Monday, January 30, 2012

Thrift Score Monday: Coming Clean

Okay, I admit it. I thrifted. I THRIFTED!!!!!! 

I had such good intentions going into the month of January. I declared a moratorium on buying; instead, I planned to work through my backlogged inventory and get a fresh start. I would arrive at February with a fresh outlook and more storage space. It was a noble plan, full of good intentions. . .

It's winter in Indianapolis, people. There's not that much to do, but there's a thrift store on every corner. And every time I drive by, resisting the siren call, I imagine what might be inside. Am I missing out on a full set of Dorothy Thorpe Silver Band?  The perfect Danish modern lamp?  A set of sterling silver flatware, carelessly tossed into the "utensils" bin by an unknowing store employee?  SIGH. All I can say is, thank GOD it's not summer, with a tag or estate sale on every block, or I'd really be in trouble!

Confession over. Let me share with you my recent bounty!

Set of fourteen midcentury snack plates. Buy these and throw the world's hippest Super Bowl party!

Old hotel china plates from the Hotel Belvedere in NYC. They make my heart flutter:

Cool mid-century looking pottery elephant (actually a coin bank):

Pristine set of Swedish salt and pepper shakers:

Elegant scalloped silver compote from iconic (and now-defunct) Indianapolis department store LS Ayres:

And finally, a very old lidded casserole dish from McCoy pottery, featuring an "MC" design on the lid's handle, in my favorite shade of green. This one's staying in my collection:

I must say, I feel better now that I've come clean! 

What vintage treasures have you found lately?  I'm linking up here to find out:

Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
What I Love About the Thrift Store at Cap Creations
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Twice Owned Tuesday at House of Grace

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Head Over Heels for Peacocks

I’m just loving the re-emergence of peacocks as a design element.  They’re the definition of “glamorous” in the animal world, with their showy crowns and tails and their deep, jewel toned color palette. They’re at once modern and retro—evoking a classic Hollywood Regency, 1960s vibe, yet so fresh because they’re been absent as a design trend for so many years.

There are so many ways to interpret this trend in your own home. If you prefer to incorporate peacock motifs literally, there is an abundance of options ranging from this stunning duvet set from Dwell Studio…

…to this amazing golden peacock statue just posted in our shop!

We’re also offering this chic ceramic set of 1960s peacocks by California Originals:

Wouldn't they be amazing on a mantlepiece?

If peacocks themselves are too big of a leap for you, why not stick your toe in the water with some peacock feather motifs? Elegant with a slightly art deco feel, they’re  a great way to incorporate the trend without going overboard. I’m in love with this wallpaper from ferm-LIVING:

Yet another {more subtle} way to embrace this trend is through color. The vibrant greens, blues, turquoises, and purples that traditionally represent peacock feathers are classic color combinations that are easy on the eyes and trend-resistant.  I adore this peacock blue sofa surrounded by jewel-toned accent pieces in an old Apartment Therapy home tour:

And I can't get this stunning peacock blue chair - spotted over at Little Green Notebook - out of my head:

{Ironically, I believe that the bird in the fabric is a white parrot--NOT a peacock--but the piece is still perfect in my opinion!}

The common thread, in my mind, to all of these images is a glamorous retro elegance totally devoid of kitsch. Whether you wallpaper your home with images of the birds themselves, or simply add touches of color reminiscent of these showy creatures, this is one trend you won't be sorry for embracing.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Thrift Score Monday (on a Tuesday): Springy!

Sorry to be late posting … I had this drafted on Monday, but somehow got sidetracked and forgot to actually post it! It’s unseasonably warm in Indianapolis again, so I thought I’d enjoy it to the fullest and pretend it’s spring!  This week, I’m going to highlight some finds from the last few months in cheery spring colors. I actually had them all out on my countertop the other day, preparing to photograph them, and realized how lovely and springy they look together.

First, this great set of Blendo tumblers in a pretty lime green:

I love the combination of the gold rims and the citrusy green.

Next, this super cute set of Fire King mugs with retro orange and green flowers:

What a fun way to drink your morning coffee, right?

I’m also loving this bright yellow mid-century wall clock:

It has the most stylish raised numbers and keeps perfect time. I almost didn’t spot it on one of my junk store forays back in November, but I’m so glad I did!

For another dose of yellow, check out these two Anchor Hocking mugs that I listed in the shop last week:

Anything in the aqua/turquoise family always cheers me up. I was thrilled with this unusual find:

The large pottery candle holder holds a pillar sized candle and incorporates swirls of red, yellow, and green into the predominantly aqua glaze.

It’s in great shape except for some minor crazing!

Speaking of aqua love, nothing could put me in a happier mood than these vibrant tumblers:

I initially passed them up because my inventory is really heavy on glassware right now. But I couldn’t stop thinking about them, so I went back to the shop. I restrained myself again, went home, and went back a third time!  Thankfully I came to my senses and took them home. Does anyone else do that? I can be the queen of indecision sometimes…

Word on the street is that the weather here in Indy is going to take a turn for the wintry by this evening, so I’m enjoying this taste of spring while it lasts. I hope things are cheery wherever you are!

Linking up here:

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Monday, January 9, 2012

Thrift Score Monday: Double Trouble

I'm semi-sticking to my resolution not to thrift in the month of January and focus instead on my backlogged inventory....I haven't thrifted much. Today, I'm featuring a cool find from earlier in the fall: a set of two vintage wall shelves:

They are SUPER heavy and feature geometric, Chinoiserie-style brass supports and hanging hardware which gives them a glam, Hollywood Regency vibe.

