new vintage

Quite the oxymoron, isn’t it?  “New vintage”.

But that’s exactly what it is.  Today, I have a few new finds to share.  Perhaps you caught a few of them on facebook or instagram.  If not, feast your eyes on what’s caught my eye recently…

Street signs aren’t typically my thing unless of course they are very old with an interesting story, real or imagined.  This ‘no parking’ sign is enamel and seems to have been 2 separate signs at one time.  It came from the rural hills of PA.

vintage enamel no parking sign

Ah, nautical lamps.  I can’t resist scooping these up when I run into them being that we’re in a beach town and all.  Lantern lamps lend the perfect bit of kitsch in a kid’s beach house bedroom, in my opinion.  The shades on these have all been updated.
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Something about this chicken weather vane just grabbed me.  Was it the brass?  Or the copper?  I don’t know but I certainly wasn’t alone in my strong feelings for this cutie.  It sold in less than a day after I put in the shop.vintage chicken weather vane

Same with this battered leather doctor’s bag.  Only hours after putting it out did it sell.  That beautiful cracked leather patina is just gorgeous.  I might be a little sad to have let it go.  Sigh.vintage leather doctor's bag

More kitsch in the form of these retro teacups.  They’re just so happy!

vintage tea cups

I love wiry baskets and vessels.  These letter baskets have just the right detail.  They almost make me want to organize and pay some bills.

vintage wire letter baskets

File this stencil under the “weird & wacky” category.  ‘Less Talk’.  It sounds so rude, right?  What could this phrase have possibly been used for so frequently that a stencil had to be made?  I can only imagine that it must have been a company slogan.  Any ideas?

vintage 'less talk' stencil

library nerd

Often I’m asked, “Where did you find that?” in regards to my latest vintage score.  Serious pickers rarely give up their sources.  Just know that we’re always on the hunt.  However, today is your lucky day because I am going to reveal where I found these vintage library chairs.  You’ll never believe it.  Ready for my big source for these truly fabulous mid-century vintage library chairs?

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The library.

You never know when inspiration will strike.  Or when the coolest find will present itself.  You could be minding your own business and returning a library book when out of the corner of your eye, you see the ‘for sale sign’ and your chairs in a dim corner next to a box of $.50 books.  Suddenly you’re short of breath.  Palms are sweating.  You’re tearing down the ‘for sale’ sign and scrambling for cash while nearly shouting to the elderly librarian, “I’ll take them!” as if you’re at an estate sale and everyone is aware of the treasure around you and not just minding their business reading their periodical.

Or something like that.

After forking over the money and sprinting home for the truck with fear that the librarian would somehow resell the chairs out from under me because I outed their fabulousness, I tucked them into storage for safekeeping.  Very safekeeping.  I’ve been hoarding them ever since allowing only a few cameos.

I imagined that the set of four would make the perfect kitschy kitchen chairs.  And they do.  I just don’t have a place for them nor can I keep them all.  Its time to reintroduce them to the world and find them a home.

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I’ve paired the birch & vinyl chairs with a wood dining table from a similar era.  The table, which is sold separately, was updated with milk paint.  First, stained dark with curio and then dry brushed with grainsack and marzipan.

But those chairs…aren’t they fantastic?  They are now up for grabs at The West End Garage.

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fresh off the truck

Just another manic Monday. I wish it was Sunday.

The weekend flew by. Probably because I packed a week’s worth of activity into 48 hours. In reverse: another successful Clover Market. A wedding. A road trip to Maryland and back. A girl’s night. And buying.

How am I still standing? Ok I’m sitting. Who types standing up anyway?

I still managed to pick up some pretty great vintage finds along the way. A few that I may not want to part with…

Darling little nesting tables with glass tops. They need just a little work to be garden party perfect.

Oh how I love an old chicken coop. Like love love. The faded color and wear of this one is just right. Just right for a new life as a coffee table.

It was a big day when I found my first ever vintage Florida linens. I’ve long admired the kitschy style that is so often reproduced but this set is the real deal from the 1950’s. Tablecloth and tea towel.

And my final fave is this old box. Have you ever seen anything like it? They’re rare to come across out there.

It is an old delivery box that the bread man would’ve used before they switched to corrugated boxes. I can not find anything on T & C Baking Company though. Is anyone out there familiar with the brand? If so, please share. In the meantime I am admiring the advertising graphics and of course the perfect wear.

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