Hi everyone! A crazy thing happened to me on Saturday. After stopping at a few garage sales, I decided to try out a relatively new flea market in Cohoes (NY). About twenty vendors were set up in a storefront, most with interesting wares, but only one with the kind of prices I like. As I checked out some of her stock, the dealer began to chat with me. Finally, she asked me what I planned to do with the items I had picked out. I told her I craft, sell antiques, and write a blog and then gave her my blog name. She said, “No way–I just found you online and started following you(!).” Her girlfriend confirmed it saying, “She told me all about you just the other day. How much she enjoyed your blog and your vintage projects.” That ‘s the first time that’s ever happened to me and boy, was it sweet! Here are the vintage items I bought from my new friend Donna’s booth:
So here we are: Kerrie, me, and Donna. We exchanged information (which I’m still searching for, so if you see this Donna, send me a note via my contact form (right side bar) or Facebook, please!), because we wanted to stay in touch. (Poor photo quality due to fluorescent lighting.)
The giveaways that this piece has some age, are the mark, which has an older look, and the color of the clay, which is warm rather than bright, as is much of the newer transferware. It also weighs less and feels more delicate than the modern versions. “English Scenic” refers to the pattern name. “Staffordshire,” of course refers to the county in England where most transferware was produced.
This antique tool box is one of my favorite finds, and I paid a pretty penny for it, too (cost: $45.00, value: $35-40.00). Why did I buy it if it’s worth less than I paid for it? Well, firstly, I liked it. A lot. Secondly, I think it’s contents will pay for the box itself.
And several of these other, bench plane irons, some of which I plan to keep for projects. To learn more about tools, I recommend The Best Things, an online retail outlet with some terrific info. Their pricing can help you with your pricing, too.
This license plate holder makes me think of Melissa at Melissa’s Antiques. She just bought a huge collection of beer-related items at an auction. Her post is worth a gander. My Budweiser holder has a vintage look, but I’ll have to research the value (cost: $1.00, value: $10.00+).
I definitely like a good basket. This oak splint one measures about 10″ high and would make a handy utensil holder. (cost: 50 cents, value: $8.00) I think it had a loop on the back for hanging that has broken off. I’ll snip off the unsightly bit poking up the back. If you’re looking for help valuing a basket, check out my Antique & Vintage Basket Price Guide.
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