Hi everyone! I hope your week has gotten off to a good start. If you’re in the DC area you’re pretty much stuck inside; I hope you’re cozy and warm. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who may be in any kind of need as a result of the storms. Here in upstate New York, we actually warmed up a bit today and are expecting temps in the 40’s tomorrow. Crazy weather. Meanwhile, I have a few vintage finds from the week-end for you. In the deep, dark days of winter, such finds are few and far between, but I’ll let you decide on their worthiness.
This darling cricket lay amidst a table filled with a couple of hundred small Christmas ornaments. Normally I wouldn’t have bothered with this array of mostly 1980’s era junk, but I only had the one sale to attend, so I certainly had the time. This little fellow is marked Japan on the bottom and likely dates to the 1940’s, prior to the War. He’s pretty amazing with his lifted eyebrows and yellow clarinet (cost: 25¢, value: $15.00+). Available here.
I found this little fellow–a chenille elf likely made in Japan as well–in the vast mix of ornaments (cost: 25¢, value: $2-3.00).
Here are four others that I picked out with the idea that next Christmas I might give them a makeover and write a post about “rescuing” ugly duckling ornaments (cost: 25¢ each).
While we’re still on Christmas, I picked up this bone china, Royal Grafton teapot for a song (cost: $1.00, value: $10-12.00).
A peek at the bottom.
I enjoy all different kinds of artwork, as you’ll see in a minute, but decently executed primitives are among my favorites. This unsigned piece has a Grandma Moses vibe that I couldn’t resist. It’s got it all–snow, horses, a Christmas tree, haystacks, and a red barn (cost: $4.00, value: $45-60.00 framed).
Sort of on the opposite end of the spectrum, this artist’s study of three-dimensional shapes has a good sense of balance and use of color (cost: $4.00, value: $25-30.00). I find it very appealing. Available here.
More artwork–this time on a lovely silk scarf, brand name “Accompli,” with perfectly rolled edges, made in Japan (cost: $1.00, value: $8.00-10.00).
When I first saw this glass vase, I thought it had some age, but now I’m thinking it’s an oil diffuser. What do you all think? I was attracted to its bulbous shape and the ribbing and can picture it with some wire or jute wrapped around its neck for hanging (cost: $2.00, value: ?).
I’ve never seen a straw wreath before and thought this one would make a good harvest-themed wreath next fall (cost: $2.00).
Another wooden tray/box (because I don’t have enough already!!). A quick paint job or staining or stenciling will give it new life (cost: $1.00).
This wooden plaque will make a good sign–General Store maybe? (cost: $1.00)
Final Find: For $10.00, I decided to bring this rough old dresser home with me. I have a vision to paint it black, distress it, and reattach those great old brass pulls. Of course, I’ll report back on it, as soon as I’m finished.
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