Monday, October 29, 2012

Girly and House Thrift Finds

Hello!!  I'm back from my nine day cross Cali road trip. We had a fantastic time and awesome visit with many friends and family.  I'll be posting separate blogs about those visits and our thrift adventures along the way soon.  Below is a backlog of some of my finds earlier this month that I wanted to be sure to share.

I found this purse a while back when Dave and I ventured up to the Northern San Diego thrift shops.  I found this Mexican tourist purse which is similar to the one I have found in the past.  It's smaller in size and in much better condition.

This was a crazy find for two reason.  The first is I found two of these styled purses on the same day at two separate thrift stores.  I left the second one I found at the store as Dave pointed out.....I don't need two of them.  I tried to fight my case by pointing out slight differences but once he reminded me of my spacial and storage issues, I was coaxed to leave it at the store for someone else to find. 

Below is the second crazy reason for the find.  I went to change out my purse  and was filling this one up when I came across the below ad which I found on the inseam of the purse.  I have no clue how old this purse is but it's definitely from way before my time as it's pretty impossible to purchase a house (even and "older" one, which I would prefer actually) for $3500!!!  Just some incite and history of the previous owner.  I love coming across these details.

I have yet another choice for a black patent leather purse.  My clutch choices are ever growing.

My grandmother passed this onto me.  She said it was either my great grandmother's or my great Aunt Lucille's.  She described it as a jewelry box (which is what I will likely use it as) but with further investigation online I found that this is actually a music powder box.  These were popular pieces to own between the 1920's and 1940's.  The swan detailing on the top is so much prettier in person.  I love that it's a family piece and it will remain so.

How could I possibly pass on this blue eyed darling kitty? 

This has been my best find to date.  I bought this for $3 at a Salvation Army here in town.  First I thought maybe it could be Bakelite and before testing I researched it online to find that may be celluloid.  They go for much more than  $3 and I have only be able to come across a few that resemble the style.  The ones I found online where from the 1930's.  I did the simichrome test and it tested positive so I'm not sure if this is Bakelite or Celluloid.  Anyone have any incite they could share with me?

Thought this was a cute addition to my kitchen.  I plan on stashing candy in this as I don't usually have sugar in my house other than for baking (which I rarely do from scratch to begin with).

These two beauties were a terrific find.  They match the same style of my previous Mexican tourist bags so I can only deduce that they were made in Mexico as well. 

This was not a thrift find but rather a very cheap EBay purchase.  I have been wanting a two tiered fiberglass whip styled lamp for a while and thought this was a the perfect match for my room.  The blue one below was a recent find as well.  I hope to find a similar shade (fiberglass whip) to add to that one as well.

Hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween weekend out.  Dave and I did not get to partake in any dressing up as we were driving home from our vacation.  I will be dressing up for work so I may share those pictures later in the week with one of my vacation blogs. 

Till' Next Time,


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tiki Thrift Finds

The past month has been a fantastic month for tiki thrift finds.  I was fortunate to find several mugs this month (tiki and siestaware) and my grandma even found me my first OMC labeled mug.  I picked up another Warehouse restaurant mug to add to my collection and the Trader Sam's mug was my souvenir from "Tiki Day" at Disneyland.

 I found this mug most recently.   I am learning to always look on the bottom of all mugs as I feel like I had passed up this mug on various trips to this particular thrift store and just now bothered to look on the bottom to find out it was in fact a Tiki Farm mug.  They year stamp is hard to make out but I think it is from 2003.

There was a huge amount of Siestaware mugs at one of the stores.  I opted just to purchase the ones that bore the Siestaware stamp.  Love the steins!

Now I have more room to store my mugs!!  Great buy for just $3.00.

This tiki was a little bit pricey but was very hard to pass on.  I love the detailing on this idol.

Lastly, I came across two very awesome monkey pod pieces to add to my collection.  The sugar bowls are two cute and I immediately grabbed the pupu appetizer pineapple toothpick server.  I think I may have even jumped for joy in the store upon my discovery.  I cannot wait to use these! 

