This Week’s Vintage Finds #30

Hello everyone! This past Saturday I attended one of my first neighborhood garage sales of the season, and it was a big one. It’s in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Schenectady and it includes about 75 different streets! Amazing, I know. Below is just a portion of what I purchased.

This Week's Vintage Finds #30

As a relatively new Etsy shop owner, I am still experimenting with what sells and what doesn’t. Prior to Etsy I sold antiques in a bricks and mortar antique shop; I avoided most “vintage” items because they were frowned upon. I might sell a full set of the primary-colored Pyrex bowls and a few other highly coveted vintage goods, but I focused primarily on primitive, country antiques. Since there seems to be such strong interest in fun, vintage-y things like this plaid thermos and the aqua Pyrex, I’m investigating whether to list them in my Etsy shop on a regular basis or not.

All that said, this is my first thermos purchase(!), and I do love the plaid. Growing up, we used a cylinder-shaped plaid cooler for picnics on Lake Champlain in northern New York where I grew up. Now that I’m beginning to embrace Pyrex, I find myself gravitating toward the aqua-colored pieces. I’m certain some of my Pyrex-loving friends will know what these patterns are. Customers seem to really enjoy the Bromwell flour sifters, and the cutting board in the rear has great, green trim on the sides.

This Week's Vintage Finds #30

I bought another “junk drawer” at one of the sales. This one had loads of goodies, above are some of the things that I like best: the circular tags, the pile of keys, and the manila tags. I have very good luck selling small metal things, so I know the keys will sell quickly. Below–a set of vintage flash cards that I felt I needed badly–to sell or frame? Not sure yet.

This Week's Vintage Finds #30

I tucked my new thermos in this galvanized bucket for a bit of color and because the workman carrying it is going to need a cup of warm soup at midday. He must be a wood worker since he’s carrying his grandfather’s wood planer (carved out of a single piece of gorgeous wood) and his Daddy’s hand saw. I want to do some research on the planer, but I’m mentally pricing it at about $50 right now.

This Week's Vintage Finds #30

I don’t really know that much about musical instruments, but I do know what I like, and I liked these two pieces–a wooden drum and the ukulele. I purchased them simply for decorative purposes, but after some research, I’ve learned that the Silvertone ukelele may be worth something in its own right. I think it’s made of mahogany and rosewood with brass frets. It may be worth $100 or more. Love the vintage “School Skating” trophy, and the glass ball sitting in it is just plain cool.

This Week's Vintage Finds #30

I’m enjoying the large size of this simple, wooden hand mirror. Its lost some of its silvering, but I find the soft, smooth wood so attractive. The two squarish silver thingies sitting on the mirror–good for I don’t know what yet–came in the junk drawer. Also on the mirror sit several bundles of vintage ribbon that came in a large $1 box of other assorted ribbon. Underneath lay a small sampling of vintage linens I bought for 5 cents each (yep, you heard right!).

This Week's Vintage Finds #30
Some days this is so true!

This Week's Vintage Finds #30

At one of the final sales I attended, I discovered this nice bench, holding a pile of junk. I think most people probably didn’t even notice it for that reason. I’m so glad I did because it’s got such lovely legs, and with a new cover, I think it’ll look just terrific. For $4, I couldn’t go wrong, right?!

This Week's Vintage Finds #30

I always check for jewelry at sales, since others often overlook some good pieces. The sterling silver bracelet was quite tarnished, explaining why others passed it by. The aqua-colored earrings are also sterling as is the small aquamarine pendant and the cross. The pin is imitation scrimshaw, the pearl earrings I bought for parts, and the gold heart with all the bling I just found plain cool. Many of these will be listed in my shop shortly. All of the above were purchased for a mere $5.50.

This Week's Vintage Finds #30

The vintage bracelet cleaned up pretty nicely. 
What amazing things did you find this week-end?

This week I’m linking up with:
Savvy Southern Style
The Scoop

A Delightsome Life
Katherine’s Corner
Melissa’s Antiques
A Cottage Market
We Call It Junkin

This post was featured by The Cottage Market on May 30, 2014:

and by We Call It Junkin’ on June 3, 2014

We Call It Junkin

Bye for now,

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  1. Fun finds, Diana. I ♥ the glass globe, the ribbon and the snake bracelet – how's that for random?

    1. Thanks Rita! I know, I'm quite enamored with that globe myself! Sometimes random is all we've got 🙂

  2. Fun finds! I love the thermos, I have one plaid thermos and hope to find a few more. The jewelry is a great find also.
    hugs, Linda

    1. Hi Linda thanks for dropping by (I know you're only home for a little while). Hope all is going well 🙂

  3. Great finds.

    My favs are the flash cards, the stool/table and the sweet little embroidered doily.

  4. Great finds! I have to stop going to the antique store and go to garage sales — the prices are way better! I currently use a Bromwell sifter, the one I've had since I got married. I had to go look at it — yep, it looks vintage now! Love the plaid thermos, the embroidery, and the tags. and keys and ribbon 🙂

    1. I just love the adventure of garage saling and I may have mentioned, I'm cheap, cheap, cheap, so I love the bargains. I also enjoy that I can buy for my business and my family at the same time. Thanks for stopping by to chat 🙂

  5. Oh, more great stuff! I love that plaid thermos and remember well the one that we took on picnics when I was a little girl.

  6. Great finds Diana, you won't believe this but I aquired the same bench this week too, along with some other roadside junk, vintage photo albums, a record storage table piece and another weird table with a lidded top, and piano keys. for free. Do you know if it is an old piano bench? will be posting my finds this coming Thursday…..

    1. Sorry for the late response, Brenda. I think it's probably a vanity bench, because most piano benches have a lid that opens to put music in, right? I love your finds Brenda! Just signed up to get your posts in my email 🙂

  7. Looks like you had a great time, Diana! I love the turquoise bowl you found and the old bench. I haven't done much "flea marketing" lately, and you are reminding me how much fun it can be! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  8. Awesome finds – love the bench! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  9. i love a nice old chopping board – they look so good together in the kitchen, and are always useful. lovely finds and that garage sale sounds great!

  10. Great finds and lovely styling, Diana! Thank you for sharing at the History & Home link party – Dawn, We Call It

  11. How lovely! I've always loved the look of vintage pieces and those items are the perfect examples. From what I saw, these are pretty light on the budget too. The jewelry would have to be my favorite among the bunch, especially that bluish kite-shaped earing. Those would make perfect gift ideas. Thanks for sharing!

    Clint Shaff @ Franchise Match

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