Saturday, May 13, 2017

COOL Vintage Day

Outdoor Antiquing Season has officially begun, and this year's first Brimfield Antiques Show witnessed throngs of treasure hunters, and long lines of traffic. Despite unusually cool weather and two extra hours of waiting in said traffic, it was a fun time.

The day's first bargain? Two more skinny vintage ties, likely from the late 1950s-early 1960s. Price? $5 each.

The left one is a Wembley with a unique mid-century design.


The label says, "WEAR WITH BLUE OR GREY."
Back in the day, men needed labels to guide them on what color suits went with their ties (or their wives dressed them).

The right tie is suede or faux suede with a Made in Italy label and a "WASHABLE" label on the back.

Chandelier crystals are in abundance every year, and this time I picked four pieces in amber. I plan to use them at Halloween season on my wall crown. These have pointy bottoms vs. rounded, which makes them look more like autumn leaves as opposed to teardrops.

I had been looking for an 11"x14" black frame to complete a set of four in my hallway since at least last year, and I did find one that has a fun French nautical print that's nicely matted (a $10 bargain). I may actually keep this as is and find another empty frame instead. I'm still mulling it over...

Naturally, it wouldn't be a completely successful Brimfield day without more vintage Christmas items. 

The C-6 light set is in unused condition, and there's a faded price tag on the front that says "S.S. Kresge Co." followed by stock numbers and 77 cents. After doing some quick online research, I discovered S.S. Kresge was the man who started Kresge five and dime department stores in 1912, which in 1977 became Kmart stores.

 At right is the first evil pixie elf I've purchased. He has a cute metal bell on his hat and a Made In Japan sticker on his back. I hope he doesn't scare Santa away this December. I'll have to keep a close eye on him.

Finally, here are a few snapshots that set the scene for my outdoor treasure-hunting day, including Random Mannequin Legs, a Beauty Parlor Roller Disco Detective Agency, and BIG BOY.

Happy Treasure Hunting... Mmmm!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Xmas 2016: Gangster Snowmen & Psychedelic Butterflies

As a devout collector of vintage Christmas, this time of year is always fun because I can freely display the year's latest treasures.

In general, I'm a traditionalist when it comes to the holidays, but I'm always on the hunt for something that's unique, quirky or irreverent. The great thing about vintage Christmas items is that, for the most part, they were mass-produced, unless you go way, way back. The challenge with lights and glass ornaments is they're highly breakable, so to find these intact becomes rarer as the years go by.

In a previous post, I photographed my mini light-up gangster snowman (a cool Brimfield find from this past summer). I placed him in my hallway next to the "Chairman" gangster snowman. This no-nonsense duo I'll leave out through the winter.

This is the original box he arrived in:

Also in my hallway: my annual "Fantasy Tree" with 1940s fluorescent lights. This year I acquired the psychedelic glitter butterflies at Brimfield for a great bargain price.

As you wander further down my hallway (think bowling alley that ends in an "L"), there's a vintage 1940 chandelier. This year I purchased new red Christmas tree shades from Ballard Designs. I added the mini green glass ornaments.

In the kitchen, I placed my musical Santa head on a glass tray with pine cones surrounding him. The Santa was a gift from one of my aunts last Christmas. He dates from 1973 and plays Jingle Bells when you turn his head -- SO much fun!


My living room holds the most decorations, partly because it's the largest room in my place, and its red, gold and pink color scheme makes it an ideal backdrop for Christmas decorations.

The green card says, "Put the jingle in your bell,
the merry in your Christmas,
the fa in your la-la-la.
Just don't get your tinsel in a tangle."

This year's live tree is, once again, imported from South Windsor, CT, and smells GREAT!
I had originally planned to use C-9 outdoor lights, but decided I didn't have enough to fill the tree, and they would burn too hotly, even on a dimmer switch. So, I used C-7 lights instead, in primarily red and yellow to complement the living room colors. I also used tinsel to add to the brightness.


The pair of large window candles I found on eBay. When I was looking at them online, I thought they were C-9 size, but they're actually larger — the flame bulbs are 25 watts, normal lamp fixture size. I think they're sort of rare. I don't recall ever seeing candles this large at anyone's house, at least.

There are at least a few vintage ornaments on the tree that are new this year, including these...

Even my front door received a decor lift with this frosty swag I found at Home Goods. I added the four silver and gold glass clusters.

Naturally, in addition to decorating for the holidays, I also enjoy wrapping gifts. It's another opportunity to express myself creatively. I found a few sheets of vintage gift wrap to make it even more fun. I'm guessing they date from the 1960s...


May your New Year be peaceful and vintage happy!


Friday, October 14, 2016

Halloween Pumpkins & Other Roundish Things

During the bewitching month of October, it's fun to change up the decor, replacing beach towel slipcovers with animal print throws. Or, light blue, yellow and white with grey, black and orange. And tiny fairy lights with a new variety of votive candles.

I recently discovered a group of antiques shops in Norwood through a coworker, which I'd never visited before. The selection isn't stellar, but I did find this pair of glam pillows to spice up my Victorian-style parlour...

Glam pillow in wing chair.

Center jewel close-up.

Single button tuft on back of pillow.

I believe they're silk, but I can't be sure. There's no label or tag on them.

As I've done for the last two years, this year I decorated for Halloween, with a majority of decorations placed around my living room.

I do believe in spooks, I do believe in spooks, I do believe in spooks.

This year's new additions include the three light-up jack-o-lanterns from Lowe's.

I think the one inside the fireplace looks especially spooky...

In the kitchen, I decorated my three-light wall sconce, changing out the white bulbs with orange ones, and adding two glittery orange butterflies and black and orange ornaments.

There are also two Halloween trees — a black one in the living room and a silver one in the office...

I had this tree up last year. This year I added the Christopher Radko striped ball ornaments and larger bell-shaped ones.

This one features orange mini lights (not lit here) and black, white, orange and purple mini ball ornaments.

In addition, I placed this large harvest wreath on the outside of my front door. This I'll leave up until I decorate for Christmas.

Happy Harvest Season!