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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Quick Post Before We Leave to Get Plucky

Happy Almost Weekend!

Tomorrow morning, we are headed up to Portland for our fun filled Sister/Maddie/Mom weekend.  I am super excited to see what awaits me at the Plucky show.  I'm on the hunt for Easter and anything that I can use to decorate my laundry room. Fingers crossed I find what I am looking for.

This last week I managed to hit the thrifts a few times.  Spring Cleaning is upon us so I have had quite a few bags of things to donate.  You really didn't expect me to just drop of my donations and leave, did you?


The pink 024 is a duplicate for me but for 99 cents I figured I may as well bring it home as a backup. Alex loves Strawberry Jello with Mandarin oranges and I always use this size of bowl to make it in.  With a teenage boy and Pyrex, it is always a good idea to have extras.  The Bearenstain Bears mug reminds me of when Maddie was little.  She was obsessed with that show!


More vintage pillow cases!  Can't ever seem to pass those up.


Another Bearenstain Bear mug, this one found at Value Village.  I never go into VV but Maddie was in desperate need of some shorts so we headed in to find her some.  The mug tree will get a makeover in a more Erica type of color and the Oregon souvenir glass is a replacement from when Alex fell in the box where I was storing the set and broke about half of them.  I am slowly finding the ones he broke.


I headed into a local antique mall on the hunt for some Easter stuff and found this sweet pair of bunnies.  The boy's glasses were broken so I got a good deal on the set...$5!  I think he looks like he is wearing a monocle.  The Catchword game will be added to my new vintage game collection.


I also got some more Made in Germany eggs.  After I bought these, I went to World Market and found that they do a really good reproduction, also made in Germany.  So now I'm not sure if I bought the real thing at the antique mall or if I ended up with repro's.  I don't care though because they are still super cute!


I got 4 of these egg boxes to add height to my displays.


Maddie found this magazine for me at Goodwill.  This along with a single paper egg are all that I have thrifted this year.  Not a whole lot of vintage Easter to be found.

That's all for now!  Gotta go pack and make sure that the laundry is done and there is food in the fridge for the boys.  Not sure what they are gonna do while Maddie and I are gone this weekend and truth be told, I'm not sure I want to know.

Next time....Easter Decorations!

Linking up with Coloradolady for Vintage Thingie Thursday, Jann Olson for SYC Thursday, and The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday.

~Erica

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Flea Market Finds & A New Collection

Hi, Everyone!

This coming up weekend is the Plucky Maidens Spring Fling Junk Fest.  I will be headed up to Portland on Friday along with Maddie and my mom.  We will be meeting Hanna there and are going to be staying the whole weekend.  I'm super excited!  If it's anything like any other Sister weekend, it will be full of junkin', booze, and complete lunacy.  Maddie is used to it.  Our mom is in for a real treat!

Despite only getting 3 hours of sleep the night before (teenagers, bonfire, you get the picture), I still managed to make it to the flea market for their early bird admission.  Every table was full but for some reason, it still took a ton of work to find the few things that I did bring home.  The sales are just starting around here so maybe the sellers just haven't been able to increase their stock.  Regardless, I am still happy with what I found.


Hanna pointed out to me yesterday that I am starting to collect circus themed items.  I didn't realize but I guess with this Jungle Juice soda syrup bottle and the peanut butter tin I found a couple of weeks ago, she is right!


I expected to find more Easter stuff since we are so close to the holiday.  Hopefully I will find some at Plucky and get to it before Magpie Ethel does!


I have been stashing away vintage laundry items for my laundry room remodel.  The remodel is done but now I just need to decorate.  I found the two Lustro Ware Laundry Sprinklers from two different sellers!  Kind of crazy and random if you ask me.  I always pick up colorful plastic clothespins when I find them.  They will look really cute in an old jar.


Evidently I have never met a vintage tin that I didn't like.  Ugh, why can't they make them ugly?!

