Collecting: Vintage Turner Airbrush Prints

29 Jun

IMG_2039 Recently, I’ve gotten into hunting up vintage Turner Manufacturing Co. prints. These mass-produced mid-century era prints have a distinctive look, with pastel colors that fade into one another. The flamingo print pictured here (so sorry for the glare; it hangs in my dining room and is very hard to get a good photo of due to all the windows) is the most popular with collectors. There’s not a lot of information to be found about Turner prints. They were manufactured in Chicago, and were very inexpensive…appealing to people who could not afford fine artwork or were decorating on a budget. They feature birds (flamingos, cranes, cockatoos), flowers, ladies in old-fashioned Victorian dresses and bonnets, leopards or country scenes….bland, pastel, idealized images that would have made them the Thomas Kinkaid prints of their time. I like them a lot! (I have a soft spot for Kinkaid prints, as well, so go figure.)IMG_2043 The 1950’s color palette appeals to me…this flower print is part of a set of four prints; I’ve only managed to find two. IMG_2042 This is the other one. I’m not sure if they were originally sold together or separately; Turner prints were often made to be displayed in pairs, for example, there are lots of sets where one print is of a fancy Victorian lady, and the other is of a dapper Victorian gentleman. IMG_2040 I found this one at the flea market last month. When I researched it on the internet, I found an identical one that was listed for upwards of $400, and the print was described as “rare.” Since then, I’ve come across several more on this web…all Turners were mass-manufactured, so I doubt that there IS a rare Turner print, and I estimate the value much closer to the $20 I paid at the flea. Turner also made mirrors with the prints as decals, and sold prints in mirrored frames; these items have a really nice 1950’s look to them. The first Turner mirror I ever saw was inside Disney Studios theme park. It hung in the lobby of the Prime Time Café when I visited as a junior in high school in 1990–the year after it opened. I don’t think it is still there; the restaurant’s décor, although still 1950’s themed, has been updated/refreshed. I’m not sure I can adequately describe how wonderful I thought the Prime Time Café was on that first visit. I would have happily moved right in!IMG_2041 This print with the cranes is the same large size as the flamingo print pictured above; both hang in my dining room. They are from the flea market here in Nashville, and I paid significantly less than identical prints listed for sale on Etsy or Ebay. If you are interested in Turner prints, I encourage you to search locally for them; they are quite common and easy to source in antique stores, vintage stores, estate sales or flea markets and you will likely find much better prices than you will see on-line.

Happy collecting!

Mrs. T

How to win at estate sales

21 Jun

IMG_2027 Look, it’s my dining room! Now with 100% more drapes. Ever since we moved into this house (3 years ago), I have been procrastinating about putting up curtains in our dining room. There have been several good reasons for this–the Mister put up blinds when we moved in, so curtains weren’t necessary for privacy. The ceiling is high, and so I needed panels that were 94″ in length, which is longer than most of the easily available panels at big box stores. And…I’m a curtain snob. I wanted lined, pinch-pleated drapes in a nice (not polyester) fabric. Those sort of drapes either have to be ordered from a company like Smith + Noble, or custom-made. And for windows of this size…that’s not cheap. I was looking at $1,400.00 from Smith + Noble…with a coupon! I could have saved money by making them myself, but since each panel takes 6 yards of home décor fabric at $15-20/yard, and I needed 4 panels for this window, plus lining fabric at about $8/yard…I could have saved money, but I was still looking at a big investment. Plus, I would have had to do the work myself, and I really, really hate making window treatments. I mean, haaaaaate. I’ve done it before, and ugh. Awful. So, I did nothing. Well, I complained a lot about the cost of custom drapes and how much I didn’t want to make them myself, and I occasionally looked at fabric websites on the internet, so not nothing, per se…but yeah, pretty much nothing.
IMG_2028 But I do go to estate sales. And when I do, I always check out the window treatments in the home, because they are frequently for sale…especially if the home will be torn down after the sale, which happens a LOT in my neighborhood, where investors are buying older homes and tearing them down like crazy, only to put up two new, ugly faux-Craftsman nouveau bungalows in their place.

