Vintage Textiles… Have I mentioned how much I love mid-century fabric?!

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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!

Tammis Keefe Cattle Futures Tablecloth

Tammis Keefe Cattle Futures Tablecloth

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!

Markwood Everglaze 1940s Fabric

Markwood Everglaze 1940s Fabric

I have this cool and colorful Hawaiian fabric that would be perfect in a tiki-themed home. You can see the listing here. vintage hawaiian fabric

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!

Sascha Brastoff Surf Ballet Coffee Pot

Sascha Brastoff Surf Ballet Coffee Pot

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!

Ken Done Fish Pillowcase

Ken Done Fish Pillowcase

 

Have a great week!

 

 

1979 PSA pudgie plush plane

Come Fly With Me!

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Let’s Start with Some Scores!
I found this awesome puzzle just over 2 weeks ago at a garage sale. I absolutely LOVE vintage round Springboks! I asked the guy if it was complete (if it’s not complete, it will not sell as well or for as much!), he said “No, but we can put it together right now.” Funny guy! I took it anyway and for just a $1. I immediately brought it home and started putting it together to be sure it was complete and for fun! I have to say this one was very challenging! What a gorgeous puzzle in the end, AND complete! Put at auction the next day and sold for $50! WAIT! UPDATE: You will not believe this. The buyer contacted me and said he wanted to cancel the transaction because he thought it was a real Baccarat Millefiiori paperweight! Seriously?? Like you can get that for $50 bucks. True story! So I cancelled his order and offered it to the second highest bidder at $49 and it sold and they paid immediately! Yeah, $48 profit in just over 2 weeks. Love it.

1967 Round Springbok Baccarat Millefiori puzzle

1967 Round Springbok Baccarat Millefiori puzzle

Fly Me a River!
Airline and airplane vintage stuff is great. There are so many collectors out there for this stuff! This was the first plane related item I found, a stuffed pudgie PSA plane! Here was my description: PSA Airlines VTG Pudgie Plane Stuffed Airplane? Plush? What a darling stuffed airplane, looks just like the old PSA planes. Very good condition for it’s age. Some slight surface darkening overall due to dust and handling, may be removable. 1979 Pudgy Planes by Aero-Antics. 14″ wide x 8.5″ tall. This cute little guy sold immediately for $59.99! That was when I knew to buy any and all airline and airplane stuff!

1979 PSA pudgie plush plane

1979 PSA pudgie plush plane

Here are a few more recent airplane-related items I’ve sold.

Cessna mid century martini pitcher

Cessna mid century martini pitcher

Got this martini pitcher for just $1.50 at a thrift store. I knew this would sell at auction, no problem. You know how I love barware, so this one was a no-brainer for me. :)

This next one, a West Coast Airlines timetable from 1966 came in a bag of other ephemera. Here is the wikipedia definition of ephemera:

e·phem·er·a
əˈfem(ə)rə/
Items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity.

The bag was stapled up, so I couldn’t be sure of the entire contents, but I could see there were some interesting vintage maps, including a New York World’s Fair map from 1964. For $2.50 for the bag which had about 25 different pieces in it, I figured I couldn’t go wrong. When I got home and sorted through this, I was excited to find this timetable. Not only was it vintage, but for a defunct airline, yeah! It would appeal to 2 different type of collectors: vintage ephemera and airline fanatics! I was happy with the final outcome.

1966 West Coast Airlines timetable

1966 West Coast Airlines timetable

Do you see how awesome vintage airline/airplane stuff is??!! I have this cool retro bar set up for sale. These were used on United Airlines commuter routes in Chicago and New York. Love these!

The Club Commuter vintage cocktail glasses

The Club Commuter vintage cocktail glasses

Find of the month!
I was in California in August for a college sorority reunion. We had a super fun time! I hadn’t seen these gals for over 25 years. There was almost 60 of us that came from all over the country to San Diego that weekend. We rekindled some great friendships that night! Love these gals!

Friends for life!

Friends for life!

One of my sorority sisters, Maryann Miller AKA Mimi, is also a thrift store fiend like myself. She is an avid collector of all things vintage and a clever re-purposer, check out her awesome blog here.

The Sunday after the reunion, I headed up north to Orange County to visit my family. Took a small detour along the way and stopped at one of my favorite Goodwill’s in Vista. I was fortunate enough to find this valuable figurine! I knew the signature was familiar, but had to get out my readers ;) to figure out what it was! Herend, yes, super score! I paid just $4.99.

