Thursday, April 17, 2014

Exception to the Rule

When I go to estate sales and yard sales to buy vintage items for my booth, I have at least one rule: I won’t buy sets of china. I might buy a piece or two of a pattern, but not a large quantity. Why? Well, sets are a hard sell for me. They usually sit in the booth, and take up space, for a long time.

As you have probably guessed by the title of this post, I sometimes make an exception to my own rule. One exception is for the Blue Willow pattern.

Grandmothers, mothers and aunts have passed down their Blue Willow over the years and it is still a beloved pattern in this region. At least I hope that is still the case, because I just bought quite a few pieces.

Blue Willow has been manufactured by several china companies (Homer Laughlin, Churchill, Japan) but my recent purchase was made by Johnson Bros. 

Did you know that there is a love story behind the Willow pattern? Click here to read a previous post I published concerning the history of the Willow pattern.

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While I'm confessing my Willow purchase, I'm also going to confess yet another exception to my rule.

I bought 25 pieces of one of the prettiest patterns I have seen in a long time, Ivanhoe by Minton China. The pastel colors of the delicately raised pattern just screamed “spring” so I displayed them in a prominent place in the booth just yesterday.

I think the partial set would display beautifully in a china cabinet or “mixed and matched” with other pastel-colored china patterns.

Do you ever break your own treasure-hunting rules?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

That and This!

Yard sale season is finally here…..Mom and I visited several of them last weekend. I could have filled several closets with all the used clothes I saw, but vintage items were hard to find. Maybe those items will come out of hiding in the coming weeks!

We did find some sweet smalls…..

Check out this cute little girl wearing an orange hat and carrying a teal purse. She’s the object of a small Made-in-Japan planter...

I’m not sure the age or maker of this cute set of brown bunnies, but Easter is just around the corner so I grabbed them……

I also bought this unusual figurine with a rabbit emerging from a cracked egg. It’s signed R. Miranda, Mexico. It seems that this is just one of a series of cracked egg figurines. Check Ebay and you’ll find the series includes a giraffe, fish, elephant…..even a clown.

I also found some pretty plates made by desirable manufacturers like Homer Laughlin, Noritake and Haviland…..

I decided to create a cake stand with one of the plates using a glass base I found several years ago……

So much for “that”!...... 

Now check out “this”………!

I have blogged and bragged about my pretty absolutely gorgeous Lady Banks rose bush in the past, but I had to show off her breath-taking blooms again this year….. I hope you don’t mind!!!


Spring has finally Sprung!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Latest Finds!

Mom and I made it to a couple of yard sales and a thrift store last weekend; and, thanks to a sweet friend, we were invited to preview a yard sale that contained some estate sale items of her relative. Here’s a few of the things we found…..

Several Little Golden Books...even a Little Little Golden Book (bottom left)....

A small Pyrex Homestead bowl and a cobalt milk pitcher…..

Pink Indiana Glass Hen-on-Nest and a pretty perfume bottle….

Here’s a better shot of that perfume bottle, plus a very nice round art deco wall mirror….

A kitchen step stool is always a good find, plus I discovered several kitchen utensils and a rare box of Mendets….you know, those round metal plugs used to repair graniteware…

Lastly, there was one more find for you us Pyrex addicts...a divided casserole with matching Verde lid…

Hope your treasure hunting brings you a thrill!

I’m linking to the following parties:

What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove

Monday, March 17, 2014

Another City-Wide Yard Sale

Happy St. Paddy’s Day to all of you! The luck of the Irish was with me recently when Mom and I attended one of the City-Wide yard sales held at our multi-purpose center. These city-wide sales are held about 3 times a year in a climate controlled building so, thankfully, no big concerns about weather.

Among the treasures we found are these goodies……

An old enamelware bucket, a vintage recipe box, a red-handled rolling pin and a tiny girl-with-a-hat vase made in Japan….

Mom found this enamelware “rose” pie plate and I added a rocker cutter and Pyrex Crazy Daisy butter dish to the pile…..

There was more Pyrex to be found…..a #404 primary yellow mixing bowl, a Spice o’ Life sugar shaker and a set of salt & pepper shakers….

