8.24.2014

The Nifty Thrifty: Long Beach, Oregon, and Everywhere

Hey there!

Long time no talk.  Hope your summers have been going swimmingly!  We had a great time visiting both of our families and a bunch of friends in an epic two weeks of travel, but it has actually been nice to be home and get back into the swing of normal life.  I'm oddly relieved that we don't have big plans to leave our area until next summer.  Vacationing can be exhausting!  In the midst of it all, we've been thrifting here, there, and everywhere. We had another great haul at the Long Beach Antique Market last Sunday, we went to estate sales with my mom when we were in Oregon plus she gave us several bags of stuff she had picked up for us, and then of course some random finds from our local thrift stores, and even an eBay purchase to round out the lot. We definitely did not manage to photograph everything, but we did our best to get it all in this post!


We snatched up this mid century trash can at the Long Beach flea for a great deal, and after a little research it looks like this might actually be an original Richard Galef from his Ravenware line, which would be awesome.  Anyone know for sure?  Either way we love this style of this bad boy, and it's amazing what a difference a fancy trash bin can make in a room.  When even your trash can is stylish, the whole space feels more sophisticated.


On top here is probably the thing I'm most excited about... it's a vintage Mexican Saltillo blanket, probably from sometime in the 40's-50's, and it's just gorgeous.  I'm planning to use to to reupholster some ottomans or benches, and I'll probably be attempting to make an upholstered bench with hairpin legs with part of it.  I think it's going to be awesome.  I'm already planning to look for more of these blankets next time we're at Long Beach or another flea market.

Chris actually found the mid century ottoman the blanket is sitting on at this little Goodwill thrift store in Oak View that we never go to because it's mostly just books, but he stopped by a few weeks ago and picked up the ottoman on sale for half off!  It looks ok in the photo, but trust me that it is very poorly reupholstered with some weird off-white fabric covered in plastic.  It's going to look amazing in some Mexican blanket!


You know we couldn't resist picking up yet another mid century wire magazine rack at the Long Beach flea.  This is the third one we've found of this exact shape, and both of this one's predecessors sold almost immediately in our Etsy shop, so I have a good feeling about this one.


The retro owl thing can be awesome or terrible, but I'm putting this gold cocktail shaker firmly in the awesome category.  Super shiny and pretty, perfect for display on a bar.  We were drawn to it immediately at a booth at the Long Beach flea, walked away for a moment to "think about it" (aka look it up on Etsy on my iPhone to see if there are a ton of them for super cheap or anything), and then we went right back to haggle for a better price once we determined it was a good choice.  Oh, iPhone, how you have changed my thrifting experience... Most things I don't check on, but sometimes I'm not sure if something is already out there too much, especially for smaller/cheaper items, so it's nice to be able to double check that I'm getting a good deal.


I love this little wool black and white accent rug (about 2x3 ft) with its on trend arrow pattern.  It's not quite right for our apartment, otherwise I'd totally keep it.  We've been getting really into rugs lately.  Both rugs I listed before our Etsy feature sold that weekend, so we figure they're a good item to list, but it's also always nice to upgrade the rugs in our space first.  We actually bought another rug from a garage sale in Portland, which did not get photographed for this post because it's already under our table in the kitchen!  It's probably my favorite rug we own now, but you'll have to wait to see it until we take more photos of our apartment.

We nabbed this view-master at the Long Beach flea because we sold all three of the view-masters we had listed in our shop after our feature.  We have quite the collection of slides, so we figured we'd just pick up any view-masters we could find at the right price, then we add a couple slides to make it a set. Most of the view-masters we saw just weren't very exciting, but this one at least had something fun going on with the red, white, and blue mix.


The last Long Beach flea item here is this Jadeite (Jadite? What's with the two spellings of that word?!) sugar shaker.  We're actually going to keep this guy for ourselves so we can have a pretty vessel for storing the sugar that goes into our tea and coffee.


We've had this Cathrineholm bowl for a long time now in our own personal collection, and I can't quite remember where we got it, but we finally decided to list it in our Etsy shop.  We had been using this bowl, which is stainless steel on the outside and light minty aqua enamel on the inside, as our fruit bowl but it's just not big enough to hold that much fruit, so we finally upgraded to a huge (and amazing) 11" Cathrineholm lotus bowl (which we bought on eBay and somehow managed to forget to photograph for this post, oops!).  I do love the combination of aqua and silver on this bowl, but we can't keep everything so out it goes.


