Hi there–I’m so glad you popped by! Every month some special Thrifty Chick friends and I get together to share the projects we develop based on a particular challenge. Today we have some bird-themed projects for you, including my post about collecting vintage bird inspired vintage and antiques. You’ll find links to all the posts at the end of mine–I hope you’ll check them all out.
I buy almost every chicken or rooster that I come across, if cheaply priced, since decorators love them, especially because of their ability to add instant farmhouse charm (cost:$1, sold $10).
I bought this handsome fellow at the same time as the one above, unfortunately, a customer broke him before he had a chance to be sold (cost: $1).
Everyone who has laid eyes on this pink glass rooster has fallen in love (cost: $1, sold: $10). I don’t like to buy too much glassware, but since it was a rooster, I made an exception. Some other glass “exceptions” I will make include toothpicks and flower frogs in any color, medicinal/pharmaceutical bottles in most colors, and milk jugs and soda bottles with interesting/valuable graphics.
You may remember this plate from an Easter post, when readers helped me identify the mark as “St. Clement, France.” Produced in the 1920’s, the pattern is called “chanticleer” or “rooster” (cost: $1.50, value: $20-25).
As most of you know, I avoid china (for resale purposes) like the plague, since that market is pretty much dead; however, when I see something as pretty as this creamer with wild roses and a blue bird, well, it must be purchased (cost: $2.99, not absolutely sure of its current whereabouts, lol).
This dapper goose has joined my personal Christmas decorating collection. Even though he’s barely vintage, he’s got style and he enjoys pride of place on my front stoop come the holidays (cost: $1).
I find that almost any kind of book about birds, including children’s versions, like Little Golden Books Birds, sell well for me. Anything containing Audubon’s illustrations, likewise, sells well (cost: $1, value: $10).
Swans have long been used in country/primitive (now farmhouse) decorating; this one proved that point by selling quickly (cost: 50¢ sold: $15).
I bought this crazy coconut bird sometime last year and he sold immediately, demonstrating that “unique” sells well (cost: $1, sold: $15).
Realistic owls, as well as attractive owls made from wood or pottery, are also popular with decorators, including this feathered version (cost: 75¢, sold: $15). I buy and sell quite a lot of owls.
This ornate Victorian frame, cut with a scroll saw–perhaps a high school wood shop project–might have been more attractive if the bird’s expression were cheerier, LOL (cost: $1, value: $10).
When I picked up this parrot print, I mistakenly thought it was a watercolor painting. I was so frustrated, I priced it low to get rid of it quickly (cost: $1, sold: $4). I was probably a bit hasty, since it’s actually a pretty nice print.
These fat little birds remind me of English robins which are shaped like chubby chickadees, rather than our American versions which look more like wrens and would never be considered “cute” (cost: $1 for the pair). I have them displayed in my ironstone cupboard, where they stand out beautifully against the white pottery.
I fell in love with this primitive loon as soon as I saw it on a table outside of an antique shop a couple of summers ago (cost: $3, sold: $28). My family’s from the Adirondacks, so we have something of a love affair with loons.
One of my prized possessions is an handcarved loon that we received as a wedding present (almost 23 years ago). I’ll have to try and remember to take a photo of it; it’s truly glorious.
This lovely coffee table book, The Loon, sold via my blog shop not too long ago (cost: $1, sold: $10).
Final Fabulous Fowl: One of my favorite bird finds ever, this hand-cut rooster silhouette makes a bold farmhouse statement and would elevate anyone’s home decor to new levels (cost: $4, sold: $25). Am I right?
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