Not wanting to disappoint those of you with a love of rust, I found another, and MUCH larger, First Aid box. This one dwarfs the other one I found a couple of weeks ago, but this one didn’t have any goodies inside (which is probably a good thing!).

Lastly, Mike and Frank would be proud of me for finding an old Massey Ferguson tractormeter. I hope some future customer will be proud that I found it too! I have no idea if it works, but the graphics are cool!

What treasures have you found lately?

Sunday, March 9, 2014

“Tray” Chic

Since our unusually cold southern weather seems to have cancelled the yard sales around here, I have resorted to taken advantage of the opportunity to complete a few projects. Digging in my “to do” pile, I found three trays that needed major makeovers.......

I was so anxious to get some paint on this lacy brass frame that I almost forgot to take a “before” picture. It looks pretty sad, huh?

A few coats of white spray paint and bright floral paper under a new piece of glass makes that old frame ready for spring.

The second tray featured a nice reverse-painted mirror but the surrounding wood was drab, at best.

A little chalk paint, some distressing and a coat of paste wax brightened it up, I think.

The last tray probably changed the most dramatically. A wooden tray with a moose painted in the middle just doesn’t fit South Mississippi decor.

So more chalk paint, aqua “flour sack” stripes, a coat of paste wax and voila!

"Tray" chic?

Tres chic!

I'm linking to the following parties:

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Little Pampering

If you have read my last two posts, you know that I found some interesting vintage items at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, most of them needed a little tender loving care. It’s always nice to find pristine items for my booth, but if the truth be told, usually items need a little pampering before they are ready to be sold. Sometimes that pampering is as simple as a good soap-and-water bath…..most of the time it takes a little more effort.

I still haven’t decided what to do with the old rusty first aid kit, but I thought you might like to see the TLC I gave to some of the other items I bought at that estate sale.....

Remember these stained doilies….

After a good soaking in Vintage Textile Soak, they are ready for display.

I sell Vintage Textile Soak in my booth because I am so impressed with the job it does AND it’s easy on the hands.

The pretty Universal ball pitcher had a little roughness on the lip which allowed a nasty color to penetrate the china.

I just soaked the tip for a few hours in some 40% peroxide (you can find it at a beauty supply store, like Sally’s).

Here’s what it looks like now. Yes, the roughness is still there, but not the stain.

This interesting tole-painted metal box was a little very dirty. 

Using a light hand, I cleaned it with Barkeepers Friend, followed that with a coat of paste wax, and now it’s booth-worthy.

Finally, I added some character to a vintage loaf pan and an old card file with burlap and stenciling.

I’m linking to the following parties:

What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

“After the Snow” Estate Sale – Part 2

I promised to show you some more treasures I found at an estate sale held a couple of weeks ago just after our rare Deep South snow. The goodies in Part 1 were more sweet and pretty than the ones in this post. Rusty, crusty and primitive more closely describe the treasures in this Part 2-post. I know many of you prefer “rusty gold” so here we go….

I got this metal box after 2PM that day, so it was half price. I’m not sure what it was used for, but I liked the decorative painting. I’m thinking a mailbox….what do you think?

I can find NO information on this unusual brown metal box. Perhaps you can help. It’s marked Drinkwater Food Container, C. M. Drinkwater & Co., Chicago, Ill. USA, Size B (approx. 10x6x9.5). The clips on the top slide outward for removal of the lid. It’s very heavy and has a military vibe to it.

Another half-price find was this vintage J&J General First Aid Kit. 

It even had some of the original first aid items inside. 

How can you use an old kit like this? Well, check out a great post that Pam at House of Hawthornes published last year. She showed us how to use these old first aid kits as bathroom d├ęcor and storage.

On the primitive side, I found an old basket, a crudely-made stoneware pitcher and a heavy (5 lb) stoneware dog bowl; at least, I’m assuming it’s a dog bowl. There is no maker’s mark on either stoneware piece.

And finally, a couple of metal loaf pans and rusty recipe boxes are perfect targets for a little burlap embellishment. The smallest box was even full of handwritten recipes!!!

Do you prefer Sweet&Pretty or Rusty&Crusty?

I’m linking to the following parties:

What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove