Thursday, January 31, 2013

Show Some Earthly Love

So I imagine that I'm not going to surprise any of you when I say that I'm kind of a nerd.  Not in the super genius, Big Bang Theory sense (geez, I wish!) but more in the "I like rocks and fossils" sense.  At one point in college I wanted to be a geologist but then I realized the level of math that would be involved and quietly backed away.  But my love of all things earthy hasn't changed.  One of the many things I came to be interested in was maps.  Not only do I enjoy the information they provide, but the colors are spectacular, like big smart pieces of art.  That is one of the reasons why I love my giant wall map that I blogged about here.  It's also why I love the below globe so much I kept it for my house, and why I purchased two more to sell at the booth.
My little table top set up to show off my thrifted globe.
Globe that is for sale in my booth.
I found another just like it the other day.

Surprisingly, it hasn't sold.  I did some price comparison to make sure I wasn't off my rocker with the $18 price tag (what do you guys think, too much, not enough?  Keep in mind I have a discount of 15% off anything over $10.)    Maybe people aren't seeing how cool they are and all the different ways they can add some color and smarts to your house.  I poked around on Pinterest and below are a few ideas I found and loved.  
How cool is this?!  Now because I am a super dork and the thought of cutting up a globe makes me a little sweaty, I would have a hard time doing this myself.  But if you aren't a spaz it is a beautiful idea!  And what a great way to use one that might be a little too damaged for educational use.  
This photo is from Pinterest.  I can't seem to find the original source though. : (
Thanks to Mary's comment below, I now know that this is from Better Homes and Gardens.   Thanks Mary!!!

I've seen these around in different stores and some other bloggers have written about them (forgive me friends, I can't for the life of me recall who mentioned it).  I would cut a globe for this, I'd cut it good!  Now where could I put one in my house?

Photo from Apartment Therapy 

You can buy this awesome creation here!

Here is some more creative defacing of globes (which again makes me feel a little faint).  These are super cool and I adore them.  Giving an item, that otherwise might not get a second thought a new life is always good in my book.  

These are made by ImagineNations.  

One day I will get the guts to do something cool to one of my globes, but until then, I will just continue to use it as part of the decor in my house.  I'm such a chicken sh*t!

Have any of you guys ever re-purposed a vintage globe or used one as a decoration in your house?

Heading over to the party at Colorado Lady.  Have a great weekend everyone!  

Monday, January 28, 2013

Pyrex, MCM and a Sweet Monkey

What a strange week it has been.  The thrifts have been painfully expensive, which I complained about here, yet not completely barren.  It must be some kind of mean cosmic joke.  Also, the first half of January was my very best pay period at the booth, but this last half has so far been the worst!  What the heck is that about?!  I would have expected the complete opposite.  But I'm not complaining because this tough sales week motivated me to get my rear in gear in do some rearranging in my little space.  This is what I ended up with.

The tiered shelf is a new acquisition from the thrift shop.  I really needed something to help bring my items up to eye level.  I think this does that fairly well for now.  What do you guys think?  Any tips?
Check out my finds from this past week.
This cheeky little monkey is super cute.     Does anyone know what the purpose of this thing is because I'm at a total loss!  It could be a cute yarn holder, with your working end coming out of his forehead. Am I reaching?   
Anyway, this mid century butter dish is in really great shape so it might not have much age to it, but it is still cool. And this yellow refrigerator dish is part of the stupidly overpriced Primary Colors set I mentioned here.  It required lots of scrubbing, but it was worth it because it looks perfect now.  

This Compass Snack Server was reasonably priced and in great condition.  This one will be staying with me though (it's a hard decision :) because it is one of my colors.  I can't wait to show everyone how fabulous my cabinet looks!   It has had some wonderful new additions since the last time I shared. 
 I can always find room in my booth for this Butterfly Gold oval casserole lid.
This beautiful lid is a bit of a mystery, even at Pyrex Love.  Mine is marked Pyrex and in great shape.  Should I sell the lid by itself or hang on  to it until I find its companion?  

 Love these curly candle holders.  They could totally be mine, but I think I will let someone else enjoy them.  I have enough stuff!

It is killing me to sell this kidney shaped server, but I don't have much of a need for it.  It's screams mid century and my style, but I think someone else can get more use out of it than me.

Black Tulip!!!  I finally found one at a "doesn't make me die a little inside" price!  It came from an antique shop Southeast of Denver.  It made the entire trip worth it.  That is until I found this at the thrift shop...
Can you imagine the heart palpitations I had when I saw this on the shelf?  Can you hear the angels singing?  Both of those things happened and it was glorious!  After a little bit of scrubbing it shined like new.  Now I just need to find the lid and the cradle, but for now I am a happy camper!
This week will bring more additions to the booth and continued plans for a fabulously thrifty trip.  I'll share more as soon as I can.  Until then I'm joining the parties at Apron Thrift GirlSir Thrift A LotSumo's Sweet Stuff and A Living Space.  Have a great week everyone!!!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Another Case of Thrift Price Madness

