Instant Collections

I ventured out last Saturday morning solo and found a few fun things. Three of my finds could be considered new collections, like these old tobacco tins. As I was looking though a box of tobacco tins in the driveway at the sale, the lady having the sale asked me if I collected tobacco tins I responded with a quick, “No, but they sure look cool.” I picked out 3 to buy and then realized and said to the lady, “Well, I guess if 3 can be consider a collection I have one now!” She smiled and agreed.

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I love the metal opener still attached to the top of this can.

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The Prince Albert tin was still filled to the brim with tobacco. It actually smells pretty good and was a fun surprise, although we will not be getting out our vintage pipes.

The next instant collection was actually for Austin. Though I did pick one out for myself at the sale. I sent him this picture and before he responded, “Just buy them all” I had already paid for them all.

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They were a little dustier then they look in the picture above but I carefully used a lint brush on them and now they shine. There is a whopping ten in all! Aren’t they stinking cute? A dragon, skunk, squirrel, kangaroo, three dogs, a donkey, cat and a bright blue bull. Adorable! They all have tags in good shape still on them. The tags read either “Made in Japan”, “Dream Pets by R. Dakin and Co” and the kangaroo was made by Kamar and dated 1966. So this last instant collection is headed to Austin’s home which I’m just as excited about as finding them for myself. Plus I don’t have to find a place to store them.

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Here is the one I fell in love with at the sale and later flipped over his tag to see he had been made in the very town I found him in.

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The last thing I’m sharing from this weekends finds was for my husband. I spotted this old Atari game system sitting on the top of a box and under it was all the controllers, wires and and games. Lots of games! Over fifty games! Now that’s a collection.

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Weekend Finds: A Cavalcade of Chairs

Ok, “cavalcade” might be making a bit much out of this, but I really did end up with a lot of chairs this weekend. How many is a lot? I feel comfortable saying eight upholstered chairs and one ottoman is a lot. Since you know a lot of chairs are coming in this post, I’m going to build up to them with the smaller finds of the weekend.

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My first official find of the weekend was this set of light gray American Modern serving pieces designed by Russel Wright. At $20 they may have been the most expensive thing at the church sale I found them at, but still a bargain. From its introduction to today, American Modern has always been one of the most popular and best selling dinnerware lines of all time. I took an interest in it after discovering a glacier blue set in a cabinet under my grandma’s sink. Although there are a ton of lookalikes from the era, the unique organic forms of American Modern make it easy to identify. But it doesn’t hurt that they’re usually marked.

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This Starburst platter by Franciscan was another great find for just a buck. It’s the only piece of this pattern I have, though I wouldn’t mind finding a whole set.

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You need chips and dip for a “gathering” but it doesn’t officially become a party until you put them in a chip and dip set. And what if it’s a fancy party? Easy. Throw them in this awesome lacquered copper and glass affair. I didn’t really mind that every single part of this thing was priced individually because, again, it’s awesome. Plus it still only tallied up to four dollars.

IMG_5458I took a gamble on a 25 cent bag of utensils and I think I got my money’s worth with these little wood and stainless steel dippers.

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And these cheese knives were a solid bonus. I think they might even be gold-plated.

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When I throw my fancy copper-and-gold, chips-and-cheese party, I can set the mood with candlelight from these silver-plate Danish candleholders by Cohr. Well, after I polish them, of course.

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Even with all of these great finds, one of my favorites is this electric blue, 100% wool blanket by Faribo. The picture doesn’t do it justice. The color is so intense and fun. I just want to drink it like Kool-Aid. Weird, neon blue Kool-Aid.

IMG_5461Aside from the church sale, I only went to a couple other sales and I didn’t find too much. I was fortunate, however, to hit a tiny vein of vintage Christmas in a $5 box at one of those sales.

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It was actually a great big box filled with mostly garbage, but out of that wreckage I pulled these beauties. The corn, peach and flower basket ornaments are quite old, likely from the early part of the 20th century. The rest are classic 1950s/60s Shiny Brites. Notice the adorable one at the top with the tiny plastic church glued inside. Along with the ornaments I found all these rolls of decorative, perforated aluminum foil. Each roll is silver on one side and a color on the other. I don’t have a plan for these, but they’re cool. I guess I’ll just unroll them around the house at Christmas time.

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On Sunday morning I decided to check out the half-price day of an estate sale and was pleasantly surprised to find three tables from Lane’s Acclaim line as well as a pair of brass-and-walnut lamps with real grasscloth shades. And the best part is, of course, that they were all half-price! One table needed some extensive gluing and some touch-ups, but otherwise they’re in terrific shape.

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So, what was all that business about chairs? Well, that all started on Friday when I went to answer an ad about a pair of mid-century chairs. I did buy those two chairs and I’ll share them with you later when they’re nice and fixed up. But when I arrived to get them, I found the seller had bought another set of chairs that I had missed out on. As it turns out, they didn’t work in her space and she was happy to sell them to me. The universe is a funny place sometimes.

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This wild pair of his and hers chairs are really in terrific shape. They even came with a “fabric bonus” to make repairs or armrest covers.

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Unfortunately nobody made those arm covers, at least not in time. I’m hoping to find a tweed material to match one of the colors in the fabric and just recover the arms.

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Sunday I stumbled onto even more chairs and took a drive out of town to pick up these little nightmares.

IMG_5475Though commonly mistaken for Danish pieces, Kodawood chairs actually hail from Miami, Florida. They’re sculptural and beautiful and these examples happen to have been run through the mill. Screws inserted where screws ought not to be, staple holes driven into the finely grained back, fabric so dirty it makes the ground look like the better option—let’s just say they need some work. Although I keep telling myself over and over, “NO MORE PROJECTS!” I couldn’t resist. Unfortunately the damage to the wood will require them to be lacquered, but I have high hopes for a fabulous outcome.

