Tuesday, March 21, 2017

a touch of modern - find of the week March 20

Looking over my past couple of posts I see I've been focused on my rustic side. Not a surprise; folk art and rustic country primitives were my first love and I tend to return to them. And in Florida it's not so easy to find good rustic pieces so they easily take center stage when I do.

But this week, something just as hard to find and an iconic representative of an era - the 1960s, mod Twiggy fashion a la Mary Quant, mini skirts, big eyes and flower power, with a fabulous look that's even a little shabby Paris (LOVE the cameo!).

This mod vintage papier mache store display hat stand was said to come from Macy's department store in the 1960s. While I'm not so sure that's accurate, it's the story she came with, and she certainly deserves a story. She's got big, sophisticated style, and the wear to her painted surface only adds to her worn elegant look. Impressively large at 21" tall, she's got everything it takes to be this week's Find of the Week. She's listed here in my Etsy shop.

Hope your week is full of unexpected and fabulous finds! - marilyn

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

how about wine for the find of the week?

With reports of snow and ice coming from up north, we thought it might be appropriate that this week's Find of the Week should be a wine bottle. A really big one. A demijohn, in fact.

You can see we had good reason to be taken with its style, form, character and size. It's just spectacular. Fabulous oval shape, a bit off kilter, with the cork still in the bottom. Blown glass with broken off pontil base, you can see the ridge just above the middle where it would have sat in a basket. What a great piece!

There's circular shield toward the top with numbers in it; I can make out the first two which are 19, but I can't make out the last two. A nice relatively early 20th century bottle of monumental size which never goes out of style.

I'll be listing it this week in my Chairish shop, which is worth a look if you haven't been there yet!

Hope your week is full of sushine (and wine!) - marilyn

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

happy March - find of the week!

If you've looked at my Etsy shop SophisticatedFlorida, you already know that my style can be referred to as eclectic. I think of it as a modern mix, and a design philosophy that puts together things that might not seem congruent but which share elements that allow them to cohabit beautifully. So I'm happy browsing through the mid century, Hollywood Regency, modern, Chinoiserie objects that are the "norm" in antiquing in Florida.

But it's when I find folk art, or New England primitives, or found object Americana that I am brought back to my roots of collecting, and nothing makes me quite as happy as a story (or the opportunity to create one). So it won't surprise you that I snapped up this piece when I found it, or that it's the Find of the Week.

1933 Square Dance poster, listed here in my Etsy shop

There are so many levels on which this speaks to me. I love good graphics (on anything) and this poster really has great design to it. And not only has someone saved it, it's been framed in wrapped copper, simple and rustic, in keeping with the poster's style. But here's the real thrill. On the back, handwritten in pencil, is Edw Knecht 1933. What do you suppose the story is? Chance encounter that led to romance? A memory of a cherished date? The signature of a dance partner? I could get carried away weaving a tale.

American or English? I don't know. The location could lead you to believe either. And it doesn't really matter. The charm of the piece requires nothing more than its possibilities. Give me a find like this any day!

I hope your week is filled with wonderful, unexpected moments, the kind stories are made of. - marilyn

Monday, February 27, 2017

find of the week - february 27

Sometimes a find is unexpected. It's not the sort of thing I usually look for or offer, but the story it tells lands it a place in my heart (and shop). This week's finds is one of those things.

vintage toy convertible car in the Etsy shop
This lithographed tin friction toy convertible car was made by Haji, Japan, modeled after the 1959 Ford Fairlane 500. Is there anything more classic than a 1950s convertible - and a red one at that? Not only a piece of Americana, it is symbolic of such a significant chapter in the history of the country that to me it really captures the period. California and the Beach Boys, sure, but also family travel road trip vacations - the opening up of the National Parks to the great influx of people eager to see the country. In fact, this toy car was made to go with a travel trailer, really speaking to how Americans spent their leisure time.

It's listed in my Etsy shop (link under the photo). And you might say this week's feature is kind of a trifecta: here it is with two Kodak cameras (a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye on the right and a Kodak Bullet on the left). Mid century Americana.

I'll be out and about this week looking for more great finds. Til then, happy trails!! - marilyn

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 Week...it'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 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tansu (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