Now, on to my newest collection.  Over the past few months, I have picked up several pieces of what I think is called plastic Depression Ware.  Please correct me if I am wrong.  Unfortunately, I haven't found any in pretty colors yet, only clear.  But for some reason, I'm totally drawn to it and am excited to use it this Summer.


It all started with the covered cake plate then was followed by the vase and pitcher.


A couple of weeks ago I found these 3 small tumblers.


Then on Friday, I came across the tray and napkin holder. 

With the exception of the tray and napkin holder, all of these items have been found at different times.  But they all came from the exact same thrift!  Makes me wonder if they have a stockpile of it in the back room.

That's all for today.  I'm linking up with Sir Thrift-A-Lot & We Call it Junkin'.

Have a great day!

~Erica

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Few Finds From the Oregon Coast

Happy Friday!  Hanna here.  I wont be going to any sales today because I am proctoring state testing, I'm so sad.  But, last Friday I couldn't stand it and drove down to Seaside for an estate sale that sounded pretty good.  I stewed over the sale all morning, knowing I had a lot to do at work, but finally I couldn't take it any longer (I must having withdrawals due to my recent vacation to the Caribbean.)  I bit the bullet and made the 25 minute drive.  I got there 45 minutes early, figuring that I would have a decent spot in line.  But, guess what?  They opened the sale early.  I walked up the driveway and watched as one of the sale regulars loaded down the back of their truck.  Now, I wasn't mad by any means, just disappointed.  I know that some day this will happen to me, and I will get an amazing haul from a sale, but today was not the day.  I only purchased two things and spent a whopping $1.25.
 I paid 25 cents for the white Corning bowl.  It is a little boring but I've never seen anything like it before.  Does anyone know more about it?  I also bought this awesome bottle.
It is the perfect shade of light purple.  I'm not sure what it was for exactly, but is a super cool addition to my collection.

Disappointed, and it only being 8:45, I decided to head to a garage sale that was also advertised in town.  No vintage goodies there, but I did buy a bunch of dahlia tubers and hops starts.  Only on the Oregon Coast, I swear!

I decided that my luck was so bad, that I would stop at the GW on my drive home.  I found a surprise for both Erica and me there!
I just love planters!  The bird planter is actually a wall pocket and I think I'm going to put it up in my bathroom.  You loyal readers all know how the saying goes, "No Donkey Left Behind."  I feel like I should make t-shirts for us.  Anyway, this one is a little cuter then some of the others that I've found Erica and it is Lefton, so I figured she would be  happy.
You may have noticed the pretty tablecloth in the background.  This beauty came from a sale a few weeks back.  I used Erica's magic and soaked it in Oxi-Clean probably 12 different times to get the stains out.  Well, the hard work paid off.  This is hands down the prettiest table cloth I've ever found and it fits my dining room table.
Last, but not least, I wanted to share my vacation souvenirs!  Matt and I spent a week in St. Thomas over our Spring Break.   It was a phenomenal trip and I can't wait to go back.  We stayed in the town of Red Hook which happened to have an "antique" store.  It was more of a mix of junk, with a few over-priced goodies.  I saw these shakers and knew they would be a perfect piece to bring home and was so happy when I picked them up and saw them marked Holt Howard.  I managed to get the woman working down quite a bit, who admitted the owners prices were silly.  There was also a set of vintage pink Le Creuset pans that were so pretty, but that would have been a heavy thing to pack home!

I'm on the count down because next Friday Erica, Maddie, and our Mom will be meeting me in Portland for Plucky Maidens and a weekend of sales and shopping.  It is going to be awesome!

Always a Pleasure,
Hanna


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Too Much Cute Stuff

Hi, Everyone!

The weather is still warm and beautiful here in the Willamette Valley.  Definitely puts me in the mood for a good hunt.  But that will have to wait until the weekend since not a whole heck of a lot in the world of junk is happening here in the middle of the week.

