Sunday, February 26, 2012

Thrift Report: Favorite Finds

I've had some great luck in the last week or so, but three finds really stood out to me.

When I spotted this iconic mid-century spice rack by Copco on a thrift store shelf, I gasped. Audibly. 

I've admired the geometric design of this piece in photographs for a long time, but never come across one in person. And I'd never seen it in yellow, which I LOVE.  It even has the cool vintage store price tag still attached:

Sure, I could blast the sticker off with a little heat from my hair dryer, but I kind of like it.  The best part, though?

That's right....ALLthe original glass spice jars are intact. In fact, they look like they've never been used. Woo hoo!  This is too good of a find not to list in the shop, but I admit I'll be a little envious of whoever ends up buying it.

Another favorite find this week is a set of four vintage (early 70s, I would guess) glasses.  I buy and sell a lot of glassware, but these really appealed to me for some reason:

I think it's the richness of the red, yellow, and green colors, still so vibrant after all these years. I just love them!

Finally, my favorite find of all.  I was strolling through a particularly seedy thrift store recently when i noticed a dusty zippered case shoved to the back of a bottom shelf.

It looked too small to be a sewing machine or typewriter, so I just HAD to open it up and see what was inside...

....and it was a typewriter after all!  A very small typewriter.

A very European-looking typewriter in a fabulous retro aqua blue.  Oh yes.

An Olivetti Lettera 32, to be exact. And I admit, the audible gasp thing happened again in that moment.  I don't know a ton about vintage typewriters, but I know that Olivettis are pretty collectable as far as these machines go. The super small size made it the laptop (or maybe the iPad?) of its day--preferred by foreign correspondents and expat writers and those on the go. Cormac McCarthy supposedly used one.

To my novice eye, this one looks to be in great shape. All the keys work, it has a useable ribbon, and beyond some dust and grime, both the machine and case seem to be in great cosmetic condition. I think I may try to hunt down someone who services vintage typewriters to give it a once-over before I list it. In the meantime, if it happens to look AWESOME sitting on top of my black Paul McCobb desk, well that's just a bonus, right?

Did you unearth any unexpected treasures this week? I hope so!  xoxo

Linking up here:

Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville

...Sunday's Best Linky Party!


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Thrift Score: Glamming Out

Last week was really difficult; I was sick on top of everything else, so I did ZERO thrifting. It's time to get back to happier things, though, so today I'm sharing some finds from the last few weeks. They all have kind of a glammy, Hollywood Regency vibe, which I love.

First, this cool black ceramic horse head bookend:

There's only one of them, but I was okay with that. Sometimes, I think it's easier to work a single bookend into a bookshelf, and it ends up looking less matchy-matchy and more like an intentional piece of sculpture. Here he is with some books:

I love the spot of green glaze on his mane!

Next, I found this cool set of three cylyndrical brass candle holders:

They need a bit of work with the Brasso to remove some tarnished spots, but they're so 70s glam, don't you think?

I have a thing lately for flatware with bamboo-shaped handles. I was excited to find this set of six dinner knives in a thrift store bin. . .

. . . but a little sad that there were no matching forks or spoons!  Oh well...they're still fabulous and at the prices my thrift store charges for flatware, I seriously couldn't pass them up.

Speaking of bamboo, I fell in love with this nifty little Chinoiserie painting with a gilded faux bamboo frame:

It's a relatively small piece - about 10 x 14 - so it would be so easy to fit into almost any setting.

I'm also pretty enamored with this set of Federal Glass dishes in the "Golden Glory" pattern, produced in the late 50s and early to mid 60s. It's made from a translucent milk glass that's about the weight of Jadeite, and it's embossed with the prettiest pattern of golden bamboo shoots and leaves. So modern! 

This set includes four dinner plates, four dessert bowls, four cups, and four saucers. I think I paid about fifty cents per piece! They're in just about mint condition, without so much as a utensil mark. I bet their original owner set them aside for "special occasions" and never actually ate from them.

Last but not least, I wanted to throw in this Homer Laughlin serving platter:

This piece is the Wheat Americana pattern in green, and it was produced in the early 1950s. I can't even explain what a huge graphic "punch" this large pattern and vibrant green color packs in person! 

Thanks for checking out my finds for this week, and happy thrifting!  I'm linking up here:

Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Nifty Thrift Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Twice Owned Tuesday at House of Grace
Sunday's Best Linky Party!

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating


Friday, February 17, 2012

A Goodbye

I'm sorry I've been absent from blogland. My sweet grandmother passed away last week after a battle with cancer. She was the matriarch of our family; a fiesty southern dame with red hair and a generous heart.

She was an amazing cook in her day, albeit in full-on Old South Paula Deen style. She was a dedicated collector of owls, long before they were trendy. She loved green and purple, but not pink. Never pink. "Not on a redhead."

The last thing she told me was that I needed more rouge.  And that she loved me.

I don't think I'll ever stop missing her.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Thrift Score Monday: Brassy

Now that my [failed] thrifting moratorium is over, I can once again hit the secondhand shops and thrifts without shame. I found a few lovely things this weekend....including quite a bit of brass.  Adding a touch of gold to a room is like putting on earrings to finish off your outfit--in moderation, it adds so much warmth and richness to a room. Check out my finds!

Ornate vintage lipstick holder to glam up a vanity table or bathroom counter:

Pretty brass plated serving tray with a raised railing:

(Doesn't it look pretty holding a few pieces of art pottery?)

The thrill of finding a chunky brass animal in a thrift store never wears off for me:

This tall laquered brass vase is so elegant:

Finally, I just love the shape of this old brass lamp, which reminds me of a genie bottle. So chic with the black shade, isn't it?

Did you have any great finds this week?  Linking up here to find out:

Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Twice Owned Tuesday at House of Grace
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Super Sunday!

It's an exciting time in Indianapolis as our little city hosts its first Super Bowl. I am, admittedly, not really a football fan. I've never understood the game. Until recently, I thought a "first down" was when the first player fell down. (But it's actually not! Errrr...right?)  I went to college in the south, where going to a football game meant dressing up in your prettiest dress, heels, and pearls and standing with coat-and-tie-clad boys in the packed bleachers drinking cocktails mixed from the flasks of bourbon your date hid in his boot. I attended many a game, and don't remember ever watching a second of the action on the field.

That said, it's been hard not to get swept up in "football fever" these last two weeks in Indy. The AFC champion team is staying at a hotel directly across the street from my office. Here's a shot of the hoopla taken from my office window, complete with drinking tent, media trucks and full Secret Service security:

Despite my lack of interest in the game of football, I do have an appeciation for vintage football memorabilia. (You knew I'd say that, didn't you?)  I think worn old leather footballs, vintage helmets, and antique trophies can bring an amazing feeling of aged Americana to a room. They're perfect for little boy rooms (so much better than Star Wars or Sponge Bob!), dens and family rooms. Here's a framed photograph of my father and his high school football squad that I've displayed in all of my apartments and houses over the years:

More than one person has tried to buy this piece from me, but it's staying put. It's special to me because my dad is in it, but you can get a similar look with any vintage team photo.

{The snarly, "intimidate the other team" look on my father's face is my favorite part of the photo, hands down. :)}
Vintage football cards are also cool. Many of them have that painted, "technocolor" feeling of colorized black and white movies. I worked for one of my first bosses for almost a year before I learned that he'd been a professional football player in the 60s. Here's a photo I took years ago of his football card from back in the day:

Why not blow up a few vintage football cards and frame them gallery style in a study?  Or make a collage of them?

I also love this vintage football helmet from Etsy seller vintageseventyfive:

I'd perch it on top of a bookcase, or on the corner of a rustic mantle.

I hope you all enjoy this Super Sunday, whether you're a football fan or, like me, simply appreciate the aesthetic appeal of vintage football collectables.  For my part, I'm enjoying the unseasonably gorgeous weather here ( it February or May?!)  and feeling proud of my adopted hometown, which has most certainly put its best foot forward this week.

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