Monday, September 19, 2011

Melamine Melange

I recently came across a fabulous selection of colourful melamine on Etsy, and I just had to share it with you!  All items are from Down East Attic, which is an excellent Maine-based vintage shop.  
If you know me, you know I love all things East Coast (even though I've never been south of the Canadian border)... so I'm pretty excited about this post!

Down East Attic offers a diverse yet cohesive selection of vintage housewares and collectibles at great prices.  The shop is a pleasure to browse; the photographs are beautiful.  But you don't have to take my word for it... check out these wonderful melamine items!

First up, this fabulous blue and white lidded bowl by Vacron:

These colourful Melamine Ware ramekins are so fun!  I bet these would cheer up even the dimmest, drabbest kitchen.

This is a great turquoise Melmac bowl.  Is it just me, or is turquoise always "in"?

These Allied Chemical cup and saucer sets are wonderfully retro!  I love the dark avocado colour.

Which of these colours would you most like to see in your kitchen: turquoise, orange, red, or dark avocado green?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Mid Century Modern for $14 or Less: Part II

Without further ado: MCM for $14 or less, part two!

8.  This fabulous bowl is available for just $7 USD from Retro Home on Etsy.
Mid century modern West German bowl, $7 from Retro Home

9.  For just $10 USD, these beautiful candlestick holders can be yours!  Available from cwoerl on Etsy.

10.  At $9 USD, this fondue set from The Vintage Ruby is an absolute steal!

11.  This awesome faux bois ceramic pitcher is just $12 USD at Gypsy Mouse!

12.  Looking for something to fill that space on your wall?  How about these wonderful mod wall hangings?  Get the set for $12 USD from msmichiganroux on Etsy.

13. Dansk IHQ green glass candle holders, $12.99 USD from InteriorComponents.  Beautiful!

14. This wonderful candle holder set by Solingen Germany is just $10 USD at luola.

There you have it: 14 lovely mid century items for less than $14 each!   
Missed items 1 through 7?  You can find them here.

What do you think?  Which deal is the best?  Have you ever found a great MCM piece at an amazing price?  Please share your opinions and stories in the comments! 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Mid Century Modern for $14 or Less: Part I

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of modern design.  However, many genuine mid century items are quite expensive.  If you're a mod-lover on a budget (like myself), this is for you!  In this mini-series of two posts, I will be featuring 14 mid century modern items priced at $14 or less (before shipping).

1.  First, the item that inspired this series: A fantastic set of party spreaders, available for just $5 USD from The Antique and Vintage Wares Adoption Agency on Etsy.

2.  Also from The Antique and Vintage Wares Adoption Agency, a beautiful condiment caddy priced at just $12 USD!

3.  From my own shop, a white Arabia Finland pitcher for $12 CAD.

4.  This set of three roly poly glasses - also from Pillowsophi Vintage on Etsy - is priced at $14 CAD.

5.  For $12 USD, this set of Lillian Vernon lucite napkin rings (available from ModDom on Etsy) can be yours.

6.  WOW!  This gorgeous wood bowl is available from Myra Melinda on Etsy for just $5 USD!

7.  Looking for retro salt and pepper shakers?  How about this awesome set, available for $5.50 USD from Mad Max Vintage Goods?

That's it for now.  Next time: Items 8-14!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Keeping Things in Scale

I love vintage scales.  I don't quite know what it is about them; I just think they're charming. Maybe it's the mix of beauty and function I find so alluring.   They're so versatile... you can use them in the kitchen, you can weigh packages on them, or they can serve as beautiful candle holders, picture frames or metaphorically-charged (or not) art objects.

Here are a few of my favourites...

I love this retro brown Soehnle scale...but sadly it doesn't work.

This Park Sherman office scale is from ModDom on Etsy:

This fabulous old postal scale belongs to stellabystar on Etsy.  It still accurately weighs packages of up to 50lbs!

Scale as picture frame; brilliant!  This one's from SugarCubeVintage on Etsy:

Here, the Pelouze Portion Controller from Allie Et Cie on Etsy:

And now... Scales and Apples!

This Pelouze postal scale is from Nells Vintage House on Etsy:

This charming American Family scale is from GlassnMore on Etsy:

This fantastic Forschner hanging scale is from VintageRetrievers on Etsy:

This amazing set of antique scales is from Bird In Hand on Etsy:

And, last but not least, I love the look of this Hanson kitchen scale, also from Bird In Hand on Etsy:

So, dear readers... which is your favourite?