Constant Cousin Sue and I had a garage saling date this past Friday. She found a couple of goodies (always makes me happy when my partners find something they like); I, of course, found plenty.
Aren’t these vintage skates amazing! I’m in love with them. Ever since last Christmas, when the blog world was full of ways to decorate with skates, I’ve wanted a pair. Ask my cousin, I may have squealed with joy, especially at the price: a buck. I kind of like them pared down, hanging on the door all by themselves. I don’t know; maybe I’ll add some pine cones or holly. What do you think?
Another decorating rage: His and Her anything, but my mugs are vintage! The bottoms are embossed “USA.” I will list the pair for about $25.
I fell in strong like with these French inspired frames. I think I will put prints in them and sell them as a pair, perhaps for about $25. Between the frames sits a cast metal finial, covered with some fabulous rust. The laces represent a fraction of the pile I bought, all for one low, low price. Oh heck. I might as well tell you. The bag cost a dollar.
The buttonhook is for my daughter Gracie’s Christmas stocking. She’s taken a shine to them, and I think they will make a great collection. This small, simple one would have been used for shirt and [men’s] collar buttons. The Buttonhook Society has a great website full of terrific info and photos (note: most of the links are broken but the site itself works fine).
After my post about the National Bottle Museum a couple of days ago, it makes sense that I’d stumble on a bevvy of beautiful bottles, doesn’t it? I did not pay more than a dollar for any of them.
I’ve never owned an aqua-tinted bottle with a label. I’ve owned a couple of clear ones, but never aqua. Sloan’s liniment, in a clear bottle, is fairly common and tends to sell for about $10. In this photo of the DeWitt’s Liniment, you can see seeds in the glass (seed-shaped air bubbles) if you look closely. I think it’s worth about $20.
I’m pretty sure this olive oil bottle dates from the turn of the century or thereabouts. I think it’s amazing that the label has lasted that long, along with it’s glass stopper. I will likely list if for about $30.
I just gave away one of my three aqua canning jars, so I allowed myself to buy this one as a replacement. (I’m trying to limit my personal collection.) I think the amber bottle is an old brandy. I’ve sent you here a few times already, but just in case you’ve not been yet, go check out the: Historic Glass Bottle Identification and Information Website for some really fantastic info.
Some of you serious antiquers will recognize this bottle and it’s funny top. The bottle, probably an old soda, would have been filled with water, and when ironing, madam would have tipped the bottle over and given it a few shakes, allowing water droplets to fall on her husband’s shirt. This would create some steam and help her to press the shirt perfectly. Kind of ingenious.
Who can resist vintage, 100% wool fedoras? Well, me, obviously, and Gracie. I bought five, but two have mysteriously disappeared…Since they weren’t manufactured by any big names, I will list them for about $20 each.
I bought these tin pieces at separate sales. I thought the ricotta tin (complete with vintage brushes) was unique and interesting. It’s randomly pierced with machine-made holes (to drain the ricotta in?), so I’m not sure how the cheese would have been sold. In a plastic bag perhaps? The 1960s era tray with that great aqua background depicts a delightful Cony Island scene.
Ballonoff Metal Products Co. manufactured all kinds of metal goods, especially home goods like canister sets and dust pans.