Hi everyone! I mentioned yesterday that when my sweet husband and I were out and about on Friday, we hit one estate sale and one thrift store, Peace of Home Thrift in Ravena (NY). Even though the weather has warmed up considerably over the past couple of weeks, we are still deep in winter, as far as garage saling goes. They won’t start up again until the end of April/beginning of May. But, we still managed to scrounge up some fun vintage finds that I think you’ll enjoy seeing.
You may have noticed that I have trouble resisting almost any kind of artwork. And yes, since you asked, I do have it piled up in every available space–my workroom, my office, and the garage. Sigh. Well, what’s one more piece, right? This impressionistic print on heavy board of a French flower market, called to me and so home it came.
It’s another example of a piece in a frame that’s not perfectly suited for it. I’m once again tempted to go black, but I’d leave the gold trim on the inside edge (cost: $2.00, value: $15-20.00). What do you think?
Gosh I love old buttons, especially ones like these on adorable cards. I frame them throughout the year and sell them at the Shaker Christmas craft fair for about $8-10.00 framed (cost: 50¢ each, value: $4-5.00 each).
Learn more about buttons in these two posts:
Collecting Buttons Part I
Collecting Buttons Part II
How to Display Your Buttons
Sorry for the dark photo–clear glass is just so difficult to photograph. You’ve heard me say before that I avoid buying clear glass; it simply isn’t selling right now. But when I find a piece of elegant glass by Heissey (a celery server), for dirt cheap, I’m not going to pass it up, even if I have to keep it myself (LOL).
The Heissey mark is an “H” in a diamond–can you see it here?
I will be using these and other small cloches I have on hand to make some Christmas dioramas for the Christmas craft fair (cost: 25¢ each).
I’ll use this sturdy Lucite display to hold ephemera in my booth. I’ve been attacking my stash of paper goods and bagging them up to sell (yes, pat on the back, please), and this will come in handy (cost: $2.00).
This antique, ironstone ladle makes the perfect compliment to an ironstone sauce bowl. It has joined the rest of my ironstone collection (cost: 25¢, value: $4-6.00). Ironstone Price Guide
I don’t normally reveal all of my crafty supply finds, but today’s post is a bit skimpy. These crimped-edge trays will surely be needed for some future, as-yet-to-be-determined project, right? (50¢ each).
I go through a lot of screw eyes for framing and hanging signs, and these were a real bargain (cost: 33¢/package).
I loved all the crafty ideas for these heart-shaped tins I saw at Christmas, so I grabbed these two when I saw them at the thrift store (cost: 25¢ each).
Final Find: Today’s final find is a mystery tool–any ideas?
Here’s a closer look at the end. Does that help? Three hurrahs for whoever can help us identify this strange looking tool. That’s it for me this week. What about you?
Happy hunting everyone–
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