Hi there! I hope you had a good weekend! Mine was full, as is usually the case. On Friday, I brought a recently purchased and painted corner cupboard up to my booth. I’ll be posting about the transformation on Friday.
Saturday my sweet husband chauffeured me around my favorite “neighborhood” garage sale, where we scored some pretty awesome finds, despite steady, though light, rain. On Sunday we hosted a birthday celebration for a dear friend, which involved some much needed cleaning and organizing at Casa Adirondack Girl before hand.
We have family scheduled to visit from the end of May through the middle of July, so I got a serious head-start on preparing the house, though not everyone will be staying with us [phew]. But you didn’t stop by to hear about my personal plans. You want to see some farmhouse vintage finds, right?
I was so pleased to find this ironstone, brown transferware-decorated pitcher. I’ll talk more about it below where you can see the whole piece better.
I loved the checker board cover of this homey little cookbook with the charming name (cost: $1, value: $10-12).
I have a thing for old cookbooks and have written a couple of posts about them (Part I & Part II) and have a cookbook price guide as well. So when I found this Woman’s Home Companion 1946 edition, I snatched it up (cost: 50¢, sold on Ebay: $12, even in this slightly raggedy condition).
A made in Portugal copper kettle (cost: $1, value: $15-20).
A new-ish, too-glossy version of a dough bowl (cost: $3, value: $25-30). I’ve already begun sanding it some to reduce the unattractive glossiness. I’d like to leave it with a natural looking wood finish, but if I’m unsuccessful, I may paint it matte black.
A small crate with some moss green paint remaining on the surface (cost: $3, value: $25-20). I may stencil something on the side, like I did here and here. I’m thinking something like “North River Farm” along with an address off some sort, perhaps, “7 Locust Lane.”
This bread knife is one of my favorite recent finds–“bread” is carved right into the wooden handle (cost: 50¢, value: $25-30). Neat, right? And the carbon steel blade is engraved “Bread Knife” as well.
I have a confession. I am now a collector of wicker-covered bottles; I’m up to six and this one makes seven (cost: $1, value: $20-25). But it’s the first I’ve owned with the wicker cap. I had three of them on display last fall next to my “Farm Fresh” stenciled crate. You can see them in my Harvest Home Tour post.
Vintage blackboards, like this c. 1960’s one sell very well for me (cost: $1, sold: $15).
I’m fascinated by old, hand forged tools like these unmarked pincers (cost: 50¢, value: $8-10).
Nutmeg graters make darling farmhouse decorations, but add one of my mini wreaths at Christmas time and they are irresistible (cost: $1, sold with wreath: $10).
This pretty Portuguese, majolica platter (c.1980’s) with all of its fruit and leaves is perfect for fall and Thanksgiving (cost: $3.50, value: $25-28).
So we’re back to this beauty–1800’s era water pitcher, likely from a large toilet set that would have included a large bowl for the pitcher to sit in. While it’s unmarked, I would guess it’s English because Americans tended to prefer undecorated ironstone, but the English liked there’s decorated.
This piece has all the bells and whistles for me–both beautifully shaped and attractively decorated. Too bad is has a hunk missing from it’s lip, as well as a nice 2″ crack–hence the excellent price of just $4. And for my personal use it’s just perfect. At the moment, it’s sitting on my counter, where I get to enjoy it every day.
I could have saved this stoneware pitcher for an “epic fail” post, because I’m fairly certain that it’s a newer piece. I was attracted to the interior green paint, but the shape seems off to me, as does the glossiness (cost: $6, value: $15?).
Same with the bottom. I think there should be an unglazed rim around the outer edge. But I think it would be charming filled with a bouquet of wildflowers, sitting on a farmhouse table. I have it up in my antique booth, priced low and described as “newer,” so we’ll see if it sells.
Final Fabulous Find: Some of you may recall seeing this apple green, yellowware pitcher in Friday’s post about collecting yellowware (cost: $4, value: $50-60 if perfect). Yellowware and farmhouse go hand in hand in my book.
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