I was in the Cities for a few hours yesterday - a few hours of glorious alone time. No kid, no husband, no one but ME enjoying the thrill of the hunt. I was able to shop at a snails pace and dig through a few second hand shops. I found some interesting stuff!
First, I spied two bags of mauve/pink shabby chic looking ornaments. I don't particularly like that style, but there are lots of Etsians that do. The price was right, so into my basket went the lace and fabric victorian balls. Then I found a Lefton Sleigh. I've seen that green holly sleigh all over the internets. They are pretty common, but so cute. I would love to find the matching candlesticks and other pieces. There was also a darling little mid century angel - she's a bell, actually. She has her original sticker and sounds so pretty. Every time a bell rings, an angel gets it's wings. Right? OK, enough Christmas.
I found a couple of old books (not pictured); one to read, one to sell. And then I got lost in the picture section. A week or so ago I bought a kitschy framed R. Hendrickson print of a man and woman in a bath tub. They looked like mountain people, having a grand old time. It sold within hours of uploading to Etsy. Lucky me, I found another one yesterday! It's the same guy in the tub, but by himself. Hope someone wants a picture of a burly backwoods mountain man in a wooden tub, 'cause I got it! A few frames down I found an original watercolor, framed and signed, of the Temple of Olympian Zeus. It's gorgeous. I can't make out the signature, have no idea of the date, but I love it. I think it would look great on my wall, or on my mom's wall, but I'm not sure if she'd be interested in it. *hint hint mom* Then Jesus stopped me in my tracks. He was hiding behind the watercolor. It's a print from 1944, signed by whatever family was doing the Sacred Heart of Jesus thing. It really is a pretty picture, and a wonderful iconic image. It felt wrong to just leave him at the thrift store; I'm sure he spent 65 years on someone's wall. So he came home with me. I'm not sure if he's going on etsy or ebay. He requires a little more research.
I hit google last night to research all of my buys. My biggest surprise came from the ugly ornaments. They are Louis Nichole, from the Louis Nichole Louis XVII Heirloom Collection by Kurt Adler in 1983. I have no idea what any of that means, except that this lady is trying to sell some on craigslist for $350. And that single ornaments on ebay have gone for 10-20 bucks each. I guess that Louis Nichole did some decorating for the White House back then and he was Kind Of A Big Deal. hehe
So anyways, that's all I have to report! Now I am off to grocery shop, chase Jack around, and try to take some pictures for the shop. Check ya later!