Sales in my area have been terrible; nothing but trash/junk to sift through. I am looking forward to next weekend as their is an antique faire in the neighboring town of Healdsburg and we are very excited to be attending that. We went to a rummage sale this morning at a local church and I had given up all hope of a treasure when I tripped over something poking out from under one of the skirted tables. To my amazement it was a bag of vintage beaded ornaments!! I love the vintage beaded ornaments and have such appreciation for all the hard work and efforts that went into making them. Here is a picture of half the bag of ornaments and I was cleaning them and inspecting them when I brought them home. Only a few beads missing here and there and over all really great. Yay!!
Summer is in full swing! We are busy constantly and on-the-go. My darn back is starting to act up, I need to explore seating options and am loving these Mid-Century Modern and vintage Turquoise colors!! Stay tuned- I will post pics soon if what I end up with.
I know many of you have been waiting for my re-cap post of the July 11-13 Portland Antique Show in Oregon and it is finally here. My mom had heart surgery while I was in town and then she had a complication so there were quite a few days spent in the hospital. I am happy to report she is now home, recovering, and on the road to good health – YAY!!
Ok, so, my twin sister and I got up bright and early on Saturday, July 12th and headed to the Expo Center. Last year we waiting nearly an hour just to get into the parking lot park the car, this year we waiting only 15mins. We parked and got in line, a long line to get our tickets and get inside when we learned that we needed to get into a different line for purchasing tickets. Luckily there was two of us, so my sister held our spot in the original line and I ran around to find the ticket line…. worked out great, we met towards the entrance. Finally, inside we were! There were 1,600 booths… the show was primarily in-doors but there were several booths outside and you had to walk past the outdoor booths to get inside the Expo Center. Lots of people attending the show. It was very hot outside and we couldn’t wait to get inside.
Once inside, I noticed right away all the signs saying ‘No Photo Taking’ bummer! I snapped very few pics but did post videos I snuck and uploaded to my Vine account – watch videos here. I headed for the booth directly in front of me. I couldn’t resist the vintage Christmas goodies!! In case you don’t know, I am obsessed with vintage Christmas items!! I found a pair of Holt Howard Santa Claus candle huggers and some vintage Christmas hankies….I was able to haggle with the dealer and so thrilled that I made my first purchase within minutes of setting foot inside. My sister and I re-grouped, we decided our strategy would be to start at the far end and work our way down the isles.
There was the booth that had aliens, the booth that had so many mannequins, booths that were filled with all kinds of this-n-that, booths that had beautiful displays of vintage and antique toys, tin toys, glass, kitchenware, furniture, clothing, seasonal, chocolate tins and molds, jewelry, etc… there really was something for everyone. Many dealers had amazing setups, their booths were beautiful, and they had their glass showcases too. Lots of care and detail went into setting up their booths and it really showed. I have lots of vide footage here that you can see via my twitter stream @CollectorsTips
I thought the dealers were amazing!! They were knowledgeable and were so easy and open to negotiating with. Many times when we entered booths the dealer came right over to say they will gladly give us a discount and to let them know what we are interested in. All of my purchases were haggled and I got them at a really good price. I should also say that I thought prices were very very good, nothing outrageous what so ever. This was day 2 of the show so I was really surprised that dealers were so open to haggling and were incredibly nice too.
After 4 hours or so, we made our way through approx..1,600 booths!! Good thing my sister insisted we take her baby stroller as it came in incredibly handy to store our purchases and our water bottles too!! We were exhausted. After we made our way to the car and unpacked, I started thinking about how the heck was I going to ship all these goodies back home!!!
Here are some pics of my antique show purchases. The boxes you see are other items I have yet to unpack that I also purchased while antiquing my way through Portland. This trip was quite literally the BEST trip I have ever had for antiquing in Portland, Oregon. Each store, mall, thrift shop had really good items and I had so much fun with my family and visiting all my favorite spots!!
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
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.
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.