Favorite Finds.

Friends, things have been slow in the vintage shopping arena lately — not much to report. Between it being the dark of the Chicago winter and a continuous stream of illness in the household, I haven’t really gotten out much. You’re probably going to be seeing a lot of Link Love posts in the upcoming weeks…and a new feature I’ve been thinking about — Favorite Finds. As I have to continuously shift things around in the apartment making ever more room for our delightful babies, I am making bigger and bigger giveaway stacks as I deliberate between what I really love and what I can do without. In doing this I’m reliving some of my favorite purchases over the years and thought I would photograph them to see if you love them as much as I do.

First up: this bust that I got from the basement of a Candace estate sale about six or seven years ago.

Look at her, in all of her chippy glory. Every time I touch her, another paint flake falls off — it makes me crazy. I’ve thought of spraying her with a fixative to see if that stops it but don’t want to alter it in any way. So I just try to leave her be as much as possible.

She was at a sale in Hyde Park, and I had had no luck in the main part of the house, so headed around the side of the house to the entrance of the basement. I love basements at Estate Sales. It’s where I have the most luck. A lot of times, the person whose house it is has re-located all of their old stuff to the basement to make room for the new, improved stuff, which, as you know, I don’t find so improved. Candace’s basements are the BEST. I mean this in the most complimentary way: they are usually junky, overflowing, and dirty. AWESOME. I think more snooty estate sale companies resist taking on houses that are overtly messy, but I get the idea that that’s never stopped Candace, and I have ALWAYS found better stuff at her sales than any other sales in the Chicagoland area. And I’ve said this before, but Candace doesn’t overprice stuff, and she loves it when you find something she hasn’t seen yet. I just adore her.

I think I paid $5 for this bust. I’m not sure what she’s made out of, but it’s a very heavy metal, whatever it is. The shoulders, which are unpainted, are kind of copper-y.

Her eyes are closed, and she has a lovely, peaceful look on her face.

No markings that I can find on the bottom. She’s definitely art deco, right? Anyone have any insight? I would love to know more history on her.