Weekend Finds: A Run of Fun Garage Sales

Garage sales can often feel like a waste of time, but when you do hit a good one you seem to forget all about the bad sales. Last Friday and Saturday seemed to be my weekend for finding things. I found items from a vintage 1960’s fire extinguisher to antique Christmas tree decorations. Get ready for lots of pictures.

Up first is a Presto soda-acid fire extinguisher dating from 1960. I couldn’t pass it up after seeing the $2.00 price tag on it.

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At the same sale I also snagged this collection of antique cast iron lasts with stands. These where used by cobblers in the making and repairing of shoes.

IMG_4077The children’s sizes are so darn cute!

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Friday morning I snagged two pairs of spun silver jewelry. Each set includes a pendant and pair of clip-on earrings.

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At another sale I spotted a ribbon covered in a collection of pins mostly dating from the 1970’s like Garfield and Holly Hobby. As I was putting it down I noticed this antique portrait pin on the bottom. I asked if I could just buy the one pin and was told they all needed to go as a set, so I didn’t argue and paid the $0.50 for the whole ribbon. The pin is about the size of a nickel.

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I also found a bunch of vintage and antique Christmas tree decorations, clips and reflectors.

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Along the back are colorful foil Christmas tree light reflectors. I found two different sets of clip-on tree candle holders that where first patented in 1882. The colored blue, red and yellow clip-ons are embossed tin painted with colored lacquer which easily fades and losses its color. A small metal basket with fruit ornaments will look darling hanging on my tree. But my favorite are the pre-1900’s counter-weight clay-ball candle holders, produced starting around 1867. I’ve wanted to find some of these counter-weight candle holders for a while now but never thought I would find them at a garage sale. Oh, the fire hazards they must have been.

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Antique counter-weight clay-ball candle holders. So cool!

This next find I just liked and so I bought it and luckily when I got home my husband was just as excited about it. It’s an old blade switch fuse panel. Now to figure out what to do with it.

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What is better than an old jar? How about one with a cute galvanized lid like this one.

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A set of dinner trays with a flower and line design.

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This next snag was for my boys. It was priced $1.00 and labeled Indian artifact. Of course I had to ask the elderly gentleman where it had come from. He said he had dug it out of an Iowa river bed. I asked him if he had repaired it and he said the crack was in it when he found it. I loved that he had found it himself so I told him, “Sold”. My oldest son completely loves it. It will be a great “show and tell” item.

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I picked up two vintage cameras. The first one is a 1950-1960’s Brownie Holiday Flash. Its body is Bakelite and is a great dark brown color. Have I mentioned brown is my favorite color! The other camera is an early 1950’s Pickwik Candid Type. It also is made of Bakelite and comes with the original box and instructions. I really like the design around the lens.

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Lastly, is an old Bissell carpet sweeper. I couldn’t believe its condition and it is in working order, although I have no plans of using it.

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The instructions are still on the bottom of the sweeper.

What a fun, fun weekend of garage sales.

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