I, like any good hunter/picker/scavenger out there, can't pass up a free pile. You know the ones I mean. The boxes, (sometimes a blanket or tarp, a table if the former owners are feeling classy), left on the side of the road, in front houses and apartment blocks or next to bus stops, and full of assorted trash and treasures. Some things are obvious grab'ems. Some are obvious junk. But what about those bits that find themselves somewhere in between? Enter, the UPCYCLE!
This magazine rack, shown here just before the project began, came with all the necessary pieces. The board that slides in the bottom, acting as the base, was an atrocious looking piece of faux wood wall paneling. The handle was water stained wood with brass caps on either end. But when I saw it sitting down the road from my house, something vibed right away. I liked the lines, the zigzagging geometry, and simple, sturdy construction. So, home it came and Mission: Re-Fab had begun.
And behold, the finished product! A few coats of white spray paint on the metal body, a sanded down to clean wood handle, with the brass caps left as found (a little shabby authenticity), and that atrocious faux wood panel? Covered with genuine 1970's floral print fabric. A shabby chic gem ready for its new life as... a holder for your many bathroom sundries? An alternative spot for those spare linens in the guest bedroom? A snack caddy next to the couch? It fits four bags of munchies, I checked! Or, hey! How about a rack for your books and magazines... ;-)
Labour Day long weekend, the last hoorah of summer and fairly dismal looking weather... What's a girl to do to alleviate some of her sadness? Ah, of course! Go on a vintage shopping spree!
I had the best of intentions and had planned on taking tons of pictures of all the fun things I was seeing at the "Vintage, Retro and Collectibles Show", on today at the Mary Winspear Center in Sidney, B.C. I, however, was too busy trying to keep my little one's hand off of everything. No help this weekend, just her and me, so the pics were a bust. I can tell you though that there were epic treasures to be found and if I were a rich girl, much money would have been dropped. I was particularly draw to some of the amazing antique photographs and artwork on offer. There were lots of fun retro housewares to be had, toys, ephemera, and of course... jewelery!
I found some of my favorite sellers today, a lovely lady named Sharon and her husband, and spent far more money than I should have. When the pickins are good though, you gotta get grabbin'!
The many brooches I couldn't leave without...
All in all, I had a great time browsing the tables today. I always do! There were some incredible gems to see and some "Oh, I wish I had snagged that..." moments but hey, no worries. The next hunt is always just around the corner!
I don't know what it is, but I am on a ROLL lately, finding absolute gems at my local thrift shops! Behold, a fabulous 1960's "Chalet" Canadian art glass ashtray!
This is the second fabulous glass ashtray I've found at the same local store in the last couple of months. Though I do see them "often", my two finds have been standouts to me for their condition. I really do have the hardest time finding nice glass for under $10. This piece is up for sale and priced at $15. It's in pretty good condition with some surface scratching and small nicks on the very base but no major damage. Ceratainly no big chips or cracks. It's really so lovely and this is another one that is teetering on the brink of going on the "Keep" shelf for Mike and I. :-)
I'm a huge fan of rhinestones. I'm aaaaaall in favour of flashing things up a bit with stunning, sparkling, glass gems, whether they be on clothing or jewelry. So as I perused the jewelry display at my local St. Vincent de Paul Society thrift shop today (Vinnie's as it's known in Sidney), I was stoked to spot these beauties on the brooch tray:
There really is something to be said for the persistence of always checking out the local shops. I visited another two stores in Sidney today and didn't find a thing. That's a rarity. And though I told myself that my day of treasure hunting was at an end, as I approached the car I figured, "One more. Why not? You know, just in case..." Saved by the voices in my head! These stunners were bargains!
All five are available for sale. Prices as follows:
Small lady bug- Stunning condition, nothing to note. Signed "Butler" $8
Pink fish- Appears that some stones have been reglued. Some wear to the pink painted details. $5
Japanned blue/yellow/green brooch- Some wear to the black setting. Nice stones. Overall very good. $7
Abstract fish- Some patina/tarnish on the silver tone setting. Stones are very nice. $7
Filigree diamond- Gorgeous piece. Surface dirt on stones needs cleaning but great colour. $10
MORE PICTURES OF ALL PIECES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST!
I love vintage glass. I don't know much about it, but I love it. I love the versatility of the material and all of the incredibly creative and unique things people have done with it over the centuries. So when Baby Girl and I hit the thrift shop yesterday, I was pleased as punch to find not one but TWO perfect condition glass pieces I just couldn't leave behind.
First in the basket was this fabulously tacky gem:
Once home, I did some much needed Googling to find out if this was an actual "thing" as I was working purely on gut instinct up until then. Alas, it is! Apparently, (for those of us to young to remember and not fortunate enough to have happened across one before), these were sold and given away as prizes at country fairs and carnivals across North America in the late 1960s and into the 1970s. I found that these bottles were actually made by the carnival employees themselves by heating up empty bottles and stretching them out, either by hand or by machine, and were used as everything from vases to decanters, or simply as shelf decor.
*And a funny sidenote, my partner Mike and I had been talking about the "Fair at the PNE" in Vancouver earlier in the day. When I showed him this, he chortled heartily and told me about how he had tried to win one waaaaaaaaay back in the day at the aforementioned fair!*
Second in the basket:
This blue stunner called out to me as I was at the cashier. I scooted over and snapped it up just as another lady was heading to the same shelf. She laughed, telling me that it had caught her eye too. I smiled politely, apologized and triumphantly (yes, I know, arrogant and obnoxious come to mind but I am a hunter after all!) paid for my new treasure. I got it home, showed it to my man and... I think it's now going to live somewhere in our place. He loves it as much as I do. :-)
The 7Up bottle is definitely for sale. $12 +shipping (to be quoted upon request)
The blue ashtray, while we love it, should technically be for sale as well. Make me an offer and we'll go from there.
More pics for both items available upon request!
Happy hunting, fellow vintage fiends!
While it may seem a touch silly or strange for someone who has a hardcore love for all things vintage, and more specifically, all things vintage housewares/vintage home decor, I've found myself in a bit of a quandary. This lovely toaster...
with it's oodles of 1970s charm, faux wood grain and chrome body combining to make a piece that is an odd blend of fugly and gorgeous, seems to work. And seems to work well. And I need a good toaster. And I more or less love it. But... do I actually want to keep it? I don't know what it is, maybe some deep rooted hygiene oriented OCD, but I have a little weirdness when it comes to vintage appliances. More specifically, kitchen appliances. So, while I can totally justify keeping it, this one would certainly satisfy my need and suits my taste very nicely, I don't know if it's going to end up staying on my counter or being sold off to someone who's a little less... neurotic. Any thoughts? I can't be alone in my weirdness, can I?
I never thought I would. I'm the farthest thing from a social media junkie a 27 year old can be. I don't even maintain a personal Facebook page, can you imagine?! But, after much discussion with others who are doing similar things online (all you vintage lifestylers and resellers), I can see the merits for business purposes. So consider this an experiment. Failure is possible (yes, even likely), but what have I got to lose?
Basically, you can expect to see little snippets about my vintage buying and selling journey, surely some rants will make their way in, and on the odd occasion, probably something entirely unrelated to anything but that just HAD to be shared. There will be a minimum of one post per week, but hey, if girl's got something to say, she's gonna say it.
The blog should be connected to Facebook and Twitter, so if you follow me there, you should get updates about new posts. I'm working out the kinks though so in the meantime, check back often to see what's shaking.