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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Some Recent Sale Finds...

Estate sale season is slowly coming to an end around here.  Sure, we will still have them now and again but not every weekend and nowhere near as many.  I've done really good this summer.  So good, that it's been hard to keep up with sharing with you guys on the blog.  Here are some of my finds from the last few weeks...


I went to a sale at a house that I had previously been to a sale at.  When I mentioned it to the homeowner, she said that it must have been the previous renters.  What are the odds that both renters had garage sales with vintage stuff?  I got this big 'ol jar that is just begging for a vintage decal and two Hazel Atlas creamers.


I picked up what appears to be an old locker basket with a handle from another sale. When the lady saw that I was buying it, she said "Oh do you like old baskets because I have so many more that I just know you will want!".  I was super excited until she lead me to a pile of crushed and broken Dollar Store Easter baskets that she swore were from the 50's.  I politely declined with the excuse that I already had some like them and was running out of room.


I saw these shakers in the ad for an estate sale about 30 minutes from my house.  It started at 7 and I wasn't able to get there until about 9:30.  Luckily they were still there!


I got the sweet Holt Howard angels from the same sale.  There were so many HH collectibles, I felt like I was in a museum!  But most of the prices were really, really high.  I would have bought so much more if I could have afforded it.  My plan was to go back on Saturday afternoon when they would start discounting things.  They discounted alright.....on purchases totaling over $500!  I am not kidding.  That should give you a better idea of the pricing.


I got this sweet mug for a dollar because of the obvious chip in the front.  But I couldn't leave it.  Miss Smarty Pants Maddie figured out that the bird on the handle is a whistle.  Hence the "Whistle for Milk" on the front.  The smaller bird has a clamp on it so that you can attach it to something.


These Jadeite and Delphite Fire King mugs and bowls were front and center in another garage sale ad photo.  They were still there when I showed up about an hour after opening.  I am so lucky to have gotten to them before anybody else, especially since they were a dollar apiece!

 
 

Hope you guys don't get sick of seeing vintage linens because I find a lot of them!  They are the only kind of sheets I use on my bed.

Linking up with:

Woman in Real Life For Vintage Bliss Tuesdays
Sir Thrift-A-Lot for Thriftasaurus
We Call it Junkin' for History & Home
Revisionary Life: Thrifty Life Thursday

More next time....

~Erica






Saturday, September 13, 2014

Coburg Antique Fair Finds

Happy Saturday!

Last weekend was the annual Coburg Antique Fair in the neighboring town.  I look forward to this event all year long for a number of reasons.  One, it's in the sweetest little town where it looks like time has stood still.  Two, there is a crazy huge amount of awesome vendors there.  Three, it's only about 20 minutes from my house.  And finally, the Defrisco Chicken Sandwiches.  If you are an Oregonian, you know what I am talking about.  Right, Ethel?

This event opens at the crazy hour of 4 am!  No, that is not a typo.  Although I am an early riser, that is just a little too early for me.  Plus there is no way my junkin' partner Miss Maddie would get out of bed that early.  So we got there at about 7:15, which is the perfect time.  Once 10 am hits, the booths are so unbelievably crowded, you can't even go into them.  Plus, if you want to the good junk, you gotta get there early!

Ready to see what I hauled home?


I was drawn to this heavy, industrial style table.  I have no idea what I am going to do with it yet.  I had planned on it being an end table but Brian says its too small.  So I'll paint the top part and leave the legs original and figure out where to put it.  You should have seen me try and haul this thing out through the immense crowds. Maddie had Brian come and get her early because she was having a hard time with the smoke from some of the neighboring fires going on in our state, so I was on my own.  I had a couple of guys offer to help but I'm stubborn and want to do everything myself.  Don't be fooled by the small size.  It's heavy!


I picked up this awesome old pink trunk and barkcloth pillows from another booth.  Once again, I had to haul this out by myself.  But it was much lighter than that dang table!  Luckily I parked close.


When I go to a show, I do one quick walk through then take my time on the second run.  I found this amazing cowboy quilt on my first time through and didn't get it.  I thought it was priced too high plus I couldn't find the booth owner so I moved on.  Well, I couldn't stop thinking about it so about an hour later, I went back.  Luckily it was still there along with the seller.  I was able to talk her down a little bit but at that point I wanted it so bad I would have paid full price.  It's the perfect size to use when curling up to watch tv on the couch.


Look at the back of it!  So sweet.


I love how some people kept the original boxes for things.  On the front of the box for this Coleman Picnic Stove, it says "New Never Used" in the sweetest little old lady handwriting.


