Weekend Finds: Rain or Shine

Last week we had lots of rain in central Iowa and luckily it didn’t shy people away from having garage sales. I was one of the crazy ones at a few of the sales getting rained on, but why not? These first finds came from a Thursday late morning sale. Walking up to the sale I recognized these pieces as carnival glass right away and when I saw the price I grabbed it up. At $1.00 to $2.00 each I couldn’t believe it. I ended up paying $8.00 for this group of Imperial Carnival glass.



All of these pieces, except for the acorn topped candy container, are from a line of reissued carnival glass dating from between 1965-1972. They are all marked with an “IG” in the glass. This wonderful color is called Peacock or Smoke.



My next finds were from a few stops on Friday afternoon.


The decanter was one of my favorite finds of the weekend and only cost $3.00!


A box of aluminum Christmas bells for $1.00!


I couldn’t pass up a pair of ceramic elves for $1.00 and a free red Tootsie Toy car!


A cute trio of vintage Nippon Yoko Boeki angles at $0.50 each!


My final finds came from a Friday evening tag sale where I found this way cool vintage tinsel tree. I don’t know much about it but it really looks homemade to me. Anyone know anything about this? The small bottle brush tree is covered in pine-cones and fruit. It also came home with me.



Oh and also four strains of mercury glass garland. So pretty!


Not too shabby for a few stops.

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Weekend Finds: A Room Divided

In fairness, the subject of this post isn’t necessarily a room divider, except “freestanding shelves” didn’t seem dramatic enough for a post title. But if you did decide to divide a house with the beauty I found this weekend, it would definitely stand.


Actually when I found these they were being sold as bookshelves and were assembled as two separate units. This created a surplus of tightly clustered shelves and I think it looks much better as a three section unit. That little cabinet with the green door can actually be used as a desk. I think it will eventually find its way to the middle section.



When I arrived to see and purchase this piece, it was on an upper floor of a Victorian house, still fully assembled. I very much underestimated how much time and work it would take to fully disassemble and load into my car in absolutely pouring rain. I’m pretty sure the sellers thought I was crazy and would never leave their home.


What you should know if you ever find one is that it is 1000% percent easier to assemble and disassemble laying on its back. Unless, of course, you have four or more arms.


I really don’t have any idea who might have made it. It seems more of an American piece than Danish. It bears some resemblance to George Nelson designs, but it definitely isn’t his work. I’m hoping the amazing hardware will eventually lead me to a manufacturer’s name. But, even if it never does, it’s a pretty sweet wall unit with or without any provenance. Who knows, I may even divide a room with it someday.

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Weekend Finds: The Real McCobb

Lately it just seems like things have hit a slump. I haven’t been finding much of any quality, but I’ve spent a lot of time (and gas) trying. So, this weekend when a friend and I decided to freestyle and drive around looking for random garage sales I didn’t have high expectations. I didn’t, that is, until I saw this sitting in a driveway.


I believe my exact words were, “Ooooh. I have to buy those!” Which was followed by an impassioned plea from my friend to stop the car first. From the road the set appeared to be part of designer Paul McCobb’s ever popular Planner Group. But I’ve never actually seen any real pieces in person and there were no markings. I hemmed and hawed—the set does need to be refinished—but ultimately I decided to purchase it—even if it wasn’t the real deal it had a great look and the price was reasonable.


Once I had time to properly research it, I realized it was indeed the real McCobb. A pace-setting collection in modern furniture, the Planner Group was produced by Winchendon Furniture from 1949–1964. Though there are several look-a-like designs from the period, the major tells are the shape of the chair backs and the joinery of the legs visible through the seat.

IMG_7537Though this was by far the best table and chairs I purchased all weekend, it wasn’t the only one. I also found this Willett cherry wood drop-leaf dining table that stretches out to next Tuesday with two additional leaves. A little research revealed that Willett furniture was once the nation’s largest producer of cherry and maple furniture. The company used craftsman quality techniques that yielded very finely crafted, hand built furniture. Ultimately that led to their inability to compete with larger manufacturers and their total demise in 1962. But it’s nice to know it’s a fine piece.


Much farther down on the spectrum of quality furnishings is this surfboard coffee table by Mersman. This is the first Mersman table I have ever even seen with real wood veneer instead of plastic laminate. Of course the condition of the top might be an argument that this family should have gone with the plastic. But for $7.99 I can refinish the top.


My only other chair of the weekend was this armchair. It’s actually a captain’s chair from a larger set, but the seller only had two of the matching chairs so I asked if he would sell this one separately. I think it looks unique enough to stand on its own and will make a nice chair for a writing desk or just an extra side chair.


With the chair I also found this great 1950s cattail lamp. As much as I love the unusual burnt orange color, sadly this piece has not been loved in its life and may require a total repaint.


And my smallest find of the weekend, but one of my favorites, is this Haeger flower pot. It’s no McCobb, but it’s still about as much fun as you can have for two dollars.



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A Campaign Question

Currently my almost five year old son is in the same room with my one year old daughter. Let’s just say it’s not going so hot. My daughter still wakes up screaming once or twice a night and wakes up at the lovely hour of 5 am. So we’ve been thinking about moving our son to the room in the basement. Which means needing some furniture for him.

Without having any concrete ideas in my mind, I absent-mindedly checked Craigslist just to see what’s out there. I came across this listing:

Campaign Dresser

I know you guys. Campaign dressers. These are so different from every piece of furniture I have. Right now, 90% of our furniture is mid-century modern. I’m feeling like it’s all the same and I want to switch things up just a little bit. Do these feel hip and cool or awful and dated to you, oh honest Snag readers?

Here’s some interiors I’ve seen that make them feel cute and modern.


Found on theboldabode.com


Found on ohjoy.blogs.com


Found on yesmissy.com

So I made up mind and decided yes I want these. I called within forty minutes of the posting. And…they were already sold and picked up. What?! That makes me want them even more. To be continued.

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Weekend of Camping Only!

What was supposed to be a weekend of roughing it in the wild, led me to some pretty fun finds. On our way out of town Friday around 3:30 p.m. I drove past a garage sale sign. I don’t know about you, but I have a super hard time driving past one and a simple trip to a store can end up taking an extra long time. I was glad I turned at the sign when I realized it wasn’t just one sale, but a neighborhood sale in a retirement community! And to add to my excitement I was early and the sales had been advertised to start at 4:00. I pulled in and started shopping. My first find was an old mason jar and these bright red cowboy bookends. The lady having the sale told me the Ball Mason jar had come from her husband’s family and the bookends had been hers as a child over 70 years ago. When she priced the bookends at $5.00 I couldn’t resist.


I was thrilled to have a few good finds behind me as I hurried on to the rest of the sales. They didn’t disappoint. My favorite find was hanging off to the side in a garage. She explained to me that she had taken them off of her family barn in Missouri before it was demolished.


She had strung these old lightning rod balls together years ago to display them. I took them off the rope to clean them up and put them on my lightning rods. They look wonderful. They are clear glass lightning rod balls that have turned purple from years in the sun. Here is a picture after getting them cleaned up. I still can’t believe I only paid sixteen dollars for all 4.


After these sales I was ready for a weekend of camping with no other sales in the forecast, that was until I discovered a citywide sale going on about fifteen minutes from our campsite. How could I resist? Saturday after a campfire breakfast my husband and I headed into the small town. The sales started Friday but I was able to find a few fun finds. A small pile of Christmas ornaments for $2.00. I love the variety of styles and shapes. From a bottle brush weath to a Western Germany clown ornament.





Finally, I snagged these vintage glasses for $0.25.


I guess my weekend of camping paid off in garage sale land!

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