Saturday, March 19, 2011

Thrift Art Gallery - Charley Harper

I was walking Stella around the neighborhood on a Friday evening & happened upon a yard sale.
The family had a series of garage doors open in an apartment building & everything was for sale.
I immediately found a few framed prints that I was interested in & this signed print by Charley Harper just happened to be in the mix.
I actually couldn't read the signature & the frame was cracked at the bottom...but I thought it was neat and the price was right, so I decided to take a chance.  I'm not going to lie, it also reminded me of the "Tiger Blood" Charlie Sheen's been yapping about too! Lol.  Thankfully, I linked up the Apron Thrift Girls Thrift Share Monday post & a few wonderful folks identified the artist for me.
After doing a little research, I discovered that this is a signed serigraph by Charley Harper titled "Cool Carnivore" and it was released in 1979.  Mine is # 597/2000.
I love the graphic feel of the image & think Charley Harper is amazing...but the image will probably make its way into my Etsy Shop soon.  

"A cat in the water? The Bengal tiger likes it and you would too if you had to wear a fur coat in the steamy jungle. But when your coat is a status symbol, many would help you off with it. One maharajah helped 1150 tigers off with their coats. Others, to remain competitive, included cubs and fetuses in their tallies. In this century, hunting and habitat destruction have dramatically decreased the Bengal count. Keep cool, big Bengal-and beware of man, the ominous omnivore." - Charley Harper

Cheers ~ Lara

Friday, March 18, 2011

Thrift Art Gallery - G. LeLong

Paris Le Concorde
I'm so excited that in just a few short days I'll be traveling through Europe.  One of my favorite cities is Paris...I just can't wait to be there again!

In honor of the trip I wanted to share this beautiful estate sale collection of of watercolor paintings by French artist G. LeLong.  
Le Place Vendome
Paris, Norte Dame
These beautiful Parisian art prints, are all signed by the artist and hand colored in France. The title of each piece is signed in pencil. 
Le Place Vendome
These prints remind me of the beauty & style of Paris 
& feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to see it again!

Thrift Share - A few fun finds

I'm linking up with Apron Thrift Girl's Thrift Share Monday post again...
and this week I though I'd show you some of the fun things I've run across lately.

I couldn't resist this vintage 1978 Optical Illusion Toy.  The Mirage 3D Hologram Maker was in it's original box & I found the instruction booklet laying astray on another table. 
Try to touch the object that appears on top of this fascinating optic mirage disc... there's nothing there! The object is actually below. Displays an unusual parabolic optical effect. 9" diameter. 
You can still get them new online, but I just love this vintage model.

I also came across this sweet set of prints a few weeks ago at a goodwill.
I wish I had a place to hang them. They would be perfect in a child's room.  
They are already matted & just need to be framed.  They will be a nice addition to the the shop.

I've been on the lookout to find a vintage scale, and finally came across one at a goodwill a few weeks ago.
It's a little bent & dinged, but seems to weigh accurately.  

Though I stuck to my guns this past week & didn't do any thrfiting...
I did do some dept store & online shopping to get ready for my trip to Europe.  
I hit the jackpot at Burlington Coat Factory.  There is a massive clearance area in the back of the store at DelAmo Fashion Center in Torrance.  I seriously spent $130.00 & got 13 shirts, a skirt & a pair of pants!!!  SCORE!
I'm so bummed though, I splurged on a this new pair of Frye boots for my trip & got em on eBay. 

They are black & flat & studded & so cute...but they KILL my feet.
I wore them to walk the dog the other night & got 2 big blisters the 1st time out.  
I guess I'll just stick to my old faithful Cowboy Style boots & be a happy footed traveler.
Just as a reminder my shop NowSoLA will be closed while I'm away, but I'll be back up and running with new finds in store after the 1st week in April!
Cheers ~ Lara

Monday, March 14, 2011

Thrift Share - What a Week

I had some really great thrift scores last week, so much so that I've told myself no more thrift shopping till I return from Europe in 3 weeks (though I don't know if I'll be able to resist!)

My week started off with these beauties.
 I posted more on the Thrift Collective about this sweet pair of Steelcase chairs & vintage magazine you can read more there.

I'm doing some redecorating (thinking I want more "Hollywood Regency" feel) & have been keeping my eye out for some lamps, chairs for our living room & a new coffee table for the den.
Well, I sure hit the jackpot on lamps this week!!!  
I'm in love with this pair of spicy mustard yellow lamps & the white bamboo urn, and think that the more decorative yellow one is pretty cool too.  

I also scored big at an estate sale where I got tons of vintage dresses & fabrics.  Some of which have already began to trickle into my Etsy shop NowSoLA.  
You can preview more of the items on my blog post from last week.

My honey grew up in way Upstate NY & is a hockey fan, so I picked up this tabletop hockey game for him cause I thought it seemed kinda cool...then I realized he could care less, and that it was quite a collectable item...It's a Bobby Orr Table hockey game made by Munro in 1973.
Last but not lease, I found these two 70s or 80s style graphic prints for $10 each.  I've already hung up the red & blue metallic piece, and will probably resell the tiger.  Anyone recognize the artists?
Thanks for helping me figure out this is by Charley Harper!
It's a numbered serigraph titled Cool Carnivore 597/2000.

Thanks for stopping by & I hope you enjoyed my recent finds.  Be sure to check out all of the other amazing goodies over at ATG's Thrift Share Monday :-)
Cheers ~ Lara

Friday, March 11, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Dresses & Fabrics Sneek Peek

I just love Estate Sales that have closets full of vintage dresses, and was lucky enough
to come across one last weekend.
I picked up so many lovely looks for Spring & Summer, here's a little peek of what's coming
to NowSoLA Vintage in the weeks ahead!
If you prefer to make your Spring & Summer wardrobe, this same sale had some beautiful fabrics too!
To complete your look, don't forget to accessorize...these lovely scarves are a wardrobe must!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

New Items in Store!

I added some fun new items to the shop tonight!
SOLD -60s Lime Green Dress with Rhinestone Buttons by R & K Originals
SOLD - Vintage Maxi Boho Dress by Pret A Porter
SOLD - 60s Blue Leopard Print Shirtdress by The Stroller
Vintage Stamps from Mongolia & Bahamas

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