Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday Greetings!

I'm calling on my vintage Dream Pets Santa to help me wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.






Mom and I will resume treasure-hunting after the last page of the calendar is turned, so I hope to share many newly-found goodies with you next year. Until then, treasure your time with friends and family.

They are truly your most valuable treasures!!!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Vintage Joy!

Don’t you just jump for joy when you find colorful vintage Pyrex? I do!!! The only thing that makes me more joyful is to find holiday Pyrex during the holidays!

I just found this 2-quart red holiday casserole in a white pinecone pattern. After a bit of research, I found out that it is a 1960 Holiday promotional casserole.


It originally came with a cradle and knobbed lid which unfortunately were not with the casserole. However, I already had a 2-quart flat lid that I think will work just fine.



Finding such a fabulous piece makes me want to try a recipe from one of these old typewritten/mimeographed cookbooklets that I bought at a church rummage sale today.



If all of this seasonal vintage-ness brings a nostalgic tear to your eye, maybe you could use a vintage Christmas handkerchief like this one……



I hope you find some vintage joy, too!!!


I’m linking to the following parties:

Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Cookbooks and Jelly Glasses



I’ve had so many ladies tell me recently that they read cookbooks like they read novels. Do you? My mom is one of them! I’m admitting right now that I didn’t get that gene!!!

I do, however, love to find cookbooks for my “read-it-like-it’s-a-novel” cookbook-buyers and even those that actually use the recipes for their intended purpose! This weekend I found several to add to the booth. Of course, I have to let Mom read them first!




I bought this unusual cookbook because it has recipes as well as blanks for writing in your own recipes.


My guess is that this one would not “read” as well as the others, but maybe it’s perfect for the budding cookbook author!!!



My customers also love jelly glasses. I know that because they sell quickly after putting them in the booth. I found this set of four colorful glasses this weekend.


The Twelve Days of Christmas Cookbook is the perfect cookbook to read this time of the year while drinking sweet tea (or egg nog) from one of them!!!



But my favorite find…..the one that made me jump for joy……was this jelly glass featuring donkeys jumping over a fence.


I actually prefer to read Heloise’s Hints instead of cookbooks.


I think the jumping-donkeys jelly glass is the perfect accompaniment for reading her hints about how to take care of your “killer” girdle...obviously very important in this 1970 edition.

I say the best suggestion is to just “kill your girdle.”  That’s something to jump for!!!!



I’m linking to the following parties:

Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Magpie Monday at Me and My Shadow
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm

Monday, November 28, 2011

Holiday Weekend Finds


Did you have a good Thanksgiving holiday?
I hope so!!!


I had a busy, but wonderful, weekend and am very grateful for those Black Friday and Small Business Saturday shoppers that visited, and made purchases from, my vintage booth!!!



It’s been almost a month since our Christmas Open House and this week I had to replenish many of my displays. In doing so, I realized that there were several yard and estate sale finds that I haven’t shown you yet.


Aren’t these baby pillowcases just “darling?” I especially like the one with the appliqu├ęd plaid kitten. The white cats coat hook to the right is by Avon and would look sweet in a nursery.



I was told that this small makeup/train case is at least 75 years old and I couldn’t pass up a jar full of corks even though I don’t know what I’m going to do with them yet. Any ideas?



My mom was with me when we found the vintage bun warmer. She remembers that my aunt had one and used it often. The blue/white mold looks like Delft, but isn’t marked. I love the combination of red and green, but not just at Christmas time. The two Glasbake mugs fill the bill!!!



Have you started, or finished, your Christmas shopping?



I’m linking to the following parties:

Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Magpie Monday at Me and My Shadow
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm

Monday, November 21, 2011

Weekend Finds

Things are in high gear here for the Thanksgiving holiday, but I wanted to show you some things I found at the few yard sales that were held this weekend.

For rooster lovers….



For copper lovers….



For lovers of children’s books….



For lovers of pink kitchen things….




For everyone else…..I’m still looking!!!


I’m linking my finds to the following parties:

Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Magpie Monday at Me and My Shadow
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm


Thursday, November 17, 2011

"U" is for....



The previous leg of my Alphabe-tour was the letter “T.” At the end of that post I warned you that the next letter, “U,” could get ugly. I was uneasy about the letter “Q” and feel uncertain about the upcoming letters “X,” “Y” and “Z,” but “U” has turned out to be the ultimate challenge so far. Numerous adjectives begin with “U” but nouns and pronouns of vintage wares are quite unusual. Now I wish I had bought that Underwood typewriter I saw last month!!!

“U” is for….

Ucagco Vase
Japan


Utensils



Universal Potteries
Cattail pattern sold by Sears 



Underwear Box
Fruit of the Loom



Unicorn plate
Restaurantware by Sterling China




“V” is the next letter with various vintage items to view!!!


