Wednesday, January 8, 2014

What I Didn't Buy (At The Thrifts) Wednesdays: A Warm December Morning At Revolve

I thought I'd be nice to proverbially warm myself looking back at hunting-days past. (I picked the worst time to make a resolution to bike ride daily. It's. So. Cold. 37 Degrees Fahrenheit during the day in FLORIDA? I've literally been warmer at the very top of Mount Vesuvius! Come on, Florida!) I met Sherri of Atomic Antiques at a sale in front of Revolve Antique Mall and did some hunting while I was at it. Revolve is a new mall that's very organized, a nice spot to stop and shop or hunt down inspiration!


I can practically feel the sun and warmth in these photos. How I miss you, wind-chill-less sunny days. The things I didn't buy, spoke to me, as usual. This is what they said:


Most of the pieces our front were out of a reseller's budget but had fine prices for collectors. Those side tables are what dreams are made of! Boo!


There were quality goodies everywhere, pre-curated by fellow resellers. This was a sale for vendors renting space inside the antique mall.


I really wanted this Ebonaire serving piece in its original packaging.


Like says, lots of Interesting Things to browse on this table.


As you can see, priced too high for a reseller, rare to see one with the easily-torn leaf intact. I always tend to tear the leaf when I get one in my mitts!


Planters, Ash Trays! I already have too many so I backed away. These are hard sells.


Carla always has fun, nicely packaged goodies.


 Look at the record case and slides, both equally glorious.


And more fascinating retro goodness, love the novelty giant paper clip paper holders. On second thought I wish I could have got those, perfect for displaying art prints.


 I have the hardest time selling these retro mushroom canisters these days, you really have to go low on the prices now. I suppose Americans don't store dry goods much anymore, and when we do they're in air tight jars instead.


I'm a sucker for tea sets and this ornate China is quite lovely. Nice Towelettes box, too.


And these bought me back to watching Lucy with my mom as a kid. So surreal for a kid that didn't understand the era it was from what-so-ever, the overacting confused me.


Venturing inside, there was even more to tempt me. I have similar Florida Orange tumblers, love them. The Tiger cups were glorious, still want them


This mall really is the more organized, well-styled one I've ever visited. Not everyone sells the same exact era but it all goes together well. Loved these signs in a clothing area in the back.


My favorite booth stays strict to selling Mid Century Modern era housewares. I should do the same with my booth but it's too hard to resist 40s-80s kitsch, too.


 I have the same lamp but damn, she styles it so well here. Taking lessons!


The booth as a whole. Well done, right? Nice balance of pieces and scale and not too crowded. If I'm not mistaken I think this booth may be owned by one of the owners of The Fox, a kitschy cafe nearby I wrote about once. If you're reading let me know!

*Update: They let me know they were reading, their brand is called Vintology. They'd bought a telephone table from me once!


 Carla's new joint effort booth in the area always impresses, too. Nice balance, scale and items.


Here's the whole booth with the beautiful sign they made.


I came close to buying these AMAZING advertising Luma-Glo letters (I want the whole box!) But decided the letters weren't the right color/big enough. I'm working on a new antique mall booth sign for Thrift Core behind-the-scenes, can't wait to finish and share it!

And now I think I'll scarf down some grub, bundle up in four layers and do a little flea market hunting. It's been a while! 

What things have you left behind and regretted lately? What would you have been powerless to resist in today's WIDB post?
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51 comments:

  1. I don't think I could have passed on those tiger mugs! I bring my son shopping with me. He is like the little devil on my shoulder. He talks me into buying stuff that I would pass on because of price or whatever. I usually let him talk me into it, and it always ends up being a good thing! I think because he is 10, he is more of a risk taker. He has been shopping with me for years and he knows what to look for. Plus, he helps me carry the bags! I am trying to stay away from ashtrays, canisters, pyrex without lids, anything with even a tiny chip...

