Thursday, October 23, 2014

Barn Sale and More!

As the temperatures cool off around here, so do the number of sales; however, I was pleased to attend my first barn sale last weekend. Things were a little pricey for resell but I did manage to find a few things there and at a couple of yard sales being held nearby.

One vendor had several old doorknobs, so I bargained for these…..



I bought a blue Cameoware (Harker China) serving bowl and a brown Monmouth mixing bowl….



The pink child’s mug is another piece of Cameoware. A perky pixie perches on a small Shawnee planter and Smiley (also Shawnee) is an orphan salt/pepper shaker that I couldn’t leave behind….



Of course, it’s always a good day when I find Pyrex….




Our Christmas Open House is quickly approaching and my office is stacked with projects and boxes of items that will be displayed soon. For example, this sweet bottlebrush tree was bought without a base; so I upcycled an old spool to accommodate it. It’s pictured with a vintage Santa that I found recently.



Finally, I wanted to show you the “before” and “after” of a project I just finished.

I found this small chest of drawers (think large jewelry box) a few months ago. I’m from the Magnolia State, but the painted magnolias really did not appeal to me. The chest had good bones, as they say, so I bought it and put it in the garage until I found some inspiration for its make-over.



Well, it sat there…..



And sat there….



And finally inspiration came in the form of some old yardsticks and now…….




She measures up!


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
Fabulous Friday at Simple Nature Decor

Make It Monday at Distressed Donna Down Home

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Well, Bowl Me Over!



When Mom and I go to local estate sales, we expect to find the usual vintage china, like this old platter…..

15" platter by Owen China

There’s always kitchenware to choose from……

McCoy butter dish, F. Stewart pottery pitcher, sugar server

Vintage linen is usually available…..

Jean d'Orly hankie, Christmas tree hand towel, embroidered hand towel

Even old Polaroid cameras are fairly easy to find……




I found all of the above at a recent sale. Good finds, but nothing particular unusual. What I found next, though, was a first for me……



Yep, an old Brunswick bowling pin...




Call me crazy, but I had to buy it!



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, October 9, 2014

Storage Unit Sale


Hubby and I went out of town a few days ago to visit relatives. Of course, I checked estatesales.net before we left and found an interesting vintage sale close to our destination. When we arrived at the sale address, we were surprised to find that the location was a storage facility. The sellers explained that the contents of an old Victorian house had to be moved to the storage unit and the sale was being conducted there because the house had been sold.

I quickly amassed a small stack of unique items. Here’s what I found….

A large oval cream/green enamelware pan and two large bed springs…..



An old blue batter bowl and a gingham check apron….



A colorful vintage tablecloth and a cute little wooden crate…..



A great stack of old sewing machine drawers…..



And, finally, a large yellow/brown spatter footed enamelware bowl…





I did my “happy dance” as we left the sale!


  
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, October 1, 2014

Country Estate Sale


Country estate sales are usually lots of fun, so Mom and I took advantage of the opportunity to attend one a couple of weekends ago. Mom likes to look at the scenery on the way, but she has to look quickly because I can’t wait to look at the vintage treasures once we get to the sale!

It wouldn’t be a country sale without a quilt so I bought one, along with an old Belber suitcase…..



This miniature brass oil lamp…..


has its own holder so one could carry it from place to place safely….



La Solana pottery comes in several matte glazes, but the soft turquoise always catches my eye. I was excited to find a bowl, mug and salt-pepper set….



The country kitchen was a treasure trove of goodies. I found a Pyrex divided casserole, a Mrs. Smith’s Mello-Rich pie plate, a Foley tin reamer, 2 tin measuring spoon sets and 2 green-handled cookie cutters…..



More kitchen utensils…. 3 graters, tin measuring cup and scoop…



Since Christmas is all but here (actually it has already arrived at the big retail stores) I spotted a 1947 Christmas annual that contains beautiful graphics. Take a look….





Don’t you just love country estate sales?



I’m linking to the following parties:

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

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