Thrift Score Thursday!

Okay, I finally know the secret to thrifting in Southern California. Get outta town! Seriously though, going to smaller suburban locales produces many more treasures than hitting the same old picked-over nearby places. I found some really cool stuff for my Etsy shop and some other cool stuff for my permanent collection.

Milk Glass Teacup

Check out these precious mugs and saucers I scored! I don’t know how old they are but I haven’t been able to identify them anywhere. The general shape makes me think that maybe they are older than you’d think– more teacup shaped than mug shaped, and very similar to the pink teacups in my mom’s depression glass collection. The disappointing part was that someone at Salvation Army had written on the bottom of them with a sharpie, “set of 10.” Despite their best efforts three pieces had been separated and I snagged three teacups and four saucers for a discount since it was an odd number. I did get the sharpie off using goo gone, and then later, rubbing alcohol. Definitely keeping these!

Jadeite Bowl

This item I’m on the fence about keeping. I loooove the look of jadeite but this is my first piece, since it’s so rare to find any in thrift stores (gets snatched up too fast!). Should I list it so that someone with an extensive collection can add it to their goods? Or should I begin a jadeite collection of my own? What does a person need with a single cafeteria-sized cereal bowl?

Every Thursday I have had so much fun checking out various bloggers’ scores (or photos of the items that got away). One of the ring leaders is Brynne who I recently started following on twitter. Check out her #thriftscorethursday posts here— 33 weeks running!

Catching Up- Living Room Photos!

Well, the self-imposed deadline I wrote about last time totally worked. By the time we had our housewarming party, the kitchen and dining room were painted, the curtains in every room but the dining room were hung, and everything was tidy!

Of course, I took photos to document it. A few things have changed since then, but I’m working on detailing that in other posts!

I always seem to have about five posts “pre-written” in my brain, but getting them down into the computer? Finding the time is difficult.

Forget what it looked like when we moved in at the end of April? Click Here. Has it been almost three months already?

The Patio

A Seating Area

Living Room

The week of the housewarming we pulled the trigger on the amazing credenza you see above from our favorite vintage shop, Vestige!

Living Room

Living Room

To those of you who follow my blog & were able to come to the housewarming, I had such a fabulous time! To my family members who joined us the following morning for Father’s Day brunch, same to you! I felt so happy to host two back to back gatherings in our new home!

The Couch and Table

Friends, I know you have all been dying to hear the full story on the new chartreuse couch and glass dining table. No? What if I bribe you by promising a glamour shot of each?

I love our vintage Danish modern couch, but the basic foam cushions over the wooden frame was hard on the old aching joints after several hours of blogging or watching TV. The easy solution would be to spend less time on the couch, right? Well… instead, we decided to add a new couch member to the family.

New Couch

Shortly after embarking to save up to $1000 for either a new or vintage couch (one with tufting to soften the number of modern straight lined pieces in the living area), this beaut popped up on Craigslist for $250. We drove over to check it out and loved it instantly! It’s very soft–perfect for naps. I forgot to negotiate down the price, as you should do with Craigslist dealings, but the seller delivered to our apartment for free which is worth much more than the $25 or $50 I probably could have talked him down.

The fabric is very, very high quality and I believe was scotchguarded many years ago so it’s been wearing quite well. The only thing that makes it less than ideal is how low it is–I mean the cushions are low and when you sit down you sink even lower. But it’s not uncomfortable or anything, so I like it.

Chrome Table

As for the chrome and glass table…! The round wooden table we had before technically fit better in our space–round is always a great space-saver. The top was very water damaged and therefore rough on the skin, and it was very crowded for knees underneath. This table is much larger and can accommodate 6 people if we need it to! Coming into possession of this table is one of the reasons I love that my parents never throw anything away. I grew up with it! I have vivid memories of my mom asking me to Windex this as one of my chores in elementary school. I used to be such a drama queen about it… coughing and hacking as if the ammonia scent was going to kill me (I really did think it would). I still don’t love Windexing but I do love the gleam of the clean tabletop.

