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Jun. 18th, 2012 | 08:56 am
posted by: zombie_fcuk in leavesoftea

Hey everybody..

Looking for some advice here.

My Great Grandmother passed away and I inherited her china. I absolutely LOVE the china and plan on keeping it for a LONG time.... but I'm still curious as to what it's worth. I've been searching for where I could go in Los Angeles to have it appraised, but so far, I've totally struck out. The few places I have found won't appraise it without a "appraisal fee," or just flat out won't do it.

Any suggestions on where to go in Los Angeles for this?!

The china is "Athena - Yellow Key" by Thun and I've basically got 8 pieces of everything and serving platters, bowls, etc.


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Gorgeous Rugs

Apr. 16th, 2012 | 01:04 pm
posted by: ellymeri in leavesoftea

I am always picking up gorgeous rugs! I began my love with other textiles and have since grown to adore Persian Rugs/Carpets.

Unfortunately my house only has so much square footage for rugs so I've started selling some on etsy here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/EleanorMeriwether?section_id=8032241

Here are a few examples of the antique beauties that I have!

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Darling Teacups!

Nov. 3rd, 2011 | 05:06 am
music: The National | All Dolled Up In Straps
posted by: fantomatiquevie in leavesoftea

I found these at St. Vincent de Paul, and I fell in love with them! I had to buy them.

Here they are!Collapse )

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Bustle Skirt

Sep. 19th, 2011 | 04:41 pm
posted by: ellymeri in leavesoftea

Last week I designed a Bustle skirt.I used one of the vintage fabrics I've been holding onto for awhile. The color is a really nice lilac.

You can see details in my etsy listing.

Steampunk Victorian Bustle


Steampunk Victorian Bustle Skirt

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Intriguing Head

Sep. 7th, 2011 | 04:54 pm
posted by: seekerval in leavesoftea

I picked up this bisque head at an auction about a week ago. One of the staff there told me they didn't know what it is, but figured it was pretty old. A few days later I spoke to a woman at a trader's market event who told me she didn't recognize it or its maker, but guessed it was from about 1820 to 1840. Since the man is smoking a pipe, she suggested it might have been intended to hold tobacco.

It measures a little over 4 inches tall with his hat on, and was once painted more than is apparent now. I can't find a discernable mark, unless the smooth triangle with rounded corners impressed into the stained bottom is a makers mark and not a flaw. Unfortunately, I can't get a clear photo of the triangle. Any ideas? Can anyone confirm or contradict the guess on period and on purpose? Any thoughts on finding more info or on possible value?

Thanks for your input. Enjoy autumn and rummaging for treasures!


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Aug. 30th, 2011 | 06:22 pm
posted by: alitaz in leavesoftea

Recently done up my bedroom and it's quite full of vintage Royalty ^ 
It's still being finished of so it's quite empty at the moment. >.<
For more pictures go here at my livejournal alitaz

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Help with vintage cowboy print

Aug. 16th, 2011 | 06:43 pm
posted by: redlotusgirl in leavesoftea

Hi all!  First time posting to this community. I'm looking for some help with a print I bought today at a thrift store for $6.  It's an old paper poster, framed.  It says "A. Methfessel" on it (though it's part of the print, not an actual signature).  There is some slight water damage to it.  

The image was on the cover of Sunset magazine in 1904 ( http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2002719245/ ).  I can find some reproductions for sale, but no info on how much an original might be worth.  Also, unless it was an oversized magazine, it seems too big to be a magazine cover (about 1.5'X1.5').  I really love the image, so even if it's not worth anything I'll keep it, but I'm thinking it might actually have some worth since I can't find other originals like it anywhere.  Help?

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Everything Must Go!

Jun. 3rd, 2011 | 10:55 am
posted by: honeywest in leavesoftea

I'm having a huge yard sale tomorrow (heads up if you live in or near Atlanta) I posted on Pie some tips for those of you planning a sale and there is even a clip from estate sale expert Cari Cucksey on how to find good deals at them. Check it out!

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China Blue Bird

May. 3rd, 2011 | 06:49 am
posted by: seekerval in leavesoftea

 I spotted this charming little (about 2 inches tall) blue bird nearly lost in a box of items waiting for trash pick up. (Yes, I'm a dedicated scavenger.) He called to me to save him so he's now flitting from one spot to another in my house. But I can't figure out who made him. My knowledge of china and of figurines in general is pretty casual so I was wondering if anyone here could identify the maker's mark on the bottom for me. I couldn't find any like it on my internet search. Looks like a bird flying over water to me, and the "China" is on a clear sticker rather than printed on the bird like the mark is.

Any ideas? Thanks for any help you can give me.

Blue Bird                        Blue Bird Mark

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High Road

Apr. 15th, 2011 | 08:41 am
mood: awakeawake
posted by: honeywest in leavesoftea

I honestly believe I could live happily in a cozy vintage trailer under the right circumstance. I am seriously considering buy one to refurbish and use in my work, maybe even rent out. This one above is owned by a cupcake maker and they rent it out for events. I am thinking as a mobile photo studio... with character. Anyway I have searched the web high and low and posted some of my favorite saucy finds on Pie today.

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