Monday, August 30, 2010

The LA Flea Market, Part Deuce

For me, the morning started with a steaming hot cup of coffee from the upcoming portable cafe Drip Bar.  Serving organic Blue Bottle Coffee, each cup of coffee is individually prepared at the time of order, resulting in a fresh, delicious, smooth cup of coffee.  In the amount of time it took me to walk from their bar to my booth at the LA Flea Market, I had already finished my cup and sent my hubby off to grab me another one (ok, it was 2 more, but who’s keeping count?).  

Sharing a booth with friends and fashionistas Denise and Nicole, we enjoyed all the people watching and shoppers.  Lucky folks walked out of our booth with vintage jewelry starting at only $1, vintage handbags starting at $3, and free belts with each purchase!  While I was sad to see the “Doris Day” Samsonite suitcase go, I was happy to know it was in good hands. 

During an early afternoon stroll with the hubby, I came upon The Animal Box.  Owner and Artist Kudura makes his adorable animal art work available on cotton tees and sells them for affordable prices.  When I say affordable, I’m talking about American Apparel thermal zip-ups for only $25 and girly tees for only $15.  He’s in the middle of reorganizing his online presence, but you can check out all the goodies here.  What I love about this designer, aside from his fantastic artwork, is the fact that you can choose your own colors of tees and ink, resulting in a truly unique tee!  Here are the 2 that I picked up:  

I’d have to say the best part, however, was the friendship.  From my husband and parents to Denise, Nicole, Susan and others, we were a strong unit of vendors, and the energy we shared coasted me through the day.  How random was it when the hubby ran into his childhood friend Anita, of "I Dream of...Vintage."  Being reunited after 12 years, it was as if all of us were long lost friends the second we all connected.  And if you do, indeed, dream of vintage, then you gotta check them out.  I picked up 2 vintage dresses for only $35!  

Anita spoke of a Fashion Show coming in the Fall at The House of Blues on as soon as I know, you'll know! 
While there are mixed reviews about the market out there, I had a good time as both a vendor and a buyer.  Yeah, sure, there could be more vendors.  And yeah, sure, it still has small hiccups here and there.  But it’s a fantastic blend of local sellers working hard to cater to local buyers, and those that support our hard work are greatly appreciated!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Miniature Masterpieces

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite thrift shops in the mountains.  Located somewhere in Kern County, this place is just FAB.  They receive new items on a daily basis and are constantly restocking their shelves.  And the women that work there all have fabulous stories to tell.  Speaking of fabulous stories, what better way to tell a story than through a painting?

Yesterday I found these 3 "Canvas Masterpiece Miniatures" at my spot.  Two are Van Gogh reproductions and, excuse my ignorance, but I don't know who the flute playing boy was originally by.  Each one measures 4 inches high x 3 inches wide and have the option to hang or stand.  Love 'em!

"Cafe Terrace at Night," Vincent Van Gogh Mini Reproduction

"Self-Portrait," Vincent Van Gogh Mini Reproduction

Boy Playing Flute...who's the artist?! Mini reproduction.

If you like them, enter to win here!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bold in Gold

Gold.  Everyone loves it.  So here are some gold items currently for sale, all below $20!

Only $12!

Only $15!

Only $8!

Only $20!

Coming Soon!

Only $12!

Only $12!

Only $16!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Lots of Local Fun

The past week was filled with lots of local fun and shopping.  It was so great I just had to write about it and share pics!
It started with Wednesday when I finally popped into Studio Vintage.  I wasn't expecting to find anything, as typically vintage boutiques are high-priced. Well, thankfully I was wrong about this one!  I enjoyed looking through clean racks of vintage duds, all in fantastic condition and fairly priced.  If that wasn't good enough, they were normal sizes!  Within minutes I had an arms full to try on.  I'm heading again on Sunday for the ONE DOLLAR SALE!  After many visits to the dressing room, I walked out a mere $62 later with these two beauties:

ONLY $31!!!

I wore this @ the Launch Party of Last Minute Bride!

The next evening, I headed out to the Launch Party for Last Minute Bride.  Held at James Gray Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, the Los Angeles based bridal pop-up shop introduced themselves to the city with a fabulous bash!  Lola's catered the event, serving up the most delicious appetizers.  With homemade Sangria to wash it down, I enjoyed a bite (or 2 +) from Fantasy Frostings table...they had EIGHT different bite-size desserts to choose from!  Everyone, including myself, got to enjoy free pics from the photobooth provided by Poetry Photobooths!  Vini's Party Rentals provided the beautiful Tiffany Blue linens, cocktail tables and swanky lounge furniture, as well as the easels that displayed the art work up for raffle.  Can you believe there was an art raffle starting at only $15?  Wedding Photographers donated non-wedding art pieces to the raffle, and in turn all proceeds went to Wish Upon a Wedding!  All together Last Minute Bride raised over $250!  How do I know so much, you ask?  Well, Better Than Naked was a sponsor!  Here are some pics I took that night:

Gino and Stacey, creators and owners of Better Than Naked!

Jeanine Romo of Dollhouse Republic and Moi.

Fashionistas Denise and Nicole Vega. A Mother & Daughter Team!

this was just one of 3 packed rooms at the Launch Party!

Tiffany Blue linens from Vini's and Flowers by Heavenly Blooms.
After sleeping off the long night, the following day I just had to stop by my friend Audrey's store.  Friday was her first day open in her NEW location!  Having moved from one charming neighborhood to the next, Audrey K has expanded her store and is located in Burbank, on the fun street Magnolia Blvd!  In desperate need of therapeutic shopping, I definitely got my dose.  Her vintage section has expanded, and there are still some purses available from us!  She also had new purses and adorable '50s style dresses, perfect for any outing!  After browsing through great selections of handmade jewelry, I got 2 adorable bottlecap necklaces (Wonder Woman for myself and James Dean for my niece), a couple handmade cards, a gorgeous gold ring and this art piece that was all too inspiring not to buy:

Damn Straight!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Vintage Avon

We all remember Avon, right?  My Avon memories include my mom, small magazines, the kids section in the back, and fruity smelling lip balms.  Each Christmas, my parents would hang stockings on the fireplace and mine would be stuffed with kids creams and lip balms in different scents and colors.  

So you can imagine the excitement I felt when I came across a collection of Avon cologne and aftershave bottles!  I took pics for your enjoyment:

Avon After Shave Lotion, ca 1970s

Avon Viking Discoverer Everest After Shave, ca 1970s
(missing a flag)

Avon Windjammer After Shave Lotion, ca 1970s

Avon Cream, unknown