Till' Next Time,


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Thrifted Clothes and Hats, and more Clothes!

With my road trip ever fast approaching I wanted to make sure I posted a few blogs of my recent finds as I'm sure I will be coming home with several other goodies to blog about.

I absolutely love wearing hats, but have the hardest time finding ones that fit my head and my very full head of hair.  I have very thick hair which means I look horrid in hats unless my hair is pulled back, or to the side, or perhaps straightened.  I came across these two beauties on a recent shopping trip and was astonished to find they fit and that I didn't look half bad wearing them (if  I do say so myself).  I'm not sure how old these are.  The red one had no markings.  The blue was made in San Francisco by a company called Lancaster.  The netting is slightly torn but nothing that takes away from it's beauty.  I'm planning on wearing the red one on our up coming trip.

I came across this beautiful circle skirt and was instantly sold on it, not only by the beautiful blue, but the awesome palm leaf pattern.  Up close you'll see it has sequins to highlight the black markings.  It's vintage inspired and a beauty at that.

Winter is coming, despite it being in the 90's today here in San Diego!  I loved the chevron pattern in this Pendleton sweater.  Looking forward to wearing it sooner rather than later.

One suggestion I have for finding vintage in thrift stores is to make sure you stop in during October as I find that most thrift stores place older or vintage clothing in the Halloween section.  I came across this barcloth Hilo Hawaiian dress in the Halloween section recently.  It's not vintage but just another awesome piece to add to my collection and clothing options for next years' Tiki Oasis and or Tiki Day. 

This dress yelled "Joan Holloway" to me the second I tried it on.  Great dress from the 60's and will be a great dress to wear in the winter months to the office.

The pattern alone is what sold me on this bathing suit wrap skirt from Hawaii.  Who doesn't want to sport a tiki pink peacock pattern anyways?!?

Here is yet another thrift store "Halloween" section find.  I'm looking forward to piecing this together with a black dress in a recent outing.  So cute!

Lastly I leave you with a beautiful dress that I thrifted for a friend.  Part of my thrifting madness is I have a hard time passing on pieces that i know won't even fit me.  I have become my friend Alisha's personal shopper.  Doesn't she look fabulous!

Knick knacks and other thrift find blog to follow soon!

Till' Next Time,


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Aprons, Aprons, and More Aprons!

Sorry folks :(  I realized it has been a couple weeks since my last posted blog.  I am just finishing up the end of the year tax deadline at work and have been extremely busy and trying my best to multi-task with what little time I have available in the evenings.  Dave and I are gearing up for our cross Cali road trip.  We are heading up north to visit my parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends in between.  We will be visiting Medford, OR as well as Yosemite for part of our trip.  We are both really excited about the journey ahead of us!  I have a few blogs headed your way before I depart for my trip with thrifting finds I have accumulated over the past month.  I have been very lucky finding some awesome aprons.

The first has this awesome eggplant print and has full coverage.  It is in excellent condition with no stains, holes, tears, etc.  The print and darted upper shape is what sold me on it.

The next one I found the same day I found my futon.  I'm such a sucker for hand made finds.

My third apron for the month was actually one I won!  I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Jenny Rae at Dapper Day last February.  I was blown away by her costume for the day and found that she is a baker and event planner based out of Los Angeles. 

She most recently provided her Lil' Rae Cakes at the Premiere for Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie". 

She has fantastic style which is evident in her mini cake designs. 

I entered a facebook contest she organized and ended up winning one of her aprons!  I have been saving opening it for a while as I wanted to wait until I really needed something to brighten me up at the end of a long day.  It sure did the trick!  So cute!!

Well that's all for now folks.  Hope you are all having an awesome month so far.  I unfortunately will not be planning any elaborate costumes for Halloween this year as it coincides with other plans. :(  I do however have a flapper costume as a back up if needed. What are you all dressing up as for Halloween? 

Till' Next Time,