Nothing a Trip to the Ocean Won’t Fix….Fighting Analysis Paralysis

There has been SO much going on my little noggin the last couple months. I couldn’t figure out how to sit down and at least get some of it out and into the blog…so I just didn’t. I convinced myself that I needed to list, or clean, or do a hundred other things…

But I realized I just needed to take a break from it all…(this is where the trip to the ocean comes in) and then just come back and start with baby steps. A “finds” post is always an fairly fun and easy one…so here we are.

There was a yearly Antiques and Collectibles show out at the little ocean town that we like to visit. Love when we hit it on the right weekend! I didn’t spend as much time there as I could have…I know you understand. But I was shopping with guys and they were done sooner than me. 🙂

What I did find was pretty nice. Honestly…I am REALLY trying to get away from breakables and bigger items and stick with a few niches. We are planning a move this summer and I need to SELL that stuff…not move it with me. So I dug around in the jewelry. I’ve been happy with this new niche of mine and my Mod Cat Treasures shop on Etsy has had some modest success. I’m sure if I listed more, I’d sell more of course.

Shopping a show like this is a bit different than regular thrifting. I wish I had taken pictures. It’s a small show…not intimidating at all. Some vendors had retail prices on their jewelry…others had bins with things in baggies and priced at $3, $5, $7 and higher. Honestly, not much more than Value Village actually. Plus here you can bargain and ask for better prices like at a flea market or yard sale.

I found this fun atomic wood and copper brooch.

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Boomerang Copper and Wood Brooch

Also, these super cute coffee cup earrings. I was surprised they were by Sarah Coventry. They’re called Coffee Break and I sold them very quickly to a collector in a Facebook group.

DSC_0038But here are my two major scores. I paid a bit more for them…but I could tell they were something!

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So the one on the left caught my eye first as amazingly awesome (lol, that’s the official designation) but it is unsigned. The one on the right was from the same seller and I could see a tiny copyright symbol and a name. Hubby was able to make out “Napier” by snapping a picture with his phone and enlarging it.
That told me enough. I asked the prices….then asked for a deal if I bought both.
They agreed and these fabulous pieces were mine!
DSC_0063I started on the Napier one and used its Egyptian appearance to quickly find out that this necklace was part of Napier’s “Egyptian Collection” from 1971. The designer was Eugene Bertolli. It really is massive. I found comps that had sold from $265-$425.

Still need to do some research on it before I list it, but it will be up for sale soon. I’m also hunting down the other unsigned one. I don’t expect to find a maker…but I am working on figuring out good keywords for it.


See, writing that wasn’t so hard. I had more to say but this is long enough. I’ll make a separate post soon about a new sourcing spot I found. Take care and thanks for your patience!

 

My Top 5 Vintage Finds of 2017

Well, it’s that time again! Feels like I was just writing the post for My Top 5 Vintage Finds of 2016, and now it’s time to sum up this year as well. I know I had some good finds…when I was thinking about writing this post, I was trying to think of some highlights from the year. A few items popped to mind right away.
For me, it’s not always so much about the monetary value of the finds…although it’s always nice to hit one out of the park.

My Top 5Vintage Finds (2)Sometimes it’s just how certain items give you a thrill when you find them…or you listen to your gut on a certain item and then you get home and do research and are blown away.
The first items on my list totally fall into that last category. Let’s get started. (This post may have affiliate links)

1. Peter Shire for Acme brooches.
2017-12-26So here’s the story. I don’t/didn’t know much about Memphis Style anything. But I was at a yard sale early last year and was poking around in the costume jewelry they had. It was an interesting sale and the jewelry was reasonably priced. I was new to costume jewelry and so it took me awhile to make my decisions and I was taking my time.

I saw these brooches and couldn’t read the signature on the back. Just that they were signed and said Los Angeles. And let’s face it…they were unique enough to be *something*.  My gut was talking to me. I bought one.

I was running low on cash and was still uncertain in my buying.
I got home and was finally able to make out the signature and started my research. Oh my.
Peter Shire was one of the artists that was instrumental in starting the whole Memphis style…More about that later. (Join me in Selling Vintage A to Z…..we’ll cover this at the letter M 😉 )
He was an artist for Acme Studio and they put out a line of jewelry called Melrose Emblematic of which these 2 brooches are a part.
They recently re-released the line in limited quantities and the larger brooch up top is for sale by them for $850.
That day I had found comps in the $200-300 range so you better believe I hotfooted my way back to that yard sale to buy the other brooch!

