Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Forgotten Finds and a Whazzit

Have you ever hidden something from yourself? Well, if you have a booth or have lots of things stored in boxes, you probably have. That recently happened to me. I was looking through my log book of purchases and realized that I didn’t know where I had stored a whole box of treasures from an estate/yard sale I had visited this past May.

After a little digging, I finally found the box of goodies and among them was a whazzit. I’ll show you the goodies first and maybe you can help me with that whazzit at the end.

A sweet lady had inherited her brother’s belongings and she held a yard sale to scale down all the many things he had left to her. These are the things that were in the box I brought home….

A handmade stick basket, a Globe bank and a child’s shovel. I wish there had been a pail to go along with the shovel!

A pantry canister jar with a pink lid, a nut grinder and a lidded sugar bowl….

An old batter bowl and a Windsor Cheese box….

Two old Homer Laughlin vegetable bowls….

And finally, that whazzit….

The whazzit is made of cast iron and is the same on both top and bottom. It is 1-3/4” tall and 5” in diameter. The lady told me it was a candle holder. I was skeptical, but you tell me….. Is it a candle holder? If not, what is it?

I’m linking to the following parties:

Vintage Inspiration Party at My Salvaged Treasures

Show and Share at Coastal Charm

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Thrill of the FIND – Part 2

Last week I told you about the thrill of finding the object of a two year search, the red bowl that completes my Pyrex Primary Colors mixing bowl set. I also promised to tell you about the other great things I found, so here’s the fulfillment of that promise….

The ½ gallon blue fruit jar is the one that I almost dropped when I spotted the red Pyrex bowl. I bought it along with a green Dur-X glass cake knife and a Hall/Westinghouse blue delphite refrigerator dish…

I love these old Hoosier jars…. One is marked for Tea…. And I just couldn’t resist an orphan red top shaker….

A Brownie Holiday camera found its way onto my pile along with a Dunhill vanity case that held lots of cool things inside…..

Check out these two clown reamers/juicers….. They were made in Japan and are in remarkably good shape….

If you have any moonshine that you need to pour up, I found just what you need….. a stoneware beehive jug….

I might have completed one set of mixing bowls, but I started another set! I have always loved these McCoy windowpane bowls but had only seen them in my reference books. 

Well, I now have 2 of them with only 5 more to find to complete the set of 7. Hmmm… this set might be a bit harder to complete, but I’ll enjoy the hunt!

Earlier that day I went to another estate sale and found this handy butcher block rolling cart and a very nice luggage rack with needlepoint straps…..

It was a good day of treasure hunting!

I'm linking to the following parties:

Vintage Inspiration Link Party at My Salvaged Treasures
Show and Share at Coastal Charm

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Thrill of the FIND!

The thrill of the HUNT is certainly exciting, but finally discovering a special item you’ve been hunting for is even more thrilling for me.  I got to experience the “thrill of the FIND” this past weekend. So what have I been looking for? See if you can figure it out…..

A few years ago, I bought this small blue Pyrex bowl…..

Then a few months later I found this green Pyrex bowl…..

Last year I found the large yellow Pyrex bowl…..

They look so lovely together, but something’s missing! Do you know what it is?

Sure you do!!! You don’t have to be a Pyrex fanatic to know that the one bowl missing from this Primary Colors mixing bowl set is the red one that nestles between the green bowl and the blue bowl. I have been looking for that red bowl for almost two years, asking everyone I know to tell me if they see one at a flea market or thrift store.

Well, my sweet hubby accompanied me to a country estate sale last weekend about 30 miles away. It was held in an old house that must have been close to a hundred years old and the contents inside were left by several generations of one family. Deep in one of the kitchen cupboards, I spotted the red rim of a bowl peeking above a stack of bowls it was sitting in. I almost dropped the fruit jar I had in my hand when saw it. I had to remove a couple of layers of custard cups and refrigerator dishes, but there it was…..

The object of two years of hunting. The FIND! The red Pyrex bowl. My Primary Colors mixing bowl set is finally complete!

Oh, yes! I found more at that sale, but the discovery of the red #402 Pyrex bowl deserved a post all its own. I’ll share my other finds in the next post.

