I had a busy week of painting (and painting... and more painting. So much so that I ran out of time to post about it! Never fear, there will be lots of wall painting and furniture rearranging and awesome new living room photos this week), but I still found time for a few stops at the local thrift stores, and I made a trip down to Los Angeles to go to Emily Henderson's garage sale on Saturday!
If you've been following us for any length of time really, you'll know that I love Emily Henderson's style and pretty much everything about her, so I you can guess that I was SUPER excited to go meet her and buy some of her stuff. She partnered with her friend Scott Horne, who is a prop stylist, so there was a ton of great vintage and newer decor items. What with having to get up early in the morning, drop Chris off at school (it was parents weekend so he couldn't come with me), drive over an hour into LA, and find parking, I ended up being about 15 minutes late. It was very sad walking down the driveway and seeing all the awesome stuff in people's arms as they waited in line to pay, but I still enjoyed rummaging through everything that remained and picking out some bits and pieces to take home with me. Not only did I get to meet Emily, but I also had my first celebrity experience since moving here: while standing in line--and drinking a mimosa nonetheless--Amy Adams and her daughter came over and cuddled with Odo (who had a great time at the sale getting attention from everyone). We only talked briefly about the dog, and I didn't even realize who she was until she was walking away, but there you go. Celebrity culture is weird, but its oddly interesting to see people in real life after seeing them in movies.
Anyway, lets get to what I actually bought! These are the only things we picked up to resell from Emily's sale. This 1979 framed and signed vintage artist's proof of an etching of a plant has a cool modern simplicity that I like, and these four little books from The Odyssey Library series--published in the mid 1960's--have neat illustrations and great covers. I don't know about you, but I totally judge books by their covers.
For our own space, I bought this notNeutral round blue tray to hold and unify the decor items on our coffee table, and the frosted glass vessel on the left for making more candles. We've actually been picking up interesting glasses here and there for another candle making session, and this one fit the bill perfectly, especially since it already had some half melted candles stuck inside (Emily actually let me have it for free because of that!).
I picked up the Stetson Marcrest Swiss Chalet (also known as Swiss Alpine) large bowls at one of the Ventura thrift stores earlier in the week--I had actually seen these there previously, but they were being sold along with two saucers for $8, and I really didn't want more saucers so that price was too much for just the bowls, but then when I saw them again the saucers were gone and the two bowls were priced at $3 for the pair. Sold! As we've mentioned many times before, we use this pattern, along with Nordic Mint, as our everyday dishes, so these will be added to our collection. On a related note, we have realized that we have more than we need of certain types of dishes (we have 18 dinner plates... so very unnecessary), so we're planning to weed out a set of extras to sell in our Etsy shop.
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Finally, a few thrift store purchases from earlier in the week: a white retro style push button telephone by PF Products, and a hilarious large Santa candle. I just can't resist quirky vintage Christmas decor, especially at this time of year. It's unlabeled, so I have no idea who made it, but just look at that face!
What do you think of
These blogs also host great link-ups that we join, so make sure you check them out, too: Apron Thrift Girl, Me and my Shadow, Sir Thrift-A-Lot, a mid century one at Remnant, and a new one at We Call it Junkin!
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