This wooden berry holder (cost: $12.00) is my favorite find from the flea market. I’d like to fill it with berry baskets and use it as a centerpiece (value: $30.00).
This vintage circus advertisement will look perfect in a plain metal or black frame. I can see it as part of an awesome gallery wall (cost: $1.00, value: $40.00+ framed). I purchased it at the estate sale of a former book store owner. Seven-foot high shelves, filled to the brim with books, lined his garage, basement, and several rooms of the house. Almost every single book was priced at one dollar(!). I will include the books I bought in a future post.
I’m accumulating anything horse-related to put in my booth in July and August–horse racing season in Saratoga (cost: $1, value: $25.00+ framed).
Here are a few odds and ends: two cheap, vintage frames (cost: 25 cents each), a rope trivet (cost: 10 cents), a copper kettle/no lid (cost: 50 cents).
This graphically powerful napkin was designed by Vera Neumann, who produced thousands of designs from the 1950s the 1980s (cost for four: 50 cents, value: $25-$35.00). They have a modern look that is very current and appealing. To get the scoop on all things Vera, check out this article at Retro Renovation.
I purchased this stunning Norwegian sweater and pair of socks at two separate sales. Made of 100% wool, the sweater is about a size medium (cost: $2.00, value: $75.00).
These rusty old lanterns really captured my attention. They’d look terrific on the porch with some plants or candles in them. Don’t you think? (cost: both for $5.00, value: $12.00 each).
More rust! I purchase this thing-a-ma-jig at one of the garage sales I attended. The coiled knob on the left opens the front door and inside is a shelf. I think it will look pretty amazing once I give it a good scrubbing with a metal brush, followed by a rub-down with some mineral oil (cost: $2.00, value: $20.00).
Two vintage Easter baskets scored at separate sales (cost: 50 cents each, value: $12.00 & $8.00).
I’m not one for a lot of china and glass tchotchkes, but when priced at just a dime, even I can’t pass them up. Here you see a Lefton birthday angel and a c.1960s Japanese bird. Birthday angels used to be very popular and if priced right, they are still saleable (cost: 10 cents, value: $10.00). Since birds are currently so popular in decorating, I figured this fellow was a good buy (cost: 10 cents, value: $5.00). Collector’s Weekly has a good article about Lefton collectibles, particularly regarding manufacture dates.
Produced in 1967, this large, cardboard poster would look charming in a toddler’s room or how about an in-home classroom? (cost: $1.00, value: $20.00)
I rescued this vintage suitcase from a free pile(!). While it has some loose threads near the center, it will make a nice display piece at Christmas time.
Rotary phones are such a blast from the past. Pink and aqua ones are the real sellers, but this one should find a new home soon (cost: $1.00, value: $20.00).
A couple more pieces of restaurantware to add to my corner cupboard. I liked the unusual shape of the bowl on the left. The deer planter, while new, has a wonderful delicateness about it. I think he’s quite handsome, so I willingly paid a dollar to bring him home with me.
Bye for now,
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