Hi everyone! I mentioned yesterday that I had a few vintage finds to share with you with week. I drove north to Plattsburgh (NY) during the week to stay with my mother while she had [very successful] cataract surgery. The day after the procedure, she felt so well that she wanted to do some shopping, and by that she meant vintage shopping. This apple didn’t fall far from the tree. She took me to one of her new spots and we both picked up a couple of items. We also stopped at a Humane Society thrift shop, but we found nothing vintage, just a few books and other odds and ends. Then over the week-end, my sweet husband and I popped into a local Goodwill, and that’s where I bought today’s first find.
Isn’t she beautiful? This Rayo brand brass lantern has been converted to a table lamp, as many have been over the years. I found the lamp and the shade in separate locations in the store, each with their own price tag. I put them together and at the check-out, the gal kindly charged me for just one (cost: $4.99, value: $50-60.00). The only thing it’s missing is its glass hurricane-style shade–fairly easily replaceable.
To identify your Rayo lantern, look for the mark on the the body of the lantern, where the fuel would be poured. You’ll see “Rayo” on the cap that seals the vessel. Manufactured by the Hubbard & Bradley Mfg Co of Meriden, CT, they cost just $2.00 each in 1911 and were in production until the 1950’s. Electrification reduces the lamp’s value, but certainly makes them more functional. You can read more about Center Draft Lamps, which Rayo lamps are, at the Rams Horn Studio website.
Here’s another Goodwill find–a fun, chunky costume bracelet in a floral motif (cost: $4.00, value: $10-12.00). It’s a keeper.
Not something I would ordinarily get too excited about, these ironstone-ish custard cups have such a nice shape, I felt I
needed wanted them. They’re quite large and useful for all sorts of things, like dips and cheese spreads. I bought eight all together and am thinking about stenciling some numbers on the side of a few (cost: 25¢ each, value: $1-3.00 each).
This crate was among my finds made while shopping with my sweet mother. I’m adding it to the four or five others that I’ve found recently, and which are [almost] all waiting for some stenciling on the side (cost: $3.50, value: $18-22.00 stenciled).
Here’s a view of the side (I was having trouble photographing it well in my “photo-shoot” area).
I have good luck selling natural history-type items, like shells and bee hives, so when I saw a bucket-full of dried lichen for sale, I decided I’d give them a try. I have several on display in my home and thought others might like to do the same (cost: $1.00 each, value: $6-8.00 each, I’m hoping).
I’ve also seen artists use them as a sort of canvas. Was I crazy to buy them?
Final Find: This book title caught my attention as I’ve always liked the sentiment–Know Thyself (cost: $1.00, value: $4-5). It makes me think of a favorite quote of mine by Thomas à Kempis from The Imitation of Christ:
A true understanding and humble estimate of oneself
is the highest and most valuable of all lessons.
I’m thinking about framing the cover or putting the entire book in a shadow box. What do you think?
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