Monday, March 17, 2014

Thrift Haul: Damn You Tempting Yard Sales, Vintage Bowls, Bags, and Books Aplenty

I was determined to buy nothing this weekend, I have loads of items to creatively squeeze into my two Southern Crossing Antique Mall booths and figure out a permanent storage solution for...no mas! No more, please, my life is overwhelming! But the Spring Equinox is nigh and North Florida is enjoying the last true "spring-like" weather we'll feel before the shift to our second true season, boiling summer with humidity so thick you can suck it from the air like the thickest syrup through a straw. There were yard sale signs around every turn, sometimes I found myself powerless to stop...this is what I found.

I live in a historic area so yard sale hunting can yield not only vintage treasures but the proverbial treat of getting to see the inside of large, old, stately homes.  My phone died before I could get shots of the inside of the gorgeous home below, the huge windows let in abundant natural light and the huge built-in window seats for reading and ample built in wall to ceiling shelves were a collector's dream.

This photo is from my instagram feed, do follow if you're on it, I update with raw vegan eats often.

There was mostly boxes upon boxes of books and a neat old record player calling my name but for $25.00 and re-wiring to do I left it for another collector with more time/patience on their hands. Quite pleased I got to see the inside of the historic home I pass nearly every day on the way to the post office.
I left with this Girl Scout book for $1.00. I love vintage girl and boy scout memorabilia. I was a "brownie" once, never made it to official "Girl Scout". They're somewhat nostalgic but I mostly like the books for the illustrations. ------>>> On Etsy


At another yard sale I couldn't resist the siren's call of this metal shelf, I've always wanted one but anytime I ask about one at flea markets they're usually $15-$25 so I impulsively bought this guy for $1.00. It would be great for hosting my produce or cooking tools but it may end up in the antique mall booth soon, would be great to add height to the shelf composition.

I also scooped up this brown carry-on to satisfy my retro luggage fetish, I appreciate the simple shapes and colors of these pieces and their unisex appeal. I use these for week-long trips and they easily hold more than enough for the trip. I love packing light. It was sold within minutes of being listed, a super rare event for me. ------>>> On Etsy


And more Hardy Boys books! I enjoy the colorful, kitschy illustrations on the cover and the primary red/blue scheme, way more exciting than the Nancy Drew illustrations. My last Hardy Boy books were free but these ones cost $1.00 each so I listed them on Etsy and eBay. ------>>> On Etsy


My personal favorite in the set is this one of the boys running at the airport! So much kinetic action, who runs than hard? Brilliant.



I saw this bright orange bowl from the road so of course I HAD to stop by the yard sale it was hosted at to scoop it up. I believe it's an anchor hocking piece? Let me know if you have the official name for it. I think it's a chip and dip bowl missing it's smaller dip bowl. I love the orange gradient; orange is my favorite color. ------>>> On Etsy

*Update: Readers let me know this is a Blendo bowl by West Virginia Glass, I updated it on Etsy. Thanks!

I resisted a lot of beautiful low-priced goodies in Southern Crossing Antique Mall after re-stuffing my booths full (I almost quit the booths this week but that's a story for another day) but came home with the beautiful adonized aluminum cups above.


I wouldn't normally buy these at $5.50 but that's a buck per cup or so, not to bad. ------>>> On Etsy


I try not to buy anything I don't need, clothing included. You can buy clothing at the pound store or by the bag for $5.00 or less but I spent $2.50 each on clothing pieces I didn't need, for shame! The shirt above is for sale, will give you a good deal on it.


The dress above is by a quality brand, "Pins and Needles", great fabric and fit, it's just not for me in retrospect. I'll give you a great deal on the shirt or dress if you'd like 'em! Perfect for easter. I'll also stick 'em in Southern Crossing. They're size Small.


One thing you can't have is this retro 90s-style skirt, love all the neon colors juxtaposed with black in it. I shall be wearing this often this summer. The green/black/hot pink/blue go well with my "cool" skin undertones. Gonna be writing about that later in some "thrifty wardrobe building" posts.

Not sure if I go to showing/listing this beauty yet. It's perfect for records or magazines. Absolutely love the shape of this piece. ------->>> On Etsy


And yet another dress! I rarely actually show the little bits of clothes I find for .50 cents to $5.00 max while thrifting. This one yet again fits my new wardrobe color rules, I love how it looks like textured paint on a canvas.


Silly outtake photo, Yuko head in the bottom right, Jake relaxing in a vintage chip bowl.

The beautiful weather may be keeping the thrift hauls coming even though I need to stop! I really need to focus on selling what I have so don't be surprised if thrift hauls drop, they'll be replaced with well-researched quality blog posts that don't contribute to my stressed-out-over-too-much-shit sleepless nights.

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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31 comments:

  1. Your orange bowl is Blendo. I believe it was a line put out by the West Virginia Glass Company. Not to be confused with Blenko which is also made in West Virginia but is handblown art glass. Anyhow, Blendo is just lovely and is a pretty decent seller IMO. Good find!!!

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    1. Thanks for the tip, someone on Facebook gave the same info. It's updated on Etsy.

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  2. If you end up putting the blue dress up on eBay, its Urban Outfitters. I can't read the tank top label but its SO cute, why oh why would you get rid of it??! I see so many possibilities. Smoking price! If it makes you feel better I just dropped $150.00 for Doc Martens. :) And HI JAKE!! I"m seriously thinking about getting a Princess Lumpy tattoo but I think I might regret it.

