Vintage Finds: March

Vintage Finds 02-16 copy

With the progress we’ve been making at the Farmhaus, I feel entitled to start collecting things to bring it to life. My recent scores are this original print, these flushmount light fixtures and this simple bowl.

The print was a find at a local second hand store.  When I’m in second hand stores or thrift stores I always rummage through the art, most of the time it’s absolute junk like pictures of cute cats, or cheezy sunset landscapes, but occasionally you can find a gem.  OK, so I didn’t find another original Picasso, but it is an original signed print with a dedication by the artist.  Not only do I like the piece, but it’s already framed!  All that for a mere $20.  Bargain.

My other big score were the light fixtures which I found at a local salvage yard. I was drawn to them because of the nice fluted dark glass and the patina they’ve developed from years spent as exterior light fixtures.  I got these for just $7.50 each.  Super cheap for light fixtures, but I’m paying the price in rewiring.  I wanted to make sure the light fixtures are up-to-date and safe, so I dropped them off at my local custom lighting shop.  Little did I know I would end up doing a ton of electrical work at the Farmhaus, so I probably could have handled rewiring these fixtures myself.

Last but not least a simple, earthy Japanese ceramic bowl with a lovely olive green glaze which I unearthed from the piles of junk at the Salvation Army.  Just $3. I imagine it sitting on my future coffee table filled with something interesting and tactile.

This coming weekend I am determined to make it to the Alameda Flea Market.  It’s been ages and I miss going.

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