This past weekend I went to a wedding held in a sunflower field. My neighbors in Brooklyn, Juliana and Todd Bieber were married on his family’s farm in Winfield, Pennsylvania. After a late night of dancing, fireworks and s’mores cooked via bonfire, I woke up early to hit the secondhand shops of Lewisburg, a neighboring town.
I had heard about the Street of Shops, a mini-mall of sorts with independent booths stocked full of canning jars, vintage china, records and more. It’s the type of place I can wander around for hours, losing myself in the maze of milk glass and memorabilia. It took a lot of self-restraint but I’m happy to say I walked out having only purchased two items. Nestled among old toasters and rusting ricers, I found an industrial, vintage milk box by Valley Farms Dairy in neighboring town Williamsport. It’s the perfect size for a makeshift filing system on my desk. I also picked up a galvanized steel bucket, sucked in by its sun-kissed orange graphics. Due to my diminutive Brooklyn apartment, I generally avoid purchasing decorative items that don’t serve at least one function. But reasoned that it would be on display till I could find something to could store inside.
While I couldn’t buy everything I saw in Pennsylvania and I certainly can’t buy everything I find on Krrb every day, it doesn’t stop me from digging deep! Here are a few things on my Want List this week.
I’m pretty obsessed with NYC Grid, an interactive photo site of New York now and at the turn of the century. It’s fun dragging the photo to see how much has changed (and hasn’t!) over time. My love for old New York items has me clicking back to a Depression-era NYC guidebook listed on the classifieds. Complete with a vintage folded map, this 1930s publication is part of the American Guide Series, a Works Progress Administration program. It’s got great tidbits scattered through like how a room at the Plaza Hotel was only $8 and the Empire State building was still the tallest building in the world. At $75, it’s a collector’s item and a fun one at that.
Like father, like son — Howard Miller, the heir to Herman Miller (yeah, that Herman Miller) also had design in his DNA. In 1926, he founded the Herman Miller Clock Company and hired iconic Mid-Century designer George Nelson to come up with the timeless timepieces. With such a pedigree, it’s totally understandable why this rare Howard Miller Hexagon Clock ($175) by George Nelson is my radar.
My favorite part of Back to School season is shopping for fall clothes and furnishings. I get so excited about new tights, boots and scarves. When the air is crisp, I love nothing more than wrapping myself up in a blanket and watching the new fall television lineup. What better way to transition to the autumn season than with a handblocked quilt? New York-based Rasany has sizes and colors for everyone but this green one really catches my eye. If you can’t make the trek to the Big Apple, don’t worry because they ship!
Tune in next week for my recount on scavenging big cities with the help of a smart phone.