Someday, I’ll even buy four matching chairs to go under it! I know, I know… dream big!

Vintage in the Kitchen

Working at a cooking retailer, and selling vintage kitchen items on Etsy, I seem to have kitchen wares on the brain at all times (just ask any of my family members!), so I’ve decided to share a bit on the blog. I’m pulling together some kitchen-related gift registry tips for next week, but I don’t want to overlook the specialness of bringing something vintage or antique into the kitchen for a sweet and eclectic look.

Plus, this little project gave me an excuse to get out some of my Etsy shop items and try them out staged together in harmony… To be honest I love the look of all these pieces together!

Vintage in the Kitchen

Vintage lovers, did you know you can create a gift registry on Etsy, in addition to the old standard big-box stores? I highly recommend it–using vintage items is so eco-friendly! What’s the second “R,” after all? Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! While new things are always nice, like a brand new set of pots and pans, for example, you can register for some kitchen standards like a cast-iron dutch oven, which has not changed in design or manufacturing process for decades. Other things are fun, too like kitchen canisters or ice cream dishes.

Vintage in the Kitchen

The thing about iconic brands like Pyrex is that they have been around for ages for a reason–their glass is durable and high-quality! These canisters are up for sale in my Etsy shop but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t covet them for my own kitchen.

Vintage in the Kitchen

Vintage in the Kitchen

Le Creuset cast iron wares, or Pyrex and Corning casserole dishes are all-stars for a reason when it comes to pretty designs and functionality. Getting your paws on one can be as easy as raiding your mother’s kitchen (which is what I did), combing through the shelves at Goodwill, or let someone do the hunting and cleaning for you–grab it on Etsy. Remember that Etsy purchases directly affect someone’s income–a fact I know from experience! I am just a casual seller but when I get a little extra cash from one of my sales it can make my whole week! Some people spend all their time and energy on their shop and in fact make it a full-time job. What a dream! Small-business at its finest.

Vintage in the Kitchen

And just so this post doesn’t totally sound like an advertisement for my shop in particular, here are some amazing Etsy sellers I’ve been stalking for a while:

Object of Beauty – Mid-century/Danish items

Franc & Francis – Global vintage home items

YASTK – Global inspired pillows and textiles

Antique Postcards in the Bathroom

Recently Doug and I were perusing a huge antique mall and spent a little more time than usual in a vendor’s space that had old postcards and photographs from around the world. It was organized really nicely and all 50 states were broken up so we looked at all the Kansas postcards!

For those who attended our wedding, it’s no surprise that we love antique postcards. We had a box of them for people to “write to us” as an alternative to a guestbook.

 

We actually found many postcards from Hutchinson, the town where Doug was born, and even found one from McPherson, where we lived. We nabbed the McPherson one up and Doug picked his favorite Hutchinson locale and I knew exactly what frame they would go in when we got home.

Hutchinson Postcard

McPherson Postcard

We used to take Mosey for long walks in this very park!

The bathroom has proved to be a tricky place to hang art. We have the perfect long and narrow frame for one space (you can see it reflected in the mirror below) but there was an awkward place above the hand towels (look in the reflection in the medicine cabinet–below, right). Psst… These photos were lazily plucked from my Home Tour. ;) 

Bathroom Peek

Note: The bathroom area is tiny and full of mirrors–not so easy to shoot! 

Anyway, I reused a very cheap $5 frame I picked up at Wal-Mart years ago. It already came with a mat in it–so this little project was seriously a no-brainer. The small size of the frame looks ok since the towel bar is weirdly high. All in all, it makes me smile to see these reminders of where we’ve been!

Postcards in frame

Postcards in frame

Have you done any inexpensive and sentimental updates lately?

Petite Copine

Sorry for the radio silence earlier this week! I have been busy, busy, busy taking product shots and accomplishing a goal I have had for quite some time now… setting up a little Etsy shop!

