I added a handful of pieces today to the inventory. I will be adding more quilts before the end of the year too.
I hope everyone likes the new inventory page as much as I do. Be sure to let me know what you think about it via the HVR Facebook page.
I added a handful of pieces today to the inventory. I will be adding more quilts before the end of the year too.
As I reflect back on the past 24 months, it is hard to believe just how quickly time has gone by. From the props being used at the spring 2011 launch of Tanqueray cocktails to an UGG fashion show, the Marylin Dennis Show and so many down-right gorgeous weddings, I feel truly blessed. On top of that over 500 of you are keeping up with us at the HVR Facebook page and it seems almost a 1000 of you are popping in on a weekly basis to check out the web site (I promise I will start blogging more). More of you are following on Hazlitt Vintage at Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.
I met the most creative souls in the wedding industry (oh how I admire so many of you), made new friends () and worked with some absolutely wonderful couples (who took time during their wedding days to share the sweetest sentiments about the decor). From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU.
So what is ahead for Hazlitt Vintage? More great prop rentals for your celebrations! To get you there, we are launching an improved inventory system that will allow you to search for props, see measurements and look at how the props were used at events. The inventory will always be a work in progress. Over the next couple of months I will continue to add search words, categorize items and add more props.
I have a long list of 'to fix, to reupholster and to buy'. I'll be working in the studio quite a bit this winter and have plans for a winter shopping trip too. There will also be a shopping surprise for you in the spring of 2013 too!
It is a whirlwind of activities at Hazlitt Vintage. This is our busiest few weeks yet and we are loving every minute of it (o.k. to be honest, we would like a sunnier forecast for our event days). Yesterday, we set a HVR record for loading up the truck after an event. 90+ chairs in 14 minutes! We closed the door just as the drops of rain started (again).
There will be some amazing event photos coming in later this fall and winter. Hopefully some features too so that you can see the couples, read their perspectives and see more details. In the meantime here are some HVR shots of all the beauty that surrounds us each week. We are so blessed.
The door entrance adorned with wreaths from Luann's Flowers. This was an engineering masterpiece against the strong wind coming directly west off the lake. We had triple reinforcements so that the couple would never have to worry about it blowing onto them during the ceremony. Usually the doors are open a bit but the wind was not cooperating. Glad to say it held up well.
as defined by Hazlitt Vintage Rental
A light cotton cloth, made into flags - square, rectangle or traditional triangles - grouped together to create a row of colour and texture.
I adore bunting. I must say that it is one of my favourite things. I never really knew about it until a couple of years ago. It quickly captured my heart. I simply love it.
Bunting isn't new to the party circuit. It is such an easy way to continue the colour theme, add texture and fill the eye with a sense of celebration. Originally created during the 17th century as a type of material used to create flags. Today, bunting is simply a string of fabric.
HVR was asked to create custom bunting for an event this spring. Although I love to sew, I certainly do not have the talent to create perfect double sided triangles strung together. I enlisted the creativity of a wonderful local sewing talent who pulled together an amazing assortment of fabrics and sourced another great company to create the perfect lettering as per the client's specifications.
We had so much fun creating it and the client adored it that I decided HVR should offer custom bunting. We need a bit of lead time to create these beautiful strings of fabric. I am partial to the fabric rather than paper and let me tell you, bunting knocks those tissue paper pom-poms out of the park (don't get me wrong, I love those Martha Steward inspired tissue pom-poms).
To order, just send me an email. info @ hazlittvintagerental.com We need total length of the space you want to fill, colours and a few more details that we can discuss over email. HVR will produce a quote for you to review and we can proceed with booking. Bunting can be mailed!
We can produce bunting of any size, shape and length.
Fabrics are sourced, we try to use vintage, when available. Let us know your colours and we will start the search.
All HVR bunting is double sided.
Custom printing, in almost any font and almost any colour, is available.
Take a look below at how the different fonts are display on the flags.
Here are a few more pics of some bunting that was recently created and how it was used at an event.
New to inventory today - the chandeliers. Finally back from their trip to the electrician and ready for the party debut on April 14th. I'll be adding a new section to inventory, aptly named 'lighting'. Stay tuned. In the meantime you can look here.
I have to say it.
I simply cannot keep it inside any longer.
It is about THE jar.
We all love the jars. No doubt about it.
BUT it is time we have a chat about THE jar. Here is are some FAQs about the jars.
It is just a jar, isn't it?
Well, yes and no. I wrote about the jars in 2010 on the blog. At the time I was much more forgiving about calling all jars mason jars. Now it is has been over a year or so and I have come to have an appreciation for each jar. People generally refer to canning jars as the MASON JAR. MASON is a type of sealing closure for canning jars and also the name of some canning jars. MASONS were produced by BALL (confusing, huh?). Plus some of my very savvy couples are making specific requests for KERR, BALL or CROWN or ATLAS or GEM.
If you ask for a blue (some say green) jar, well that would usually be a BALL jar that you want. We will talk more about that later.
When should I use brand new jars?
It is inexpensive to buy a dozen canning jars at the grocery store or big box retailer these days. Heck, I do it every year when I make jams and pickle all sorts of goodies from my garden. A box of 12 new jars costs about $7. There are party uses that are specific to new jars. They are a good choice for DIY projects like wrapping them in lace or twine.
