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So we (being the Moms and I) ventured out and hit the flea markets on Saturday.  I went into it with illusions of some serious grandeur in my head (despite the measly 10 bucks in my pocket) and was semi-disappointed.  Not that there wasn’t good shit about, because certainly there was, but I figured that armed with my newfound knowledge about all things vintage I’d be able to spot some cool new goods for the Vintage Shop.  But alas friends, it wasn’t in the stars.  I did find a couple things but in usual Homegrown fashion I’m keeping most of it.

{Scored this Primrose Fire King casserole for 2 bucks (because the lid is chipped) at a local antiques joint.  I’d been on the lookout for more Pyrex because I only have a bowl or two (that’s one of them atop the casserole) and apparently, I need another obsession.  So I snagged this, brought it home, and proceeded to peruse PyrexLove for a damn hour…until I realized that I’m a total idiot and the damn thing isn’t even Pyrex.  I still dig the little guy though…}

{The Taylor Smith and Taylor I’ve been eying for a while now.  It matches three tiny bowls I have.  Scored for a buck…}

{A Federal Glass plate.  Dudes, I didn’t even know they made dinnerware!  This was found at this hole in the wall Vets Admin yard sale that they have once a month.  It’s basically a building in the middle of this tiny town close to home that is stocked full of just shit everywhere.  It was 100 degrees in there but I picked up every dish they had.  Thing is, these old dudes have a giant library of price guides behind the register and they know what their stuff is worth.  They had three of these and I grabbed the best one because I glanced at the maker’s mark on the back and quickly assumed it was Fire King.  Got home, took a look, and lo and behold, it’s Federal Glass.  Haven’t been able to figure out the pattern yet but the plate is pretty righteous.  Odds are this will go to the Vintage Shop if I can find the heart to part with it…}

{This wins the award for score of the day.  It’s a handmade vintage tablecloth and let me tell you people, that barkcloth is too perfect for words.  I think there’s one very very faint spot on it but otherwise the whole thing is too cool.  It’s obviously handmade — someone took the barkcloth and bordered it with some fabric they cut to match.  Those little brown flowers and the brown border are fuzzy man!  This one is definitely going in the Vintage Shop…}

{Last but not least, another piece for my Homer Laughlin Yellowstone collection.  I’ve got more of this now than any one thing when it comes to dishes.  While at the antiques joint Mom secretly snatched up the creamer for me…}

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So, the ‘exercise in restraint’ title is meant to tell you that I picked up, carried around, and then put down a good amount of cool shit, including but not limited to two vintage radios (three bucks a piece), some Wedgwood plates (though I don’t really like that stuff), a set of Pyrex nesting bowls, and quite a few more tablecloths.  I also restrained myself from picking up vintage quilt blocks, a Franciscan creamer, some Occupied Japan saucers, tons o’ postcards, and a really righteous platter.  I meant to take the camera but in the rush of dropping The Bug off at my sister’s and my sheer retarded excitement it got left behind.  But listen kids, some of these goods AND some of my vintage apron collection, along with fabric, should be in The Shop here in the next day or so.  Until next time…

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Dudes, thank f’ing Christ it’s Friday.  Not that I’ve been all that busy this week but for some reason, Fridays put every one and their mother in a great mood, including myself.  Plus, it being Friday means that I’m one day closer to thrifting with the moms tomorrow afternoon and we all know how helpful that is to my mood, right?  Anyway, there’s more in the Vintage Shop today…I’m on a roll with that shit, right?  Some of it’s new but most of it is me being a grown-up and clearing out clutter.  I really can’t believe I’m parting with some of the goods I put in the Shop this afternoon (um hello, vintage tablecloths!) but I’m doing it nonetheless and really it’s all good because this just makes room for more of the same shit.  Yay for shit!  Check it…

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{Righteous Retro Magazine Rack}

{Mid-Century Modern Magazine Rack}

{Retro File Holder}

{Groovy Vintage Tablecloth}

{Bohemian Vintage Tablecloth}

And last but not least, a…

{Sweet Little Colonial Mist Corning Mug}

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As I mentioned I’ll be hitting up the fleas this weekend so stay tuned for more.  Oh oh, and also!  I’ve got about a bazillion yards o’ vintage fabric that I’ll be adding next week.

Ever feel like your brain is really nothing but a weight, not serving any real purpose but to give you bitchin’ neckaches?  Yeah, me too dudes.  I’m scattered, I’m all over the place, and I can’t hold a steady thought…wait, what was I talking about?!  But in the midst of that and dealing with life and breakups and toddlers things are actually going pretty peachy.  Amazing, I know.  I’m grateful for it though people because let’s face it, the alternative is me adopting 12 cats, coating my unseasonal puff paint sweater in cat hair and skipping into the grocery store drenched in feline piss (fun image, eh?).  I wonder if maybe I don’t do better, mood wise and in my head, when my plate just seems too full…

Ah, but speaking of plates, look!

