Wondering How Much Longer I Will Be Finding These Goodies

This past weekend was windy, no sun (it only peeked out a little finally Monday afternoon), and cold.  I am not sure either day hit 60 degrees.  I know my auction sale and garage sale days are numbered.  My boys hit open pheasant hunting weekend, so my Mom and I hit a couple of garage sales and an auction sale on Saturday.  The auction sales around here are estate auctions held outside the homes of those either who have passed or have moved to a retirement center.  So to keep warm I wore long johns with a long sleeve shirt, two sweatshirts and a winter coat.  Yep, a little crazy.  

The first photo is of some tobacco tins I came across at garage sale.  I do not smoke and am actually allergic to it so it bothers me.  However, I love the old graphics on these cans.

I loved the shape of this old alarm clock.  However it doesn’t work, so I will probably take it apart to use the face for a craft.

I saw this 8×8 cake pan at a garage sale. I had never seen this pattern on an Anchor Hocking Fire King dish before.  It is called Heritage, I believe.  It actually makes me think of Christmas.  Can we really only have 10 weeks before Christmas?  Say it isn’t so. 

This little teapot is from Japan.  I like the intricate design.  I had bid on a box with it in and didn’t win.  I saw that the woman who won the box picked up a different item and never even looked at her teapot.  Later as she walked by me I asked her if she bought the box for the teapot.  She didn’t even seem to realize that it was in her box.  She said that she didn’t want it.  If I wanted it I could have it for a dollar.  Yep, snatched out a dollar from my pocket as quick as I could.

I was able to win this Montgomery Wards Treadle Sewing Machine. It still works even though the belt is wearing thin.  It isn’t very ornate. I actually like the simplicity of it.  Makes me reflect on the hard times that those that homesteaded in North Dakota had to go through.

The final item is this chair, or at least I think it is a chair.  As my Mom and I were walking up to a garage sale, I saw it and walked over to it.  The lady saw me and said, “take it home for $.25.”  What, $.25?  I asked her what it was, and she said she thought it was an entry or mudroom chair.  The top tray is for putting your keys and change on it.  Then you use the seat to sit on while putting on your shoes.  However, why is the seat so low?  You can’t tell, but the seat is only about 6 inches off the ground.  Would you have bought it?

I haven’t decided if I am going to sell it as is or if I am going to spray paint the gold and recover the chair.  I haven’t been very successful in reselling my upcycled or redone items locally, and I still haven’t figured out how to ship a large item?

If you have sold and shipped a large item, how did you do it?  My biggest issue is where to get a large enough box or do the shipping companies box it for you?  Any advice would be appreciated.

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Vintage Bride Bingo and More

Garage Sale season is really winding down around here.  Not sure what I will do when they stop all together, but for now I will hit what I can.  On Friday I stopped at 4 garage sales and found a couple of treasures.  This 1957 Bride Bingo was never played.  It was meant to be played at a Bridal Shower.  I love the graphics on the box.

Also found this Touring Automobile Card Game from 1965.  Not sure how to play it yet.  Just haven’t read the directions.  Again love the graphics on the cards.

This pitcher has 1964, To Ma: From Eileen on the bottom of it.  I just love the shape.

Not exactly sure what this little guy is.  He looks Native American to me and it appears to be attached to a flute.  I like the colors of it, and am thinking I will try to incorporate it into my fall decor.  If I can’t, I probably put it in my shop.

Finally got these 3 vintage aprons.  Each one looks new or nearly new.  The gold one even has pockets.

Do you have garage sales to attend all throughout the year?  What do you do for your thrifting/junking habit if you don’t have them in your area?

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Would You Buy It Wednesday? – Oct 5

When you stop at a garage sales do you ignore closed boxes?  Do you take a quick glance and if you don’t see anything, walk out?  Do you like to open boxes to see what is inside?  Do you like to dig?

Me?  I do not like to dig deep, but I do open boxes.  It must be my curiosity.  This past weekend I saw this old chocolate candy box.  Boxes like this can hold trinkets, fabric or buttons.  This one surprised me.  When I opened the box, I found this.

Cannonbal Fragments from Bull Run.  What? An artifact from the Civil War?  If these are real, they date back to 1861.  Of course I was hesitant.  Remember, I live in central North Dakota. Central and western North Dakota were not settled until the late 1800s. North Dakota became a state in 1889.  Not many others lived here besides the American Indians until then. My grandfather came to America from Germany through Russia in 1899 when he was six months old. 

Look at it.  It is definitely not a rock.  I asked the man who owned them how he knows they were from Bull Run.  He said that he used to live on the East Coast and got them when he was living there. I am still not positive they are really from Bull Run, but when I found out that he wanted only $.50 for all of them, I bought them.  I knew my boys would think they were cool.  My youngest has added them to his collections.

So would you have opened the box?  Would you buy the fragments? 