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But these aren’t really the chairs I traveled to buy. This was the chair that got me out of the house on a Sunday afternoon:

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Right? All that red wool suspended atop walnut sleds. It’s gorgeous.

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I really don’t know much about it though. I can’t seem to find a designer responsible for it. It could be American, it could be Danish. The proportions don’t seem American and the suspension is entirely elastic webbing, which also isn’t as common in American upholstery. But the legs appear to walnut, which is almost exclusively American. Regardless, it’s a beauty and fitting finale for my weekend cavalcade of chairs.

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One Sale Weekend

Last week my sister, mom and I were busy setting up for our garage sale which mostly consisted of kids stuff and non-vintage items. It was nice to get rid of so much and it was perfect weather with temps in the low 80s. Although it was a crazy weekend, I did sneak one Thursday evening church sale into my schedule. I found a few things including this Parcheesi game. The game has a trademark re-registered date of 1918. It came with lots of dice and game pieces.

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I also found this old Hershey’s candy bar box. It dates from between 1951 to 1968. In 1968 Hershey Chocolate Corporation changed its name to Hershey Food Corporation. I would have bought the box on its own but it contained a bonus inside: cute animal themed cookie cutters, including a reindeer, elephant and giraffe. Guess its time to make some cookies!

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My strangest, slightly creepy find was a vintage stuffed gazelle toy. Toy? My youngest son explains it as “freaky”. There is just something I like about it and I only spent $0.25 on it. I really don’t know much about it, so if anyone could fill me in I would really appreciate it. Do you think it was homemade?

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Not bad for one Thursday night sale.

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Weekend Finds: Estate Sale Treasures

Today I’m sharing my finds from the amazing estate sale Austin posted about this past Tuesday. I got to the sale early on Friday and was number three to get in the door when the sale started. The house was packed in every room and seemed to be themed: vintage clothing, old toy and holiday, sewing and craft supplies, books and ephemera, and jewelry. Sounds fun, right?

I only bought a few things on Friday, but I was super excited about them. Like this $3.00 circa 1960′s Replogle 6 inch Moon globe I found for Angela. It maps the crater and landing sites.

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The first day of the sale I also found an amazing postcard book, that I will be sharing in a future post, and a circa 1940-1950′s Christmas card scrapbook. I paid $5.00 knowing it would be fun to flip through at home. A lot of the cards are very loose and most I will be able to easily remove from the book.

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When you open this card you find…

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More cards! So cute.

By far my favorite find in the album is this large matchbook/card. It’s in wonderful condition and will be so fun to display at Christmas.

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On Sunday everything was 75% off, so I found myself standing in line once again for round two of this sale and it paid off.

I headed straight for the toy and Christmas room where I also discovered you could fill a paper bag for $5.00. So I grabbed a bag and started filling. I picked a few toys including three pressed cardboard and paper farm animals with wood bases and a brightly colored game board which is now hanging in my hallway.

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After picking out a few toys, I headed for the Christmas room to fill the rest of my bag. I scored two boxes of pink glass ornaments, four strains of mercury glass garland, picks, Christmas elves, an old The Night Before Christmas book, and an amazing box made in West Germany with long Shiny Brite ornaments.

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photo (87) In another room, I found four “made in Germany” Valentine’s cards. Each card has a mechanical moving part.

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I couldn’t resist buying these two unused vintage boxes of birthday candles. They remind me of how old I’m getting because I realized I would have to open the second box to have enough candles on my next birthday cake. Ugh!

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And what’s a birthday party without Balloon drop? I would have loved this as a child. I just might have to use this.

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The direction say it can hold up to 50 balloons!

My last find was this very fancy early 1900′s purse…or is it? When you open it you find out that it’s a case to hold opera glasses.

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It still has a tag on the bottom of it.

I have one church sale to go to this weekend, but I will be mostly focusing on having my own garage sale with my mom and sister. Wish us luck!

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Gift Guide: Vintage Birthday Books

Hello everyone! How have you all been? Are you finding exciting vintage finds? I am finally ready to return to the “real world.” Let me warn you though: about 25% of my brain cells have been deleted and 25% are unaccounted for. While I may be getting slightly more sleep, I still feel off-kilter and crazy. I had a baby girl, Imogene, and she unfortunately has acid reflux pretty bad and it’s been a little overwhelming at times. She is two months old now and finally I feel like a sense of balance is slowly being regained.

This last weekend was my son’s fourth birthday. I can’t believe it! Although, turning four was much easier to take than turning three for whatever reason. A little thing I like to do for him is read these three books. They all have a common theme of celebrating birthdays. So if you need to pick up a present for a vintage-lover, check them out.

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Let’s start with the most obvious vintage birthday book, Happy Birthday to You by Dr. Seuss. Did you know he pronounced his last name “Soice”? Anyway…yes, this book is still being printed today. But let me tell you, the vintage printing is way more amazing. The colors are so incredibly vibrant in the vintage printing that it is worth it to search an antique store to find one. I found this copy for $3.50 and paid $10.00 for another one. Well worth it.

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This book is pretty long, so a toddler might only be able to get through half of it. But at four, Oliver can sit right through it.

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My next birthday book is A Very, Very Special Day by Frances Ullmann DeArmand. The illustrations in this book are so mid century.

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This book interacts with the reader a little more and keeps them guessing as to what this special day actually is. This year my son kept guessing what day he thought it was!

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My last birthday book is Fortunately by Remy Charlip. My son thinks this book is hilarious and giggled all the way through it. One page is fortunate circumstances with colorful illustrations, one page unfortunate circumstances with black and white illustrations.

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Don’t worry, the ending is fortunate! Do you have any birthday book suggestions? If so, be sure and let us know.

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