Saturday, March 24, 2012

Vintage Vera Veggies

Yesterday morning I thought to myself as I was driving down a street lined with blooming trees how good life really is. I didn't have to rush, I had my coffee, the weather was nice, and I was on my way to an estate sale. For us thrifters, does it get any better than this!?

The sale was run by my favorite estate company and so I knew I was in for fair pricing and good organization. I arrived to find a large selection of glassware, jewelry, along with a the usual furniture, clothing, and general vintage goodness...including Vera.

When us retrophiles hear the name Vera, we usually think of beautiful scarves with the cute little ladybug logo. While looking through the needle-point and linen items, I came across this:


They had the Vera name and logo on them but these were not scarves, they were vintage linen placemats!


The edging is a tangerine color (Pantone color of the year) and each features a cute vegetable print. There are eight total, 2 of each pattern.


To me, these are unique since I have never seen the Vera name attached to anything but scarves. I scooped them up and will put them in the etsy shop here.

Have you ever come across an unexpected item from a brand you know? Share below or over on the Facebook page.
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14 comments:

  1. How fantastic! I fell in love with the new issue Vera kitchen towels at Crate and Barrel, but these are THE REAL THING. Great find!

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  2. cute! great for a gardener or a foodie. I was wondering, how do you decide if something goes on etsy v. ebay? Is it just vintage = etsy and everything else on ebay, or some other formula?

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    1. Hi MBFS and thanks for stopping by! I don't have a formula, I wish I did and that it worked every time!
      Many times it is vintage=Etsy and current=Ebay, however it also depends on sell through. If I check the completeds on ebay and something is selling through at a high percentage rate and good price, it will go there.
      I am torn on where to list these though because the sell through rate on ebay is pretty good and at a decent margin, yet the competition for these on etsy is low and Vera is a popular search.
      Maybe I will put try them in auction on ebay first then switch over to etsy if they don't sell.
      :)

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  3. those are lovely! Great find.

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  4. Those are great! I found some Vera strawberry linen napkins last year at a garage sale for 25 cents. I put them in my etsy shop and they sold in 1 day. People love Vera!

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    1. I would love to find strawberry linen napkins! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. Those are beautiful. I'm not very knowledgeable about vintage items - in fact, I know nothing. How old are these placemats? BTW, love your blog. I came over from Homemaker on a Dime linky party.

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    1. Hi Cindy and thank you for stopping by! From my research on the Vera company website it seems that these are from the 60s or mid 70s.

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  6. Before my ebay days about 2 years ago, I had picked up these beautiful vintage cloth napkins that had Vera on them. We have been using them for two years. They are white with daisies on them. Never knew they were good seller until now. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It is hard to let these go, but as us resellers know, we can't keep everything we find! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  7. I LOVE them! they are "frame worthy" in my book!

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  8. I recently purchased some Vera placemats and listed them as napkins. I thought, "Who wants placemats that are so flimsy?" Someone purchased them, then reamed me on my "laziness" for not knowing that they were placemats and gave me non-positive feedback with a no-so-nice comment attached.

    All that to say, it was a negative experience, and with this post, you have made me feel human again. Thanks for your honesty (and the beautiful photos).

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  9. New to your blog- love your style! I just borrowed a book from my library about Vera Neumann. What a prolific designer she was. Love these napkins!

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