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Fun Weekend Finds – Sept 30

After two weeks of not a lot of thrifting, Friday and Saturday were fun days.  Saturday I hit several garage sales with my brother and his family who were visiting from Texas.  Then Saturday my Mom went with me to an estate auction sale about an hour away.  We average about 65 degrees for a high here in North Dakota at this time of the year.  On Saturday it started out cold at about 45 degrees so we wore our winter coats.  But the day turned out wonderful and hit a high of about 84 degrees.  Perfect day for an auction sale.

The little guy above was spotted at a garage sale.  He reminds me of Pinocchio.  He is an egg holder.

I was thrilled to find this tin filled with old buttons.  A bonus of old religious medals was also included.  Yep, score.

This cup made me laugh.  The back has info about Minneapolis on it.

My favorite cartoon is Bugs Bunny.  Look at this little juice glass with Yosemite Sam.  As you empty your glass you see Bugs on the bottom.  Should make any kid or kid-at-heart smile.

These beer glasses are vintage glass with gold imprints.  Each glass has a movie camera and an old tv set with a different classic tv show on it.  Rin Tin Tin, Father Know Best and Wild Bill Hickok are some of them.  These shows were before my time, but I am familiar with almost all of them.

I was thrilled to find this Royal Haeger Tulip Vase.  It is actually orange, and the white doesn’t show up as much as it does int he photo.  I was having a hard time getting a good photo of the color.  However, the shape is so cute.

The best purchase of the weekend is this vintage Poosh M Up Baseball pinball game.  Not sure how old it is.  The seller thought 30s or 40s since the woman who owned it was 91.  It is in great shape, but you can see some wear above the “puller” where the marbles wore the path.  Wonder how many hours this game was used for entertainment.  It would not be enough for today’s kids who have video and computer games to entertain.

Sometimes I yearn for the simpler life, yet I am not willing to give up some of my luxuries like Digital Cameras, Microwaves or even, dare I say…indoor toilets.

What did you find this weekend?

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Vintage Hat Find

The other day I was driving and saw a garage sale sign.  I didn’t have much time, but I decided I could spare 2 minutes.  As I pulled up, I saw a gentleman.  I asked if they were open because it didn’t look like it was.  He said they weren’t opening for about 3 hours, but I could come in and look around.  I did a quick look through and then spotted these boxes with vintage hats sitting there.  There was no price tag.  Since I didn’t have much time, I asked how much they wanted before I looked through them. The man got  his wife.  I was expecting a price per hat, but she said, “Oh $10 for all of them.” I didn’t even take the time to look through them, I just handed her the money and took my treasures, hoping for the best.

When I had a chance to look through them I found these.

Fun feathers and flowered hats.

Hats that have things sticking up.

Black hats.

Fancy cream hats.

Veiled hats.

Winter faux fur hats.   Remember I live in North Dakota so these were definitely needed.

My most favorite hat is this one.

It just reminds me of a hat that might have been worn in the 1920s.  I do not know that for sure.  It actually was stuffed with newspaper dating back to 1966.  But I think the woman who wore this hat must have hat a fun dress to go with it.

All in all, there were 24 hats in those two boxes.  I scored big time.  I guess the moral of the story is if you see a garage sale sign and have just two minutes, stop.  You never know what you are going to find.

What is your best find at a sale that was a spur of the moment stop?

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Fabulous Weekend Finds – Part 2

I know I am way late with this second post of finds from last weekend.  However, holding a Funky Junk, Vintage Sale took a lot more time than I had hoped.  I will post in the future about a few things I learned.  However here are a few more finds from last weekend.

I spotted this cast iron bus as I was walking up the driveway at one place.  I really like the look of it.  Haven’t decided if I am selling it or keeping it.  I have no idea if there is any value in something like this, but I think it would make a great display piece.

I think letter holders like this are so retro.  Now we all get too much junk mail for something like this to hold it all,or am I the only one who can’t control my paper piles?

This little vase is a Lefton.  I do not know a lot about Lefton.  I do know that their women’s heads vases are very popular.  Thought this little boy was so cute.

I have been on the lookout for a Sad Iron.  Now I am the proud owner.  Funny, I would not have wanted to own one when I really would have had to use it to iron.  Way too much work.  Actually ironing is way too much work even now.  That must be why I do not do it even with our fancy irons of today.

This is probably my favorite find of this post.  A handcrafted Shoe Shine Kit filled with vintage products.  The woman said her Dad shined shoes for a living.  He made this kit and used it for years.  However, I did not just buy this one…

Yes, I bought both of the kits she had.  I think it was hard for her to sell them.  I just think they are really cool, and knowing they were used makes them more special.

No thrifting this weekend for me.  But my Sale turned out fantastic.  I had terrific customers come and take home some great items.  Cleared out my garage.  If you were one of them, thank you so much.

I will not be posting much this next two weeks.  My niece is getting married this Saturday.  It is going to be an event to remember.  My brother, my sister and their families are coming for about 10 days, so I know I won’t find time to post consistently.  After 3 months, I know I will miss posting.  I am loving writing about and sharing my junking obsession.