So things have been crazy busy around here,  and it doesn't look like it's going to slow down anytime soon.   We will soon be embarking on a bathroom remodel that I'm hoping to get done before April (there is a fabulous reason for that which I will share later).  Needless to say, I haven't gotten much thrifting done this week, but was able to sneak away for a bit last night.  This is what I found. 
 A complete set of freakin' primary colors refrigerator dishes!  Shut up!  My heart skipped a beat, then sunk to my toes when I saw the prices.  Lets just say that it would have cost more than $45 (too much to even get them for the lids) for this set, at the thrift shop!  Also, check out the condition of the two red ones.  Dishwashered beyond saving!  The blue one was also wicked scratched and scuffed, but the yellow one was in good shape, so I did bite the bullet and bring it home.  Being desperate for Pyrex is a dangerous thing!  
I found a few more goodies that I will post about as soon as I get a chance to photograph them.  
For now I will head over to the The Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingie Thursday.  Have a great week everyone!  

Monday, January 14, 2013

Great Year So Far

Wow!  This month at the booth has totally thrown me for a loop.  I expected less than awesome sales because everyone spent all their money for Christmas, but boy, I have never been so happy to be wrong!  I've sold so much this month it is unbelievable!  The Pink Gooseberry bowls and a ton of other Pyrex items have sold.  Plus a bunch of Christmas ornaments.  After all the excitement wore off, I got a little bit nervous.  "Holy crap!  I have to fill all those holes!"  For the past month I have been trying to take it easy on buying because I thought had too much, but when I went into the sun-room to get new stock to take to the booth, it was awfully slim pickings.  Thankfully the thrifts have been pretty nice to me this week.
Check out this cool owl clock!  It still works!
This tooled leather purse is in great condition.I love the shape of it and think I will use it for a bit.  
While Butterfly Gold isn't my favorite pattern, it seems to sell really well.  These casserole dishes were priced really well and only needed a scrub down with Bar Keepers Friend to be brought back to life.  
Sadly, this Primary Colors blue bowl was beyond repair.  It was priced right, but beat to heck so I thought I could try to revive it.  The scuffs came out, but it no longer has the lovely shine we have all come to know and love so much.   Bummer.
I’m such a sucker for planters.  Isn't this little ducky adorable?
A separate trip to my local thrifts yielded quite a bit too.  More Butterfly Gold.   And Verde Square Flowers.  These are replacing ones I sold this weekend.
I wrote about this on the Pyrex Collective III last week.  I also happened to have a lid for it too!  Now I just need to find the super cool cradle that originally came with it. 

And how cool is this typewriter?!  The best part is that it still works!  It is heavier than heck though, which is a drawback, but I still think someone would love to have it as a decorator piece. 
This old measuring cup is going to live with me for a little while. 
But my most favorite purchase has to be this tin drink tray.  Check out the graphics on it!  This is going to replace my fruit bowl for a little while.  I want to enjoy it for a bit before I sell it.  It's so cool that we can do that!
This is the most recent picture of the booth.  Lots of stuff is moving!  The chalk board wall still needs some love though.
This week is going to be another busy one.  My mother-in-law is arriving Wednesday night, The Little Dude's first birthday party is on Saturday with his birthday that following Monday.  I can’t believe he is going to be 1!  Geez, time flies. 
I'm joining the parties at Apron Thrift GirlSir Thrift A LotSumo's Sweet Stuff and A Living Space.  Have a great week everyone!!!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Around The World

I know I'm a bit late, but what can you do?!   HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!  We have been so busy with visitors and dinners and parties and all kinds of other tomfoolery that I haven't had hardly anytime to thrift or love on my booth.  All of that made for boring no fuel for the blog and one twitchy little thrifter!
A few days ago though, I went down to my antique mall to pay my rent and decided to do a sale since pretty much everyone else did.  The peer pressure got to me!  Everything over $10 was 15% off.  That small amount helped me to finally sell the Pink Gooseberry Pyrex bowls!  Holy crap I had those for a long time, I was thinking that they would never sell!  The sweet stainless steel bread box also sold, as well as a bunch more ornaments and a set of drinking glasses.  The last half of December was a bit disappointing, but the first half of January seems to already be making up for that.
Part of yesterday was spent taking down my Christmas display.

I need to find more small shelves to put on the table so that I can have items arranged in layers, not just flat and boring.  The chalkboard is naked and begging for something awesome.  Any suggestions?

See that super cool globe in the booth?  I found two of them the other day at a shop I rarely go to but popped in on a maniacal (there was an elevated heart rate and possibly some arguing with a sibling about stopping) whim because they were in the window!  I'm selling that one and keeping this one for our house for a little while.
This fantastic set of mugs was in the same shop.  Wouldn't it be neat as a paint brush organizer?  It is so colorful, it is kind of screaming for something artsy fartsy.  

So I think I'm ready for 2013.  The booth is going to get some serious love and attention this year, and so is the blog.  And I'm going to work on getting healthier dammit, even if it kills me!  2012 was a good year for our little family seeing as how we had The Little Dude so not much can top that, but we're all going to try.  He's going to be walking any day now...  It is crazy, sad, awesome and fascinating to watch them grow so fast.  Anyway, enough of.  : )
I'm joining the parties at Apron Thrift GirlSir Thrift A Lot, Sumo's Sweet Stuff and A Living Space.  Have a great week everyone!!!