Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Recent Finds

It’s been a couple of weeks since I revealed some of the finds Mom and I have made at local estate sales. I hope you see something that you find interesting….

Mom spotted these two “Original Apple Bakers” and I found a beautiful cherry art tile…



I have found and sold bacon presses before, but this was the first time I had seen a bull press…for hamburger, I suppose…..




I found this pretty ceramic frame by Fitz and Floyd as well as a honey pot and a brass letter opener featuring a dogwood blossom…..



I was excited to find a white Hall teapot that has its own chrome cozy and a Waechtersbach Santa mug that I know my friend, Linda @ A LaCarte, will be thrilled to see.


If you would like to know more about Waechtersbach mugs, check out Linda’s post here.


I hope you can see the orangy translucence on these two milk glass juices. The little book shown with them is actually a cookbook entitled The Williamsburg Art of Cookery. Check out the title page…. Interesting “colonial” typography is used throughout the book….




I know it’s very popular now to paint all furniture, but this little 24” stool is in perfect condition and I’ve decided to sell it as is. The new owner can cover up its unblemished finish if he/she desires….



Lastly, I found one more colorful thing to add to my fall/Halloween colors display….. orange enamelware grill plates. Perfect for partying!



  

I’m linking to the following parties:

Vintage Inspiration Link Party at My Salvaged Treasures
What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
Thrifty Things Friday at Melissa’s Antiques

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Just WHO is This Guy?


I bought this little guy at an estate sale a couple weeks ago. The word, anthropomorphic, came to mind. I turned him over expecting to see the mark for Holt Howard, but I was wrong. He was vintage and very cute. At least I was right about that!


I took him to the checkout table and the lady commented that he was one of the cutest pumpkins she had ever seen. I agreed that he was very good-looking but I thought he was an onion, not a pumpkin. I explained that I thought he was supposed to hold baking soda (see the holes in the top), and be placed in the refrigerator to keep it fresh.

Holes in the top

Rubber plug in the bottom

I took my little anthropomorphic cutie home, removed the black rubber plug in the bottom to clean out the old baking soda but, to my surprise, baking soda didn’t come out. Several garlic cloves did!

Oh, my! Had I been so wrong about this little guy? 

He isn’t a pumpkin, but is he a head of garlic or an onion? Is he a refrigerator baking soda holder or a garlic keeper? Garlic keepers usually have a lid and are larger than my little friend. I’m thinking he’s a baking soda holder, but I’m not sure. I’m still thinking he’s an onion, but I’m not sure about that either. I also don't know who made him.


Just look at that face! 
Only HE knows who he is and he’s not telling!



Just WHO is this guy?  
Do YOU know???



I’m linking to the following parties:

Vintage Inspiration Link Party at My Salvaged Treasures
What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants

Thrifty Things Friday at Melissa’s Antiques

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Time to Show Some Fall Colors

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about some of the items I bought when I was invited to preview a friend’s upcoming yard sale. I promised that I would show you more of the great things I bought that day and I’m fulfilling that promise with this post.

Booth display

I didn’t show you these particular items because I wanted to wait until after Labor Day when I like to create at least one booth display in fall/Halloween colors. I hope you like orange and black!


This large orange ceramic lazy susan with a black revolving base is perfect for fall parties…



You’ll also need orange placemats and napkins…



You can invite everyone to the party on your orange trimline phone…



And be sure to serve some goodies on this large starry owl Couroc of Monterrey tray...




I also have a seasonal project to show you, too. I know you’ve seen the pumpkins made out of rusty mason jar rings. They are all over Pinterest and the DIY blogs. Well, I had to try one for myself.



I used 14 jar rings, a stick from the yard, burlap “leaves” and some jute rope to tie it all together.



I also glued the rings to a circle of cardstock on the bottom of the pumpkin just to give it a little extra support.



I’m ready for cooler weather! 
How about you?


I’m linking to the following parties:

Vintage Inspiration Link Party at My Salvaged Treasures  
What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
Thrifty Things Friday at Melissa’s Antiques

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Projects aPlenty!



I hope everyone had a relaxing Labor Day weekend! There were no yard sales or estate sales to shop around here, but I had plenty of projects to occupy my time. I will be holding some of these items for the upcoming Christmas Open House in early November. Other projects will go straight to the booth. Tell me what you think.....

