Wednesday, October 10, 2012

On the Rhode Again

I haven't spent so much time with my twin sister since the womb. 

She recently took the leap from working for the man to working for herself. Unpinned from her desk job we were able to undertake a joint venture to make a buck. We teamed up to work at Brimfield Antique Fair. Three times this summer she drove from Philly and I drove from Boston to meet in Brimfield. Working together in the tent was fun and we learned a lot but we were subjected to exposure and exhaustion. To be honest I might have killed anyone else working in such an extreme situation. We were lucky to have each other. No better support system than your twin sister. 
Bad Twin and Good Twin 
After all that hard work Good Twin and Bad Twin are on the road again in Rhode Island. This time it was purely for pleasure. We really like hunt for bargains so we headed for an estate sale in a barn on the water. 
What a view.
Good Twin scored some great nautical items for SquidWhale Designs and a kick ass camp sign.  

After the estate sale it was still early and we did not plan beyond that. We headed to a thrift store but when we got to the listed address it wasn't there. We circled around but still couldn't find it. We were up the river without a paddle. Then I remembered a man with a motor boat. Ted bought a sweet vintage wooden boat when we first met him at Brimfield. The boat wouldn't be sea-ready but Ted had always extended a warm invitation to check out his antiques store, Acktiques, in Warren, RI.

The Twins looked no further and looked Ted up. Coincidentally he was no more than five miles away. 
Eureka! We found Acktiques! (and so can you ---> 489 Main Street, Warren RI 02885, call 401-575-1111) The door was locked and the lights were dim but we could see Ted inside smiling back at us. He welcomed us into his shop, which he opens for appointment only, and we got the grand tour. 
Inside Acktiques 

The space is shared with an artist, his wife. 

Watch your head when going down into the basement and be warned there are NO Transylvania pastries. 

What a treat it is to see a collector's collection. Especially if there's The Cyclone!

Is that Ronald and Nancy Reagan? 

Ted's tour didn't end in his shop. He walked us down to to see an old friend, the Avion! Ted let us use his camper as a pseudo break room at Brimfield. Good times! 

Ted is taking care of this house for the owners who live abroad. The house is gutted. While some girls may shy away from such an adventure both Good Twin and Bad Twin jumped at the chance to trek through the house. The old floor boards and studs have charm and history. Good Twin barely made it up this spiral staircase. 

There was no handrail and she was terrified. Now you know her camera smile is totally contrived.   

I wasn't joking about the boat. 

Ted's tour didn't end there. Ted took us on a short walk to meet LeeAnn Herreid. She welcomed us into her studio. She makes jewelry that works, literally. Compass cuff links  level earrings, and measuring tape bracelets. Look at the phillips head buttons she gave the Good Twin. Cool! 

This is a boat kitty. He comes to visit LeeAnn for cuddles. 

Ted knows us ladies like to find the deals and he had been at an estate sale earlier in the day and wanted to take us back there. We all crammed into the bench seat in Ted's truck. 

R.I. is pretty. So is Ted's truck. 

Estate sale

Thrift stores.

Free corn.

Free lunch. Thanks Ted! 

Ted took us on a crosstown tour. We went to every thrift store and consignment shop in the area. You might call it speed shopping. The adrenaline was flowing and the finds were out there all we had to do was snatch them up and keep moving. 

Hello Tom.  
Before we knew it the sun was getting low in the sky and we were back at Acktiques having an afternoon coffee reveling in our magical mystery tour of Warren R.I.

 Good going Teddy. Thanks so much for whisking us gals around town all day. Look, Good Twin already has that shabby raccoon up for sale. 

x o x o x
T h e   B a d   T w i n 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Thrift Store Gods, Part 2

Good twin here with the second installment of "Thrift Store Gods". The Gods were good to me this week, so I thought I would follow up to the bad twin's post with yet another tribute...

My story begins at my favorite thrift store, the Goodwill Outlet. If you haven't visited one before, here's the skinny: Everything from home goods, to books to clothing are dumped into huge blue troughs that are approximately standing height and you dig for your treasures. Every hour or so, a bell is rung signaling the shoppers to clear out and the bins are refilled. Once you've exhausted yourself and you're ready to check out, you bring your cart to be weighed. The more pounds you've amassed, the cheaper the load. At 50+ pounds, you pay only $.79/pound. It never ceases to amaze me that the more you buy, the cheaper it gets.

I've had consistently good luck at my local Outlet, but last Tuesday I hit the jackpot. The first item I saw when I entered was this huge antique steamer trunk (and, of course, I bought it right away).  Three hours and two trough-refillings later, I would discover what I believe were the contents of that trunk ...

Second score, an iconic vintage howling wolf tee that I'll most likely be keeping for myself/wearing as part of my Halloween costume as Bret from Flight of the Conchords.

And, then I hit the motherload ... a huge lot of Edwardian Era - 1930s historical garments: stiff front tuxedo shirts, gorgeous cotton pique and cotton lawn waistcoats with mother of pearl studs, petticoats with hand tatted lace, a pair of mens white leather dress gloves, a silk overskirt with pleated silk ribbon trim - the list goes on ...

This 1920s dress I dug up is on it's way to  Lisa of Vintage Archives in Chicago. She's going to fix her up real nice!

A last minute score, found underneath the troughs by my thrifting buddy Jessica: a real sheepskin scottie dog toy with tattered pink silk ribbon around it's neck (!!!) ... 

The whole load, all bagged up:

Since my big score at the Outlet, I decided to sell all of these beautiful historical garments as they are. I love their imperfections as much as I love the beautiful natural cotton and silk fabric, the handwork, the incredible attention to detail and the craftsmanship that went into making them. Here's a little peek at some of the garments that will be haunting the shop later today, in all of their as-found glory. Hence, this week's update is entitled "The Haunting"...

Thanks for reading! I'll leave you with this picture of me from last Tuesday's trip to the Goodwill Outlet, after 3+ hours of digging the bins. I think Jessica, who took the picture, was inspired by the afterglow, the late afternoon light, the dusty, musty Archaeological vibe of my outfit and how it matched the sun-bleached hammock swing we found on our way out of that magical place. Oh, and of course she was inspired by the Thrift Store Gods who were smiling down upon us. :)

The Good Twin