Hi everyone! We had what I consider our first “real” snowfall of the season–about 2″ of soft snow, just enough to cover the ground. So pretty and peaceful. I’ve been snug inside, taking a final few photos of my vintage finds. Most of them are from an estate sale on Saturday, a couple form a thrift store stop I made on Wednesday with my sweet daughter. (Wednesdays are half-off days at Salvation Army, in case you were unaware.)
I guess I’ll start with the wood scraps and odds and ends I picked up out of the estate sale basement and garage, like this large wooden round. Here you see the backside, which I like almost more than the front.
It will make a good table top, sign, or clock (cost: $5.00).
This nice, large drawer will make a wonderful something-or-other, or I’m thinking about taking it apart and using each piece for a sign. The bottom is made out of wonderfully aged beadboard (cost: $2.00). I’ll make signs with the scraps stacked inside (cost: 50¢ each). They had about eight drawers in total available, but I just couldn’t justify purchasing more than one–no room, too many projects already a-waiting.
A few smaller scraps (cost: $1.00 for all three).
I discovered this extremely large cutting board after I climbed a ladder in the garage to take a peak up into the loft area (cost: $1.00, value: $15-25.00).
One of the pieces I picked up at the Salvation Army half priced day, this large wooden platter will get a makeover and perhaps a word, like “Gather,” stenciled on it (cost: 50¢). (See how I painted & stenciled this tray here.)
I’m always looking for unique containers to use for gifts of wine. This wicker basket, which holds two bottles, would make a lovely gift, for Valentine’s Day, or any other (cost: $2.00, value: $18-25.00). Available. Check out my Basket Price Guide for more info on vintage baskets. (SOLD)
A black and white enamel dinner plate (cost: $1.00, value: $8-10.00) and a Westclox Baby Ben clock, c.1970-80 (cost: $1.00, value: $5.00). Both need a good cleaning! A good article: History of Westclox Big Ben & Baby Ben Alarm Clocks. (I stenciled our initial on the enamel plate. You can see it here.)
I sold quite a few pair of vintage leather skates this year, so I expect these will sell easily (cost: $2.00, value: $15-18.00). (SOLD)
I’ll be making a cute and easy bracelet with this old belt (cost: 50¢). See some of my other vintage belt bracelets.
A good number of people collect General Electric memorabilia (its headquarters, Schenectady, is one of the cities in our tri-city area), and the neat thing about this 1962 calendar is that the dates will line up with those in 2018, so it can be used in that year (cost: $1.00, value: $12.00).
I think a GE collector would also be interested in this packaging.
But look at what I found inside! Aren’t they beautiful? I’ve had a lot of success selling vintage light bulbs of all shapes and sizes, so I expect to have no trouble with these (cost: $1.00, value:$15-25.00). The ironstone dish, another SA find (cost: 50¢), has already found a home with my personal ironstone collection.
Which leads me to another piece of ironstone I brought home with me, this one from the Saturday estate sale. Isn’t she gorgeous? She’s about 9″ high and 9″ across, but she has some damage–two rather serious hairline cracks on either side of her body (cost: $2.00, value: $75-90.00, if perfect). I cleared out a spot for her in corner cupboard and she looks right at home.
The mark indicates that an English pottery, T & R Boote, manufactured this piece, likely before 1906, since after that date they primarily produced ceramic tile. In fact, after some research, I believe the “P,” found at the top of the diamond mark, may refer to the year 1860. Check out my Ironstone Price Guide for photos of interesting pieces and my suggested values.
Final Fabulous Find: I dragged this vintage drum table all around with me while I scouted out the estate sale basement. I didn’t want anyone to steal it right out from under me. Marked just $10.00, but with a broken foot, I saw great potential in its table top. I’m going to remove it, give it a makeover, and hang it over my mantel. Can you guess what my plans might be?
Check out my side table makeover for a hint. I think it’s going to be pretty amazing. Oh, and did I mention, the nice gentleman holding the sale let me have it for $5.00. Now that’s a bargain.
Thanks so much for stopping by —
If you enjoyed your visit, I hope you follow me by email.
Sign up and you’ll never miss a post.
Bye for now,
Come party with us this Thursday at 8 am–
Good until February 14, 2016.