Have I showed you guys the pink Coleman cooler that Maddie snagged for me from an estate sale earlier in the Summer?  Well here it is with the matching jug that I picked up from the antique fair.  I love the handle on this!  A guy stopped me and asked me if I knew why the handle was like that.  He told me it was so it could be hung from a tree when camping.  Cool, huh?


Love these pink swizzle sticks.  Also love that they are baseball related!


This set of Decoware apple canisters was so stupidly cheap that I had to bring them home with me.  I got them for 6 bucks!  Bonus was the little Pepper shaker nestled into the smallest tin.  I hope to find the Salt someday!


How cool are these Fire King fired on beehive chili bowls?  I knew the pink existed because I have two.  But I was pleasantly surprised to find the other colors too!


Two new flamingo's for my flock.


A couple of new Glasbake mugs to add to the mug collection.


I was happy to find this huge old jar complete with original lid.  It's a shape I haven't seen before.  It now sits on my kitchen counter and holds cupcake papers.


Of course this Pyrex Thrifter Sister found some Pyrex!  Maddie, my bartering queen, worked her magic and picked up this Orange Butterprint 444 for 8 bucks!


The Flamingo rectangular baker is the smaller size and surprisingly, I didn't already have it!  I have been on the hunt for another pink 404 so that I could complete a third set.  Time to sell off two of them!  Or maybe just one.  I should keep a set for Maddie to take when she moves out someday, don't you think?


As I posted on Instagram, no visit to an antique fair is complete without finding a vintage pearl snap western shirt!


I passed on the giant Edward Mobley squeaky dog at the last show I went to in Portland.  The seller wanted an arm and a leg for it.  I was happy to find it at this show for less than a quarter of what they were asking for it up there. Plus, Maddie got them to knock off a few more bucks.  The bear is to give you an idea of how huge this guy is!


 Before she ditched me, Maddie added some books to her collection.


Vintage ice cream container and box of straws for my collections.  The box of straws is still full!


My second Radiant Dust Mop Polish tin, this time in different colors than my last one.  Maddie and I are currently fighting over this amazing vintage cowgirl lunch box.  True, the theme of her bedroom is Vintage Cowgirl, so she should probably have it.


The backside is pretty cute too!


I have this same corner shelf in a chippy pink in my bathroom.  Now to decide what color to paint this one.


And finally, a new dustpan which brings my total to an official collection of 3.  Check out my Instagram to see how I display them.  I also found a package of 20 vintage Trick or Treat bags and a thermos in a pattern I haven't seen before but is perfect for Fall and Halloween. 

Wow, looking at this post I realize I found a ton of stuff in the 3 hours I was there!  No vintage linens or Christmas though. I couldn't find any tablecloths that were in my price range and somebody (ahem, Ethel) was running ahead of me buying all the cute vintage Christmas :-). 

Hope I didn't lose any of you guys along the way with all of these pictures!

Linking up with:

Jann Olson for SYC Thursday
Melissa's Antiques for Thrifty Things Friday
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
We Call It Junkin' for History & Home
The Cottage Market for Junkin' Joe

Have a great weekend!  Our flea market finally starts back up tomorrow.  I'm meeting my BFF there and afterwards, we are off to breakfast and Bloody Mary's.  Sounds like the perfect day...

~Erica

Monday, September 8, 2014

On The Way To Breakfast...

Happy Monday!

A few weeks ago, Brian and I were headed to breakfast on Saturday morning and I happened to spot a flea market going on in the parking lot across the street from where we were going to eat.  I didn't even have to ask Brian to stop.  He is well trained.

This market was being given by a local antique mall who also host estate sales.  They just so happen to be my most favorite estate sale company ever.  The last sale I went to of theirs was incredible.  You can read about it here. 

They were selling things that hadn't sold at their sales as well as hosting spaces for other people to come in and sell their stuff.  What was nice about the whole thing was that although it was a small market, it was all vintage.  And at flea market prices.


I found the unmarked Opal 403 and 404 as well as a Heinz promotional.


I already had the other two bowls so now I have the whole set!


I found a Ziplock bag with all of this Happy New Year stuff in it.  I have just enough now to do a small display after my Christmas stuff comes down.


I found this fan for $5.  I posted a picture on Instagram asking if people thought I should paint it or keep it original.  Keeping it original won.  Bonus is that this beauty works!


I got another Cat Studio souvenir glass for my collection.  I didn't have San Francisco yet so I was stoked to find it.  These retail for $12 apiece and the only ones that I have ever received brand new were the Arizona one Brian bought me to start my collection and the Las Vegas one he bought me as a souvenir.  The other 10 or so I have I found at sales or thrifts.  The red handled ice cream scoop replaced the Kitchen Aid one that I bought at Home Goods a while back.  It works about a million times better!

