Friday, April 18, 2014

And the Winner is...

Thank you all so much for entering my spring goodies giveaway!  Thanks to those of you who blogged about it or shared it on your facebook page.  Diana over at Adirondack Girl at Heart was the lucky winner that was randomly selected by the Rafflecopter giveaway widget.  Here's a look again at what she'll be getting:


So I haven't been junkin' at all this week.  I have literally had to do something EVERY day, whether it be meetings for work, class, grocery store, appointments, etc. etc.  BUT... I did do a little shopping on eBay.  I know some of you true junkers are scoffing at me right now.  Whatevs.  Sometimes I need a junk fix.  If you follow me on Facebook, you've already been introduced to the goodies I won...


I am obsessed with Gurley candles... and when I won this lot for an amazing price... I was super excited.  I considered taking them to the booth.... but Easter is Sunday... so they can wait until next year!



I also really love Meyercord decals.  I won these 2 lots of them with free shipping... so how ever could I say no??  These will more than likely head to the booth with the exception of a few... I have some ideas in mind.

I've got junkin' plans for this Saturday... so hopefully I can bring some more good stuff home.  Maybe some folks will stay home or be traveling for the holiday.  One can hope, right?

Happy Friday, blog friends!
Melissa

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekend Finds + A Giveaway

I was thinking to myself earlier this week, how will I ever be able to top last week's ridiculous suitcase haul?  Thanks Amy for featuring my haul... and the many others of you who shared my pictures from my facebook page... there are too many of you to list, but know that it is always appreciated.

The garage sales were still few and far between.  I came out of a couple empty-handed.  I am convinced that the more poorly worded your garage sale ad is, the more likely I'm going to score some GOOD JUNK.  So, let's see what I picked up this weekend.


This cabinet is from one of those aforementioned poorly worded garage sales.  One of those sales that listed "old typewriter" and I knew I had to be there as soon as they opened their doors.  Of course "old typewriter" was something similar to what I used as a kid growing up in the 90s. It had elctronic settings and plugged into the wall.  I was rather disappointed until I spied this cabinet, which had a price tag of $4.  How could I say no?  It will be used as a display piece once it gets a face life.  I had to wipe spiderwebs off the bottom before it could be fully loaded in my truck.  I walked back up to ask if I could throw away the paper towel and I spied these...


Simple, but beautiful stained-glass windows that they had saved from a house long, long ago.


These were the rest of the non-holiday finds.  


An old phone and a chalkware Virgin Mary.  She was a little rough around the edges and had been touched up in a couple of spots, but I knew she had potential (I owe my knowledge on these to Gina).


A weirdo clippy thing that I will use to display postcards or pictures, a lard tin, an Old Spice shaving mug, an ironstone platter, 2 art deco light covers, 2 floral frogs, and 2 cookie cutters.


The holiday finds were this (hand made) Santa face pitcher that will match all my mugs and these Lefton holly berry mugs.

Well, that's it for the finds, which brings me back to my original question: how am I going to top last week?  And then it hit me.  I owe you guys a giveaway!


Included in the giveaway is everything pictured above: 2 vintage embroidered linens, 7 unused vintage mini spring cards, an adorable vintage Easter postcard, a mini vintage Easter card, 6 Dennison spring gummed labels, a pair of vintage souvenir S&P shakers from Indiana, a cute little vintage plastic deer, and a vintage Si-Nax bottle from Indianapolis, Indiana.  (I tried to keep this giveaway springy with a few vintage items from where I'm from.)

To enter you must:
  1. Follow my blog and leave me a comment telling me what platform you follow me on.  Example: I follow you on Bloglovin'!
  2. Follow me on Facebook (from your personal page) and leave me another comment telling me that you do.
This will guarantee you 2 entries. For an extra 3 entries write about this giveaway on your blog and leave a comment with a link to the post.

This giveaway is open to the US and Canada until Friday.  I will contact the winner next weekend by email.  GOOD LUCK!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Garage Sale Season Has Started With a Bang!

There are a few little reminders that spring has arrived here in central Indiana.  It's starting to warm up a tad.  There's a few daffodils and tulips popping up here and there.  And garage sales are starting back up.  Yes, finally!!  It has been a long, cold winter without them.  I browsed craigslist for promising sales.  There weren't that many to speak of.  And sometimes you just know that a seller added the word "antiques" or "vintage" to draw you in to their baby clothes and crap sale.

The first sale I had on my list to visit I thought was going to be one of those sales.  They were mainly advertising Winnie the Pooh and Coke collectibles.  I HATE the term collectibles because it means to many different things to different people.  But, I took a shot.  I mean, I was desperate for a good junk fix.  And it was only about a 10 minute drive from my house.


So, I had to drive back home right afterwards.


Seriously, mom even had to carry something in her lap.  I mean, a mint condition Coke cooler is precious cargo, right?

Okay, I'm going to pause for dramatic effect.  And to tell you to sit down.  Seriously, sit down.



For reference I am 5'6".  And mom has amazing packing skills that enabled us to get these home in my RAV4.

Okay, here's some close ups so you can drool a little more.  I know I still am.





25 suitcases later, I still wasn't done.  The sellers were still bringing stuff outside.



I also ended up with this (pretty much) mint condition Coke cooler.  And, what I thought, at first, were bowling pins.  They're definitely juggling pins.  Which really makes them cooler.

I was on a junking high at this point.  I was just hoping there was something else out there for me to find.  The next garage sale was a bust.  The estate sale (run by a family) after that was pretty much a bust.  It was only 9:45 by this point and the next place on our list was a flea market that opened at 10.

