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August 23, 2012

Sara’s Crazy and Kitschy Vintage Finds From the Road!

By Sara In AZ

Well you just know that with visiting every antique store/thrift shop/flea market we could get to on our recent road trip we just had to bring some stuff home with us! Without further ado here is what we found.

Hello! We definitely found some stuff didn’t we!!!


Here are some better pictures of each item so you can check everything out better.

But first, we have to get one little thing out of the way. The “What one item did Sara bring home from this picture” question. I know you have all probably lost sleep at night trying to figure it out haven’t you? hee! Just Kidding y’all! Sooooooooooo, what ever could it be? Well……………………


Eartha Kitsch was right, it WAS the Poodle Towels!!! Go Eartha! I just couldn’t pass the set up, as it was perfect MIB! Now the big decision…can I bring myself to break them out of the box and actually use them???? I do not know yet, we will see.


We found 2 rolls of this vintage Style-Tex wallpaper still in the original wrappings. It has streaks of gold in there along with the turquoise.


I thought these Indian Salt and Pepper Shakers were adorable, they were $3.


You know me…I love my fish and mermaid wall plaques! I could not pass up these sweet Fish Wallpockets.


We could not pass up this Vintage Smoking stand for only $7. I love that little laminate starburst shelf on the bottom too. I think shelf could be original, as we saw other ones just like it – the shelf is old at any rate.


Isn’t this Napkin Corral just hilarious! There is a salt and a pepper ‘bullhead’ that you can pluck right off the napkin holder any time you need salt or pepper and all the ‘Made In Japan’ tags are still there so I don’t really think it was ever used. Love it!


I really like vintage kitchen towels, but they are SO hard to find cheap and in good condition. I really thought this one was unique and for $3 I thought that was a pretty fair price.


I LOVE all manner of kitsch and knick-knacks so when I saw these Asian figurines I went right for them! These are made by Miramar of California and are in perfect condition. They were $15.


I did say I loved my kitsch didn’t I! I saw this Asian Chalkware Planter sitting low on a shelf, shoved almost to the back, and had to kind of dig it out. This thing is completely heavy, as it is ALL solid chalkware minus the plastic planter in the middle. I have no idea how it survived this long in such perfect shape but there is not a crack, chip, or repair anywhere to be found! I love it! This was $12.


Yes Ruth, I did buy some Ballerina Pictures! hee! These were only $10 each, and I already have a larger ballerina print that these would perfectly compliment so we snatched them up!


I have always  wanted a Marcia of California Comedy/Tragedy piece. I’ve seen a few different styles of Marcia Comedy/Tragedy stuff like plates and ashtrays and such. This one is actually a covered bowl and it was completely perfect with no chips or cracks anywhere so I knew this was the one for me!


I have also always wanted a real-deal vintage ‘Made In Japan’ bobbing Hula Girl. They are always so expensive though, so I wasn’t sure I’d ever really find one I wanted. This Hula Girl is literally drop-dead perfect – no chips anywhere. She was $13.


I have never in my life came across SO many Enid Collins Bags before. They were not all at the same store, mind you – but scattered about. It was just so weird because I usually never see them for sale, or if I do they are always really high-priced. These were all really fairly priced, at $20 or less.


OMG!!! I seriously about freaked out when I saw this pink shadowbox hanging on the wall. I mean seriously…… Pink+Atomic+Shadowbox=coming home with Sara!!!! I could not get this off of the wall fast enough and I felt like someone was going to come up from behind and try to steal it away from me, luckily we made it out of the store with the shadowbox in hand! This was $30.


This was my big splurge for the trip…a Flamingo. He was $50.  It is the larger Flamingo on the left, the smaller one I already had. This is seriously the largest ceramic Flamingo I have ever seen, I don’t even know if it really conveys in the picture very well how HUGE it really is – even standing next to the other flamingo. It measures over a foot tall compared to the one next to him at around 7” (which is the size you most typically see).  There are some ‘California’ something or other markings on the bottom but I cannot tell 100% who made it. If anyone else out there knows anything about this huge Flamingo please let me know, I would definitely appreciate any info. Anyway, he is in super prefect shape and we were terrified all the way home that we’d have a broken necked flamingo when we got back – but as you can see he made the trip just fine and now he has a buddy!


I hope y’all enjoyed seeing all of our finds from the road!

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17 Responses to Sara’s Crazy and Kitschy Vintage Finds From the Road!

  1. Sherree Reply

    August 23, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Oh my gosh Sara!!!! I just love everything you found; I cannot even pick a favorite. And such deals!
    Looks like you had a great trip.
    I hope you find a mid-mod home soon to display all those treasures 🙂

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      August 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks Sherree!!! 🙂 The trip was super fun and I was really surprised we found so many cute things! And yes, from your mouth to God’s ear that our dream 1950s time capsule house shows up SOON!!!!!

  2. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    August 23, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Oooowhee girl! You DID find some scores! I think that napkin corral is my favorite. That really makes me giggle. And those ballerina art pieces are gorgeous! And wow…that shadowbox…the purses…..hells to the yeah.

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      August 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks Eartha! 🙂 For some reason I completely thought of you when I found that napkin corral. It is pretty hee-larious isn’t it! Crazy that we found SO much isn’t it!!! Gotta love the Mid-West!

  3. Betty Crafter Reply

    August 23, 2012 at 10:34 am

    That shadowbox is amazing!! And you know I’m totally envious over your Enid scores! Under $20 is getting to be so hard to find!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      August 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Betty – I totally went nuts when I saw that shadowbox, I loved it! And I know – what is up with finding all those Enid’s??? That one is the middle back (the white one) $9….can you believe that!!!

  4. Andrea Reply

    August 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    What awesome finds! I love the S+P shakers, and that kitchen towel is utterly adorable!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      August 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Thank you so much Andrea! S+P shakers seem to be my most recent downfall into collecting stuff I don’t need! 😉 And the towel, I super love it and want to use it, but I can’t bring myself to….yet anyway!

  5. Joanna Reply

    August 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Hole-Lee-Crap! Where is this amazing store located?! I will totally take a roadtrip for it!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      August 23, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Hi Joanna, thanks for the comment! HA! I WISH it was ONE store…that would have made it tons easier!!! It was actually a bunch of different stores we went through on a recent road trip.

  6. sablemable Reply

    August 23, 2012 at 10:09 pm


    Oh, that Enid Collins U R the Apple of my I bag is the bomb! You did buy those bags, didn’t you?

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      August 24, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      Thanks Sableeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!! And yes, I did buy all of the bags pictured! 🙂

  7. DeDe Reply

    August 24, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Yowzha! Everything is in stellar condition! I want the pink shadowbox! It is amazing.


  8. rae Reply

    August 25, 2012 at 11:05 am

    great stuff! i love the napkin corral, i have always wanted a salt and pepper shaker set like that! and that big flamingo is gorgeous!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      August 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks Rae! 🙂 I already had these ‘steak picks’ that are a total match to the S&P set, so when I saw that napkin corral I just had to get it! And I am still terrified I’m going to break that flamingo – I think I need to encase him in glass or something!

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