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And so the Mister and I happened upon a sale last month in my neighborhood, and I walked into the dining room in the house–which was clearly going to be another tear-down, and I was like, whoa! Those curtains might work! I asked the person running the estate sale if they were for sale, and she said yes…and I held my breath and asked the price for 6 panels (enough for my dining room AND living room). Guess how much, you guys? $30!

I paid $30 for six fully lined, raw silk 94″ pinch-pleated panels (that’s 36 yards of 54″ drapery fabric + liner total, which is a value of about $1,000 in fabric alone). I mean, $30?? That’s like, two weeks of Keurig cups at my house. (Possibly we drink too much coffee.)

So, I had them dry-cleaned ($96–it’s a lot of fabric and I honestly expected it would be more) and the Mister hung them from curtain rods I bought at Target ($25 each, I needed one for the dining room and another for the living room). Because they are pinch pleats, they hang from eyelet rings, which were $15/set for 7 sets of 10, for a total of $105. The grand total for curtains, rods and dry cleaning was $206. It was maybe the best estate sale bargain I have ever found, or may ever find.

You may be reading this and thinking, yeah, that’s great and all but I never find deals like that. Y’all…here’s the truth; it’s just not hard. If it was hard, I wouldn’t do it. Want to know the secrets to finding deals at estate sales?

Here they are:

1. You have to actually go to estate sales. Not garage sales, which are typically hodgepodges of new and cheap stuff (although deals can frequently be found, so don’t count them out entirely!) Estatesales.net is a website that lists estate sales in your area, no matter where you live in the U.S., each week. It’s free. Find listings in your area and show up at your local sales. Getting there is half the battle. And no, not all the “good stuff” is gone on the first day–although some things, particularly popular vintage collectables tend to go fast–but you just never know! Finding deals is a bit of a numbers game, and you can’t win if you don’t play. Go to lots of sales, even the ones that don’t look great from their estatesales.net listing.

2. Put a list of things that you are looking for on your phone. This will serve as a reminder, keep you focused and prevent you from making random purchases because you hate to leave a sale empty-handed. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the volume of merchandise at estate sales; if you have an idea in your mind of what you are seeking, you are going to be more likely to find it.

3. Measure. If you are looking for a desk for a small-sized space, measure your space. Measure your windows if you are seeking window treatments. Know your waist measurement if you are looking for 1950’s era circle skirts. Carry a small tape measure with you to sales to see if the item matches your measurements. It’s easier to buy with confidence if you know for sure that the item is the right size for your needs!

4. Be friendly and polite to the estate sale staff. Estate sale staffers tend to (although this is not a guarantee) give slightly better deals to those whom they know, and know to be frequent shoppers/good customers. Not all estate sale companies with bargain with you, but it never hurts to ask, nicely, if the price on the ticket is their best price. If they don’t deal, smile and be friendly anyway–introduce yourself. Maybe the next time you see them, they will remember you as a good customer and will be inclined to give a better price.

5. Be patient. The item you seek is probably not going to turn up at the first sale you go to. Or the first flea market, or the first thrift store. But if you are looking, the odds are in your favor that eventually, you WILL find it!

6. Get over the idea of perfection, and be okay with the patina of age. Secondhand items are likely not in like-new condition–you may have to do a bit of cleaning or repair. Be careful not to underestimate the cost or inconvenience of repair–it can be hard to find people to fix cracks in art pottery, and re-upholstering a couch costs more than you think.  And have a good idea of your own limitations–I’m terrible at removing spots in vintage linens, so I’ve had to quit buying tablecloths thinking I can “fix” them.

7. Take a friend. The Mister is constantly finding things at sales that I didn’t even notice. Sometimes I even want those things!  Plus, if you find something heavy, you’re going to need a buddy to help you haul it to the car, because most estate sale companies have “no lift and load” policy

My daughter came home from a weekend at her dad’s house tonight and took one look at the dining room curtains and said, “Mom, those curtains look royal!”  The look of “royalty” for $206?? I’ll take that. So, what’s on your list? Have you found any incredible bargains recently? I’d love to hear about them…

Happy estate sale shopping and good luck!

xoxo,

Mrs. T

Flea Market Finds: May

2 Jun
Lots of sunshine and lots of great pickin'!

Lots of sunshine and lots of great pickin’!