Tiny cast iron!  I have always been super charmed by these adorable sample size pots when we spotted them at flea markets, but they were always priced too high.  So I was rather excited when I got home from work one day a few weeks ago and Chris showed me this little red/orange Descoware cutie, which he had found at one of our local Ojai thrifts.  I love how tiny it looks next to those strawberries. Not that we have an actual purpose for such a small thing, and as small-space dwellers we try to only keep what we need, so it will go into our shop, but I will be very happy to own it until it sells!


This Chein moon globe may look familiar, because we own one!  We actually found this one on eBay, which is not our normal way of acquiring things, but every now and then we see if there's anything that's a good enough deal, and this guy jumped on our radar.  It just so happened that the seller was in Oakland, CA and offered free local pickup, and and we were stopping in Oakland a few days later to stay with friends on our way up to Oregon, so it felt like an extra win when we won the auction and worked out picking up the globe from the seller for free. In general we're trying to avoid buying globes, because we've had such an issue with collecting too many globes in the past, but we will aways make an exception for a moon globe, especially this one with its awesome tulip style base.


We've said it over and over again, I'm sure, but rotary phones are always a good seller for us, so we were more than happy to purchase this red one (because fun colorful ones are even better) at an estate sale in Oregon.  It works, it's red, what's not to love?!


My mom is the one who taught me all about shopping garage sales as a child, and she has particularly enjoyed watching our reselling business grow.  At this point, she has developed a pretty good sense of our taste, and when she can get things on the cheap she'll pick up stuff for us, so every time we visit my parents we get loads of awesome vintage stuff to add to our stock.  Thanks, Mom!  We literally brought three bags of stuff home with us after this trip, but we only had the chance to photograph a few things this time around.  Of course we started with the rotary phones.  This mustard yellow one was actually made in Canada so it has a different brand name even though it looks exactly the same as the Bell Systems ones we usually get.  Unfortunately the ringer isn't working even though the rest of the phone is... I know several of you have suggested we look into fixing it ourselves, but we've been too busy up until now to look into it and those phones have still sold just fine. We'll see how I'm feeling about this one this week...


Another rotary phone from my mom's stash, this brown "Doodle Rotary Dial" by Northern Telecom is hilariously retro, and in good working condition.  We just need a little pad of paper to fit in that spot on the front!


Finally, of all the other little things my mom gave us, we did manage to photograph this Bisquick tin, which is in amazingly good condition, and someone should totally use it as storage on their kitchen counter.  It's sad that food doesn't come in such awesome reusable containers anymore.

Ooh, also, you may not be able to tell from these photos, but we bought a new camera while we were in Oregon (no sales tax woo!), and we are super happy with it.  We've been planning to upgrade for a long time now, as our old Nikon D200 was quite outdated at this point, and I'm so glad we finally did it.  We got the Nikon D610, and though the difference with these types of photos doesn't seem too dramatic, it actually feels like a huge upgrade, and I think the difference will be much more apparent with our other types of photos (like interiors, landscapes, portraits, etc).

What do you think of all our finds?  What have you thrifted these past few weeks?  Link up below!

These blogs also host great link-ups that we join, so make sure you check them out, too:  Me and my ShadowSir Thrift-A-Lot, and new ones at We Call it Junkin and Thrifter Maker Fixer Farm!

Without further ado, a few easy rules for the Nifty Thrifty Link Up:
1. We would love it if you would follow our blog on Google Friend Connect (check the right sidebar), like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and leave a friendly comment :)
2. Only link up recent blog posts that showcase your thrifty finds from the week, including items from yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, consignment stores, flea markets, and even the side of the road! Thrifty finds that you have restored or updated are fine, but please no unrelated DIY or craft projects (we like those, too, but lets keep this link-up focused on thrifty vintage!).
3. Remember to LINK BACK to this blog - alivingspace - so everyone can join in! 
4. Link straight to your individual post, not your whole blog.
5. No links to Etsy shops or other non-blog sites.