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    1. I do wish I'd have got the tiger mugs, maybe they're still there. I have too many but the milkglass combo with the bright graphic should be a sure-seller. My nieces love hunting with me and mom, kids love it :)

      I have the same, exact, rules. Not stuff to buy unless you want to sit on it for years and then have to donate it. Boo!

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  2. That does sound cold for Florida, but it's about 33 degrees warmer than we are right now so I'll take it! Fun finds you showed. The pickings here have been so bad lately, there isn't even anything to leave behind! Hope it picks up soon.

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    1. Hope the finds improve there. It's killing me not to be out hunting right now, boo! But I have some projects to accomplish before 1:30PM. Will have to hunt this Sunday!

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  3. That is cold for Florida. More like our norm here in western NY, but it has been below zero with a -30 below wind chill. Today we have some sun and it may get up to 20 degrees. I would love to rummage through those shops. Such fun stuff. Keep going on your venture. Only buying what we know we can sell or use. Happy New Year!

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    1. Happy New Year! I'm going to be a very cautious hunter this year, at least I can share the finds I like via these "what I didn't buy" posts. There's going to be a focus on making art and buying less for more profit on the reselling side.

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  4. Lots of cool stuff. I'm trying to remember what sunshine on my skin feels like. That vintage hair dryer would be a good thing to have now to keep warm! :-)

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    1. Yes indeed, let's blow it on our frozen hands as we type! The sun is hiding behind clouds but I need to ride my bike, boo!

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  5. I have not been thrifting for a few weeks - maybe today. I haven't found anything great lately though. Cheers and stay warm!

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    1. You too! Damn the cold! I want to be out thrifting but gotta get back to making some art.

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  6. I was drooling for almost everything in there!! Gah!! My dream is to one day own a set of side tables like those! I own a set of the mushroom containers and I love them but I store random things in there with their package but I do adore them!

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    1. I love to use mine as display, I've heard of people using them for pet food but I know I'd break one with daily use. They shatter so easily!

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  7. Ah thats colder than Portland. Thats wrong, soooo wrong and I'm a hard core biker. I don't know if I would go out in those temps! Hmmm what have I regretted not getting. Nothing really. I've either been getting to much or not getting enough as in not going out at all. I think I might be a little burnt out. Meh.

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    1. I've been holding back to focus on the current loot, doing a super sale every Monday for all of January and lots of Craigslist and Antique Mall booth sales and it's helping things move. Can't wait to have things cleared up and organized so I can hunt in earnest!

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  8. Good work saying 'no', even when it's difficult :)

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    1. It must be done! I am sitting on too much adorable kitchen stuff right now. It just DOES NOT sell.

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  9. That plce looks fun but it is important to no when to say no to a purchase

    retro rover

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    1. Yes indeed! Beautiful place to browse though, I will be checking back for more sales.

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  10. I love sales of any kind, but an antique mall sale? Sign me in! You were so very good! I can't seem to be able to go thrifting without buying... sigh...

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    1. It's hard! Remembering my lack of storage and the items that have been sitting too long as a big help.

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  11. Thank you so much for the wonderful shout out!! And I must say that living with these wonderful things everyday makes it very difficult to say no...the mid century booth belongs to a wonderful gal named Angie and her hubby Mike...they are Vintology...you should see all the wonderful furniture pieces they have now and they don't last long...by the way we are having another Parking Lot on the 26th of this month...again thank you and I hope you don't mind if I share :)

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    1. So glad to hear mod furnishings sell so quickly or them, they have beautiful pieces, artfully displayed. Don't mind you sharing at all, I'll be back to check out the next sale. Also, let me know if you guys get any space available? Been curious to try it out :) Certainly have enough wares...

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  12. ok I don"t know why it is publishing as an old blog.... but this is Ana from Revolve Vintage & Modern

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    1. Oh I didn't notice you guys had a blog. Here's the link for anyone who's curious: http://revolve-vintage.com/

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  13. I don't know what it is about those old hair dryers, but I always have the hardest time leaving them behind. What the hell would anyone do with that?! I don't know, but I wants it! The temptation is so hard to resist sometimes.