Herend bride figurine

Herend bride figurine

Herend is a Hungarian company founded in 1926. They are the largest porcelain manufacturer in Europe. Apparently, Queen Victoria dined on it and Princess Diana loved to find it in her stocking. Very collectible! I have only found one other Herend piece, a blue and white vase that sold for $85. You can read more about Herend here.

In my research I couldn’t find this bride figurine except an online ad where someone was selling the bride and groom together for $340. I wanted to figure out the real value for just the bride. I contacted Herend directly and they told me she was $320 plus a 10% import fee PLUS a 6 month wait list!! Wow! So I priced her high, since there is not another available on Ebay right now. I hope I get a nice buyer who wants her so badly they can’t wait 6 months! You can see the listing here.

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The Appeal of Mid Century Wall Art

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Wall art from the 50s and 60s is so cool… Rock gravel and velvet art just screams 1960s! Here are a few I have sold over the last year. I swoop them up every time the price is right, which is usually always! :)

Rock Gravel Wall Art

Kitty & Poodle Rock Gravel Art

Comedy/Tragedy rock gravel art

Comedy/Tragedy Masks Rock Gravel Art

And I thought this Burwood set came right out of Don Draper’s office! I paid $6 for both pieces, Cha-Ching!

Walnut Burwood Duck Wall Hangings

Scores!
The Culver barware set I recently discussed here sold for my full asking price!! Love the quick turnaround, and awesome ROI (Return on Investment)!

Culver Valencia Bar Glass/Caddy Set

And the antique pewter beer stein I blogged about here just sold for $100, not bad for a $1.95 investment!

Find of the Week!
Actually a find from 2 weeks ago, a silver tea/coffee set. It was in the case at my local thrift and very badly tarnished. I saw a signature but didn’t know it. I was going to look it up on my phone, when something else caught my eye in the store and I forgot all about it. LOL, how many times does that happen! :) I got home, remembered the name and looked it up. OMG, I dashed back to the store and it must have been fate. I thought they closed at 8pm, but on Monday’s they close at 6pm, and it was 6:20pm and they hadn’t locked the doors yet! I scooped it for for $55. The gal working the case told me they had just put it out that day. I came home and polished the heck out them. 5 of the pieces sold at auction. I paid $55 for 6 pieces, made $446 ROI in 7 days! LOVE IT! This is the one that sold for the most, 2 bidders duked it out!

Michael Aram Twigware Pitcher

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Barware Love!

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I just love vintage barware. The stuff they made back then was so cool! I don’t just source at thrift stores and estate sales but also on Craigslist! I found this gorgeous Culver Valencia set just last weekend. They were only asking $10, SCORE! You can see the listing here.

Culver made so many awesome pieces, many unsigned. But many have this signature elaborate gilted design that are unmistakable.

Here’s another awesome set I found at a thrift recently! Designed by Early Times Whiskey especially for their 1960s Pussycat cocktail, this set of four vintage Pussycat drinking glasses is a rare find as it also includes the original promotional leaflet with recipe, info about the glasses and cocktail mix, and mail in form. Love the typeface!! Makes me want to put on my Go-Go Dress and be a part of Laugh-In! You can see the listing here.

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Scores
Time to share a recent score! It was about time this got listed, as I got it over 2 years ago at an estate sale! Paid $20 for a huge grocery bag full of different paper dolls and clothes. This was the first one I listed from that bag. I was really shocked by this score! I figure out of the whole lot I paid about $1.00! You can see the listing here.

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I published my first Snapguide!
Snapguide is a free iOS app and web service for those that want to create and share step-by-step “how to guides.” Also available on your desktop at Snapguide.com. The service provides easy to understand instructions for a wide array of topics including cooking, gardening, crafts, repairs, do-it-yourself projects, fashion tips, entertaining and more. It’s truly awesome! It’s available as a free download on your iPhone or iPad. Download it here.

Check out How to Make Money on Ebay Shopping at Thrift Stores by Vicki Pene on Snapguide.

I’m in the process of writing a more in-depth thrifting guide available for purchase here soon!

Time to start listing all the awesome stuff I found yesterday!

Mid Century Modern Holiday 25% Off Sale!

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11 Pipers Piping Illustration

In the spirit of the holidays, here is an awesome mid-century illustration of Eleven Pipers Piping, by artist Pat Conley. This was part of a 12 Days of Christmas set of place mats given to the employees of  Employers Mutual of Wausau back in the day. I found the complete set of these last year, gravy stains and all! So charming, with a great mid-century look. I sold 8 and have 4 left. You can see them here and at 25% off! I’m offering that reduction on all mid-century modern items… feel free to do a little holiday shopping for you or your loved ones! You can see all the retro items for sale here.