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Fabulous Finds of the Weekend – Part 1

Working whenever I have a few minutes to sort through my treasures from this weekend’s citywide garage sales.  Absolutely love this set of 5 refrigerator dishes and lids.  They are colorful and have absolutely no chips in them. That is hard to find. 

Fun melamine dishes from National Airlines.  I believe they are from the late 50s or early 60’s.  They were used when airlines actually used reuseable dishes on a flight to serve food.  National Airlines merged with Pan Am in 1980 so these are a wonderful vintage find.  This almost makes me long for the days long gone when service on airlines was at a premium.  But then again, people smoked like a smoke stack then too.  For someone who has allergies to smoke, that wouldn’t be so great.

In my area you can find snack sets from the 1950’s and 1960’s all the time, but these are a irridescent glass and are absolutely stunning.

These industrial spools are 11.5″ tall and they are made of wood.  They are so fun. Love the chippy green paint on the ends.  I can see using them as is, painting them, making them into bookends or even candlesticks.  Very fun.

The final find for today is this amazing opalescent white McCoy vase.  I was so surprised to see it at a garage sale at around 10:30 in the morning. I can’t believe it wasn’t snatched up.  It has no chips and is just beautiful.

I will try to blog a few more finds this week.  However, I am working hard to price items for my garage sale coming up this Friday and Saturday.

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From My Front Porch to Yours

Tale of Scales

This weekend was the fall city-wide garage sale weekend.  Unlike most weekends where only 20-30 sales are happening, this weekend had a couple of hundred sales going on.  It was a junker’s dream.

The photo above is a picture of our haul on Thursday from about 45 sales.

My Mom came to town, so we decided to hit sales on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. All together we hit about 140 sales.  Yes, that is crazy.  Yes, it was tiring, but oh was it a blast.

I have a lot of sorting and cleaning to do, although Mom did a lot of it before she had to leave today.  Thanks, Mom. 

I hope to provide more pictures in the next week, but I had to at least show you my scales.  I have never seen a kitchen scale at a garage sale before.  I drool over those I see online. This weekend I found not one…

Not two…

Don’t you love the rustiness of this one?

But three, scales.

This last one is my favorite. I love the sage/moss green. It says 1906 Model and Sears Roebuck & Co..  I already cleaned it up, and it is being displayed in my kitchen.

What do you think?  Do you have a favorite?  Do you have a weakness for kitchen scales?

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Would You Buy It Wednesday

When I stop at a garage sales, I am always looking for the unique, the different, the unusual.  This item caught my eye, and I bent down to look at it closer.  Immediately the owner came by and said, “That is a vintage Zales clock set. I don’t know anything about it, but it has a number on the back.  I will make you a great deal.”  I hadn’t seen anything else, but then I saw the other one.

Clock?  I saw this one, but no clock.  The owner went around the table and pulled out the clock. 

Ok, this isn’t my style.  The ornate look, brass, and the red carpet background.  I said I wasn’t interested.  However, I must have been the only one who had even looked at it.  The owner kept saying she would sell it to me at a great price.  She kept lowering the price.  Finally when she said $4, I took this home with me.

I haven’t been able to find anything out about it.  It has Empire Art Products Co from Glendale, NY 953 on the back. 

I am not sure what I am going to do with it, but it is in my garage.  So would you have bought it?

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Garage Sale Finds

This weekend I went to Dickinson to visit my Mom and sister, and I was able to give my niece her Bridal Shower gift.  Of course, my Mom and I found time to go to a few garage sales.  The first one was a 20 party sale.  I found a bunch of items that were priced reasonably.  I haven’t gone through much of it because I spent today sanding, painting and finishing three projects that I will be showing in the next days.

The first item is a Matel Jack in the Box.  It isn’t the one I used to play with because it is from 1987, but it did bring back memories of the one I played with.

This toy is a Peek a Boo Block.  You squeeze the end and a cylinder pops up, and of course it makes noise.  I paid too much for it…$2.50, but my brother played with this a lot when he was a toddler, so I bought it.  It is in wonderful condition.  Jon, do you remember it?

This minute man mug was purchased from a sweet old lady who said her son painted it a long time ago.  I love the character of the face.  I love when the sellers have time to chat and tell me stories.

This wall hanging is from the 1970s by HomeCo or Home Interiors.  I think it would look adorable in a boy’s room with a bicycle theme.

The found these readers, “The Happy Hollisters,” from the 1950s.  They are very good condition. I am a book fanatic, so I couldn’t resist at $.20 each.

This is a Glasbake cake pan with a metal base.  I am trying for figure out if it is actually silver or what it is made of.  It is tarnished, but I like the look of it that way.

I really like this item.  It is a Q-Tip box from the 1940s.  Not in the best condition, but I also like boxes.  Had to pick up this one.

This one is hard to see, but it is an old lamp.  It has black iron that is sponged with gold and the glass is amber.  It is filthy and broken.  But I had to get it.  I think once it is apart, it can be made into a cool glass side table.

Well that is all I had a chance to photograph.  What did you find this weekend?

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