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    1. I learned the hard way to leave those behind, had one for so long had to sell it for a buck just to get it out of the way ;p

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  14. I would have had a hard time leaving the letters, the pink phone, and the robin's egg blue enamel pan. I would have looked the Esso tiger mugs over carefully too if they were less then $1.50 each. The tropical Thermo-serv probably would have come home with me if it was in good shape as my international customers love them and finding sets here is rare. I never see them at the flea markets or thrifts.

    I rarely go anywhere without finding something.........I guess that explains my garage........

    Great store and great pics! It looks so warm! Hope it warms up there soon so riding your bike isn't so miserable!

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    1. I'm a' waitin' right now for it to warm up. Come on, sun! If I had a garage I KNOW for a fact I'd have never learned to be judicious with buying. I'd fill it up to the brim and end up on an episode of hoarders. Being an apartment dweller with limited space forces me to focus on buying only what will sell quickly! It's more profitable to have this focus, too.

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  15. Okay, Van, WHERE is this place?? Would love to bring some of the items I spied home with me! Also, I love the captions on the items you didn't bring home with you. Would love to see more of that in future posts! :)

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    1. The captions are a throw-back to my comic making days, hopefully this year I'll get to draw some more comics again, too. You can read the past "Things I Didn't Buy" posts and read a lot of them. I'll update with the link to those soon.

      Here's the link to their blog, neglected to share it in the post: http://revolve-vintage.com/

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  16. Hey Van! Thanks for the shout-out and the pics of our space.....it has now been updated. We were freshly moved in when that photo was taken and we've since filled er' up!! Actually, I am the "Go-To" person for the parking lot sales which we will be having pretty regularly if all goes well. We are taking outside vendors, but have to hold off until some time after the 10th (tomorrow) to get an accurate count. We can't crowd out the parking lot entirely because the shop will be open for customers as well. If you are interested let me know and I can add you to the contact list that I am creating now. I would love to make each event bigger and bigger!! Bigger is always better....right?

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    1. Please do add me to the parking lot sale / possible Revolve vendors list. :) Thanks! I'm sure the word will continue to spread, so happy to see Revolve doing so well already.

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    2. Will do! We should know some time next week what our estimated dealer count is for the outside sale. I love Revolve....it's such a charming shop and almost a hidden secret for that little area. Word will spread and it will continue to be a great buying spot at all price points for eclectic vintage pieces as well as quality furniture and more!

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    3. Really is a beautiful spot to look through! I'll keep biking back, it's right across from the post office where most of my deliveries are biked to.

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  17. Not much.

    What kind of stuff do you find people ARE buying these days? (If they aren't buying teapots and vintage canisters.)

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    1. Practical, useable, utilitarian items.

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    2. Have you noticed any particular trends? Anyone else wanna chime in?

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  18. Ok...I am totally drooling now. Where is this place and when do you have sales? I'm going to get Susan M. for not telling me about you guys yet? Thanks, Dawn

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    1. This is their blog link: http://revolve-vintage.com/

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  19. Yay! I love the "What I Didn't Buy" posts!

    I probably would have taken home that little orange teapot and those end tables (if they were a good price.) Not to resell either, but to keep! :) And that's how I will become a hoarder...

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    1. I don't even remember what they were priced at, wishing I'd have got them as MUCH needed bed side tables but I'm sure they were out of my budget.

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  20. And did you really ride a bike in 37 degree weather?! I hate riding in the cold. My eyes start to water, my nose runs, and my fingers always are numb no matter what gloves I wear. I'm such a Texan wuss for cold

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    1. I'm surprised I bundled up and did it, got lucky that I wasn't riding into the wind or something. After that the 65 high of yesterday felt like heaven. Luckily this weekend will go back to the high 70s? North Florida has the weirdest skitzo weather...

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  21. I would have gone for that vintage women's hair styling set next to those paper clips you were eyeing. I've successfully sold similar items in the past. Some women are very particular about sticking with the old beauty items that they've used for a long time.

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    1. Now that I think about it that does sound like it would be a good eBay seller in particular...

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