Thursday, 13 December 2012

Entertain in Vintage Style - Glo Hill

With the ever increasing popularity of anything Mid Century and Bakelite, it is amazing prices have not increased more for Glo-Hill items. 
Glo-Hill is known for its serving ware, cutlery and wonderful use of Mid Century design and Bakelite.  It was one of the last companies to keep using Bakelite even with cheaper plastics becoming available. 
With the resurgence of "entertaining" at home (Kinfolk Magazine, Simple Things, etc) Glo-Hill prices are sure to climb. 

Entertain in Affordable Vintage Style.

Glo Hill Serving Dish $30
Glo Hill Tray $25
Glo Hill Carving Set $25
Set of 2 Glo Hill Trays $48


Thursday, 25 October 2012

Bakelite Testing

I have always had a fascination with Bakelite; before I knew what it was I had realised there was different quality in plastics.  Bakelite has a certain warmth or patina to it, a wonderful weight and a certain clunky sound. 
There are certain ways to identify Bakelite, I had tried the hot water and smell test....but that left me more puzzled then before.  So I bought tubes of Simichrome Polish off eBay.  (with shipping included, it cost me $14 a tube).  I was very hesitant about testing, I was worried that everything would test negative.  Regardless, I bit the bullet and tested each item.  To my delight, 5 out of the 7 items tested positive.  The Q-Tip turned yellow (to various degrees) when rubbed on the items. 
I find it rather humours that Bakelite, a man made perhaps worth more then many precious metals.  J'adore Bakelite.  
Tested Positive
Q-Tips after being used on the Bakelite or other Plastics

Tested Negative

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Etsy Adventure

Since childhood I've always (and when I say always I mean it) been a collector.  My first collection was probably bottle caps, followed by rocks and feathers.  My parents tell me that I had specific drawers for each in my dresser.  (FYI....this was all before the age of 4)
As a got older I still picked up rocks and feathers, but my taste shifted a little to vintage items just not nature. 
Hence my obsession with West German Potter as a teenager which I would refer to as "ugly pottery" that only I would ever find nice.  By the time I moved into my first apartment I had an ever growing collection.
As time progressed I thinned out certain collections, built others and this cycled continued for several years.
This brings us up to date..... I made the decision to sell instead of giving to thrift stores.  I created a store on Etsy, LuckyPatina.    Very exciting and since the creation on August 16, 2012 I have sold 6 items.  This might not seem like a lot to most people but for me, its huge.  It feels as a way to tie my passion for collecting with my love of retail and all things vintage.
Here are a few examples of the Vintage Goods I'm selling.
1960's Wyncraft Green Sauce/Gravy Boat with Wood Base - $15
Vintage Popeye Brooch Pin - $12