Hi everyone! What a lovely day we had yesterday–sunny and warm, in the 50’s. Spring is definitely in the air. Last Friday, however, when I stopped at an estate sale along the Hudson River, the temperature hovered right around 30°, and I failed to dress appropriately. But I didn’t let that stop me from wandering through the house and outside to various out-buildings. I arrived late but still found several good vintage finds. On Saturday, after dropping our daughter off at a local Comic-Con, my sweet husband and I stopped at two estate sales and one small flea market– the estate sales were both complete busts. The flea market produced a few interesting pieces, and I might consider going back, although it’s about 40 minutes away in Schodack (NY). Let’s take a look at my finds, shall we?
I bought these shades from the nicest vendor at the Schodack Flea Market (cost: 50¢, value: $15.00).
Aren’t the colors of this 1948 cooking pamphlet just wonderful? I found it in a packet along with another pamphlet and cookie decorating instructions. I think the lady of the house had ordered it through the mail.
On the back page you can see the molasses.
The second booklet in the packet is dated 1934.
And here you see the third piece–patterns for cooking decorating (cost for all three pieces: $1.00, value: $15-18.00 for all three).
Another of my flea market finds, which I mistakenly took for a genuine watercolor (sigh) (cost: $1.00, value: $10.00 w/replacement glass).
Looking at the rust in the photograph, I wonder what I was thinking when I bought this little red toolbox(!) (cost: $1.00, value: $8-10.00 once cleaned up).
I threw these faux plants in to try and convey how cute I think it will look with some plants or flowers. Maybe pansies?
I’m a big fan of geraniums, and the grain sack side stripes are pretty nifty, too (cost: $1.00, value: $7-10.00). I’m temped to frame it.
I’ve mentioned before that because the Dutch settled the Albany area (down to NYC), anything Dutch-related sells pretty well. The cover of this book contains all the right elements: a Dutch girl, wooden shoes, tulips, and a windmill (cost: $1.00, value: $8-10.00). (SOLD)
The end papers are lovely, too.
And the photos inside, intriguing. (The annual Albany Tulip Fest celebrates our Dutch heritage the first week-end in May.)
As lovely as this shabby old book cover is…
I bought it for the perfectly aged pages inside (cost: 50¢). I’ll be using it for crafting and art projects.
This ornate old frame should sell quickly (cost: $1.00, value: $15-18.00).
The wire easel-back gives an indication of its age, about the 1920’s-30’s. (Visit Antique Picture Frames for help identifying and valuing your frames.)
I always pick up these (Northeastern) American Indian souvenir baskets when I see them marked low (cost: $1.00, value: $30.00+). Dating to about the 1940-50’s and constructed of ash splint, they are interesting and well-made. This particular piece was woven around a glass jar, so it can be used as a vase. (SOLD)
I was lucky enough to find two (cost: $1.00, value: $20.00+). You can learn more about basket pricing from my Basket Price Guide. (SOLD)
Final Find: I snatched up this large, oak splint basket the second I saw it. While the top is warped, the bottom is in quite good condition. I think I’ll take the top off, wet it, and weigh it down to flatten it. It’s the perfect basket to pile quilts in and set atop an armoire or under a buffet (cost: $4.00, value: $40.00). It’s wider and slightly deeper than your typical picnic basket, and it has brass handles on each side. I know I’m going to have trouble deciding whether to keep or sell it. What would you do?
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