Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Glass Menagerie

While shopping at Quaker City flea market, I found this VERY large box.

Inside the VERY large box were smaller boxes, and in the smaller boxes were even smaller boxes.

Which held adorable little families of glass animals.

All kinds!

bunny rabbits!!

kitty cats!!

puppy dogs!!



even yaks!!!

and ALL kinds of birds,including, but not limited to:

birds of paradise!!


geese !!




Friday, June 15, 2012

scary steampunk

It was common for the Victorian home to have an example or five of Orientalia.  

Something like this:
 Only less scary.

I think it's an ashtray or something you stick incense into.  What's cool, but potentially scarier, is that the smoke comes of of the nose and eyes.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

clip joint

Vintage tie clasps, vintage tie clips, vintage tie bars...

I always refer to them as tie bars, but you're more likely to see them described otherwise.

Anyway, dig:

Perfect for a skinny tie!  The 'Pereunt et Imputantur,' which is usually translated as 'they perish and are reckoned to our account," referring to the hours that we spend, wisely or not.

What a beaut this is!  Looks EVEN BETTER in person.

Super-neato tie clip for your super-neato skinny ties

From the Budd Company, which made buses and rail cars back in the day

Another tie clasp for a skinny tie


Do you know Jack?

I thought this was Nelson Rockefeller, but now I don't.  If you know who this is, let me know


Enamel on copper

Monday, June 11, 2012

doves 'n drakes

Aren't these adorable?

Miss Martha Mary

An utterly marvelous and exceptionally rare example of antique Black Americana wood carving, simply oozing with personality

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Happy Feet

in vintage shoes!

1980's multi-color snakeskin slingbacks

1930's two-tone wingtips

1980's snakeskin shoes

early '90s fabric shoes with a late 18th century design

circa 1970's multi-color vegan shoes

Monday, June 4, 2012


I've gone from having almost zero interest in jewelry -- costume or otherwise -- to being... well, if not passionately interested, at least much more interested, in that when I go to a flea market, auction, or thrift store, I wanna look at the jewelry offerings first.

Here's some recent finds:

A really REALLY old brooch. 100 years old at the very least, but probably significantly older.

A WWI era beauty.

Largish and lovely brass brooch from around 1910.
 Not your average person pin.

Early 1980's equine scatter pins.

The world's loveliest 1940's carved bangle bracelet.

A really cute 1980's jointed clown brooch.  He dances!!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Stuff I bought on my anniversary

Hubs and I went back to Cape May for our one year anniversary.  Here's the stuff I got...

This very lovely late art nouveau (1920's late) silverplate box with little cherubs at either end:  

An ultra-sweet 1930's handbag:

A heavily beaded -- and heavy.  really heavy - handbag from around 1960:

The world's MOST awesome decoupage purse.  Should be in a museum:

A pair of toleware wall scones, superbly shabby in their chic-ness:

A super-terrific Shafford black cat cookie jar!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Flemish Art/pyrography

Flemish Art was a line of hobby wood-burning kits popular in the early days of the 20th century.  There was a very, VERY wide selection of stuff you could make: glove boxes, wall plaques, wall mounted match safes, etc. etc. etc. etc.

Animals,  like our friend here, 
were very popular themes.

Even more popular,
were designs featuring pretty ladies.