Monday, May 20, 2013

Thrift Haul: Back to the Flea Market with Pacman, Boozing, Mod Lamps & More

I hit up my favorite flea market for the first time in months this Wednesday and went crazy. The booths needed fresh merch and the new finds were inspiring. It took a couple of days to clean and process it all, but 'twas worth it!


Holy Ash Tray Nirvana, Batman! Okay that made no sense, but god damn, these were too beautiful. I've never puffed on smoke from tobacky of the non or wacky variety but man do I have an affinity for ash trays. See the sets I made out of them on Etsy.


This huge atomic style red beast is a pretty piece for daily use or display. I'm selling it for $15.00. ---> On Etsy


I then focused on my other fetish, glasses! This beautiful set of glasses features one of my favorite reptiles, a pair of gorgeous chameleons. This set is from the iconic Budweiser Superbowl commercials. ---> On Etsy


I finally found video game glasses! I've been jealous seeing them turn up on other blogs and on Etsy. ---> Etsy.


And rounding out the 1980s pop culture we have these kitschy band buttons to admire. I'm selling them on Etsy. ----> Etsy


I try to never buy coffee mugs but this one with a history of phones up the 1980s is a nice time capsule piece. Now we can chart a similar piece with cell phones alone! ---> On Etsy


For  a look a the unusual we have a peanut with a gold tooth. Yep, peanut creamer with one gold tooth. Carry on. ---> On Etsy


How about this nice...rural gentleman? Just a fun made in Japan plastic toy that I thought would photograph well against white. May be fun to pit him against dinosaurs in a still life sometime. ---> On Etsy


These lodge-tastic retro steins are nice a nice local bits of history, love the iconic look of the pair. I sold a similar Vegas one. Hope they'll do well on Etsy or locally. ---> On Etsy


And for really getting your drink on, how about a 1/2 Gallon of ale? Got these cute set for a song. Selling them for $15.00 for the pair. ---> On Etsy


I bought this golden bulldog ice bucket and matching cup retro drinking set for my boyfriend, it reminded me of his bulldog, Dozer! We'll use it on his deck when we're resting from gardening. Now we just need patio furniture to put it on...


I found two more beautiful ombre glasses (already have a set on Etsy  here) and they look so nice with this groovy anchor tray. ---> On Etsy


I'll be surprised if this beautiful Trav-L-Bar hasn't sold yet, I normally can't hold on to them for long. I filled it with some beautiful vintage barware I had on hand and put it in my Southern Crossing booth over the weekend. ---> On Etsy


A haul from me cannot be complete without some planters, which I've been selling off lately after sitting on them for a while. I'm filling some with pretty succulents to keep at home too, but not these ones. ---> On Etsy


I adore this pants planter! I've seen them online before but never in real life. He'd be so gorgeous filled with greenery, if I can't persuade a buyer for it he'll live on my desk filled with a succulent.---> On Etsy


I found another small task lamp, selling him locally or in Southern Crossing for $12.00 if anyone's interested.


This beautiful trash/storage can was irresistible with its vintage illustrations and nautical charm. I love the striped interior. Would be gorgeous in the bathroom or storing yarn, fabric, or craft supplies. ---> On Etsy


This vintage fire bucket would be another fine supply holder, I believe it held sand next to a fire to put it out, would also be nice next to a fireplace holding logs or supplies in any room. Love the classic look to it. ---> On Etsy.



A dealer threw this card game in for free, selling it for $3.00 if anyone would like it! Great deal!


Fighting cocks! Love the animated expression and poses on this set, I have them on Etsy. ----> On Etsy


The next set of wall set of wall hangings- groovy 1970s butterflies that you can hang indoors or outdoors. ---> On Etsy


I liked the look of this vintage radio for the antique mall booth, which is redone to feel like a cozy closet. Selling it for $12.00 if anyone's interested.


I bought this desk lamp from a reseller friend who's downsizing, I love the soft glow. Excellent task lighting that's easy on the eyes. Selling it for $12.00 on the blog if you're interested.


And the bright green numbers on this clock were so appealing. A theme in this set of finds is bright colors, I've been looking out for bright, summery pieces. ---> On Etsy


And mushrooms! This mushroom jar reads "coffee filters" at the top. Letting 'er go for $6.00 if you're interested.


Like this bright bowling ball bag, it was almost brown with dirt when I found it, ick! The magic eraser did wonders for it. ---> On Etsy


By the way, this bag came with one ball and one shoe. I tossed the shoe, but the was one groovy old bowling shoe, neh?


And this ice bucket is super summer! Love the bright stripes on it, selling it for $9.00 to any interested party.


And here's a cool retro cooler to go with your summery ice bucket, love the typography on this guy that could have easily walked out of my childhood beach trips. ---> On Etsy


And what's summer without straws? Each side has a different fun illustration. It would be a fun display for the packaging alone. ---> On Etsy


One more thing more summer than straws, beach matts! Tempted to keep this beauty too but it's for sale for $12.00.


This one has beautiful vintage illustrations on the front and back that inspired me to make some designs. You'll see some more of this later.


Isn't it funny that one thing I haven't been able to find while thrifting or even curbside hunting/dumpster diving is a nice crate? I love the one I found above, perfect for shoppers to flip through my records. It's for sale but I wouldn't mind keeping it for display in the kitchen or living room.


I love the design on the front and the side! Selling the beautiful thing for $15.00.


Oh, and, pirate ship! I found and sold a version of this playmobil boat that still had its stunning bright orange sales. This one is for sale but I'll enjoy keeping it around to stage photos in the meantime. It's $9.00 to anyone who wants it.