P.S. I'm extending the link-up entry time by a week (so now you can link up for two weeks!) since I'm clearly posting a Nifty Thrifty no more than every other week at this point...

Thanks for joining in!




7.20.2014

The Nifty Thrifty: Feature and a Flea

Hi everyone!

What a crazy few weeks it has been!  In case you don’t follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter (which you totally should, by the way), and haven’t looked at the Etsy homepage in the past couple of days… the big news of the moment is that we were the Featured Shop this weekend!  If it’s still before about 10am EST on Monday the 21st, then we’re still there!  If not, you can check out the post here on the Etsy blog.  Super duper exciting stuff.  We found out we were going to be featured the day after we got home from Indonesia, but we had to keep it hush hush as we did all sorts of prep behind the scenes, though I definitely hinted that we were very busy working on our shop… last week was a huge push to finish all the handmade things I wanted to list, photograph EVERYTHING in the world (or just our back room), and get all those listings live.  Exhausting.  I forget what it's like to just relax in the evenings.

Anyway, related to all that madness, we’ve been thrifting our happy little behinds off lately, so we have lots to share!  Some of these things were purchased in the past few weeks and were listed in our shop (a few sold already!), but most of it was actually purchased today at the Long Beach Antique Market!  I didn’t think we’d have the time/energy to go to the flea market this weekend, but on Saturday evening we were in a good place and feeling like we should really get out and buy more to replace all the goodies that have been flying off the shelves.  One 5:30 am wake-up call later, and we were down in vintage heaven, picking up all sorts of fun stuff:


I’ve only ever seen Swedish Dala horses online, so when I walked by a booth at the flea market with a whole selection of lovely red figurines I just had to stop and take a look.  I did a quick Etsy search on my iPhone to make sure I was getting a good deal, then bargained for my two favorites.  We’ll be listing these as a pair in our shop, though I do kindof love them.  The taller one is just over 6.5" tall, and the baby is 5" tall with it's original Nils Olsson sticker still attached to the belly. 



We knew our various wire stands and racks tend to sell well, but that trend became even more apparent this weekend, when we sold almost every wire “thingee” (as my parents call them) we had.  Well, we took the hint and went looking for more at the Long Beach Antique Market!  This delightful blue magazine rack is almost identical to a gold one we had earlier this year.  Love the color, love the shape. Done and done (and listed on Etsy here).



Our second wire find of the day today was this classic black wire bookshelf.  I love how the slanted shelves really show off the spines of your books. Look for it in our shop soon!


This was actually our last purchase of the day, and it definitely ended the morning shopping trip on a good note.  We were rather surprised and happy when the seller flat-out accepted our low-ball offer on this gorgeous mid century wood bookshelf, as I was totally expecting to bargain our way to a price in the middle.  This is like the super upgraded version of the black wire one.  If we had more room in our apartment we would totally keep this beauty, but we don’t, so into the shop it will go.  Luckily it measures in at just under the limit for USPS shipping, because I really don’t want to have to figure out shipping large items via another method. 



This tall black hairpin style plant stand was a steal at the flea market for $10, and we both love it so we’re going to keep it!  You can never have too many plant stands.  The flower pot is one that I thrifted from Goodwill a few months ago… we were debating whether to keep or sell it, and it definitely ended up in the keep category. For anyone curious since we didn't say the price at the time (we only do if we know we're going to keep something), the planter set us back $6, which is more than I would normally pay for a smallish used plant pot, but the design is awesome and it is stamped "Made in West Germany" so that adds some value.



Speaking of plant stands we couldn’t bear to part with, Chris picked up this little guy from one of the thrift stores on Main Street in Ventura a week or two ago for $3, and it went straight onto our patio.  It’s just too cool and little.



Chris found this larger black plant stand at the same time as that little one, but this guy went straight into the Etsy shop, and it sold this weekend!



Another Chris thrift store find, this gold wire book stand also went into the shop and sold right away.  See what I mean about the wire stuff? Pretty crazy.  



We were both drawn to this unique thing at the flea market today, and we just had to take it home with us.  It’s a black metal stand with four removable copper oil candles.  The candles’ tops screw off and they each have a long wick, so I assume you just put some candle oil in each one and light the wick? However that works, they are awesome. I love me some copper, though I'm not sure if they are solid or plated... is copper plate a thing?  They definitely have that copper color and the tarnish is greenish.



