Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pre-Carnival Vacation in P-Town

My long-awaited annual sojourn to Provincetown, MA finally arrived on August 9th, 2017, and I lucked out with really good weather.

It was not too hot and mostly sunny, perfect for strolling with an ice cream cone, riding a bike to the beach, dancing with friends and strangers, shopping for fun treasures, taking a new handful of snapshots, and attending drag shows – "Return To Grey Gardens," "5 To 9" and "Miss Richfield 1981: 2020 Vision, A Survival Guide For The New World."

As it does every year, P-Town features various theme weeks, and my week was really a non-week, the week before Carnival. This year's Carnival theme was "Gods & Goddesses," and a few places already had decorations up.



Naturally, the wall outside of The Boatslip (where T-Dance is held each day) featured a hot Poseidon...

No doubt Poseidon stocked up on the free hotel shampoo to maintain his beard.

I'm always inspired by the town's abundant creativity, and there's always new artwork to look at no matter where you go. Earlier in the year, this memorial was completed with a cool entrance from the street and additional art space – all dedicated to the artist, Bob Gasoi, who created the murals that adorned Shop Therapy from 1987 to 2010. These snapshots are just a sampling...















































One day I was strolling around with my friend, Paulette, and we came across a few intriguing architectural details I'd never noticed in years past, including a building with a painted mural on every side...




I especially like this thick ironwork fence and flame sculptures...

























I spotted this friendly pineapple cutout fence next to a gourmet grocery store parking lot...





My much-needed beach days were relaxing, and the salt water very refreshing at 64 degrees F. Herring Cove's new pavilion was completed a few years ago, but I never got up close to the interesting shingle design until this year...


















On the way to the beach, I witnessed a bear sighting. Fortunately, this posse was non-threatening...




Shopping is always a pleasure in P-Town, and one of my finds was this Cape Cod souvenir bag for $5 at my favorite Marine Specialties store. I even found my own personal chips at the gourmet grocery store...


HAPPY SUMMER!


Sunday, July 16, 2017

July's Treasures: From Black Lace Ties to Mitzi Gaynor

So far, New England's summer weather has been a disappointment, with lots of rain and fluctuating temperatures. But in the treasure-hunting department, it's been a great success for me.

July's Brimfield Antiques Show was a breeze compared with May's – no three-hour traffic jams or pushy crowds, and there were some very good bargains to be had.

In some respects, I've become a bit predictable with what I bring home, but even in the categories of stuff I collect, I've been seeing unusual items, beginning with a vintage black lace tie I found, along with two others I couldn't pass up at $1 each.






















What I like about this is its goth/steampunk vibe. The black lace is overlaid onto what I believe is solid acetate. I also like the back label and the tag line, "fashions with a future." Tying this on should be an interesting project. Definitely a great Halloween tie.

The other two ties include a jacquard pastel blue one with a "Richards Greenwich Village" label on the back, and a skinny tie with a "Brown Thompson Inc. Hartford" label. Brown Thompson was once a very large Hartford, CT department store located next to G.Fox&Co., both now long gone.





Throughout my home, I have various "themes," motifs, colors or vibes that give it a semi-crazy cohesiveness. One current "theme" I've been building upon is pink flamingos.

I spotted this TV lamp in the booth across from the vintage tie dealer's, and at first I passed on it. The dealer wanted $55, and I didn't want to pay quite that much. I took a gamble and stopped by at the end of the day and it was still there. I asked the dealer if he would take $40, then he countered with $45 and I agreed. I think it's very unique, especially with its red fiberglass shade with cool whip stitching. I've never seen it listed on any online auction sites either.




The four "Everlasting Washable Flowers" are made of a pliable plastic that, yes, can be washed, as the attached tag states.



I originally thought I'd put this lamp in my kitchen with my other plastic light-up pink flamingo...



But because of the red shade, I think it will look better in my living room (the color scheme is red and gold).

I now have a second vintage cookie jar, which I guess means I've started a collection. Nostalgia enticed me to buy a "Cookies All Over" cookie jar some years ago, and I happened to see a dusty "Pineapple" cookie jar on a table that needed rescuing. The dealer sold it to me for $20. After washing and cleaning it up, it looks really great.


I especially like the design, which features three bows on the lid, with a raised fruit garland and an all-over diagonal lattice pattern. There are a few very minor chips on the lid but they're hardly noticeable.

















The bottom is not marked, but after doing a bit of online searching, I found one on an online auction site that says it was made by Los Angeles Potteries in 1965.

Continuing in the food and drink category, I also found a set of cute plastic snack trays, probably from the 1950s – $5 for a set of seven, five pink and two turquoise.


In case you're confused, these are NOT ashtrays...


But they were made by Hofmann Industries Inc. of Sinking Spring, PA.





They're perfect for displaying vintage drinking glasses, like this set of four silver shell motif ones designed by Georges Briard...





Apparently, these were once sold at fine department stores like Neiman Marcus and Bonwit Teller during the 50s, 60s and 70s. This set was the bargain of the day for just $2.50.

They're even signed by the designer.


And, my light-up Christmas angel collection is now a trio with the addition of this blue plastic angel...




Mini photo frames were on my shopping list, and one dealer had boxes of them. I picked out a handful for $3-$5 each.




Fittingly, Mitzi Gaynor, who starred in many 50s musicals, including South Pacific and There's No Business Like Show Business, is in one of the frames.



















Finally, a few "They're selling THAT?!" photos...


Shagadelic Side Tables, unfortunately still wet from the previous day's rain.


MAJOR 1970s macramé project. I believe the top part is a lamp.

By late afternoon, I was tired (in a good way), and waved goodbye to my new friends...


See you in September!