Vintage Ballerinas, Embroidery, & 50s Poodles

The truth is, I can’t stay away from antique malls, flea markets, or estate sales and feel a real ‘need’ to visit these places at least a couple times a month. The weather here in Northern California’s wine country has been pretty rainy but today was dry and sunny and after we ran our errands we headed to the quaint town of Healdsburg to Mill Street Antiques. There were lots of shoppers and the booths didn’t really have great sales. Also, looked like several booths were on the way out/closing down and that might mean new dealers taking occupancy soon (another reason to visit after the New Year to see what the new booths have). My husband found several cool vintage cameras and books and I found these adorable Lefton Ballerina wall plaques, vintage 1950s poodles, vintage linens with embroidered Scottie dogs and horses, vintage hankies and a vintage Napco Christmas spaghetti poodle dog figurine and I was really happy!!

As 2012 quickly comes to an end, I am thinking about 2013 and my dream job – my dream job would be to travel around the country to antique malls, flea markets, estate sales, and private residences touring the locations, meeting the collectors, vendors and dealers, talking about the goodies/treasures in each of the locations, how and what started people building collections and film it all….putting together a sort of  ‘day trip’ guide or ‘best of’ show on what each town has to offer. Hmmmm, I recall a very wise woman once saying “find what it is you love to do and turn it into a job”. Wishing you all a safe, healthy, and prosperous 2013!!

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Vintage 1950s Pink Poodles and Bathing Beauties

Some new cuties to share!! The past few weeks I have been coming across some really great items and in down here in California the weather has ben amazing (we will have a heat wave this weekend and up to 90 degrees) so that means lots of sales on weekends. I stopped at a couple sales late this afternoon and thought for sure there would be ‘nothing good’ left but to my surprise I found these vintage 1950s pink poodle sugar and creamer set that was most likely made by Napco or Lefton. I am a sucker for anything poodle related and the fact that these are pink couldn’t have been more meant-to-be for me!! The next and final stop I made was to a going-out-of-business thrift shop sale and it turns out the shop lost its lease. I didn’t see much on the racks or shelves but behind the register was a small cabinet and I could see it had some bathing beauty figures that I nearly missed as someone from the staff had a large framed poster leaning on the cabinet (I guess other shoppers didn’t notice the cabinet)  so to my good fortune I was able to score 3 vintage German bathing beauties; two are boxes with the figurines on top and I think at some point they must have had umbrellas as the way their hands are formed it looks like an umbrella should be held. The on figure is lovely and really nice quality and she is well decorated as her face if very detailed and she has a headband along with a playfully puppy dog. I am really excited about my finds today!!