In my typical procrastinating fashion..no they are not listed yet. I get a mental block to listing things when they are really special!! See this post here and no it’s not listed yet!!) (and on another side note, I just realized that the designer of that typewriter was also part of Acme Studios with Peter Shire! Weird!)

I do have photos of them and they are on my to-do list for this week. I will update the post with links when I’m ready.

So that really piqued my interest in vintage costume jewelry. I opened Mod Cat Treasures this year and this new niche has been fun fun. The next items are also in this niche and they were something I was more familiar with.

2. Bakelite Jewelry
2017-07-02Okay, so this was not a new thought for me. I love Bakelite. I’ve sold Bakelite handled flatware and Bakelite buttons. I wrote a blog post awhile back on how to identify Bakelite. And I’ve sold a few pieces of Bakelite jewelry here and there when I’ve come across it. Now, though, I’m actively searching out jewelry and I’m surprised at how many pieces I’ve come across.
Here are a few from this year up above.

3. Dansk Odin vintage flatware 
DSC_0020A top finds list of mine cannot be complete without some flatware. I snagged this bag of flatware at Goodwill. I had one of those *thrills* as I was reaching for it…I just knew it would be good! Here was the listing on Etsy. It sold pretty quickly.

4. Diane Von Furstenberg iconic wrap dress pattern by Vogue
DSC_0055Figured I should throw one out there from my other niche, vintage sewing patterns. This made my heart stop a bit…I was finding lots of good, vintage patterns one day at the thrift store (same day and store as the Levi’s Big E jacket from a few posts ago) and then I saw this one.
This is not THE Vogue pattern (1548 or 1549..prices may have actually dropped a bit on these) that is such a BOLO (be on the look out)…but it is a similar one and sells pretty well.

5. Vintage chalkware blue birds
DSC_0059And I’ll just finish up with just a fun vintage piece. Not super high end..but attractive and got a lot of attention on social media. They took a bit longer to sell than I expected but they were nice to have in the shop while they lasted. The listing can be found here.
It was nice to find these, especially since I had already done the blog article Selling Vintage A to Z…..C is for Chalkware and so they probably especially caught my eye at the yard sale because of that. See what a vintage education can do!?

So that was my year! It was fun. Lots of bread and butter type stuff…and of course, I also had some non-vintage scores as well. How about you? How was your year? What was your top find? Share in the comments below!

 

A Vintage Glimpse ~ Fad of the Month Club

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But first, an apology. I disappeared! I shouldn’t just disappear like that. I always tend to think I need to do a big, beautiful blog post and if I don’t have time, I just stay silent. But I should have at least touched base.

Now, you know we had our epic 5 week road trip. Then we got back right before school started. My 5 year old started kindergarten. So I have both boys in school full days now. I should have more time, right? Not so far, lol. I also upped my involvement in some volunteer work and many days I’m out of the house the same hours my kids are. Then when I’m home, it’s housework, homework, cooking, laundry, etc…and then of course…listing! So the blog was on the back burner a bit.

As of yesterday at 10pm…2 hours before the deadline…I finished my taxes for 2016 that I had filed an extension on. Woot! Procrastinators unite! So now I am rewarding myself by writing a blog post and reconnecting with y’all!

Okay..onward and upward!

Today’s Vintage Glimpse is about a new-to-me club called the Fad of the Month Club. This was one of my MIL’s thrifting finds that she graciously let me have.

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Even the envelope is gorgeous! The date on this is 1963. From what I gather, you would subscribe to this club and every month they would send you a small craft to complete. You could pay in advance or pay month by month ($1 per month).

DSC_0139This particular one I found was from January of 1963 and was a “Garden Party” apron. Inside the envelope were instructions and material to complete the apron.

DSC_0141-001There was also an order form to re-order past months’ Fads as well as some bonus kits for the current month that were generally less than $1. Here’s a picture of what was available in February 1963.

DSC_0144Members were encouraged to sign up other members and doing so could earn them prizes.

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I looked at other Fad of the Month Club listings on Etsy and some were much bigger and involved. Looks like fun!

What about you? Have you heard of the Fad of the Month Club? Do you remember it? Were you in it? Feel free to leave a comment below!

This Fad of the Month club Garden Party apron kit is listed now in my Pish Posh Notions Etsy shop!

