Thursday, May 17, 2018

Cleaning a Vintage Copper Pot - Before and After!

Update: this copper pot sold!

Winter afternoons I like to start little projects for Offbeat Avenue. Michelle and I have our specialties, she's the expert in crafts and design, and I'm the fixer upper. I clean, sew, repair vintage items to get them ready for sale. I enjoy taking something that's been in hiding for decades and making it ready for its Offbeat Avenue debut!

Case in point, I have had this gorgeous copper pot for a few months and I didn't want to put it up for sale without giving it the once (or twice, thrice) over. 

This heavy duty Stockli Netstal Copper Hammered Pot Casserole Pan was a little rough, so I decided to shine it up.
Well that took some elbow grease as it hadn't been shined up in ages.

The wood handles needed to be cleaned up too as years of gunk got into the pretty scrolled design. I went through so many blackened napkins before you could really see the beauty of the hammered copper.

But once I was finished what a difference! This is the kind of pot you can cook in and you'd be proud to put it on your table to serve (on top of a nice trivet of course!)

Take a gander at the transformation! 

Just before I started.
The napkins got black with tarnish.

Close up of the handles

            The perfect size for a small casserole or rice.

A great name in copper pots.

Ta da! Look how lovely.

top view.

The final product! 
For more vintage kitchen items, visit our Etsy shop.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

This Week's Favorite Likes and Looks for Mother's Day

We're already two weeks into May and can start to see what's trending at the Offbeat Avenue shop.

This month, vintage fans are definitely thinking of dressing for the season's upcoming special occasions like graduations, weddings, showers, and of course Mother's Day!

Certain dresses are getting lots of likes and looks:

Here's one of our personal favorites, a black, plus size rayon crepe dress with sequins. Though not in perfect shape (the previous owner altered it to make it larger) it's really a classic little black dress fit for any special occasion.

Speaking of special occasion seems everyone has their eye on this peachy little satin dress number straight out of the 1970s or Studio 54! Slinky, sexy, Grecian styling in a super soft polyester knit. A local (to us) looker too, made in Providence, Rhode Island!

When the warm weather comes you want to be cool and chic, and this Nipon Boutique cotton dress is the perfect summery casual yet elegant dress, Perfect for sipping sangria by the seaside. In excellent condition with pockets and pleating. Union made. Size 8. SOLD!

Everyone must be thinking of travel now, or simply thinking about updating their decor with a bit of shabby chic. That's why our rustic vintage suitcase is getting so many views now. Even with the missing handle and dings and marks on the outside, this versatile hard suitcase would make a great DIY project, (we've seen crafters make these into ottomans, pet beds, and even organizers for craft supplies.) The possibilities are endless! SOLD!

Michelle just listed this Hall ceramic leftovers dish (the first one she listed sold almost immediately) but we don't expect this to last either. We love this pastel lemon yellow color, the lovely glaze, and unique shape that adds a farmhouse touch to any kitchen table. Why use an ugly plastic container when you can store and serve food in this expertly crafted and beautiful piece of refrigerator ware. 

Don't see one of your favorites here? Let us know!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Winner Announced for Bead Counting Contest from Offbeat Avenue

It all began when Michelle listed a Mason Jar full of beads on Instagram at the beginning of April.

When I saw the post it was as if a light-bulb in the shape of a giant jar full of craft beads appeared over my head. Let's start a contest to see who could guess how many beads were in the jar. 

Did I have any idea how many there were? Of course not. 

Whoever guesses the correct amount, or closest number to the actual amount, under or over, would win a custom made Bertrand bottle opener key chain!

Michelle filled this jar with a huge assortment of all kinds of beads: glass beads, charm beads, vintage beads, novelty beads, plastic beads, findings, pearls, gems, and much much more. It was as much a mystery to her how many were in there as it was to me.

So naturally we extended the contest to our fans of Facebook, and the guesses came pouring in!

Still no official count. But we had enthusiasm!

By now we decided we would actually have to get together and COUNT THEM!

So with paper, pen, and a calculator, on a rainy Saturday, Bertrand, Michelle, and I gathered in our studio, poured the contents of the jar into a bowl, and began to tally piles of 10 beads at a time into egg crates she brought along.

Two and a Half Hours Later...

Yes true, it took us 2 and a half hours to count them all. But we have an official count now: 3,656.

That's right, more than THREE THOUSAND BEADS!

The envelope please...

Many of the guesses were in the 400 bead range, with a couple 700 and 800 range, but our closest guesser and winner is...(bead roll please....)

Julie from @northeastpromotionandapparel on Instagram with the highest guess of 896.

And my promise never to start a contest without consulting with Michelle first.

To see the condensed version of our process and the ensuing silliness, watch this 8 minute video:

Thanks to everyone who participated! 😀😊😄