Happy Independance Day 2014


Hope you are all having a wonderful 4th of July!! Next week July 11-13 starts the big antique show in Portland, Oregon. I will be live tweeting and posting Vine videos live from the show so be sure to follow me on Twitter so you keep up-to-date with all the happenings @collectorstips


Collecting Vintage Lady Head Vases: 5 Tips You Need to Know

Head vases were made in a variety of designs in the 1950s -1960s. But it was the elegant, fashion-model look AKA – ‘Glamour Girl’ that quickly became among the most popular. These head vases have hand-painted features, 3-dimensional thick black eyelashes, ruby red lips, fancy hats, pearl necklaces and matching earrings, painted fingernails, or gloved hands, and hands that would frame one side of the face. Sizes can range from approx. 3 ¾” inches to 8” inches tall.

Glamorous movie stars and fashion models inspired many of the designs of the era; Jackie O, Lucile Ball, and Marilyn Monroe all had head vases modeled after their likeness. There are also Christmas themed vases that feature pretty ladies and girls in holiday splendor with lots of red and green colors and decorated with poinsettias and holly berries.

Prices: Currently head vases can be purchased for $50-$300+ and they can be found on Ebay, Etsy, Rubylane, at antique shops and markets.

5 Tips for Collecting Head Vases

  • Maker Marks: Napco, Lefton, Reubens, Inarco, Enesco, Betty Lou Nichols, Relpo, Norleans, Parma, Japan. Tags and stamps intact.
  • Quality: Well modeled and painted features.
  • Flourished intact: Eyelashes, fingers not broken or repaired.
  • Jewelry intact, no missing necklace or earrings
  • Holiday vases with red and green colors, poinsettias, holly, ornaments, Christmas trees, Snowmen, and Ice-skaters.

You can see all out vintage head vases and items here: Cray4Me Ebay Store, Crazy4Me Etsy Store, Rubylane Store


3 Estate Sales = Great Finds Today


On the way to San Francisco today we stopped at a couple Estate sales in Marin County. Lots of people lined up!! The fist sale was not that great, all big furniture and old tools….not what we were looking for. The next sale was pretty good; there were lots of vintage linens and embroidery, books, plants and a collection of headvases in a glass curio up by the register. The elderly lady collected headvases and although most were being snapped up by greedy hands (mine included) I was able to score a couple of them to include a Napco Christmas girl headvase and a Napco ‘Lucille Ball’ headvase as well as a pair of  neat vintage Santa’s playing basketball salt and pepper shakers made by Lego Japan, a vintage Christmas planter of an ‘Ice Skater’ girl made by Reubens Japan. I also came away with a cute, tiny little Herend kitty cat on a ball figurine (Herend makes gorgeous hand painted Hungarian porcelain and dinnerware) and a vintage Josef Originals figurine of a ‘Tilt Head’ girl from the month of July. One final sale we stopped at was so busy, I could barely get by all the shoppers. Lots of things were in boxes, lots of dust and dirt, but just as I was thinking ‘this is such a waste of time’ I find two small hand painted Black Americana demitasse cups that are German made from the 1920s-1930s of two adorable children. The detail work on the painting is exquisite! All in all, it turned out to be a GREAT sale/thrifting day.






5 Tips for Collecting Vintage Spaghetti Poodle Figurines

Vintage spaghetti poodle dogs have so much charm and character. They come in a variety of colors and styles and can be found highly decorated with rhinestones, bows, glasses, hats, playing sports, chain leash with puppies, depicted as fireman, graduating students, band musicians, reading the daily newspaper, snooty, high fashion, smoking, brides and more!

Spaghetti Poodles were made from clay, porcelain, and ceramic; their “hair” was applied in various ways to form various textures to mimic an actual poodle’s hairdo. To accomplish the spaghetti look, decorators and designers would have different techniques like using tea strainers to push the material through it to form strands that were then affixed to the poodle giving it a pom-pom look or swirled onto to the poodle for a curly look. Spaghetti is very fragile and tends to break or chip during the years. Many poodles also have sparkly rhinestones for their eyes and embellishments on their hats and also applied to their collars. Pearls and ceramic flowers were also added to many poodles for decorations on their heads, hats and various parts of body to mimic pom-poms.

Poodles are highly sought after and collectible today. Seems everywhere one looks we are returning to the nostalgia of yesteryear in some ways. Prices for poodles 4” inches – 5” inches tall is around $25.00 – $50.00 and go up from their depending on the rarity and maker of the item along with size and condition. Expect to pay more for decorated poodles with rhinestones and embellishments as well as the larger the poodle size is the higher the price will be.

When you are out searching for your poodle collectibles be sure to give the item(s) a thorough once-over by making sure rhinestones are all intact, spaghetti is intact, paint is not too worn, chained groups are still chained together with their original chains and items that have parasols still retain their parasols.

5 Tips for Collecting Vintage Spaghetti Poodle Figurines

  • Damage: Make sure the tail is intact, as this tends to crack or break off over the years
  • Details: Are all the rhinestones intact, is the paint and color in good condition, are their any chips or cracks to the poodle
  • Chained Groups: Make sure the chains are attached and are original and have not been replaced
  • Brands to look for: Top poodle makers- Napco, Lefton, Kreiss, and Company, Thames, Wales, Classica, Lipper & Mann, and Relco
  • Markings: Poodles should be marked or stamped with country of origin, date, numbers, and have their tags and labels in-tact

You can see all our amazing poodles we have for sale here: Crazy4Me Ebay  Crazy4Me Etsy



Down Memorylane – Mid-Century Modern, Retro and Vintage Fun

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This long Memorial Day weekend was pretty warm – over 90 degrees! The vineyards are blooming and look lush here in California’s wine country. Saturday we attended a classic car show and ‘be-still-my-heart’ all the beautiful cars!! My favorites are the turquoise painted cars from the 50s and 60s. One day I will have a cute little turquoise Nash Metropolitan!!
Sunday we did the couple hour drive to Sacramento to visit my favorite antique mall…Midway Antique Mall. This mall has so much neat stuff – real time capsule era rooms; living rooms, dining rooms kitchens, offices, and more, straight from the 50s and 60s. We saw a really amazing, and working (was playing episodes of I Love Lucy) Philco Predicta television set that was a great price; we thought about it and thought about it as we wandered around the mall and left without it…..I think we might kick ourselves in the coming weeks. Here are some pics for you all.

Visit our stores: Ebay Crazy4Me, Etsy Crazy4Me, Rubylane, Etsy Vintage Cameras


Mid-Century Modern Desk

Mid-Century Modern Dining Table

Mid-Century Modern Turquoise

Mid-Century Modern Dining Table



Vintage 1950s Chrome Table


Vintage Red Cherry Collectibles from the 1940s – 1950s

Summer is nearly here and the weather out here in California has been heating right up. I just love the sweet red cherry collectibles from the 1940s-1950s; everything from vintage kitchen salt and pepper shakers, mixing bowls, shelf paper and trim to the vintage cherry tablecloths and of course vintage cherry Bakelite brooches and the bathing suites from that era. I am definitely looking for vintage cherry collectibles!!

Visit our stores: Ebay Crazy4Me, Etsy Crazy4Me, Rubylane, Etsy Vintage Cameras