It's been awhile since we picked up any Pyrex, but we found a few pieces to take home with us this weekend.  The Butterprint butter dish (say that five times fast) was found at the Long Beach flea market today, and it will be listed in our shop as soon as I give it a good scrub.  We actually have the exact same butter dish in our own fridge!  We picked up the little red refrigerator dish at a thrift store in Ventura on Saturday for $2, and we're going to keep it for ourselves and attempt to fix its poor slightly dishwashed finish.  I was totally inspired by reading Dans le Lakehouse's post about restoring Pyrex earlier this month, since it had some new tips I've never heard before, so we're looking forward to giving it a go with this little guy!



I LOVE these glasses.  I spotted this set of five (why do I always find sets of five and not six?!) at a Ventura thrift store on Saturday and Chris approved, even though they're a little crazy for his taste, because of the amazing gold bands. They are stamped with the F in a shield of Federal Glass, and the tiny pink dots are actually textured on the outside.  So good... just so good.



During the same thrifting trip on Saturday we picked up this glass popcorn bowl set.  Normally I'm not a huge fan of these popcorn bowls, just because there are SO many on Etsy, but this one is the exception with that awesome cursive font.  I couldn't find any other ones out there with this font (though I'm sure they exist, so feel free to prove me wrong in the comments you savvy people, you), and it's a great complete set with one large bowl and four small ones.  Random photo tip: with these clear glass patterned things, it's sometimes hard to read the text or see the pattern in photos because you just see through to the pattern on the other side and looks all convoluted, so we used pieces of white paper folded just so inside the bowls to let you see the text easily.  Of course that only really makes sense if you're using a white background, but yeah.  Though it would have been even better if we had some popcorn to put in the bowls!


And finally, a beautiful wool blanket we purchased from the same seller as the Butterprint butter dish at the flea market, for an equally excellent price.  It's in the style of that classic Hudson Bay blanket, but the hilariously vintage tag tells us it was made by Polar Star, "A Golden Dawn Blanket" for JCPenney Co.  It's not in perfect shape, with some light staining, so we haven't quite decided if we're going to sell it as is, keep it for ourselves, use it to make pillows or reupholster a stool, or maybe we'll try getting it dry cleaned and see if that helps?  Either way, it's lovely and we are always happy to take home a nice wool blanket.  Long Beach Antique Market for the win!

Well that was a long post!  What do you think of all our finds this week?  Favorites?  What have you been thrifting lately?  Link up all your latest finds below!

I want to say that we're going to be more regular with our Nifty Thrifty posts, but two weekends from now (when we should be posting if we're trying to follow our new every other week schedule) we're going to be in Oregon visiting my family (and probably doing a lot of thrifting, because... Portland.  Know what I mean?).  Anyway, it might be a few extra weeks before the next Nifty Thrifty, but I do have some other posts lined up...

These blogs also host great link-ups that we join, so make sure you check them out, too:  Me and my ShadowSir Thrift-A-Lot, and new ones at We Call it Junkin and Thrifter Maker Fixer Farm!

Without further ado, a few easy rules for the Nifty Thrifty Link Up:
1. We would love it if you would follow our blog on Google Friend Connect (check the right sidebar), like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and leave a friendly comment :)
2. Only link up recent blog posts that showcase your thrifty finds from the week, including items from yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, consignment stores, flea markets, and even the side of the road! Thrifty finds that you have restored or updated are fine, but please no unrelated DIY or craft projects (we like those, too, but lets keep this link-up focused on thrifty vintage!).
3. Remember to LINK BACK to this blog - alivingspace - so everyone can join in! 
4. Link straight to your individual post, not your whole blog.
5. No links to Etsy shops or other non-blog sites.


P.S. I'm extending the link-up entry time by a week (so now you can link up for two weeks!) since I'm clearly posting a Nifty Thrifty no more than every other week at this point...

Thanks for joining in!



6.29.2014

The Nifty Thrifty: Long Beach Antique Market

Hi everyone!