I found an old cutting board a few months ago. I also bought some cabinet handles at a local salvage store because I thought they would come in handy one day. I used dark walnut stain to darken it, applied a coat of paste wax and added the handles.

BEFORE

AFTER


I picked up this luggage rack at an estate sale 2 years ago. It’s been patiently sitting in the garage waiting for repair.

BEFORE

 
AFTER

Two wooden lantern bases I bought recently needed a little something extra. That something was a little paint. I dry-brushed red paint on the dark one, chalkpainted the flat one, waxed them and added a hurricane globe to each.

BEFORE

AFTER


Lastly, a little fold-up camping stool needed some lovin’......

BEFORE

 The leg from an old pair of jeans, plus a few special touches of embroidery…




And this little stool can “rough it” outdoors or "be cute" indoors….

AFTER


 Do you have a favorite?

  
I’m linking to the following parties:

Vintage Inspiration Link Party at My Salvaged Treasures
What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
Thrifty Things Friday at Melissa’s Antiques

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Preview Pick!

I count it as an honor when a friend invites me to preview a downsizing/estate sale before the actual event. It’s fun for me, I get to buy before the other shoppers, the friend doesn’t have to price as many items AND she gets some free appraisals in the process.

That honor was bestowed on me a few days ago so Mom and I got to spend a couple of hours digging, picking and buying some great items. I’m sharing just a few of the things that I purchased that day and will be showing more in an upcoming post… I promise!

We found a Sadler teapot and three teak trivets….



A pair of ceramic “cabbage leaf” candle holders….wax drippings included!



A set of 6 French ramekins….



A pretty celluloid vanity box…..



And finally, a pair of binoculars with case and a vintage Aladdin vacuum bottle with its original packaging still attached.


  

Old friends are the best antiques!

I’m linking to the following parties:

Vintage Inspiration Link Party at My Salvaged Treasures
What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
Thrifty Things Friday at Melissa’s Antiques





Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Unusual For Me!


I’ve bought some things in the last few weeks that are hard for me to find or rare for me to buy. I have already told you about the 5-gallon pickle jar I bought last week, but here are a few more items I haven’t shared with you…..

I love Cosco kitchen step stools but they are hard to find and even harder to find in good shape. I couldn’t believe I scored this one last weekend….



Vintage suitcases are getting scarce locally, but I found this Samsonite at a local estate sale. It is in great shape and even has the key!



Jadeite is always on my shopping list, but I rarely find it. This 11.5” Fire-King restaurant ware platter was a great score for me.



Needlepoint is popular for covering chairs, stools and benches and I hit the mother lode recently. This is just a sample of several canvases I bought, both completed and unworked. Check out the petit point canvas on the left.




Over the years, I have sold a few examples of the things I’ve listed above, but last weekend I purchased something for the first time ever.


  
Yep….I bought my first blow mold item. This cute little snowman and his mini-me is only 12” tall. He’ll make his debut at our Christmas Open House this year.

  
I’m linking to the following parties:

Vintage Inspiration Link Party   
What's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
Thrifty Things Friday at Melissa's Antiques

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

One Big Sale

There was only one estate sale this weekend, so it was a no-brainer to check it out. I had viewed the pictures on estatesales.net and didn’t really see anything that interested me; but of course, the pictures don’t show everything and I filled 2 boxes with vintage treasures. Here’s what I found……

Vintage kitchenware… graniteware plate, Hazel Atlas criss-cross reamer, wood-handled utensils and an aluminum pitcher…



Fenton carnival glass dish…..



Vintage patchwork apron…..



More aprons….  Christmas is just right around the corner, you know.



Crystal salad set….



What? No Pyrex, you ask…..  Well, I did buy this mini refrigerator dish for its lid. I plan to put the faded bottom in my booth with a sign to read…. “This is what happens when you put colored Pyrex in the dishwasher… Don’t do it!”

Please hand wash your colored Pyrex!

As I was about to leave the sale, I saw a rather large Mason Jar; 5-gallons large to be exact. My initial research suggests that it once held pickles. I bought it and the one-quart Presto fruit jar that sits next to it.




  
Pickle, anyone?


I’m linking to the following party:

Vintage Inspiration Link Party at My Salvaged Treasures