Monday, May 7, 2012

Thrift Haul: Flea Market Toys and Midcentury Mod Galore

 I only found time to hit-up the flea market once this week, but when I did I really scored! I spent more than I usually would, but I was very happy with my finds. Even though in my haste to load up my finds I left a large vintage suitcase, a vintage magazine, and a ceramic donkey planter intended for my mom in the parking lot! D'oh!


Anywho, first-up we have a couple of splurge personal purchases. I was obsessed with the Beetlejuice movie and cartoon series as a child, a internal nostalgia-meter guided me to this beautiful Beetlejuice toy with interchangeable heads. And my Japanophile-geek self loves the Ultraman toy, too.


Next we have this resplendent Trav-L-Bar! It's a Mad Men era "portable bar" with everything intact- including the key to the entire case and the original key! It looks like it's never been used. Please do e-mail me if you're interested in this gorgeous piece.


Woah, sexy naked lady cups! This vintage set from the 50s is made in Japan. I'd never seen anything quite like them, ass and titties everywhere. You know you need these as a conversation piece for your bar!


This gorgeous PBR bar lamp is already sold. It's meant to be wall-mounted and is all kinds of vintage glorious for a personal bar.


Owl Clock! I rushed at this stand-out beauty at the flea market. It's such a unique piece!


 I originally saw these super-kitsch bookends as "piratey." On second-glance, they are very western. Either way, they're beautiful. The Dragon Ball Z comic books are from my own massive collection; they're not thrift finds ;)


Another favorite find is this set of fox glasses. My last set sold quickly, so I'm sure this one won't last long either!


I thought this Florida souvenir plate featuring Disney characters was one of my cutest finds...ever! It's in beautiful shape, so I hope someone scoops it up soon!


This informative houseplant and gardening themed card set comes with its own greenhouse shaped dome. I'll admit that my plant loving soul guided me to make this purchase...oops! A bit of an impulse buy, but one I'm sure will pay off in the end.


 I'd never seen a vintage mushroom deviled egg plate like this one; I'm powerless against the hypnotic pull of charming vintage shroom swag...but this one is of course, for sale if anyone is interested!


This lovely black and sleek mid century modern lamp was a fun find as well, it's doubling as lighting and merchandise in my antique store booth for the moment.


I continue to collect kokeshi dolls. I've passed over a few very beautiful ones because of the price, but this one was only a buck. Who would resist? She'll look nice with her sisters perched high in my kitchen.


The final finds are a vintage family tree wall hanging with cute silhouettes of farm animals and a very mod never-used turtle sponge set!

Ah, so much to price, accomplish, and explore and so little time...

 So Tell Me: What did you find this weekend?

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33 comments:

  1. Those naked lady cups are totes adorbs van!

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    1. They are delicious, I tells you.

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  2. Those naked ladies are hilarious! And I love the greenhouse garden tips. Great finds!!

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    1. Glad someone else likes the greenhouse full of "garden flash cards" - they're a lot like the recipe card boxes.

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  3. That PBR lamp would look killer in a man cave!

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    1. And that is where the PBR lamp is headed. :)

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  4. Great finds! Love that lamp, and we have the same animal wall hanging. They came in pairs and we got two from an estate awhile back (took em right off the walls of the house!)

    I think the cups are made in the style of Dorothy Kindell, a 40s California potter known for that kind of risque ceramics.

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    1. I'm so tempted to spraypaint the wall hanging, but I'll try to sell it as-is first. Thanks for the info on the cups!

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  5. Seeing that wall hanging made me think of many pleasant memories of my grandparent's farm - they had that same one. If it would have been painted I might not have had that same feeling...so thanks for not painting it (for now, anyway!) :)

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    1. That's another of many reasons why I like to keep vintage finds intact and not color them unless "necessary"

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  6. If those mugs are Dorothy Kindell they will be signed on the bottom & could be worth quite a bit, a single mug from her Striptease line can go for $65 & complete sets fetch some very pretty prices from collectors.

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    1. I didn't look under all of them, they simple read "Japan" so I don't think they are her work. I love 'em either way, though. I'm a true sucker for this kind of thing.

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  7. Very cool finds, Van. I love how Beetlejuice has the interchangeable heads, ha ha. I was really sad last week that I broke one of my favorite thrifted handbags. But not to worry, a few days later I found a lovely replacement...a never-used chocolate colored leather purse for $4. Woo woo!

    <3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting!
    http://LetsGoThrifting.blogspot.com

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    1. That's what I love about thriftng: I may have lost my suitcase, planter, and magazine like a dumbass but at least they only set me back $4 bucks total :P

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  8. I didn't get to hit the flea this week due to a school commitment, but I did go out Saturday and found some fun things. My first two purchases were a humongous apothecary jar and a topless drum...I was thinking of turning it into a table. I also found an old Underwood typewriter, a rusty tricycle, a gum ball machine and a mirrored light-up mushroom...such a neat assortment of "stuff."

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    1. Oh, I'm loving the sound of all of that, especially the mushroom! A drum table would be so awesome!

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  10. you got some great stuff! i have never come across kokeshi dolls, even thought i thrift/flea/estate sale constantly! i want one!
    annnnd i love beetlejuice too. i just got a traditional japanese inspired sandworm tattoo last month, you might dig it :
    http://raesock.blogspot.com/2012/03/some-new-work.html

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    1. Oh my damn, that is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen! I never get tired of watching the movie or cartoon. If I ever got a tattoo, it might me something like that!

      I'm too fickle to get one, though. ;)

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  11. wow, great finds! The egg tray and bar glasses are super, and you found these all in one place, even better.

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    1. Indeed, 'twas a luck day of hunting!

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  12. OHHHHH! My old man would have made me scoop up that Pabst sign. We collect...well, everything, as you know. LOL.
    Drooling over the travel bar kit...

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  13. I bailed on 50 cent Monday today, 'cause I was having the worst day ever. I didn't want to be in a thrift store all mad at the world when there were 50 cent bargains to be had! But I'm thrifting tomorrow, so we'll see.

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    1. We need 50 cent Monday around these parts. And you're right, thrifting doesn't work as well when you're mad at the world. You have to be in the mood.

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  14. You find the craziest stuff - those nudie cups are hilarious!

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    1. Agreed :) I'm still hunting for that golden vagina...seriously, it's on the list.

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  15. that tree wall hanging is super cool.

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    1. Thank you! :) Wish I'd taken a better photo to show it off. A photo like yours ;)

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  16. Okay, those shot glasses are hilarious - I know a couple guys who would love those. And, a couple months ago I found the California/Disneyland tray that matches your Florida/Disney World one! Here's a pic on my Instagram thingie ) SO cute. Great finds!

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    1. That California one is ADORABLE! Thanks for sharing, it's a total match.

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