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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Trying To Get Caught Up

Hi blog friends!

Fortunately for me, there has been no shortage of junk finding around here this Summer.  I've been really good about cleaning it up and getting it all put away in a timely matter.  But blogging about it?  That's a whole other story.  Any spare time that I have had has been spent outside on the patio with my dogs, a glass (or three) of wine, and a book.  I had big plans to post last week but Hanna beat me to it so I had to let her post headline for a few days.  So now is the time!  It's Sunday evening, Brian and Alex are gone, and Maddie is deep into yet another Rainbow Loom project.

I went to a small family run estate sale a few weeks ago.  These kind of sales are always hit and miss with me.  Either the family wants a million dollars for grandma's old possessions or they just want to get rid of it and will take next to nothing just to see it go.  Fortunately for me, this sale was in the latter category.

A couple of years ago, I decided that I wanted this Taylor Smith & Taylor pattern to be my new dishes.  I have since changed my mind.  So I really had no business buying this stack of plates.  But they were a dime apiece.  I'll probably end up selling them at my own garage sale.

I bought these dishes, also for a dime apiece, because they were too pretty to leave behind.  My long term plan is to make cake pedestals out of them to give away as gifts and to showcase just how crafty I am (I am totally NOT crafty).

Please excuse the tiltyness of this photo.  I may have taken it after the aforementioned glasses of wine.  Anyway, the Fire King bowls will be Mia's Fall dishes (yes, my cat has vintage dishes for all seasons.  Doesn't yours?).  The ashtray will likely be sold on eBay since I have sold one prior and made a pretty good profit.

A couple of years ago, Jill from A Little Bit of Everything, sent Maddie some vintage decals that were made in Canada.  I found some at this sale so now I have my own!  Everything that Maddie receives from our Blogland friends she immediately takes in her room so that I can't take it from her.  Smart girl.

Woo-Hoo!  I love finding old soda crates. Especially when they are $2!

I rarely pass up these old jars.  Or Swanky Swigs.  Or red, white, and blue stuff.  Or anything, I guess.

Tiny little crafting bunnies?  Okay, we've already established that I am not crafty but I can do some mean Easter decorating!

More bunnies and some bird cake decorations.

You know what they say about bunnies....

I once saw one of these old bushel baskets painted aqua and turned into a light.  We will just add that project to the pile.

I make Brian turn these old buckets into hanging planters.  I do not garden but I am really good at giving orders and having others create my visions. A couple of years ago, I bought this exact same Art Deco style jar at an antique fair.  Since then, I have found two at sales.  Doesn't that always happen?

I will end this post with the very first things I picked up when I walked into the sale.  Do you all know how hard it is to find Jadeite anywhere but antique malls and shows?  Well of course you do!  We are all experts, aren't we? And Gooseberry is getting to be one of the harder Pyrex patterns to find.  Finding both of these at the same sale?  That's another rarity.

Linking up with The Cottage Market for Junkin' Joe, Melissa's Antiques for Thrifty Things Friday, How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday, and Jann Olson for SYC Thursday.

Hope you all had a great weekend!



  1. I just bought what looks the same plates in picture 2. Love the buckets.

  2. What's the chance of finding those same decals? Good for you!

    I feel the same way about summer blogging, it's just nicer to be outside!

  3. I love that cola crate! I keep looking at them at the flea market but they're always like $20!
    Erica :)

  4. Many years ago my father make a window box for me out of three galvanized pails connected by a rod. I found the idea in a magazine. Love the jadeite!

  5. Oh My! A Jadite fridgie? That is fabulous. I have only ever seen one in the pages of Martha Stewart from her own personal collection. And I love those decals. I love family sales...the ones I find seems to be the "get rid of it" sales and they are just to much fun. Have a great week!

  6. I think the decals are a keeper! I have a couple children's chairs with decals on them. And I painted over some on a big old toy chest that I have (what was I thinking?). Hope you're enjoying your wine and sunshine summer!

  7. The jadeite is a real winner! I also liked the large glass jar ( just bought one like it myself) and I've never seen an RC soda crate, so I love that - nice price on that too. Jealous!

  8. Love sweet old dishes and can't resist them either. Sweet kitty bowls, and love the galvanized pails for plants, stealing that one. :)

  9. Ooh, what a load of vintage goodness you brought home. I love that cola crate and of course galvanized anything is always on my focus list. Thanks for sharing your good luck.

  10. I LOVE that your cat has vintage dishes for all seasons! I change my dogs dishes seasonally, but they're not vintage. Something to shoot for, I guess! It's been so long since I've found a "get rid of it" sale that had stuff worth buying, you did great! :) --Fran

  11. OH! I collect those Taylor Smith & Taylor flower dishes! Wish I could take those off your hands...please email me if interested in working out a swap for my set of vintage Christmas/New Year glasses (I remember Erica mentioning she was looking for a set and I have one I could part with). And I adore all those bunnies, too!

  12. Great finds - love the Royal Crown crate. Around here a summer afternoon treat is a ice cold RC and a Moonpie.

  13. What great finds!! Love those vintage decals those are so pretty! I always love finding those crates too, although I haven't ran into any for a while, but like decorating with them! :) Oh a basket light will be fabulous! Those tiny cute bunnies would be perfect for Easter! And Love your Jadeite and Gooseberry!! So many great finds!! Happy thrifting to you!! (: xo Holly

  14. Drooling over the jadite for sure! I would love to add more to my collection which consists of a few saucers, a tea cup, a coffee mug, and a set of measuring cups (with one missing). Love it, and yes it is so hard to find unless you want to pay big bucks! I have a set of the Gooseberry bowls. Didn't know they were getting hard to find. You really found lots of treasure for excellent prices! Good for you girl! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  15. Lovin' that jadeite and gooseberry!

  16. Love the TS&T dishes! I collect that pattern, but I've never found so much together in one spot :)