An Easter Egg Hunt Victory

Often the things I’m most excited to find are the things I wasn’t looking for at all. A few weeks ago while I was picking up a piece of furniture from a consignment shop, I took a moment to look around and spotted an Easter egg to end all Easter eggs.

IMG_4941It may be hard to understand its size from the photo, but this paper egg is about 15 inches long and 12 inches wide. For reference, here it is next to a grade A extra large chicken’s egg:

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If you’ll remember back to last Easter, I shared my mom’s enormous collection of Easter candy containers. Naturally, when I saw the mother of all eggs, I had to grab it for her. I’ve seen a couple this size before, but the condition was nothing as nice as this and the prices were much, much higher. This beauty was a measly $25.

IMG_4944Like the smaller versions, this big gal hails from Western Germany. From the cartoon-like graphics I’d say this one is likely from the 1950s or 60s. Check out last year’s post to learn more about how to date Easter candy eggs.

IMG_4943The best part about a giant egg like this, at least to a collector, is the number of smaller eggs you can fit inside!

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How-To: Cheap Kitchen Art

Apparently I completed this project a loooong time ago and then never wrote a post on it, so here goes! Back in our old house I wanted some artwork for the kitchen. There was a cookbook I owned called The Fireside Cookbook that’s illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen and I wanted a few of the illustrations displayed somewhere. My copy was all written in, pages torn and in severe condition so I had to work some Photoshop magic but ended up with four good scans that I printed out on a laser printer. Then I found a few frames I liked at a flea market for $4 and painted them.

Frame Supplies

Apparently I took these photos while half asleep? Sorry for the quality.

Here’s all you need for this project. Frames, prints, Mod Podge, a brush to apply the Mod Podge, and something to cut the frames out with.

Frames Process 1First I cut out my prints and made sure they fit into the frames. There was no glass in these cheap little guys so I just dropped them in. And thank goodness because my crop marks were clearly off and I had to trim all of them!

Frames Process 2Then slather the frames with an even coat of Mod Podge. Next, press the print into position.

Frames Process 3Let the bottom layer dry, then go over the top of the prints with another even coat of Mod Podge. You can see here even though I tried to smooth everything out there are still a few streaks. The Mod Podge did settle into a little more even coat but the streaks are still there. I’m ok with it.

Frames FinalOnce all is said and done, the project took only about an hour. And I have four cute vintage prints to hang up in the kitchen!

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Weekend Finds: Easter Pull Toy

Easter wooden toy

This wooden pull toy caught my eye at a garage sale a few weeks ago with a $2.00 price tag on it. I rarely find vintage Easter items. This toy was made by Fisher Price Toys and will work perfectly displayed with my other Easter decorations.

With a little online research I found it has the oldest Fisher Price logo on it, used from 1931-1955.

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This Easter pull toy dates from 1950-1951. The lithograph of a bunny pulling a cart with a large Easter egg is in decent shape for being 60+ years old. I’m very happy to be adding this toy to my small vintage and antique Easter collection.

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Weekend Finds: Folding Fun and Fashion

This weekend was not the rich tapestry of sales and finds that last weekend was, despite the sudden burst of June-like weather. But with what little shopping I did, I found some fun stuff. First off was a 1950s Cosco folding table and chairs.

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This is probably one of the sexiest $10 card tables ever, if not for the fun colors then for the amazing chairs which don’t look like cheap folding chairs at all.

IMG_4913My favorite part is how they fold. No stupid crossed legs to pinch your fingers when they fold up. Instead you simply flip up the seat…

IMG_4914And then fold in the legs.

IMG_4915Pretty cool right? Even if it is way harder to fold and store than a conventional folding chair. I’m more than willing to suffer for vintage fashion. The fabric-textured vinyl is another classy touch.

IMG_4912A folding table this nice is too cool for paper plates. Fortunately I found some 1960s Mikasa dishes at a thrift store.

IMG_4919The problem with thrift stores is that they rarely put whole sets together. Instead they price them individually and scatter them to the wind. But after picking up the dinner plates I began to notice more pieces here and there, and before long I had a nearly complete service for eight. I thought I had them all but a nice lady brought my attention to the salt and pepper shakers and the butter dish hiding around the corner.

IMG_4916The dishes are from Mikasa’s Cera Stone line and the pattern is “Mobile.” These were intended as everyday dishes, but by today’s standards they seem more like fine China. The other issue with buying dishes individually at thrift stores is the price adds up fast when you’re paying a dollar per piece or so. But I couldn’t stand the thought of it getting split up by undiscerning shoppers.

Dishes weren’t my only thrift store finds, I also stumbled onto a cache of vintage clothes.

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Check out all that pattern. Believe it or not the dress on the left is even brighter in person. Next up, some great wool skirts.

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Somewhere there’s a 1960s coed missing all of her skirts. I looked, but I couldn’t find her sweaters and thus the indecent mannequins which probably caused quite a stir in my neighborhood as I took the photos. The mannequins themselves were a rather fortuitous Craigslist find from earlier this week. Who knows, maybe next weekend I’ll find the rest of the vintage clothing store?

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Ask Snag: Where to Find Lampshades?

During the past couple weeks I’ve been asked not once but twice about my shadeless lamp situation. I tried going back through our posts and finding just how many shadeless lamps I’ve purchased but I couldn’t figure it out technologically. I know there’s been a lot.

Most recently it was these two fine specimens.

Shadeless Lamps

I think this next one was Austin’s.

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Maybe a little bit of this shadeless action?

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It’s true: we all purchase tons of lamps without shades and without worry. Where do we find them? Everywhere. Thrift stores, Goodwill, Salvation Army, garage sales, estate sales. My favorite place to find them is at garage sales. Mainly because there are some hideous lamps with spectacular shades priced around $1.00. From my experience, don’t offer to purchase the shade and leave the lamp, even if you pay full price. People get a little insulted you might not want their lamp.

photoI remember seeing this lamp at a garage sale. While the lamp might not be everyone’s cup of tea, the lampshade behind it is pretty sweet. I think it was bigger than anything I needed at the time, but now I wish I had it.

If you’re wanting to get a lampshade right away, check out Lamps Plus. They have some nice shades for a good price. I’ve also purchased more traditional shades at Lowe’s (they have great clearance shades), Target, and even Menards for that art deco lamp above.

What about you guys? How do you handle a shadeless lamp situation? And keep the questions coming, we love hearing from you!

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