Monday, August 26, 2013

Thrift Haul: Graphic Design 'Gasms Everywhere. Calendars, Patches, & More

Most of my finds are selected by my inner graphic design/typography fetistist and this haul is definitely an exemplary sign of that! Behold some gorgeous vintage art and design in this week's finds:

I paid more for this wall hanging than I usually would at Southern Crossing but I fell in love with this vintage Little Boy Blue illustration mounted to thick cardboard. The fact that it's paper gives it an interesting animated texture and feel and the muted watercolor-like colors are gorgeous! Check it out right here on Etsy.

Another Southern Crossing score is this beautiful 1972 mixed drinks calendar, couldn't resist the blocky late 60s early 70s art within!










Which one is your favorite? I'm tempted to go with May, I LOVE that girl in the glass. I have it available here on Etsy.
I'm finally getting more of my vintage patch collections online. I adore the graphic designs and color choices on these sets, so beautiful. See this American Western patch set in more detail on Etsy. I'd love to see all of these spots, there is no mountain scenery in the raised sandbar (Florida) I occupy! 


 And even more beautiful patches, check 'em out here on Etsy.

And no patch collection is complete with a dinosaur patch. Here's another spot I'd really need to visit someday! See it on Etsy.

I love the pun on the Seagull cock napkin! There was another one for this set but he alludes me for now. Ah well, here are these two on Etsy.

I'm a huge sucker for paper ephemera, even though cards tend to be slow sellers. I almost bought home a big box of them this weekend, but decided to wait 'til I'm done photographing the huge pile of merchandise behind me! I Check out these cute baby shower invites on Etsy.


More ephemera! I'd been saving this adorable 1960s wrapping paper for a decoupage project for years but decided to sell it instead. The color combination here is just perfect with the right color compliment hues and striking black/white. It's waiting for another more motivated crafter on Etsy.


I love this Catwoman wrapping paper. It's one of the few finds I don't regret bringing home from a Shep's junk store adventure. Was so excited to discover a rare bit of Batman Returns (one of my favorites and a definitive Catwoman representation for me.) You have to see the whole set on Etsy, it includes a card and bow! I have several of these so let me know if you'd like to buy one. 


Moving on to some wood design I have this adorable swiss-style plaque available on Etsy finally.

And this hilarious novelty plaque I showed last time finally made it's way to Etsy as well.


Along with a nice set of big eye art sitting pretty on Etsy awaiting its new home!

Now Back to Work With Me! literally got  huge pile of vintage to photograph behind me and tons to organize to correspond with my crazy ambitious life goal list!

Group and Daily Deals? I'm cleaning out my merchandise stockpile so daily deals are returning to social media. Follow me on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook for crazy low deals of gorgeous vintage. I also make deals on Etsy items with readers and often do group deals, so send me an e-mail if there's anything you see and want! Don't be shy!

Find anything amazing at the thrifts this weekend?! Do share your finds and posts in the comments.


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29 comments:

  1. Such great finds! I love the wood plaques and that drink calendar is amazing! February is my favorite - I think squirrels are really cute! You should totally scan all the pictures before you sell it so you can use them for art projects later - they're almost too cute to let go of!

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    1. Definitely gonna do that. Wish I would have had time to do more close-ups in this post. I have a book shelf beside me FULL of vintage illustrations and ads to scan and scare, so inspiring.

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  2. Cute stuff.I think March is my favorite.Granny's looking a little loosey goosey if you know what I mean,lol.

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    1. I -JUST- noticed that, hilarious! She looks like she'd throw down like the wolf-chasing granny in Tex Avery's "Red Hot Riding Hood." :D

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  3. That calendar is super cool! I wanna make a rusty nail, whatever that is. Sounds cool.
    Love the napkins too. So many fun colorful finds.

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    1. We might have to throw a themed party where we actually try these drinks. Like...a sip of each, of course... :D Aherm herm herm.

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  4. That drink calendar is a real find! Looks like Schoolhouse Rock drawings! Same era probably. I love the merry widow! Was surprised to see the Salty Dog too-- that's my drink, and most people have never heard of it. Cool Catwoman paper!

