Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"XYZ" is for....

Yellow bird
Today seems like the perfect day of the year to “leap” into the final installment of the Alphabe-Tour. Yes, three of the toughest letters are at the end of the alphabet, so I decided to combine them so there would be several things for you to zero-in on. I warn you that I had to get a little zany with “X” so……


“X” is for….

X-Stitch Mixer Cover
Notice that there’s an “X” in Mixer!!!



X-Design Coat Button
I know….. It’s a stretch…. Please be kind!





“Y” is for….

Yardsticks



Yellow Harlequin Salt & Pepper Shakers



Yogi Bear

Yogi stands a proud 2" tall!


“Z” is for….

Zinc Lids



Z. S. & C. (Bavaria) Creamer



Zane Grey Book




That’s it! 
That’s the end of the Alphabe-Tour!
I’m actually sad that it’s over!
Wait!
Maybe I should start over with “A”?

Absolutely!



In order to make it easier for you to check out previous installments
of my alphabetical tours, just click on The Alphabe-Tour tab under my header.
From there you can quickly visit any of the previous letters.




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, February 27, 2012

The Canister Caper

It was yet another weekend of zero yard sales, so I decided to tackle a long-overdue project. Last June I published a post about Vintage Canisters. In that post I showed you a set of 1960s-era canisters….


What I didn’t show you was the damage to one of the lids…..



I actually bought this set way back in 2010 and Plan A was to find a replacement knob during my many yard sale hunts; however, I’ve been unable to find one. So moving on to Plan B, I decided to replace all the knobs and bought wooden knobs to replace the original plastic ones.

I mixed orange and red craft paint to match the original knob color.


After applying several coats of paint to the knobs, I finished with a spray of matte finish sealer.


I glued and screwed the knobs onto the lids, placed the lids on the canisters and was ready to call the project complete until I noticed that there was the very faint shadow of a flower decal on each canister. My semi-perfectionist nature wouldn’t allow me to leave well enough alone and I just had to cover up those old decals.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you can guess what’s coming next! Yes, out came the chalkboard paint. I taped off a rectangle where the decals had been…..If you look really, really close, you can see the shadow of those old flower decals.



Three coats of chalkboard paint and …………


Or..........................



And if I’m not mistaken, reddish-orange is “IN” this year!!!




I’m linking to the following parties:

Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Magpie Monday at Me and My Shadow
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm
Share the Love Wednesday at Very Merry Vintage Style
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Friday Link Up Party at Redoux

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Isn't She Lovely

Vintage luggage is at the top of my estate sale shopping list. I found these on last year's Longest Yard Sale.

SOLD!

Remember this gorgeous set of red American Tourister luggage…..it didn’t last long!

SOLD!


The most popular luggage I sell has the tweed and leather look, like this Belber train case and the pieces in the first photo. They have vintage appeal yet are still popular for travel or decorating.



Even though I often see white or cream luggage, I don’t usually buy it for my booth; however, I changed my mind when I saw this Samsonite Silhouette beauty case.


It looked very generic and plain on the outside, but when I looked inside…….


It was almost mint!


The outside is in good shape, but the interior is in GREAT shape.



It even has the original hang tag and key.


I had to buy it and it’s now in my booth waiting to accompany someone on their spring holiday!!!


Do you use vintage luggage?

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
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground

Monday, February 20, 2012

More Roosters to Crow About!



After publishing my last post about a vintage rooster spice rack, I remembered that I had another set of roosters that I haven’t told you about. Since yard sales have been non-existent the last few weekends, it seems like a good time to tell you about some Holt Howard rooster pieces I found at an estate sale last year.

Have you ever heard of a “set” of spoon rests? I usually just find solo spoon rests, but these are obviously a set since they face each other. Do you think they are fighting roosters?


The spoon rests are marked with both ink and paper labels.



I also found a matching sugar and creamer set……



……and a cute Jam and Jelly pot.  I think it’s sweet even though the lid has seen better days.


Have you found any Holt Howard ceramic pieces?


I’m linking to the following parties:

Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Magpie Monday at Me and My Shadow
Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm
Rednesday at It's a Very Cherry World

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Vintage Spice Rack


Roosters and spice make all things nice!?!

A few weeks ago I found this unique wooden spice rack. It’s marked with a Napco/Japan paper label on the bottom and each spice container features a proud rooster. I love the way that three roosters face one way…..three the other.



With a little research, I found out that roosters were a popular kitchen theme back in the 1950’s. I think that the fascination with roosters hasn’t waned any because roosters are popular sellers in my booth.




This rack has two hangers on the back that allows it to be hung on the wall. I like the way it looks on the back of my vintage O’Keefe and Merritt stove, but I can’t keep everything I like so I’ll be taking it to the antique mall this afternoon.



Do you use a rooster theme in your kitchen?


I’m linking to the following parties:

Share the Love Wednesday at Very Merry Vintage Style
What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove

Monday, February 13, 2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"W" is for....

Welcome to the next edition of the Alphabe-Tour. We’re almost at the end of the alphabet with “W” being the featured letter this time. I was pleased to find so many vintage items to show you…. so what are we waiting for!

“W” is for….

Welcome Plate




Wear-Brite Hammered Metal Creamer




Westmoreland Lotus Spiral Candlesticks




Wexford by Anchor Hocking




Willow Creamer & Sugar by Indiana Glass




Windmill/Checkerboard Plate by Hazel-Atlas




Wine Cooler




Wrought Iron Sconces




Wistar Water Goblet by Fostoria




World Bank by Ohio Art




In order to make it easier for you to check out previous installments
of my alphabetical tours, just click on The Alphabe-Tour tab under my header.
From there you can quickly visit any of the previous letters.