Hi everyone! Hope you’ve had some good vintage shopping in your part of the world. Vintage shopping in Upstate New York tends to slow down dramatically in winter. Garage sales dry up completely and in the past, estate sales slowed down dramatically, too. But recently, more and more estate sales have been popping up, throughout the entire year, nicely supplementing my thrifted vintage finds during the winter months. How is it in your neck of the woods?
First up is one of those thrifted finds, a Salvation Army dresser jar (cost: $1.99, value: $12-15.00). This little beauty will join about fifteen other dresser jars currently in my collection (I’ll be posting about them soon!).
A sweet reminder of summer, this beautifully embroidered, 24″ x 24″ cloth, would be perfect for a small table or the center of a table (cost: $1.00, value: $15-22.00). It contains nine panels all around the rim filled with strawberries. A stunning estate sale find. Available.
The delightful cover of this 1953 Good Housekeeping magazine attracted me with its dramatic black and white color scheme, and splash of red for drama (cost: 50¢, value: $8-10.00). Available.
The issue contains several pages of vintage aprons and is chock-full of delightful advertisements, like this one for Carters.
The back cover illustration is quite frame-able.
Sometimes I can’t resist well-priced vintage bedding, like this twin flat sheet, even though I haven’t really figured out the best way to sell them (cost: 50¢, value: $7-9.00). Since my booth is primitive/farmhouse, I’ll give my blog shop a try. Available.
Usually I find OvenServe bake ware, like this little baker, in pretty poor condition–badly crazed and covered with baked on goo. Dating to the 1950’s and manufactured by Homer Laughlin, this gratin baking dish is in like new condition (cost: 50¢, value: $10-12.00).
I am a huge sucker for artwork, as evidenced by the huge collection I have waiting for sale in both my workroom and my garage. As usual, the price was right for this tranquil still life with orchid (cost: $5.00, value: $30-40.00 with a new frame).
I always snatch up natural items, like this branch with bird’s nest, for buyers who enjoy decorating with natural elements (cost: $3.00, value: $18-25.00). I especially like the overall balance of this piece.
Shoe lasts and I have a love affair–their soft, warm wood and pleasing shape make them wonderful to decorate with (at least I think so!). But it’s true, not many others seem to agree with me. I sold just one pair last year (for $25.00), out of several pairs and singles in my possession. This one’s unique shape appeals to me, along with the stenciled word,”Sterling”. I have a friend from law school named “Sterling Goodspeed” (isn’t that a fantastic name?). I’m considering sending it to him; he could use it as a paper weight on his desk, right?
It has some stenciled numbers on the opposite side (cost: $4.00, value $12-15.00).
I bought this tooled leather key case with my daughter in mind. She collects vintage keys and stores them in cases like this, but she is now limiting herself to what she already owns (Hold on, is there a life lesson there for us junkers?). Made of “genuine cowhide,” it has some vintage advertising printed inside (cost: $1.00, value: $8-12.00).
I picked up this two-tiered, pie crust table at Salvation Army (cost: $12.99, value $40-45.00), the pair of vintage lamp shade forms from the owner of the Gristmill Antique Center (cost: $5.00 each), and the sewing table at an estate sale (cost: $5.00, value: $40-45.00, once cleaned & waxed). The table is at the shop; at least one shade will be used for the overhead light fixture in our family room (with a vintage light bulb hanging from the center); and the table awaits its makeover.
Do you remember this box o’crud I picked up at a garage sale a while back? I paid $7.00 for it and have been slowly cleaning up the rust and selling off the contents.
I found this neat lion head drawer-pull hiding in a corner of the box, and it cleaned up rather nicely (value: $10-12.00).
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