Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pewter Silver or Gothic Medieval Black Glass Goblets

I think these black glass drinking goblets are really neat looking. When I saw them I immediately thought how neat they would be in someone that lives in a castle like home or Victorian dark ages theme.

I went to a wedding years back (famous rock star, sssshhh can't say unless you know me of course and know who it is) and in the was in the home of someone that lived in a castle. They rent it out for events and I thought it was super cool. The wedding attire was very medieval and gothic like. There was even a wolf that was in the wedding and an eagle!

We ate the food with our hands (if we wished) and the drinking glasses were goblets. They were some sort of silver. I have pewter ones I'm about to list for sale that reminded me of the cool wedding.

These black glass goblets would be really neat for a dark wedding too. But I think they can easily blend into an art deco themed home or some other era that has that neat look. 

I don't know a lot about glass but I do know that any with seams are of low quality. I'm learning. I think these are higher quality. I hope I can find more medieval type items. I think it's so cool!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Is Vintage Clothing Hot Anymore?

I've been a little discouraged lately looking at eBay sales on vintage clothing. I don't see items selling so much like they used to. I don't know if it's the time of year as eBay is known to have highs and lows certain times of the year.

There are still some items really doing great but I'm seeing that it's a lot of the same sellers that have loads of feedback (high 4-5 digits) and wonder if they've just become really well known or have a lot of advertising, online presence?

I hate to go to thrift stores and pass up cool items I find but I've been doing that lately because if something doesn't sell it just sits and collects dust in my closet. Inventory must move or it all comes to a stand still. I do know Gatsby 20s style clothing is hot right now.  Not so easy to find though. I'm keeping my eyes open. 

I do see that was does really well are items from the early 1900s and that's probably a bit of a "duh" observation. Those items are not to be worn but are collectible pieces maybe even going into a museum.

Those kinds of items will of course be in antique stores versus vintage stores and I don't know that they'd be in a price range I could afford. 

I'll have to be on the lookout of what sells from the 50-80s eras to really keep an eye out. 

Are any of you lovers of vintage clothing? What trends have you noticed?

You can see my items for sale at www.MyNiftyThrifty.com

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Hitting Thrift Stores Today, What Should I Buy, What Should I Pass On ?

So I'm hitting that "thrift store row" I found out about a few years back. I've got the hunting bug again and hope to go find some treasures. I used to (yeeeears ago) buy so much for myself and my home but it started looking like my home was a thrift store. Not so good.

I'm hoping to find some treasures to sell for those really in demand items. I could buy up the whole store as everyone likes SOMETHING but I just don't do that anymore. Oh I used to! I'd come home with bags and bags full. But that it was caused my burn out. Just too much to clean, then photograph which you then need to upload to your computer, then measure your items then listing onto your store. It's a lot of work. So I tend to sell what I also love. It makes it easy. Wish me luck!

You can find Brigitte's items for sale at www.MyNiftyThrifty.com

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Are you watching Thrift Hunters on Spike TV and Realty Show Try Out

I was so excited to learn that Jason and Bryan got a show. They've long been part of an eBay forum group I belong to so it's really neat. I was approached a couple of years back by a New York production company to audition for a thrift store realty show and they were trying out a few different people. They found me online via blogs like this one. I had a friend video tape me doing my thing in thrift stores and I sent it in.

I have to say, it was awful seeing myself on video. Looking at TV shows now I would have had someone do my makeup and hair and advised on what to wear and say. It really does make a difference. I did not get a show but I have to say I was glad because I work full time and am located in CA. Just thinking of how to make it work was stressful enough. But it was neat to be approached. 

Bryan and Jason are thrifting to resell like most of us do but also like most of us, they are passionate about the things they find. It's money yes but it's also a way to make a living from what we already love to do. I watched a few episodes and it's really neat to watch. It's also motivating to get to some thrift stores and list.

What about you? Who out there is still thrifting and do any of you sell?

