Thursday, February 28, 2013

Thrift Blog: February 2013

February brought lots of great finds.  Dave and I have however been very good about not thrifting for the past three weeks.  We need, need, need to save money for the upcoming wedding and honeymoon.  It's truly going to be hard for us thrifting addicts, but it's got to be done. 

I found these glass buoy's at a thrift store in Long Beach, CA.  My only regret is that I didn't purchase the third orange buoy.  I didn't have enough cash for all three and didn't try to bargain with the seller.  On our way back to the car a couple was excited to see Dave and I carrying them and asked where we purchased them.  We pointed them in the right direction so I can only assume the third one was bought up.

How could anyone pass on a tuxedo suited redhead chap decanter?

Yet another carved wooden bangle, cute gold cowboy boot earrings and parrot enamelled vintage cigarette case (to be used as a business card case).  I bought the case at the bi-monthly Frock You sale from Donnaland.

This DeWeese Design dress was bought in Long Beach, CA.  It has built in bra and straps that are comparable to what a swim suit would be made of.  The dress itself is from the 70's and fits me like a T! 

As much as I love the DeWeese Design dress, this Ui-Maikai dress is my favorite find.  I found it right here in San Diego and ended up purchasing the matching shirt for Dave online as an early birthday gift.  He is actually very excited to wear it as a set soon.  Gees I'm one lucky gal to be with a guy that will actually be excited about wearing matching Hawaiian clothes!

I have been wanting one of these saddle purses for quite some time.  This was purchased at the bi-monthly Frock You sale as well.

This etched glass pitcher with stirrer was a great find and is in excellent condition.

I'm not sure how rare these are to find but I figured since it came all the way from Disney World, Florida (on the other side of the country from California) it was a worthy great tiki find.  I couldn't figure out if they still sell these at the resort or not. Anyone know?

I have been on the search for a hat box and this was the closest I have come to finding one while thrifting.  It has many compartments so I'm not sure that it was originally designed to be a hat box but will do just fine to help store some of my beauties I have collected over the years. 

What were some of your awesome finds for the month?

Till' Next Time,


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Grand National Roadster Show 2013

Last month Dave, friends, and I attended the Annual Grand National Roadster Show located in Ponoma, California.  This is Dave's favorite car show and I have a feeling it will become a tradition for us to attend every year.  There is a lot to look at, cars, bands, vendors, etc.  We always manage to spend a whole day there and still feel like there was more to see.  Dave is lucky I like looking at cars.  I feel like they are just as important to viewing into our past as clothing fashions are.  I took several pictures and had several favorites.  Below are just a portion of the pictures I took that day.

This car was amazing as it was in complete original condition.  Meaning paint, interior, and all exterior were as they were the day the car was first purchased.  I especially loved the travel souvenir stickers on the windows.

This year's theme was Tiki!!!  There were lots of tiki related displays and even Hawaiian dancers.  They had one show room that was just filled with nothing but Woodie cars.

I also made a point to stop in Doug Horne's art booth and say hi!  I purchased two really cool tiki themed Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein prints to be put up at Halloween.  He noticed and complimented my Tiki Tony Murphy necklace I was wearing.  Be sure to check out his website featuring his amazing artwork.

I wore a repro tiki themed circle skirt and vintage sweater.  The skirt was a killer thrifting find which I was lucky enough to come across just one week prior to the event. Talk about timing!

I want want want all the below props, especially that tiki bar.

The Beatles fan in me absolutely loved this "Yellow Submarine" two in one boat and trailer.

Here's a closer shot of my tiki circle skirt.

Dave was way excited about this car.  I love his face in this picture.

This was my favorite car of the day.  Totally Jetsons' style with the bubbled window.

Check out that steering wheel!

This was my second favorite.  The owner pieced together this beauty for his wife.  So sweet!

The push button door opener was different but cool.


Dave and I with the Suavecito mascot.

Till' Next Time,

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Kimberly Crest House

About a year ago, Dave and I drove up to Redlands, CA, which is his hometown, to spend the day roaming around town, seeing where Dave grew up, and of course thrifting.  We had made plans to take a tour of the Kimberly Crest House but the tours had ended for the day when we arrived.  We decided to make a trip back last month to finally take the tour of this magnificent Victorian mansion. 

The house was built in 1897 and took just six weeks to build.  It's surrounded by many gardens, a citrus grove, angelic statues and fountains, and a carriage house. The house is actually named after it's second owners the Kimberly family who were at the time successful owners of the paper company Kimberly-Clark.  It remained their home for the next 75 years. 

Unfortunately we were unable to take pictures of the inside.  It contained much of the original furnishings which were patterned and styled after designs similar to that of Louis XV and XVI.  The home itself is actually not a California owned landmark but rather owned by the "people of Redlands".    The Kimberly-Shirk Association is responsible for preserving the estate as well as keeping the history alive. 

We were told that the attic has yet to be completely explored and contains many pieces of art, furniture, etc. that have not been touched for more than 100 years.  They are always discovering new pieces to add to and place out on display.  Boy oh boy do I wish I could spend a day in there just discovering all the wonder it holds!  They offer guided tours Thursday through Sunday 1-4pm.  Be sure to check it out if you are ever in the area.

Till' Next Time,