Antique Spotlight: Collecting Vintage & Retro Patterns

Original Article: Dusty Old Thing

There’s a romance in looking back at the kinds of clothes we wore “back in the day” and a fascination with certain styles from long ago. With so many period TV shows and movies we see some of the wonderful clothes worn “upstairs” or “down”, Edwardian, flapper, frugal during War, extravagant later, bold, modest, strange and classic.

This is Nancy with Dusty Old Thing and I have two favorite periods: The “New Look” following WWII and the ‘60s classic lines. Like many of us, I took Home Economics in school. Sewing and Cooking and Basic Homemaking were required in Junior High for girls. The boys got a shorter course. In high school I took more Sewing along with all the college prep classes. Those were the days when designer patterns were replicated by Vogue and when quality fabric filled department stores.
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Inglewood home with Regency Revival Furniture, porcelain and collectables

Inglewood home with Regency Revival Furniture

 Inglewood, CA

8/ 1, 2015 closed (Sat)
8/ 2, 2015 closed (Sun)

This charming home has many small collectable china figurines, Regency Revival furniture, Dresden style and Capodimonte figural lamps and vintage objects of interest.

We are giving great bargains and most everything is very inexpensive!​

Included in this sale are several Italian Regency Revival high-back chairs, Regency Revival side tables, coffee tables, a Vitrine cabinet display case and a pink satin upholstered Regency Revival sofa. There are numerous china hutches, dressers and a partial vintage Italian bedroom set. Other furniture includes cast aluminum and iron patio furniture and a top of the line electric hospital bed.

There are two vintage 1950s Okeefe and Merritt gas stoves and an enormous Jacuzzi (in need of restoration). There is a large collection of vintage china, glass wear and porcelain figurines, some are Dresden, Capodimonte, or “Made in Japan”. There are examples of Limoges, Chinese, American and British porcelain. There is a partial set of vintage Blue and White, “Blue Willow” and vintage Asian “Famille Rose” china. Also included are large size woman’s clothing including mink stoles and costume jewelry. Also there are many invalid care items including an Oxygen tank, high end Electric Hospital Bed, wheel chair and numerous canes.

5 Tips for Buying Antique Furniture

Antique furniture is a big investment and, well, a big thing to cart home. Before you put time and money into one of these purchases, check out our tips for buying antique furniture – then enjoy the hunt for something unique!

1). Research, research, research

There’s so much to learn about antique furniture! Before you start browsing and seriously making purchases, read as much as you can about antique furniture – especially if there is a certain time period or style that you really like. The more educated you are about the furniture, the easier it will be to spot reproductions and overpriced items.

2). Look for the mark from the manufacturer or maker

Most antique furniture has some kind of mark from the person or place that was responsible for building it – often in places that people wouldn’t see, like the inside of a dresser drawer or the backside of a piece.

3). Look for signs of age

Since the trend now is to make furniture look antique, you might come across a piece that someone has modified to look older than it is. But, there are some telltale signs – first, look for imperfections. If something was handmade, then there will be variations in the woodwork – if everything looks exactly uniform, then there’s reason to be suspicious.

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Toluca Lake – Apartment full of books, records and collectables

North Hollywood

Sat, July 11 – (closed)
Sun, July 12 – (closed)

Toluca Lake Estate Sale, Apartment full of books, Cds, records and collectables. The apartment was the man cave of a Theology professor and is full of books on art, anthropology, history, philosophy, architecture, Art, California history plus world religions. The Lps and Cds are mostly Folk music. He was in the army just after WW2 and had memorabilia from that era. There is also a mixture of furniture, artwork and household items. The furniture includes the following: English Dark wood Jacobean style Court Cupboard or buffet, Mid century modern Lane “Rhythm” dresser, Mid century modern wall unit and shelves, 1960’s hexagonal white faugh bamboo table, dining chair set, several vintage dressers and highboys, Grandfather clock, nice Cedar chest, leather 50’s armchair, floor lamps, Hospital adjustable Invalid bed, very cool 60’s vintage Lucite screen, bookshelves, etc. There is men’s clothing and shoes (some vintage) and costume jewelry, stereo and electronics, etc. There are a lot of vintage kitchen items, and small appliances, toaster oven vintage wool blankets, bedding, vintage toys and lots of slides. Too many things to list!

Oak Park – Tengra porcelain figurines in a full house

Oak Park, CA 91377

There is a nice mixture of furniture, artwork, collectables and household items. It features a collection of Tengra porcelain figurines many that are large and rare!

The furniture includes the following:

English Dark wood style dining table with 6 dining chairs and buffett. King size bed with brass headboard, Queen size bed with brass headboard, full size bed, antique German tea cart, very cool 60’s vintage Lucite screen, small dressers, lamps, chairs and quality patio furniture, etc.

Artwork includes a lithographic work by Roy Lichtenstein, Christian art, 50’s mid-century art, Nasa art, Chinese scrolls and an antique Italian oil painting.

There are men’s and woman’s clothing and costume jewelry, cameras and electronics, etc.

There are a lot of newer kitchen items, pot and pans, cutlary, small appliances, microwave, crystal, vintage dish set, newer Kenmore refrigerator, bedding, towles and sheets, children’s toys, books and Bibles and Christmas decorations, tools in a full garage. Too much to list.

