the sopranos have a tag sale


Why, oh why, do I have work during the day? That’s all I could think when I heard that there was a sale of the Sopranos’ stuff in a Queens warehouse. The New York Times covered the event with more than enough detail to make me regret not playing hooky. Shown in this photo, glassware that could have come from Carmela’s china cabinet or perhaps Vesuvio. Though their aesthetic (over the top, new world Mediterranean) is something I have consciously been moving away from my whole Italian-American life, I would have loved to have a trinket from the show. Imagine! Cooking your lasagna in one of Carm’s casserole dishes. Sigh. Click here to see the slideshow and read the full story. — Angela M.

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worth collecting: vintage toothpick holders


Last week we got an email from Fishs Eddy suggesting that their vintage glass Indian head toothpick holder would be a great gift for dad. We couldn’t help agreeing — seriously, have you ever met a man than can resit noshing on a toothpick when its offered? At only $8 it’s a real bargain and totally unique. That got us wondering what other kind of vintage toothpick holders might be out there, and soon discovered that they could be a fun, more masculine alternative to collecting salt-n-pepper shakers. We found some hard-to-resist ones at eBay and Ruby Lane. Shown here, from Ruby Lane, the charming Tree Trunk holder, $25 and a Victorian Blue Milk Glass Hand Holder, $79. Fishs Eddy’s Indian head toothpick holder, $8. And from eBay, the mod Danish Laurdis Lonborg Porcupine holder, $10.

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post off: where are your favorite flea markets?


It’s spring, so my thoughts turn to, “Where can I buy cool, kitschy stuff that I don’t (necessarily) need?” Ah, the season of the outdoor antique show—I’m not talking flea markets selling big box store closeouts; I’m talking entire fairgrounds of vendors offering everything from Pee-wee Herman dolls “mint in box” to vintage Bertoia chairs. Two exceptional fleas near my hometown of Cincinnati are Kentucky’s Burlington Antique Show—where a friend scored the weird and wonderful fake food and doll heads from old store window displays—and the Tri-State Antique Market in Lawrenceburg, IN. Since moving to Seattle, I’ve become a regular at the Fremont Sunday Market (Open year-round!), but I’m itching to find the really big shows. So out with it—where’s the best outdoor antique show in your neck of the woods? And what’s your favorite thing you’ve found there? — Mary T.

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what to collect: vintage seed packets


We spotted a pile of vintage seed packets for sale in one of our favorite boutiques, John Derian. Everytime we step into that store we want to turn around and hit the flea markets. They have such a talent for turning the overlooked into something extraordinary. That said, we’re now adding seed packets to our watch list. There’s lots of crafty things you could do with these, but we’d probably just pin them to a wall or prop them along a window sill. You can check out eBay for some right now.

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check out our contributors (and peek at our stuff)


If you’re a regular Shelterrific reader, you may have noticed a few changes to the site this week. We went from two columns to three, added a few new ways for you to find things, and made it easier for your to share our stories. But what you might not have done is clicked over to our contributors page to read about the gals who give it up for Shelterrific week after week. Each of us offered up a photo of something in our homes that we feel represents us, at least perhaps at this moment in time — it’s always changing! Above, a photo of Mary T.’s beloved light-up squirrel. “How I love him,” she says. “I webbed that chair he’s on myself! One of my prouder moments (but webbing a chair is really simple; it’s finding the webbing that could get challenging; I inherited mine from a friend.)”

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