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Ladies, do you love vintage purses?

I have quite a good variety of vintage purses for sale. I wonder why more don't sell though to be honest. I guess eBay just has quite a variety and someone has to find me to begin with.

I wonder if people notice that I have "make offer" for them? Yes I'm advertising a bit here but in all honestly I'm indeed just curious. Maybe  you ladies out there can help me out? What would you be willing to pay for some I have up? Is it time to donate?

Check them out here and give me some feedback. thanks!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Mad Men Dorothy Thorpe Silver Trim Punch Bowl or Salad Bowl Matches the Roly Poly Cocktal Classes

I don't know if any of you are Mad Men fans or have followed the trend of what Mad Men has brought but I personally loooooove it!

The Roly Poly glasses were a huge it. Still hot as a matter of fact.  Here's a photo of Don Draper holding a Roly Poly which made them quite desired.

I found a set of these twice in thrift stores. I kept a few for my own collection as I do love them myself. I then sold the others for a nice profit but mostly the buyers were really happy to have found some.

This line has matching pieces like the punch bowl (or salad bowl) which I'm selling here.  It's the V Shaped bowl and has become quite desired as well. I gave one away as a promotion on another blog and that was a hit too. Here's the description and the listing. 

Original Dorothy Thorpe Crystal Large Salad Bowl.
This is the V Shaped Bowl with 1" silver band.  The popular online site with vintage
inventory shows only one in stock at 59.99. This bowl is footed and can be used
for punch bowl as well. Slight wear as to be expected but mostly
great vintage condition. 9" x 6"

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Vintage Retro Fiberglass Serving Tray Mad Men Style

Do any of you ever come across fiberglass serving trays? I see them time to time. They're usually very large like the one I'm selling here.

You'll see them all sorts of patterns and colors. I have a neat round blue one I kept for myself. It has sections to put divided parts like cheese or little plates of things. Very mad men and serving with it always brings up interesting conversations. I haven't used it much really. I may sell it I don't know.

But the one I have up for sale now is really lovely and oh so retro! Well, it's vintage not retro but these words seem to mean the same these days. What I also love about them is that you don't have to use it to serve things. You can use on your dresser to hold your perfumes ladies. In the kitchen you can have leaned up against the wall as lovely decor. You can hang it and really just about anything.

Here is the description and here is the listing.

LARGE Fiberglass Vintage Serving Tray Floral Flowers Retro Chic Shabby Plastic.  Lovely tray with wonderful colors and floral design. Underneath is plain beige color fiberglass. Can use as vanity tray, coffee table tray or serving tray. Great condition. Measures 21 x 16 !

Friday, January 24, 2014

Who wants to learn vintage hair styles?

I'm really loving these magazines I've had forever! I found them in my stash from when I was in my 20s so like 2 years ago? Just kidding, I've had them over 20 years from a thrift store score back in the day.

I've held onto them from pure joy and eye candy but forgot I had them. The advertisments are also incredible!

They have step by step instructions on doing hairstyles from the 40s to 60s. What a gem for the hairstylists out there now.

I'm selling as it's time to let them go. Even for just fun conversation these are great to have around.

You can see them here. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Calling all coffee mug collectors!

Any of you collect coffee mugs? Wow! They are quite an abundance in thrift stores. I remember many years ago thinking, gosh, I wish I knew what to do with coffee mugs because there are so many of them!

I really wanted to sell them. I wanted to find some special unique ones for collectors to add to their stash. You never know just what special item you'll find that someone is looking for.

I love to sell coffee mugs and when the buyers let me know why they purchased it, that makes it even more special. It really makes me feel good about doing what I do.

I myself don't collect any type of mug but I love hunting them out and do enjoy looking at them. Some are quite beautiful.

You can see my coffee mugs here. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Vintage Faux Fur Leopard Matching Hat and Purse

Okay, so this is not a thrift store find. It could have been though. Back in the day it could. I used to find these types of things all the time. Now a days you probably can in the older original types of thrift stores.

