Tuesday, March 19, 2013

My Favorite Japanese Souvenir: A Detailed Book on Vintage Fire King Goodness

My friend JR took me to a Spencers-like novelty store in a shopping mall while I was visiting him in Okinawa, Japan. Every square inch of the space was filled with eclectic, colorful, kitschy merchandise, and in traditional Japanese fashion, it was all expertly curated. Deliberate organized chaos. I was lucky to uncover this "Giorni Fire King and American Vintage" book on one of the shelves:


It's filled with gorgeous photos of personal vintage Fire King mug and kitchenware collections and how owners stationed around the world display and use them in their homes.


I never get tired of flipping through the pages for inspiration in staging my antique mall booths, photos, or even my home.


Even the ads in the back are sufficiently drool-worthy, depicting stores full of colorful quality vintage around the world that I'd love to explore.


Oh shops, beautiful things for you to hump with your eyes. You know you want to explore those stores.


The photos below even inspire my online shop photo-taking. I need to be more mindful of keeping my scale consistent for a tidy appearance.


The impact of grouping likes is important to remember too when staging my antique mall AND online spaces. Some damn beautiful examples:


And a final reminder that vintage is just so damn cozy and nostalgic. When you don't have heirlooms of your own, it can really make your shelter a home:


Ah, nothing like a good book to make us feel better about our organized hoarding thrift collecting habit.


I'm enabling you today, get thee to the thrifts and find new treasures. Or use the creative boost to use what you have in fun new ways. What's your favorite thrift porn to drool over as your hunting muse?
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58 comments:

  1. This is a great book, thanks for sharing it with us!

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    1. No problem, it was hard to scan every single page of this book. It's full of win!

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  2. Ha ha, thrift porn, love it! Fantastic book, thanks for sharing. I collect books on vintage decorating - Modern Vintage by Emily Chalmers is my favorite! Also, Lara spencer's book, I brake for yard sales, is a gem.

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    1. I need to read and write reviews of all the "thrift" related books in the library again, love your suggestions. I'll have to check those ones out.

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  3. I love the mug pages! Since I sell a lot of mugs (not by design, just happened that way), I am starting to toy with displaying them better. Currently, they are one step up from a thrift store shelf display in that they are grouped according to brand or theme, lol.

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    1. It was so tempting to scan every single mug page, maybe in a future post. I sell al lot of mugs, too, but they do MUCH better online than they do in the shop. It'll be fun to play with display ideas in the refreshed booths though and see if I can sell them better if they're staged meticulously.

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  4. Great book! I would probably say that all the different vintage and thrift blogs are my thrift porn. I see some of the stuff everyone finds and get so excited about it! Make of that what you will. : )

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    1. Oh my ;) Same here, that is another source of inspiration. The posts inspire me to find the same kind of groovy quality vintage while I'm out thrifting.

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  5. Nice!!! I just recently sold my Fruit mugs (set of four) on ebay... There were a few people from Japan fighting over them. They ended up staying in the States though.

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    1. Congrats on the sale! There's a big market for American vintage, especially the mod kawaii colorful stuff. I even found a gorgeous vintage shop in the mountains in Okiniawa: http://www.thriftcore.com/2011/12/vintage-yard-vintage-shop-and-cafe-in.html

      I love shipping things out to Japan, I can't make it out there again yet, but at least my package can!

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  6. Fantastic find!

    For those who are interested in getting Japanese books such as this one, if there is a Japanese bookstore (like Kinokuniya) near by, they can order the book for you if you give them the ISBN, and notify you when it arrives. No shipping/service charges! I got a few wonderful books featuring vintage Pyrex through my local Kinokuniya.

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    1. Thank you for the awesome tip! I must keep that in mind while traveling. It seems like Japanese stores/stores with Japanese merchandise are more of a west coast than an east coast thing, they're hard to find around these parts.

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  7. Looks like a great book! Can you read Japanese?

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    1. I can't read any foreign characters at all unfortunately. I just have to settle for reading the pictures.

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  8. Beautiful! The only problem with magazines like that is that they instantly make your wishlist a few yards longer;)

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  9. Goodness me a gorgeous book like that you'll want to carry it around with you thrifting all the time as a reference.

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    1. I'm going to scan my favorite photos and hang them over my work space for inspiration soon.

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  10. Beautiful! They love their Fire King and Anchor Hocking! I would love to find a cupboard full of Jadeite selling for practically nothing. I found the Fire King Cookbook that is blown up in the next to last picture at a filthy yard sale last summer. I bought it for a quarter. I had no idea it was so collectible until I brought it home. Definitely on my BOLO list now!

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    1. I'd love to flip through that book, maybe I'll score one like it one day!

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  12. That book is awesome!
    I search for vintage tins on Pinterest, Google Images, and Etsy. I think that vintage tins are amazeballs!

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  13. I love the book! I am a fire king geek! It is the one thing I buy and Never Resell ;-)

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  14. Thanks for sharing the eye candy. Who cares if you can't read Japanese? I also love Japanese craft books, which are also full of gorgeous photos. Plus, the projects featured are unlike the types of crafts that you tend to find in books and magazines in the US.

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