2016 is booking up quick!

I’m all booked up the entire month of June, and the last weekend in August. I’ve got inquiries for May and July. Please don’t wait too long before reserving your date with me!

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Holiday/Housewarming Party – December 2014

I was hired by an acquaintance to provide dishes, linens, servingware, and other decor items for her holiday / housewarming party. All of the plates, platters, linens, candlesticks, etc., came from my rental inventory. We got to use one of my favorite items – the big coffee urn. She filled it with homemade chai, and it stayed piping hot the entire evening.

I loved seeing my stuff in action. It was a small gathering – about 35 people, and it was a warm and cozy event, set in her SE Portland bungalow. Because it was a smaller party, I was able to use the wooden handles mid-century flatware, of which I have a limited quantity. My vintage china looked beautiful in the candlelight.

She was a very happy client, and her guests commented all evening about the lovely plates and glasses they were using.

 

Not just business time

I love all things vintage. I don’t just buy this old stuff for the rental business, I also buy it for my own household. The expression “they don’t build ’em like that anymore” is a common phrase in my house – because it’s true. I don’t know exactly when the days of planned obsolescence began – but for a stretch of time there, products were made to last, and last they do.

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My house is full of mid-century appliances, cookware, furniture, and electronics – all thrifted, of course. My 1970s Sony radio is a prize possession, scored for 10 bucks. The reception is unreal, I’m sure I’m getting channels from outer space.

I’ve picked up decades old Kitchen Aid mixers, Cuisineart food processors, percolators and espresso makers – and all of them still work. I use them on a daily basis.

I highly recommend buying vintage if you come across something you want or need. A lot of places will let you test out electronics before you buy – and even have return policies on electronics (make sure to ask before you purchase). I am at the point now, with my vintage product knowledge, that I will even buy a non-working item with the intention of fixing it because I know once it’s restored to working order, it will be worth the time and effort.

Happy thrifting!

What’s with all the Pyrex?

IMG_0051 I started collecting Pyrex years ago, before it became such a hot retro item. I’d pick it up at garage sales and thrift stores for a song. I remember the day I realized something was up with my old Pyrex. I was at an ordinary garage sale, and the lady had several sets of nesting bowls. Thinking I’d hit the lotto, I was ready to pounce on it all. When I asked ‘how much’, the sound of screeching brakes was all I heard in my head when she told me. She did not give me garage sale prices. I walked away with just a few bowls, not the mother lode I had hoped for.

But I am persistent, and have been able to find many good deals since then. I have a saying, that when I walk into an estate sale or thrift store, I go through it first with my ‘Pyrex eyes’, scanning quickly and looking for nothing else except those bright Pyrex colors. My Pyrex eyes have won me a few pieces away from others, when I’ve been silly enough to shop with other collectors. Also, my ability to hip check hasn’t hurt either.

IMG_0058 How does the Pyrex fit into vintage rental? I envision lovely buffets, with long tables covered in bright bowls and divided casseroles. Or family style service, with each table passing around salads and entrees in beautiful Pyrex. My collection of mis-matched china table settings look even prettier with their color coordinated Pyrex companions. I have so many pieces to choose from, in many different colors. And I’m always picking up more – because you can NEVER have too much Pyrex.

Adding More Items All The Time

I am always out and about, searching for all kinds of vintage pieces to add to my collection. And my friends are too! Here are some items that were discovered by one of my pals, while I was sleeping late one day. I am one lucky girl to have a friend like that! She has great style, knows my taste, and has a VAN!

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