I had bad-ass hauls the past couple of weeks, I must say. They were sorely needed after a long bought of thrift abstinence, sometimes you really need new merchandise to keep your antique mall booths from feeling stale. That said, I must get to work painting things, making, pricing, and organizing!

SALES and such: It's ALL for sale, so e-mail me if you'd like to buy anything you see. I've been making group deals and general deals on my Etsy items for blog readers, e-mail if there's anything you like! All the items in this post are going to be priced higher once they hit Etsy.

What did you find this weekend?! Do share your finds and posts in the comments.

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40 comments:

  1. Wow such a great haul!! And you got some pacman glasses! Awesome!! Love the Mrs. Pacaman one!

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    1. I play a mean game of Mrs. Pacman :) Was glad to finally find some video game goodness.

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  2. Love your green butterflies! I have the identical ones in orange on my bedroom wall - picked 'em up for 50 cents apiece. :)

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    1. Those would look glorious in orange! Great score!

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  3. I love ashtrays too, Ive got several mid century atomic retro awesome ashtrays on my Etsy store, because I cant resist buying them....however I have had no luck selling them:-) I guess its a good thing that people don't need ashtrays anymore....maybe less smokers?
    I even display them as candy dishes or general office supply catchall, to no avail....

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    1. I'm marketing the ones above as coasters. I do sell them every now and then but I'm sitting on a few. Like you said, could be a good sign that there's less smokers out there. I gotta make this my last ash tray impulse buy!

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  4. Wow-- great finds. Love the green butterfiles and that fire bucket. What a cute bowling shoe-- must be something clever to do with one shoe. And I agree about adding new items to keep a shop interesting. I think that applies online too.

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    1. I thought the same thing of the shoe at first, but, meh, I felt like it was hoarder territory to keep or sell one shoe. Not my style ;) It would make a cute planter, Wall-E style.

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  5. Holy freakin' Batman girl! What a haul!

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    1. Yes ma'am! -Still- working on getting it all on Etsy at the moment. Almost done! :D

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  6. Visiting you and seeing such GREAT stuff is almost as much fun as I had last weekend doing a local city wide yard sale circuit. The weather here was "iffy" - we had too hot, too wet, and then cold. So the sellers wanted to deal, the buyers were all in a hurry and there were no crowds. If you were here you would have had your choice of patio sets at unbelieveably low prices. I only had room to bring one home. (glass/wrought table and 4 wrought iron chairs, $20)
    I need to find an outlet from which to sell or at least to unload and go back for more!

    Love the great graphics on all your found. FUN!

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    1. Sounds like a blast! I'm collaborating with a local seller to hopefully sell in a huge outdoor market 5.5 hours south in Miami, Florida. Face-to-face selling is so fun, exhausting but exhilarating.

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    2. Oh, and yep, I definitely must have been thrifting with graphic design on the brain, almost everything was selected for color, typography, or composition.

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  7. I just bought your Duran Duran buttons for my best friend, Hallie. She is their biggest fan & is going to freak. That bowling shoe is the cutest & would look fantastic filled with potting soil & succulents.

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    1. Aw, thanks for the purchase Poppy! I figured a Durran Durran fan would snap those up quickly. I love how the 88' Wolfson one makes it a local time capsule piece from a local high school. I imagine someone rocking these on acid wash denim.

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  8. What a huge haul! I've never seen the Ms. Pac-Man glass before, it's totally awesome. I've got 2 of the other ones, I was lucky enough to find one online that someone was charging actual, affordable shipping to Canada (some people are charging 50+!) & another locally. & I always love looking at 1980's pins.

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    1. I'd never seen the Mrs. Pacman one either, it's one of my top favorite arcade games. :D

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  9. Cool stuff! I really like the Michigan Rummy card game thing. (being Michigan born, now in Ohio..) How much would shipping be to Cincinnati? (45244).

    Your cat is cute :)

    -Alison
    www.secondhandfancy.com

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    1. Yuko is indeed The Cuteness :) I send you an e-mail and we'll go from there. Thanks!

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  10. I'm pretty in love with the Bowling bag-- too bad my penchant for bags does not match my budget or the fact that I still technically live with my parents. (Whoops!) I also adore the fighting cocks. I'm a rooster in the Chinese zodiac, so they have a special place in my heart. :)

    Fantastic finds-- and Yuko is looking LOVELY <3

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    1. My identical twin brothers are roosters in the Chinese Zodiac, that's the first thing I thought of when I saw the hangings. :) I'm a Tiger.

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  11. did someone claim that michigan rummy game yet? if not, email me an invoice! rae.hartsock@gmail.com we play that and that is a cuter board than we have!

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    1. Someone above looks to have claimed it, but I will follow-up with you if she backs out. Thanks :)

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  12. Wow, Van, what a haul! My fave is the bulldog drink set...gotta love the bullies!

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  13. Good gravey, you found lots of awesome stuff! I love the sail boat waste basket. I'm excited to see a pic of your revamped booth.

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    1. I'll be showing it tomorrow or Wednesday :) yay

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  14. That was a great bowling shoe! Can just imagine the matching top :)

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    1. I got suckered in to it all, bad me!

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  16. Wow, this is probably one of my favorites (if not favorite) of your hauls. Thanks for sharing!

    BTW, those ombre glasses you have are also called silver luster gradient glasses.

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    1. Thanks for the ID on the glasses! Maybe they'll actually sell on Etsy with the right tags, now ;)

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  17. The bulldog drink set is definitely my fave! So fun!

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    1. We shall enjoy using it this summer out in the garden!

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  18. Awesome haul! Especially like that glass tray :D

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  19. You have such cool stuff! My trouble is letting go of the cool things I find! Any tips on how NOT to become a Thrift Hoarder?

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  20. Do You still have the Michgan Rummy game?

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  21. Do you still have the Michigan Rummy board?

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