A Thrifted Vintage Tea Party Baby Shower

Tea Party Baby Shower

So this summer has been a bit busy and is about to get INSANELY more busy…but more about that in a bit. This past Saturday, I hosted a tea party baby shower for a friend. (this post contains affiliate links)
The reason I’d like to share this with you is because it combined my love of vintage and thrifting. And a fun time was had by all!
The theme was a tea party and we went a bit eclectic. We made it an outdoor room/garden party type setting.
TeaParty5We used furniture we had and my MIL has a tub full of vintage linens, fortunately.
I don’t have the greatest picture of them, but the favors were mismatched tea cups that I thrifted here and there over the last few weeks. I added little organza bags of tea, candies and honey straws. The guests had fun picking out a tea cup they liked to bring home.

TeaParty7I also picked up some random, flowery plates and simple parfait glasses from thrift stores in different sizes. These were made into the tidbit trays.

TeaPartyTeaParty3One of the funnest things I went on the thrift hunt for was vintage baby planters. Remember those? I had one as a baby and it stayed in my room my whole childhood. It was shaped like a bassinet and was also a music box. They are at almost every thrift store and I’ve always thought they’d be a nice decor item for a baby shower! I finally did it!
My friend gathered flowers from my MIL’s gardens and made the arrangements. Good thing, too. I couldn’t arrange a flower to save my life.
They came out super cute.

TeaParty4We also used other vintage baby planters to hold silverware and other items.
All in all it was a fun time! Any time you can incorporate thrifting, recycling, re-using, vintage, repurposing into an event or decor…it’s a great thing!

So back to my INSANELY busy summer. In less than two weeks (I get anxious just typing that) our little family is headed off on a cross country road trip!! We will be gone 5 weeks!!
It goes without saying that the next couple weeks will be busy finishing up preparations for this epic journey! My to-do list needs to get out of my head and onto paper.
We will be visiting family in Montana and North Carolina. Visiting Yellowstone. Stopping by to see friends in Utah, New York and Ohio. My Grandma and aunt live in Massachusetts, so we’ll have a quick zip over there too.
Then it’ll be jetting for home to get back in time for school to start! Yikes.

I had been hoping to get another installment of Selling Vintage A to Z posted before I go…but I’m giving myself permission to not worry about that. 🙂 Maybe as we’re driving I’ll be able to get some drafts written and I can post ASAP in September. Or maybe post from the road!

But if not, have a great summer everyone! Thanks for coming by!

TIKI TALK – An Upcoming Webinar to Teach You All Things Tiki

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Tiki culture in the United States began in the 1930s with the opening of Polynesian themed bars and restaurants such as Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vics. It gained popularity in the mid century and is still going strong today.
Collectors are serious and they know what they want and need for their collections and will pay for it. 🙂

Do you know a lot about Tiki culture? Can you identify what qualifies as Tiki and what doesn’t? Do you know what to look for at thrift stores or yard sales that is worth flipping on Ebay or Etsy? Do you know what the holy grails of Tiki mugs are? Or which ones are worth nothing?

Well, Jason T. Smith (formerly of the Spike show Thrift Hunters) does. As you can see from the picture below, he is a Tiki Collector Extraordinaire.
And he is having a webinar next week to share what he knows!

Click here to sign up for TIKI TALK – The Ultimate TIKI Master Class! This class is very reasonably priced for the amount of knowledge you’ll receive.
Let’s let Jason T. Smith explain for himself what he will be covering…it is extensive!

Did you see the EIGHT different categories he’ll be covering? So much information. You won’t want to miss it!
Again, you can sign up here!

Friday Finds ~ To the (Vintage) Hunter Goes the Spoils

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It’s been all about the Scandinavian lately.

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Which, of course, makes the Recycleista happy.
Hey y’all!! How’ve you been doing? I won’t bore you with another ‘why i haven’t been blogging – life crisis – what am i doing with my life’ kind of post. Let’s just get back into what’s important! Thrifting!

Yes, I’ll admit…my thrifting has slowed down a bit. I am trying to avoid the bulky, breakable, hard to ship type items. Can’t you tell from the above picture?!? HA! I laugh so hard I cry.

But yes, I do make exceptions for a good Pentik Finland “Kahvia” coffee canister. Or a Bjorn Wiinblad vase. You do understand. I know you do.
I mean, look at it.

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“Duet” vase by Bjorn Wiinblad

How could I resist?
The other items in the picture are a Berggren tile trivet…not strictly Scandinavian but in the Swedish style.
Berggren Swedish Tile Trivet I’ve bought and sold a few of these Berggren tiles and items but this was the first time I saw this one. It translates to “Best of All is Your Own Home”.
The little spice jar is by Knabstrup and is for cinnamon. I’ve had that one knocking around on my desk for awhile so I was glad to finally get it cleaned up and listed.