May is one of the best months to visit the Nashville flea market…there are tons of vendors and the weather is usually good. All of the sheds were full…no matter what you like to search for, it was definitely at the flea this month. IMG_1964 I’m a fan of vintage Pyrex, and I was impressed with these advertising pieces we came across in Wilson Hall. A vendor brought them from Huntsville. IMG_1961 Also check out that huge set of Akro Agate children’s dishes…you know I loved it! IMG_1962 Aren’t those amazing? I have never run across vintage store display pieces for Pyrex. The Mister wanted me to buy them for the booth but the price was very high for cardboard signage. They would be a beautiful accent to the display of a serious collector, though! I’m pretty much a very casual hobby collector where Pyrex is concerned but I love a good display of vintage Pyrex. And you can find one of the best in town in Shed 5–The Mule Barn. IMG_1974 Sharon Smith is the owner of Dish-N-That and specializes in Pyrex and coordinated glassware sets. She’s at the flea market most months (I think she may skip January/February) with an amazing display of Pyrex. Sharon is the lady to talk to if you are looking for a hard-to-find piece in the more popular collector colors of vintage Pyrex. Her prices are similar to what you will find in local antique stores but she only stocks pieces in really nice shape. I love to see what she brings, and it’s always beautifully displayed according to color. IMG_1968IMG_1966 Definitely swing by Shed 5 when you are at the flea…great stuff! IMG_1973 This gorgeous pink 1950’s era outfit would have coordinated well with all the pink Pyrex I found, but as usual, it was too tiny in the waist for me. I did bring home a few treasures, including this jadite perfume bottle.

The shakers are in the photo to give perspective so you will have an idea of the size of the perfume bottle...

The shakers are in the photo to give perspective so you will have an idea of the size of the perfume bottle…

Isn’t this cute? I had never found one before although I had seen them photographed in a jadite collector’s guide. So, it had to come home with me! IMG_1955 Never a lack of “cool stuff” at the flea…I’ll be back next month! What about you…are you finding great flea market or estate sale deals now that the season is in full swing? Tell me about your favorite find in the comments. I’d love to hear about what you are collecting.
xoxo,
Mrs. T

The Nashville Boogie: Recap

7 May
It's a postcard! It's a record! It's a record/postcard!

It’s a postcard! It’s a record! It’s a record/postcard!

Hey ho…so, last weekend, Nashville was host to a real, live rockabilly weekender-type event at Gaylord Opryland Resort. The Nashville Boogie kicked off it’s first year in style, and the Mister and I were excited to go. Well, I was mostly in it for the shopping and people-watching, and the Mister was in it because he is pleased anytime his wife wants to voluntarily leave the house and do something social. (I am kind of a hermit, it’s true. At least compared to the Mister, who is a huge extrovert.)

We skipped the Thursday pre-party, but on Friday we arrived in time to have dinner at the Jack Daniels restaurant at the resort (it was meh–FYI, their hot chicken is not the same as actual hot chicken. Go to Prince’s for real Nashville hot chicken.) and hit the vendor booths before watching the Frantic Rockers and later, Big Sandy, perform. IMG_1876I carried one of my favorite Enid Collins bags, and wore a custom NudeeDudee shirt made from vintage fabric. It was fun to dress to the western theme of the event! The vendor area was nice and spacious and there were no crowds to fight on Friday, so I had a great time shopping. I ended up with two vintage cardigans and a pair of denim cigarette pants from Billie Jo Retro.IMG_1877I ran into Ashley of Lisa Fremont Street blog and YouTube fame…she looked gorgeous (as usual!) in a beautiful green Whirling Turban dress.  She created some special Boogie-inspired hairstyling tutorials in honor of the event, which you can find on her You Tube channel here.  I’m hairstyling-challenged, but Ashley is a talented lady who makes it look easy!

