Hi everyone! I spent much of yesterday catching up on some cleaning and laundry–woopee. But I carved out some time for today’s post because what’s Tuesday without some vintage finds?
This old blue bottle has me in a quandary. I can’t quite figure out how old it is or what it was designed to hold.
I think it’s older, as evidenced by the “seeds” on the bottom, that is, the small and medium-sized air bubbles that typically indicate older glass.
The seams on the side tell me that it was blown into a metal mold made of two parts–the seams are where they met up. I can’t figure out what’s going on with the seam on the lip, which doesn’t match up with the side seam.
In this photo you can see the seam runs all the way to the bottom. I texted a photo to my father, a bottle digger from way back, and he thinks it’s a condiment bottle of some sort (cost: 50¢, value: ??).
Speaking of old bottles, look at this box full! I stopped at an “informal,” i.e., unadvertised, estate sale and the fellow running the sale was a bottle digger. He had a few boxes set out and these are the ones I selected. At 25¢ each, I didn’t take too much time looking them over; I just chose what looked good to me. This box holds just over $7.00 worth.
I’ll wash them up soon (and share my “tricks” with you), and then I’ll take a closer look at each and let you know what I think their values are. How does that sound?
I have a “thing” for old apothecary-type jars like this one (cost: $1.50, value: $12.00). It’s marked “Koeze’s” on the bottom and likely dates to about the 1980’s.
I collect vintage and antique dresser jars, and even though this pretty pressed glass example has no lid, it came home with me (cost 50¢). I have one other green [hobnail] jar lacking a lid, so I’ll be keeping my eyes open.
I love the pale, pale pink of these vintage-y glass bulbs. These are a bit on the newer side, so I though I might sell my older set and keep these for my personal use (cost: $1.75).
This little brass and glass trinket box would make a sweet little topiary, don’t you think? (cost: $1.00, value: $10-12.00)
I bought these children’s-sized shoe because of their small size (cost: $1.00 each, value: $12.00 for the pair after cleaning). I think they’d make great paper weights.
This old sad iron would have had a wooden handle that you would attach after heating the metal base in or near the fire (cost: $1.00, value: $8-10.00 after cleaning).
A vintage-y little wheel barrow, perfect to hold a plant–indoors or out (cost: 25¢, value: $10-12.00).
A shop class project [gone slightly awry?] (cost: 25¢, value: $5.00).
I thought this delicately-shaped candlestick had character, so decided to pick it up, even though I avoid single candlesticks (cost: 50¢, value: $8-10.00). They are much harder to sell than a pair.
From the hole in the bottom, I believe it was handmade, turned on a lathe. I think the bottom contributes to my belief that it is an older piece (cost: 50¢, value: $8-10.00).
I’m in love with this messy old drawer/trunk insert that I picked up at a sale attended by a suave, young man with a romantic French accent. He said, “$10.00” and as I turned away to look at something else, he blurted, “$5.00, but no lower.” SOLD!
I’d like to clean it up and try to remove some of the extra wood inside. I think it would make a great tray for a large table or to set on a base, like a vintage luggage rack.
I bought this painting when my sweet husband and I popped into Miller’s Crossing Fleatique while we were in Pittsburgh last week (cost: $2.00, value: $25-35.00 framed). It was a new-to-me shop and I wanted to take a couple of minutes to check it out.
Favorite Final Find: This was my second purchase at Miller’s and despite his damage, I decided he needed to come home with me (cost: $5.00, value: $35-40.00 after painting the base). I think he’s quite handsome.
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