I’m linking to the following parties:

Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove

Monday, November 14, 2011

Good Timing!: Part Two

When you go “treasure-hunting,” do you shop with a wish list?  I do! There are a few items I always look for…..vintage Pyrex, vintage hardside luggage, orange juice decanter/glass sets and McCoy pottery are at the top of the list. Wish list items come and go depending on what’s selling in my booth. In my last post I told you about finding some Nancy Drew mystery books which have sold well the last few weeks. I also promised to tell you about the other finds Mom and I made at that estate sale.



The timing was good for a couple of my “top of the list” items. The estate sale pictures showed an orange juice glass/decanter set and Mom went straight to the kitchen and boxed them up.


The vintage Pyrex that was pictured was already taken, but they missed these cute and hard to find Pyrex child’s mugs. There is a matching divided plate and bowl that I hope to find one day….something new to put on the list!!!


While in the kitchen, I also found a reamer (a good seller for me) and this Bromwell sifter which is in great shape.


One of the downsides of a wish list is that you focus only on those items and miss other great vintage finds. I usually “shop the list” first and then focus on other items that just appeal to me in a vintage way. That’s the case when I walked out to the garage and found this framed horse picture.


The picture itself has a few problems but what appealed to me was the wooden frame with “brands” embossed on its face.


I haven’t had a chance to research this yet, but it has a 50s-60s feel to me. If you have any knowledge about it, I would appreciate any enlightenment.


Do you treasure-hunt with a wish list?


I’m linking to the following parties:

Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Magpie Monday at Me and My Shadow
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Good Timing!

The wonderful staff at Southern Antique Mall is really good about letting us dealers know when a customer asks for a specific item. They know that we just might have it stashed in a box somewhere waiting to price and display it.


In September, a frequent customer left word that she was looking for Nancy Drew books. I had several of the popular mystery books, so I priced all I had and put them in my booth. As luck would have it, the October issue of Country Living came out only a few days later.


It contained a feature about Nancy Drew books and how to determine their value.


Every Nancy Drew book in my booth sold within the week. Thank you, Country Living! Good timing!!! Sadly, though, I don’t think the timing was good for the customer that originally asked for them as the books sold before she returned.

On a happier note……Mom and I went to an estate sale last weekend. The estate sale company had posted information on EstateSales.net and they showed both Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries in the photos. I planned to get some of both, but my timing was off and another shopper beat me to the Hardy Boys books. There must have been over 30 of them. I did, however, replenish my stock of Nancy Drew books, so if you were the customer that requested them….check my booth again.




After boxing up the Nancy Drew books, I looked through the other books on the shelves. Yea!!!  The other shopper had missed one of the Hardy Boys books, but I can understand why!


Have you ever seen a Hardy Boys book with 3 mysteries in one? Me, either! It contains the first three Hardy Boys stories in one book and it’s entitled, “Meet The Hardy Boys.”


Timing paid off after all!
In a few days, I’ll show you some of the other things we found.


Have you “timed it right” and scored a treasure?


I’m linking to the following parties:

Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove

Monday, November 7, 2011

Catching Up!

I’ve got some catching up to do now that yesterday’s Christmas Open House is history. Hundreds of visitors passed through the Antique Mall and enjoyed shopping, food, door prizes and lots of holiday inspiration. I thought I would share another couple of pictures with you before I move on.



Below is a simple and fun centerpiece that you might want to try for yourself. I found a vintage pie plate and in the center placed two battery-operated tea lights and covered them with an old 4-sided grater. Then I surrounded the grater with red and white peppermints for shoppers to enjoy. You could use greenery instead of peppermints, if you need a quick and easy focal point.



Last year I assembled grab bags full of old written and clipped recipes that I had gathered over the year. The bags were all sold by Christmas, so I did the same this year.


In addition, I filled fruit baskets with vintage cookbooks, "calendar" dishcloths and other vintage hand towels.



I also had to try my hand at stamping candles. Carol at The Polka Dot Closet posted an excellent tutorial on the process and it works just like she instructed.


Thanks, Carol! If you would like to try it, click here.


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Last, but certainly not least, one of the most important things I need to catch up on is to
say “thanks” to Kelly at till death do us part. I won her Skoy Cloth giveaway a few weeks ago.


Skoy Cloths are a unique alternative to the kitchen sponge. Click here to visit Kelly and learn about Skoy Cloths and the other practical and eco-smart products that Kelly shares with her readers. Thank you, Kelly!!!

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Now I just need to catch up on what YOU’VE been doing. I’ll be trying to visit as many of you as I can this week. I’m sure I’ll be blown away with all of the awesome creativity, treasure-hunting and thrifting that I’ve missed!!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Open House Preview



Tomorrow is the big day for our Christmas Open House at Southern Antique Mall. Here's a sneak peek of some of the displays in my booth.
















If you will be in the Laurel area tomorrow, I hope you'll drop by!!!