First day of Autumn arrived. The sky starts shifting its brightness bathing the world below in more muted hues. This year is flying by...
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Another view without the neon on and the Elgin showing. Looks great either way!!!
Fantastic vintage neon clock advertising Elgin watches and clocks. It doesn’t get much better than this!!! Found at an estate sale a while back. Saw it in the kitchen and stood there until someone came and tagged it. It had to be removed from being inset into the wall. So nerve wracking but it all turned out perfectly. In great working condition. Great Art Deco design. Very large statement piece!!!
#estatesalefinds #vintageelgin #vintagestoresign #vintagesign #gufts #unusualgifts #uniquegifts #designer #decorator #setdesign #vintagedecor #ressurectedoddities #wehoshopping
Back in LA a week ago today. Missing this view and the English countryside. There is nothing quite like it!!! Until next time...
A very cool early 20th century leather prosthetic arm and shoulder with a hand that has movable thumbs mounted on a custom metal stand. Definitely advanced a lot since this model was made!!!
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#911 #vintagefiremanshelmet ##vintageamericanflag
If you are in Beverly Hills this month try and stop by The Paley Center to see the exhibition of an upcoming sale of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia presented by Profiles in History. Not only are there costumes and oversized photos by Milton H. Greene but also a fascinating collection of her personally owned photographs from her early years when she was still known as Norma Jeane. Always gives me a thrill to be able to see so many pieces of Marilyn’s life in one place!!!
#marilyn #marilynmonroeauction #profilesinhistoryauctions #paleycenter #beverlyhills
Vintage Mickey Mouse concrete garden statue found at Ardingly Antiques Fair on Tuesday from a dealer I know who bought it at a sale from Pinewood Studios. Another incredibly heavy find!!! YIKES!!! Too good to pass up though!!! Definitely not hand luggage!!! Ha! Ha!
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I found these vintage shoe molds on custom stands last week at Kempton Antiques Market. Instant collection!!! Not especially hand luggage though as they are quite heavy. Why does everything I buy weigh so darn much!!!
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We are not in Kansas anymore Dorothy... Flea markets are very different here!!! Up at the crack of dawn to go to Kempton Park Racecourse Antiques Market.
Taxidermy has returned in a big way!!! I couldn’t believe how much there was. Not my thing but obviously somebody’s. I did buy an amazing cool thing which I will be posting. I have to now figure out shipping. This will be a challenge. If it works out it could pave the way for lots more bigger buying!!! #kemptonparkantiques #englishantiques #americaninengland #taxidermy #weirdstuff
... And then this just happened which is something I would never see out my bathroom window in LA!!! Random but true!!! When in Sussex make sure either your shades are drawn when you come out of the shower or you have a towel handy. It was a heck of a lot closer but by the time I covered up and grabbed my phone it was already floating away. Too funny!!! Summertime in the eccentric English countryside!!! Oh my!!! #england #summerinsussex #eccentricenglishman #americaninengland
A return visit to Petworth today revealed this Victorian wedding dome circa 1880. Most of the time these have been dismantled for the dome or the individual pieces inside. This one is intact. There is no fading of the red velvet or tarnishing of the gilt. If must have been lovingly cared for over the years. I have always been fascinated by these as souvenirs of a couple’s marriage. Each one is different and unique and tells it’s own story. The pillow on the chair holds the bride’s bouquet as in this example or may feature a head piece or other mementos worn on the day. I ended up buying the horse I posted so I am still pondering this one. I already have a collection of these so adding another takes a moment to decide. Good thing I know the dealer from many years of collecting over here in the UK!!!
#petworth #petworthantiquecenter #england #antiqueweddingdome #gifts #uniquegifts #unusualgifts #designer #decorator #setdesign #wehoshopping
Back to the bustling metropolis of Guildford, Surrey. This town is the closest one to my nearest Starbucks and it is a 28 mile round trip from my house!!! Ha! Ha! Lovely drive though. It even has it’s own castle!!! A much different pace of life here. Nice for a change. Been coming here since 1980 when I moved nearby. I have seen lots of changes but there is still a familiarity and comfort in the things that have remained the same. Lots and lots of memories...
