“MonkeyPod” is a word you will often see stamped on the bottom of wooden Mid Century pieces. But what exactly is and how do you identify it? Today we will explore this mid century staple.Read More
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
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
As you all know, hunting for treasures is my favorite thing to do. And while a part of my heart will always belong to Craigslist, lately I’ve been cheating on Craigslist and am having better luck on Facebook Marketplace.
A few months ago a got a message from my friend Rebecca asking if I had ever used Facebook Marketplace. I’ll be honest, I didn’t think it was as much of a “thing” as it is and I hadn’t ever seriously explored it. Rebecca started sharing some of the things she had recently purchased for her new house (which is amazing, go check out her posts) and I was instantly HOOKED. She had gotten the best deals in Michigan, I had to explore what was going on in DC.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