Thursday, July 18, 2013

Slow week of thrift finds but good week for Etsy sellin'!

It's been a slow week for thrifting. All I found so far was this vintage Better Homes and Gardens New Garden Book. This edition is from 1961 and is the hard cover with the binder and tabs. I love all the old BH&G books - especially the cookbooks from the 60s (kitchen kitsch!). This book displays nicely on my mantle. A nice score for $2.49 at Goodwill.

Front cover

A look inside - love the little kid's cowboy hats!

The colorful back cover!

Thrifting in Conejo Valley kind of.... sucks. The merchandise isn't terribly overpriced it just moves slooooooowly and isn't very interesting. I know that the San Fernando Valley and Ventura offer new places to explore so I'm going to get on that. I think this area is just too new to hold many vintage treasures. Or maybe I'm just spoiled rotten after my cross country road trip thrift-a-thon.

Etsy has been picking up a bit the last week which is fabulous. This is a slow time of year for retailers. I'm still working hard to bring you vintage goodies that I picked up while on my trip. I'm listing several new items everyday. Here is a little rundown of what's new to Good Luxe Vintage!

Mod 60s psychedelic bikini, size small

Mid century peachy button up blouse, size medium / large

70s ascot tie nautical secretary mini dress, size medium

Floral Peter Pan lace collar maxi dress, size xs / s

Plaid A-line skirt with eyelet lace trim, size small

Vintage Bass woven leather cream kitten heels, size 8

Floral prairie mini dress with eyelet lace trim, size small / medium

And last but not least... I'm playing around with some free business card software courtesy of Avery Labels. They offer all sorts of FREEEEEEE templates for business cards, address labels... you name it, they have it. You can design right on their site using Flash, no programs to download. Then you save it as a .pdf and either print it yourself or get it printed professionally at Kinkos/FedEx Office like I did. I'm really pleased with how my "cards" came out. They're mostly for tucking into Etsy packages with a thank you note. It costs $1.29 a page to print on cardstock at FedEx Office. Here's my first edition... I will definitely be making new designs :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Decorating thrifty kitsch style

To make a long story short, I just moved into a new house with my significant other and I'm finally getting started on decorating. Today I tackled the living room mantle. Using Pinterest pins for inspiration, I came up with this somewhat temporary arrangement. Half of our furniture isn't moved in yet so this is kind of a work in progress. I'm tired of looking at boxes. The second photo is of my book nook. Definitely still under construction. I'm pretty proud of the chair and ottoman... It cost $11 total for both ;)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Weekly Thrift Haul

In an effort to start updating this blog more often, I'm going to start a new feature about my weekly thrift scores and things I had to leave behind. Without further ado... here we go!

I found the set of 4 melamine burlap tumblers at a Salvation Army on their 50% off day. I already have 8 of them that my boyfriend's mom gave me but I can never leave these behind. They're in pretty good shape but one has a crack on the outer plastic. I may keep them to add to my collection or they may go up in the Etsy shop. I love the pastel combined with the natural burlap. They're super tiki, summer bbq style! $3.59 for 4, but half price so I got 4 for $1.80.

I also found the little ice cream dishes at the same shop. Definitely keeping these :) They're perfect for ice cream sundaes. I'll be keeping an eye out for more so I can complete the set. $1.59 for 2, but half price so I paid $0.80 :)

The two pairs of vintage sunglasses are in need of a serious cleaning but they're just my style. I can never leave sweet 70s / 80s shades when I find them. The top pair is a great purple shade, the bottom pair is an avocado green. I wish I had a picture of the side arm details. I think a good cleaning and a little dab of Goo Gone should make these wearable. Definitely keeping the purple pair, the green pair may end up in the Etsy shop. $0.99 each, but half price, so I paid $0.50 each.

The amber / yellow glass decanter is from Am Vets Thrift Store in Lakewood, CA. I actually was going to pass on it because I'm trying to only buy things I will actually use or sell, but something convinced me to grab it. I'm glad I did. I don't know anything about this type of glassware except that I see it pretty often in the thrifts. It will look cool with my vintage bar accessories. I paid $1.95.

I found the bar set at the Salvation Army as well. Upon close inspection, I realized it was real wood and stainless steal, made in Japan. You can't quite tell from the photo but it's really good quality and looks like it was never used. Since it's made in Japan and judging by the packaging... I'm assuming it's from the 70s. Any ideas? It was $4, but it was half price day so I got the set for $2. 

The crazy floral pattern is a maxi skirt I found at Am Vets. It's handmade and a bit too small / not my style so it will be in the Etsy shop soon. 

And finally, the gold / white towel is from Am Vets as well. It looks like it was never used... it's still super plush. A good washing and it will be a nice addition to my bathroom. I paid $1.95.

Not many clothes this week but more housewares, which is never a bad thing. I found so many clothes recently on our cross country road trip that I think I may have run out of luck locally ;) More to come next week, but in the meantime - what have you found lately in the thrifts / yard sales / estate sales?