All Mixed Up and Swinging Into Show Season

Ten behind the Polyverse table at the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer

Ten behind the Polyverse table at the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer

We had a blast this past Saturday at the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer, held at the Heinz History Center down in Pittsburgh’s Strip District.  Our stock featured a mix of housewares, decor, and accessories – we had hats, handbags, ladies’ hair bows, jewelry, wall hangings, suitcases, a typewriter or two, lamps, and more!  While we managed to find new homes for lots of our wares, good news for those of you who couldn’t make it to the Mixer – we’ll be bringing all this and more to the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society Flea-tique next Sunday, May 17th.  Looks like it’ll be another hot day – but we’ll be there in space 122 with our sun shade and our smiles!  If you haven’t been to the Flea-Tique, do yourself a favor – enjoy the friendly dealers, grab some lunch from one of the food vendors, and find some treasure – all while supporting the Historical Society through your $3.00 entrance fee.

Arlo at the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer

Arlo at the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer

Thanks to everyone who made the Spring 2015 Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer possible – we had a great time and can’t wait for the fall.  I love people-watching at the Mixer – so many stylish Pittsburghers, struttin’ their retro appeal!  We love the Steel City and we’re glad show season is finally here – hope you’ll come out and see us next Sunday!

See You at the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer, March 9th!

We are proud to announce we’ll be making our second appearance at the fabulous Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer for a day of kitsch, conversation, and collectables!  The Mixer is Pittsburgh’s one-of-a-kind vintage vendor fair – and we’re super excited to be invited.  We’ve got some fantastic stock that we’ll be bringing – so come down to the Heinz History Center on Saturday, March 9th, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.   Check out these photos for a sample of our stock!

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25% Off – Spring Fling Sale at E.N. Miller Antique Mall

25% off our space, E-11 on the top floor!

25% off our space, E-11 on the top floor!

We’re so happy that spring is finally here to stay!  Celebrate with us by coming down to E.N. Miller Antique Mall, Verona, PA, for the annual Spring Fling Sale!  Almost everything in our space is 25% off the marked prices.  On April 25th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Miller’s is having their Open House – Chinese auctions, special bargains, and the opportunity to meet the dealers!  We’ll be out of town that weekend so we won’t be there in person – but all of our stuff will be!  Come on down to Verona and have fun finding that item you didn’t know you needed!

Beautiful Bakelite Boats

bakelite boats with carved bakelite birds and celluloid masts

Bakelite boats with carved bakelite birds and celluloid masts

We have a family farm in upstate PA, and we love traveling to visit our friends and relatives.  In addition to good company, we enjoy good picking along the way – we have several regular stops and always wind up filling the car full of goodies.  This past weekend was the first time we’ve gotten to make the trip in 2015 – which is a sure sign that spring is here to stay!  We had a couple of good meals cooked for us at family restaurants, a couple of good meals cooked for us by actual family, and found more than a couple of items to add to our stock and personal collections.

closeup of bakelite boats

Closeup of bakelite boats

We’re bakelite and plastic collectors, and when we saw these boats we knew they were unusual and we had to bring them home.  While we’ve seen lots of bakelite jewelry, housewares, and other odds and ends, we’ve never seen anything quite like these little sailboats.  Each measures about 5.5 inches tall, and has a bakelite base, bakelite sails, and little carved bakelite bird.  The sails are rigged with what looks like fishing line to (probably) celluloid masts.  The marbling on the sails is so lovely and they really catch the light!  I’m looking forward to cleaning them up and admiring them for a while.  If you have seen similar pieces, or if you have some yourself, please leave a comment – we’d love to find some more information about them.

Nothing Like a New (Old) Pair of Shoes

Square dancing maribou saddle shoes!

Square dancing maribou saddle shoes!

Added a few pairs of shoes to the shop, including two pairs of white square dance shoes that belonged to a friend’s mother.  They’re simply adorable and waiting for a new dance partner!  We also added these sexy maribou slippers – ooh la la!  Our space at E.N. Miller Antique Mall in Verona is fully stocked and ready for the weekend – don’t miss out, because the great housewares we’ve got over there won’t last long.  We’re heading upstate to do some picking this weekend and we’ll be sure to share any goodies we pick up over @100percentpolyverse on Instagram.  TGIF – have a great weekend!

March Madness!

