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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!

 

 

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! :)

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For the Love of the Ashtray

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Italian Art Pottery, oh my!

I’m not a smoker by any means…. so go figure that I would love vintage ashtrays and lighters, they ooze mid-century cool!! Last weekend this one screamed at me from a mid-century estate sale. When I saw the “Made in Italy” marked I was hooked. Ala Mad Men, picture Don Draper, discussing the next big ad campaign while drinking whiskey (or is bourbon!) out of their Dorothy Thorpe Roly Poly’s, and tipping their ashes into awesome art pottery ashtrays, like this one!

Italian Art Pottery Wine Motif Ashtray

Mr. Sascha B.

And you can’t deny the allure of Sascha Brastoff’s work…. I mean tee-pee ashtrays, so cool! It was sitting pitifully alone on a card table out on a small dark patio, with only one other lonely item. Marked .50 cents, SOLD! This particular one is marked as a second, but I think the design is more interesting, and definitely a one-of-a-kind glaze! You can view more details about this cute little gem here.

I love this set so much I feel like taking up smoking!

Found this neat set at an Oceanside Thrift. I probably paid more than I should have, but I just had to have it. Can’t you just picture them on this Eames side table! See more about this chic set here.

 

How I turned $6.00 into $512 on Ebay.

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It all started with a book.

First, I have to give credit to my Ebay guru and friend, Lynn Dralle. She is The Queen of Auctions, she truly is The Queen. I found her book, “The 100 Best Things I Sold on Ebay“, and once I started reading it, I was riveted! Her awesome stories of how she profited from from items ranging from Rose O’Neill Kewpie Doll Parts to 1970’s Skateboard Magazines, were extremely inspiring. I had to look further into this…

My first estate sale.

Fortunately for me, I live close to a retirement community, and estate sales are commonplace each weekend. The first Saturday after reading Lynn’s book I made sure I was at the sale when it started at 9:00am. The place was already filled with many people. I made a beeline for the dining room table filled with all types of glassware and pottery, large and small. I picked up a small attractive little bud vase. Just as Lynn mentions in her book, I turned over the vase to see if there were any markings, like I would recognize anything I saw, NOT!  Nevertheless, there was a signature I couldn’t quite make out, a mark that looked like a letter, and some other undecipherable marks. I figured I would pop the $6 and take the little vase home with me …

A rare vase.

I went home and immediately jumped on my computer to do research on my new find. The signature looked like “Friberg”. So, I typed that name into my computer and boy was I ever in shock! It turns out that my little vase was made by a famous mid-century modern Scandinavian artist, Berndt Friberg! He was very well known and his work was, and still is, very sought after, not to mention pricey. The “x” mark on the back dated this piece to the late 1950’s.

8 months of admiration.

The photographs online for Friberg’s work were stunning. I knew nothing about photography. I didn’t want to screw up my chance of selling this lovely piece, because of my bad photographic skills! So, I put the vase carefully on a shelf to admire until I was ready to list on Ebay. I finally sprung for a good camera months later. I took many pictures of my little find, researched, and researched some more, until it was finally time …

Ebay.

I took great time and care to list my very first Ebay item, and not to mention one that was so valuable. I put it up for auction on 2/11/07 and 7 days later here were the ending stats:

Winning bid: $512.00
Number of Bids: 8
Starting Bid: $24.99, with no reserve
Number of times viewed: 22
Where the winner lives: New York, NY

I didn’t find this out until a few years ago, but my vase was purchased by Wyeth Home, a store that specializes in museum-quality Mid-Century modern antiques, raw industrial metal objects, and rare vintage collectables. You can see my lovely vase here, and it is still for sale 5 years later for $2,000!!

Needless to say I was hooked, and haven’t stopped since! You can see my items for sale here.