9.16.2012

The Nifty Thrifty: Giveaway Edition

That's right!  We've been collecting, selling, and sharing our finds for the past year, and we think it's time to give back.  So we're going to begin a new trend on a living space, starting by giving away this small 1960's tin globe bank!  We think it's only fitting for us to do a vintage giveaway, since we are such vintage junkies, and we can only assume our readers feel the same. As you may recall, we bought our second little tin globe bank at Brimfield last week, so we had this extra one that was displaced. Instead of hoarding it (we are already hoarding enough globes... it's getting unhealthy) or listing it on Etsy, we decided to share the globe love with you, our awesome readers.

This particular little tin globe was made by Ohio Art in the mid 1960's (meticulously dated by Julia based on the countries on the globe), and it has definitely seen its fair share of action, as evidenced by the number of scratches, little dents, and bits of flaking ocean. Still, you can see that it's such a sweet little globe, and we think the signs of wear only add to its vintage patina. One thing that we especially likes about this globe is that even though it was made at least a decade after the rest of the world stopped recognizing it, this globe still shows Tibet as a separate country from China. It also made us feel that much closer to Richard Feynman (and who wouldn't want to feel closer to Mr. QED?), when we discovered Tannu Tuva between Mongolia and the USSR! Just google "Tuva Feynman" if you're curious...


How, you may ask, might one be eligible to win this lovely little piece of a living space?
And the answer is very simple:
First, follow our blog (in the sidebar on the right - "Join this site" with Google Friend Connect), and post a comment to let us know that you followed us (or that you already follow us).
For extra entries, you can:
1. like us on Facebook
2. follow us on Twitter
3. tweet about this giveaway post
That means you have four possible chances (each one a separate comment, please) to win!
Don't forget to leave a comment telling us that you followed us/liked us/tweeted us/etc, because the winner is picked randomly from the comments!

Make sure that you include your email in your comment, so that we can reach you if you win to get your shipping address!
The deadline for entering into this giveaway is 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, and we will use random.org to select the glorious victor and new owner of this little globe bank, which will be announced in our regular Nifty Thrifty post that weekend.
This giveaway is only available for those readers in the United States and Canada.

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As to our usual Nifty Thrifty business... well, it was the start of my photography classes and Julia's new part time job so we didn't do too much thrifting, but we did find two things: one small, one big.


On the way to pick up the following item in New Hampshire, we stopped to check out a few thrift stores, but we only found this colorful juice pitcher.


And for the big find, we have our new chair living in our office!  We found it on craigslist, and by the way, we only paid $15 for this awesome blue leather and chrome chair.  We were originally thinking of selling it, but then we actually saw it in person, sat in it, and just couldn't imagine giving it up.


This is one of the most comfortable chairs I have ever had the pleasure of sitting in; the leather is worn to the softest texture imaginable.  It does have some minor stains on the top of the cushions, but honestly... who cares?  For less than $20 this is clearly a win -- especially when this style of chair is worth hundreds (if not over a thousand dollars in good condition). The original design, called the lc2, was designed by Le Corbusier in the late 1920's!  Talk about standing the test of time.  We're pretty sure this particular chair is a reproduction, since it doesn't have an engraved signature and serial number on it, as it seems every original should have; however, it is a very good reproduction based on our research and is clearly vintage considering the lovely wear to the leather.  The blue vintage leather seems to be rather rare, and we really like how the color is more subtle than the usual black. The cushions are definitely getting a little tired, but we like how the shiny chrome keeps it feeling organized and stylish.

What do you think of our finds? Don't forget to enter to win our awesome mini globe giveaway!

Linking up with Southern Hospitality, Me and My ShadowApron Thrift Girl, and Sir Thrift-A-Lot

16 comments:

  1. I follow you through GFC
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  2. Tweeted https://twitter.com/lguilbo/status/247528712805965824
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  3. I'm a new GFC follower as Jonnie (JB)

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  4. I like you on facebook as Jonnie JB Hartling

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  5. Love the globe and i have been following a while already!!

    Will you be telling us about the underwear painting?

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    1. The underwear painting (I'm going to start calling it that now... hilarious) was actually an assignment from my Painting 1 class freshman year of college, to paint a copy of a famous painting and write an essay about it. I chose "The Bather" by Cezanne since it's one of my favorites at MOMA (check out the real thing on their website here), and I ended up loving my version. It was too big to find a home at our last apartment, but now it fits perfectly in this corner of the office. When it's a bit more organized we'll share some pictures of the whole office and you'll be able to see him a bit better!

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    2. Haha thanks for the backstory. The Cezanne is amazing eh?

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  6. I follow you via google reader.
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  7. i like you on facebook.
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  8. i follow you on twitter.
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  9. How very lovely of you. I posted about retro jugs today too, very similar to your gorgeous one x x

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  10. Cute bank! I followed your blog....

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  11. Following now (Love the chair!) kimbmoon(at)gmail(dot)com

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