Monday, March 24, 2014

Freshly Curated: Science Club Nostalgia, Handmade Pouches, Playboy, Monster Toy


Holy hell it's been two straight days of working on this post you're reading now on-and-off between the picture snapping, editing, listing, and now writing here! My current mission: get away ahead on work so I can actually have days off! I'm burning the candle at both ends trying, but I'm grateful to be out of my inertia slump (hinted at here and here). I even crafted, more will be up soon.

I'll update with progress on my epic goal list and helpful tips for others trying to will themselves to work harder this week. For now, behold my latest batch of curated bits. Despite the work put into the photos, not too happy with the compositions this week. Gotta work on that!:

This large Horizon Otagiri salad bowl is from the first "valuable" set I ever scored. The other bowls broke over time (oh, my heart, why all of our favorite things?) so I decided to sell this large bowl before it meets the same fate. I'd rather ship it out to someone who will preserve it than doom it. ----->>> On Etsy


I have SO...MANY...books and ephemera bits to photograph and scan! I started with this hilarious Playboy collection of comics from the late 60s and early 70s.


It contains different artists and styles in distinctive expressive retro style, gotta love it. A lot of the jokes are actually hilarious and I'm enjoying looking at the mod fashions/furniture in the backgrounds, too. I wish I had time to scan then all but absolutely don't for now, boo. ----->>> On Etsy

And then there's this guy, is it a candy dish, vase? I haven't been able to ID it for ages and I believe I received it for free along with the ones below but I can't recall. ------>>> On Etsy

I think this one is certainly a candy dish? Love how the light shines through vintage colored glass. ----->>> On Etsy

And yet another one to behold. I would love it if anyone had ID for the three green glasses above to share for me? ----->>> On Etsy

And I almost forgot about this ornate beauty, too. On Etsy


I finally got to photographing and listing this nifty "small" - it's a brilliant piece for terrariums, potted arrangements and dioramas.


It's livening up an obviously Yuko-nibbled succulent on my desk at the moment.  ------->>> On Etsy


And this bear vase got some fresh new photos, it still needs some new ones against a gray backdrop perhaps since it blends in with the white background. I love the veggies on this milkglass vase. ------->>> On Etsy
This Chevron serving bowl also got itself a much-needed re-shoot. I'll update with a new goal list here soon but one of them is attempting to re-shoot my worst photos at the least. Ideally I'd like to re-shoot nearly everything in my Etsy shop in... ------->>> On Etsy

I've held off on photographing this gorgeous ice bucket for a while because it's so hard to photograph- it reflect my apartment (and me!) for one and agains get lost with the white background, will have to play with shooting things like this more. Reflections are a bitch. ------->>> On Etsy

And yet another book finally getting shot is the Super Market Cook Book from the 1950s, throughly charmed by times where most American still cooked the majority of their meals from scratch from whole, minimally processed food at home. ------->>> On Etsy

This guy will be harder to pick a venue for selling, perhaps the antique mall booth? It's a really well done reproduction...but still a reproduction. Love this style of book from the 20s-40s.


The illustrations are gorgeous. Let me know if you're interested in it, I'll give you a good deal.


The real time-sucker of the past couple of days was finally getting these vintage pouches re-shot. I've been selling them on-and-off in my antique mall booths for a couple of years and finally have them wittled down to the lot above. I've shot the entire collection three times! I've never pleased with it, they're so gorgeous in person and they're really hard to shoot without them looking "fuzzy" or asymmetrical.


I have four large ones hanging out in my shop's apparel section. ------->>> On Etsy

And a few small coin purses to check out, too. They're only $5.00 each, check 'em out if you're in the market for some adorable hand-made coin purses. ------->>> On Etsy


I love seeing all the colors together, taste the coin purse rainbow! They are a skittles bag of fun. Let me know if you'd like more than one and I'll combine the shipping for you, can also meet locally if you'd like to scoop them up that way.

This beau along with Creature from the Black Lagoon toy above have been my latest creative muses. They bring me back to spending hours in the lab after school for Science club. This anatomic man wasd fun to shoot.


He's already getting some positive attention on Etsy.  ------->>> On Etsy
And I have yet another interesting anatomic man that was much fun to photograph. Unlike the rubbery one above this guys is hard plastic. I could see myself starting a collection of Science lab extras and anatomy-things, I love 'em.


But wait, there's more, when you press the button at the base his heart lights up! A nifty piece that I'm not sure where to place? I'm not sure on the date for Etsy or it's value for eBay, it may go to the antique mall booth though I'll miss seeing it around.


I like my muses so much they appeared in my latest product shoot idea. I have two in mind for shooting my art prints behind-the-scenes. I have a line of them in my Etsy shop and do custom signs of various sizes- let me know if you're interested. (Big Thriftin' sign here, the others here). They're only $15 each, can't beat it for unique wall art and supporting a good cause *coughack*thisbloghere*coughspit*.

Buy It. You Know You Want it.... All of these items will be listed online (or ebay or Etsy) soon (will update with links) if you'd like to buy anything you see PLEASE do e-mail me! Get it all away from me! Halp!

Did you find anything interesting this weekend? To tell of your thrifting/finding adventures in the comments.

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38 comments:

  1. Those green glass bowls look like what FTD flower table arrangements used to come in.

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    1. Hm...will look into that. Thanks for the tip!

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  2. Agree with above. Especially the low striated one. Also...that otagiri salad bowl is worth more than you've got it on etsy for...switch It over to ebay and watch it go!

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    1. Thanks for the tip, will do. I sold my last Otagiri set on Etsy so I may keep it on both.

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  3. You always find the most interesting stuff, Van! Anatomical models - wow. Oh, I think that first green glass thing might be an old pipe tobacco jar...? It's really pretty, regardless. Also, I wish you could see me trying to photograph reflective things. I set my camera on a two-second timer and then make this crazy, coffee-table-hurdling dash into the next room to avoid being caught in the photos. It works about 50% of the time. ;)

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    1. A-ha, that's brilliant! :D I crouched down for mine like a ninja, bwaaahaha.

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  4. I know that chevron dish well - it's part of a Denby dinner service from 1966 - my parents had it ! Love your 'shrooms and the anatomical man! x

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    1. Someone was telling me it was worth some bank now so it deserved some better photos ;D I love seeing bits from childhood while thrifting.

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    2. Not particularly valuable here, very common in most homes but each country's different! x

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    3. Indeed! That's the fun of selling online. That person who told me the tip could have been wrong, too, because mine has sat unsold for over a year now me-thinks? haha

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  5. Quite a mix of loot. Nice photos too! On Saturday, I hit one estate sale and a church rummage sale and bought a total of two items. How lame!

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    1. I didn't thrift this week ;) This is just a collection of things I managed to find time to curate this week. I don't want new things 'til I manage what I have here me-thinks.

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  6. I'm intrigued by that Supermarket cookbook. Sigh, one more I'll have to look for.

    And is it just me, or does Anatomical Man have kind of a cute butt?

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    1. Not just you on the butt, bwahaha ;)

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  7. Van, I'm so glad you're over your slump. It is comforting to know I'm not the only one who gets burnt out! I love that big thrifting sign!

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    1. Thanks! I may make some for my antique mall booth for people to buy. Excited to share some tips that helped me will myself out of the slump :D

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  8. I love the playboy book! Great find! My grandfather had a bunch of comics that went in the really old Playboy magazines. Extremely graphic. (I will have to pm you the link to his erotica online) Im just saying that the 1940s weren't so innocent! I like that medical figure too, I don't think I would be able to sell it. Fun stuff, my friend!

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    1. Would love the link, big fan of dirty old comics ;D ! And old Playboy in general, misogynist as it was, just love the design/photos/artwork within.

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  9. Cool stuff! My shop photos are a mess right now, but I'm not in a re-shooting mode. It will have to wait!

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    1. Yep, gotta do it when we're ready. I have many piles to schedule shooting for, eek. Wish I had a better tripod, want to shoot myself holding lots of it for scale.

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  10. Those models are fantastic! I hate it when I take a bunch of photos and the download them only to see my reflection in them and have to start all over!

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    1. Indeed! I need to figure out how to clean my backdrops, I make lots of mess on them I end up having to clean-up in post.

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  11. Nerd alert! I obviously am nerding out on that Creature and the anatomical man. Very neat finds.
    <3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting

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  12. one thing I love is old text books
    retro rover

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    1. Same here, always a struggle not to buy more.

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  13. I love those anatomical pieces! FANTASTIC!

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  14. The mushroom pick is my favorite! You found some really great things! :)

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    1. Ah-ha is that what the thing is called? :) I'm enjoying it on my desk for now.

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  15. Oh my this greens bowls especially the first one. Adore!

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    1. Thanks! They've been around for a while, need to figure out how to sell 'em! ;D

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  16. I love the anatomy guy! He makes for GREAT décor!

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    1. And to think he's been up high in my kitchen atop the cabinets gathering dust, he's my latest muse ;D

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  17. our school used to have the parts and pieces guy--we had to take it apart lay all the pieces out and then put them back while telling what each piece did--wish I remembered all of it now because my kids asked me what the gall bladder did and I was all _ _ _ _ _ _ _ *crickets* had to go look it up to tell them sheesh!

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