Saturday, November 30, 2013

What I found: Nov. 30th

Nov. in one day before Dec... as in the last month of 2013.  Oy Vey!

I'm not sure how sale'n around the rest of the country was but the sales were few and far between for us this holiday weekend.  Below are a few things I picked up for the Etsy shop.

This 1920's Kodak No. 1 Pocket Camera is in remarkably great condition even more so when you consider this beauty is almost 100 years old.   The leather carrying case she came with is a bit worse for the wear, but she did a bang up job of protecting this camera so I'm not so concerned.

Pro Tip: Always grab one of these metal storage containers if you find them.  If you're looking, they will be in the garage, usually full of nails, screw and other garage type bobbles.   I've had about 5 or so listed in my shop over the last few years and they always sell quickly.

This Dorothy Thorpe lunch plate is the real deal- complete with original foil sticker label.   With the success of Mad Men and the obsession created over mid century barware the vintage market is flooded with Dorothy Thorpe "style" plates and glasses.  It's tough to firmly identify if you don't know exactly what to look for, mainly that the sterling silver rim should be approx. 1 inch thick.  And sterling silver.

Love seeing what others find? visit: Nifty ThriftySir Thrift a LotWe Call it Junkin, ThrifterMakerFixer

Saturday, November 23, 2013

What I Found: Nov. 23

After a few weeks off it felt good to stop by a some sales over the weekend.   With the exception of the 2 paintings below, read more about those here, all items were purchased at 2 estate sales.

I love this 1960s Panasonic Radio.   It's clean as a whistle and works great! If it was blue I wouldn't think twice about keeping it.

This wood table lamp is almost as great as the gold metallic shade.  The lamp was hand made in the 60s by one of the sons of the lady whose sale we were shopping.

I will always pick up brightly colored pyrex.  Always.

And I won't shy away from picking up vintage luggage either.  I guess this means it is time to plan a weekend get-away to palm springs ;)

How great is this old chinese checkers board.  I'm thinking it will be a fun decor piece hung up in the boys room.

A jar of old buttons is always nice to have around.  Full of hidden (sparkly) gems.

This chair. THIS CHAIR!  The owner was in her 80's and it was hand carved by her grandfather. It is soooooo good.  Oh, and it was only $10.00.  Yeah, I know!! It's so good, that I will probably devote an entire post to just photos of this chair.

I love finding old Fire King mugs.  Some are super valuable, most are's a fun gamble. 

These are the 2 painting I picked up at the SD Vintage Flea Market, where I was also a vendor.   I still have piles of art waiting to be hung, but that will never stop me from buying more.

Love seeing what others find? Be sure to check out, Nifty ThriftySir Thrift a LotWe Call it Junkin

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

San Diego Vintage Flea Market

Last Sunday I had the honor of participating in the San Diego Vintage Flea Market.  The market is hosted 3 times a year and is amazing.  Seriously, if you live in San Diego and you love vintage/mid century/industrial you must go.

I was able to unload so many amazing items I'd been hoarding but weary of listing online because I didn't want to deal with shipping.   We more than covered our entry fee, start-up costs (pop-up tent and tables), lunch and had much left over to pick up a few treasures I was eying from my booth.   Sadly I have no pictures to show of our booth but feast your eyes on the two paintings I picked up.

It turns out I collect nudes now.  This is my 4th nude painting, 6th if you include 2 I've sold in the past.

You'll get a slightly better idea if the size in this picture, it's a statement piece for sure. The frame is separating from the canvas a little along the top which should be an easy enough fix.

And then there is the painting of the rooster.  There is a really raunchy pun in here somewhere...but I'll leave that alone for now.  I love so much about this rooster.  Mainly the bright colors and the thick textured paint.  

I can't wait to get these guys hung up.  I've found a great place in our living room for the nude.  I don't know if its frowned upon to have so much nude (this chic is large and in charge!) greeting visitors as they first enter our home.  What do you think??

Sunday, November 3, 2013

What I Found: Nov. 3rd

I've committed to unpacking and hanging all of the things until I go out on the hunt again.  We've got grandma coming into town this weekend and I'd like to get the place feeling a little more lived in before she arrives.

This weeks post is sort of a cheat.  Instead of shopping yard sales, thrifts or estate sales this week I've been shopping my own stock.  So much stuff!  I've been having fun rediscovering items I found weeks, months...years ago.  Seriously, so much stuff.

Various artwork, a bowl given as a housewarming gift years ago and recently rediscovered, assorted milk glass and the lion I found, mentioned here.

This Ikea mirror was hung in our old house and had found its way to the yard sale pile.  Luckily we never had that moving/yard sale as it seems to fit nicely in its new home by the front door.

An assortment of thrifted books, skulls, globes and toys decorate Arlo's shelves.  It's still sort of a hot mess over there - a work in progress.

A fabulous buffalo print, the Tree of Life rug mentioned here, and our bedroom set nightstands which never fit into our last bedroom.

A Blenko glass decanter missing the stopper, a small Nymolle plate and a very ghetto DIY framed set of footprints are on one side of the dresser.

This industrial fan is on the other side.

A number of items were left behind from the previous owners, including this brown barrel chair.  A few colorful vintage pillows help to lighten it up.

An old metal plant stand now houses our router (along with a very sad succulent.)  Ignore the blinds and wallpaper, there is still so much to do.

Love seeing what others find? Be sure to check out, Nifty ThriftySir Thrift a LotWe Call it JunkinRemnant