Monday, March 21, 2011

fab finds

In my post about the Kiwanis Antique Show, I mentioned that I had managed to find some treasures to bring home (never a difficult thing for me to do!). Here are a few of my fabulous finds from that morning:

I was so excited to discover this amazing Swedish cup and saucer.


Also finding their way home with me were a white Haeger pot (love the texture), a mid-century glass tray (love the swingin' designs), and a 1942 yearbook from Visalia Junior College in California (love the grinning gent with the ascot in the lower left section of the photo below.)

I also found a sweet but frank 1950s book about the birds and the bees ~ I love how the back cover is a reflection of the front cover.

Linking to Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl, and to Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures ~ be sure to check out all of the fabulous finds at their blogs too!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

vintage veggie decals

Walking, galloping, smoking, biking ... 
which one of these comical veggie-fruit creatures is not like the others?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Moore, please

It’s a rare occasion when a piece of “junk” mail commands my attention, but that’s just what happened the other day when I received the Talbots spring catalog. I was immediately drawn to these Mert & Marcus photographs of Julianne Moore, the new face of the company’s spring collection. I love the vintagey vibe of the photos, and the retro yet modern portrayal of the clothing by Moore. Stunning!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

an antiques morning

Last Saturday my husband kindly agreed to entertain our two kids at home while I headed down to the Johnson County Fairgrounds for the Kiwanis Antique Show. This is one of the few events in our area that appeal to true antiques collectors, with many dealers specializing in turn-of-the-century items. While my tastes tend more toward mid-century and later, I thoroughly enjoyed perusing the show and still managed to leave with a couple of bags under my arm.

I couldn't resist (politely) snapping a few photos with my phone:

Rows and rows of old westerns ~ their covers looked so beautiful together.

Large number blocks, and small word stamps ~ anything typography related always catches my eye.

A display of old weathered baseball gloves ~ I wonder
how many kids were excited to get these gloves new, and how many games were played with them over the years.

I smiled at these vintage Christmas elves, priced at $4 each, and then ...
I saw her.

Um ... yeah.

The dealer noticed my not-so-covert picture-snapping of the doll and came over to me laughing. She picked her up and asked if I wanted to see what she did. I wasn't so sure. As it turned out, this 1970s Mattel doll made a different face every time you cranked her left arm ~ and except for the face above, they were all really cute (and normal!). She was actually an amazing doll ~ not only did her eyes move in all directions, but her mouth took different shapes with each expression. I was momentarily tempted to buy her for my daughter, but ultimately decided that terrorizing my husband with the presence of a beyond creepy doll in our home just wasn't worth it ~ after all, he had just given me two whole hours of antiques-browsing bliss.