I know you MUST remember the Homer Laughlin Celeste plate I rambled on and on about weeks ago and the other day while thrifting as a remedy to sadness, I found two more plates, that giant bowl, the sugar bowl (sans lid, dammit!), and…wait for it.  WAIT FOR IT!  Those two glasses that I KNOW must go along with the set.  I’ve been researching like a mad woman to find out who might have made them so I can find more but with no luck.  Any clues, my dear friends?

I’ve been filling up the Vintage Shop too kids and let me tell you, the time consuming-ness of it is actually delightful.  Seriously, I get such a thrill from finding something I know someone out there will adore.  Have I mentioned my being a weird ass?  Yeah, there’s that.  Anyway, peruse some of the new and righteous goods…

{Vintage LeeWards Four Seasons Paint by Number Kit.  Even has the paints man!}

{Dyn-O-Mite Glasbake Mugs, bitches!}

{Fire King mug & saucer that was actually reasonably priced at this totally pretentious antique store near me.}

{Some pretty righteous hand embroidered pillowcases that I know someone’s Granny spent hours working on.}

All that and more in the Vintage Shop…PLUS!  A while back someone started cleaning out this house up the street from me that had been empty for years.  The woman died at least 5 years back and the stuff had just been left sitting but apparently the house had been sold and is now being remodeled.  Anyway, the were just throwing the old woman’s cherished treasures by the roadside (so sad!) and I scored hardcore.  There was a bag of vintage dresses (I’ve still got about 10 that need to be photographed and added to The Shop), a giant set of blue Kimberly Fire King mugs and other various vintage mugs, and couches man!  These two old couches, all decked out in velvety damask goodness…too bad they’d been out there for days and had been rained on and ripped up by evil Satan dogs otherwise I’d have grabbed them.  So I grabbed what I could and from a stack of musty smelling books, I snatched up a vintage Singer Sewing Book from 1954, a McCall’s Treasury of Needlecraft (from the 70s I think), and this…

This book, Billy Baldwin Decorates.  Apparently this fellow was some big wig interior designer in the 60s and 70s, even decking out Cole Porter’s Hollywood Hills home.  Anyway, it’s been sitting on the coffee table for months now and turns out, with a little eBay research, that sucker is valuable!  Like, worth 100 bucks or so.  Holy shit people, I know right?!

So that’s that for the thrift portion of today’s blog.  In other news, one of my sister’s good friend’s mother died the other day and she wanted to get her something that she could keep longer than a big, non-smelling bouquet.  She picked up a picture from Jessica, framed it, and I added some fontage to make it pretty and personal.

Turned out cool, methinks, though my ol’ Pops couldn’t decipher what was written.  Anyway kids, until next time (let’s all hope that’s sooner rather than later), keep on truckin’.  I’ll be doing the same :).

I waited all week for Friday to come just so I could hit up some backwoods yard sales in hopes of scoring some righteous loot.  We hit up the Goodwill and were amazed to discover 5 sales…all on the same street and all next door to each other.  Unfortunately, my excitement was quickly quashed when I didn’t find shit and then ended up getting my little brother’s truck stuck in a ditch because some redneck retard decided that THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD is a designated parking space.  However, the whole day o’ thrift (of sorts) wasn’t a total bust.  My neighbor Jessica did pop in this morning with a giant mushroom cookie jar and a spoon rest to match that she so graciously snatched up for me for a measly 5 bucks.  Can’t find a score like that on eBay!  At our local Goodwill I picked up a set of 5 vintage Branchell Melmac plates and an awesome Taylor, Smith, & Taylor Modern Star saucer for an awesome 50 cents (it just so happened to be buy one, get one free day!).  I’ve been looking for that TST pattern on eBay for months now and though the little guy has seen better days he’ll look cool hanging with the plate collection on the wall I think.  The Bug (who happens to love the yard sales just as much as I) and I also then hit up a yard sale held by a woman who had one just two weeks ago (where I scored that awesome Franciscan platter I’ve talked about endlessly).  It was basically the same stuff…BUT today she had put out a huge square Pyrex dish from the Primary Colors line and it even had a lid.  Scored it for $2.50.  Righteous.  I also picked up a set of six McKee Glasbake Soup mugs in all kinds of retro colors for $3 so that made the day even better.

I also lucked out by hitting up a yard sale held by my old bus driver, Coon (seriously).  He had a brand new and very nice scanner sitting out for a whole 2 fat dollars and when I asked if it worked he said that I should just take it and if it doesn’t toss it out.  When I asked what I should do if it in fact did work he replied that he’d eventually see me somewhere and I could just pick up his “cuppa coffee” tab.  Gotta love small town generosity, especially when it yields me shit I really need.

