The weather is crazy. You know it must be so when the English expats are exclaiming "bloody weather!" in the South Bay. While over here in the LA/Alhambra/South Pas Triangle we are foraging for mushrooms. The abundance of discarded umbrellas remind me of New York, where I hear the weather is positively mild.
Heading over to the see the family last weekend in the South Bay, I felt like a wander through Memory Lane Antique Mall. I love listening to the old tunes while I look at vintage. I wasn't really looking for anything special. I came upon the following objects but what did I take home? Can you guess?
Red Wing Pottery (label).
Harkerware, USA. Eight cups and eight tea plates.
They also have a set of 10 with a creamer and a sugar bowl!
Now a Macy's sans popovers, chopped salad and the models.
Two Sundays ago I visited the Pasadena City College Flea Market for, dare I say, the first time! Well anyway, I stuck to my budget and then had to keep my hands in my pockets for the rest of the visit. I saw these really cute vintage colored shot glasses in the original box and just had to bring them home to the hubby. You can barely make out that the original cost which was a whopping 49 cents. In even smaller print, it says "the akron." OMG! I remember happily trailing around after my parents around this home furnishing store in the early seventies! The store was located between 182nd and 190th streets on east side of Hawthorne Blvd. in Torrance. Where's that darn time machine when you need it? Does anyone else remember "the akron" store?
Even though we love our elliptical "surfboard" table, it had lost it melamine veneer and the glue was rising to the surface. After all, my husband had scooped it up along with 4 fake Cherners for $50 in the early 90's.
We bought a 12 seater Danish table at Veteran's Stadium, Long Beach, $300 delivered! We were told it was teak, so we had a mind to refinish it 2 years later we took it apart and had Gavin atGrot look at it. "If I have to jump ship, I'll ring you," BH, I said as I handed him a pack of export Digestives for extra encouragement. A miracle ensued and voila we have a new table!
This is a beautifully engineered table. The top slides apart to reveal the stored leaves as the base remains stable, a great benefit to 50 somethings (ugh) with bad backs!
It's wider than our old table and I thought it would crowd the room. The test was my Mum's 70th birthday party. I temporarily separated my favorite (vintage by now, surely!) IKEA bookcases to fit the party of 13.
Three weekends! I am not surprised! The first Sunday I tried to snap a pic in the tree sent him/her scurrying to the CD rack. The second weekend my husband calmly noted how perfect he/she looked on the fireplace screen. The third weekend I had a hunch that he/she might be back to the ficus! Sure enough, he/she was ready and so was I by turning off the flash!
I then decided to try catching him to let him out.
During the summer of '97 my daughter and I spent 8 weeks in London while I worked on my masters thesis! We were waiting for a train on the Bakerloo Line and an old one just like this pulled into the station. I remember telling my daughter that this might be our only opportunity to ride on such an old train! I scored this tea towel from that cute blonde German lady who sells at the long Beach and Torrance markets! I even talked her down two bucks!
melbomba.blogspot.com has a sweet composite of this tray collection that she shared from bloesem.blogs.com...I would love to have a tray collection like this one by fingerspitzengefuhl, but honestly, I am too old and live on the wrong continent!
Elizabeth Moriarty has a delicious little set of streamline modern houses on flickr. I cringe at the word tear-down and salute these Brits who care to restore these gems.
As a child, each time I visited my Aunt Audrey in Canon's Park in I noted the gradual disappearance of these sugar cube houses. One beautiful house on Chestnut Avenue was replaced with a "french country" styled house.