How to Update Your Space with Outdated Art

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I found this fantastic poster of Velvet Underground album art drawn by Andy Warhol.  Andy Warhol is my favorite artist,  Velvet Underground is a terrific band, I love lips, and old coke glasses… how could I say no?

I wanted to frame it, but not with your typical college frame, I needed something more.

Since I am always on a budget I first sought out frames at Hobby Lobby. Ugly metal frames were going for about $20, I bought one and realized it was too small once I got home.

This is when I realized I was going about it all wrong, I needed a quality frame for my work.  So I went to the Goodwill with a tape measure and searched for art work in frames large enough to hold my Warhol print.  I wanted a metallic polished frame to fit my room, because my favorite colors (or lack of colors) to work with are black, white, and shiny.  Shopping for a frame is similar to shopping for a house: pay no attention to what is inside of it!  Only look at the BONES, the structure that is holding it together.  I came across this metallic and black number for $13 and bought it on the spot.

I look it home, took it apart, painted the matts black, and put it back together.  It took all day (granted I was photographing and video taping along the way) but I am so happy with the result!  Hard work pays off. And I barely paid a thing!

You can watch my video to see the entire process, and check out these pictures below.

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Antiquing! What are we thinking?

mini gramaphone for 45rpm records

Mini gramophone.  Plays 45rpm records.  Its small size would make a great gift for your record collecting friend, or really for anyone who loves music.

You have just found buried treasure, X marks the spot, you have uncovered a beautiful gem that will become yours and no one else’s.  These are feelings experienced while antiquing, thrifting, vintage shopping. As Macklemore says “One man’s trash, that’s another man’s come-up.”  We love the thrill of the hunt and having something that no one else has.  That was the hipster mind set, but since hipster has become mainstream.  Now that mindset is blurred among the population as a whole.  Do I sound pretentious?  good.

The true “stylish” as I shall call them, now have to dig harder and deeper to find what will become completely their own.

we found a polaroid, I took a polaroid

Molly and the Polaroid.  As Macklemore might say, “we found a Polaroid, I took a Polaroid.”  My friend Molly loves photography, and when we came across an old Polaroid camera with a case and filters included, it was a very tempting buy.  Instead we just played around with it.  I used the warm filter it came with to take this Instagram… an artistic observation of Instagrams antique filters vs. the real deal.  This is not Kelvin, this is real life.

I went antiquing in the city of Orange the other day.   Talk about a walk down memory lane…

It was hard walking past a single row without nostalgically thinking “that looks like my grandmas” or excitedly proclaiming “we used to have that in our cupboard!”  …along with all the other antiquers beside me.  These memories are comfortable reminders that our ancestors lived in material worlds too.  Comforting, because we remember our generation isn’t the only greedy one.  Why do we care so much about material goods?  Because they’re pretty?  Because it’s cool?  Because it makes you feel better about yourself.  I’m just as guilty as anyone else.  I love my shit!  Humans love their shit!

Another great thing about antiquing is how we are re-purposing goods.  Our purchases do not add to the amount of products floating around in the world, instead they simply relocate possessions from one hand to another. We are recycling goods, which is another popular thing to do in this day and age, thank God.  I would much rather buy something old and used, instead of the many items out there that are made purposely to look vintage. (We should try our best to keep from adding to the material consumerism, or if you must, buy local and support your neighbors instead of the masses!)

Vintage Pink Sewing Machine

Vintage Pink Sewing Machine.  My ideal find would have been an industrial machine built into a desk, but this pretty in pink Sears machine is just wonderful.  A perfect gift for a lover of sewing, fashion, pink, or all of the above.  Not a perfect gift for someone who wouldn’t appreciate the fact that it only has a few stitching options.  Sorry ladies, you cannot program your own monogram into it, but I guarantee it still functions and will continue to function forever.

Below and to the right are some of my favorite findings. I couldn’t afford them (except that GORGEOUS dress shown at the bottom, so instead I just took pictures) please enjoy the antique filter used, taken on an iphone 4, I really need to start carrying around a camera.   There I go again… more materials please!

These were all found at the Antique stores in Orange, aka “Old Town Orange”, aka “The City of Orange”, aka “The Orange Circle.”  If you live in the Southern California area and love antiquing I highly recommend this strip.  You really can’t pass two shops without running into another antique store.  Even between these shops are quality restaurants and boutiques, also ideal for anyone who enjoys “that special and unique find.”

Eat at Haven Gastropub if you’re into delicious brews in a hip environment, or if you’re a non drinker Old Towne Grinder serves rare and obscure bottled soda.  Stop at Cafe Lucca when you need a break for superb italian gelato.

light up glove

light up globe.  I’ve seen these on pinterest and I love them.  I was surprised to come across this one.  I didn’t realize it was a thing back then.  I absolutely love it.  Great gift for a world traveler, or maybe someone who needs to “see the world through a new light” wink wink.

If you love antiquing, have been to The Circle, or know of any worthwhile locations to go antiquing, I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

Vintage Lace Slip, #selfie

Vintage Lace Dress.  This beautiful dress was most likely a slip or nightgown from the 70s because I have never heard of anyone wearing anything this see through in public before 2010 when this fabulous see through trend began.  But what do I know?  I’m a 90’s kid.