October may be here, but there’s nothing scary about planning ahead for when you move on to the “great beyond”. It just takes a little organization and honest communication with the people you love and trust most. Check out some of my tips in this Vegas Voice article by Judy Polumbaum!
This past month I've felt that I was in a virtual time capsule. And this past month I've also felt really old. As I've walked through my Las Vegas thriftstores and came across things from my childhood or gasp, my 80's teen years. While seeing such items send chills and tingles through me (the good kind), I can't help but wonder what it is that draws me to certain items. Sometimes I see things that I spied in a friend's older sister's room. And other times, it's a piece of jewelry that I imagined a model wearing while she hung out with Duran Duran on The Wild Boys tour.
Be that as it may, below are some January thriftstore finds that I fell in love with and brought home, and others I left for another to get that tingling sensation of a good thiftscore!
Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Polly Weinstein, The Jeweler's Daughter. An amazing multi-talented jewelry designer, sculptor and artist with a Las Vegas pedigree to boot! If you don't know her or her designs, I urge you to check out her studio and treat yourself to one of her jewelry pieces. Here's a link so you can get to know her. http://www.thejewelersdaughter.com/about
In addition to her own designs, she also supports other local designers. One I have always been a fan of is http://www.iadornu.net/
MaryBeth and Polly just get it!!! You know?!? I had to pick up a little birthday gift for myself and this silver Nevada ring should bring me just enough love & luck for 2016! Now I can't stop thinking of what else can I add to my personal collection from The Jeweler's Daughter!
Welcome to the first #Thriftscore post! It wasn't until a friend visited me in Las Vegas from New York that I truly understood the treasure & thrill of thrifting. Sure I always heard about people's cool finds, but I never really understood. Growing up in New York, every place is always so crowded and the shopping abound, that the idea of thrifting, or even having to thrift out of necessity didn't make sense to me. Sure I'd hit a Goodwill or Salvation Army now and then, and yes even Housing Works. But truth is, it was still expensive! So unless I had the time to kill and the desire, I usually skipped it. Aside from one lucky afternoon at a Salvation Army on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn when I found a 4-piece mid-century modern bedroom set in 2000 for only $200 (delivery was an extra $25), thrifting in a large city made no sense whatsoever to me.
Fast forward to 2007, a friend came to visit and her only desire was to hit up the thriftstores in Las Vegas. Wanting to set a good impression, I took her to cool, hip antique shops in Vegas. Vegas being new, antique means 1950's. While there was a lot of eye-candy, my friend explained she wanted the real, nitty gritty thrift stores. So on we went to Savers, Goodwill and a few others.
What a different world! Here I spotted things I wouldn't have dreamed of in New York! I cannot even begin tell you about all of the treasures I have found over the years. But starting today, I will make a monthly post of all of the treasures I find going forward. I'll share some strategies too over time, and I'll give locations too, because I'm that kind of gal. I share!
Though dream-like, you are seeing that photo right! It's a Marlo Thomas sewing pattern!!! And next to it is a vintage black patent clutch with a killer McQueen-esque closure. Take a peek at the close-ups below:
Welcome to Marlo's Corner...
So long ago before I started my own estate sale & liquidation business I trolled other people's sales myself. In the beginning I wandered aimlessly wondering what I could buy. As you have probably experienced yourself, I ended up with a bunch of stuff I didn't need. As time went on, I learned to make little wishlists to keep myself on track. If I needed a patio set, I headed to the yard, if I needed kitchen utensils or party platters, I headed to the kitchen, etc... But the one area I always stopped by and I still do is the holiday section!
Anyone that knows me, knows that I am a sucker for kitsch! The kitschier the better. I should mention that I lean toward hoarder tendencies and can easily get derailed. So I devised a punchlist to keep myself in check. And I highly recommend you do too!
First, I limited myself to 1950's and 1960's kitschy holiday decorations. Yes, that meant Easter, Halloween, Christmas and even Thanksgiving. But for this post I'm just going to focus on Christmas. (Tis the season!)
- must be vintage-looking (can be authentic or a really good replica) as long as it makes me smile
- depending on price, if there is damage can I repair it with glitter? (this is a legitimate mode of repair for me)
- reindeer, santas, elves- that's it! I'm not a big snowman kinda gal. So if there were reindeers, santas or elves AND had vintage appeal, I was considering giving them a new home. This really helped me limit the amount of decorations I had to store and they look so great displayed in clusters!
- Christmas villages. Yes, I know they can be hokey, but you know what? I love them! I love looking at these tiny villages all lit up. But the real truth is they are like dollhouses to me. But how to make them more "Silver Lining"? I decided that if they were of the same scale, and the price was right, I would scoop them up and re-paint them using glitter! Most of the time, the houses were poorly painted anyway and since I was paying lower prices for them, I would decide on a "palette of tonal glitters" and go to town with my glue and glitter.
I realize you may not think of estate sales for holiday decorations, but trust me, it's one of the most amazing sections of them. You can snag some great items at great prices. And some really unique decorations.