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    1. I thought so, when I googled it I saw all the Urban Outfitters links, I may put it online and see what happens. It's super cute but not my style, gorgeous quality on the fabric. On the other top, I wasn't comfortable with the fit but it's grown on me, I will enjoy keeping it around if it doesn't sell. The label is "Sweet Claire" which I feel like I've seen in various different stores. The yard sale was held by a third party for some lady who had very good taste in clothing, everything was name-brand. I wanna be Marcelene this year for Halloween. I wouldn't get an adventure time character personally but think one of a loved person/object in the art style wold be neat. I naturally draw in "Adventure Time" kawaii-style, now everyone thinks I'm emulating it ;D

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    2. I'm pretty sure Sweet Claire is Modcloth but it might come from a big box too like Jcpenneys too. I getcha i'm all about that style right this second but I can change on a dime. Fashion is my achilles heel. Lucky for me its usually very cheap, until I find Bosch printed Docs THEN I'll drop the money because they are so insanely cool. I love Marcelene, she's one of my favorites too! Oh heck I love them all, incredible show!

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    3. I'm slowly re-building a wardrobe, it's puny (which is awesome, European style minimalism). I wanna do a detailed post on building a "classic" one second-hand while keeping it fun as I build mine up. I go for 70s/90s styles it seems though my body type would be best suited for curvy 50s clothes, ah well. Did that to death in my early 20s, done with psuedo-pin-up. That's fun thing about thrifting for clothes, you can experiment without breaking the bank-- that way there's money to spend on an amazing $150.00 if you'd like.

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  3. Like that magazine rack. I'm a sucker for those Hardy Boys/NDs too. Just fun! No thrifting for me over the weekend. Too busy and too tired :(

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    1. I was in the same boat, but then those damn yard sale signs distracted me...

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  4. I love that Girl Scout book! I too was a brownie, but never graduated to the girl scout level as well! My mom was our brownie leader and we she stopped being a leader, I guess I did too. Now that I see what my daughters Daisy leader has to do (as a volunteer, no less!). I don't blame my mom for quitting. Its a full time job being a leader, its crazy how much they have to do!...anyhow, love that book and I love that brown bag. We have crappy garage sales around Tampa. I need to go to Clearwater where all the retirees live.....

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    1. My mom likely stopped because of the commitment too, she worked part time, my dad worked full time in the military and I had twin older brothers into their teens she had to keep an eye on, taking me around to all the meetings and events was a lot of work. I have fond memories of it though, even then I loved the graphic design on the badges and all the crafts/drawing projects.

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  5. wow you have some good finds. my favorite is that magazine/record holder. so awesome.

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    1. Thanks :D I hope it sells online so, it's a fun find.

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  6. Van tell me, did you took a photography course? :D Your pictures look soooo amazing!!! I want to buy that bag just because of the first picture. I'd print it out and hang on my wall as a poster. I don't have instagram (no smart phone) but I'm very interested in the raw vegan eats you are talking about, you are very welcome to post about this subject in the blog. Much love xxx

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    1. I'm mostly self-taught :D I took a black and white film developing class in high school that taught only that, nothing about composition, and another one class in college that taught some composition but nothing about the technical aspects of using an SLR camera. I loooove photography, it's my favorite part of the job. May go to school for it.

      On raw vegan eats, a post should be coming up tomorrow on that, I want to incorporate it into the blog again. I'm always cooking/eating vegan goodness behind-the-scenes.

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    2. Oh and thanks for the bag pic compliment, that shot was so serendipitous: my planner, pen, toy, and books were right there on the desk to stage the shot. Kind of shows my brand comes together easily because it's the natural life I'm living :D

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  7. You did quite well! Enjoy those sales without beating yourself up before the gasping for air, kill for a cool breeze, bad hair everyday summer weather Yeah, I used to live in South Florida so am all too familiar. Great bag, not surprised it sold quickly. Love your magazine rack and found a similar one I need to show. Still waiting for decent sales here.

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    1. Yep, I wanna be outside every day until the heat returns...next month or by the end of this one? haha. :p

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  8. Your photos are so prettily laid out, I get pleasure just scrolling through them.
    I had to laugh at those aluminium cups. They were in every school canteen in the UK when i was growing up. Man, did they make our fillings tingle! x

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    1. Thanks Vix! :D I work on improving them with every shot. As for the fillings...I had that thought exactly while touching them. *shudder*

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  9. I'm kinda bummed that travel bag sold so quick! It is super sexy! I could see my boyfriend wanting that.

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    1. It is indeed! I do have a similar gorgeous one on Etsy, needs a re-shoot for sure, my early photo does it no justice: https://www.etsy.com/listing/154363400/vintage-brown-satchel-retro-purse-bag?ref=shop_home_active_24

      The yellow one isn't as unisex but it's sex--y, ha: https://www.etsy.com/listing/180472468/vintage-samsonite-yellow-satchel-retro?ref=shop_home_active_6

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  10. I love those travel bags (to keep or sell)!! And I've got to hear this almost "quitting the booths" story! NO!! EEEEEKKKK!

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    1. I may still coming up here, we'll see. The only thing that saved it was an increase in sales this month. It's just one of those proverbial camel-back-breaking straws but I seem to be getting things back into control lately.

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  11. cool finds. I love the orange, the aluminum cups, and the magazine rack. Really great clothing finds too, very cute. I'll definitely be looking forward to your thrifty wardrobe building posts in the future.

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    1. Thanks! I hope to have it up soon :D

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  12. I just adore the colours of anodised aluminium. the magazine rack is to die for!

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  13. Ah! I also picked up an old Girl Scout Handbook! Mine is from like, the 40s!

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    1. I love scout books, hard to resist!

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  14. Always with the GREATEST stuff--my week is looking bleak : ( ohhhh well guess I run a thrift SHARE so I can drool over everyone's goodies but mine!

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    1. Yep, sometimes a break is good ;D For reaaalz.

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