Saturday, May 29, 2010

Recent Estate Sale & Other Finds

I've picked up a few interesting things at estate sales, thrift stores and other places recently. I'm running out of places to put them!  I really have to stop purchasing things, or maybe start selling them on?  How great would it be to turn sourcing eclectic vintage and antique accessories into an actual job!?

Sweet little cart, purchased at a Brentwood Estate Sale for $35.  I'm told it was sitting in the corner of the owner's dining room for around 50 years:

Some water damage, and maybe an attempt to strip it at some point, but otherwise great condition, quite sturdy.  I'm going to attempt to sand and stain it myself.  Not sure how that will pan out given I have no idea what I'm doing but hey, worth a shot!  I love how rustic it is, and I want to keep some of that, but it does need a little love, particularly on the top:

I resisted purchasing this sweet little armchair on wheels.  I thought it was cheap at $100 especially considering the excellent condition.  How awesome would it be re-upholstered in a fresh blue or grey and white stripe?  I saw an amazing seersucker upholstery fabric the other day that would be incredible!  

However I think the husband would kill me if I brought home another piece of furniture that we don't have room for.  I might be compelled to check in with them towards the end of the sale today to see if it's still there and if they'd be willing to drop the price.  I really shouldn't, but what if it could be had for $50 or $60?!  That's hard to resist!!

I couldn't resist these geode book ends at an estate sale in Pasadena.  I've always loved them, but have never seen them any cheaper than $80, and usually a lot more, these were a small fraction of that, so I nabbed them.

Italian owl from the same estate sale, Italian, probably from the 60's, love!

I thought this necklace was kinda cool, same estate sale, apparently from Greece:

I first spotted one of these silver plated F.B. Rogers peanut dishes back in March at Wertz for $45.  I later found this one at a thrift store for a quarter of that price and couldn't resist!  

I love that it's gold inside.

I found this small mask at a rather terrible estate sale in Tarzana.  It was a long drive and I think I just wanted to buy something to make it worthwhile, so I negotiated it down to $10.  It is kind of cool, and I'm sure I'll find the perfect place for it, but I have to admit it's not my favorite purchase.  It's the beard that lets it down, needs a bit of a trim too.

I thought this little jug marked TOS Japan was adorable.  Apparently there was a larger matching piece that was broken.  The raised pattern is so gorgeous and tactile, and such a pretty color!

My latest Etsy purchase, a large vintage ginger jar:

I had been watching it for a while on Etsy, as I've been wanting to add some white and blue to our living room, and it was strikingly similar to a MUCH more expensive one I had spotted in Summerland a month or so back.  

Then I saw this photo on one of my favorite blogs, Absolutely Beautiful Things, and I just had to have it!

Wertz Addiction

Wertz is without a doubt my favorite place to shop in LA.  I'm a bit obsessed.  Even when I mean to stop in for a quick look, I end up staying for hours and hours.  This year I'm determined to try and do all of our Christmas shopping at Wertz, or at least 70%!  

Here's are a few photos from my most recent visit, which did result in a couple of purchases!

View of one my three favorite stalls, all operated by the same dealer.  I'd love to meet this guy!  Maybe he'd let me intern for free in exchange for teaching me where he finds all these AMAZING things?!

The husband loves the wooden missile... wish I could remember the price: 

Wood carving of Don Quixote, love him but can't bring myself to pay anywhere near $250:

Gorgeous Moroccan lantern that I've been dreaming about since I spotted it a few weeks ago.  Quite expensive, but when I saw it was 50% off I couldn't resist.  The husband was not all that impressed till I stuffed it full of Christmas lights, and now he loves it as much as I do!

Eventually we'll get it wired, but for now Christmas lights or a candle will do and the colors when it's lit from within are just divine!

Oyster Shell Dish, Arthur Court, tempting... but $175:

I was keen to get another look at this guy I spotted on my last visit.  I think he would be so great as a "catch all" in an entrance way, or anywhere really.  He's officially on the wish list:

How great would this be to have in your yard pointing to your freestanding guest house?  Amazing!  Pity we don't have a guesthouse, but a girl can dream!

Oddly drawn to these German Steins...

This lantern is huge, and hugely expensive, but could really make an otherwise uninteresting room:

Amazing chandelier, it's also on the wish list, for our (imaginary) new house:

I've been thinking about this little guy since my last visit, and I do love him, but $95 is too much, even with whatever discount I might be able to get:

This could be so fabulous as a contrast to a modern dining table:

I couldn't resist this little glass lemon wedge from Austria, no idea why, but so sweet, and cheap!

Reminds me of someone I know...

I'm still lusting after these New England Bobbers, particularly as the husband is from New England.  They'd be sweet hanging in an all white kitchen, my favorite kind!

The husband is not into the Bobbers, but he is into these lamps, which are definitely fabulous:

Another item for the endless wish list, and the husband loves it too!  Much bigger than it appears in this photo.  Wondering if that price tag will leave a mark!

"Home Sweet Home" Birdhouse:

I did also buy this brass head, no idea where it's from but it's just kind of captivating, and had been on my mind since the last visit:

Adorable little jacket, every time I visit I try it on, wishing it would fit!

I already have a few ideas for Christmas gifts from Wertz's vast collection of vintage jewelry: