A Cryin’ Shame

Last weekend Little Betty and I had the great pleasure of meeting up with the fabulous Retro Ruth from No Pattern Required and her husband Tom.  We decided to hit up an antique festival in the town where they live and it was so fun!  We all found really great stuff.  For example, what do you think was the first thing Little Betty spotted as we entered?

That’s right friends.  ANOTHER blow mold.  This makes her 3d Santa.  At some point I guess I should start refusing, but do I refuse myself bakelite, or Enid Collins purses, or vintage embroidery pieces?  No sir.  Especially when said embroidery is such as this:

I adore it.  Like, a lot.  Look at the detail!  The shading on the Chief’s face!  The wood grain fabric!  GAH!  I love it.  Did I already mention that?

Anyhoo…all was not fun and games, even though Ruth and Tom scored the most amazing panther TV lamp for a steal, and I came away with 2 pieces of bakelite and squirrel salt and pepper shakers in addition to the Chief.  We had the great misfortune of witnessing this:

Yes, my dear friends, that is a Witco Map of the World that has been PAINTED.  Ruth and I stood below it for a good 5 minutes perusing the shelves below before I looked up and noticed it.  WHY??!!  Who would do this??  What kind of map of the world is orange and yellow??  And most importantly, WHY??!!  Oh it was so so sad.  If it had been cheap I would have been tempted to take it home and try to repaint it but it was $500.  *sob*

Pickin’ Trip ’12 – The Finds!

I showed you some of the great places I’ve been shopping, but I have yet to show you the things I’ve been buying!  Although 90% of it is for the store, I have definitely found a few things that are too good to let go of.  Today I want to show you a complete picture of what a big buying trip looks like for me.  First, the un-staged reality shots.

These are all the smalls and clothes clogging up my parent’s basement. One thing you can’t see here is the danish modern mosaic coffee table under the lamps.  I wish you could see all the awesomeness contained in those boxes and bags.  Fawn bookends, a 50s napkin and tablecloth set, a Shriner decanter, General Motors Gentlemen’s Club glassware, and a gorgeous 40s rayon patterned suit with bakelite buttons are some examples of such hidden treasures.  But at least you can see the huge velvet painting of a Rottweiler.

Here’s the furniture clogging up my paren’s garage.  Some highlights:

A 40s rose colored frisee couch and chair

Mid Century tufted side chair marked Frank & Sons Park Avenue.

Now for some of my favorite scores of the trip!

I love these chairs.  Although the upholstery isn’t original, it’s old enough (60s I think) to where I don’t think it matters.  The chair on the left swivels!

I found 27 pieces of mint condition Blue Heaven at a thrift store!  Dinner and salad plates, bowls, and 2 big serving pieces.  I was giddy with excitement.  The jury is still out on whether I will put this in the shop or keep it.  I generally like to have mismatched dinnerware in several patterns I like but this is tempting.

Some strange force overcame me and compelled me to buy every throw pillow in a 3 state radius.  I couldn’t stop!  In my defense, I rarely find them at a price that is good for resale and they really dress up the couches in the store.  Please note the rad bullfighting pillow, set of squirrel crewel pillows, and hooked cat face pillow.  Any guesses which pillow will be making its permanent home with me?

Vintage Ferragamo shoes that just so happen to fit me perfectly!  I think it’s a testament to my eye for quality that I had no idea these were designer til I got them home.  (Excuse my modesty!)

The mister and I love vintage hunting jackets.  The incredible patches on this one make it really special.   Good thing Mr. Crafter already has a great one because this one is too small for him.

Little Betty and I share a strange obsession with these dolls we got at the thrift.  I am not a doll person.  They tend to give me the creeps.  But there is something about these two I just love.  We both especially love the one in red.  She’s so Morgan Fairchild a la Red Headed Stranger, no?

