NorthStar Vintage on Tumblr

April 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Because I really need more social media in my life I’ve started a Tumblr blog.

Starting it up with bad/good outsider art and surrealist vintage ties.

Spring Sale!

April 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

The sale section of the NSV Etsy store was looking awfully empty, so I’ve marked down some items and moved them in.  Sale items include vintage ties, belts, and mid-century modern housewares.

Please click on the image to go to the sale.

Busy! In a good way.

April 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

I’ve been buying like crazy and trying to get it up online as quickly as possible, so I haven’t paid much attention to this blog or my Facebook page.

So, finally, here are a few of the things I’ve just listed in my Etsy Store.  I am so lucky to be able to find such amazing items.

Vintage 50's Florida Souvenir Scarf

Vintage 40's Rayon Paisley Fabric

Vintage 50's Harness Racing Photo Print Tie

Vintage 50's Novelty Print Gardening Apron

Vintage 70's Harwood Steiger Six Quails Screenprinted Fabric

Vintage 50's Japanese Novelty Print Fabric

Mid-Century Modern Housewares in the NorthStar Vintage Etsy Store

March 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

My home decor is subject to a constant cycle of accruing, regrouping, editing, and ultimately culling.

As it’s too cold to work on my garden, I’m honoring spring by doing some slightly painful curating.  You can find the results of my efforts in my Etsy Store.

For example:

Vintage 50's Hosiery Store Display

Stove not included

Vintage 70's Danish Modern Style Green Wood Salt Shaker & Pepper Grinder

Vintage 50's Murano Art Glass Sculpture

Vintage 50's 60's Murano Mod Glass Owl

Vintage Steuben Crystal Glass Candlestick

Vintage 50's Russel Wright American Modern Serving Bowl

Vintage 40's Art Deco Miniature Pitcher (Fiestaware perhaps)

Mid-Century Modern Items on Etsy

March 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

I just listed these four vintage 60’s silverplate and enamel trays on Etsy.  These were actually part of my own home decor – I am a sucker for simple bright modernist pieces, but I’m focusing my collecting on Dansk and Copco enamels and vintage plastics.  And Fisher Price Little People.  And mid-century clear glass.  And Danish candlesticks.  And outsider art.  And Lightolier lamps.  And 70’s vintage motorcycle books….and so on.

Click on the image to see the housewares for sale in my Etsy store, including Kaj Franck for Arabia, Emalox, Marimekko, Dansk, and more.

One of my favorite dresses ever.

March 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

This vintage 1950’s strapless gown in iridescent blue and green taffeta. It’s incredible, with its tight bodice and full, draped skirt.  The dress is designed by Fred Perlberg, the master of pretty party dresses (he called them “Dance Originals”), and it’s a true showcase of his talent.

But the main reason I love this dress so much is because it’s the latest find from my favorite picker – my Dad!  He’s been buying and selling antiques for over 50 years, and I am thrilled that he’s using his eye to help me find beautiful things.

Click on the image to see the auction.

Spring clothing in the NSV store!

March 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Find these and more in the NorthStar Vintage Webstore.

Vintage 80’s Green/Pink Dress by Young Edwardian
Vintage 70’s Pink Pierre Cardin Blouse
Vintage 70’s White Courreges Skirt
Vinate 70’s Betsey Johnson Pink Embroidered Dress
Vintage 90’s Sonia Rykiel Silk Baby Doll Dress
Vintage 80’s Carline Herrera Floral Silk Party Dress

One more reason I’m excited for summer

March 9th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Other than sandals, gardening, my patio, swimming in the lake, yard sales, grilling out, oceanside cocktails, and open windows….

My other bike is finally running.  This picture was taken on October 3, 2010 – the first day it was fully functional, and the last decent riding day of the season.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my big 1969 BMW R/50, but this bike is light, and fast, and so much damn fun.  With gas prices the way they are, I suspect this will be my primary mode of transportation once the weather gets warm.  Not a bad way to go!

Menagerie

March 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

I can’t resist anything with an animal theme especially, a LION theme, due in no small part to The Stig, who is sitting next to me and “helping” as I type this.  So I’m offering a menagerie of goodies in my Etsy Store.

70's 80's African Lion's Head Choker Necklace

Vintage 60's MOD Gold Elephant Pin

Vintage 80's Safari Theme Satin Cord Belt w/Wooden Animals (including lions)

Vintage 70's Planter with Goofy Lions

Vintage 40's Jacquard Circus Horse Wide Tie

Vintage 60's Pop Art Butterfly Maxi Dress

Vintage 70's Partridge in A Pear Tree Sterling Silver Pin

Vintage 80's Gold Elephant Chain Belt

In like a lion

March 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

I only wish March in Maine were this cute.

The sunlight through the glass is warm, but there’s still 5 feet of snow on the ground and temperatures in the single digits.

The Stig opens his eyes and sees me with the camera

and goes into his Sun Salutation Pose.