Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hello Dolly!

While cleaning out one of my kitchen cupboards last night I found this Dolly Parton new in the box poseable 11 1/2 inch doll.

She was chilling behind some soup bowls.

Obviously I am a pack rat and obviously I wish she was wearing an embroidered jumpsuit like in the drawing on the box.

And no..you can't buy her from me so don't ask ;)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Vintage Sunglasses--OK Let's See How Long These Last

While at the Antique Faire over the weekend I stopped at a booth to buy some tiki stuff and these sunglasses were just sitting randomly on the guy's table.

As someone with an enormous head (Hey, I am 6'1" so I guess having a big head is better than having a pin head!) vintage glasses really don't fit me. I slipped these on and they fit perfectly. So I bought them.

Now because I spent over $10 on them and they are vintage I can pretty much guarantee they will last about 1 week.

The countdown is on!

Oh and please excuse my face--I managed to get sunburned even though I was wearing SPF90 :(
And I just noticed my eyebrows are crooked

Oh well...like I care!


Monday, July 7, 2014

Yes! Holy Grail - only 23 years after the fact!

Gah I haven't been on here since April? Wow! 
Well I am still :
1. Looking to move to LA
2. Thrifting every week
3. Running my reselling business on Etsy and Ebay
4. Trying to find a new SF job that pays more so I can save up for LA faster
5. Involved in tiki stuff

So yeah, that about summarizes my life since my last post :)

I do have a few things to share and so I will be posting more often (I hope!) for awhile at least.

The July edition of Antiques by the Bay/Alameda Antique Faire was yesterday and I found tons of things to resell and I guess fortunately just a few things to keep.

This one lady has a booth where sometimes she sells regular (overpriced) items and other times her tables are $5 and $3 and then switch to $1.00 tables mid day. She hadn't had the dollar tables in awhile so yesterday was my lucky day because she was feeling generous and had these cheap-o tables filled to the brim with goodies to dig through!

Among the things I picked up was what my 13 year old self wanted more than anything in the world. A pair of lips phone! I never had a phone jack in my bedroom so there was no way I was getting a phone when I lived at home installed in my bedroom but I still wanted this.

I wanted this so bad that even 23 years later and with no land line in my apartment I squealed with excitement when I saw this sitting amongst the items to sift through.

Only $1.00!!! Are you kidding??

I snatched it up (along with 10 other things) and paid the lady happily!

Oh lips phone...how you complete me!! My 13 year old self is still bouncing with happiness!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Put Your Specs Here

I got glasses when I was in the 2nd grade. Thankfully I wear contacts now because I HATE wearing glasses.

I just don't like the way they look on me and so if I can help it I never want to wear glasses ever again.


I do like all these vintage eyeglass holders though.


There are ones that look like dogs:
Little ladies:


Cats:

Owls:
Hound dogs:

This was a ceramic tray I found and have already resold:

And just this past weekend I came across a Black Americana piece that was made in 1963:

(and no I am not racist..Black Americana is extremely collectible...I just happen to know this and buy the pieces to resell when I see them)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Antiques by the Bay - April Edition

The first Sunday of every month (well unless it rains) there is a huge antique faire about 20 minutes away from my house.  It's held on an old airforce base so the space is gigantic and there are between 500-700 vendors who sell everything from artwork made from vintage skateboards to mid century furniture to clothing to shabby chic (or shabby shit as I like to call it) to knick knacks and of course I can usually find tiki items scattered about.  When I go I hunt for items I can resell for a good profit, for items I collect that are being sold for a good price and for tiki stuff that I can score on the cheap. Since I love to thrift I don't like to spend a lot of money for items that I feel I can find elsewhere so I really keep my eyes out for good bargains.


I know of 5 vendors who always have a tiki mug or two and a couple of those vendors usually have a nice display of tiki stuff to browse through. I think because the faire had been rained out the past few months there seemed to be more vendors and more people than usual and this meant there was far more tiki to be found then ever before-yay!

Here is a group shot of most of the tiki stuff I came home with:

The moai statue on the left is made of concrete and the only reason I saw it was because I kicked it when leaning over a table looking at other stuff. It seemed like a good idea at the time to buy it then BUT man that was a little heavy to carry around for the next 3 hours!

The yellow dish is actually a bamboo serving tray from Trader Vic's marked 1964. I realized when I got home that I have zero space in which to display something that takes up so much room so off to Ebay it went. They go for a good amount so I am hoping someone will buy it.


Once thing I love about antique faires (which is also something I love about thrift stores come to think of it) is that they are usually made up of vendors who have no clue how much something is worth or even what it is that they are selling. This is how I make ALOT of my money because I buy valuable collectibles for so cheap.

I also like when a vendor starts trying to "educate" me on an item and they have no idea what they are even talking about.

Case in point. I was at a table and looked down and spotted these 2 little mugs. I knew right away they were made by my friend Bosko--a tiki artist in SoCal. As soon as I picked one up the seller -- who was very nice btw--started telling me she looked these up on Ebay and they were so valuable, yadda, yadda. I bought both (for like such a low price I was almost embarrassed) and as soon as the transaction was complete I told her I knew the artist and he was my friend. The look on her face was perfection! Yes, I know the maker of your super collectible items that you just sold to me for about 1/5th of what they go for but I am glad you looked them up on EBay!




I got a great price on these 2 mugs that I don't have in my collection so that was a nice find:

And I really like this tall see through dark green glass mug. I know I have seen photos of this mug before but I have never come across one myself. It is pretty sturdy and marked "Japan" on the bottom


Finally this is something I "found" but did not buy . I have never seen one of these moai mosaics out "in the wild" before so I was super shocked to come down an aisle and there it was looking at me! It is smaller than most others I have seen in photos--about 3' long when others are generally around 6'-and it had a little damage/some missing tiles. The vendor wanted to $350 which to me seemed a tad high-had he said $250 I would have pulled the trigger and bought it for sure since its one of my "holy grails" when it comes to tiki collecting.

A few friends I ran into that day considered buying it also but when they went back hours later it had sold. I hope the person who bought it is able to fix its small flaw and I am hoping they paid less than $350.

Still it was super cool to see in person and I was happy to have finally "found" one after years of looking.


Until next month !

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Chopper Hopper!

I have all these irrational fears--one of which being that when I am old I will have to wear dentures. The whole idea of taking my teeth out at night freaks me out on a level that is just not normal. No really...FREAKS ME OUT.

Anyways if worse comes to worse and this becomes my fate I plan on storing my teeth (oh dear lord) in a Chopper Hopper. I swear they thought of everything back in the day.



I know that I will actually end up with something like this since I wear contacts now and will most likely have to get glasses when my eyes start rejecting them. *sigh* I am only 36 and I stress out about being "old" so much I sometimes can't even sleep at night with all the crap floating around in my brain. At least this storage jar is cute.



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Vintage Jewelry Love


I don't really wear a lot of jewelry but I do like to collect pendants and necklaces that are somewhat on the kitschy side.

I bought this poodle pendant necklace forever ago and even though I have it listed on my Etsy store for sale once I get around to buying some hot pink spray paint I am going to take it down and and spray it. I think it would great with some sprucing up.


I just found this Kiss timer necklace. You wear it and when you start to kiss you turn the hourglass upside down. The only problem is the sand runs out in a few seconds which does not lend itself very well to getting to business at hand of lip smacking for very long!