Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Comparison Shopping

Have you ever gone browsing at an antique store and seen several items that you already own? Maybe because I've been collecting for years I find that this frequently happens to me. I walk through the store and say "I have that!" and then quickly check the price to see what they are asing for it. Most of the time I am amazed at the asking price for "my" stuff. As I buy most of my collectibles from yard sales and flea markets I get sticker shock when I shop full retail.

This past Saturday this exact thing happened. Remember this post? Well lookie what turned up at an antique store. Mind you I had never even seen one of these before and then 2 of them show up out of the blue in a month's time. Once you notice something interesting for the first time, all of a sudden said item pops up everywhere. Isn't it weird how that happens?

I paid 50 cents for mine and this one is priced at $20. Nice! I think I got myself a good deal!


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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Weekend Treasures

Sorry for being MIA for over a week. Life is just very hectic as I finish up teaching for the school year and my daughters also finish up their year with recitals, concerts, plays and the like. Thanks for still checking in with me. I love my readers!

Memorial Day weekend is usually my favorite weekend for yard saleing. However this weekend the sales that we went to didn't have much. I only got one vintage item at the yard sales - an old 100 card Bingo Game. I didn't even have to pay for as it was on the "free" table. It was free while other junky stuff cost money - go figure! Picture below.

The next day we hit a flea market. This flea market is the kind where people sell Avon or expired potato chips & snack cakes - not usually cool vintage collectibles. However, amongst all the crazy items I usually find a few things. This time did not disapoint. I was starting to get worried as the first half of the sale I didn't see anything. But low and behold we stumbled on a seller who was cleaning out her mother-in-law's house and I was able to score some treasures. Here is what I bought at the flea - displayed on my husband's tail gate.

The cannister set was $1. I just love the green and tan. They are a bit worn but I don't really care. They are great storage for craft supplies or in the kitchen. The dishtowels were a quarter a piece. I kid you not! They are all linen, vintage and stain free. I even scored a Christmas one. Yay Me!

I love this little glass. Pink and white. A great water glass for the bathroom.

McCoy vase in white - score! Only $1

I like these older tins. They make cute trays to store office supplies on your desk or I may even hang it on the wall.

I bought this old band-aid box for $1. I have a collection of  pharmacy items on display in my bathroom. It needs a good cleaning.

These love birds are my favorite find of the weekend. They came from an antique store. I just had to have them to add to my bird collection. Love them!!

Thanks for stopping by to see what I found this weekend.


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Friday, May 18, 2012

Decorating with Vintage

Last Saturday I spent the day cleaning my front porch and putting out my Summer furniture and decor. As with most every space in my home I use vintage and thrifted pieces for my decorating. I try to use the things that I buy either as display or in service. What is the point of having neat things if you don't use them and enjoy them?

Here are some of the things outside on the front porch:

The "Menzie" milk box on the top is a recent buy - for $8 at an Estate Sale. I love these for storing things outside that I don't want everyone to see. Right now these boxes hold sidewalk chalk & bubbles for the kids. They are also great to have on hand so that if someone needs to leave something for you when you aren't at home they have a place to stash it out of sight.

More of my yellow planters. I've gotten such a great response to my pottery pics that I will probably be posting more photos soon of my vast collection. This little rack is new too. $2 from a junk store.

More pottery. White is my new fave.

Here is that little metal chair again. It is sitting in my garden now. I am going to plant some flowers in the pretzel tin.

Hubby came up with this idea. I did have a metal bird house hanging there first but I like this idea too.

This is a view of the whole porch. You can see my reflection in the front door glass.

Here are some new things that I've found lately that are being used around the house.

The planter shown above is one that I bought last Saturday for $1. I love it when I find cool stuff like that at yard sales. It was sitting on a table with a bunch of "new" things. I almost didn't see it there.

Below is a small grouping of white pottery that I have on my mantle right now. Not sure if you can see those flash cards. They say grow & white.

This little metal carrying rack is also new. Hubby paid 25 cents for it at an estate sale! It looks nice holding some of my vintage flower glasses. I have an entire set of these painted glasses. Each glass has a different flower on it and the flower's name. Great for summer. The only downfall - you can't put them in the dishwasher. Bummer!

This is also a new find. It also only cost 25 cents. I am using it right now to hold sugar for my coffee. What can I say? I like a lot of sugar!

I love decorating with and using my collections. If you look around Target and at stores like Anthropologie and Pottery Barn many of their home decorating items are copies of vintage items or have a vintage style. I love having that look too, but without paying full retail for it.

Sharing this post at Debra's Common Ground Vintage Inspiration Friday.


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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Pyrex Pie Plate

Pretty Pink Pyrex Pie Plate, Pretty Pink Pyrex Pie Plate...try saying that 5 times in a row!

I am so happy to be posting about this find. I have never seen a vintage Pyrex pie plate in white/pink. Now I own one! Hubby found it at a yard sale last weekend. He actually left it behind and then came home and told me about it. He didn't say it was a pie plate - he described it as a baking dish with no lid in red. The seller wanted 50 cents. I told him to go back and get it - hoping it would still be there. I figured any vintage pyrex for 50 cents was worth it no matter what it was. When he came home I did a happy dance when I saw what it actually was.

The plate was a little greasy. It must have baked lots of pies over the years. To remove grease from Pyrex I use Soft Scrub and a sponge. *disclaimer* Be Careful when you clean the painted surface with any kind of rubbing, abrasive or cleanser. You could remove the color or painted design! If you must clean the colored part, very gently rub with the soft side of a sponge until the grease is gone.

I think I'm going to have to make a cherry or raspberry pie especially so that I can use this plate.


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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tin Baskets

I'm in love with vintage tin picnic baskets. Here they are stacked in a corner of my family room.

They are more than just for looks. I use them to store CDs and DVDs.

Neat and out of sight!


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Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Weird Things You Find at an Estate Sale

My husband enjoys going to estate sales too. We split up in the house and "divide and conquer". He frequently finds things that I wouldn't even notice. He has an eye for hardware. He found this interesting item at the last sale we went to. Do you think you know what it is?

We thought it was a flag holder that mounts on your porch to hold a flag. But after trying it out the flag didn't sit quite right inside of it. Hubby looked it up on ebay and found out what it really is.....

It is a buggy whip holder. I guess it was mounted on the side of a gentleman's surry to hold the whip you would use for your horses. A pretty-much-useless item in this day and age but a neat bit of history none the same. You have to wonder what it was doing in the basement of a house in suburbia in 2012. Since we don't have a surry :) - hubby might use it on his camping trailer to hold a flag after all. Not sure.

One thing we always look for at sales are vintage hooks. Older cast iron hooks are so neat and also sell very well on ebay to people restoring older homes.

We once bought a box of vintage hooks at an estate auction for $20. Sounds steep but that box of hooks earned us a few hundred dollars when they were sold in small lots on ebay.

These hooks in my kitchen were part of that large box. We have many great old hooks around the house to hold coats, dishtowels, robes, etc. They are very useful, stylish and look like they came with the house.


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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Jadeite auction

The ebay auctions for my jadeite glasses and bowls closed yesterday. WOW! is all I can say.

(I realized after that post that I still had this cute jadeite vase. It is a keeper.)

At the risk of sounding like I am bragging - I'm gonna tell you what the final totals were.

6 Glasses - $167.00
3 bowls - $26.00
1 Glass - $18.25

Total = $211.25 for some glasses I think I paid $5 for and bowls that I honestly can't recall where they came from so I'm sure they didn't cost me too much!

Again, WOW! is about all I can say!

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