Some of this stuff will end up in the Vintage Shop (where I also added a few other goodies over the past few days) so stick around for that kids…

In other news, Yard Sale Bloodbath, courtesy of Bohemian Hellhole, courtesy of the lovely Miss Havisham, is currently taking up way too much of my time.  As if I needed another thrift related distraction!

I have dubbed myself the amazing Thrift Master 3000.  I get that my vintage dinnerware obsession is interesting to…well, probably just me but that won’t stop me from posting yesterday’s awesome finds.  The Bug and I sat around the house all morning and when I got bored, I got to thinking about this thrift store that I haven’t been to in forever and a day.  It’s not too far from here, about 20 minutes, and then in my mind’s eye I saw that wall.  That wall, full of stacks and stacks of dinnerware.  Last time I was there I wasn’t in the throes of a vintage dinnerware obsession so I didn’t do much digging.  But now?  Yeah, now I’m all over that shit.

I know that right now these things aren’t worth money.  I get that.  But I feel like these dishes give me some sort of connection to a kind of other world.  Back then, your dinnerware was important.  Meals together, with family and friends, were a big deal so why not use a pretty plate.  We are a house that has a love affair with the paper plate so I feel like collecting all these pretty pieces…well, I don’t know.  But I do know that this stuff makes me happy and that stumbling on a piece I’ve seen before and coveted or a saucer that matches a tea cup I already have is sort of like the joy derived from treasure hunts.

{By far, my most favorite of the day.  Homer Laughlin Fortune saucer, from the 40-50’s.}

{I love, love, LOVE the blue cups.  By the way, anyone know anything about the 3 pieces of blue diamond-y stuff?  It’s not marked but they had a whole set, like saucers, plates, all of it.  I’d love to know what it is…}

{The two up top are by Sabin China (never heard of them), the bottom left is Creative Royal Elegance, and the bottom right is ‘Celeste’ by Homer Laughlin.  Actually, that last one might be my favorite…}

{‘Celeste’.  See, isn’t that pretty?!)

So there’s that.  All of it for 5 stinking dollars.  Awesomeness!  I also picked up a righteous yellow chenille blanket that happens to be in perfect shape for two bucks.  For now, it’s made it’s home on the back of the new vintage couch so you’ll have to meet him later.  More soon friends…

Story of my life folks, story of my life.  Today I really should have mowed the backyard.  The outrageousness back there has reached brush hoggin’ proportions but i just can’t bring myself to cut down all these, the wildflowers that are currently making it look like a fairy tale back there…

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This morning I should have been cleaning the house and finishing the embroidery and two pillows I started for the new couch (we’ll check in on that vintage awesomeness later, by the way), but instead we went a yard salin’.  It was there that I picked up these…

It’s Taylor, Smith, & Taylor – Taylor Ironstone.  Even with that extra little tidbit there I still can’t find the pattern online.  And also, I got it for free.  Yeah, free.  It’s not really my style but did I mention it was…um, free?!

This however, THIS MY FRIENDS HOLY GOD DO YOU SEE THAT?!, is totally my style.  And whopty-do, it’s Franciscan!  A Franciscan Earthenware platter, to be exact, from 1973.  This was not free but it also did not cost me what it would have on eBay or in a antique market, because it wasn’t anything close to 30 bucks.  In fact, it was a big fat dollar.  God, I’m awesome…

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The Bug should have been taking a nap roundabouts noon…but instead he was fishing with my significant other, leaving me almost an hour by myself to do nothing.  But I did that nothing in peace.  Sweet Jesus it was quiet…and awesome.  You can never fully appreciate simple quiet, I think, until you’ve parented singly.  This is the fruit of his labors…

He actually caught more than one but the man was nice enough to not bring ALL of them home.  This little sucker is now apparently moving into the front yard.  And he brought his own bucket!  How nice of him :).

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In other good, rather awesome news that has nothing to do with me blowing off an entire Friday, my nice neighbor lady (who dammit! deserves a name — it’s Jessica for future reference) brought up this awesome owl as a gift and later returned with this mushroom necklace that her husband just started hand-carving from found deer horns…

See, awesome, just like I said.  You can find your very own mushroom necklace here and while we’re on that subject, you should totally check out these too…

{Chain Saw Carved Mushroom, $15}

More coolness, right?!  Her full shop here is full of even more vintage loveliness (check out that orange vintage iron).

I have a serious issue with thrifting. I am a lover of the pre-loved. While looking around the living room this morning before heading out with The Bug for some early morning goodie hunting, I realized that all but a few items in this room at least were not purchased new. The curtains, the credenza, the vintage shag rug from some old lady’s house that was recently tore down, the chairs, the tv stand, the knick-knacks — all of it used and vintage. Only the lamps, the television, my iron, and my sewing machine were bought new (speaking of that sewing machine, I could even cancel that out — the vintage one that came with the table I sew on in packed up in a closet, along with three other vintage machines). Seriously man, everything here is old. I’d buy new things, HONEST!, if I could just find new goods that fit my design style. I mean seriously people, even Todd Oldham and all his Handmade Modern glory isn’t redesigning the recliner so that it seems to have came from your Grandma’s house circa 1969 (or is he?).

Anyway, the thrift finds of the day. Few, but still glorious enough to make me incredibly happy…

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{Almost awesome enough to be considered the Holy Grail of Vintage Finds to a sewist like me. Vintage sewing box full of old notions and such — there’s old wooden spools, a measuring tape, and even a pack of vintage playing cards that have never been opened. Righteous. That’s like, pure happiness in a ratty ass box…}

{TINY PLATES! They’re marked Creative Platinum Star Burst on the bottom. What kind of plates are this small? Anyone? Also, a pretty vintage creamer, and The Bookshelf for Boys and Girls, vol. 8.}

{Soup & Crackers, mofos! Renee picked up one of these same mugs (hers is green) a few days back and was reminded of me, which I thought was totally awesome considering that my Great-Grandma had a set of these in her cabinet that I coveted for years. Now mine, of course, remind me of her too…}

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All that thrifting makes me happy!

Summer’s in my small, podunk town full of rednecks remind me of the crazy reasons we choose to live here.  There is a river just down the road (note The Bug above at said river in a makeshift hippy tent).  Even though we live in the middle of ‘town’, our backyard is basically the woods – the owl that lives back there provides endless relaxation noise at night.  We can walk anywhere in a matter of minutes.  Things move slowly here, time nearly stands still, and the stars at night aren’t drowned out by light pollution.  It’s nor perfect here in the buckle of the Bible Belt, but it is nice.  It’s quiet and sometimes that is worth more than a Taco Bell, a mall, traffic, and yes, even a museum or two.

This weekend my good pal Ash came down and we spent our days out in the sun, wearing out The Bug.  We went to the Lake (just half an hour away), we went to the fair (where the kid wasted 9 bucks in quarters bribing a monkey to shake and lick his hand), and we drove out to a resort not far from here for a spectacular fireworks show.  On Sunday, we headed out to the state park were he fed fish.  We saw a dead muskrat that still managed to be cute, a black widow spider in a little cage (who I still think they were really trying to get us to take home), and we’ve decided that as women, it would be totally awesome if we took us fly fishing just so we could get out in the spring with the men and show them up.

Before the weekend hit the Bug and I, along with my mom, hit up the local thrifts and I scored some righteous goods.  I would like to say, honestly, that this stuff will eventually make it’s way to the (other) shop but it’s all growing on me and this stuff might just get lucky enough to live with us forever…

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{Oh, scenic picture shellacked onto wood in such a kitschy manner, how I love thee!  Notice the new vintage curtains too, ones that I love so much I might have babies with in the near future.  You can see the before curtains here – they absolutely blew balls…hard.}

{Vintage Melmac saucers.  These WILL be in the (other) shop soon…}

{Royal China, Cavalier Ironstone, Carousel pattern…I think.  Got two…}

{Jamestown China.  I didn’t pick this one up so much for the actual plate as I did the following…}

{HOLY SHIT PEOPLE, DO YOU SEE THAT FONTWORK?!  Yeah, that’s awesome…}

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Also, has anyone noticed it’s Monday?  Blech.  How about a little MuxTape, just to cheer us ALL up…

  • Down River :: Hands down, the BEST muxtape I’ve ever come across, at least in terms of hitting up a bazillion of the bands I’m loving right now – ‘Strawberry Swing’, Andrew Bird, The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, Feist, AND Bon Iver.  Mixtape perfection, methinks.
  • Happy Trees :: Cat AND The Beatles?!  Righteous…
  • Wanderlust Bitches :: More Bon Iver, Frightened Rabbits, Sea Wolf, and The National.
  • Bunny Serengeti :: Oh, oh friends, this one is good!  Loudon Wainwright III, Billy Bragg & Wilco, Zeppelin, and the Fleet Foxes.

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More soon I’m sure.  I’m cleaning for the day (this is what happens when you take the weekend off to have fun – your house implodes and everything you own ends up in the living room, under the shag rug, and every dish you’ve ever purchased is covered in caked on food…awesome!) in hopes that I can get it done in a timely manner, leaving myself a couple hours to work on some tops I want to put together from some hand embroidered vintage pillowcases I picked up the other day.  Attempt to enjoy your Monday folks, if that’s even scientifically possible…

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