Monday, June 23, 2014

Freshly Curated: Vintage Illustrations, Colorful Tins, A Sneak Peek at a New Shop

After a fun slightly "off" Saturday it feels good to dig back into creative projects! I hate to pull myself away but 'tis true, you have to complete unplug from work to come back with a fresh perspective. I'm working behind-the-scenes on an additional online shop where I can stage and sell non-vintage quirky merchandise. Here's a look at some of my progress and some vintage finds I finally time to curate properly:


I found this gorgeous set of vintage tea tins at a yard sale, the home owners had saved them from when they lived in Japan. The graphic design, typography and colors are beautiful!

Here's a selection of a few, more will be photographed and added to the shop. They'll be listed from about $5.00 each, let me know if you'd like any or a group deal before they go up.

I enjoyed staging them with the little Usagi-chan (bunny). Most of them have their seal intact so you can use them to store food, keep cookies and other edibles safe (these make fun and easy "gift wrapping" for homemade goodies) or use them to store supplies.


Another collection that's evaded capture are these gorgeous laminated vintage illustrations. They were lost in my white background and didn't look great with gray, either. They were they type of item that looked best staged in an environment.


I like that there are letters on the back for a front-and-back deal. These will also be listed for around $5.00 each.


These illustrations are so weird and fun, almost uncanny valley odd in the best way. They look gorgeous framed.


They'd make great gifts as well. Let me know if you'd like any of these or if you'd like to discuss a group deal on the lot. Each card is 13" x 10" and can easily be cut to fit more conventional frames.

Update: You can now buy these signs from my Etsy shop


And now a funny random behind-the-scenes shot! I love catching mid-shot funny-faces on this animal. She follows me everywhere when she's hungry. Which is always.


And now I must go out for a swim and then get back home and continue to clean/organize/curate. I've been trying to exercise more not only for fitness but the mental clarity it's supposed to bring. I'd say it's worthing thus far. Send me an e-mail if you'd like to buy anything you see. I'm excited to work hard on getting my "secret shops" up!

Go Shop, I Say! I still have lots for sale in my Etsy shop and I'm adding more items daily. If you're local I can put items aside for you, if you're not I can calculate a low group shipping rate.

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16 comments:

  1. Love the flashcards! :) Don't undercharge for those!! You don't specify the size but I see in one of your pics a framed one. If they fit in an 8x10 frame, you can get 10-12 a piece. The graphics are great!

    I've been busy but have been checking in. So sorry to read the post about your bike. Scumbags!!! :(

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    1. They're pretty big, they're 13" x 10". Undercharging is against my cardinal rules big time but marking stuff down is the only way I've been able to keep sales up this summer it seems. It hurts to sell the wares I know I could sell for more for less but I guess I do what I must for now. Will keep cracking at it and will try these guys for a bit more on Etsy, was pretty sure I could do more for them. Thanks for the tip!

      Thanks for checking in. Yeah I'm still sad about the big, always vigilant when I'm driving around in the area to see if I see it anyone's yard or see someone on it! :P

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  2. Love the flashcards and the old tins! I also love old boxes. So many great items! Hang in there about the bike and the markdowns.

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    1. I'm pushing through Abbie. :) thanks!

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  3. Yoku (or Yuko? lol) is so lovely, look at her posing for these pics :D Old tins are always welcome, now japanese? Are you kidding me? That's super awesome, can I have all? Japanese characters are pretty and full of identity.

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  4. Yuko :) Yuko-chan for fun. I love Japanese characters, too.

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  5. great finds and your cat is stunning

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  6. Love the tins and that precious photogenic cat. I wanted to let you know that I changed my blog name. I'm not Cray Cray for eBay anymore. The new name is Garage Sale Heaven and the new url is http://garagesaleheaven.blogspot.com/ If you could make the switch, I would really appreciate it! :)

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  7. I love how all those Japanese tins look clustered together like that

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    1. Thanks Hollie, I love staging them for various photos. So fun.

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  8. I love tea tins, what a great find!

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  9. great post--can't wait to see your new store! Yuko? adorable as always!

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    1. Thanks Laura :D Gonna work on it this week and have it up next week.

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