photo credit: Sabrosa Vintage

photo credit: Sabrosa Vintage

Local vendors included Sabrosa Vintage, an awesome collection of curated ladies and men’s clothing and accessories by a former co-worker of mine from the estate sale business. This booth looked great! Hang the Moon vintage consignment had a really nice-looking booth, as well. There was really good representation by local folks…Closet Case Vintage and Katy K designs were there, as well. After the vendor booths, we watched the music but I didn’t take any pictures.
So, here is what I wore on Saturday. We went to the car show in the afternoon…there were lots of really great cars to see–it was an indoor event and the car show area was packed with vehicles from TN car clubs and beyond. IMG_1887Here’s the Mister goofing around by a vintage police car, pretending he’s being arrested.IMG_1894The hood ornament on this shiny green car was beautiful. IMG_1895 My outfit is another NudeeDudee custom…the boots are my mother’s from the 1960’s, and the tooled leather belt and handbag are vintage from the flea market.
IMG_1891 While the Mister and I were trying to find the outdoor portion of the car show, we ran into Dollie DeVille…I’m a longtime fan of her blog, The Rockabilly Socialite. She was just lovely, and very gracious to let me snap a photo with her. I’m usually very reticent to approach people who are well-known, but I promised myself that if I ran into her, I would be brave. Mission accomplished!
IMG_1889 The fashion show was next on our agenda…local designer/bartender Riley Reed put together a really nice event featuring a really beautiful assortment of western wear. Here is another local gal, boutique owner/singer Tanya Montana Coe modeling a beautiful dress by Manuel. This photo isn’t the best but if you look under #nashvilleboogie on Instagram, you will find lots of great shots of all of the fashion show outfits. IMG_1890 My poor old IPhone camera did not do this event justice, so do go to Instagram…the clothes were spectacular. IMG_1892Next up was the Pin-Up Beauty Pageant, and here I am with the winner, Miss Britty Leigh. She did a great job and was super-cute. I hope she enjoys her title and has fun with it!
IMG_1898I changed into this vintage repro dress for dinner…my handbag is another Enid Collins. IMG_1897We had dinner at an Italian restaurant in one of the beautiful atrium areas at the resort. The food was average but the atmosphere was great…in my opinion, this is an excellent venue for the Nashville Boogie–and it can accommodate the growth that it will hopefully have in years to come!

All in all, I was very impressed with the promotional work that was done for the event, and the event organization and staffing…it was very well-done. Kudos to Muddy Rootsfor a great event…we will see you next year!

xoxo,
Mrs. T

Flea Market Finds: April

26 Apr Bring your cart! (Or buy a cart there....)

The Nashville Flea Market swings into high gear this month…warmer temperatures and sunshine mean the return of lots of vendors, which means more great vintage stuff! I stopped by on Friday morning to try to beat the rainy weather…but it turned out to be nice all weekend.  There is nothing I like better than wandering around the fairgrounds and searching through tables of old junk, hunting for just the right thing.

Bring your cart! (Or buy a cart there....)

Bring your cart! (Or buy a cart there….)

So…what ended up in my little red cart this month? I actually hate hauling a cart because it’s so cumbersome but I always buy so much that it’s become a necessity.IMG_1861 This was a great month. I found a fantastic pink metal child’s stove, PINK Pyrex bowls, a nice length of barkcloth (only $5!), a chalkware fish and bubbles, a green train case in great condition, a small red and white striped Hazel Atlas bowl, aqua bowl dated 1956,  yellow Pyrex fridgie, a planter in the shape of a guy playing the accordion, green fridge dish with glass lid, tiny pink swan planter and a cashew tin.

There are so many great vendors each month but Mister and I are always impressed with the vintage clothes and accessories that Susan Moon of Hang the Moon consignment (located at the flea in the Wilson building) brings.

Hang the Moon Consignment...cute stuff!

Hang the Moon Consignment…cute stuff!

Susan offers an eclectic blend of on-trend vintage…everything from shoes to 1950’s dresses to jewelry. She’s going to be a vendor at the Nashville Boogie next week (I can’t wait!) so if you missed her this weekend, you can shop there.

