Whether or not you smoke, you should have an ashtray. That, my friends, is called class. Get something cool like this Deco ashtray with stylish lines and cigarette slots. Keep it in your everything drawer or throw it in the middle of your coffee table as a funky center piece. Class is a topic I talk about a lot, because it's a value I take very seriously. Class is not rooted in wealth or status, but in character, hospitality, and etiquette. Upon a guest's arrival, a host is to greet their visitor with whatever comforts they can provide, and a polite guest will accept the offerings with a fucking smile. If you're going to be poor and young, at least be a gentleman. But hey, I'm not here to teach you how to be a stand up human being. Bottom line, always have a bottle of whiskey, a hard cheese, and a bitchin' ashtray.
I've said it once and I'll it again, some things are just essentials in a gentleman's lodgings, like these classy playing cards I found at The Community Thrift Store. This rustic deck bares a beautiful English Pointer and gold leaf edges. I can see how tiny details like this one can seem really pointless, especially when you are the kind of person who finds themselves filling cluttered drawers full of other unclaimed hand-me-downs like bottle openers and alan wrenches. On the contrary, if you are able to keep yourself organized, I believe it is small trifles just like this one that will cloud your home with history and character.
I feel the same way about this badass set of dice I found at Stuff as I do about an ashtray or a deck of cards. Every household should have a set and they should be unique. A pair of sophisticated old dice are just cool, it's as simple as that. At only two dollars and sold at almost any antique shop, why the hell not?
I have always considered myself someone who just takes photos more so than a photographer, but it’s hard to tell the difference these days since there is a high quality camera on almost every personal device continuously capturing our reality. I think the first challenge of photography is finding a story to tell and second is learning how to be comfortable with your equipment. Just like anything else, playing with and exposing yourself to as many different styles as possible is critical to fully understand your instrument. Although I don’t often buy camera equipment at The Community Thrift Store, they always have a ton of stuff in stock that’s worth a gander. Miscellaneous bodies, lenses and flashes fill the glass case as well as fun finds like this crispy white Lomography Fisheye ($10!). Great little find!
Just picked up this beautiful Land O’ Lakes promotion from my new favorite store for old posters and prints, The Magazine, right in the heart of San Francisco's Tenderloin District. Walking into this place is like entering an archive of pop culture, erotica, and advertising. I feel the same way about ornamentation and furnishing as I do about wall art, it should be original. I'm not implying that whatever you throw up on your wall has to be expensive or some kind of outlandish conversation starter. But if you're going to go through the effort of framing and mounting something, make it something you give a damn about. A page from an old Rolling Stone magazine or a stylish peice of advertising.
My first purchase at one of my favorite San Francisco thrift stores Mixed Nuts. Located in the Outer Richmond, Mixed Nuts is full of great furniture, vintage artwork, and tons of novelties. Every gentleman should have a collection, it's a great hobby and by default it inspires curiosity and knowledge. After starting a small collection of pocket knives, I found myself becoming an expert on the subject. Some people may not give a shit about an old rusty blade, but it's something I identify with. Start a collection, you may enjoy it more than you think.
$10, Mission Jewelry & Loan, 2318 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
I don't have much to say about this little treasure. I just think it's pieces like this that make a home a home. A little handmade canoe is perfect for any windowsill or bookcase. Its rustic and reminds me of paddling down Saugatucket River as a lad.