We are back from Indonesia (It was awesome! We'll probably write a post about it another day.) and hitting the ground running to get our Etsy shop back in action.  It has been sorely neglected as of late, but it's time to get it back in order and full of goodies, so we'll be doing lots of figurative running around behind the scenes to make that happen this month before we go on our next vacation in August to visit our families.  We have lots of handmade stuff to make and vintage stuff to list, but at the last minute we decided to kick things off right by heading down to the Long Beach Antique Market today, since we've heard so many good things about it.  This particular flea market is a good two hour drive from our apartment, so we got up way too early and made the trek, and luckily it was totally worth it, so thanks to everyone who recommended it!  There were many deals to be had, and we left very happy with armfuls of stuff after a couple hours of wheeling and dealing.  The few little things we are keeping didn't make it to have their photo taken this afternoon, but everything here will be listed in our Etsy shop:


A few things in this photo will show up again, but the main feature here is the lovely woven rug.  We haven't tried to sell any rugs on Etsy yet, as we've kept all the ones we have thrifted for ourselves so far, but we've seen some great ones on there, so we figured we'd give it a try.  I like the colors and the slightly-off pattern on this one, and it's small enough to easily roll up and ship, but big enough to make a statement, which sounds like a win-win situation to me.


Ah, Cathrineholm, how we have missed you.  We finally sold the last few pieces of Cathrineholm that were lingering in our shop earlier this year, so I was extra pleased when I spotted this tiny 4 inch bowl hiding in a booth.  Brown wouldn't be my first choice of color, but it's in excellent shape, and you just gotta love those bitty bowls.  The price didn't hurt either!


Apparently it was a plant stand kind of day!  Ok, we actually picked up the one on the right at a thrift store in Ventura the other day, but the other two were both found at the flea market, and we just love those hairpin legs.  Usually we buy plant stands for ourselves, and we would be happy to keep any of these, but we don't have quite the right spot for any of them on our patio (which I need to post about... I took photos weeks ago!), so into our Etsy shop they will go!


I spied this made in Japan enamel tin, and liked the bright colors and simple yet stylish design.  The seller was hilarious and offering great prices so before we left his booth we found something else to take home with us...


Another rug!  This one is a small southwestern style number.  It's a that perfect little size that could be used just about anywhere, and I like the interesting mix of colors.



Can't resist a good rotary phone, especially an aqua blue one like this!  We haven't had one in this classic design in awhile, but pretty much all telephones sell like crazy for us, so we were more than happy to strike a deal with this seller.  Many other Etsy sellers don't test their phones before listing, but we like to let people know what they're getting if we can; unfortunately this guy has the main problem we've run into with old rotary phones, which is a broken ringer.  So the phone still works, and if you have another phone hooked up to your landline it will ring to let you know someone is calling and then you can answer on this phone (or there might be other gadgets for this kind of thing... who knows).  An odd problem, and definitely a bummer, but we've sold phones with broken ringers in the past no problem, and this one is just so pretty I'm sure it will still sell.  Some people just buy them as props anyway!


This funny little red and black rotary phone was our last purchase of the day, and even though these totally aren't our colors, we know lots of people out there would love this combination.  Plus, look at that hilarious dog illustration in the middle of the rotary dial!  So good.  Also doesn't hurt that this one works perfectly.


It's the return of the Maurice Duchin phone stand!  If you've been counting, this is the third identical telephone stand we have purchased in the past year.  The other two flew off the (cyber) shelves of our shop, so hopefully this one will do the same!


Stands of all kinds were definitely the theme of the day, and I convinced Chris we needed to add this folding floral cloth and wood one to our growing collection.  I know this one isn't Chris's style, but I love it, and I'm sure there are many other ladies out there (and probably some gentlemen, too) who will agree with me!


To even things out, Chris nabbed this round gold magazine rack early in the day, and we knew we had chosen well after a bunch of other sellers kept commenting on how cool it was as we were carrying it around with us.  We've seen similar round ones before (in fact we own the black round one from this post, which we haven't been able to part with yet, even though we don't really have a good spot for it), but never one quite like this.  Small wire pieces like this have sold very well for us in general, so I'm hoping the trend continues.