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    1. Yeh, definitely has the same look as those shorts. I love that retro style!

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  5. That calendar rocks, makes me want to go get drunk now! When I used to bartend, the old people used to come in and order all those old time drinks, (The rusty nail would be Half Drambuie and Half Scotch). I used to have to know all the recipes to those old time drinks, The Godfather, Singapore Sling, The Zombie, Sloe Gin Fizz, Old Fashion, etc, We had a big elderly crowd that would come in during happy hour and order all that kind of stuff. We even carried those little parcels to make them happy. I could have used that calendar in our bar!

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    1. That is AWESOME! I'm sometimes tempted to be a bartender at one of the bars in walking distance for the experience and stories. And social interaction, working from home I'm too much of a shut in ;)

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  6. Great finds Vanessa! Love the calendar. It's awesome that it's still in good condition. I remember the Old Fashioned was a popular drink back in the old days at my house. And I love the wrapping paper! I find myself strolling down the card and wrapping paper section more now in the thrift stores than before. I'm on the lookout now for vintage Christmas theme wrapping paper--it's the best time to find some.

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    1. I'm always prowling for ephemera, illustrations, and cards of all kinds too. So good for crafting and inspiration!

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  7. I bought three calendars last week with amazing artwork. I'd love to frame each print for selling. I love finding fun design stuff to sell in my Etsy shop, though it doesn't happen very often.

    Thanks for all the great pics Van!

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    1. I'm working behind-the-scenes on launching a HUGE amount of original art prints/vintage ephemera for Etsy, can't wait to see it up. There'll also be lot of vintage art prints to go with it in my Southern Crossing booth :)

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  8. Hey Van!
    The wrapping paper really caught my eyes...Catwoman! Yeah...meow! And the October Rob Roy looks very interesting...cheers!

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    1. I want ALL the presents under my tree wrapped in that paper every year forever. :) Throw some vintage Batman under there too. I love that "Batman Returns" is a Christmas movie too, makes it perfect!

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  9. I love nice vintage illustrations too - that wall decoration is so sweet! The patch collection is so cool, i love these things too, but never really figured out what to do with them :) I have a small collection of old cheese labels, love each piece for their illustrations and typography.

    I think I fancy myself a moscow mule - ginger ale, lime and vodka sounds like a good combo :)

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    1. Oh, that does sound good. The calendar is bringing out my inner lushes! I'm glad I'm finally unearthing my huge collection of vintage illustrations, many more to come. As well as fun display ideas. They deserve to be seen!

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  10. Those are some great finds! I'm partial to May since it's my birth month, but my favorite month on that calendar has to be October-that Scottish couple is too cute! I have a bunch of vintage books and paper goods that I've saved purely for design inspiration too. You just don't find that kind of awesome style in things nowadays!

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    1. It was a close call for me and October too, love the Scottish theme. And October is my birth month :)

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  11. Nice collection Van.Fantastic calender.The baby shower invite is really very cute.I love pandas:)

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    1. Me too :) On the panda front, I have trouble resisting anything with a panda on it.

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  12. The graphics on that calender are classic - love them! I think I saw those same napkins at Value Village a few months ago (San Francisco). Funny about the Cat Woman wrapping paper & my invitations. I found some Marvel comics wrapping paper sets a couple weeks ago (have yet to feature) from the mid '90s & the bows were ripped off. Damn!

    I would purchase more cards online if they were priced right & shipping wasn't outrageous... would have loved to see what was in that box of cards!

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    1. It sucks, I'm always shocked how much it costs to ship to Canada from Florida. That's why I had to raise shipping for all Canada orders. I pretty much didn't profit on this set of Dorothy Thrope mod drinking ware I shipped to Canada because the shipping was WAAAAY more than expected ;p

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    2. As for price, gotta factor in time and gas spent hunting, photographing, editing photos, listing,(takes hours) and make some profit too.

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  13. I love all these finds so much I am almost hurting with jealousy.

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  14. Nice collection Van.Fantastic calender.The baby shower invite is really very cute.

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