Hi everyone! I hope your week is going well. I traveled with my sweet mother and sister-in-law to Barre (VT) yesterday. We spent a lovely afternoon with my aunt and uncle, who are getting on in years, and some of my cousins. Both my mother and aunt are avid antique collectors, each with a good eye for value and beauty. I like to think I inherited some of their genes(!). Maybe some of you who’ve been influenced by avid collectors in your family can relate? My aunt has collected a number of amazing primitives that I enjoyed seeing throughout our visit. I’m hoping, in the same way, that you’ll enjoy seeing some of my vintage finds from this past weekend–
Friday’s shopping started off with a bang when I bought this ironstone platter at a small garage sale. It has a few flaws (see the small black mark in the lower right?), so I’m planning to stencil it and sell it at the Shaker Christmas craft fair (cost: $2.00, value: $25.00 when stenciled).
This mark on the back, John Maddock & Sons, dates to 1906-1927. The company itself was in business until 1981.
Woo woo–two ironstone platters in one day! I like this square version and may end up “fostering” it (as my friend Rita at Panoply likes to call it) for a while before selling (cost: $2.00, value: $15-18.00). It also has a few flaws, but the square shape makes it more desirable.
Maddock & CO, the same company as Maddock & Sons also produced this platter. The “CO” mark dates to 1906 as well, but may have been in use for only a short period of time.
An unmarked piece of Fenton glass bonbon in Pink Crest milk glass (cost: $2.00, value: $15-18.00). You may enjoy this informative article: Fenton Glassware Collecting: Fancy Frills in Art Glass. Available.
A vintage 1940’s era, cotton apron, mint with tag (cost: $1.00, value: $8-10.00).
Closeup of the tag.
Another 1940’s apron (cost: $1.00, value: $8-10.00).
My “accidental” scissors collection continues to grow by leaps and bounds (LOL). This pair, marked USA, is unusual given the 3″ ruler on the blade (cost: $1.00, value: $8-10.00).
Some wooden spools for crafting, including three by a new-to-me manufacturer: Ivory Brand (cost: 50¢).
A vibrant, antique needle book, made in Western Germany (1949-90), likely dating to the 1950’s (cost: $1.00, value: $5-6.00). Available.
Here’s a peek at the few remaining needles inside.
A nice berry wreath for fall decorating in my antique booth (cost: $2.00, value: $12.00).
A cool old crate (cost: $1.00, value: $15-18.00). It might be a candidate for a leather [belt] strap, as seen here.
After it gets a makeover, this newer candle box type of container would make a great shop display for paper goods (cost: $1.00).
A tin antique document box, dating to 1895–opening in the back–(cost: $3.00, value: $22-25.00). Love it!
A trio of aluminum spheres for what purpose, I have no idea (cost: $1/3).
Final Fabulous Find: I don’t normally pick up silver plate, unless it’s an unusual piece, as is this World’s Fair souvenir. I’m fascinated by the 1939-40 NYC World’s Fair, perhaps because of its iconic Trylon and Perisphere (as seen on this ladle’s handle), Avid World’s Fair collectors will find this interesting (cost: $1.00, value: $10-15.00).
Thanks so much for stopping by; I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my vintage finds. Is anyone else getting anxious for garage sale season?!! After attending a handful of sales on Saturday, I’m finally starting to get the feeling that the season is about to start. In the meantime, happy hunting!
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