Also a good idea to use new jars for guest gifts that include food; jam, honey, candy and cookie mix.
Jars are also trending high for signature drinks. Again, this is where you would use brand new jars because a) you need a lot of jars on ice to serve guests b) it doesn't matter if these jars are taken home or lost and c) washing them afterwards in the dishwasher is much faster than hand washing.
When should I rent vintage jars?
When it comes to table centre pieces and other arrangements or candle light in the venue, I would highly recommend going with a true VINTAGE canning jar (it goes without saying that I am bias). It all comes down to the look of the jar. True vintage jars look great on their own as a single arrangement or as a collection to create a centre piece. When you put candles in them, they glow differently. The bubbles and imperfections in the glass give a true vintage glow.
The difference is subtle but it is there.
The entire inventory of jars at Hazlitt Vintage Rental are true vintage jars. The collection was created in the 1960s and 1970s. We have clear jars and blue Ball jars. We have small, medium and large jars. We have over 200 jars!
You know we prefer to prepare custom quotes but I'll let you in on our jar pricing. Our jars range in price from $3 each to $5 each, depending on size, quantity or a specific brand and any extras you might need (i.e. a piece of twine wrapped around the top, a wire handle for hanging in the trees, etc)
It has come to my attention that there are some rental companies passing off new jars as vintage jars. This makes a difference to some renters. If it does make a difference to you, make sure you ASK! Do your homework. There should be a significant rental price difference too. Remember it costs $7 for a box 12 jars. This is the look you would get with NEW jars.
Should I collect my own jars?
If you LOVE jars, I mean REALLY LOVE them AND you have the time to collect AND the space to display your collection AND the extra cash to buy them, please follow your passion. Start collecting. It is a great hobby and fun too.
Spring is here and so are the flea markets and antique shows. I'll give you some tips for buying jars.
1) Check whether it is a fake or not: Glass should have bubbles and imperfections in it. Ask it the jar colour has been enhanced. Ball jars are the ones that are predominately blue (they made clear ones too). Hand dying jars is popular right not, so make sure you are buying true vintage.
2) Buy with the lids and rubber sealers. It is more valuable as a collector to have the entire jar.
3) Price. Some jars are very unique, others not so much. Do some research on the web before you go.
4) Take a box with you to carry home your purchases. Jars don't survive well in bags, so bring along some extra tissue and a box for packaging.
Pinch me. I think I must be living in southern Cal. I spotted our first daffodil bloom this morning. On March 19th! That is about 6 weeks early for this area. This weather inspired me to delve into the shop and pull out some of the goodies I collected over the winter. I'll add them to the inventory this week but for now take a look.
This spring I will work at taking photos of all the jars in the collection. So far, we have black bottles and wire top jars. The clear and blue canning jars show the various sizes available. Quantities will be posted in inventory. Same goes for the spools and bobbins shown below. Quantities on the site soon.
I haven't forgotten about my Mad Men post, rather I just I got side-tracked. It will come later this week.
Looking ahead, I will have some newly upholstered iron chairs and dining chairs coming into stock. Plus a settee that I can't wait to show you and my tuxedo chair. The upholsterer took a much needed vacation but she is back in the shop now. Hoping by the end of April I will be able to post those goodies.
Also in the next couple of weeks, the rewired chandeliers will be posted into the inventory.
I needed a little inspiration to get back into work since our great family vacation. Yesterday I hit the road. My first stop was a visit with my upholsterer. The damask chair is undergoing a change for the brighter. Imagine barley linen, buttons and black painted wood. It is going to look like it is all dressed up for a party. Next up with an enormous, very heavy settee. My upholsterer has come up with a way to lighten it for transport. We picked out a nice herringbone pattern in a neutral colour for it. So come the end of March, theses two beauties will be available.
Next stop was a favourite vintage dealer. This time I treated myself to some linens but not before I picked out a few goodies for all of you. It is so nice to see some colour in the collection. Enjoy!
The wedding season is wrapping up for HVR. What a season! Thanks to all my clients. As your wedding pictures start to trickle in I am amazed at the beauty that is created.
Corporate Christmas party and trade show requests are increasing every day. It is going to be a great late fall and winter season at HVR. If you are seeking props for retail visuals or your trade show booth, please give me a call or email.
I am busy in the shop, sorting chairs (10 more in stock last week) and painting a couple of fab pieces of furniture that I think will make great dessert bars and candy bars. Those will be coming your way in November.
In the meantime, take a look at these recent finds. I will add them to the inventory pages soon.
Art Deco is returning thanks to the hit show, Boardwalk Empire on HBO. If you haven't watched it, take a look and snuggle in for some nasty Prohibition laced story lines. So you might start seeing more smoking stands and furniture from that era popping up in inventory.
And what would be an inventory update without some cozy knit blankets for winter? The blanket on the left is wool and the other four are knitted.
I can't help myself. I am addicted to pinning. So many wonderful ideas out there and it is so easy to pin to the virtual boards. Have you tried it yet? I think it is the best way to accumulate your party ideas in one place.
I gathered a few ideas that I will use to adapt some of my pieces over the fall and winter months. Take a look. Do you like them?
Over the summer I had some custom orders. Take a look at some of the cute things we made.