Our space at E.N. Miller Antique Mall, Verona

Our space at E.N. Miller Antique Mall, Verona

It’s about time we checked in – we’ve been enjoying taking it easy for the past few weeks.  Pittsburgh has been snowy and bitterly cold this winter.  We’ve been hibernating with our kitties and doing a little work around the house – who knew that a new bathroom floor could be so exciting?!?  We keep pretty active on our Instagram feed, so you can always find us over there.  Even though we’re been taking a little break, we’ve still been stocking up on some great treasures that we are really excited about bringing to you this spring!  We are tweaking the way we take pictures for our Etsy shop, so you can look forward to some better images of upcoming clothing.  We have a LOT of amazing clothing to photograph – I’ve spent the winter doing laundry and repairs to make sure these items are ready for spring and summer!  Oh, summer – we can’t wait.

Heywood Wakefield table and chairs, still available!

Heywood Wakefield table and chairs, still available!

You can anticipate some amazing swimwear, summer dresses, men’s shirts, and as always a selection of Hawaiian inspired party wear for everyone!  We also have a collection of 1930s, 40s, and 50s formal dresses in larger sizes with exquisite details ready to go!  We made a special SALE section in our Etsy shop to make room for some of these additions – take a look, make us an offer, and help us make space for new goodies!  Thinking of making a purchase?  Convo us for a discount code on anything in the shop!

Drexel sideboard and some fabulous 1960s barware

Drexel sideboard and some fabulous 1960s barware

In the meantime, we’re ready for shows and flea market season – we’ve got amazing lamps, clocks, luggage, globes, kitchen items, chalkware wall hangings, and other midcentury pieces all packed up and ready to go – not to mention our jewelry collection which includes novelty brooches, bakelite earrings, and more.  Our traveling stock is going to be so good this season – we’ll be sure to post details about upcoming appearances once the season gets closer.

More Heywood Wakefield, lamps, odds and ends!

More Heywood Wakefield, lamps, odds and ends!

Can’t wait for flea markets to start?  Want to do some shopping NOW?? If you’re in the Pittsburgh area, get yourself down to E.N. Miller Antique Mall in Verona and check out our space on the top floor!  As you can see from these pictures we’re overflowing with housewares, furniture, wall hangings, clocks, lamps, and everything else you need for your retro home.  We add new stock nearly every Sunday, so you’ll always see something new.  E.N. Miller has over 100 dealers on four floors, so if you’re in the area, what are you waiting for?

We hope you’re enjoying your winter season – we have enjoyed some conscious relaxation, but cabin fever is setting in and we’re ready to go!

20% off Holiday Sale!

Now through the end of December!

Now through the end of December!

From now through December 31 we’re having a 20% off sale both online in our Etsy shop and in our space at E.N. Miller Antique Mall, Verona PA, on the top floor!  On Etsy, just use coupon code HOLIDAZE14 at checkout to receive 20% off your order.

On Saturday, December 13th, we’ll be at E.N. Miller from 12-5 for their special holiday open house, where there will be raffles, prizes, and discounts galore from all the dealers at the mall.  We hope to see you there!  Happy Holidays from the Polyverse!

We’re Thankful for Heywood Wakefield Dining Room Sets!

Your Choice - Red Formica or Heywood Wakefield?

Your Choice – Red Formica or Heywood Wakefield?

We recently had the opportunity to acquire some pieces of stunning and classic Heywood Wakefield furniture, including a triple wishbone dining room table, four dog bone chairs and a pull-up chair, as well as an Aristocraft lamp table and end table.

Heywood Wakefield Chair and Tables – Dreamy!

All of these pieces are available in our space on the top floor of E.N. Miller Antique Mall in Verona, PA.

Drexel Hutch and Sideboard

Drexel Hutch and Sideboard

We also have a beautiful Drexel hutch and sideboard from 1953, two green Ed Warmack lawn chairs, a pair of plastic shell chairs from the 1960s, a 1950s red cracked ice Formica dining room table and chairs, and many other items both big and small!

Lots of Smalls!

Lots of Smalls!

It’s the perfect time of the year for entertaining and gift-giving, and you’ll be sure to find something to meet either one of those needs at E.N. Miller!  We hope that even if you love Black Friday deals, you’ll also observe Small Business Saturday and support your local businesses – which includes many thrift shops and antique malls!  Happy Thanksgiving – and happy shopping!