This Week’s Vintage Finds #39

Hello friends! I went garage saling with my teenage daughter again this week-end, and we had a ball, shopping for awesome vintage junk.

This Week's Vintage Finds #39

 Six flower frogs in one day, I think that’s a record for me. This is my first square one and that tiny one is the smallest I’ve ever owned. So graphically appealing and functional all at the same time.

This Week's Vintage Finds #39

I love the luminosity of the large glass frog. The light bouncing off the multiple circular surfaces is fascinating. I’m not sure if I’m going to sell these frogs individually or as a lot, but they are cumulatively worth about $20-25.

This Week's Vintage Finds #39

I do love me some good country, like these tin and wood pieces: grater (a cute, smaller one), nutmeg grater, tea thingy(?), and rolling pin. I think I’ll list the two graters together for $12. I’ll hang onto the tea thingy until I know what it is, and I’ve got 4-5 rolling pins that I might list altogether. My guess is that they each is worth about $8-12.

This Week's Vintage Finds #39

People love the “modern” look of cameras collected together on a shelf or even a large bowl. This little guy was too cute and too cheap to pass up. I thought the pedometer had a neat, retro look, as well, so I scooped it right up. I think I’ll save the camera to sell in a grouping, but I’ll list the pedometer, which is a bit more uncommon, and pretty much mint-in-the-box for $12-15.

This Week's Vintage Finds #39

These buys reveal my deep love for all things metal and for rust. Yea, I like rust, as I know so many of you do as well. Aren’t those two nails something? At almost 10″, they were worth fighting for. I walked away with two, my daughter got the other two. The lid on the left is a new item for me; I’ve never seen one and I don’t know what it goes to, but I hope to find it one day, whatever it is. The trowel appears to be made of some kind of forged metal; I fell in “strong like” with it’s crudeness and with it’s shapely handle (oh yea, and it’s rust, can’t forget the rust).

This Week's Vintage Finds #39

 I found this piece very intriguing. My guess is that it’s a son, mother, and father–perhaps taken just before the son goes to war? This sort of photographic cut-out on plywood seems very modern to me, like something you’d see today on Pinterest, rather than back in the 40s. I think I will list this bit of war memorabilia for $25-$30.

This Week's Vintage Finds #39

Filled with the most precious illustrations, Baby’s Days went into my “shopping basket” immediately. I envision using it for all sorts of paper crafts and multi-media art projects. The glove hook immediately to the right, construction of French Ivory (also called celluloid), bears a simple, Art Deco design. Last week’s vintage finds included a stick pin made of celluloid. Marigold Lane has a short but informative article, French Ivory in the Boudoir, that may be of interest.

The blue milk glass toothpick holder up top with fruit embossed on the sides has a value of approximately $10-12. Hop on over to the National Toothpick Holder Collector’s Society to find out more about these neat little collectibles. They’ve got some great photos. Below the toothpick rests a small composition (plaster of paris) Christmas angel that I will likely list with other angels and sell as a group. And the buckles were just cool, to either use for an art/jewelry project or to sell (maybe $5.99 for the pair) as steam punk supplies.

This Week's Vintage Finds #39

This diminutive footstool dates from about the 30s or 40s. The casters are an interesting addition–I’m not sure what that’s all about. Its damask upholstery gives it a kind of worn vintage-y feeling that’s not that appealing. I think it needs either recovering with good condition, vintage fabric or a brand new look with some cool, modern fabric. What do you think?

This Week's Vintage Finds #39

I just love these old socks. Yes, they’ve been worn and their heels are a bit grungy, but they make me think of lumberjacks, pine trees, and Christmas. Wouldn’t they look great hanging by the fire place? I think I’ll be selling them, and when I do, I’ll list them for about $18 or so.

This Week's Vintage Finds #39

One sale had a huge box of Christmas. It took me a few seconds to decide whether or not to take the time to paw through it. A good fifteen minutes later, I had pulled out these four ornaments and the four below. You’ll have to tell me if you think it was worth the effort. The two on the left date from about the 40s. I love the tiny bottle brush trees each is flaunting. The deer is pretty neat too. The coo coo clock is probably German, maybe from the 60s and the space age Santa–pretty cool right?–must be from the early 70s. I’ve not decided whether to sell each individual or in some kind of grouping, but they will go in the $5-6 range.

This Week's Vintage Finds #39

Labeled “Schmid,” the Donald Duck ornament may be worth up to $30. The unusual, tennis-playing elf is in the $5-6 range, and the [1940s Polish?] clown may have a $15-20 value. The little elf with the sweet face and “Japan” label, probably dates to the 50s and has a value of about $5.

That’s it for me!
What did you find this week-end?

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  1. Nice finds and how fun to go treasure hunting with your daughter. The lid is a top from a wind-up music box. It would be round. Hope you find one. Have a great week!

    1. Thanks Dianne–and thanks so much for the info; I'd love to know what they look like. Hope your week is great, too 🙂

  2. I love the metal frogs and the cutout! We use the frogs as vintage postcard holders, btw (and the smallest commands the best price in our region). I found a couple things at the mission store – then later donated a whole lot from my basement – a vicious cycle!

    1. Thanks Rita! That's a great idea about the post cards. I've got a green one on my desk with my business card in it. What a great way to display post cards, though. I was wondering if the smaller one was rarer. Thanks for the info. Hey, you're talking to another dealer–I had a path through my garage for a while, as of this week-end, not so much. I did fill my van with a load for salvation army, so that makes me feel better. Constantly purging, constantly buying…

  3. When I saw the photo cutout I instantly remembered in my grandmother's hallway a photograph with my uncle in his sailor uniform. I will have to ask my cousin if she has it. Love the vintage Christmas and the trowel

  4. Great finds, Diane! Off with the casters, as you say, and I think a nice vintage fabric would be perfect! Flower frogs, what an interesting name!! Learn something new every time I visit!

  5. Wow! Great finds! I have never found any flower frogs and I have looked!!! And that picture sure is unique…. Congrats on your awesome finds…. 🙂
    xox, Crystelle

  6. I think I may be able to help with those long silver nails. I think they are used to hold gutters on a house, but I may be wrong. It would go from outside the gutter through a hole. Then it would catch a tube, which holds the gutter open for the rain water (and debris!). Then it would thread through a hole opposite the first one and nail into the eave of the house. Of course, if the dimensions or weight it wrong, then it may not be what I think it is. You might want to look up at an older gutter system, and see if what I'm saying might be what I think it is. I would love to have some of your spiky frogs! I will check out your shop! Thank you for the show and tell!

  7. That mounted cut-out is unique —- and very touching. It makes me sad to see family pictures in flea markets and antique stores; at least buyers like you (me, too!) give them the care and love they deserve. And that precious baby book! I assume it was a blank copy. (I still have mine. My mother wasn't very sentimental, but I surely am!)

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