Archives for October 2011
Hi everyone. Not such a good week for thrifting, though that’s not really on our minds now. While we have no real “deadline” to move into the new place, it’s costing us to keep living here at the old house.
Personally, I’ve been struggling with a bit of a quandary. We aren’t rich by any means and we’ve a mortgage on two houses for a little more than a year still – so there’s an interesting trade-off of Time and Money that I’ve been encountering. The thing with reselling vintage – you CAN increase the amount you make by throwing extra time and effort into it. If I was in a 9 to 5 job, I couldn’t necessarily make more money by simply “working harder”. So in a way, that’s really good.
However, since we’ve been doing almost 90% of the repairs, upgrades, installations, painting, carpentry, electrical, plumbing with our own four hands – that really cuts into the time that could be spent on the shops. I refuse to take out any more loans as well.
It goes like this: More work at the new house means less money from the shop, but maybe we can move in faster. Less work at the house and more time at the shop could mean more money coming in to possibly pay for hiring someone to help with the work to be done.
It’s a confusing balance that I’ve had a hard time with.
But the end is in sight at least – we originally estimated we’d move in mid-summer. Now, I can only hope it happens before the end of the year.
Anyhow, enough about that – I know this isn’t a personal blog. Here are a few finds:
I found a ton of Federal Prestiage by Eva Zeisel today. These had the “Lo-Ball” name on them which is a first for me. These aren’t rare, but they were too cheap to pass up.
I knew the Howard Miller name, but had never seen this desk clock before. I’d actually left it at the store the first time and went to eat lunch. But I had a change of heart, and talking to folks on twitter sort of reinforced that I’d made a mistake. Luckily, I was only 2 minutes away so I went back and it was still there. Probably will keep this one for the office since it has some tarnish that I thought would come off but it won’t.
I found this nice Vera Neumann scarf at an estate that I got to later. I’ve been sort of saving up Vera scarves over the summer to list in the Fall. Might try and bundle a bunch of them together on Etsy.
Last up in this newer print that I got for fun. It’s a reprint of a Leonetto Cappiello ad that I think was for chocolate (thanks Sputnikmoss for the ID!) This one fooled me, I’d thought it was older than it was because it had so much dirt on the glass. Luckily, the goof wasn’t THAT expensive – and a well learned lesson that I should probably pick up a jewelry loupe. Artwork is definitely not my forte. =)
Did you find something cool at a thrift or flea market lately?
Please leave a comment here if so…
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