Monday, June 21, 2010

Thrifted Art and the Prettiest Thrift Store

I had a very full, fun, and thrifty weekend. There was a beach visit, some cleaning and organizing, and glorious thrifty finds. The two beautiful and artistic vintage purses in the picture above were $1 each. The Namco 5 games in one set was $3 at a yard sale, the sunglasses were $2. If you look closely you'll see a 1950s Japanese little-girl planter I bought for $1.

 This screen print reads "Copyright the Nestle Company, Inc 1975" on the bottom right, it's signed Barry Ross. The thrift store owner has it erroneously labeled as watercolor on canvas and sold it to me for $6. She threw in the mat and frame I found (picture above) for free.


This fish "applique" was made in the San Blas island of Panama by a member of the Kuna Indian tribe. It's called a Mola. It was sold to me for $6 and it will be beautiful matted and framed.I plan to sell this and did a lot of research to find a fair price, but I'll be sad to see it go. I love the colors and graphic design.

This studio pottery teapot and cup was a happy find for $2.50, the set of owl cups was $4. I've already used the teapot to steep yerba mate to great effect.

The cup doubles as a "lid" for steeping the tea and for storage. I think this design is brilliant. Unique looking, a bit sculptural, and resourceful. 

The thrift store I purchased the art and vintage purses from was covered in this blog post. When I visited this Saturday I was lucky enough to meet the owner, Barbara. A passionate vintage collector. She was kind enough to give me and my friend excellent deals and showed us the back room, which I didn't know was assessable when I first visited.

Behold the most beautiful thrift store in existence:
 The back room of this thrift store in St. Augustine, Florida.

After some passionate conversations about vintage collections and art my friend Shoni were extended to dig through some stashed boxes of valuable vintage goods over some tea. Can't wait for that adventure to unfold, we'll definitely be back!

This blog post is linked to:  I Just Whipped Something Up Monday / Metamorphasis Monday / Making The World Cuter / Motivate Me Monday / Southern Hospitality Blog / Thrift Share Monday / Debbiedoo's Thrift Share / Twice Owned Party

28 comments:

  1. That pottery is gorgeous...I can't believe the price...I know full and well how expensive this stuff is. Again, I see owls....I am on a hunt...and I will find me some too!!~ Thanks for joining in. I love St. Augustine!!~ Have a great day!

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  2. that thrift store does look so nice. Even if I didn't find anything you wanted, I love to visit those type of stores to see those kind of displays.
    Great deals on the art and pottery!

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  3. St. Augustine is my favorite weekend destination. I'm going there tonight after work to celebrate the Solstice! It's full of true vintage charm and artistic beauty.

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  4. I am glad you found some good stuff - I think your fish would look perfect in a coastal home.

    that pretty thrift store looks more like a fancy boutique - it looks nothing like the Salvation Army in my town which must be the ugliest TS.

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  5. Van, thanks for stopping by! Looks like you have got thrift covered from all directions over here. Keep it up!

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  6. I freaking *love* that teapot design. And how exciting for your VIP store tour! :)

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  7. I love finding great things and I love thrift stores, you never know what you will find!

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  8. Thanks for your kind words on my washer necklace/story post. I love your thrift store finds! The pic of the thrift store shelves makes me jealous, I think I need to go do some shopping and inspiration hunting. You have a really good eye.

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  9. Wow, lots of great treasures for you!
    Tracey

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  10. The Mola is very unusual. I really like the design and the colors. And that teapot rocks!

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  11. I love the fish applique! I also love a good deal! Great finds!

    Mama Hen

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  12. Such a charming thrift shop, full of hidden treasures. Great finds, Van.

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  13. What great finds! I love the owls and the green color of the teapot set is so pretty. Mix all that in with a VIP thrift tour and that makes for an awesome day!

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  14. Love the beautiful print you got, nice find!

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  15. Wow - that certainly IS the prettiest thrift store ever!

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  16. what a pretty little thrift store, that may be the greatest "find"! i followed you here from apron thrift girl..i like the fish applique (i love fibre arts).

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  17. Cute little Japanese planter. I love when people make thrift stores pretty. But, don't tell anyone, I also love the down and dirty ones.

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  18. Dang, why can't I find stores like this where I live? Lucky you.

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  19. Beautiful art - and I love the color groupings in that back room!

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  20. Love those owl cups! Thanks for the visit. :)

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  21. I'm liking that flamingo I see on one of the shelves in the last few photos. I've only been to St. Augustine once and I've been meaning to get back down there. Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. Oh wow, I love the color coordinated thrift store displays! A simple but effective idea on their part!

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  23. I loe them all but especially the fish, fab!!!

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  24. I love thrift store shopping! I'm heading out this weekend to Camden in London, I hear it's SO CHIC for trendy clothes there....we shall see! I found you from "follow me Tuesday"...stop by and say hi :)
    www.1hungryhippie.blogspot.com
    cheers,
    natalie

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