These finds totally whetted my appetite to go look for more junk.  So while we were at breakfast, I found a few more sales for Brian to take me to.  He had a bit of a hangover but was a total trooper.  I think he figured that it would be better for him to chauffer me around rather than go home and have to mow the lawn.  Plus he really likes going to sales.


Brian found me digging in a box underneath a table at a garage sale.  He called me a digger.  I've been called worse things.  Plus if you don't dig, you may not find awesome vintage sheets!

 
This one is king sized which just so happens to be the size of my bed!
 

 
I normally don't buy embroidered pillowcases but the flowers on these were too sweet to pass up.
 
 
 
I found these dishtowels at the very bottom of the box.
 
 
 
We got this old spreader for $2.  I love the graphics on it.
 
 
The lady having the garage sale collects Jadeite and this was the only piece she had for sale.  She told me that she is getting ready to downsize her collection and she took down my number with the promise to call me and give me first dibs.  Fingers crossed that she does!
 
 
I thought that these were buttons until I stabbed myself with one of them.  Evidently they are curtain tie backs. 
 
 
Out on the outskirts of town, there is a small country store that not only sells chips and pop, but also has an attached antique store.  It's really random.  I've only ever stopped one other time and the vintage part of the store was closed.  This time they were open and WHOA were they overpriced!!  I was really scared when I picked up this souvenir Florida tablecloth.  If the price of it was to be based on the other items, they would be asking like a hundred dollars for it.  I'm not even kidding.  It was priced $7.  No stains, no holes, and completely perfect.  I guess you could say I found the diamond in the rough.
 
 
The last sale we went to started the day before and everything was half off.  I got all of these cans for a quarter apiece.
 

 
And all these for 50 cents each.  The Moth Nugget can is still full!
 
When we left to go to breakfast, the only thing I was interested in was a Bloody Mary.  I had a couple of those and found all this good junk.  I'd say it was a good, unplanned day.
 
Have a great day!
 
~Erica

Thursday, September 4, 2014

You Just Never Know...

In the past several weeks, I have been going to a lot more garage sales that I normally wouldn't give a second glance at.  You know what I'm talking about.  The ones that advertise furniture and housewares with no mention of anything vintage or collectible. But I have a good reason!  Alex is moving into his first apartment in a couple of weeks and there is no way I am buying anything brand new if I can help it.  He is an 18 year old boy moving in with two other 18 year old boys.  Why in the world would I want to give them anything brand new?

You want to know what I have noticed about a lot of these sales?  That there can be some good stuff tucked in with all of those Dollar Tree housewares and holiday decorations.  You just gotta look hard enough and sometimes even dig for it.


A sweet Made in Japan marked furry figurine for Maddie's collection and a pink Lustro Ware napkin holder.


Never one to turn away Hazel Atlas barware.


Or vintage tablecloths and Swanky Swigs.


Vintage Christmas candy boxes are a new collection for me.  I have already shared my nurse and doctor cake toppers on Instagram as well as the pink kangaroo planter.  Hope you guys like seeing them again!


Love finding old jars with the original lids.  The graphics are always so great.


A couple of books for Maddie which she promptly informed me she already had.  I swear that child has a photographic memory.


I already had this same Chinese Checkers game that I found at the flea market last year.  But I bought it again because the other game was missing some of it's pieces.  Plus this box is in better shape.


How cute is this sweet pink furry kitty?  I tried to sneak it into my room but Maddie declared that it goes with all of her other Japan furry animal figurines.  The flag box is empty but was perfect with my 4th decorations.

 
Another awesome vintage linen, this time a dish towel, and some great glasses.


I would love to find more of these.  I love the graphics!

So all of these goodies were found by going to about a million sales and weeding through a ton of baby stuff and Walmart rejects.  Don't think I just got lucky at one garage sale and found it all.  Although, wouldn't that be nice?  And in case you are wondering...I also managed to get Alex a lot of stuff too.  A win win for everyone!

Linking up with:

The Cottage Market for Junkin' Joe
Sir Thrift A Lot for Thriftasaurus
Melissa's Antiques for Thrifty Things Friday
Katherine's Corner for Thursday Favorite Things
We Call it Junkin' for History & Home

Busy weekend coming up.  Some more packing plus the Coburg Antique Fair is on Sunday.  I look forward to this event all year long.  I can't wait!

Have an awesome weekend!

~Erica