And finally, I'm ending with our first purchase from the flea market today, which I'm not quite sure how to describe, but there's something about it I really like.  It's the skull of some unknown animal, which seems to have been varnished a little, and then there are strips of leather with beads and feathers tied to the outside of each eye socket.  It's sitting on a table in this photo, but you can actually hang it very easily from one of the holes on the back of the skull, and then it makes for a very interesting piece of wall decor (as you can see way back in the first photo, next to a random grey mask that was in the art building where we shoot these photos... the shot needed something else there and that's all I could find!).  The whole thing looks rather vintage, but I have no idea if it's actually a Native American piece, or if someone just put it together for funzies.

Oof, what a day!  We haven't had a Nifty Thrifty this long in quite some time.  I know I've been super irregular with blogging lately, but I do have quite a few posts in the works, so hopefully I'll actually have something other than just Nifty Thriftys to share soon!

In the meantime, what do you think of all our finds?  Which one is your favorite?  Have you been to the Long Beach Flea Market?  We would definitely recommend it (and thanks again to everyone who did!).  What did you thrift this week?  It's linking time!

These blogs also host great link-ups that we join, so make sure you check them out, too:  Me and my ShadowSir Thrift-A-Lot, and new ones at We Call it Junkin and Thrifter Maker Fixer Farm!

Without further ado, a few easy rules for the Nifty Thrifty Link Up:
1. We would love it if you would follow our blog on Google Friend Connect (check the right sidebar), like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and leave a friendly comment :)
2. Only link up recent blog posts that showcase your thrifty finds from the week, including items from yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, consignment stores, flea markets, and even the side of the road! Thrifty finds that you have restored or updated are fine, but please no unrelated DIY or craft projects (we like those, too, but lets keep this link-up focused on thrifty vintage!).
3. Remember to LINK BACK to this blog - alivingspace - so everyone can join in! 
4. Link straight to your individual post, not your whole blog.
5. No links to Etsy shops or other non-blog sites.


P.S. I'm extending the link-up entry time by a week (so now you can link up for two weeks!) since I'm clearly posting a Nifty Thrifty no more than every other week at this point...

Thanks for joining in!



6.09.2014

The Nifty Thrifty: Horses and Flowers

Hi everyone!

I meant to do this post last night, but then we started watching the new season of Orange is the New Black, and post-writing totally slipped my mind until we finally went to bed five episodes later... at 1:30am!  Oops!  We picked up just a few vintage bits these past few weeks, and I think they're all pretty fun finds:


There is just something about this odd little horse pattern that I could not resist on this set of three small dishes from one of the thrift stores on Main St in Ventura.  They seem to be child-sized, and yet they are lovely porcelain and in almost mint condition.  The brand is Winterthur Interpretation, and each piece also has a sticker that reads "Andrea by Sakek, Made in Japan." I have never heard of this company before, and almost everything that comes up in an Etsy search for it is pretty unattractive stuff (in my opinion at least).  I found one other listing for this horse set on Ebay, but they didn't have more details about when it was made or anything else.  Any ideas?


I picked up this set of three Vera napkins at the same thrift as the horse dishes.  I was a little bummed that it's a small odd-numbered set, but I just love the pattern, and they were very well cared for in excellent condition.  So happy and summery, and the first Vera anything I have ever found!


Chris and I found this ceramic vase at a thrift store up in Felton, CA (we were up there for a very exciting elopement, which we will post about in a few weeks once the photos are edited and we are back from our next vacation... more on that in a moment) last Thursday.  It has some words etched into the base, but we can't quite make them out.  We know very little about pottery, but we just liked the look of this guy with its interesting shape and the dark clay with matte grey glaze.  It's filled with a little bouquet of wildflowers we picked on our way home on Friday (here I am on Instagram working on it with an epic Big Sur view in the background... luckily we keep a pair of scissors in our car).  I think we're going to keep this guy, as we don't really have any nice vases, and there's just something about this one we like.

I'm not sure what the next couple weeks will bring, as we will be far far away in Indonesia.  That's right, we're leaving Wednesday for two weeks on the opposite side of the world!  I don't know if I've mentioned this trip before, but it's our official honeymoon, since we only had a couple days after our wedding last August.  Not that we've been posting very often lately anyway... but yeah, we'll see y'all at the end of June!

