Wednesday, April 13, 2005

24 uses for a little,dead, green man*

I own a piece of Alessi! Why is this so exciting?
Official Alessi Website

Alessi aka The Dream Factory, is an Italian design group that been around since 1921. They started off manufacturing metal tea services. Over the years they have elevated some designers to international fame; Michael Graves, Philippe Starck, as well as Australians Marc Newson (grrrr) and artist Susan Cohn (she designed the cohndom box). Today, Alessi is synonymous with bright, playful - and expensive - homeware.

So how can a Part Time retail worker afford Alessi? Simple: she shops at Savers :D I was wandering through there as I usually do after handing in my fortnightly form to Centrelink (Savers and Centrelink are on opposite sides of the same block here). Saw this funny green man lying on the shelf with a tummy that doubled as a pen holder. Flipped him over and there’s the Alessi logo. Whoah… this is a big deal for a former Industrial Design student to find Alessi going for $3.99 in as new condition. After all of those years of admiring cool stuff that I thought I’d never own.

I’m not a label ho mind you. I gave some thought as to what I was going to do with this dude. Did I have a use for him? Where would he take up pen holding duty? Oh hell with it, figure it out when ya get home, you can finally own Alessi. Wheeeee! He’s looking good next to my computer :)

It was my day at Savers yesterday - and not just for the bright green, Alessi voodoo doll/dead dude that you stick pens into. Noooo. I also found:
~ a velvet trimmed, black, wool felt hat from Italy which, with a bit of sewing in the right spots, I am going to turn into a 3 point hat aka a PIRATE HAT! *excited*
~ some little black gloves, with an embroided detail, with fingers that actually fit my elegantly long digits. They must be an older than they look because they are made in Western Germany.
~ a black, ¾ lace sleeve (fitted then flares/ruffs out in a Baroque/Rococco, late 18th c. style, don’t know technical term) top, with ribbon trim, lace up bodice detail with lace behind that on the front. The cool comfort of a singlet top, with the elegance of flowing sleeves. Needs a little mending. Plan to sew in a satin panel behind the lace detail since you can see bra through lace panel. I don’t want to do a Gwyeneth Paltrow and go without, since that look is no better IMHO.
All of this for $14.95! ‘Twas a good start to my day. I trotted home with a little smile on my face.

Erm, do I sound materialistic with two consecutive posts about 2nd hand acquisitions? Sorry. Just wanted to share my excitement in these purchases. This won’t become a shopping blog. Promise :P

In other news…
Got another MLP (Moondancer is yellow, with red and purple mane, glitter moon and stars on her rump), this time from an Op Shop near my best friend’s house. We were house sitting for him. His was the first house I sat. Have taken care of other people’s animals before. This was more challenging but overall enjoyable.

Have visited Caberet Nocturne @ Dream for the third time and reckon I’m in danger of becoming a regular ;) Looks like I’ve re-entered the scene at an excellent point in time! Good people, good music. *happy sigh*

*Hold 23 pens/pencils/things, plus you could use him as a paper weight

4 comments:

Ozfemme said...

I loves me some Alessi!

Zak said...

Ooh. I want to see a photo of the little, dead, green man with lots of pens sticking out of him.

Needs a little mending. Plan to sew in a satin panel behind the lace detail since you can see bra through lace panel.
Aw. I don't see why that requires mending. I like the sound of it, just the way it is. ;)

Have visited Caberet Nocturne @ Dream for the third time and reckon I’m in danger of becoming a regular ;) Looks like I’ve re-entered the scene at an excellent point in time! Good people, good music. *happy sigh*
*is glad you came back because you're awesome*

*happy sigh*

I hope to be at Dream at some stage tonight. Would love to see you there again.


(why don't my italic tags show up in the preview?)

Mel said...

Get this right. So years ago I bought this tiny little mirrored art deco table with swivelling ashtray from Vinnies for $20, and duly carted it home with me on the freakin' train.

Stored it at my folks place after the move to Perth. I see a similar one here on sale at an antiques place for $150 (the only one in WA, apparently!).

So my folks were just here for a week and I told my Mum about it. She suddenly looked very sheepish/guilty and told me that she donated my beloved art deco treasure BACK TO VINNIES to clear out some clutter!!!

Plus she gave away about 10 years worth of my precious archives of Oz & UK music mags!!!

Aaargh!!!!

Lady Meerkat said...

I loves me even more Alessi. Now that it's happened once it could happen again :D

Little green man ~ You will have to use the link and your imaginiation. I don't have a digital camera
Lace panel ~ See above ;) Pervert! [jabs you in ribs] Knew someone (most likely male) would say something like that. Seriously, it isn't a good look.
Italics ~ You're the IT dude, you tell me!

Darn, that sounded like a lovely little antique. That incident would never happen in my family. Dad instilled in us the value of 2nd hand stuff. He checks to make sure there isn't anything resaleable when he takes our discards to the op shop.