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:


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!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

You love REALLY love me!

I have never been married nor have I ever been proposed to so its rare for me to be given jewelry by anyone much less a guy.

So leave it to my most fabulous friends Dave & his partner Mike to gift me this exquisite set for a combo belated Christmas and Birthday present!!

And what is even more stunning is that this set was made by hand by Mike who just started his own company, Design Spectrum Jewelry, creating one of kind pieces of beauty.

The ring is a 5 carat solitaire and the earrings are my birthstone-aquamarine.

Needless to say I am absolutely floored by this generous set of beautiful jewelry!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Seller's Remorse - Doll Head Tissue Box Covers

I have to say that I really regret reselling these doll face tissue box covers. I actually bought a huge bag of those plastic craft faces while out thrifting last year so I think I am going to attempt to recreate them. I have seen other Etsy sellers who do this so it can't be that hard.

Christmas is only 9+ months away and I think all my friends would love a doll head tissue box cover for their present from me. Or at least they had better!

Sunday, April 6, 2014 collect A LOT of stuff!

When people walk into my apartment for the first time they have one of two reactions. Either they say something such as "Holy crap! Your place is awesome!" as they stand gawking at all my OR they say something such as "Wow you have a lot of crap!".

Needless to say the second reaction is a telling sign that that person and I won't be friends for much longer ;)

I am single and rarely have men over to my apartment--I feel like its best to get to know me first before seeing just how much I am into collecting--so on the rare occassions I do its mainly for get togethers such as this shot from my Christmas party.

Here is my friend Bill (don't tell him his photo is here although I am sure he won't mind!) toasting with his bloody mary and extreme garnish awesomeness.   You can get a glimpse into what my apartment looks like by clicking on the photo to enlarge it.