Hi everyone! I mentioned yesterday that I had a chance to do some vintage shopping on Friday. I hit a few garage sales and a couple of estate sales and scooped up some fun finds.
I’ve never seen this shape or size Ball canning jar. My daughter likes to drink out of canning jars, so I thought she might like these–they’re a good size for juice (cost: 3/$1). The vintage green shade of the tin is quite popular, though it needs a good cleaning (cost: $2, worth: $12).
I plan to use the vintage loaf pans for a future project. They are the type that have the “folded” ends–a nice vintage look (cost: 2/$1). The child’s broom is just darling with its purple handle (cost: 25 cents, worth: $10).
I grew up with this colander, and I now have three. I may try to sell them altogether. I’ve seen them used for cute light fixtures (cost: 25 cents each, worth: $5 each).
The vintage step-ladder, so great for display, needs a good cleaning, as well. I don’t expect it to last long in my booth (cost: $2, worth: $25).
Manufactured by pouring molten glass into a mold, three mold lines is indicative of older, pressed glass, as is the scuffed appearance around the edges of the bottom.
This is one square of the larger, card table-sized table cloth laying on the cart. It’s decorated with beautiful embroidered flowers and surrounded by a pulled work design.
The piece is made up of alternating squares of the embroidery (previous photo) and pretty filet lace squares like those in this photo (cost: $1, worth $12-15).
I would love an entire quilt made in this pattern, but unfortunately, I was only able to purchase the remains of one. Someone else got to it first and cut it all up. I can salvage six full squares and five partials from what I purchased (cost: $1). I will use it for projects [someday, I hope, if it doesn’t get buried by other potential projects!].
I just love the small size of this little, white cart. I think it would make an attractive bar cart for a small apartment or any small space (cost: $5, worth: $35). It came with 1980s era foam-backed place mats glued to each tray. I’m still working on removing all the glue and foam…
I’ve read several posts lately about aging new mirrors for decorative purposes, so it made me smile when I discovered this legitimately, “pre-aged” one at one of the estate sales. The warm-toned oak frame is in perfect condition. It may be a keeper (cost: $12, worth: $40).
Here are some more of the 25 cent Christmas items that I rescued from the garage floor of one of the estate sales.
You can tell vintage beads from new beads by checking for a string (some new beads are also strung, but many are not). Usually you will also find a piece of wire at the end, as you see here, which acts as a sort of stopper. Sometimes small stars at each end also act as stoppers. Look for mold lines and sometimes chipped or broken beads, which indicate they are made of glass.
A box of nicely glitterized, 1970s glass ornaments in excellent condition (cost: 25 cents, worth: $12).
These icicles aren’t vintage, but I think they will make a great addition to my Christmas decor next year.
Without all the vintage “junk” covering it, now you can see this nice plant stand–not cast iron or anything, but pleasing nonetheless. It will make a nice display piece, and someone is going to want to take it home with them eventually (cost: $4, worth: $25-30).
Final find: the Gemco creamer on the right (cost: $2, worth: $10). The “chromed” plastic lid dates it to the 70s. I bought it because I knew it would [kinda] go with the Gemco sugar pourer I bought [and fell in love with] last year to the left. Interesting article: Gemco History, ID, & the Corning/Corelle Issue.