Nipper Score!
Well I sure was hoping for a score on Nipper, but I was not prepared for this! Check out this amazing sale. That is a whopping ROI (Return on Investment) of 142%!! He is going to Hershey PA, wish him luck on his journey, as I just shipped him out yesterday. Perhaps he will be displayed in a store somewhere, who knows?

Find of the Week!

Antique Ruby Red Flashed Beer Stein

I found this neat German beer stein at the same thrift I found Nipper! And like him, just $1.95. I almost put it back as the red flash had quite a bit of wear, but it was the most unique stein I had ever seen, so I had to scoop it up! When I got home and did some research I found that this is an old piece, from around mid to late 1800s. I smell a score! You can see the auction here.

Off to Park City, Utah on Saturday for a wonderful pre-Christmas ski vacation. And of course you know what I will be doing along the way, THRIFTING! :)

Love Me Some Danish Flatware!

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Danish style wood fondue forks

I am in LOVE with Danish style wood pieces, especially flatware! Fondue forks, especially yum! They are not so easy to find, but when I do you can bet I will scoop them up! I am not the only one that loves them, noooooo, there are many lovers of this lovely stuff. They are so sleek and modern, who wouldn’t love them? These fondue forks are available here.

Ekco Canoe Muffin Salad Fork Set

And then there are the Canoe Muffins! What? Yes, you heard me right. There is a brand of flatware by Ekco called Canoe Muffin. I seriously don’t know where they came up with the name, the only thing I can think of is that they were drinking when the named them, or just maybe there was a method to their madness, these handles look like little canoes! I found a whole set of these at an Estate Sale, complete with a turquoise plastic utensil holder! I’ve sold quite a bit of this stuff but have a few pieces left, you can find them here.

Find of the week!

Just found this today and was I super excited when I got home and did some research and found this is an authentic RCA Victor Nipper the Dog advertising statue! This guy is BIG at almost 13″ tall! This is a total find and I hope I get my opening auction bid, and then some. You can see Nipper here.

Nipper the Dog RCA Victor Statue

Until next week, and I hope I have an awesome score to share!

Ok, it’s been a ridiculously long time!

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My only excuse for being so absent is our big move to Idaho! We moved in May and getting nicely settled in. We are enjoying the actual “seasons”! So far we have had late-spring, an unseasonably HOT & SMOKEY summer (many wildfires in the northwest!), and now we are into a gorgeous fall! Now I know why they call it Fall! Leaves, leaves everywhere! Luckily Greg does all the clean up! :) So, I’ve made a New Years Resolution starting now: I promise to post here at least once a week. Did you hear me? I hope so!  Ok, I feel much better now!

Let’s start with a score!

Rutledge Freeman McFarlin Unicorn

Found this little cutie about a month ago at Deseret Thrift here in Boise. I thought he was cute and found a signature on the bottom, but didn’t recognize it. Got home, googled the signature “Rutledge” and SCORE! This piece was made by Freeman McFarlin Potteries of Southern California. (I am finding a lot of California finds up here!) You can read more about them here Freeman McFarlin Potteries. I paid $2 for him and he sold shortly after I listed him for $62.29! See the listing here Rutledge Freeman McFarlin Unicorn.

Find of the week! (and it’s only Thursday!)

Hal David Berger Art Glass Perfume Bottle with Dauber

On a spontaneous thrift store run on Tuesday at the Meridian Goodwill, I saw this pretty piece, a colorful perfume bottle with dauber! Any glass that is signed is worth buying. This one was, but again didn’t recognize it. Put it in my cart and continued down the aisles to search for more finds. Paid my $2.99 for this, and headed home. I can’t resist researching right when I get home to figure out what I have. But duty calls (my other job doing graphic design), and I had to get to work. I was able to get back out to the garage early in the evening to start my research. It didn’t take me 5 minutes to figure out the artist Hal David Berger! Who, you say? That is what I said, until I looked him up on Ebay, cha-ching! He creates some very beautiful pieces. On Ebay mostly his paperweights are found, and at the time I listed this, no other perfume bottles, yeah!! So I got him listed pronto! You can see the listing here Hal David Berger Art Glass Perfume Bottle with Dauber.

Until next time… which will be very soon! :)