Behind the Patina Hides the Sparkle!

Behind our collection of Audrey treasures rests a little or a lot of shine. How much depends on the piece, and whether or not it has patina to keep. Sometimes that decision is hard for me, but I had a friend once say the patina will always come back, it’s sparkle that catches the eye!

You might recognize this set of brass and black bakelite bar tools from my last post.

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It had me torn. I thought the aging warmth of the brass was really great, but I didn’t like the random dark spots on some of the tools either.

This is a better shot showing the darker spots, the bottle opener in particular.

Coat of Arms Brass & Bakelite Bar Tool Set (Before)

I featured this set as is at my pop-up event, and some might say I gambled and lost when I was asked how to clean it… it never sold! Don’t misunderstand, each piece has been carefully cleaned, but I opted not to polish off the aging glow. However, I learned quickly the patina on these pieces had to go!

This shot shows you what a difference a quick polish can make.

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Notice the bottle opener now? I was sad to lose the deepening gold tones of the brass, but the sparkle after the polishing was worth it.

If you had your eye on this set which option would sway you to buy – with the patina or without?

At Audrey Would! we try to strike a balance between leaving patina intact and giving things a polish, but based on this little story we think it’s the sparkle that makes Audrey shine! This set is now listed if it caught your eye! ;-)

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

 

It’s A Wrap… Have You Finished Your Shopping Yet?

And it’s a wrap!

Audrey Would’s first ever Holiday Shopping event has come and gone, and I’m pleased to say was a well-rounded success! It was really nice to meet new faces, catch up with old friends and see some favourite vintage treasures find their way into the hearts of new homes.

If you missed the event, here are some Holiday Shopping highlights for you…

Audrey Would! Vintage Home - 2014 Holiday Shopping Event

Displays

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Bamboo Stem Coupes

Sportsman Beer & Wine Glasses

Entrance

Christines GBread & SBread

Table Setting

Table

Silver Plate Punch Bowl

Brass Bar Tools 800

Vintage Sparkle

Stemware 1

Art Deco Teacup Setting

Hand Painted China

Audrey Balancing a Martini Prep

Shopping Bags

It’s not too late! You can still shop www.AudreyWould.com. Please feel free to contact me if you don’t see what you’re looking for. We might just have it, but haven’t got it listed yet. If you are local, I am happy to coordinate in-person delivery!

Thank you for stopping by!

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Holiday Shopping Event Count Down!

The count down is on!

Last Week Ad - Fri & Sat Only

Audrey Would!’s first ever Holiday Shopping event is just a mere few days away! You can look forward to:

  • ‘Pick Your Ticket Savings’
  • Door prize draw for a gift basket filled with vintage goodies and local-fare treats
  • Cocktails by Clemens on Friday night featuring two of his favourite classic cocktails
  • Lots of festive, glam, and classic not-yet-listed pieces to browse!

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A portion of all event proceeds will be going to Toys, Toiletries & Toques so we can do our part to help others have a wonderful Holiday Season, too.

 


 

Don’t forget about Providence Farm’s Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, and Kuz at Woodcote just down the street! This is the weekend to SHOP Maple Bay!

Find Audrey Would! (located near Maple Bay Elementary School) 

Looking forward to seeing you!

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Napier Inspired Penguin Cocktail Shaker

I am so excited to share this new listing with you – this dignified guy has a little attitude with a whole lot of shaking going on!

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Isn’t he sauve? Kind of reminds me of ‘Mr.’ Carson from Downton Abby!

You need to know that he’s vintage-inspired, but sometimes all it takes is a bit of inspiration to shake things up.

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The original penguin cocktail shaker was designed by Emil A. Schuelke for the Napier Company back in 1936. Today many would attribute the design to the Mid-Century Modern era, when in fact the original is an Art Deco piece (did I mention he reminded me of Mr. Carson?). The original shaker was patented in October of 1936 with some very distinct characteristics that this one does not have.

First, if you are to be lucky enough to find an original, according to Collectible bar ware specialist Stephen Visakayyou can expect to pay between $750 and $1400 for this personality-filled treasure. Fun fact: the original retailed for $12.50!

