HOW IT WORKS: My "challenger" (we aren't really competing as everyone wins in the world of vintage scavenger hunting) selects the category from a list of options provided by me. The categories can be a specific type of furniture, a specific material, a theme, or a period or style of design. Then we each head out to one (or all) of our favorite local vintage shops, which include just about any shop that sells second hand. We are to find ONE vintage decorative object that we feel best fits the category. We aren't required to buy the item, so there is no price limit, it's just about what we love!
THE "CHALLENGER": Carmody, the Charlotte-based blogger behind Paper & Fox who shares clever and crafty projects for home, I particularly love her Wood Pallet Art and Paper Circle Wall Art!
THE CATEGORY: Anything Animal Themed.
VINTAGE BRASS PEACOCK PHEASANTS
Where did you find the Item? When Griffin asked if I would like to take part in a Vintage Scavenger Hunt I was pretty excited. It was my mission to find a decorative item featuring an animal. Since, I was not required to purchase the item I veered outside of my Goodwill comfort zone. I visited about seven stores until finally my eyes met this lovely pair. I found these Peacock-Pheasants at Costwold Marketplace in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Cost: These guys are not cheap and cost $299.00 and are not in my budget, but this is my design fantasy.
What do you love about your find? The male and female peacock-pheasant are made of brass. When individuals create peacock-pheasants figurines they usually create them as a pair because the species is strictly monogamous. I love the details and feathers on both birds. I think I was drawn to these birds because recently visited a farm that housed peacock-pheasants. The guy below strutted and modeled his feathers for me.
|Photo Credit: Carmod yof Paper & Fox|
Is there anything you would change about it (paint it, reupholster, etc...)? If someone gave these birds to me and I was not aware of the price, I would probably alter them. I think that they both would look great painted a bold turquoise or even a burnt orange color.
Where would your put it in your home or dream home? In my (completely fantasy) mid-century modern dining room these Peacock-Pheasants would rest at opposite ends of a long 4 door buffet table. In my design fantasy, my husband and I would adore them while sipping fancy drinks over dinner. I hope you enjoyed my scavenger hunt find. I am excited to see all the other finds.
MID-CENTURY GAZELLE FIGURINES
Where did you find the Item? I went to my ol' standby, the Sanford Antique Mall. It'd been a couple months since my last visit so I was itching to see their latest inventory and with eyes out for all things animal it was a whole new experience!
Cost: $25, while I din't buy them (yet), they are well within a range I would be willing to pay for such an object.
What do you love about your find? I love this pair because of their elegant and simple form, their white and silver and black and gold paint job, so retro (and metallic!). Honestly, I had no idea Gazelles (and deer for that matter) were such a popular Mid-Century subject matter, seriously the Mid-Century Room at the Sanford Antique Mall had about a hundred (give or take) different gazelle/deer themed objects, who knew?! I suppose these animals are a perfect Mid-Century subject matter because of how elegant they are, perfect for statues, sculptures, and figurines. But I never would have taken notice if I hadn't been on the hunt for an animal-themed object.
Is there anything you would change about it (paint it, reupholster, etc...)? Aside from dusting them off- nothing! I love them just the way they are, which sort of surprises me as I never thought I'd love their silver and gold brush strokes, but I'm diggin' it.
NEXT CHALLENGER: My Mom, Lauri, a fellow lover of design and all things vintage. Her and my dad are actually visiting this week and we are likely hitting up local antique shops as you read this!