Hi there! Did you have a good weekend? Friday I trekked out to my antique booth (I posted a photo on Instagram) and stopped at several garage sales along the way. Saturday my sweet husband and I hit several garage sales and made some great purchases, which I’ll share with you soon. But today I have a bunch from last weekend, wanna take a look?
I’m not much for brown transferware, but I know some people love it. One of my favorite patterns has always been “Old Britain Castles” by Johnson Bros. of England; I love it in pink!
Each piece has a different castle; this bread plate shows Haddon Hall, which we drove by many times when we lived in England.
This is a fairly newer version of a pattern that has been around for a long time (cost: 69¢, value: $4-5.00). Get help pricing your own transferware with my transferware price guide.
What can I say, I love stoneware! So this miniature German bottle made its away home with me (cost: 25¢, value: $2-3.00). After purchase, I learned that “Dure Korn” is a cheap, grain alcohol, similar to Vodka. I might take the label off and use the bottle for a project.
I just fell in love with this beautifully handcrafted willow basket; it’s perfectly shaped and proportioned, though not terribly old. The willow “rods” are still supple and have not darkened with age yet (cost: $3.00, value: $35-40.00). Learn more about pricing baskets here.
I love this sentiment and hope to find a spot for it in my home (cost: $1.00).
I love natural pieces like this tortoise shell, and we had plenty to select from at the flea market we attended in Ohio a couple of weeks ago. Along with loads of similar shells, we also saw squirrel tales, coyote pelts, and various animal skulls, all for sale (cost: $5.00, value: $25-30.00).
Clearly, this little table was a bit of an impulse buy. It seems to have barely survived a fire of some sort, LOL. While it has a nice shape, it’s going to require some work to make it attractive again (cost: $5.00, value: $25-30.00 once painted).
I thought this square clock would make a great makeover project (cost: $1.00).
I picked up this piece initially to take a closer look at the nicely aged, oak frame, but the graphics are beautiful as well. Upon closer examination, and using my rudimentary French, I realized that it honors an American soldier who gave his life in France during WWI (cost: $1.00, value: $28-35.00 after cleaning).
I bought this print for the frame; I want to try out the vinegar and steel wool “recipe” that gives unfinished wood a driftwood look (cost: $1.00).
This guy is screaming for a makeover, and because the price was right, I might try something a little more daring than taupe or black, LOL (cost: $5.00).
When I first bought this sign I thought it was handmade, which would have been pretty amazing and folk art-y, but after I got it home, I found a sticker from a home decor store on the bottom. Bummer (cost: $1.00, value: $12-15.00).
The yellow plaid cover on this old cookbook attracted me more than its contents, and I think it will sell quickly because of it (cost: $1.00, value: $10-12.00). Read more about collecting cookbooks here and here, and about pricing them, here.
I will add this to a small grouping of photographic supplies that I’m collecting to sell together on eBay (cost: 50¢, value: $3-4.00).
I’ve always admired these colorful Hazel Atlas jars, so when I found this one at an estate sale for cheap, I bought it, of course (cost: $1.00, value: $18-22.00 with the lid).
This Navy patch is another flea market find (cost: 25¢, value: $5-10.00?). Sometimes I pick things up just to learn more about them, not necessarily because I’m going to make a huge profit. I should probably be thinking more strategically(!). I believe this is a petty officer, first class patch.
This metal temperance plaque dates to the 1960’s but has a nice patriotic look (cost: 50¢, value: $12-15.00).
Final Fabulous Find: I have no idea what this trophy was meant to reward, but I just love her! I guess that’s one of the benefits of vintage shopping, when things are priced so low–you can make silly purchases like this one. Happy hunting, friends!