Characteristics of the authentic design include:

  • The shaker is silver plated, while most reproductions will be nickel plated;
  • The base of the Napier penguin shaker will be permanently stamped;
  • The entire beak is hinged and acts as the actual pouring spout;
  • There is a handle at the back of the shaker.

You can see in this photo that the the beak is not hinged, and you have to remove the head to strain the cocktail.

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Also, though the image doesn’t show it, there is no handle at the back and the base is not stamped.

In the end I decided this piece was a good addition to the Audrey Would! collection, because it is inspired by Emil A. Schuelke’s great design from the Art Deco era. The Napier penguin also represents just one of several cocktail shakers and pieces of barware produced by the Napier Company from the early to mid 1930s. One of our goals is to help you stock your own bar cart with great barware history, and we feel this piece is unique enough to do just that!

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What kind of cocktail shaker do you prefer? Would you add this Napier inspired option to your collection?

Don’t for get our Holiday Shopping Event! You will find a collection of cocktail shakers to choose from including this guy and more!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Audrey Would Is Popping Up!

AND you are invited to pop up and browse the Audrey Would collection, too! Two days of Holiday shopping and many vintage pieces you won’t yet find listed at Audrey Would! online!Audrey Would Holiday Shopping

On Friday it’s a little bit of a shopping rendezvous where you will find Cocktails by Clemens caught up in the mix! ;-)

On Saturday there is a lot going on, so you could plan your day like this:

And… don’t forget the Toys, Toiletries and Toques fundraiser hosted by the Cowichan Valley Social Media Club (11am to 3pm).

A portion of all proceeds from Audrey Would!’s 2-day event will be passed on to this very worthwhile fundraiser. We are joining in to help make a difference for others this Holiday Season, and you can, too. It’s all happening right here in the Cowichan Valley!

Find Audrey Would! (located near Maple Bay Elementary School) 

Stop by and join in the fun!

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See you soon! :-)

PS – Did I mention there will be ‘pick-your-ticket savings’, and door prizes too? That’s right – save the date(s)!

WWII: Vintage Granville Street Photographs

Today is a day for remembering…

This is my grandfather and my Dad.

Granddad & Dad - Granville St Photos

I love this photograph – I always have.

Do you remember the candid photographs taken on Granville Street in Vancouver? This photo is one of ‘them’. I’m so grateful for this commercial offering, because if it didn’t exist then this photograph would not exist now. And as the grand-daughter of a veteran I would never have had this glimpse into a moment from that time.

Here my grandfather was returning home from WWII. He was stationed in Holland during the War, and to see him in uniform and my Dad so young forces me to reflect.

Today is a day I never forget. Today is a day I honour with pride. Today is the day… L’est we forget.

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Vintage Coppercraft Guild: Back in its Prime!

The warmth of copper has made a comeback to the style table, and this season is right up there with ‘seen and to be seen’. There are many great pieces to choose from, especially when it comes to vintage barware and home decor pieces made by the well known yet short lived company Coppercraft Guild.

Do you recognize their label?

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Coppercraft Guild was a top producer of copperware in their day, but if I told you they were the copper equivalent of Tupperware, would I have your attention?

Established in the 1970s, Coppercraft Guild was a direct marketing company out of Taunton, Massachusetts in the US. They specialized in high quality decorative houseware products that were made of solid copper and specially treated so they would not tarnish.

Like this sleek bud vase that doubles as a candle holder…

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Or this hanging kettle bowl planter that’s perfect for a small potted plant.

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But what set Coppercraft Guild apart was their use of a part-time sales force to sell product at home parties. Namely housewives employed as hostesses using a similar model to that of the infamous Tupperware home party system!

Though they were only in business a short time, Coppercraft Guild expanded their home party business into Canada. I was lucky enough to come across this vintage ad looking for prospective hostesses, and thought you might enjoy it, too!

