Monthly Archives: July 2011

Breadboxes: They’re Not Just For Bread Anymore

I love retro kitchen appliances, and whenever possible, I like having all vintage things in my kitchen.   That said, they are now making some fantastic reproductions of kitchenalia. When I spied these breadboxes at The Conran Shop in the basement … Continue reading

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Instant Ancestors

When I started shopping flea markets and tag sales as a kid, I was on a pretty tight budget, and vintage photos were literally a dime a dozen. The price was right, and I was fascinated by the images.   I … Continue reading

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Advertising Art

I love vintage advertisements.  They can be found in plentiful supply at many flea markets and auctions.  Many times, however, you have to comb though old magazines to find the real gems….and this can take awhile… That said, there are … Continue reading

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Hollywood Sets The Stage

I grew up watching lots of old movies.   In addition to loving the stars and the stories and the comfort and simplicity of black and white, I was also drawn to the sets. Hollywood in the 20′s through the 40′s … Continue reading

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So Bad, It’s Good

Flea markets are fun places to find just about anything. And one thing that flea markets are never short on is bad art.        But sometimes, like with movies, art can be so bad, it’s kinda good. That was the case … Continue reading

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A Fantastic Shaving Mirror

This past weekend, I found some pretty cool things at the Flea Markets.   One of my favorite pieces is this deluxe shaving mirror.   I’ve never seen one quite like it. In addition to it being adjustable, it has this kidney … Continue reading

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Take Time To Smell The Flowers

Every day when I walk through my garden, I always seem to be rushing somewhere, but at this time of the year, I always take a moment to lean forward and take a whiff of these wonderful Phlox that are … Continue reading

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A Chair That Wows

Not all chairs are created equally.   When flea marketing this past weekend, I was struck by this showstopper of a chair that was transformed by a very talented young woman I met there.   Her name is Kitty McBride, and she … Continue reading

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English Silver

When it comes to Silver, the English knew what they were doing.   There are so many beautiful coffee and tea services out there in antiques shops and flea markets, and the best, in my opinion, are always English. This past … Continue reading

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Pop Goes The World

The great thing about Lucite is that whatever it supports, literally ‘pops.’   The Lucite base on this globe serves up a fresh take on an old classic.   Your eyes see the world, and the base sort of disappears. I love … Continue reading

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