Hello everyone! I got in lots of “shopping” this week-end; how about you? Friday morning and early afternoon were spent with Constant Companion, Nancy. We hit several garage sales and one estate sale. Saturday morning, I went out on my own to a town-wide garage sale in Altamont, and then met up with my husband later to drive to the Greenwich Antique & Flea Market about 45 minutes north of us. I found some great vintage bargains–wanna see?
Hunting for Vintage Treasure at the Town-wide Garage Sale
Whenever I attend a town-wide sale, I like to hit the sales heading into and out of town because I think they are often ignored by others. And I’m not fighting the crowds like I probably will in town (depending on the popularity of the sale). I might be wrong, but I’ve scored a number of good deals using this method. Like the lantern above–$2.50 at a sale on the town outskirts.
I will eventually get right into the thick of things, but the outskirts have always been good to me. I also found the log candle holders on the left outside of town. I’m trying to build up an “Adirondack-y” inventory and these will fit nicely. The leather-bound book the lantern sits on contains New York’s Education laws. I’m loving the saw in the back ($3): I’m thinking of turning it into a wreath sort of thing. Maybe put a bird’s nest on it and hang it from the front door? What do you think?
Garage and Estate Sale Finds
Flea Market Vintage Finds
I bought all three of these old bottles with the great embossing from the same vendor at the flea market. I think I’m going to offer all three of them in my shop as an “instant collection.” You can read more about old bottles at the Historic Bottle Website. The red ticking is actually a set of 84″ curtains and the red toile is almost two yards long. I think I’ll keep both for crafts and things. All the fabric set me back just $1(!)
I scored another piece of furniture for almost nothing at the flea market. The seller was so ready to be rid of it, she practically gave it to me. I handed over $2.50 and she handed me a vintage chest. Pretty good deal, right? It’s not real old, but this is another piece that I thought I’d paint, maybe using my Pottery Barn technique? We’ll see.
It’s a very interesting piece–you can see that the front folds down. I’ve no idea what it’s original purpose was. It’s needs a little TLC, some airing out, and of course some paint. What color and technique would you use on it?
A few pieces of vintage jewelry, sitting atop a little leather jewelry box. The earrings on the right I’m hoping to use to make one of those cool bracelets you see all over Pinterest. The pearl clip-ons (left) I’ll use for parts and the bracelet in the back I’m going to put a charm on and list in my new Etsy shop (that I’ll tell everyone about soon, when we get closer to the “Grand Opening”). If you’re interested in learning more about vintage jewelry, check out this informative video: A Beginner’s Guide to Vintage Jewelry.
If you would like to try out one of the products I mentioned today, you can check them out by clicking on the photos below. If you decide to make a purchase, I will receive a small percentage, which would be a blessing(!). If you do try one of them out, I’d love to hear how you like it.
This week I’m partying at:
The Thrifty Groove
A Delightsome Life
The Cottage Market
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Bye for now,