Hi everyone! If you’re looking for some cool vintage finds, then you’ve come to the right place 🙂 I had a very successful vintage shopping weekend and have a number of treasures to share with you. Of course, as always, I’ll let you know the cost of each item along with my suggested retail value.
I discovered these awesome 5.5″ letters in what I thought was a “Free” box. No worries, they were nonetheless quite affordable (cost: 25¢ each, value: $4-5.00 each). The sellers gave me the backstory on them: the wife’s dad worked for Alleghany Airlines for over 40 years, and often when the company changed out signs in his airport, he would bring them home. These letters (plus a few more) once spelled out “Allegheny.”
Last fall I picked up four boxes of old bottles on the side of the road in the waning hours of the World’s Largest Garage Sale in Warrensburg (NY). Just one final box remains to be sorted through–woo woo. These little milk glass jars required a lot of scrubbing, but aren’t they sweet? Come Christmas I may use them as bases for bottle brush trees. Learn more about cleaning old bottles here.
I have not jumped on the milk glass bandwagon, although I’ve been an admirer for years and even own a couple of pieces myself, but when I saw this goblet (compote?) at a church sale–pretty and well-priced–I decided to go for it (cost: 75¢, value:$6-8.00?). I wonder if it may have been a FTD planter of some sort? A few weeks ago, I did sell a piece of pink milk glass, but it was older and more delicate. I think I’m just going to keep it for myself, for flowers or how about to hold dip at a party?
I plan to take this fine old ladder apart and sell the front portion at my shop (cost: $1.00, value: $28-35.00).
I’ve never sold any gauges, but I’ve seen others decorate with them, so I decided to give it a shot (cost: $1.00/3, value: $10.00/3).
Old wooden tools can make great decorating accents; I especially like the roller (wall paper roller?) in the center (cost: 50¢ each, value: $6-10.00 each).
The item on the bottom is an ice pick, but I bought it to use the handles in other projects.
I thought these could be turned into some kind of cool Christmas ornaments (cost: 3/$1.00).
Ordinarily this laminated tray would not interest me, but that pewter trim got me excited. I have a crafty plan for this piece (cost: $3.00).
An interestingly thin oak cutting board (cost: $1.00, value: $12-15.00). I’ve already cleaned and seasoned it and the transformation is amazing. Yes, I’ll share an “after” shot with you, as soon as get a chance.
Isn’t this piece kind of funky? I’m not sure what its true purpose is–to hold maps? It dates to about the 1950’s or 60’s I’d say, and I have a special, crafty plan for it as well (cost: $2.50). I bought it at Goodwill on a half-off day.
I’m not sure what to call this guy; I guess I’ve settled on “planter.” If it were a few inches higher, I would have called it a mini-bar (wouldn’t that be cute?). It’s waiting patiently in line for a makeover (cost: $5.00).
Funny story behind this 1950’s McCoy “Basket Weave” planter. As I shopped a church sale recently, I admired a faux plant (in an ugly basket) priced rather high ($3.50), but when I lifted the plant up to get a better look, I discovered this lovely planter inside the ugly basket. Score!
Of course I took it right up to the check out and handed over my $3.50 (value: $22-25.00). (Note: That’s a kiln mark on the upper left.)
Love this vintage box (or vintage-looking box, I’m not sure). Unfortunately, it does not contain any incense cones, just a little pottery burner (cost: 50¢, value: $8-10.00).
A box of crayola white chalk, a fun back-to-school collectible (cost: 25¢, value: $4-5.00).
A vintage box of picture wire–I’ll take out the wire for my own use (I go through a lot of it) and sell the box separately (cost: 25¢, value: $1-2.00 for the box alone).
Final Fabulous Find: An old flag with plenty of wear and age spots to make any farmhouse decorator happy. Available in Linens.
Thanks so much for joining me on a “tour” of my finds for the week. I’ll be busy cleaning, pricing, and either listing them in my blog shop or bringing them up to the Grist Mill Antique Center (Troy, NY). I know you guys love vintage as much as I do, so I feel blessed when you all share with me the joy that comes from shopping vintage. Happy hunting!
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