What do you think of our recent finds?  Know anything about them to help us out?  What did you guys pick up this week?  Anyone else been to Indonesia and have any tips for us?

These blogs also host great link-ups that we join, so make sure you check them out, too:  Me and my ShadowSir Thrift-A-Lot, and new ones at We Call it Junkin and Thrifter Maker Fixer Farm!

Without further ado, a few easy rules for the Nifty Thrifty Link Up:
1. We would love it if you would follow our blog on Google Friend Connect (check the right sidebar), like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and leave a friendly comment :)
2. Only link up recent blog posts that showcase your thrifty finds from the week, including items from yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, consignment stores, flea markets, and even the side of the road! Thrifty finds that you have restored or updated are fine, but please no unrelated DIY or craft projects (we like those, too, but lets keep this link-up focused on thrifty vintage!).
3. Remember to LINK BACK to this blog - alivingspace - so everyone can join in! 
4. Link straight to your individual post, not your whole blog.
5. No links to Etsy shops or other non-blog sites.


P.S. I'm extending the link-up entry time by a week (so now you can link up for two weeks!) since I'm clearly posting a Nifty Thrifty no more than every other week at this point...

Thanks for joining in!



5.18.2014

The Nifty Thrifty: Vintage Goodies

Hi there,

Hope you all had a good couple weeks of thrifting!  I may only have a few finds compared to what we used to bring in, but I was surprised how well I did considering how hard I tried (not very), especially in comparison to last month, when the thrift stores were seemingly barren of treasures.  I stopped by the local Ventura shops just a few times, and here's what came home with me:

Yes, that is one of my antlers, and it is for sale here.
I was shocked (shocked!) to find this solid wood mid century bedside table at one of the thrift stores on Main Street in Ventura for a very good price.  When we moved to California we were all, "we're moving to the land of mid century furniture, it will be great!" but the reality turned out to be that everyone and their mother knows they can sell this stuff for a profit so it's near impossible to find cheap at the thrifts.  This guy has its fair share of dings, but it also has those lovely shapely legs and sturdy construction that makes me happy.  Normally I'd rather buy nightstands in pairs, but I made an exception for the low price.  I'm going to give it a little love, then figure out if it's small enough to ship USPS and thus list on Etsy, or if I'll be selling it on craigslist.


This Dorothy Thorpe style silver band bowl caught my eye at a different Ventura thrift store, and again the surprisingly reasonable price convinced me to take it home.  The silver is lighter and more matte than I've seen in the past, but it's a nice size, and we'll see how it cleans up.  Does anybody know if there's a name for this shape of bowl?  I see them all over the place, but I realized I have no idea if there's a word for that distinctive angular shape.


And finally, I was drawn to this flower pot at the Goodwill in Ventura (where we almost never find anything vintage, let alone vintage and attractive), and I was proud that my radar proved correct when I saw the mark on the base that indicated this piece was made in West Germany.  Can't decide if we'll keep it and plant something pretty in there, or list it on Etsy...  Also featured in this photo are some fun little clear lego-like photo cubes we may or may not have shown off before.  Chris picked them up at Savers long ago and filled them with his own choice of funny little illustrations from various vintage books;  I needed something plant-like to style this photo, but I take these pictures at Chris's school (where there's bright natural light and a good white wall to shoot against), and this was all I could find in his classroom on a moment's notice.  They are pretty adorable though.  In case you were wondering, I brought the peppers from the above photo with me (and then I ate them on Saturday night, proof on instagram here), but I forgot to plan ahead for the flower pot.  Oh, photo styling.

So what did you guys find this week?  Link, link, link it up!  That sounded like a fun song in my head.  Anyway... thoughts on my purchases?  Favorite one?  Keep or sell the flower pot?

These blogs also host great link-ups that we join, so make sure you check them out, too:  Me and my ShadowSir Thrift-A-Lot, and new ones at We Call it Junkin and Thrifter Maker Fixer Farm!

