...back about five to eight years ago. I was in the height of my lock-a-beery [read: rockabilly] vintage days. You know the drill - car shows, antique malls, eBay, weekenders, etc. Although I'm not nearly as cool as I used to be, I have some first loves that'll never die. Luckily, FIL is a big antiquer and used to own an antique mall. He's always game for antiquing and usually it's his idea in the first place.
We set out today to visit the Cerreta Candy Company in Glendale, AZ, but got side-swiped by a cute downtown area with tons of antique shops. It was some good shopping too, like some of my favorite places back in Old Town Orange, CA. The shops I scored at were well-organized, clean, and had tons of mid-century goodies like I was after.
Now, I'm a sucker for a few things, 50's Asian kitsch being one of them. We walked into one mall and I saw a cute Chinese girl figurine with a little conical planter. She was $40 originally, but a 75% sale in the booth brought her to $10! Hell yeah! Then FIL spotted a red shelf-sitter planter with another Asian girl - $10 down to $2.50! Score! The last Asian item we picked up was a NIB (new in box) glass triple tiered candy dish. I distinctly remember my grandma having something similar, although without the cool Asian print. We couldn't resist, but then again, FIL and I have a fondness for sweets.
Linens are another weakness of mine, particularly printed tablecloths. I actually own this Christmas tablecloth already - it's one of my favorites - but this one is in better shape and was only $16! I bought it just to have it around in case my other one takes a crap. Plus, the gold metallic paint is always the first thing to go on vintage tablecloths and this one is still sparkly. The second tablecloth isn't one I'd necessarily snatch up, but it pink and turquoise are my kitchen colors and pansies were my mom's flower. We really couldn't be the price and it'll fit my longer table, which has been increasingly difficult to do.
Oh yeah, the cool pink and gold swirled vanity jar is courtesy of FIL, who picked it up after I admired it. I joked about having to wrestle it from him. Not sure what I'll put in it, but it's a great piece.
BTW, if you ever want to get lost in another blog that chronicles a girl with an amazing collection of mid-century vintage, check out Mary Deluxe!