Monday, January 30, 2012

Vintage is the new black.

I have a confession to make. There are some Saturdays when I pop out of bed before the sun rises. Blasphemy, I know that's what your thinking (particularly if you are my husband who has the chore of getting me up in the morning.) Several years ago I was bitten by the estate sale bug and it's worth a few hours of sleep for the thrill of the hunt. Sometimes you win, and sometimes you loose ... but you always have a good story! 

Has the picking bug bitten you? Would you be interested in purchasing any of my recent finds? Have a burning question? Leave a comment or send me an email! hello {at} katenisbetdesigns {dot} com



I've been on the hunt for aqua ball mason jars for years. I recent came across 4 that date from 1900 to 1911. One makes the perfect casual accent vase or pencil cup on your desk!


...or could you imagine taking a grouping and creating a one-of-a-kind chandelier?
Source: twighome.com via Kate on Pinterest


...or add a little wire and a votive candle for a fabulous glowing lantern.
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Hankies are just for sniffles anymore. Why not take a collection and frame them for unique artwork.
Source: annesage.com via Kate on Pinterest


A fellow early bird apparently had their eye on this and I got it first. Vintage Billy Baldwin book. Fabulosity, squared.

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I spotted one and pondered it. I even walked away at first. It stayed on my mind and was still there so it came home. Vintage demijohn's & carboys make fabulous large statement accent pieces. Could you picture it as a chandelier as above? Simply stunning!
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Source: google.com via Kate on Pinterest

8 comments:

KatiePerk said...

I adore the vintage finds of thrift/consignment/estate sales. I also am a fan of digging in my granny's basement! Things always have so much more character!

Wendy said...

Vintage finds are the best finds! I love the old mason jars repurposed as pendant lights.

Princess Freckles said...

I've always wanted to go to an estate sale! I see the signs often enough, but I'm shy to stop in. I think I'll take a cue from you and just go for it!

Nat said...

Any advice for how to find good ones?? I feel like every time I drag myself out of bed it's always a bust. I feel like so many people have success I must be doing something wrong!

Kelly V. said...

if/when you're down in Wilmington, you should check out Big South Auction - I've only been once and hear it can be hit or miss, but you can preview online and then Fri&Sat before the auction on Sunday. I ended up with a great piece of art for 1/4 of what it would cost to frame it alone! Could be worth a weekend at the beach :)

http://www.bigsouthauction.com/

Meghan said...

Yep, I've started getting a slight addiction to vintage finds too! I don't think I have too much success but that doesn't stop me trying!

Annapolitan in Raleigh said...

Oh, how I wish I had the patience (and budget!) to go antiquing/tag sale-ing.

I don't suppose you do upholstery, do you? I am looking to redo the chair pad of an art deco bamboo chair my mother is repainting black for me. I also need a chaise lounge recovered from beige to black and then have a round tablecloth made from the two fabrics, the main color being the color of the chaise, then a hem in whatever fabric I choose for the chair pad to tie them together.

I also need to think about window treatments (valances only because of the hotel a/c-heat units in CV condos...one of the windows is partially over the unit. And then chair pads for my dining chairs which are black X-back counter height and go with a black and dark brown wood dining table. Hmmm...maybe we should schedule a consultation?

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