Hang the Moon Consignment

Hang the Moon Consignment

Susan Moon, me, and an awesome dress that is slightly too tiny for my waist...too bad I'm not built like a 1950's girl!

Susan Moon, me, and an awesome dress that is slightly too tiny for my waist…too bad I’m not built like a 1950’s girl!


Hang the Moon...such cute stuff!

Hang the Moon…such cute stuff!

The Nashville Flea Market is open on the third weekend of the month. There are vendors from over 30 states…so you never know what will be there!

How about you…are you a flea market shopper? If so, what’s your favorite flea market find? (I have so many, I’m not sure I could choose!)
Happy treasure hunting!
xoxo,
Mrs. T

Betty Draper’s Vintage Kitchen

22 Apr

Whenever there’s a kitchen scene in a movie or TV show that is depicting the 1930’s-1970’s…I watch carefully to see what items the set dresser(s) selected. I’m a huge fan of the AMC show “Mad Men”, and any time there is a scene set in a kitchen, I’ve practically got my nose pressed to the TV screen to take in all the details. This week’s episode, “Forecast”, set in 1972, featured several scenes in Betty Draper’s kitchen, which is a great set…it’s a 1930’s kitchen that has gradually been updated over the years to include 1950’s/early ’60’s-era pink appliances, so it’s an eclectic mix. bettykitchenNote the yellow Cosco kitchen stool in the background…I have one just like it!

If you are a Pyrex fan or collector, did you spot the Pyrex in this episode? IMG_1820When Betty briefly opens the refrigerator, you will catch a glimpse of a few Pyrex refrigerator dishes in the “Butterprint” pattern, which was manufactured from 1957-1968.  So, if you are a Butterprint collector, you might have the exact same set that Betty Draper uses! This is a set that I have that are supposed to go up for sale in my booth. And they will. Someday. When I can bear to part with them…

Krispy Kan!

Krispy Kan!

Also, you might have noticed a green version of this tin cracker canister in Betty’s kitchen? This is a Krispy Kan, notable for the glass knob full of blue crystals which was designed to remove moisture from the items in the canister. When it turned white, you can re-activate it’s moisture-removing properties by briefly baking the knob in the oven and then screwing it back on the lid. This is actually the second Krispy Kan they’ve used in a Mad Men kitchen–there was a yellow one in Sylvia’s NYC apartment kitchen. Krispy Kans are relatively easy to find and come in several colors including red, turquoise and yellow…I like the cute cracker flowers!

There’s actually an exhibit of a different “Mad Men” kitchen set–Betty’s 1950/60’s era kitchen from the Ossining , NY house set at the Museum of the Moving Image in NYC going on now through June 14, 2015. The photos I have seen look amazing.

What about you…do you keep an eye out for any particular sort of collectible in movies or TV? Are you a “Mad Men” fan? Just a few episodes left in the series!

xoxo,

Mrs. T

Spring is here…

13 Apr

Happy spring! Here I am, dressed to go to the Cheekwood botanical garden to see all the spring tulips. As you can see, I enjoy a theme…and I also enjoy dressing up a little to go to tourist-y attractions. I always think it’s more fun if I am dressed up for it…not crazy-formal, but on the dressier side of casual. Why not?

My 1970’s-era wrap skirt is a $5 purchase from the World’s Longest Yard Sale last summer and the shirt is from the Kayce Hughes annual clearance sale…I paid $12. Cheap, cheap!  I’m always looking for deals and  trying to make my clothes budget go a tiny bit further…IMG_1803Cheekwood is very beautiful this time of year; if you have a chance to go before the tulips are done blooming, you really should. It also features a circa 1935 mansion-turned-art museum with very nice china and silver collections, including some Paul Revere silver. IMG_1801I’ve got some new spring-themed items in the booth, including this Pyrex “Ivy” patterned Cinderella bowl chip and dip with the original cradle. IMG_1793And I’ve got some new Pyrex snowflake…wrong time of year for it, but aqua is such a popular color that I figured that I would put it out anyway….IMG_1796Hopefully spring has sprung, wherever you are, and you are getting to enjoy it!

xoxo,

Mrs. T

Hippity Hoppity!

