Saturday, April 28, 2012

All in the (Unicorn) Family

Direct to you from the Golden Age of Unicorn Stuff, i.e. the early 1980's.

a little of this, a little of that

Some finds from last week, starting with a few things I got at an auction held by the Dishonest Auction Company of Bucks County, PA (see the September 19, 2011 post for more info on them).

 Some jewelry I got at a the Bee Hive Thrift Store on Rising Sun Ave.  

Two REALLY cool lamps I got at a new thrift store in NJ:

Lastly, some ADORABLE enamel seagull barrettes for your hair, courtesy of Dollar Boy.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Send in the clowns.

Now, normally, I lump clown paintings in with cheapo milk glass bud vases and 1960's Christmas compilation lps issued by the major oil companies, i.e. you couldn't pay me to waste my hard-earned money on them.  

But then I found these, painted by a lady named Lilly Mara:

Amazingly well-done, I think.  And even though I personally have zero interest in clowns, I'm guessing that the clown-buying public will be all over them.

You'll find Ms. Mara's name in a couple of places on the web.  Practically nothing is known about her, except that she was obviously a talented artist.

Thursday's finds

From a local flea market, which shall remain nameless:

THREE 1920's/early 1930's hatpins!

A pair of 1950's mens shoes with... CUBAN heels!

 Superbly Eames-ey Calder-ey barkcloth drapes!
 calico cat (who's on my lap as I type this) not included.

Utterly unique ashtray featuring faces from the world's major racial groups.  Proof positive that it takes every kinda people.

1953 Simplicity pattern book.  200% pages of divine vintage fashion!


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

bone china bonanza!!

Featuring examples from the TOP of the heap,

i.e. Shelley!!

And everyone's fave, Royal Albert!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

How was your Easter?

I know I'm a week late, except for those of you of the Orthodox faith, who would consider me a day early.

There were about a hundred people at the sunrise service held at the Glen Foerd estate, just like there were last year.  However, unlike last year, I wore what was appropriate for an outdoor service which begun at 6:30 a.m. (i.e. jeans, sweater, jacket, duck shoes)  and saved my Easter finery for church later.

Here are some photos of the mansion that you didn't get last year.

 You can tour the grounds, which are thoroughly gorgeous, just about any old time from dawn through dusk.  

There are loads of different trees and stuff like that.  So enjoy the trees and the roses and all, but DON'T miss the number one attraction!

That's Little Ugly, much loved family pet, rendered in iron.

Here's another handsome critter, who graces what was once the carriage house:

If you'd like to take a peek inside the mansion, which I heartily recommend,  tours are generally held on Wednesdays.  Here's the site for more info:

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Today's find


 A BIG and rather bubbly paperweight, from the Sal on Torresdale Avenue.  I also got a GORGEOUS beaded purse which needs a chain.  I'll get you a pic of it soon.