Hi there–I hope you had a lovely weekend. Mine was filled with many blessings–a day with my sweet friend, Nancy spent vintage shopping (and lunching), followed by a day with my sweet husband. He and I shopped the annual Stockade neighborhood garage sale, and then had lunch at an iconic Schenectady (NY) hot dog “stand”called Mike’s. I’ll post a photo or two in this week’s newsletter (on Thursday–subscribe, if you haven’t already!).
Today I have a handful of recent farmhouse vintage finds to share. Farmhouse style can be hard to define, can’t it? Sometimes it seems like almost anything fits into that category. But there are a few must-haves if you want to decorate in this style, like ironstone, cows, and worn wooden things. I have some of all that for you today; I hope you enjoy them!
Old fashioned clothespins are a good example of “worn wooden things.” So highly functional (for their intended use), but you can also decorate with them, as bowl or jar filler, for example. I sell them in groups of five tied with torn fabric ribbon (cost: 25¢ for a very large bag, value: $3/5).
I often find the more modern, all-white version of these cow creamers, but this unique one, marked “Germany,” is so realistic (cost: $1, value: $12-15).
You can see the incised “Germany” mark on his belly.
Nothing quite says “farmhouse” like white ironstone. I found this Maddock & Co. canister at an estate sale for half off, which goes to show you that you can still find good vintage on the second day of a sale (cost: $7.00, value: $32-35). It’s delicate, well-defined handles and finial indicate its quality.
Maddock began using this mark in 1906, but I haven’t narrowed down the period much further.
The British consider “Brown Betty” teapots, as this type of pot is known, to brew a superior cup of tea. Made of red clay found in Staffordshire, the pots retain heat well and were most popular in the Victorian era. This one likely dates to the 1940’s.
The mark on the bottom. Sadler, the manufacturer, recently merged with Churchill, another English pottery.
I can’t keep vintage chalkboards in my booth for very long, so I always pick them up when priced right. This one was definitely priced right (cost: 25¢, value: $22-28).
I am in love with this wagon, but I already have two in my garden areas, and I feel quite sure this one will sell quickly (and I need the sale!). I picked it up at an estate sale not too long ago (cost: $11, value: $50-60). I took this photo up at the shop where I have my booth (Gristmill Antique Center).
I’ve always wanted a cow tag, and now I have one, in red no-less(!) (cost: 50¢, value: $4-7). Please don’t ask me what I plan to do with it!
This Wednesday, my Thrifty Chick friends and I will share some garden-themed projects. We’ve come up with a bunch of pretty amazing, thrifted projects over the past year, so I can almost guarantee that you’ll find something to fall in love with. See you then!
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