30 Mar

Easter is less that a week away…I love vintage Easter décor, pastel colors, Easter candy (make mine See’s please!), pretty flowers, new dresses and church services. For me, Easter is also the start of yard flamingo season (I only put mine out in the spring/summer). Easter might just be my favorite holiday. And what is more perfect for Easter than bunny slippers?

photo credit: Boudoir by D'lish at http://boudoirbydlish.bigcartel.com

photo credit: Boudoir by D’lish at http://boudoirbydlish.bigcartel.com

These are bunny slippers for grown-ups made of recycled mink coats, made by burlesque star Catherine D’lish, and available here. Amazing, right? FYI…this isn’t a sponsored post and I don’t own these (on account of, unlike Dita Von Teese, who does own then, my slipper budget is not $499-$599)…I just thought that they were really cool.

photo credit: Boudoir by D'lish at http://boudoirbydlish.bigcartel.com

photo credit: Boudoir by D’lish at http://boudoirbydlish.bigcartel.com

They come in lots of colors, including pink. I KNOW. Sigh. One of you lovely readers needs to buy them and if you do, please tell me how awesome they are so I can live vicariously through you.

But for bunny slipper fans on a budget, we do have options! IMG_1772These are Flip Hops, available on Amazon here for $20-25 depending on your size. Bunny slipper cuteness that won’t break the bank! They are super-comfy…these are actually the second pair I’ve owned…I wore the first out. And yes, I do realize that wearing slippers that are reminiscent of Ralphie’s deranged rabbit costume from “A Christmas Story” could be considered a questionable life choice. But whatever. Dita Von Teese wears the mink version! That probably makes it okay.  (Again, not a sponsored post, I bought them with my own $20 because I genuinely like these goofy things.) I will warn you that they run large, so size down if you order them.

Happy Easter!

xoxo…Mrs. T

Flea Market Haul: March

29 Mar

Hi there! Flea market season starts picking up in Nashville in March…this month had several return vendors and lots of good stuff. Thankfully we are finally having a bit of spring weather…it has been a cold and snowy winter here.

IMG_1768I’ve gotten a few good things this weekend. Here is my haul from today…IMG_1770The Mister spotted the four “Ranger Joe” Hazel Atlas children’s mugs…he had seen Frank Fritz buy one of these little mugs on the television show American Pickers a few months ago and tried to get it for me as a surprise, but apparently they could not locate it to sell it to him. He was so pleased to find them…and he paid exactly what Frank paid! The tin is a coffee tin…I liked the horse decal.  The sampler is from the twenties–I will frame it and put it in the booth. The yellow clock was a bit of a gamble. I love vintage clocks and I always try to stock a few in the booth, but this one was black with dirt when I found it in a jumble of stuff. After scrubbing it for 45 minutes with Barkeeper’s Friend cleanser and a toothbrush, this is how it looks! So cute, right? It works great.

IMG_1764And this is my haul from Friday…two nice barkcloth curtain panels, a great cake cover, two really cute glasses with holiday graphics, a cookbook, a gardening book and the sweet pink McCoy flower pot. So, not a ton of stuff, but I was happy with what we ended up with.

I know that I am a bit slow to update this blog, but if you’d like to follow what I’m up to on a more day-to-day basis, my Instagram link is in the sidebar…it is faster and easier for me to share little bits of what’s going on around here in that way.
Happy spring!
xoxo,
Mrs. T

 

Just a quick hello…

12 Feb

IMG_1678 Hi there! How is it we are already halfway through February? I had the Mister take this photo to show off the paper edging (with cactuses!) that I added to my jadite cabinet…it’s a flea market find, along with the $8 cashmere sweater I’m wearing.
IMG_1671 The Mister took this fun panoramic shot of my booth…we’ve been filling it up–I’m excited about the white Hoosier cabinet we found. You guys know I’ve wanted a Hoosier cabinet forever.
IMG_1672 We went antiquing in Franklin last weekend. I love to see what other dealers put together in their booths. It was so pretty and sunny…I’m ready for spring! Is it spring yet?

xoxo,

Mrs. T

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