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The ad says:

We need each other. We are looking for people like yourself to represent an established company selling a prestigious product through party plan sales. We feel Coppercraft Guild of Canada offers the most complete product line of solid copper and home accessories sold in Canada. Plus a hostess plan and recommendation program that is second to none in direct sales today. And we care. We care about each of our people the way any close family does about each of its members.

Fun, and as Coppercraft used to pitch, no other material is rich enough for company, yet informal enough for family! 

I had a hard time getting to the bottom of why Coppercraft Guild closed their doors, and actually never could verify for sure, but the chatter goes that the people who owned Coppercraft had a falling out. As a result the assets were divided and the company was shut down. Hmmmm…

Regardless, what we do know is Coppercraft Guild pieces were popular in their prime, and because the company was short lived, they are now treasures getting harder to find.

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Do you have any Coppercraft Guild pieces in your collection? If so, I would love to hear what pieces you have and how you acquired them. If not, all of these pieces can be found at Audrey Would!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Coppercraft Guild Ad courtesy of Connect Everything Zoomer – click image for direct link. All other photographs by Sheila Zeller – please link and credit if you choose to use!

Sleek Vintage Chic in a Home Bar!

I was approached by online company Chairish, to take part in creating a style board for an ideal home bar using one of their barstool options as my jump-off. If you haven’t heard of Chairish, here is a quick introduction for you, taken directly from their website…

Chairish.com makes it fun and easy for design lovers to buy and sell pre-loved decor to one another. Our shop exclusively features curator-approved treasures in a full-service and trustworthy environment.

Buy. Sell. Adore.

I chose this set of barstools from the options Chairish provided.

Chairish Bar Stools

I love industrial chic, and with these handcrafted barstools I was drawn to the rich reddish-wood colour and metal frame combination. Another thing I like for a home barstool is a comfy back. Don’t get me wrong, there are fantastic sleek barstool options baring no back, but for a home bar comfort is key.

Since we’re nearing the threshold of the Holiday Season, I went with grunge industrial chic meets ooh-la-la sleek!

Love, love, LOVE these Chairish spiral pendants made from salvaged industrial-grade steel!

Chairish Industrial Spiral Pendant
I’m in favour of a great chandelier, but I’m partial to pendants for home bar designs. The problem is there are so many predictable pendants out there that have already been seen and done. It’s often hard to find something really distinct and unique.
Normally I’m not one for area rugs in cocktail bar spaces, but for a home bar I like them a lot, and I thought this handmade vintage Turkish rug from Chairish was a perfect ‘grunge meets glam’ choice for my ideal home bar space!
Chairish Turkish Rug
This rug was one of many left and forgotten in the back rooms of bazars, and believe it or not, it was at one time in traditional Turkish colours. Through a process of overdyeing in today’s modern shades, this rug and many others have been revived and brought back into today’s style.
With the reddish wood colour of the barstools, and the cool shades of gray, I opted to pull in some sleek vintage barware from Audrey Would! to complete this ideal home bar space. I liked the juxtaposition of rusty and worn to the sleek sparkle and bounce of light!
Audrey Would Barware Collage
And here is my style board where grunge meets chic!
Sleek Vintage Chic!

What’s your idea for an ideal home bar? Is it grunge, sleek and chic?

Thanks for stopping by!

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A Little Vintage ‘&’ A Taste of Gin

I’m a gin martini girl, wet and dirty with 3 olives please! And if you stock it, Victoria Gin was my first choice.

But… when we were at the Duncan Farmer’s Market on Saturday we discovered a brand new, fresh out of the still local organic gin, which of course we had to try. This family founded craft distillery gin is so new to the market that the ink on the labels was barely dry, their Facebook page is brand new , and product shots are taking a back seat for the moment!

Meet Ampersand Distilling Co. ‘&’ their new organic gin!

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To learn more about this new company pop over and visit their website. Find out what this local gin is all about.

We were lucky enough to have a quick chat and pick up a bottle for our own cocktail collection – apparently just in time as the gin sold out at the market in a hurry. The Mister also just bought a bottle of duty free Hendrick’s Gin on our way home from San Francisco, and naturally we stock our bar cart with Victoria Gin!

So if you saw my FB post, the gin tasting I promised to tell you more about was between these three.

