcello Fantoni for Raymor.  I am so happy to find the caveman and cavewoman together in such excellent condition. 
This pair of salt and pepper shakers were also a great find in excellent condition:
What cute couple. 
This is a King and Queen salt and pepper shaker set from the 60s marked Italy. 
I'm not sure, but they could be Raymor.
Besides art pottery, I found some other great mid century items, like this oil painting:
I love the colors in this painting.  It is signed either "TVD" or "FVE" 
If you have any idea who that might be, let me know!
Please excuse the lighting in this picture, it doesn't do this lovely George Briard Serving Platter and Tray justice. 
Very Hollywood Regency, I would say.  24K Gold on Glass.  Love it.
I adore these handcarved  bookends marked "Italy" 
I think they are marble and stone, but not sure exactly what kind.  They are perched on top of a sweet little tin I picked up for a few bucks.  I always grab cute tins for storing odds and ends, they are always cheap and so functional.
Other than mid century pieces, I do have a few other finds I'm excited about.
I love bringing natural elements inside, so I had to buy these -
an amethyst geode and some sort of polished and sliced stones.
Finally, last but not least, I picked up this colorful Mexican basket.

It's the perfect size to store odds and ends by the front door!
I'm so happy with my recent finds!
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Back with some cozy blankets and rugs!

 It has been forever since I last posted as I have been busy with projects, including setting up a new antique mall vintage booth.  Hopefully now that things are up and running, I will have more time to blog about my favorite vintage finds.  This winter has been never-ending, so I thought I would share some of my vintage finds that make things a little cozier.  In the last few months, I have come across some amazing scores!
This afghan was an E-bay find.  Perfect condition, never used, beautifully crocheted.  I believe you can still find the pattern to make this afghan on Etsy!  I love vintage afghans for the color and warmth they bring to a room.

More fun color:
I picked this wool rug up at an antique store.  The quality and workmanship are phenomenal.

Finally, here is the one item that I have been most excited about of all my finds in the past few months - An incredible condition J. Capps and Sons Wool Indian Trading Blanket.

This blanket is a century old and the colors are still stunning!  

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