Conifer Street
Oak Park, CA 91377

Sat, June 27 – 8:30am – 5:00pm
Sun, June 28 – 9:00am – 4:00pm

Agora Hills – Quality furniture, artwork, books and household items

Agoura Hills, CA 91301

The house is furnished with a nice mixture of quality furniture, artwork, collectables and household items.

The furniture includes the following: Italian / French parlor sofa, English Tudor style 15 foot long solid Oak dining table with 12 leather covered Charles 2nd style dining chairs, Teal green sofa sectional, wooden coffee table, French ormolu and parquetry side table, dark hand painted Bombay dresser, antique Mission oak cabinet, marble topped French night stands, ornately carved King size French headboard, solid bronze figural based glass topped coffee table, ornate French ormolu and parquetry office desk, lovely antique “birds eye” maple Italian / French ladies Vanity, antique German tea cart, small dressers, lamps, daybed, media cabinet, BBQ,  patio furniture, stackable Whirlpool washer and dryer, Books, many small items, too many things to list! [/fusion_text][

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Westlake Village Home Estate Sale

Westlake Village home with household items and collectables estate sale. You are welcome to bourse our next estate sale. This is a large home that is great to rummage around in.

We must clear out this house so come on over for great deals and bargens!

Included in this sale will be furniture, antiques, numerous vintage figurines, a wonderful French vitrine, bar items, TV’s, Dining room table with 6 chairs, twin beds, Full size bed, desks, office supplies, Lady’s clothing, linens and bedding, crystal, glassware, silver-plate, porcelain, kitchen items and many whimsical collectables, golf clubs, books, artwork, bookcases, Lp records, old cameras and binoculars, slide projectors,  picture frames, plants, tools, patio furniture, BBQ and household items too numerous to list. There is also a full garage. Dealers are welcome!

May 23 and 24, 2015
Westlake Village, CA 91361
Times: Closed

Antique Porcelain, French and Italian antiques, Fine Art, and collectables Estate Sale

Antique Porcelain, French and Italian antiques, Fine Art, and collectables estate sale. You are welcome to bourse our exclusive invitation only estate sale. This is the home of a collector of fine porcelain, fine art and curiosities.

Included in this sale will be a wonderful collection of Royal Vienna, Meissen, Dresden and other fine 19th century porcelain. There are oil paintings by listed artists, numerous small vintage figurines, silver and silver plated items, wonderful French and Italian showcases and parquetry inlayed vitrines, an Italian Sofa Parlor set, Chippendale dining room table with 6 chairs, wonderful Victorian bedroom set and French Louis 16th revival bed set, vintage clothing, old violins, flatware, late 18th century tea table, Victrola Phonograph, fine linens bedding, fine Louis 16th chairs, and many whimsical collectables too numerous to list. Dealers are welcome!

May, 2015
Studio City, CA 91604
Times: Closed

Estate Sale of Jimmy Z

This is the Estate Sale of Jimmy Z who was a popular bodybuilding promoter. Jimmy had excellent taste and his house is furnished with a nice mixture of quality furniture, artwork, collectables and household items.

The furniture includes the following: Mid Century Italian style glass display cases, Teal green sofa, loves seat and ottoman, Bamboo dinette set with four armchairs, Bombay dresser, antique Mission oak Grandfathers clock case, rustic fireplace mantel, Travertine marble coffee table and fancy side tables, office desk and dresser, German tea cart, very cool 60’s vintage Lucite screen, Chinese screen, bar, newer full size bed with mattress, small dresser, lamps, media cabenet and quality vintage patio furniture, etc.

Artwork includes works by Roy Lichtenstein, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso and original Mid Century abstract oil paintings, antique and vintage prints and Egyptian papyrus art.

There are women’s and men’s clothing and shoes; plus designer and vintage costume jewelry, vintage mannequins, vintage electric fan, 48” flat screen TV and electronics, stereo speakers, office supplies, etc.

Other items include a nice mid century china set for 12, Dorothy Thorpe glassware, crystal, Asian items, books, records, CDs, VHS tapes of body building, some memorabilia, miscellaneous collectables, etc.,

There are a lot of kitchen items, pot and pans, small appliances, washer and dryer, apartment size refrigerator, bedding and bath items plus a full garage. Too many things to list!

Burbank, CA 91506
Times: Closed
March 21/ 22 2015

2/ 14-15, 2015
Northridge, CA

This is the sale of the personal effects of a retired Police Sargent from Downey. They include a large collection of pocket knives, like new in the original boxes, mens wrist watches, less than a year old sports and active mens wear from Big Five and Cabelas and other clothing. There are kitchen items, many unused and still in their original boxes, glassware, mugs, utensils and flatware, plus novelty items, tools and exercise equipment. There is furniture like a desk, bunk bed, shelves, end tables, chairs, coffee tables, a bamboo bar with bar stools, grandfather clock and art. The clothing is mostly men’s sizes large and extra large, shirts, Tee shirts, jackets, sweaters, pants size 36 to 38, plus men’s shoes size 9. This is good quality clothing at very affordable prices! Prices are very cheap! $1. – $10.00. Will sell in bulk or one at a time! Other antiques and collectables are for sale too! Come on over and see. Check back for updated photos and descriptions.