Lately I've been finding things all over the place.  Whether it be estate sales, thrift stores, antique malls, or online, there has been no of shortage of stuff for me to bring home.  I'm pretty fortunate to have a husband who indulges me in this pastime and doesn't get too worked up about all my collections and how I constantly seem to be adding to them.


I love old tins, especially ones with super cute graphics and pastel colors.  The Butter Mints one had been on my wish list for a long time.  Don't you love that feeling when you find something that you have wanted and it makes you gasp?  And how sweet are those little containers of Millinery flowers?  Perfect for Spring!


Ever since I saw the Cowboy version of these Gurley candles on Shara's blog, I have been on the hunt for my own.  I was thrilled when I found them at the same place as the mint tin.  I found the pink candle holders there too.


I found these seed packets at a garage sale a couple of weeks ago.  I have them displayed in some of my old flower frogs around the house.  The little tin was a purchase from one of my Instagram friends.


Another Instagram purchase.  If any of you guys follow me there, then you are well aware that I have a slight obsession with cowboy boots.  This card was meant for me.


I already had the matching sheet to these strawberry pillowcases and it has always been one of my favorites.  I was stoked to find these!


I've been on a major decal kick lately.  One of the booths at a local antique mall had all of their ephemera 50% off so I stocked up.  These are some of my favorites that I found.

Lots more to show you but that will have to wait until next time.  It's almost time to go pick Maddie up from school and I need to get dishes put away and laundry rotated before I leave.  Aren't you all so jealous of the fun stuff I have to do?

Linking up with The Cottage Market for Junkin' Joe, and How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday.

Until next time...

~Erica

Monday, April 7, 2014

Just Passing By...

Happy Monday, Everyone! 

Wait, Happy and Monday in the same sentence?  Am I crazy?  Nope.  It's 76 degrees outside and gorgeous.  As I write this, I am sitting on my back patio with an iced tea trying to remind myself that it is still early Spring and I do live in Oregon.  This won't last.  But I have to take advantage when I can!

A while back, one of my favorite estate sale companies had a sale that I was never going to be able to get to early enough to get in line before it started.  There were some great things listed and I was super bummed that I couldn't get there right away.  I had conferences scheduled with a few of Maddie's teachers and what kind of mother would I be if I skipped out on them in order to attend an estate sale?  So after the conferences, I headed into town to run the rest of my errands.  Believe it or not, I had all but forgotten about the sale.  Then, on my way to Target, I drove right by it. I was positive that the things I spotted in the online photos would be gone since the sale had been going on for over an hour but I figured I may as well stop and see what else I could find.

As for the things that I was hoping to grab but figured they would be gone?  They were still there!  Every single thing!


Like this amazing quilt.  I just need a few consecutive days of warm and sunny weather so I can wash it and lay it outside to dry.


I couldn't believe my luck when I found this phone.  Why wouldn't someone pick it up?!


I found this suitcase in a room that had quite a few dealers in it.  It must have been meant to be mine!

I picked up a few smalls too


Like these old bottles that I will use in my Halloween decorations


And a couple green handled kitchen things for my collection


Deer & donkey friends will never be left behind.


Another old bottle and a vintage box of chalk for my collection.


Maddie loves these Archie & Sabrina glasses.  She will have quite the collection someday.


Fire King Snoopy mugs are always great sellers for me.  They help to fund my never ending thirst for vintage!


How sweet is the Beulah mug?  It's the perfect sugar holder for my coffee corner.  The Squaw Hazel Atlas shot glass is my second in this series and I never pass up these glass measuring cups.  I just hope I find a pink one someday!

I'm so glad that I stopped at this sale.  I still can't believe that I found as much as I did.  Sales around here tend to be pretty picked over by the second hour in so I definitely got lucky!

Linking up with Sir Thrift-A-Lot for Thriftasaurus.

Have a great week!