This was given to me for a trade a long time ago. I've never used them. Only held onto them as I just wanted to love them a bit. But I do have it up for sale now. It's original and boxed and I think never used. SOMEONE will be a lucky gal!

  •  Wonderful either deadstock or very hardly used. Looks new but vintage approx 60s
  • Faux fur Leoapard print on both hat and matching round purse
  • Purse has vinyl handles. Large at 13 1/2" round! Insize pocket and zipper pocket
  • Inside of purse is satin teal
  • Hat is bucket shape
  • Original box "Dobbs Fifth Avenue Hats New York."

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Vintage Signed Bob Mackie Carousel Horse Brooch Pin Teal Blue

Here's another great find from thrift store row. The jewelry there was not too cheap but I just loved this piece. Here's the description and you can see it here. 

AMAZING Signed Bob Mackie Teal Blue Carousel Horse Brooch
 Pin Rhinestones Pink. Really gorgeous and high quality. Pink saddle with wonderful pave rhinestones and gold tone details. Large at just over 3 x 3"

Listing is here.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

This week I also have this really cook vintage cocktail glass in the mid century modern barware section.

Here's the description then the listing is here. 

Mardi Gras or Ballet Dancer Vintage Mid century Modern White Gold Glass Tumbler. I've found a very similar set from Georges Briard named mardi grass and also Federal Glass has dancers like this. That set sold for over $50 so I do think this is from a collectible set.

It is not signed so I'm not sure which maker it's from. It's definitely from the 1950s 1960s mid century modern era. Whether to finish your set or to mix and match with your barware it's a great piece!. Great condition. Measures 3 1/2"

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Vintage Atomic Pyrex Carafe Coffee Pitcher

This item is the epitome of what I love to find in thrift stores. I do come across this pattern time to time. I don't think it is too rare but it is indeed sought after.

This piece  I have up for sale has that great pattern of diamonds and arrow shapes. Very mid century modern for sure. Gold and black accents. What I love about pieces like this is that I can think of tons of ways to use it other than it's use. I don't know that anyone would serve coffee in it. I say why not. Especially if you have a mid century modern home. What a cool way to serve your guests.

But why stop at coffee? I like to use as a water pitcher for parties. I've used them as vases for flowers (amazing), to hold utensils and well, the list just goes on and one. 

Here's a photo of this cool piece...............as you can see it really is so cool. I don't know. Something about this pattern just gets me really excited! Would you use it for a carafe or something else? I'd love to hear. This piece , if still available, can be found here.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Still thrifting.............

Oh my goodness, where have I been right?

First I have to say that where I left off awhile back (so sorry) was with the discovery of of new thrift stores. And as a matter of fact I just went there again last week so how weird.

Well, I had lots of changes in my life, some good , some terrible and well, life got sidetracked. I'd like to just pickup from where I left off. Actually I stopped thrifting for awhile. Can you believe it? As I've mentioned before I used to come home with loads and loads of items. I just have the eye or luck or whatever you want to call it.

But that also caused lots of clutter. Lots! It drove me to a crazy place and I think I've come back! lol.

I sort of rearranged my strategy and now I only buy things that are really rare or special in some way. I still have my eBay store.  I still looooove to find mid century modern items and of course vintage clothing and what not. But I really want to focus on just few select items.

I've got to say though, thrift stores are not as inexpensive as they used to be. I know they need to make money. I get it. But antique stores they are not. I don't always buy to resell. The items I resell I truly love and sometimes keep for myself. That's how I spot things. Sometimes I truly shop for myself (like I used to do when I was in high school) so it gets frustrating to see something priced so high.

I often see the same item month after month. Do you? It's like, hello, don't you need to move stock? Ah well, not my store to decide that.

So thanks for your patience and I hope to be writing more soon. Good luck thrifting!


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