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I had been racking my brain to come up with a cute name. Etsy shops have the reputation of being quirky and cute, and I wanted a name that would fit the bill. I’d been fixated on names like “Something & Something” since the ampersand is so hip right now, but when “Petite Copine” floated through my mind I knew it felt right. The phrase means “girlfriend” in French. It’s French without being too foreign, and fits the cute qualification. Plus, it makes me smile when I see it, and that is the important part.

I always knew that I would love to sell vintage goodies, but I never knew that taking product shots and writing descriptions would be so much… FUN! Yes, it is a lot of work, too, which is why I skipped a blog post on Wednesday. I have had a huge learning curve with taking super-up-close shots, using natural light (on a cloudy day), and telling the story of each item in a straight-forward but still creative and attractive way.

Check out some of my favorite listings…

Melamine Plates

native american salt and pepper 3

Pyrex Flameware

I recently had the opportunity to photograph the pink depression glass that I’ve written about here before, and I am in the process of editing those photos right now. I do have some cool mid-century goodies up on the shop right now, and I invite you to take a look!

When it comes to vintage stuff, especially useful vintage stuff, I love the idea of someone buying to collect, but even moreseo someone buying it to use. Every piece in my shop right now still has been around for decades, and still has decades of use left in it! “They” always say “they don’t make ____ like they used to!” Well, this is how they used to make things–and these items are searching for their new kitchen home.

Additionally, I am offering all My Friend Staci readers 10% off in the store with coupon code MFSBLOG10. Go ahead and click over! 

Nothing in my store speak to you? Well, poke your head in over at one of my besties’ store, Tree Cricket, and see if you have any luck there. :) 

Take a Tour: Vestige

Before our big move from Kansas last September, I was combing through the San Diego Craigslist for mid-century modern furnishings. I happened upon a few pieces offered by the newly opened shop, Vestige. I looked them up on facebook and reached out. Then, when we moved Doug and I stopped into the shop for a little get-to-know-you sesh. It turns out that Greg, the owner, has relatives in Kansas–in the town we had just moved from! Small world, indeed.

Vestige Modern

Vestige Modern

While we haven’t bought anything from the shop (yet!!) Doug and I love stopping in for some great conversation and to peruse the items. Once our savings pool gets a little deeper, I’m sure we’ll be picking up some vintage wares for our apartment. The only question is what? I would take the entire inventory if I could. It’s hard when there are so many sweet pieces to covet!

Vestige Modern

Vestige Modern

Vestige Modern

Greg has a keen eye for unique pieces and the shop is staged in a way that it’s easy to imagine any of them in your own home. He also really knows his stuff backwards and forwards–designers, iconic pieces, and values.

Vestige Modern

Q&A:

Where are you from and how did you end up in San Diego?

I moved to SD from Wyoming in 2002 to attend school.

How long has the store been open?

Vestige has been open since June 15th 2012 so a little over 7 months.

How did you first get interested in vintage furnishings?

I began my love of anything vintage just after I moved to SD.  I started out buying and selling vintage clothing.  Over time it turned into furniture/accessories.  I’ve always felt connected to 50’s and 60’s culture, the fashion, music, film, design, cars, but mostly the furniture.  I fell in love with the hunt.  Nothing beats uncovering something really great.

Vestige Modern

What’s the best part about having your own store?

The best part of owning my own store is the freedom to make my own decisions.  There isn’t some upper level manager barking orders at me.  Although I have found that the freedom to do my own thing definitely comes with a price (long hours, bills, responsibility).

What tips would you give to someone wanting to go hunting for vintage items?

As for where I do my hunting/buying I have to keep that to myself. Haha.  I would suggest taking your time furnishing your home, especially with vintage items.  Part of the fun is the hunt.  Buy things that you connect with and really love.

Vestige Modern

4633 30th St, Ste A
San Diego, CA
92116

Vestige on Facebook // Vestige on Etsy

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Do you have any recommendations for a “take a tour” post? I’m still working on my interior photography skills and I would LOVE to come shoot your home or store! E-mail me