Garage Sale Madness

It’s amazing what three people can score in such a short time. Granted, not every sale was a winner—none of us want to collect DVDs or nightgowns. At least for the time being. I’ll admit, this was earlier in the summer and we’ve been saving this post because our finds are just too amazing to not discuss. So, on to our snags.

(Left to right) Wire basket, wood lamp, 1960’s Smith Corona typewriter, beaker stand, Iowa State 1950 yearbook.

This is the first typewriter Angela has ever owned after wanting one for a few months. Emphasis on the word “first.” The collection has grown substantially since then. We went to a garage sale and were “early birders.” You know, those people who wait outside the sale, coffee and breakfast pizza in hand, ready to race to the garage as soon as movement is sighted. There were other people there, but this typewriter managed to go unnoticed, wedged deep under a folding table and completely enclosed in the case. That adorable case. Let’s see some closeups.

Detail: Wooden Lamp   Detail: Smith Corona Typewriter.

Detail: Beaker Stand   Detail: Yearbook

I would have bought the typewriter case alone. Can you believe it was only $5? Austin’s wood lamp almost looks as amazing in this picture as in real life. Not a blemish on it. The antique beaker stand needs some serious cleaning, but once that’s polished up (read: future process post) it will be good as new. Think that’s all we found? Nope. The finds continue.

(Top left, clockwise) Frankoma four leaf clover dish, The Scarlet Letter ©1898, kaleidoscope, measuring tape, three vintage cookbooks, current indicator.

Turns out Tammy has a penchant for vintage tools. The measuring tape and current indicator were found at a garage sale proudly advertised as “GUY SALE.” You never know what you’re going to find…

Guy sale. Enough said.   Detail: Current indicator

And check out these cookbooks. Each one has numerous illustrations all in late-1960’s glory. My favorite has to be Festive Seafood Cookery. When asked if I collected vintage cookbooks I used to say, “Nah, not for me.” But now I’m uncertain.

Detail: Festive Seafood Cookery   Detail: Simple Oriental Cookery

Detail: Simple Oriental Cookery   Detail: Festive Seafood Cookery

That lobster illustration almost makes me want to eat a lobster. From what I can find, these were all published in 1969 by The Peter Pauper Press, Inc. All are printed with just three colors, but look so vibrant and full of color. And…there are more of them. Time to get hunting.

So what do you think of our snags? Which is your favorite?

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  1. c
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    i love the lamp…

  2. Meaghan
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    The graphics on those cookbooks are soooo cool. I wouldn’t want to ruin the books, but I’d love to frame those pictures and use them to decorate a kitchen!

    • Angela
      Posted September 2, 2012 at 9:41 am | Permalink

      There’s a project in the works for using cookbook pages in my kitchen…stay tuned!

  3. Katie
    Posted September 4, 2012 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    You would go NUTS in the physics department if you like that ring stand, haha. There are a billion of them, and an antique physics aparatus room you would like a lot.

    • Austin
      Posted September 4, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

      We’re ready any time you want to sneak us in for a “shopping” spree…

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