Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Year of Windows

                                                        xmas 2011


Hangin' Hosiery

Mad Men Mania returns

Cinco de Mayo



Mid-Century Modern...

Save the Furgary...

Day at the Beach...

Beach Wear

Paul Anka

(this dress is still for sale!?)

Artswalk featuring Earls

Autumn Plaids

Halloween featuring Earls and Earl Costume

(Wool cape is still for sale!?)

Golden Xmas Lady

Warm Woolen Mittens, Blue Satin Sashes, Brown Paper Packages Tied up with String.....

Probably missed a few but that's the gist of it for this year.  I'll post some customer shots in the next few weeks.  Meanwhile, Thanks to all the loyal Five and Diamond shoppers for my best year yet.  Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Goldilocks and the three Dollhouses

I have been on the hunt for an antique dollhouse for quite some time now.
A cupboard style house; taller than it is wide, and with a flat or mansard roof.   Widow's walk and original wallpapers would be a huge plus.   They are harder to find than regular farmhouse or  Victorian style dollhouses, and usually very expensive.

This week at Brimfield, however, (loaded with cash from the Labor Day weekend thankyouverymuch), I was amazed to find three houses that I maybe coulda shoulda woulda bought.

I'll start with the one that got away.   Home made cream Italianate. 
I loved the details like the tower, trim,  and the elevating base with steps, like you see in old English dollhouses.  Also, the panel doors had old brass locks (children are not allowed to play with my miniatures!), and, the seller had already crafted replacement parts for the missing trim. Much bigger than it looks in the picture, the size of this house was out-of-scale for my collection of antique miniatures (1:12 scale), but I perhaps would have let that detail slide. Unfortunatly the house was sold before I got to ask the price. 

This next one was old and sweetly tattered, small enough for a table top, and in very poor condition. $500.  
Probably commercially made, maybe by Gottschalk or Bliss.  I've bought and sold a few dollhouses like this, but none was "just right" for my needs).... 
This one was restorable but didn't have enough going for it.  Had all the wallpapers not been violently scratched and scraped off every surface, I might have sprung for it.  That was the deal breaker.

Lastly, the one I loved the very most.     If I were to build one from scratch it would look a lot like this.  
Looked like an old FAO Schwartz store display or something.  Wouldn't it look amazing in my shop window at Christmastime?   Over 5 feet high, with balconys and side windows letting in lots of light. No doors to open; just reach right in. Electrified but (again) in need of much restoration.   At $1800,  it was way out of my league.  Even at 7 am, the seller insisted I make any old crazy offer.  I did, he declined, and when I went back two hours later to take a better picture --and maybe make a better offer? --- it was gone.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


This dress called out to me from across the room at the Salvation Army this morning.
It was bright, fun, very Phyllis Diller, and very familiar. I walked over to it and realized why.   It had cycled through my shop already. It had a Salvation Army price tag stapled to it, AND, it had one of my five&diamond price tags attached under the arm with a ribbon and safety pin.  From April 2011, $65.
 I've been scratching my head all day trying to figure out whether the dress could have been stolen (I almost always remove my tags when selling an item) and then discarded --- or --- was it purchased, never worn, and then discarded?   I'll probably never know, but yeah, I purchased it again, and it will be out on the racks this week with a much more reasonable price of $35.

Boomerang #2 is this very "Goodfellas" knit shirt-jac.  My friend Michael brought it in a couple weeks ago,  claiming he purchased from me in 1996, when he and I had shops across the street from each other in Tivoli.  (Can't say I remember a shirt I sold 16 years ago, but I took his word for it.) It is still vintage and still  fab, here in the 21st century.

My favorite boomerang of late is this slinky rayon late-30s dress, which is, in fact, now, a double-boomerang.  I sold it to Holly a couple of years ago, who needed a dress for a wedding.  I told Holly she could always sell it back to me if she wanted to, that's how much I love this dress.   
 She took me up on the offer, and returned it a couple of months later, trading it in for more Holly-appropriate garb.  The dress sold quickly again,  to Patty, and I offered Patty the same return-for credit deal.  Patty owned the dress for about a year. She wore it once, and just recently brought it back to me and traded it for a jacket she will get much more wear out of.   I'm more than happy to have the dress back in the shop for what is now the third time, but come September will probably put it away for next spring.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012