And now, friends, for the creme de la creme.  The star of the haul.  The thing I paid way too much for but just couldn’t live without:

Isn’t it glorious?  I’m insane for it.  I’ve never seen anything like it.  I’ve seen chalkware mermaids similar to these but not with the detail these have like the jewelry and accessories.  Do you think it’s homemade by someone or mass produced?  I can’t wait to put it up in my bathroom.


Kitschmas in July ’12

Just like last year on my big buying trip, incredible vintage Christmas goodies are throwing themselves in my path, begging me to take them home.   And who am I to refuse??  I absolutely cannot say no to a knee hugging elf, a flocked reindeer, or a box of Shiny Brites.  It just is physically impossible.  Just look what I’ve hauled in so far!

Don’t all those indent ornaments make you weak in the knees?  And yes, that elf is wearing a fur hat.  He is awesome and he knows it.

How about those paper elves riding reindeers?  I especially love the chunky 70s yarn connecting them all.  And even more boxes of awesome ornaments.  I can’t wait for Kitschmas crafting this year!

Even Little Betty scored a fab find of her very own:

Another Christmas blow mold for her growing collection!  She spied it in the garage at an estate sale and was so excited!  “Look Mom!  A nutcracker like Cree!”  She ran over, grabbed it up, and carried it around the rest of the day.

She is definitely a girl after her mama’s heart.


I’m currently on a cross-country buying trip for the store, pulling treasures out of barns and basements and loving every moment of it.  One of my favorite parts of what I do for a living is finding things in the spot where they have languished for decades, waiting for a new life.  I also really love seeing inside people’s homes.  I know – creepy!  I can’t help it.  And I’ve seen some great things so far I want to share with you.

First up are these handmade tiles around a basement bar (where I snagged some really cool old barware).  They are made from sheets of linoleum cut into designs and pieced together.  Imagine the possibilities!

I also went to an estate sale at one of the swankiest midcentury modern homes I’ve ever seen.  Look at this space!  That light fixture hung down 2 stories and was visible in both the living/dining area upstairs with the cool curved fireplace and also in the downstairs sunken living area with second dramatic stone fireplace.  Don’t miss that staircase railing.  Unfortunately you can’t see the floating stairs that accompany it.    And the wood block railing at the top of the 3d story is all danish modern storage units.  Drool.

The kitchen might have been the most perfect mid century kitchen in existence.  Look at that upper cabinet!!

The rest of the cabinets were pretty boss too.  I drooled so much that Little Betty told me she’d get them for me for Christmas.

The stove!!  I die.  Like, I’m dead.  I can’t handle this stove in that kitchen.  It’s just too much perfection.

The kitchen also featured this Scandanavian spice storage system.  It was for sale but there was no way I was paying $150 for it.  Yes, $150 for a spice rack.  Needless to say I didn’t come away with very much from this sale even though it was full to the rafters with beautiful mid century pottery, china, art, and designer furniture.  It was all pretty expensive.  All I got was an armload of throw pillows and some jewelry.  Oh well.  Seeing the house was worth it.  It was also worth it to see this house down the street:

Have you ever seen anything so lovely?  I want to curl up there for a week with the thickest book I can find and a steady stream of Thin Mints.


A Fabulous Find

As you all know, there is always a pretty serious case of Kitschmas fever at Casa Crafter.  I’m always on the lookout for vintage Christmas goodies.  But friends, today Santa was truly smiling on me because this wonderful thing came into my life:

Isn’t it wonderful?  It plugs in and the paper bells swing over the sleepy little town.  I’ve never seen anything like it and I just know this will forevermore be a centerpiece of the Crafter family Kitschmas display.  I love it SO much.

What’s your Christmas focal point?

Happy 4th!

I hope you all had a lovely July 4th!  I had quite a perfect holiday in my opinion.  Little Betty and I picked buckets of figs from the trees in our yard and made about 25 jars of preserves:

We baked and ate pie ( a lemon meringue and a vegan cheesecake):

And I drank blackberry mint juleps with many of my favorite people:

It was a day that will undoubtably become a favorite in my memory.  I hope you had the same.