Without further ado, a few easy rules for the Nifty Thrifty Link Up:
1. We would love it if you would follow our blog on Google Friend Connect (check the right sidebar), like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and leave a friendly comment :)
2. Only link up recent blog posts that showcase your thrifty finds from the week, including items from yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, consignment stores, flea markets, and even the side of the road! Thrifty finds that you have restored or updated are fine, but please no unrelated DIY or craft projects (we like those, too, but lets keep this link-up focused on thrifty vintage!).
3. Remember to LINK BACK to this blog - alivingspace - so everyone can join in! 
4. Link straight to your individual post, not your whole blog.
5. No links to Etsy shops or other non-blog sites.


P.S. I'm extending the link-up entry time by a week (so now you can link up for two weeks!) since I'm clearly posting a Nifty Thrifty no more than every other week at this point...

Thanks for joining in!




5.04.2014

The Nifty Thrifty: Color!

Hey everyone!

I know, I know, it has been way too long.  Amazingly, it's not just because I've been too busy to blog and thrift, but rather because I have had absolutely NO luck at the thrift stores for the past month!  At least no luck in the pretty-vintage-things-worthy-of-a-Nifty-Thrifty-post department.  I did pick up a few flower pots and other practical things.  But!  This Thursday I went to a huge estate sale in Camarillo, and finally (finally!) had some success.  I don't think it was quite a hoarder situation, but rather some people who had a penchant for vintage (a lot of things had old tags from antique malls or something) with tons of boxes in storage;  all the boxes filled the yard of the house, and then the home itself was full of stuff.  I got there a little late (as usual for me) but still had tons of stuff to dig through, and I came home with an armload of fun finds:


I was more than happy to pick up these colorful fabric covered hangers for my own closet!  I've been wanting to upgrade my boring plastic hangers (I'm very jealous of Chris's nice set of vintage wood hangers), and these guys are going to do the job with aplomb.  I kept finding more of them as I went through the sale, like little pieces of treasure.

A few more small finds were this set of three embroidered cotton cloth napkins--of which I particularly love the light orange one with its geometric pattern--and this awesome metal orange daisy wall hook.  So fun and colorful, I couldn't resist!

It's never too early to start prepping for the Christmas season!  I found a sweet little Santa Russian nesting doll (those four guys all pop into one another), and a round Scandinavian (ish?) style metal tray.


I'm not actually sure if this framed piece is a paint by number, or just someone with a similar painting style, but it's definitely vintage, and I liked the look of it, so into my pile it went.


Probably my favorite find of the day, I am obsessed with this little mid century (I'm guessing by the design) Playskool wagon filled with old-school blocks.  These are (obvi) the best kind of blocks: wood and colorful with all sorts of shapes and sizes, including the awesome bridge pieces, and they come in a sweet little wagon!  A few blocks are missing, but they almost fill up the whole thing, and there are definitely plenty to make fantastic towers, as you can tell.  I can't decide if we'll sell these in our Etsy shop or if I need to keep them for my future children!

In addition to all this lovely stuff, I also came home with some awesome wrapping paper, which probably isn't vintage, but is very cool, and I can't wait to wrap some gifts in it!  Maybe I will get my chance in a couple days when I wrap up our Mother's Day presents and send them on their way :)

What do you think of my finds this week?  Have you found anything exciting in the last month (I can't believe it has been so long!)?  I'm sure you have... share your posts in the link up below!  

These blogs also host great link-ups that we join, so make sure you check them out, too:  Me and my ShadowSir Thrift-A-Lot, and new ones at We Call it Junkin and Thrifter Maker Fixer Farm!

Without further ado, a few easy rules for the Nifty Thrifty Link Up:
1. We would love it if you would follow our blog on Google Friend Connect (check the right sidebar), like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and leave a friendly comment :)
2. Only link up recent blog posts that showcase your thrifty finds from the week, including items from yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, consignment stores, flea markets, and even the side of the road! Thrifty finds that you have restored or updated are fine, but please no unrelated DIY or craft projects (we like those, too, but lets keep this link-up focused on thrifty vintage!).
3. Remember to LINK BACK to this blog - alivingspace - so everyone can join in! 
4. Link straight to your individual post, not your whole blog.
5. No links to Etsy shops or other non-blog sites.


P.S. I'm extending the link-up entry time by a week (so now you can link up for two weeks!) since I'm clearly posting a Nifty Thrifty no more than every other week at this point...

Thanks for joining in!




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