#guildfordtowncentre #surrey #england #americaninengland
Jet lag has been horrible this time for whatever reason!!! I ventured out to Petworth this afternoon so as not to fall asleep during the day at home. I wandered all around and didn’t find anything at the usual places I go until I came upon a shop that was closing and the saleslady said I was welcome to look around as she was just tidying up. I came upon this wooden horse from around 1800 and fell in love!!! I haven’t actually bought it yet but I am really tempted!!! If I wake up thinking about it then it may have to come home with me. (That is if I can actually fall asleep...). Wish me luck tonight!!!
#antiquewoodenhorse #petworth #gifts #uniquegifts #unusualgifts #designer #decorator #setdesign #vintagedecor #wehoshopping
Landed in the UK yesterday. Woke up this morning super early and couldn’t get back to sleep so I went to the Ford Car Boot Sale near Arundel in West Sussex at the crack of dawn.
Found a few things. The Art Deco pottery jug is from a company called Richmond and is hand painted, signed and numbered. The shell casket is a really old one and is in amazing condition considering how fragile it is. The University Pocket Case Mathematical Instruments (still contained inside) is The Students Complete Outfit with Quality & Accuracy Guaranteed. The retractable telescope is from W Ottway & Co. Ltd. Ealing London, 1915. The little book entitled The Storm of Life had to come home with me because of the lovely cover.
Now the oil painting in the next photo was so covered in brown smoke and grease on the glass that you couldn’t really even see it clearly. I took a chance and bought it and came home and cleaned it up and was pleasantly surprised at how well it came out!!! Nap time now...
Oops didn’t mean to post the oil painting photo twice!!!
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I couldn’t resist going back for another viewing of the upcoming sale “That’s From Disneyland”. If you have an opportunity to see this don’t pass it up!!! I missed a few things the first time around as there is so much to take in. So glad I got the chance to go back and experience it again. Next up is the actual auction!!!
#thatsfromdisneyland #disneyland #disneyaddict #disneyauctions #vaneatongalleries
@lilyjcollins and I spent Sunday afternoon previewing the upcoming auction ‘That’s From Disneyland’ presented by the Van Eaton Galleries.
Reliving and sharing my childhood memories of early Disneyland through to Lily’s own memories was quite the special treat!!! So many people came together to see it all and talk about their own experiences. There were quite a few families ranging in age. Everyone was in such a good mood. I believe that Disneyland really does bring out the best in people and brings them together. No wonder it is called “ The Happiest Place on Earth!!!
If you are in LA or plan on being here up until August 24th you have to go see this amazing exhibit collected by one man and his passion for all things Disneyland!!!
It will definitely make you smile!!! #lilycollins
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Antique shooting gallery target. Mounted on a custom base and ready for display. Unusual and rare. A great combination!!!
#antiqueshootingtarget #shootinggallerytargets #gifts #uniquegifts #unusualgifts #designer #decorator #setdesign #vintagedecor #ressurectedoddities #wehoshopping
Summer nights at Waverly on Doheny. Uniquely decorated mannequin from a well know swimsuit designer here in California many moons ago along with vintage photographs of her and her team along with her son. Thought I would add a window full of shells all bought from an estate sale from a couple who collected them over the years and create a boardwalk with found fencing and hung a bleached wooden sun also found. Crabs and lobsters along with the odd bits and pieces came from a party supply store. I thought it came out how I imagined it!!! Doesn’t always work out that way. Ha! Ha!
#vintagemannequin #gifts #uniquegifts #unusualgifts #designer #decorator #setdesign #foundobjects #vintagedecor #summer #fleamarketfinds #wehoshopping
Retro 8ft long wood studio prop ‘Train Station’ sign. Great decorative piece!!! Can anyone identify it?
#trainstationsign #gifts #uniquegifts #unusualgifts #designer #decorator #setdesign #wehoshopping