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December 16, 2013Vicki And Her Fun Vintage Barware at Chic Vintage Goods!
Hope you are all having a wonderful Monday! I am pretty excited about today, because I get to introduce you the wonderful Vicki, who is a vintage barware lover. Which is pretty fantastic in my book, since I am a barware nut myself. So, everyone give a big welcome to Vicki from Chic Vintage Goods!
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a bargain shopper. In college, I frequented thrift stores to find cool retro clothing at affordable prices. Then when the world of eBay opened up to me, I found I could bargain shop and make money at the same time. I no longer buy for myself, I have too much fun doing it for others. The thrill of the hunt is addicting… I would much rather go to a thrift store than the mall!
I generally gravitate towards mid century modern and vintage, I think I must have had a past adult life in the 1960s… I just love what came out during that era: clothing, cars, furnishings, even fonts that were used in ads! I especially love finding cool vintage barware, they just don’t make it like they used too!
My first score was after I read a book by Lynn Dralle, “The 100 Best Things I Sold on Ebay”. Once I started reading it, I was riveted! Her stories of how she profited from all sorts of things was extremely inspiring. … Fortunately for me, I used to live close to a retirement community, so estate sales were commonplace each weekend. The first Saturday after reading that book I made sure I was at the sale when it started at 9:00am. The place was already filled with many people. I made a beeline for the dining room table filled with all types of glassware and pottery, large and small. I picked up a small attractive little bud vase. Just as Lynn mentions in her book, I turned over the vase to see if there were any markings, like I would recognize anything I saw, NOT!? Nevertheless, there was a signature I couldn’t quite make out, a mark that looked like a letter, and some other undecipherable marks. I figured I would pop the $6 and take the little vase home with me …
I immediately jumped on my computer to do research on my new find. The signature looked like “Friberg”. So, I typed that name into my computer and boy was I ever in shock! It turns out that my little vase was made by a famous mid-century modern Scandinavian artist, Berndt Friberg. He was very well known and his work was, and still is, very sought after, not to mention pricey. The “x” mark on the back dated this piece to the late 1950′s. I took great time and care to list my very first eBay item, it took me nearly 7 months! I finally put it up for auction, and 7 days later it sold for $512! I’ve been hooked ever since!
Wow, Vicki, that vase was really a find! And I am totally in love with your vintage glasses, especially the Pussycat set. And thank you so much for the coupon code. We are very excited to have you on NPR!