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Reader Q: Letters?

Reader Stephanie is looking for letters, “Do you know of a place to buy Letters? Individual letters made from metal, wood. Variety of sizes? I want to get a collection of S.” – Stephanie.

Image from Living Etc.

I’m thinking to check out eBay and search under “Vintage Letters”, “Antique Sign Letters”, “Sign Letters”, ” Marquee Letters”, or “Letter S” perhaps? Although I tend to bet the best ones are at flea markets… Of course, I’m sure websites exist that sell them. Maybe try Buy Sign Letters, Sonrisa Furniture, or these chunky cardboard letters at Re-found Objects?

Hmmm. We may need to consult master letter expert, Victoria. (See her previous letter posts here.) Maybe she knows where you can find a good S or two. She seems to love Timeless Treasures in San Francisco. Maybe you could call them? Oh, and I found this thread over at Typophile, these peeps seem helpful. You could jump in on that conversation.

Fabric letters from Anthropologie. Oh, and don’t form words that are mean like this… he he. Image via NY Magazine. Can you imagine doing this? Don’t laugh. It gets worse. I actually met a couple years ago that had a neon sign over their bed that said the s-e-x word in bright pink, so I guess anything goes these days. Or not!

Image from Wary Meyers. Ah. Much more tame than the last image. :)

The living room of Kristian in Frankfurt via Apartment Therapy.
She found her letters at a flea market. Very nice – simple yet bold.

Can anyone help point Stephaine to some resources? Online, perhaps?

Posted in reader questions, vintage on February 21, 2007

Jane Foster Screen Prints (UK)

I can’t recall if I’ve blogged about Jane Foster before, but I just love her work. Jane creates 50’s and 60’s Scandinavian inspired screen prints and ceramics in her Brighton, England studio. I adore her limited edition prints below, aren’t they great? Click here to view more from Jane Foster.


(images from jane foster)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, vintage, walls on February 13, 2007

Flea Market Finds at Blue Bell Bazaar – Hurry!

Hurry! Blue Bell Bazaar just posted some fabulous flea market finds in her etsy store that you’ll want to scoop up quickly since she usually sells out fast. These look like items you’d see on display in some of your favorite rooms in Domino magazine, don’t they? I want the parrot cage and all of her owl mugs!


Thanks Gosia for spreading the news about your beautiful store with us.

(images from blue bell bazaar)

Posted in etsy, events + markets, vintage on February 05, 2007

Book of the Week: Flea Market Style

Joy speaks so fondly of Emily Chalmers that I had learn more. I found out that she’s authored (and co-authored) several books, one being Flea Market Style, which seems to come with rave reviews on all the book websites.

After purchasing it and falling in love, I decided to post it as book of the week because it gave me a Springy feeling, like March is just around the corner so chin up! Aside from budding trees and warmer temps, Spring brings cleaning and organizing the home, along with refreshing the decor. And there’s no better way to refresh than to hit flea markets because you are supporting sellers, saving money, and more importantly, it does the planet good to recycle. Queen Flea Victoria says that out in the Bay Area, the Alameda Market kicks off this weekend. For those of us wrapped like a mummy in winter gear, attending an outdoor flea is months away. That’s why I’ll live through the pages of Flea Market Style and of course, Victoria’s blog.

Flea Market Style is a beautiful book, it’s not the typical flea read, where everything leans more on yee haw Country (roosters and plaid) or the all white Shabby Chic style. While it’s hard to define the style, picture fresh cut flowers in a canning jar, on a metal folding table, in a Notting Hill flat with soaring ceiling, crown moldings, and a sweetly upholstered 19th century French Louis XV sofa against a soft blue wall, and there you have it. The photos are so gorgeous.

Books like this one are really helpful for those who may not have the eye to source amazing finds. I have friends who’ve accompanied me to Brimfield and they just don’t get it. They don’t have the vision to get excited about it. To them, it’s all junk. I don’t fault anyone for that because we all have talents in different areas. I’ve been going to fleas since I was a toddler (with my mother and grandparents), so although I can’t couldn’t compose music or write code to save my life, I can find potential scores at flea markets.

For a flea market junkie, this title offers plenty of styling ideas, and for those a bit overwhelmed by the thought of combing a huge market, helps them develop an eye for precious finds so the shopping experience becomes exciting. The more you look at pictures, attend fleas with friends who are savvy market shoppers, and my #1, have in mind exactly what you are looking for, the more beneficial your trip will be. The days of coming home, stressed and exhausted, opening your bag wondering what you were thinking, are over!

If you need any flea market tips, just ask. So many readers are complete junkies, I’m sure one of us can offer some advice. Once Spring comes, I’ll post a list of some of the best flea markets to hit, look for that in mid March.

Pick up a copy of Flea Market Style on Amazon for $18 right here.

(image from amazon)

Posted in Books + Magazines, events + markets, vintage on February 02, 2007

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