Hi everyone! I’m so happy to be here today–I don’t usually post on a Friday, but Melissa at Melissa’s Antiques created a fun opportunity for a bunch of us vintage bloggers, and I absolutely wanted to be part of it. Today, fourteen bloggers are posting about the top five things to look for at garage sales this season. You’ll find loads of ideas and inspiration for your garage sale season, and maybe get to know a few new [to you] bloggers. I hope you enjoy yourself and take some time to visit these other terrific vintage bloggers (listed and linked below).
I am in love with Bakelite–an early form of plastic–but I am not in love with its price. Wow! A nice piece of jewelry can cost in the hundreds of dollars. I do find a few pieces of Bakelite every year, but usually much less interesting than the gorgeous chunky Bakelite pieces I’d love to own. I find buttons, pencil sharpeners, billiard balls, and utensils, like cake servers. About ten years ago, I found a beautiful Bakelite bangle bracelet, but for whatever reason (I can’t for the life of me remember), I sold it to a dealer friend. I made a good profit on it, but oh how I wish I still owned it! For more info about Bakelite, Antiques Roadshow has an interesting video clip, Bakelite or Fakelite?
Thank you Alicia at the Etsy shop, boylerpf, for allowing me to use your photograph. This stunning buckle bracelet makes me want to break down and just buy the piece, rather than biding my time and hoping to discover one at a sale. Isn’t she lovely?
Striped Grain Sack
I’ve been looking for antique, striped grain sacks for years. The closest I’ve come is a pile of six plain, linen grain sacks I found at an estate sale–quite beautiful, but no stripes. Some came with a faded number or letter, and one even had a small embroidered “O,” but no stripe. Oh what a happy day it will be when I discover a lovely striped grain sack while digging through an old pile of linens at a garage sale some day.
It seems we vintage dealers and decorators never tire of ironstone. Truly a timeless collectible, its beautiful blue-white color and simple design compliments almost any style of decorating. The corner cupboard in my kitchen currently holds my small ironstone collection, but I’m always looking to upgrade to older, more attractive shapes and sizes.
Interested in learning more about ironstone?
Check out my price guide and my personal collection.
This small tureen, manufactured by the English company, T & R Boote, measures 9″ x 9″ and dates to the 19th century. I paid just $2.00 for her because she has two hairline cracks, but I think she’s just beautiful.
While any textile signed “Vera” tends to bring more at resale than similar items from other companies or designers, I find there is not a lot of money to be made in this category of collecting. That said, I absolutely love her designs and would enjoy owning more of her scarves. Most of her graphic designs have a universal appeal that any wardrobe would benefit from.
My geranium scarf dates to 1959. In 1960, a copyright symbol was added, and in 1962, a ladybug. For help dating your Vera textiles, When Was My Vera Scarf Made? on the Vera Company Tumblr page will get you started.
The last item I’ll be looking for this season is trophies. I’m kind of mad for them right now. Decorating with silver accents remains popular, and I enjoy the short stories that each piece has to tell. I have one from England given for fishing (I believe). “W. Clayton” caught a “3 lb, 11 oz” fish in 1954. And I’ve another one for an “Intermediate School Skating Relay,” and another for “Baseball Runner-Up” from Japan, also dated 1954.
This sweet little guy dates to 1945 and reads, “Saffron Walden Town, Bowls Club.” He’s about 2 1/2″ tall and made of Sterling silver. Here’s hoping I find some of these treasures during the 2016 garage saling season. I wish you all the greatest success in your treasure hunting as well. I’d love to hear about your fabulous finds!
Be sure to visit these other awesome vintage bloggers
who are sharing their top five today as well: