Tuesday, December 14, 2010
we all had a blast, and i really appreciated the chance to meet a bunch of new people, and talk about junking and thrifting. so many cool stories out there! hope to talk to y'all again sometime- cheers, sarah
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Please join us for a great sale this weekend, the 11th and 12th, over in W Seattle. There will be a bunch of talented, local artist-types (and me. junker-type) selling only good things. For good people. So git on over and come say hi. Be sure to enjoy a drink or two and a delicious snack. On us.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
the community creamery in Missoula, Montana was a processing facility for regional dairy farmers back in the day. some of the best cheese and milk you've ever tasted was produced there (or so i'm told. but, i'm still betting dairy from Wisconsin would win a blind taste test... just sayin'.) anyway, none of that matters now. what does matter is that this gorgeous relic survived the dark and sad years it spent holed up in a garage in far north seattle, waiting to be set free and put back to work. the wood is all in great shape, and the metal edges add a perfect industrial-farming-rough hewn situation. the stray paint splatters on the crate further its patina and sense of history. a pretty great piece of americana.
magnets. a once useful and common item, it seems to me they got left behind a few decades ago. you don't really hear much talk about them anymore or see them in action doing their magnetic things. well, i'm here to bring back the magnet. this is the real deal, people. it will dutifully pick up your metal items, handily pin your favorite postcard to your refrigerator, or simply look rustic and butch on display on your countertop. magnet is a good-looking 3.25"w x 5.50"h.
who loves the 70's? i do. who loves owls? i do. who loves overalls? i don't. (ok, there was that one time in the 80's but that was dexy's midnight runners fault. and maybe madonna's.) who loves cookies? i do. who loves to be winked at? i do. if you answered YES to 3 of the 5 questions above, well, i think this colorful, kitchy, winking owl cookie jar belongs to you. there's not a crack or ding on him, and he's ready to make a scene in your kitchen. i've not filled him up yet, but i bet he easily holds several dozen cookies. (he's 13" tall and about 9" wide from wing to wing.)
Garrett Tomblingson rocks. he gave us a beautiful kitchen makeover- new marmoleum floor, new paint, new wallpaper, new cabinet fronts and hardware, and a new liquor cabinet that used to be a hidden ironing closet. genius. you can find him at email@example.com he's the best thing ever and carries the full-on endorsement of seattle junk love. if that means anything at all. thanks, G!
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
if betty crocker is the mother of true american cuisine, (and who says she isn't?)then this classic find is the missing link to all of her genius. it's a 1971 set of her recipe card library that takes you back in time- a time when pork chop scallop (potatoes, that is), sombrero pie, and bonnie butter cake ruled the dinner table. living was easy then... if you had a jar of pimentos, a single onion, and a can of cream of mushroom soup, you were golden. everything you'd ever want to prepare for your family and friends is included in this recipe set- some category highlights include: budget casseroles, men's favorites, impromptu party fare, and american classics. and they're all housed in a charming, hinged box that bears the trademark colors of the era- chartreuse and avocado. on the lid, the raised words "the betty crocker recipe card library" give you rock-solid assurance that you'll be cooking only the best food america has to offer. circa 1971, that is.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
a rustic stool with great character and charm, stability and comfort. what more could you possibly ask for in a stool? it's all here, in a neatly hand-painted wood and metal package. stool height is 25 inches, though it appears to be adjustable. that is, if you can get a screwdriver into the painted-over screws.... (hand-crafted, paper mache owl by Mr. Joey Veltkamp not included.)
this little gem came to seattle in the early 1950's by way of the West German company Olympia Werke AG Wilhelmshaven. the Olympia Splendid 33 is a sharp looking, mid-century workhorse with an all-metal painted shell, and gleaming stainless steel guts. the gorgeous reddish brown keys give it a sweet look, but don't be fooled. when it comes to function, those West Germans don't mess around. it even comes with a UW University Book Store metal tag. i bet this typewriter was a best friend to some graduate student in the philosophy department back in the day. (original case included.)
good looking desk lamps are tough to find, but look no further than this one. it's painted a yellowish tan color with a couple of perfectly placed bands of white. she's in tip top shape with only a few minor scuffs that give you the idea she's lived a pretty productive life. though clearly there's many good years left in her.