I'm linking to the following parties:

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

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Weekend Finds

Last weekend was one of those weekends when it seemed that everyone was hosting a yard sale. There were too many sales to go to them all, so it was decision time. I selected a couple of sales that mentioned antiques, collectibles or “cleaning out the garage” and set out early Friday morning.  Here’s a few of the things I found….

A nice carved picture frame, a rusty pick hoe and an equally rusty weather vane arm…

close-up of the carved frame

 I was thrilled to find an old Six-16 Brownie Jr camera and an 8mm movie camera….

It seemed everyone had graniteware to sell, so I bought a skillet, a plate, 2 lids and 2 ladles…

I wish everyone had Pyrex to sell, but at least I found two pieces……

I was so excited to find this great old table that I painted before I even thought to take a “before” picture. Here it is in my booth…..

Did you make it to any yard sales?

I'm linking to the following party:

What's It Wednesday at Ivy & Elephants

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Upcycling a Few Items

I’ve actually completed a few projects over the last couple of weeks. I began each project with a vintage item and added some chalk paint, sometimes more. Here’s what I’ve been up to……

These wooden apple trivets appeared more orange than red....

So I shined them up a bit….


A heavy mirror with a carved sunflower just wasn’t sunny enough for me...


So I brightened it up a bit……


This wood tray with a botanical print looked tired...

During.... I forgot to take a Before! Imagine dark wood.

So I added cork and a pineapple stencil and freshened it up a bit…..


Every little bit helps!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

My Attempt at a “Junk” Sign

I know you have all seen the signs that Betsy of My Salvaged Treasures creates from jewelry, pieces of metal and whatever else she finds. If you haven’t seen them, check here.

I finally managed to gather a few trinkets from here and there and decided to try my hand at making a “junk sign” inspired by Betsy’s unique creations.

I found the piece of wood in a store parking lot. It was the perfect size…. I just had to spray it lightly with flat white paint so my rusty junk letters would show up. I bought the knobs at an estate sale. They are from an old Frigidaire stove. The other pieces were in my garage…. I hope they weren’t important to my hubby!

Since the knobs were round, I knew they had to become “O”s so COOK became the perfect word for my sign.  I decided to make the sign vertical and added a hook (made from one of the pieces of metal) at the bottom for hanging a dishtowel.

What do you think?  How did I do?

I liked it, but Betsy usually adds some bling to her signs. So with a little more digging I found the perfect touch.

Now that’s better!

I’m linking to the following party:

Vintage Inspiration Link Party at My Salvaged Treasures

Thursday, April 9, 2015

First 2015 City-Wide Yard Sale

Our city’s first City-Wide Yard sale of 2015 was held a couple of weeks ago. We have one approximately every four months. I love these events because they are held in a climate controlled building and there are 50+ vendors to shop with. Not all vendors deal in vintage items, but there are enough that do to make the sale a “must attend” event.

The City-Wide sales have become too big for Mom to tackle. I miss her keen eye plus she helped carry some of the lighter items.  Knowing I wouldn’t have an extra hand, I purchased a rolling basket to carry my purchases as I shopped. It was one of the best purchases I’ve ever made and I had several people comment that the cart was a smart idea. I agreed!

Though this is not all I bought, here are the things I think you will enjoy seeing….

The first purchase of the morning was a sweet yellow Princess sewing basket…

I also bought several Blue Willow plates and set of Blue Willow salt and pepper shakers…

A pretty cup and saucer made it into the cart, along with a pink birdcage. I don’t think the birdcage is very old, but it has a nice vintage vibe to it...

One vendor provided several fun finds….. an old Maid of Honor muffin tin, a small enamelware bowl w/lid and a gold Pyrex cinderella bowl. I missed the larger Town and Country bowl by mere seconds… Ugh!

Finally, I purchased a vintage 9-square quilt to top off my rolling stash and it was time to call it a morning.

When I got home, I logged everything in and checked the items more closely. I got a nice surprise when I turned the quilt over and discovered some sweet vintage material on the back side……

The vintage European print especially caught my eye because I know so many of you love a Parisian theme and the Eiffel Tower was prominently depicted…..

I also thought a blue/yellow child’s print was special…..

Happy Spring, y’all!