Tuesday, June 3, 2014


As you all know, I buy and sell a lot of vintage goodies. 99% of the time I have no problem letting them go when the time comes, but once in a blue an item comes along that for whatever reason I just can't bring myself to sell. And so I hoard it and display it proudly in my little home. Here are a few of my favorite "keepers."

Item: Model Train Trestle Bridge
Picked: $20, Todd Farm
Story: I have a thing for miniatures and architectural models of all kinds, but trestle bridges put me over the top. I see a lot of vintage train sets, but model trestle bridges actually don't come around that often at the flea market and when they do I hoard them immediately. This chippy green metal bridge is the apple of my eye.

Item: Original Mid Century Art Print
Picked: $10, Todd Farm
Story: I dig the simplicity of this tiny little mid century art print. I have it displayed proudly over my sink.

Item: Busts and Dresser Boxes
Picked: $5 - $60, Todd Farm, Brimfield Antique Show, miscellaneous yard sales
Story: I found the largest bust of a young girl at Brimfield years ago, fell in love with her, and since then have always kept my eye out for vintage busts. I also have a thing for wood boxes with drawers. I bought the two shown here to sell, but as soon as I set them on my dresser I knew they were there to stay. They hold my jewelry and collection of small trinkets and keepsakes. The lamp and shade were free from the dump in Vermont. Score! The art pieces are for sale in my shop.

Item: Mid Century Table & Chairs
Chair Pick: $80 for the set of 4, Brimfield Antique Show
Table Pick: $85, Cambridge Antique Mall
Story: Years ago a vendor at Brimfield had tons of these Thonet chairs with orange vinyl upholstery for $20 each and I snatched up a set. I found the round table at a local antique mall after years of looking for the perfect one. This one is Eames for Herman Miller from the '90s.

Item: Mid Century Ceramic & Wood Lamp
Picked: $25, Ebay
Story: I'd been looking for the perfect pottery lamp for my night stand for a while. All of the lamps I liked were $100 and up, so I set up keyword alerts on Ebay for "danish modern lamp" and "pottery lamp" then waited it out. A few weeks later this lamp was listed and I snatched it up for $25.

I could keep going, but I'll leave it at this for now. What are your favorite thrifting finds?