Friday, October 29, 2010
pink plastic = good. great typeface = better. the fact that you're finding them here on my blog = best. not a lot to say about these gems as they're fairly straightforward- functional, darling, and simple to use. who doesn't need more canisters in their life??
a glass carafe is a useful thing. but, it's not often you find one that's also beautiful. and one that comes with a sweet, sculptural wooden stopper. here is a set of 3 lovely, vintage glass carafes- ready to contain whatever you deem worthy. i've chosen coins, lentils, and birthday candles. maybe you'll choose wine, vodka and gin? seems more sensible, for sure, but it's your call once they're yours.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
back in the day, these penguin-logo'd containers were used to refrigerate your favorite wholesome, fresh foods. today, we have tupperware. i like today. but, i also really, really like these Vapocan waxed cardboard containers with clear plastic lids! there's a complete set of 10, all with the sweet blue penguin and cross-hatch motif. it's a real throwback to 1950's design. maybe use them this holiday season for gift boxes, or label each one and store your nails, screws, nuts and bolts in a neat, organized fashion. these will look great anywhere you put em.
if you're the type of person who likes to keep your beans separate from your wiener, then these 70's era colorful plastic plates are your idea of a good time. as a bonus, they also have room for your potato salad, and even a designated spot for your drink cup. a set of 7 plates means you can invite the family over for dinner, or simply eat on a different plate every night of the week before you have to wash dishes.
Monday, October 18, 2010
a gorgeous relic of early 20th century dutch distiller, erven lucas, this hand-thrown, salt glazed bottle is simply gorgeous to look at. but, it wall also gladly function as a vase, a piggy bank, a door stop, or a serving carafe. (stands 11.5" and is 3" in diameter.) the original cap is still attached.
if you're country and western, then these most certainly belong in your kitchen or bbq patio. there's no better salt shaker & pepper mill in the U.S. of A than these 10" wooden gems. they're decorated with real rope and proudly sport painted-on cattle brands and squinty-eyed steers. salt and pepper never tasted or looked this good.
learn how to make every cocktail you've ever imagined AND an hors d'oeuvre to pair with it. this completely mint set of "the 2 in 1 International Recipe Card Collection for Mixed Drinks and Hors D'oeuvre" is straight out of 1977- there's a section for all your favorites, from rye to punch to scotch to tequila to vodka to beer and ale, etc. on the front of each card is a drink recipe and an amazing photo that only the 1970's could have produced, and on the back of the card is a recipe for the accompanying food item. impress your friends and family at your next party- they'll be glad you went out on a limb and purchased this. really, it's a crowd pleaser.
this vintage Ayers pure wool blanket arrives just in the nick of time to beat back those crisp fall nights and frigid winter mornings. you're going to want this cozy blanket for your bed, couch, or 1956 original stickley windsor chair. i pretty much guarantee it. ayers blankets hail from quebec canada, where they know a thing or two about staying warm. (73"x58" in creamy white/pale minty green/lemon yellow. what's not to love??)
Thursday, October 14, 2010
right out of the 70's, this awesome yellow sunburst pattern Pyrex decanter with lid is ready to serve your favorite drinks. How bout a pink pussycat? (as shown in photo) or maybe a salty dog? or a pitcher of dry gin martinis?? or, even better, a scratch margarita. shoot, i'm getting off track... also included in the purchase are 2 swell vintage plastic Woodhue Thermoware cups- gorgeous faux woodgrain and bright yellow. Put the joy of drinking back into your days and nights.
who doesn't love a wise old owl? these vintage glazed ceramic bookends arrived in seattle via japan and are now ready to prop up your favorite books with professionalism and good looks. they are 8.5"H x 4.25W x 3.5"D. give a hoot and buy these today.
Monday, October 4, 2010
owls. can't live with em, can't live without em- that's what i always say. hang these darlings on your wall, or as i've done, the garage door. seems like an owl operates best when outdoors? hard to say, but it's your call once you own these guys. they're good sized and in great shape- groovey and kitschy and only $35. a steal.
never misplace your car keys, fishing boat keys, or dog keys ever again. this handy 1960's era handcrafted wooden key holder with darling decals (car, fish, and dog) will be your new best friend. eliminate, once and for all, endless hours of frustration searching for your lost set of keys. (JH, i may or may not be speaking directly to you here... but, in a friendly, helpful sort of way.) anyway, someone should give this gem a new home- it's time for it to be put back to work again.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
moon and stars glassware goes back a darn long time. it's functional, decorative, and real, real pretty all at the same time. impressive, for sure. this set of 3 ruby red canisters with ground glass stoppers is in tip top shape and ready to adorn your home. (canisters are 1 lbs, 2 lbs and 5 lbs)