Monday, February 20, 2017

find of the week - february 20

Heads up - late New Year's resolution: blog weekly. So I'm starting with a Find of the Week post.

Last week was the February extravaganza at Renninger's in Mount Dora, Florida. (News alert: I'll be going to the April Renninger's extravaganza in Kutztown, Pennsylvania with Sophisticated Vintage partner on the hunt, Ellen, but I'm getting ahead of myself!)

Now, for the Find of the's tough because there were a lot of good ones, but in the end it comes down to this antique table top size Tansu.

The Tansu chest originated in Japan in the late 1600s. They were subsequently produced in Korea and other Asian countries as well, and continue to be produced today in a wide variety of styles and forms.

Tansu were often designed to be portable; you may hear them referred to as "campaign chests" which accompanied military officers in their travels. Pieces could be simple or elaborate, often with secret compartments and drawers. There's a very comprehensive article about Tansu here (thanks, Wikipedia).

I have had Tansu in many styles pass through my hands, from large, two piece cabinets to smaller chests such as this one which would have stored important things (see the lock on the bottom drawer). Easily adapting to contemporary life, this small chest can hold jewelry, desk objects... Simple and beautifully made, with iron handles in a shape often seen on Tansu.

I don't often find Tansu, particularly not this well made or in this small size, so it seems only fitting that it should be the first Find of the Week.

This weekend I'm off to the antiques show in Vero Beach, Florida. It only happens twice a year so I'm looking forward to it!

There. I've done it. The first Find of the Week post. That wasn't so hard!! Hope your week is filled with fun finds and kindness. See you next week! - marilyn

Saturday, February 4, 2017

i heart you

Apparently I haven't paid a bit of attention to the new year arriving and here it is February! Time flies. I'd best hurry offer up some Valentine's Day finds (and then pay attention before I look up and it's summer!).

So a little love to get things rolling:

a mod vintage lucite heart - decor or paperweight - listed on Etsy here

Looking for something a little more rugged? I love this old jewelers mold

great guy gift and h-e-a-v-y! find it here

Add a little candle light with a pair of classic Dansk heart candle sticks designed for tiny tapers

6 tiny tapers are included with these - ready to go here

or go classic with this fabulous paperweight with a genteel look

love springs eternal here
However you say it, be sure to say it. Happy February everyone!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Holiday Shopping with Sophisticated Vintage

Turkey's over, let's go shopping! A recent whirlwind shopping road trip (with my stalwart SV Chestertown sidekick Ellen) led to some pretty fantastic finds. We stocked up for the holidays (or maybe we just really like shopping and the holidays are a great reason to indulge our inner vintage-buyers!). The Etsy shop is stocked to the brim with terrific things - for giving, for your home, and for you - from modern to rustic to jewelry and glammy exotic boho finds! Here are some of our favorites from the road:

mid century brass and abalone ice bucket and tongs set with one from a set of Culver ruby roly poly glasses
a small pair of vintage snowshoes for the perfect rustic look
a huge Taxco Mexican modernist sterling pin
barware galore including a 4 piece set of Shannon Irish crystal barware
and a (heavy) token of your love - a jeweler's mold with a heart

However you spend your holidays, 
we at Sophisticated Vintage hope they are happy and joyful. 
Wishing you peace, love and vintage - marilyn

Friday, October 21, 2016

autumn style

Autumn is my favorite time of year. I'm happiest wearing a sweater. I'm a big fan of copper and brass and wood. Give me a birch tree and I'm swooning.

There. I've said it. For a gal living in Florida, this might pose a bit of a challenge, but I've adjusted my internal thermostat and once October arrives, I'm calling it Fall, regardless of the temperature. I might not be able to wear chunky sweaters just yet, but that doesn't stop me from sprucing up with fall decor.

The same goes for my Etsy shop. This is the time of year when I'm stocking up on rustic wood and fabulous barware and elegant table and serving items. Who can blame me if I throw in a little brass as well?

Here's a sneak peek. It might just get you loving Autumn too!

huge wooden dough bowl - a rare find!
stunning brass samovar with dolphin accents!
brass on a smaller scale - an elephant dinner bell
modern barware - a sterling sherry decanter label
an English stoneware beer bottle with great graphics
I'll wrap it up with something modern (you know I can't resist) with a very organic feel, elegant decor year round. The designer, Martin Freyer, is known for his ceramics for Rosenthal, and also for creating the Volkswagen logo!
a pair of onion (or pleated) vases
Just a taste of what's in store this Fall at Sophisticated Vintage Florida on Etsy!
Peace, Love and Vintage - marilyn

Monday, September 12, 2016

Sophisticated Vintage debuts a new brick and mortar location!

Official news! Sophisticated Vintage is now part of the Adjectives Market family! We've just set up shop at their location in Altamonte Springs, Florida, a bit north of Orlando. In addition to that location, Adjectives Market can be found at Winter Park and Winter Garden (their newest location), and there's also Adjectives Unhinged which offers a variety of workshops - design is everything! We're so happy to be part of this great vintage market.

Here's a photo of the Sophisticated Vintage booth, which we hope you'll visit soon!

And if you can't get there in person, you can still shop out great finds in the Etsy shop
SophisticatedFlorida, and follow us on Instagram as SophisticatedVintageFlorida!
Great finds for the holidays and gift giving! xo - marilyn

Friday, July 22, 2016

just can't wait to tell you!!

How incredible is this?? SophisticatedFlorida, our vintage shop on Etsy, was featured as one of

by Katie Armour Taylor, whose blog The Neotrad - Daily Discoveries on Design, Travel & Life is eagerly read all over the world. We are, needless to say, over the moon! Thank you, Katie!!

What did she like specifically? Here are her top picks:

 A vintage lucite obelisk with an interior stamp collection from the 1970s

 Vintage Italian braided white cache pot

A rather fabulous pair of brass scroll bookends (we love them too!!) 

Time to celebrate here at Sophisticated Vintage Florida! Break out the champagne! (Should we say we have champagne buckets and flutes in the shop as well??)! Cheers!! - xo m 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

on the road - just how i like it

We have a new annual tradition here at Sophisticated Vintage - an annual road trip to New England. It sets my heart all a flutter - not only because we get to visit family and friends along the way - but also because New England runs deep in my blood. From childhood summer trips to Lake Champlain to college in Boston and regular visits to the Brimfield antiques market, wherever I've lived, I've gravitated back to New England.

And the road trip itself is so much part of the fun. Different things can be found in different areas of the country; some finds from a recent whirlwind shopping trip to Pennsylvania, for example, yielded these treasures:

I just don't find these beauties here in Florida, and it's worth getting on the road and searching them out. The great thing about the "hunt" is you never know what you'll find - old baseball glove - great for a sports collection...

cutting boards and bread knives...

old tin toys...

modern...and folk art shrines...

I'll be posting from the road, and you can keep up with me in the Etsy shop, on instagram and pinterest. Always an adventure! - marilyn