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Clemens (the Mister) set it up, so he had the advantage of knowing which gin he was tasting, making the guess-work all mine. Since gin is normally made in a copper still he ‘borrowed’ this handcrafted copper tray from Audrey Would! This really set the stage! He poured a shot of each gin into these small vintage roly poly glasses from our own barware collection, and got the tasting underway.

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We tasted, we compared notes, and we tasted a little more. In the end we really fell in love with the new Ampersand gin. We decided that each gin has its own personality, but our little secret is our local Vancouver Island gins beat out the duty free!

We really enjoyed sipping Ampersand on its own. It has a great aroma, interesting flavours that come out in layers, and we really liked its ‘no burn’ smooth finish. However, I did say I am a martini girl…

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‘&’ so it goes!

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One for the Mister and one for me!

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Are you game to set up your own gin tasting ‘&’ give Ampersand gin a try? We really think you should – after all, it is made with organic and local ingredients!

And don’t forget to visit Audrey Would! for your tasting barware needs. You will find a selection of roly poly glasses, a collection of trays, and yes, even a 6-set of the Czechoslovakian crystal martinis – they’re not listed, but they are in stock! If you want to go with copper for the tasting event, then you might prefer this vintage Coppercraft Guild roly poly ‘&’ serving tray bar set!

 

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Thanks for stopping by! Cheers :-)

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San Francisco Vintage Just Around the Corner

If you’ve been following along then you know I’ve been having fun in the sun in San Francisco this past week. And I can tell you, I now know first-hand why Tony Bennett sang about leaving his heart in SF – yes, I have fallen in love, too!

Aside from atomic stars and bursts of the heart, one thing at the top of my bucket list was a little vintage shopping – are you surprised? Weirdly that proved to be a lot tougher than I thought – now I bet you really are surprised!

First, I ran into a lot of this…

Vintage Store Haight Ashbury - San Francisco I’m not kidding. Many of the vintage shops I set off to find ended up being closed, as in shut down, doors closed for good. #SoSad. The other truth is location. A lot of the shops were just too far out of reach geographically… but only for this trip ;-) . I also discovered that there are a lot of vintage clothing shops, amazing shops in fact, but not as many focussing on housewares and the treasures of Audrey Would!

On Monday, the last full day of our trip, that all changed. We were out having fun just exploring off the beaten track of the trolley cars and buzz of daily activity that you see below…

San Francisco Street Car

When I came upon this box on a little side street.

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You might have seen my post on FB, but if you missed it – honestly I did not put this box here, did not label it with FRAGILE, and definitely did not write my name on it! Truly a sign of things meant to be. And that’s because…

When we turned the corner, there in front of us was a little vintage boutique trio – Molte Cose (C-window), Belle Cose (R-window), and the one that caught my eye, Bonhomie (L-window) – all in a row staring at me!

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I have to preface, we have had a beyond incredible trip jam-packed with fun adventures, fab outings and memories we will cherish for a life-time, but is it wrong to say this little stumble was like finding 3 olives in my martini without asking?

The shops were filled with beautiful vintage pieces – clothing, housewares and ephemera, and yes Audrey savvy stuff! We wandered and soaked in the offerings as if in a daze, each pass spying yet another something ‘new’.

Bonhomie

There were so many pieces that caught my eye, but in the end I had to be street smart in terms of not only transporting amazing vintage goods, but also moving them across the border and factoring in DUTY fees! What I really loved about Bonhomie is its owner, Liesl (pictured above). When I asked if she would consider shipping the treasures I wanted to buy, she was so accommodating and willing to go the extra mile. That allowed me to pick up a few more pieces that would otherwise have stayed… and when packing up today, whew, am I ever glad she did!

So as I sit in the San Francisco Airport waiting for my home-bound plane, I close this trip with a, ‘See you soon San Francisco’, and ‘Thank you, Liesl and Bonhomie’ for being the treasure I was missing in my San Fran mix!

Have any of you been to San Francisco? Do you shop vintage, and if you do, what area should I be exploring next?

Thanks for stopping by!

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