Opening up Capitol Vintage Charm has taught me so much about inspecting an item. I am still not the best at it but with each hunt, I am getting better. I can’t tell you how many times I found something and my gut said “BUY IT” so I did and then got home and realized that in the midst of totally freaking out about actually finding it…I missed the broke knob or the discoloration or the chip.
One of the things I find to be the hardest is determining if an item (usually ceramic/porcelain) is hand painted. Sometimes it is easy to figure out and sometimes it isn’t. But knowing the difference is a huge factor in setting a price. Think of all the man hours and artistry that went into a hand painted item!
Here are my beginner tips for determining if an object was painted by hand… Read More
I don’t know about you but when I think of vintage art, one of the first things that pops into my mind are paint by numbers. We have all seen them, those little kits with the canvas that has light blue or gray lines with numbers inside of the lines. The cute little plastic paint packets with just the perfect shade of blue for your sky. Read More
I feel like sometimes I find folks on Instagram and I fall into a black vortex of investigation. Holly Holden is one of my latest new instagram loves! If you don’t follow her, you should do so immediately. I love knowing what is considered “proper” and “appropriate etiquette” if situations ever present themselves. Also, I think it is just great to get a little refresh of some basics, like how to address an envelope properly. Ya’ll need to sign up for her Mummy’s Monday Manners newsletter! Read More
For years anything that was a porcelain blue and white jar that had an Asian motif was simply a ginger jar to me. I had no idea until I opened my Etsy shop that there were differences. AND that there all kinds of differences in ginger jars.
Here, my friends, is your Asian Porcelain Jar Tutorial…. Read More
Last week we talked about the difference between Wicker and Rattan and it got me thinking about how I am probably really butchering the names of the fibers that actually make up different materials. For example, any basket I see is basically “rattan” to me. Or any natural fiber rug is “jute”. But that’s obviously not the case.
Today I thought it would be helpful to identify the difference in all these natural fiber materials. What’s the difference between bamboo and rattan? Or what is the difference between cane and rattan? Check out the information below: Read More