I found them in a junk store in an upscale area. When you hold them, you can tell they are well-made, quality pieces. One of them features a vintage-looking sticker on the back from the store where they were originally purchased:

I just love their style and quality. Oddly enough, I think their unique shape means they could also work as a set of the world's most glamorous bookends:

Am I crazy???

Now for confession time:  Last Friday, I made a quick stop by a thrift store right next door to the post office (dangerous!).  And guess what I found? Another set of these beauties!  Both pair are in oustanding vintage condition with just some minor wear and patina. What are the chances?!  I just love them all...and maybe I need to keep a set.

Linking up here to check out everyone else's finds:

Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
What I Love About the Thrift Store at Cap Creations
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

Friday, January 6, 2012

My Current Obsession: Fleece Sheets

My family and friends are groaning right now, because they've had to listen to me rant and rave on this topic since Thanksgiving! Nonetheless, I've discovered something so fabulous, so life-altering, so revolutionary, that I just can't keep it to myself. I've discovered fleece sheets.

Back in November, I was a houseguest of a kind host who made up my bed with antique quilts and fleece sheets. Not flannel, but fleece. Fluffy polyester goodness. Think polarfleece jackets and you'll get the picture.  I'd seen these sheets in stores, but never been the least bit interested. I've never been a fan of flannel--too pilly and hot--and I prefer natural fabrics for my bedding. In fact, I've always been super picky about sheets:  500 thread count is great; anything higher can feel....slimy. Percale=good; sateen=bad. 100% cotton is a must, and they need to be washed at least five times before use to remove all the icky factory sizing. See? I'm a little high maintenance.

So, as I was faced with the cute snowflake-pattern fleece sheets on my temporary bed, I felt, well, nervous. Would I be too hot? Would my clothes stick to them? Would they even feel like sheets?

I needn't have worried. They were downright heavenly; like sleeping on a cloud. That chill when you first slide into a cold bed? Gone. They stayed in place and nicely tucked in. They were soft as silk. I was toasty warm, but not overheated. I was amazed. I was HOOKED.

I then proceeded to ramble on about my love for fleece sheets to anyone who would listen, incessantly, right up until Christmas. My parents took the hint and got me a set as a gift. (They may have just been trying to shut me up, in retrospect.)  I then fretted anew: Would they be as awesome as I remembered? Would this set live up to the November snowflake sheets?  Well, my friends, the answer is YES. My new set, purchased from Kohls, is just as amazing. I slapped them on my bed without even washing them (GASP), and I've slept like a baby ever since! They are the best sheets I've ever experienced, and I'm sad I didn't find them years ago.

Full disclosure: I don't think I'd use these in summer. While I've never felt too warm in these sheets, I'm sure they might be a bit much for the sweltering temps of, say, August . . . though the top sheet might make the perfect lightweight summer blanket!  I also suspect they might pill after repeated washings. I've read online reviews of many fleece sheet sets, and the general consensus seems to be that pilling is minimal, though I know my fleece jackets and throw blankets have pilled over time. Still...even if I end up buying a new set each year, these sheets are worth it. They're THAT good.

If you want to give them a try, they're on sale all over the place right now. Here are a few candidates:

Sierra Trading Post
Touch of Class
The Company Store
Kohls   (This is the set I have!)

Happy sleeping!


Monday, January 2, 2012

Thrift Score Monday: Happy New Year!

Happy 2012, friends!

I've taken a break from blogging the last couple of weeks to focus on the holidays, but I'm ready to get back in the swing of things.  I've spent the last two days industriously cataloging and photographing backlogged inventory for the shop, and in doing so, I realized once and for all that I need to lay off the shopping! :)  I've decided to take a hiatus from (gasp!) thrifting for the month of January and focus instead of organizing and prepping my current inventory. For this month, therefore, my Thrift Score Monday posts will focus on treasures I picked up over the last six months or so but haven't had a chance to show you. Believe me...there are plenty!

Without further ado, here is one of my most memorable finds from last summer:

Surprisingly, all but one of these pieces came in one haul!  I was in a local thrift back in July, I think, when I noticed a mod cream planter on an endcap. I snapped it up, of course. Rounding the bend, I spotted DOZENS of other pieces of cream pottery down the next aisle. It was clearly someone's collection. They were mostly florist line pieces from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, but there were a few earlier pieces mixed in. Some were unmarked, and some were marked Hull, McCoy, McCoy Floraline, and Haeger pieces.

First and foremost, I was thrilled with my luck. I spent the next 20 minutes or so sorting through what was there, discarding any chipped pieces, and scouring the store for stray pieces that had been placed in other aisles. Beyond my happiness, though, I felt a tinge of sadness. As a pottery devotee, I can assure you that no one assembles such a lovely collection and then ditches it at the local Goodwill. I know that these pieces were collected by someone who loved them, and the reasons that they ended up in a thrift store are undoubtedly sad ones. I know I'm sometimes too emotional about the history of the vintage objects I buy, but I was truly glad that I was the one that found them; that they ended up with someone who appreciates them and who will bring them back to market for other collectors to appreciate and cherish.

One of the pieces pictured is an early Nelson McCoy vase that I purchased elsewhere (eBay) last March:

The signature on the bottom is the old "NM" mark, and the person who was selling it didn't recognize it for what it was--a rare and relatively valueable piece of McCoy. I managed to score it for $5 plus shipping. As with many pottery pieces, I'm having a hard time parting with it, but I'll most likely list it in the shop eventually.

For now, though, I'm happy to see this collection (plus my McCoy vase) assembled one last time. I have always loved the sculptural effect of large collections of pottery of all one color displayed together, and this is no exception.

Have you made any interesting vintage scores lately? I'm linking up with the following blogs to find out what others in the blogosphere have discovered!

Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
The Pennyworthy Project at Hey What's for Dinner Mom
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
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