~Erica

Thursday, April 3, 2014

At The Flea...

Last Sunday morning, I headed out bright and early to our local flea market.  I was by myself on this adventure.  Seems sleeping in on your last day of Spring Break was more important to my partner in crime (ahem, Maddie).  So I hit the fairgrounds and bucked up my $7.50 hoping to make the early morning and crazy early admission fee worth my while.


Vintage games are one of my newest collections. Basically I buy them if the boxes are cute. I don't care if they are complete or not.  This one still has the original 39 cent price tag on it!


The seller I bought this game from told me that he had tons more and he would bring them next time. I hope he remembers!


When I saw the peach tulips on this tablecloth, I knew it had to come home with me.  I have never seen anything like it before.


This is the first time I have ever found vintage pillowcases at the flea market.  I love these!  They are perfect for Spring.


I used to find these softcover cookbooks all the time.  I haven't picked up any in quite a while so I was happy to find one.


The only cute Easter card I have is the one that Hanna gave me last year. Now I have an official collection.


I found the mint green tray that goes with several other trays I have.  I am almost positive the butter dish is repro Jadeite but since the Fire King one I want is well over a hundred dollars, this 5 dollar one will do just fine.  When I found the Lustro Ware turquoise plastic scoop, it was so dirty it was hard to know exactly what color it was.  It cleaned up nicely though.


These two bowls were my favorite finds of the morning.  I have been wanting to put together the Hazel Atlas polka dot bowls and I'm well on my way with the largest of the set.  And it's been raining Rainbow Stripes for me lately.  Even though I have found several pieces in the last few weeks, I am most excited about this particular bowl because it finally completes my blue set.


Absolute perfection, don't you agree?

Linking up with Coloradolady for Vintage Thingie Thursday.

Have a great day!

~Erica

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Estate Sale Friday

Hi, Everyone! 

Last Friday, Maddie and I hit one estate sale.  The weather was pretty cold and dreary so there weren't too many sales to be had. Luckily, this one turned out to be worth our while.  We were numbers 16 and 17 to get in but unfortunately they were only letting 7 people in at once.  Man, that's torture!  I'm sure we missed out on some stuff but what we did find, I'm totally happy with.


This bag came full of clothespins.  It's pretty cute but not exactly the colors I'm using in my laundry room makeover so I will hang it outside on my clothesline and use it for it's intended purpose...to hold clothespins!


As usual, Maddie tore off in a different direction once we got in the door.  She found this Thermos for me out in the garage.  It looks to be brand new!


This is the second Frigidaire promotional glass I have found.  It's really cool because it has swatches of all of the colors the appliances came in.  I have 2 Texas Jigger tumblers and I didn't even know the Oregon ones existed!


There were hundreds of pigs in all shapes and sizes at this sale.  I was super excited to find the wall mounted ones.  A lot of the figurines were newer but I did manage to find one marked Made in Japan.  Isn't she cute?


There was one small table of holiday decorations out in the garage and I dug these Gurley candles out of all the newer style ones.  The Cactus trivet will be used on my dining room table when I do my Cinco de Mayo display.  Not sure exactly why I picked up the frame other than that it was a quarter.


I learned last Christmas that with all the baking we do, you can't ever have enough cookie plates and tins.  FYI....I don't give these away.  I use them when we have parties during the holiday season.  The Easter one is the second I have found this year.  It's so dang cute!  I wish I could find more.

So not a bad sale at all.  Plus, I got all this loot for under 10 bucks.  As I was walking out, I noticed a pantry in the kitchen that I had missed before.  There was a stack of Butterfly Gold casseroles inside marked at a dollar each.  I walked away.  Aren't you all so proud of my non-hoarding abilities?

Next time I'll share my awesome flea market finds!

Linking up with We Call it Junkin' for History & Home and Sir Thrift-A-Lot for Thriftasaurus

Until next time...

~Erica