Hi everyone! I remain stuck in the winter garage/estate saling blues. Not a single sale for me to attend this week-end. Well, there were a couple, but only on Saturday, and I had other plans. Instead, I stopped by a couple of thrift stores and found some vintage to share. In addition, I have a couple of pieces I bought while we lived in England. I’m sorting through the last four banana boxes marked “England” that currently reside in my garage. I’ll share some of the contents as i make new discoveries.
These gloves came from a recent estate sale, but never made it into a proper Vintage Finds post. Isn’t the trim around the wrist sweet? (cost: 50¢, value: $5-6.00). Available here.
I’m quite fond of old celluloid hand mirrors. I have a very special one that belonged to my great-grandmother. This one has a lovely shape and a beveled glass (cost: $3.00, value: $25.00). Learn more about celluloid (or French Ivory), an early form of plastic that could mimic ivory and tortoise shell, in this Collector’s Weekly article.
Here’s the first of my English finds, a pretty china plate with gold trim (cost: $1.50, value: $8-10.00).
Also from England, a small German creamer with the incised mark “GERMANY” on the bottom (cost: 33 pence value: $5.00). While living in England I shopped regularly at weekly car boot sales and weekly markets in various nearby towns. My favorite seller, at my favorite market (in Chesterfield, Derbyshire), routinely displayed one table filled with boxes of items priced at either £1 each or three for £1. Staffordshire china could regularly be had for these low prices, along with other pieces like this creamer (and the one below). [NOTE: £1 = $1.60.]
Another small creamer, also from the Chesterfield market (cost: 33 pence, value: $4.00).
I rescued this ginormous, hand-blown pitcher from the local Salvation Army (cost: $5.00, value: $35-45.00).
Notice the broken pontil mark on the bottom, a clear sign that this is a hand-blown piece.
Anything that cannot be blown out must be “applied,” like a handle.
This is a new style of flower frog for me, a wire cage form (cost: $2.00, value: $15-20.00). It would require some florists clay to hold it in place at the bottom of the vessel since it is quite light-weight. Learn more: A Cool Collectible: Flower Frogs, Decorating with Vintage Flower Frogs, and Flower Frogs 101.
I’ve amassed quite a large collection of candy jars over the past couple of years, and it doesn’t seem like I’ll be slowing down anytime soon (cost: $1.00, value: $12-15.00). I use them at Christmastime and for occasional special events.
This little ironstone dish would make the perfect soapdish (cost: 50¢, value: $5-6.00). I wouldn’t normally pick up a single knife, but this one has a Bakelite handle (cost: 19¢, value: $5.00).
I bought four vintage-inspired towels, each about 24″ x 24.” (SOLD)
I hope to frame at least one of them for myself. (SOLD)
Perhaps this one.
Or this one (cost: 99¢ each, value: $4-5.00 each). (SOLD)
I’m very attracted to old office supplies and anything made out of paper, like this address book/journal (cost: 99¢, value: $10.00).
The first several pages are an alphabetical index.
Followed by 280 blank pages, which measure about 5 1/4″ x 8 1/2″. Available here.
Final Fabulous Find: A vintage baseball trophy. Isn’t she pretty?!! I wanted to run right out and buy some pink or white roses to fill the cup. I have a few other trophies, but this one is by far the most attractive, as was the price–50¢ She’ll be making herself quite comfortable here at 7 Glade Drive, thank you very much.
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