Hi everyone! I’ve got some fun finds for you today, along with a special giveaway to celebrate last week’s 100th Vintage Finds. This past Friday, I stopped by two estate sales and a couple of garage sales and came home with quite a load of stuff. Ready to take a look?
One of the garage sales had large number of sewing supplies for sale. The baggie containing these notions caught my attention when I discovered a sterling silver mark on one of the thimbles (cost: $1.00 for the bag, value of sterling thimble: $10-12.00).
This thimble says, “Use Savings Banks.” It’s collectible, too, but is not in very good condition (value: $2-3.00). Antique Trader has a terrific article, Antique Thimbles, American Style, that you should check out. Look for the delightful acorn thimble case.
This platter with sterling silver overlay decoration, likely had a bowl to fit the center. Clear glass is not terribly collectible these days, but this piece was so reasonable, I couldn’t pass it up (cost: $2.00, value: $10-12.00).
At a living estate sale I attended on Friday, the woman of the house was a talented weaver. Several of her pieces were available for sale, but very high priced. I found this table runner and two placemats tucked away (and pinned together) in a bedroom, marked $3.00. They have a bit of a grain sack sort of feeling to them. I’ll be keeping them for now.
[I apologize for the very Voldemort-looking bust(!).] I try to avoid vintage hats because I don’t find them to be very saleable. But this faux leopard skin beret caught my fancy (cost: $2.00, value: $10-12.00).
I liked the color of this hat, and the low, low price (cost: 25¢, value: $6-8.00). Looking for some good information about collecting vintage clothing? Check out this Antiques Roadshow article: Collecting Vintage Clothing.
I was surprised when I arrived at an estate sale an hour after it had opened and found this chalkboard still for available. I think it’s just wonderful and so functional–for home schooling, advertising on the street, decorating the family room, etc. The board flips and the opposite side is also a “green” board. I’m tempted to paint it black and keep it for a while (cost: $5.00, value: $35-40.00).
I know this guy is pretty cruddy looking, but I think it will clean up nicely. I’m planning to bring it to the Shaker Craft Fair (I’m setting up tomorrow) to add some height to the half a table I’ve been allotted as a volunteer (cost: $3.00, value: $20). I had hoped to rent a full space, but the show is just too popular! I’m blessed to be a part of it at all.
Call me crazy, but I fell in love with this still life–the blue and sunny yellow and peach colors in particular. Unfortunately, I don’t think I have a place for it in my house (cost: $3.00, value: $35-45.00). I’m considering painting the frame black or dark gray. What do you think?
I picked up this landscape at a different sale, and I’m quite taken with it as well. I find the water and the pink flowers very peaceful and soothing (cost: $3.00, value: $40-50.00). This frame definitely needs a make-over, too, but what color?
Made in England by Maddock & Sons of England in about 1960. Check out my Ironstone Price Guide for more info.
Final and Favorite Find: A boxed set of butterfly flash cards. This is a new one for me, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Companies probably manufactured flashcards for every subject you can think of, including these sweet butterflies (cost: $1.00, value: ?). I have to decide how I want to sell them–as a boxed set (the box is kind of a mess) or individually. I’ve been selling individual vocabulary flash cards for $1.00 each. At that rate, I might be able to make $50.00 off this one box(!).
Okay, it’s time to take a look at my two giveaways:
I’m not publicizing this widely because it would be great for a regular Vintage Finds reader to win.
Let me know in a comment if you’d like to be a “contestant.”