I've been wanting to list all of these really cool scarves for months now, so finally I took a week of vacation from my day job to create a scarf page on the website. I spent two days organizing, pressing scarves, photographing and researching pricing. Then last night I sat down and made out the tags for all the scarves. I will be taking them down to the booth today, but I'll need another day or so before the Scarf Page is ready on the website.
We use our business cards for our tags. We just punch a hole in them and add a short description and price. When we first started out we just used decorative tags, but we didn't have a website then. Because we had so many retro items and not enough room at the booth we decided to list items for sale online. By providing more information on the product tag we hope our customers will visit our website.
The folded card works great as a business card and as a product tag at the booth. I usually use fun ribbons that coordinate with the items, but here I had so many to do I decided to use up the white ribbon.
And here's my next project waiting for me. When the stack on my dryer is this high it's time to launder, press and price! Irene found some great vintage fabric quilts, hand towels and more aprons. I never seem to get caught up, this really could be a full time job!.......Jolene
This week Irene was surprised to find 13 handmade aprons all at one thrift store. For the most part they look as if they were never used.
My favorite one is the green plaid full apron. It has a real 1950's look to it. I'm also crazy about crocheted aprons too. This one has a pocket and the olive strips are a nice touch.
Some of the apron fabric appear to be much older then others. The red cherry apron looks like current fabric, were as the small flower print, with yellow gathered ruffles looks like it's from the 1980's. I would say many of these were made from sheets.
I wonder if this was one woman's collection. Or if these were left over from a high school home economics class, or maybe used in a play........I think it would be great fun to have an Apron Thrift Party where all your girlfriends would wear an apron and bring one thrifted item to exchange. Each party could feature vintage recipes for the season, like jello salads for summer, fondue for fall, casseroles for winter and picnic food for spring. I wonder if any of my friends would be willing to wear an apron all afternoon......
This is the grooviest apron of the bunch, and blue is Irene's favorite color, maybe I'll save this one for her party outfit.......lol
Irene also found this large Pyrex daisy dish in mint condition. We just can't pass these up when they look this good.
These 7 Culver gold fruit glasses were some of the great finds from my West Virginia trip, I bought so many things that I still haven't shared everything yet! These match a punch bowl and glasses we already have listed. So I just had to get them, even though I won't be able to make very much reselling them.
And lastly I wanted to share some of my crazy life with my sister. Last night she came over to borrow an egg to make brownies. A little while later I asked her if she'd made the brownies yet, and she says, "I would but I don't think I have a pan to bake them in." I looked at her and said, "SERIOUSLY you've got to be kidding!" I couldn't resist, I grabbed my camera and went right over and took this picture of her kitchen counter. I think there maybe at least one pan she could use for herself........lol.................Jolene
For Father's Day we want to share a video of our dad Joe taken when he was around 25. In the video dad is training our dog Lena. Daddy Ray bought our German shorthaired pointer. Our grandfather was an avid hunter and he wanted our parents to hunt with him in Nebraska. Lena was a serious hunting dog. Dad spent a lot of time training her. I remember we had a crate of birds in the back yard that dad used to teach her how to point and retrieve. Dad believed that anything worth doing was worth doing well. Lena was smart...maybe smarter then dad about somethings! After training her for awhile it was time to take her out for a test. They drove over and placed one of the birds in a field with a long string attached to it's foot, this way the bird could move around but not fly off. Dad and mom then went home and got Lena. Dad let Lena out of the car and gave her the command to find the bird. She went off into the field but kept coming back to the car and pointing. After the third time she came back to the car dad was loosing his patience with her, but then the bird scurried out from under the car. He realized that day that Lena had more patience then he had, and would continue to do her job well, even without praise or rewards. How many of us continue to do our jobs well without recognition or rewards? Dad always encouraged us to be and do whatever we were passionate about. He told us that there is great reward in doing any job well, regardless of what it is.
Dad, we love you, and we sure do miss you........
Jolene & Irene
I spent this past week in Florida, part of the week for work and a few days visiting relatives. The one thing I didn't do was thrift shop. I took a real vacation away from the finding, researching, photographing and listing....not to mention blogging. I still do have a few items to share from my West Virginia trip. I've been expanding my hunt for Georges Briard, so I was excited to find this cheese board with the groovy mushroom design.
I really like vintage items that can be used to decorate your kitchen, and be functional at the same time. With all its colors and varying designs this piece would be a great inspiration for a kitchen makeover.
I can't believe my luck finding this set of Pyrex at the Goodwill store. I love the pastel colors.
Irene practically lives at the thrift stores, but she's being more selective about what she buys these days. We have so much inventory already, but there are certain items we just can't pass-up. Needlepoints are one of the items I usually buy, but this week Irene found these two pictures. They are both quite large and will be great made into pillows.
She also found this cool patchwork tablecloth with the orange pom-pom trim and this crazy Pyrex pitcher. Both of these would definitely qualify as our most "Groovy Finds" for the Week!...........................Jolene
This past week I spent three days in West Virginia. It's a seven hour drive to Charleston where I have one of my offices. My day job takes me all over the mid Atlantic where I manage renovations and move commercial offices. The great part about traveling is being able to thrift in so many new places. I usually search for thrift stores on my smart phone and stop along the way.
West Virginia is famous for their glass industries and I was not disappointed by the number of retro glassware items I picked-up on this trip.
I love the variety of colors and shapes. From my research I believe these items are West Virginia Blendo. The frosted glass pitcher was a very popular pattern in the 1950's. It was produced by the West Virginia Specialty Glass Company located in Weston, West Virginia.
If you ever have the chance to pass through West Virginia, plan on a visit to Weston and see The Museum of American Glass in West Virginia.
I don't always have time to visit Antique Malls on my business trips, but I'm glad I stopped in Flatwoods where I found this rare set of Lynn Bogue Hunt glasses. I didn't even realize until I was back home washing them that each glass has a different hunting fowl with the name printed under the picture.
Don't rule out thrifting at an Antique Mall. On this trip I picked-up several items that were reduced, or priced way below the market value. When you specialize in certain items you can better judge if you've found a real bargain. These aren't all the cool items I found on this trip, I'll try to share more soon.
One more thing about West Virginia......Believe those signs telling you to watch for wildlife, I almost hit a black bear crossing the road, no kidding and it was in the middle of the afternoon!
Right now I'm packing to head to Florida in the morning. Not sure I'll be doing any thrifting on this business trip, flying has it's disadvantages now that they weigh your luggage.......lol............Jolene
Sisters team-up to sell and blog about all things vintage. Irene, is an extreme bargain hunter and collector. Jolene is an interior designer that loves decorating with retro items and wears vintage everyday!