Well, I’m going to leave you with one last find. I’m keeping this short and sweet so as not to overwhelm myself and to gently ease myself back into this blogging world.
I went to an estate sale and this was one of my scores.

Lenox Butler's Gourmet

It’s a full service for 8 in the Butler’s Gourmet pattern by Lenox. I got it on the second day for 1/2 off. I ended up dividing up the pieces into sets of 4. I just sold my first set of 4 salad forks this morning for $55. What’s sweet is that the set also came with the tray which is also by Lenox. I have that listed separately. I’ve put together some flatware reselling tips and tricks in these posts.
My goal this season is to hit more estate and yard sales!

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Oh February! ~ Catching Up ~ And My Love/Hate Relationship with Vintage Fabric

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Oh February! – Catching Up
What a doozy this year. The PNW has seen more snow this year than usual. Early in February, we got dumped on with 15 inches all at once!! (Picture on left). We usually get maybe 1 snow event per winter, usually just a couple inches. We’ve had several…including earlier this week. My FIL has lived on this property for over 40 years and cannot recall getting this much snow all at once…ever.
The picture on the right is exactly 7 days later. It was in the 50s and most of the snow had gone.
This up and down with the weather totally matched how I felt. I had some doctor visits and so was a little preoccupied with that. I also had some family/home/community responsibilities that took the rest of my attention.
My online vintage selling business definitely took a back seat. I still thrifted…(of course I did) and I still listed some things and I still sold some things. So the business went on…but it was not my focus.
And honestly, that’s kind of how I see the next few years.
Since I wasn’t so focused on vintage or on the whole business…I hesitated to come here and blog…I felt like I didn’t really have anything helpful to say.
I’m afraid I’m at one of *those* points again…wondering whether the blog should remain part of my TO-DO list..or not. I know, I know, you’re tired of reading about my blogging crises..so I won’t natter on. I’m planning on continuing at this point- I just have to see where it fits in with my new online selling plan. More about that another day.

DSC_0013My Love/Hate Relationship with Vintage Fabric

So one of the things I can’t resist looking at in the thrift stores is the fabric/material aisle. It’s kind of like sewing patterns. I can’t sew a stitch to save my life but I’m fascinated by all of it. Of course, part of it is the thrill of the hunt..I do know what people like and what sells, so I’m always hoping to find some fabulous piece of atomic barkcloth or some Vera Neumann signed fabric.
But when it comes to the actual listing of the fabric, I slow down. I have no idea why. Some kind of mental block. Maybe it’s my lack of good set up for photos or something…kind of like my selling clothing aversion.
Recently I was at Value Village when they were putting out bags of fabric. Usually these bags are just scraps..but I could tell that these had larger pieces. I looked at one bag and discovered the theme of the whole bag was cowboy/western fabric. Definitely sell-able. I ended up buying 3 bags…mostly western fabric and some fly-fishing/outdoors type fabric.
DSC_0027This was one of my favorites..although it was more Fox Hunt than Western. It has a great color. Most of the pieces I got were from the early to mid 1990s and at least 2 yards. The smaller pieces I lotted up into one listing. I made myself measure the pile right away. Half the battle. And then so far I’ve listed the Western fabric.  I decided to list on Ebay although these are perfectly eligible for Etsy.

And I’ve sold 2 listings already! The piece up at the top was a totally random piece mixed in with the Western pieces called “Bow Wow Chow Mein”. I had exactly one yard and it sold overnight. I also sold this one:

DSC_0036Most of the brands in the packs were VIP by Cranston and Alexander Henry. Now, I don’t want you to run out and buy any and every piece by those makers that you see. You will find a lot of it. It’s not all created equal. Theme will also be important. I can get fairly good money even on just 2 yards because the cowboy/western theme is a popular one. Other themes might only be worth it if you can get it cheap and there is a lot of yardage.
So see the Love / Hate part? Lol. Love looking for it. Love finding it. Hate listing it. Love selling it. Love making money on it.
Actually “Hate” is kind of a strong word. Listing and selling is work. Plain and simple. Once I got going..it wasn’t any harder than any other item I sell and the photos weren’t that difficult. So…yes..it’s time to break out those other 2 bins of fabric I’ve been hoarding and just get to work!