While they’re not 100% true to the Eames modern style, I found a couple of cast iron coat racks with wood knob details under $100 on Etsy.
The other day I came across past TVB vendor Tracy Burton’s VandM shop and spied this Jean Patou silk scarf. The designer scarf is beautifully crafted and in mint vintage condition, which means it comes with a high-end price tag. If you have the means, I highly recommend investing in such a great piece by Mr. Patou.
But if you don’t have the dough right now nor can you stand waiting to sport a graphic striped scarf, you might like to go with the options below. Not frame-worthy, but all under $20. Click to check them out.
You can find Rams’ designs on eBay, but since you can also find them in modern art museums around the world, they tend to carry a high price tag. But if you love the Dieter Rams look, check out some of these other vintage products you can regularly find on eBay for under $100 that, while not designed by Rams, adhere to at least a few of his ten principles of good design.
You like the look of this Beni Ourain Moroccan rug, right. But you don’t have $5,900 and you are also maybe a little clumsy and spill your Burple everywhere? Me too. So, I went on the hunt to find similar looking rugs and accessories that don’t come with such a baller price tag.
You could try this smaller version for under $700.
Or go big and snatch a rug almost as large as our dream rug up there, but for $4,100 less. UPDATE: Looks like this rug sold, but they have plenty more to choose from here.
Click for one final option.
What do you do if you like the look of designer brutalist furniture and art like say Paul Evans’ work, but you have an IKEA budget? Welp, you can pin the big money stuff to a Pinterest board and use that inspiration to find the look for less on eBay, Etsy, etc.
Like this Paul Evans dining table I found on 1st Dibs, which surely costs thousands.
The candelabra below has a similar look, but it has a much more managable price tag.
Click through for more wallet-friendly picks.
Peter Max is something of a living legend. Max, a German-born American painter, became famous for his psychedelic posters during the 1960s. In addition to his fine art work, Max designed a ton of fab album covers and has his signature stamp on almost all other kinds of consumer goods, from scarves and stickers to linens and cookware. His upbeat imagery, graphic patterns, and vivid color palette are reminiscent of an era-past and mark Peter Max as an American pop icon.
Check out these awesome and affordable Peter Max designs on Etsy!
For those interested in collecting mid-century modern, there is an absurd price gap between design and art. While furniture and designed objects from the 1950s and ’60s can be fetched for reasonable prices — sometimes even a steal, the price for artworks from the same time period can reach into the tens of millions.
Celebrated designers (like Eames, Miller, and Thonet) can easily find a place in your collection or mine. On the other hand, it seems that prominent artists (think Rothko, Pollock, and de Kooning) are reserved for museums and rich art collectors. As a result, many mid-century enthusiasts are hesitant when it comes to incorporating art into their vintage collections.
Well, never fear. Here are five great finds that prove you can buy great vintage art that suites your aesthetic and fits your budget, all while rivaling the world’s top museum collections.
If you like Jean Arp ($52,150)… you’ll love this abstract brass sculpture ($440).
Today we’re chatting with friend of TVB, Leah Mathos. She has volunteered at every big flea we’ve thrown! TVB volunteers are a super awesome part of the event and help this two lady operation keep it together. P.s. Do you want to volunteer? Email Libby at email@example.com.
Anyway, Leah managed to steal some shopping time at the Congress Theater market and picked up a teak tray similar the two pictured. Housewares like this will be abundant at the May flea, among other perfectly practical and pretty pieces from our rad vendors.
Now let’s let Leah talk! She answers our vintage questions after the jump. Click through to read more.
Holiday parties are in full swing, guys. I hit my first one last night, in fact. I wore a long black dress that I belted and then I topped it all off with a bright scarf. Everything I wore was thrifted and cheap.
To be honest, I actually had a tough time crafting something budget-friendly with personality, so I asked past TVB vendor and super clothing thrifter, Tess Haskins of Tessaboo Vintage to lend TVB some inspiration. She gave us ideas for three looks and then I threw in a joke video for extra holiday cheer. Check it after the jump.
Thrifty Black Tie (Works for office, family, or swanky house parties)
A vintage cocktail dress, kitten heels, and understated accessories get jazzed up with a plunging back and bow flourish, plus a fancy ’50s swing coat.
Keywords for Etsy, eBay, and Shopify shopping: Cocktail dress, LBD, wiggle, pencil skirt, swing, brocade, shiny, kitten, etc. Or try Night & Day Vintage for some top shelf clothing from the ’50s and ’60s.