Hi there! How was your weekend? I did a little vintage shopping on my way out to my booth at the Gristmill Antique Center (Troy, NY) on Friday, but did not, as my husband would say, “kill” anything of any real value, LOL. However, on Saturday, a beautiful day here in the Northeast, we drove east to shop a town-wide garage sale in Adams (MA). Up until about 2 pm I would call the vintage shopping comme si, comme ca, but at one final sale at the 2 pm mark, I made a couple of wonderful purchases that I hope to share with you soon. Meanwhile, today, I have some recent vintage finds that I hope you’ll enjoy 🙂
First up, a Wade Whimsie dog figurine (cost: 25¢, value: $1-2.00). This dog is a new one for me; my daughter might steal him for her personal collection.
These 2″ (or so) figurines come in a myriad of shapes, mostly animals, but people too. Tea drinkers have been “finding” them in Rose tea since 1967. Read more about Wade Whimsies here.
I picked up three walnut frames at one sale, but quickly removed the needle points contained in each. The frames themselves are quite Victorian and the needlepoint only added to the frumpy grandma-ness of them. Personally, I don’t have a problem with the needlepoint, but NO ONE WILL BUY THE FRAMES if I don’t take them out. I will likely replace them with mirrors (cost: $1.00 each, value: $$20-25.00 each). Back in the day (late 1990’s) these babies would have sold for quite a bit more, but the market is still in a slump.
This antique frame will look good with an aged flag in it (cost: 50¢, value: $15-18.00 with flag).
I hesitated to buy this antique oak frame because the price was higher than I like, but it’s large and will make a fantastic chalk board (cost: $5.00, value: $30-35.00 as a chalk board). In fact, I’ve already painted the wood backing that you see here with two coats of chalk board paint(!). I can’t wait to put it all together.
The fragility of the paper backing gives a hint of its age.
This label on the back lets us know the framing took place in Middlesbrough, England. Check out my framing post.
I had to wait about 15 minutes while one of the ladies manning an estate sale removed this shelf from the wall. (It had been secured with multiple screws that were hard to access.) But its size and abundance of curves really attracted me (cost: $10.00, value: $35-40.00). It’s in line for a paint job and may have already found its forever home 🙂
So am I right in thinking this 1940’s clock is pretty cool (cost: $1.00, value: $20-25.00)? Or does it just look dated?
Made by GE as part of their Telechron line, it has a wooden case and works perfectly.
I use clock parts for some of my crafting projects, and this container came pretty cheaply (cost: $1.00).
I regularly pick up handles and knobs for furniture that might be missing some or to use in upcycling projects (cost: 25¢ each).
A brass ladel, likely made in India (cost: 50¢, value: $8-10.00).
While its quality is not high, as you can see from this closeup showing unattractive edges that the manufacturer failed to sand off, it nonetheless has a nice look and I suspect it will sell shortly.
The small indent in the center of the back of the “bowl” with the circular lines extending out from it, indicates that it was made via the metal “spinning” process.
A gold painted ornate glove(?) box with 17th century figures on the lid and a mirror inside (cost: $2.00, value: $20-25.00).
A wicker framed mirror, which will likely get a paint makeover (cost: $1.00, value: $15-18.00 with paint).
I bought this poor chipped up flower frog just for educational”purposes, to add to my flower frog post (cost: 50¢, value: $0). It’s an example of a vase of European origin, with a built in “frog.”
Made in Copenhagen, Denmark, as you can see from the mark.
This frog is interesting in that it was manufactured in Albany (NY), my home city (cost: 25¢, value: $2-3.00), also purchased for it’s education value. See my collectible flower frog post or the one about decorating with flower frogs.
I love big old jugs like this one, originally used for wine, and the bail with glass loops on the sides is an added bonus, right? I’ve got a little project planned for this one (cost: $1.00).
A newer (1950’s?), imitation salt glaze, blue and white pitcher (cost: 50¢, value: $10-12.00).
Made in England, but purchased here in the states.
Final Fabulous Find: I actually purchased this fabulous antique flow blue plate in England about seven years ago when we lived there for a couple of years. I attended a weekly flea market in Chesterfield, and one of my favorite booths, run by “Joe,” had a £1 table every week (sometimes even 3/£1!), and that’s where I found this stunning plate. Yes, it’s imperfect; yes, flow blue has lost a lot of value; but its hand painted, fern-like pattern is remarkable (cost: 1£ or $1.60, value: $15-18.00).
Thanks for sharing in the fun and excitement of my latest vintage finds. Please, don’t ever hesitate to ask me any questions about my treasures and as always, happy hunting!
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