Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sweet Hearts and Pretty Plates

A friend referred me to a friend of hers that had some vintage things to sell. I love those “I have a friend” contacts, because I get to meet some great people that I might not have met otherwise and I don’t have to stand in a long line to see the things they want to sell. The seller turned out to be an elderly lady that just wanted to downsize a little and I was so happy to oblige her.

I only bought a few things, but the most interesting purchases were her decorative plates. Take a look at some the pretty plates she had…..

Many were hand-painted!

Since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, I have already displayed them in my booth. I think any one of them would make a sweet gift for Mom, Grandma or anyone that loves shabby chic décor.


Another purchase was this pair of vintage Fitz and Floyd swan candle holders. Look closely!



If you put their beaks together, their necks form a heart. Sweet!


Speaking of hearts…. I felt a little “crafty” this week and I fashioned a lacy heart from an old coat hanger and bits of vintage fabric, crochet and old buttons.


The linen square in the center is actually a pocket where one can slip in a little note.....


or a small gift (jewelry, maybe?).....


I added the “key to my heart” and a hanging wire.....



  
Don’t you think it would also make a unique jewelry organizer?

  

I’m linking to the following parties:

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

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year!

I pray that you and your family had a very Merry Christmas and that the first few days of 2015 have been happy ones.


A pair of 1940's framed prints

Like you, I’ve taken down all the holiday decorations at my home and have lovingly stored them away until next holiday season. As a booth owner, I’ve been doing the same and have changed out some displays in the process...... 
  

From Santa Claus 



to Scotty Dog…..

Did you see him in the picture above?



From Rudolph 



to Resolution….




From the season of  NOEL 



to the season of  LOVE….




Yes, it’s time to… Make some changes…. Find “new” things. Recreate… Recycle… Renovate…

I hope you’ll join me!






Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Surprise Sale

It was quite a surprise to see a single yard sale listed in the classifieds last week, especially since it mentioned vintage glassware. Mom and I made sure to check it out and here's what we found.....

This 6-bottle Victorian castor set is gorgeous and I've already tagged it for sale ......



I found 4 pieces of Fostoria in the Coronet pattern......



This is not glassware, but I was excited to find a vintage GE electric knife w/fork and wall holder in the original box.....



These 2 English Hobnail footed tumblers were quite the find......



On the fun side, there was a huge iced tea glass!



A copper, wood and crystal lazy susan will be great for holiday entertaining.....



Pretty plates from Johnson Bros, Avon China and a cup/saucer by Homer Laughlin......



A these beautiful ruby red pieces are perfect for the Christmas season......



I'm linking to the following party:

Vintage Inspiration Link Party at My Salvaged Treasures


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Year-End City-Wide Yard Sale

I’ve told you before about the City-Wide Yard sales held at our city’s multi-purpose building. Since they are held inside, there are no weather worries so shopping is the main concern. There are three sales per year and the final sale of 2014 was held last weekend. Mom decided not to go this time, so I was on my own. I sure could have used one of those rolling shopping baskets. Even without one, I carried home these goodies….

A shell-pink Baltimore Pear creamer, a gorgeous demitasse cup/saucer, a crystal butter dish and a doily…….



4 Boopie juice glasses and 2 Avon Cape Cod ruby candle holders…..



A few Little Golden Books…..



Wet/dry measuring cup, vintage metal matchbox holder, nut grinder and biscuit/donut cutter….



Of course, Pyrex! Snowflake open sugar & creamer and Spring Blossom Green butter dish…



I found all of the above in my first trip around the building. I decided to make an additional round and I am so glad I did. Look what was hiding under a table….



A vintage Towne leather suitcase…..



 It even came in handy for carrying 
some of my purchases to the car!

  
I’m linking to the following parties:


Vintage Inspiration Link Party at My Salvaged Treasures

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Just Three Weeks!

Rudolph is headed back to town in just three weeks! Yikes! I’ve GOT to get busy decorating the house for the holidays.



Maybe, like me, you’re a little late in decking the halls so I thought I would show you these elegant Spode Christmas Tree ornaments to get you in the mood to get those boxes down from the attic and start the decorating.




Train Engine


Rocking Horse


Plate and Golden Spoon

  
These ornaments, as well as several vintage ornaments, are available in my booth.

  

Do you own a piece of Spode Christmas Tree china?

I'm linking to the following party:

Vintage Inspiration Link Party at My Salvaged Treasures

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Calm AFTER the Storm



Life was extremely hectic before our Christmas Open House earlier this month. I planned and priced for weeks, then created displays for several days prior to the big day. Thankfully, all the hard work paid off and we had a Fabulous Open House. Then….

Everything….. calmed….. down….. Don’t get me wrong….sales are still good, but filling in gaps in the displays is easy compared to creating the displays in the first place. This new “calm” made me anxious to hunt for more inventory, BUT cold weather came early to the deep South. Cold weather = no yard sales. Even estate sales gave me the cold shoulder! Finally we warmed up last weekend and sales that had been delayed until warmer weather were held and now I have something to blog about!!!

Mom and I attended an estate sale and a great yard sale held by a sweet local blog reader/customer. Here are a few of the things we found…..

A toy telephone and a child's pillowcase.....



Children's books and a vintage kaleidoscope.......



More books. This time Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries.....



USA goose planter and a folding yardstick.....




Vintage Detecto waste basket.......




Westmoreland beaded plate and 2 embroidered handcloths.....




And, of course, some kitchenware... A Pyrex flameware teapot, Fire-King swirl mixing bowl and a vintage toaster cover.....





Have the yard sales cooled off where you live?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Open House Was Fabulous



I promised you a few more photos from Sunday’s Christmas Open House. We had a fabulous turnout. Thanks to EVERYONE that took a few minutes out of your Sunday afternoon to drop by and have some fun, food and music with us.


Hazel Atlas Egg Nog Bowl & Mugs, Hall Teapot w/cozy

White ceramic Christmas Tree & Shawnee Cat Cookie Jar

Don't you love Little Golden Books!

Check out the adorable School House cookie jar.

I found the vintage cooler only a few days before the Open House.


Did you happen to notice the spice rack behind the School House cookie jar in the picture above? Here's what it looked like "before".....

Before
And here's a close up of what it looks like "after".....

After

Here's another Open House project that I haven't blogged about.....

Freezer basket "before"
I actually bought 2 freezer baskets. Here's what they look like now with jute handles and chalkboard tags......

Freezer baskets "after"

I wish you Peace as we head into the Holiday season.


I’m linking to the following parties:

Vintage Inspiration Link Party at My Salvaged Treasures