Hi everyone! I have some fun vintage finds to share with you today. I stopped by a couple of estate sales on Friday afternoon and then a couple more on Saturday with my sweet husband. We spent the early part of the day in Albany’s Washington Park flower peeping–it’s tulip time in Albany. This year I wanted to enjoy them and take some photos as far from the maddening crowd as possible. So we decided to avoid Tulip Fest this year (next week-end, May 7th and 8th), and we had a lovely morning with far less people and no loud rock bands. I’ll write a pretty tulip post soon, but you can take a look at my previous tulip post right now, if you’d like. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at my vintage and antique buys.
Sometimes arriving at a sale late in the day has it’s advantages–smaller crowds and frequently the opportunity to haggle for lower prices. I arrived at an estate sale on Friday at about 1 pm and the place was still loaded with merchandise. The owners had been real pack rats, saving broken or imperfect items that should have been tossed out. I guess the mess overwhelmed the people holding the sale because they left all the dirty and broken items in place and priced very few items that had actual value (annoying), but I decided to poke around anyway. At least it wasn’t crowded.
I spotted a small pile of appliqued butterflies (first photo above) as soon as I walked in the house. I asked for a price and they told me $8.00. The pile contained sixteen squares, along with five partials and many fabric butterfly cut outs (above). My attempt at haggling failed, but I decided to take themany way, even though I thought the price a bit high (cost: 50¢ each, value: $3-4.00 each).
This celluloid (early plastic, also called French Ivory) pin cushion came from the same sale (cost: $2.00, value: $12-15.00). I need to remove all the pins and clean the dust from the surface of the velvet before selling. (SOLD)
These three pins seem more like hat pins to me. The clear and white ones are glass. I’m going to try to clean them up as well.
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Scissors make a interesting collectible since they come in so many different shapes and sizes and have been produced in a number of countries around the world, like the US, England, and Germany. I’ve finally admitted that I have a scissor collection, and this tiny pair, marked “Germany” is my smallest (cost: $1.00, value: $8-10.00). I keep them “collected” in a flower frog on my desk.
The Western Shear Co. manufactured them. I have not located any information about them yet.
Speaking of scissors, this little framed bit of Christmas cheer is a vintage print of a Scherenschnitte, a Pennsylvania Dutch (German) art form. The artist would cut out the design from a single sheet of paper using very sharp scissors (cost: 50¢, value: $8-10.00).
These small reverse paintings on glass tend to be quite popular, especially silhouettes like this one (cost: 50¢, value: $10-12.00). [How do they keep their hair in place while pushing and swinging?!!]
I do like a nicely made whisk broom, and aren’t these a lovely pair? The blue velvet trim with the blue stitching is a nice touch (cost: $1.50 each, value: $8-10.00 each). (SOLD)
I find it almost as hard to pass up a well-made basket, like this small, ash splint fellow, even though he’s missing his lid (cost: $1.00, value: $6-8.00 w/o lid).
This long slice of wood with a towel rack is an older souvenir from Long Beach, NY, a town on Long Island. It’s an example of pyrography (wood burning), a hobby popular in the late 1800’s through to the 1920’s (cost: $1.00, value: $12-15.00).
Another well-made piece, this Arts & Crafts style book holder, made of oak, was a nice find. The medium brown stain and pyramid-shaped decoration are typical of this style (cost: $2.00, value: $35-40.00?) I’ve never sold a piece like it, so I’ll do some more research before selling it. [Available in my Vintage Blog Shop.]
Are you as in love with this Victorian autograph book as I am? The intricately tooled leather cover is a small piece of art, and its pages are filled with numerous salutations and signatures in the loveliest hand-writing you’ve ever seen (cost: $2.00, value: $40-45.00). [Available in my Vintage Blog Shop.]
As are the pages of this second autograph book that I bought at the same sale (cost: $2.00, value: $25-30.00). Watch out for a post about these two fascinating books coming soon. [You can read A Cool Collectible: Autograph Books here.]
Final Find: [What I think is] the leaf from a vintage formica table (cost: $3.00), which I plan to stencil and turn into a sign. But what word(s) should I choose? Family? Market? What would you suggest?
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my vintage finds and learning a bit more about them. I love learning about antiques and vintage and passing that info on when ever I can!
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