Does anyone remember my first visit to the Addison Studio Sale? I still recall the feeling of walking into the back room and needing to pinch myself. It felt like I was in a little boutique in France.
Now a few years later when I walked into the Studio Sale I still felt that same excitement. Julie Addison is one of my favorite people in the Bay Area. I often talk to her at Alameda and I'm afraid that I probably trip over myself complimenting her. She's been so inspirational to me and to my business. I've learned about what to buy, how to use vintage items in crafts and especially how to market products. She loves what she does and you can see her passion behind her words and the products that she sells. We both talked about how much we love selling small bits of vintage wonderment.
Fabulous Collection of Ephemera
Every thing lovely and vintage under the sun was waiting for their fans and customers last Saturday. The store was packed. The sale was in a relatively small space and as I circled around probably 15 times, every single time I saw something new and different. I continued to add items to my bag up until the last minute before I checked out. The sale was held Saturday and Sunday with a special sale day on Monday. If I lived closer to Berkeley I would have gone every day. Even now as I'm writing this, I wished I had gone back on Monday.
The prices were mixed. Some items I could buy for ReSale and make a little money on, other items were priced at what I would say was retail. I bought some to sell and some to keep. I still walked away with a very full bag of vintage goodness though. I was so delighted with everything that I bought.
My favorite purchase (which isn't pictured) is a Line-O-Scribe machine. You can see how one works here. It was originally made to create small signs for businesses. At the top of my Thrift Wish List is a Letterpress machine. I adore anything to do with type and fonts. I buy old copper stamps every chance that I get. I collect alphabet letters. When I was a young child I had a store called The Do It All Shop where I would focus on stationery supplies. When I do open an Antique Curators store I plan on having a very large stationery section. The more New Old Stock the better.
I haven't made anything with my Line-O-Scribe yet. It actually intimidates me but after seeing the blog post that I linked to, I want to start to play with it. Once I figure it out, I'll feature it and what I create with it in some future blog posts.
These incredible cabinets held watchmaker supplies. Another fondness and weakness of mine. These were probably a steal at $145 each but I didn't buy any of them. They were filled with watch maker supplies.
My purchases included old gummed poison labels, Scheaffer's pencil lead, vintage aluminum glitter, the sign making machine, a book on Type, French linen ribbon, old bags that held car chains, wooden sporks, box of metal type letters, bottles of pen ink and Graffco metal signals.
It was a pure thriftary delight to have spent two hours at the Addison Studio Sale.
If you missed this sale, you can find them at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire. It's my favorite destination at the Faire.