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Doily Bombs

I recently attended an exhibition for Bette Levy at the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany. I was pleased to see “doily bombs” all around the outside of the building as we approached the reception. I spoke with some of the artists who participated in the “doily bombs” and I’m hoping it will spread across the river to Louisville. How can you pass up beautiful vintage doilies? I took some snapshots for your viewing pleasure. I especially love the doilies wrapped around the tree trunk. Perhaps I’ll do that in my front yard.

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20th Century Cincinnati

My husband and I attended 20th Century Cincinnati this past Saturday. It was truly a vintage mecca. Most of the vendors sold mid-century items and there were a few Art Deco booths as well.  One of my favorite things was the special exhibit about Bakelite. I’ve never seen so many Bakelite radios in one place! There was also a lot of Bakelite jewelry on display along with some backgammon games and silverware.

 

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Dixie Highway

Dixie Highway may not seem like a fabulous vintage shopping spot but it’s a vintage oasis! I went out with my friends Camille and Tanya a few weeks ago to the Dixie Highway Peddler’s Mall and the Dixie Trading Post to look for one-of-a-kind treasures. I found some depression glass sorbet dishes, vintage plates, a desk lamp and other accessories!  We even found an amazing vintage microwave at the Peddler’s Mall but had no use for it so it couldn’t come home with us. Check out these kitchen canisters that I found though, for just $10!

 

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20th Century Cincinnati

20th Century Cincinnati is making it’s 18th annual return this weekend! (February 25-26). It will be held at the Sharonville Convention Center and will include over 60 dealers!

Needless to say, I am super excited about it! It’s only $7 to get in and goes from 11AM-5PM.

Vendors include: Modernism Magazine, Retro Renovation (which is one of my favorite blogs!), Broadway Antique Market, and Dreamlight from Louisville!

The Sharonville Convention Center is located at 11355 Chester Road just off 1-75 at the Sharon Road exit (exit #15). Parking is free!

http://www.20thcenturycincinnati.com/

 

 


Glasbake

When shopping for vintage glass, it’s important to know the differences in the brands. Glasbake is a well-known brand of vintage glass and bakeware. It was introduced by McKee Glass Company in the early 1900s. The spelling was originally Glasbak, but was changed to Glasbake. McKee Glass Company became a division of Thatcher Glass Corporation (1951-1961).  Jeannette Glass of Jeannette, PA gained control of McKee Glass in 1960.

Glasbake produced by Jeannette Glass will most often have a J prefix followed by a number om the bottom of each piece.  Jeannette Glass closed their doors in 1983.  (That’s how you can tell when your Glasbake was made. If it has a J prefix it was produced after 1960.)

 

 

Delphite

Every time I’m with my sister shopping for antiques and vintage finds (which is often), I ask her, “What is that blue glass called that looks like Jadeite?” Every time she answers, “Delphite.”  I was afraid I kept getting on her nerves so I finally remembered to write it down and then decided to blog about it. Many of my friends have never heard of or seen Delphite before so I figured it was a great jumping off point for the new direction I want to take for this blog. My plan is to start providing my readers with more information (history, facts, etc.) on interesting vintage and antique items. These posts won’t be daily but will be often.

Delphite (pronounced del-fite and nicknamed Bluebelle) is a Depression-era opaque pale blue colored glass. It was first made by Jeannette Glass company in the 1920-30s and other companies like Pyrex and McKee. Delphite is highly collectible and scarce (but not impossible to find) so keep your eye out when you see pastel blue glass at estate sales or thrift stores.  The most common Delphite glass items are kitchen canisters, measuring cups, bowls, drip jars, and shakers.  Dinnerware items are also available like plates and cups but were not produced as much as the kitchenware.

Jeannette Glass Company began at the end of the 19th century as a bottle plant in Pennsylvania. In 1925 they introduced color and began producing some of the most popular lines of dinnerware and kitchenware including Jadeite and Chalaine Blue.

Here are some Delphite items currently for sale online.

Information from:

http://antiques.about.com/od/madeofglass/g/aa031409.htm

http://www.pyrexlove.com/delphite-bluebelle-mixing-bowls-400-series/glassware/ 

 

Flea Off Market

The Flea Off Market is a once-a-month outdoor bazaar that will take place in the heart of Louisville, off Market on Shelby Street. There will be dozens of vendors each month offering a wide variety of tantalizing wares. There will be books, records, bicycles, kittens, antiques, cool old junk, used tools, fine arts and crafts, fresh-cut-flowers, esoterica, live music, and entertainments for all ages (bring the kids!) The Flea Off Market will also have food trucks selling toothsome delights and plenty of refreshing alcoholic beverages.

So come on down to The Flea Off Market! It will happen the second Saturday of every month, along Shelby Street and in the lot next to Salvo Collective, 216 South Shelby Street (between Market and Nanny Goat Strut Alley).

The next market will be tomorrow, December 10th from 12:00-5:00 PM. Fly Away Fox will be there selling all kinds of vintage stuff! Here’s a sampling of our vintage inventory to give you a taste of what to expect tomorrow!

New Etsy Vintage Store

It’s time to celebrate Cyper Monday! Fly Away Fox recently opened a second Etsy store dedicated just to vintage! We’ve got about 13 items currently listed including vintage cake stands, owls, and more! Since it’s Cyber Monday, Fly Away Fox is offering 15% off of any purchase! Enter junecleaver28 as the coupon code with your purchase to receive the discount.  It’s today only though so check out my shop! http://flyawayfoxvintage.etsy.com

Check out some of our inventory below!

Mod Cloth

Mod Cloth is a website that sells vintage and designer items. Their stock includes everything from clothes to hip retro accessories.  Not everything on the website is vintage, many items are by indie designers. Their collection is eclectic and offers something for everyone whether you want skinny jeans or a mid-century June Cleaver style dress. I chose a few of my favorite items to show you. Mod Cloth was started by one person and successfully grew into what it is today! Learn more on their website through their history and browse their collections!  http://www.modcloth.com/

 

 

Jadeite

I love Jadeite. It is characterized by an opaque, pale-green color and looks a lot like porcelain and milk glass. I think it has a sophisticated retro feel and really adds some great color to your tableware and kitchen. I’ve seen it a few items at Antique Malls but many of the items are very expensive because they’re collectibles. Paula Deen collects Jadeite and her website had some great factual information about it. Read on below.

McKee was the first to manufacture jadeite, but the Jeannette Glass Company is credited for coining the name. However, Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation became its largest producer. In 1942, Anchor Hocking debuted the popular Fire-King line in a variety of colors, but jadeite (or “Jade-ite” as the company calls it) remained in high demand for 30 years.

The stain- and heat-resistant tableware was served in frugal diners across America. Additionally, restaurant owners could save money by serving coffee in thick-rimmed “cheater mugs” that appeared to hold more than they actually did. The simple design of the Anchor Hocking Restaurant Ware was one of the most popular lines produced from 1950 to 1956. Today, Restaurant Ware is also the most collected, in part because of its sheer abundance. Read more.

Here are some photos of Jadeite items that I’ve seen on my vintage shopping trips.