We're excited to present a post from guest writer, eco lifestyle expert, and all-around awesome guy Danny Seo.
Late last year, I had the privilege to sit down with one of the co-founders of One Kings Lane, Ali Pincus, and talk about our favorite places to shop, how I'm addicted to the home shopping site, and to talk about ways I could get involved with One Kings Lane. We came up with the idea for me to do a TasteMaker tag sale where I could collect some of my favorite vintage and antique items from my home and put them up for sale on the site. I agreed under one condition: if we could donate the proceeds to my favorite charity, Baby Buggy.
Baby Buggy, in case you aren't familiar, is the wonderful nonprofit founded by Jessica Seinfeld that has the motto "Love, Recycled." It's so appropriate because they accept lightly used baby gear, clothes, and new baby and children essentials to help families in the greatest need. They are a clearinghouse of sorts that works with a network of nonprofits who call Baby Buggy with a wish list of goods they desperately need. And like a fairy godmother, Baby Buggy always comes to the rescue. With the proceeds from this sale, Baby Buggy will be able to buy the most needed essentials to help families in need. In the spirit of Earth Day, selling vintage and antique items is green for Mother Earth since it's reusing what already exists; the sale proceeds will coincidentally help many mothers here on Earth.
In this special CasaSugar post, I'm excited to give you a sneak peek at three items for sale and the unique story behind them. I've traveled the world for work and always found time to visit out-of-the-way antique stores, flea markets, and galleries to search for beautiful things. I hope whoever buys these goodies will cherish them as much as I have over the years.
Indian ArrowHead Collection When I was filming my TV show "Simply Green with Danny Seo" (all episodes on Hulu now), I made a point to visit a small antique store in the sleepy town of Point Pleasent, PN. Down an alley and past a blacksmith shop (of all things!), I found a little antiques store that was going out of business. Rummaging through box after box, I came across a collection of mounted arrowheads, all hand mounted on colorful felt with a hand pounded metal backing in glossy black frames. What I loved about these pieces is that clearly someone had scavenged the woods of Pennsylvania for each arrowhead, cleaned them, and displayed them in a very beautiful and interesting pattern. I also love the pop of color in the background.
Keep reading to learn about two more special items from the sale.
Korean Antique Pitcher When I was 19, I was the spokesperson for the Samsung Corporation in Korea. I was just named one of People's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World and Koreans being very proud of anyone achieving any level of fame went nuts. So, I started filming advertisements and doing booksignings in Seoul and had my 15 minutes of Korean fame at a young age. With my earnings, I would sneak out of my hotel and visit this little antique store in the Insadong district that was up three flights of narrow stairs and carried pieces that were all hundreds if not a thousands of years old. Every time I visited Korea for work, I would treat myself to one item to bring home. This pitcher was my very first purchase.
Framed Botanical Specimen The best antiques aren't found in stores, but in happy coincidences. Driving away empty handed from the twice-annual Renninger's antique market in Kutztown, PA many years ago, I saw a sign pointing to a yard sale at a home. Rarely do yard sales turn up anything more than old books, toys, and broken appliances, but I could see from my car this looked different. A botany professor at the local university had just retired and was unloading his collection of handcollected, pressed and framed botanical specimens from the 1920s. I picked up the whole lot for about $20 a piece. An antiques dealer recently saw some of them hanging in my home and said they could easily fetch $1000 a piece today.
My One Kings Lane Tastemaker Tag Sale starts tomorrow. Shop early to get the best items and thank you for supporting Baby Buggy!