Sunday, June 15, 2014

Freshly Curated: Polaroid Land Cameras, Kitschy Illustrations and Toy Furniture

I'm on a "Thrifting Fast" but those yard sale signs will get me every time. Luckily I haven't had the time to stop save for a vintage sale I actually participated in and another neighborhood sale I had some time to stop at on the way back from the post office. For a mere two stops I was able to curate an abundance of inspiring finds, observe!

This yard sale was off of Park St. across from my favorite house in the neighborhood- which is, appropriately, Japanese-styled. There were stacks of the type of oxidized, super-shabby finds the "American Pickers" non-reselling audience thinks you can sell for $1,000 each on eBay...haha, no. I resisted most of it but the vintage "Wet The Brush" set above got me! 

First off, that box design! So kawaii, so ominous! It's like those Ren & Stimpy 1950s toy commercial parodies. A perfect mix of 100% accurate design and homage and unsettling uncanny valley weirdness? It's that lettering. It looks like an artistic ejaculation. Sorry, I've been watching weird indie cartoons since the nineties, I can see nothing else. It's too drippy, almost sinister. Horror movie cover here! Enough of that case though, on to the books within...


Now these are perfectly Leave it to Beaver innocent American fun. Check out Forest Families / Lucky Find / Color Surprise and Let's Ride. I wish I had time to document every single illustration inside. May have to come back to these for sure.

And to complete the innocent fun theme we have some beautiful dollhouse furniture.

Dollhouse furniture can do well for me so I had to scoop them up. But not merely for that reason.


These make excellent photo props. I adore the clean lines and bright solid colors.

Great for illustrating scale or re-arranging on a shelf in your home for inspiration. As weirdo creatives are want to do. My favorite is the vanity with the round mirror! Buy the whole gorgeous set On Etsy.

The furniture was in a pile with this pan and plate.


I can't help but love "smalls".

And they we have a little train.



Held up for scale. It want to Choo-Choo-Choose You. Remember that Simpsons episode? No? Well, damn.

This "Fun Book" was indeed just that, so many beautiful illustrations!

If I had time I'd have scanned every single illustration ASAP. Each one is a gem. It's awaiting it's new home with another design fetishist on Etsy


This little tartan elephant and mouse plate had a gorgeous illustration too. Love the rust on this piece. Chillin' On Etsy

And how about 'dem polaroid Land Cameras? I have one with flash and a polaroid bag and one without for sale.


These are wonderfully iconic and lovely to behold. If either one sticks around for long I may have to order some film and play around. By the way, I want to write some detailed photography composition and equipment tips. Any photographers wanna get with me on this? Hit me up, please! 
These creepy babies were thrown in with the doll house furniture! I assume they went with the original set? $5.00 to anyone who's interested? See what I mean by shabby old stuff? Old and tattered does not equal valuable. Usually quite the opposite from my selling experience but people don't believe me!

SALE SALE SALE!!! Off to work with me. I want to clean-up the work mess I made yesterday before my kitchen shift and put the finishing touches on my blog archive/the week's post. (I abandoned both projects last night in favor of a night dip at the beach...because you have to live and stop working a tiny bit, right? Yes. The answer is yes.) EVERYTHING in my Etsy shop is ON SALE so stock up on that quality vintage goodness. I'm trying get a fresh start with merchandise!

Shipping: I can do group shipping if you're interested in a group of items. I can reduce shipping if you're international, I just have to overestimate to cover my bases. I always refund overages. I'm totally willing to do group deals, too. Gotta clear out this stash! 

Did you find anything interesting this weekend? To tell of your thrifting/finding adventures in the comments.

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23 comments:

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    1. Aw, thanks! I thought this set was a little rushed so I'm glad to hear it looks decent :D

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  2. as an accidental seller of horror dolls , the little dollshouse dolls may be worth more than you think!!

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    1. Hmmm!! Curious and curiouser. May be fun to play with around Halloween time, too.

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  3. I choo choo chose you! Ralph Wiggums! My favorite! I purchased my son a vintage Ralph Wiggums doll (about 18" tall, at a thrift shop. Im saving it for his bday in July.
    I love the doll house furniture and the other amazing goods that you found! Good score!

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    1. Yeah that's a favorite episode. Ralph Wiggum never fails to amuse :D

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  4. Yes, I remember choo choo choose... That was a good one. Fun finds. I've seen "creepy" dolls like that for sale around Halloween. I did find some things. Will post later in the week.

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    1. Mine were free but I was tempted to leave 'em behind, haha ;p

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  5. I just adore all your finds this week! The doll house furniture is so cute! I also bought some creepy dolls this week.

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  6. Who could not remember that Simpsons episode? A doll like that was selling for $10 in the thrift store. It wasn't on the shelf for long. Ummmm.. I'm really fascinated by vintage doll furniture. When I go to the antique market in Buffalo, there are 2 booths full of it & I love to look. Nothing I would ever buy, but fun to look at!

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    1. Hmm...will keep that in mind on the dolls. I encounter and pass tons of 'em. They don't quite go with the my aesthetic, but they're fun to think about for future horror art bits or something. Hmmm :D

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  7. LOVE your finds...and I'm going to have to admit that I don't remember any Simpsons moments. The only episode I've ever seen is the recent Lego one and I'm only halfway through it, LOL.

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    1. Here's a video :D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY_LtUQlHKs

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  8. I bet that doll house furniture is going to go very well!!

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  9. oh gosh all that vintage kids' stuff! i love to find and collect good ones like that. di don't think i could let go of most of these if i was a seller :)

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    1. I've learned to let everything go over the years save for my vintage couch to sit on, haha :D

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  10. Van, I replied to your email yesterday with my zip code and address. Hope you got it. :-) -Jackie

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    1. I did, sorry 'bout the lack of reply, gonna do that this morning.

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