Hi everyone! I hope your week has gotten off to a great start. Yesterday, I replenished my craft booth (again) and accomplished some Christmas decorating. How about you? Are you pacing yourself for the season? I’m trying to start each day with some quiet time–praying and reading the Bible, and then making a brief to-do list for the day. Before I start my chores or sit down to the computer, I’ve been asking the Lord to guide my steps and help me stay peaceful. I’ve noticed the difference, but I guess you’d have to talk to my family to find out if that’s really true or not (lol). Today I’ve got some cool vintage finds for you. Are you ready?
I chose to buy these three canning jars in particular at a recent estate sale because they are all a little older than some of the more common ones you might find on the market (cost: $1.00 each, value: $10-14.00).
The Ball jar on the left, a “Triple L,” dates to about 1900-10. The extra loop on the end mimics a third “L,” hence the nick-name. I’m still researching the second jar, and the third, an Atlas Strong Shoulder, is identical to one I wrote about in my article on canning jars.
The 1970’s butterfly pattern on this hand mirror takes me straight back to my teen years. I’m pleased the market now considers these items “vintage” so I can buy and enjoy them for a little while before adding them to my inventory (cost: 50¢, value: $10.00).
When I stumbled on this “Rolls” safety razor, I thought I had a real find on my hands. Alas, I will not make my fortune on this piece. The chrome case, resting in a velvet-line compartment, contains the razor. Of course I hoped it might be the “Rolls Royce” of razors.
While technically a fine piece of shaving equipment, the company produced them in the thousands, and they can be easily (and cheaply) found on the internet. Mine contains all the parts, paperwork, and even the cardboard sleeve it came in (cost: $6.00, value: $25-30.00).
Don’t these cuties look like I picked them up at Target or Home Goods?
In fact, the vintage set likely dates to the 70’s given the look of its JAPAN mark (cost: $1.00, value: $10-12.00).
At the Shaker craft fair I participate in, they always have one area filled with items donated to the site during the past year. That’s where I found this unassuming vase, which turned out to be a piece of Van Briggle pottery. Since I’ve never owned any, I decided to pick it up, even though I don’t think it’s the most beautiful vase I’ve ever seen (cost: $1.00, value: $15-20.00).
The founder of the company, Artus Van Briggle developed the [lost] process of giving pottery a creamy, matte finish. The company and its artisans crafted stunning arts & crafts style pottery for decades and continues to operate today. My vase has a distinctly 1970’s look with it’s shiny brown surface and creepy dripping edge–not one of their finest pieces, but hey, it led me to learn more about them. You can too, at vanbriggle.com.
I hemmed and hawed over this painting for quite a while before purchasing it at a recent estate sale (cost: $3.00, value: $28-35.00). I think it has a good deal of colonial charm about it and I even like the frame.
Nice, old wood always attracts me, as did this small drawing board, complete with a t-square (cost: $1.00, value: 15-20.00).
I’m not sure exactly what this piece is. Could it be a fishing-something-or-other? It has a pretty long handle, which made it difficult to photograph. Perhaps it’s for roasting chestnuts over an open fire? (cost: $2.00, value: ?). It just seemed to hold numerous decorative (indoor or outdoor) possibilities to pass up.
This old cast metal grate practically tied with the ladder below for “final fabulous find.” As much as I want to hang onto it, you can’t keep everything. In this business you’ve got to sell, sell, sell (cost: $5.00, value: $45-50).
Final Fabulous Find: I’m loving this old (orchard?) ladder and, despite what I just said above, am trying to find the perfect spot for it in my home(!), if not, then it’s off to the shop (cost: $7.00, value: $35-40.00). I wish you could see the metal bolts and other fittings on it, they are truly fabulous.
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