Find of the Week!
I went to Idaho’s Largest Garage Sale weekend before last. Picture the MOTHER OF ALL GARAGE SALES – MOAG! One of my first finds was this vintage tablecloth. I saw the artists signature, but didn’t know it. What really drew me in were these wonderful, whimsical cow illustrations. I paid $3, and on I went to find more treasures. When I got home I Googled the name “Tammis Keefe”, and I was so happy with what I found! Apparently Keefe became one of the first women to sign her name conspicuously on her work and to achieve name recognition. Cool. And she also worked for Disney at one point. You can read more about Tammis Keefe here and see more of her awesome work.
Turns out my tablecloth cow pattern is called “Cattle Futures”. And there is not another like it available anywhere for sale…. YIPPEE!!! You can see the live listing here, and in case it sells, and soon I hope!, the link will be invalid after a certain point, so here is the image of the listing. I have 5 watchers so far…. fingers crossed!
I found this awesome 1940s fabric at a thrift store last year. I paid $12. I absolutely loved it and was certain I could get a great price for it. But I had no idea I would get this much! Funny, I actually sold it for $120 about 6 weeks earlier, and the buyer returned it because the pattern was too bold. This was her message: “I’m so sorry — this didn’t work as I had hoped. The background color is too ivory and the flowers too large scale to fit the room. Very sad for me as it is such a beautiful and rare fabric. Would you like me to iron it before returning?” DID SHE SAY RARE? I thought “Hmmmm, well if it rare then I should be asking more for it!” So I raised the price, added RARE to the title and sold it for $50 more!! Love eBay!
I have this cool and colorful Hawaiian fabric that would be perfect in a tiki-themed home. You can see the listing here.
Scores of the Month!
At the same MOAG – Mother of all Garage Sales, I found this Sascha B. Pink and Platinum Surf Ballet Coffee Pot. I love Sascha Brastoff, I have found several of his chimney ashtrays, and the first piece I ever found of his was a Surf Ballet pink plate. So I was familiar with this pattern and knew it was a good find. I just paid $4!
Since moving up to Idaho in 2012 I have found several Ken Done items. He is a very famous Australian artist and is known for his colorful illustrations. You can read more about Ken Done here. Once you know his work, it is easy to spot. So I found these pillowcases at Goodwill for .99 each. I listed them May 6th late in the afternoon, they all sold overnight for $79.96 total and I shipped them back to Australia!
Have a great week!