We were not even en route for a few minutes and mom spots a sign for a church rummage sale.  I quickly braked and make the turn.  The parking lot was bursting at the seams.  I didn't think there would be much left, considering this thing had probably been open almost 2 hours.  We walk through the door, and I saw that familiar milk glass.  I said, "I see Pyrex!" and dashed for it.  I quickly spied a Hazel Atlas cocktail shaker and glass and dashed to pick those up as mom found a box for the Pyrex.  When I went to check out my total didn't add up to much, so I made a donation on top of that.  Wanted to keep the good karma going that I was having.

Not much more to write home about.  Everywhere else we hit were just flea markets.  We attempted a few Goodwills with no luck.  The stores were insanity - it was half price day.  We decided to skip the rest and hit the flea market near my house and then head home.

So, are you ready for more pictures?  Here's everything else I got after that first garage sale.



The HA cocktail shaker (sans top) and glass were the ones I mentioned above that I picked up from the church rummage sale.  I also picked up the cookie press there.  The rest were flea market finds.


All of these are flea market finds except the green handled tool.  It was from the estate sale and will stay in my personal collection.


I didn't realize I cut off the butterprint fridgies in this pic!  I was so happy to find those at the flea.  The Pyrex I dashed for at the church rummage sale were these 2 4pc sets of Pyrex tableware.  The egg beater was another estate sale item.

So, I'm a day and a half out from the great garage sale haul and I'm still riding that junkin' high.  It has me optimistic about garage sales again.  I usually go back and forth about if I think they're worth my time or not.

(Virtually) Slap me later in the garage sale season when I complain about not finding much and remind me of this day.

What did you guys find this weekend?
Melissa

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Weekend Finds

Hi all!  Went to a couple of auctions this weekend.  Wanted to share my finds with you.  Unfortunately, due to timing, I didn't get to snap my Saturday finds before they headed to the booth.  And one is soaking in the sink / needs a little fixin' before I show you.  So, let's see if I can find some stock photos online...

Mint Green McCoy elephant planter (I got 2 of these!)

Pink McCoy elephant planter (I got 1).

McCoy Puppy cookie jar



Black/White enamel coffee pot w/ glass Pyrex percolator

These are Sunday's finds/swaps...  All are heading to the booth with the exception of the green-handled chopper, which will stay in my personal collection.






I know the one is DWD... but I got a great deal on the set!

This was the swap.  I got all of these for a jadeite loaf pan! :)

I know, not may words today, but it has been busy around these parts.  I'm finishing up the spring semester - so lots of papers, projects, and final exams are looming.  I have also begun preparing for the one vintage market I plan on doing this summer that takes place the first weekend in June.

So, I hope these pictures will suffice until next time!
Melissa

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Monday, March 24, 2014

New Booth Display + Sunday Funday Finds

Saturday was dealer day at my antique mall, and it was pretty successful.  It was fun to interact with customers - many of whom were repeat buyers from my booth.  There were a lot of teenagers buying vintage, which really made me happy.  There's hope that the next generation will still care about this "stuff" as much as I do!

I added one new display to my booth before customers came in on Saturday.  I made it in less than 30 minutes with stuff from my garage.


My goal is to maximize my booth space as much as possible.  I have some bare wall space I need to fill!

Sunday I took my Monday MBA class readings with my to an auction.  I was reading, highlighting away, and bidding on more goodies.  Several other auction goers asked me how I was able to focus with the auctioneer going a mile a minute.  I guess I've never been able to focus when it is dead quiet.  I got my reading finished, got a few things, and scooted out the door to a local antique mall.  I picked up a few things there, as well!  Oh yeah, I guess a few of these pieces were random goodwill outlet finds that I forgot I had bought...

The non-holiday items.  The best of these finds: the pink
and white 33 record case.  I will never part with it!

Kitchen scale, rolling pin, partial jar of buttons, and made
in Japan beer stein.

Pennant, enamelware bowl, Argus Pre-Viewer, and this cool
milk glasses bead purse.

Some Griffith's spice jars, 2 Hoosier cabinet jars, 2 biscuit
cutters, and some vintage Milton Bradley bingo cards!

Didn't think I'd come home without vintage Christmas, did
you?  Ceramic tree (works!), 1968 Empire Santa blow mold,
and...

very pretty ornaments!

Well, I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I'm going to hit the hay!
Melissa

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Estate Sale Friday

So last Friday I had the day off.  We had the first good-looking estate sale in months.  I arrived an hour early to be #6 on the list.  It was a digger/hoarder sale... so I was there for about an hour locating what I wanted.

Let me show you what I found.  These were posted to Facebook already.  Go like my page to get peeks at all my finds (sometimes days!) before blogland gets to see them!  Some of the items made it to my booth before they were photographed.


The new stuff from this picture are: the license plates, door plates, and this card display (that I've been meaning to use for MONTHS now).  I picked up the license plates and door plates at an architectural salvage place that I LOVE.  They have over 10,000 square feet of goodness.



New in this picture are the set of rainbow aluminum cups that I picked up at a second estate sale I attended Friday after the hoarder sale.


New to this picture is the ironstone platter full of lots of old door knobs.  Also picked up at the architectural salvage place.


New to this picture are the door plates from the architectural salvage place and the 15 Hazel Atlas souvenir glasses from the auction last Sunday.  I promised you I would photograph them when I had time.  Still working on digging through all the records and postcards.  I have gotten through about 500 45s and have come away with about 150 good ones that are now in the booth.  I've picked through a few of the Easter postcards to take to the booth.


Here's the rest of the stuff I got from the estate sales on Friday.  PLEASE, please ignore the part of the photo leading to my junk inventory room.  I forgot to crop it out, like I usually do! ;)


I love these santa mugs.  I can't keep them on the shelves during Christmas.  I hunt for them all year.  2 still have their original labels - they've never been used!  Who can pass up a blue Ball jar, especially when they're cheap?  I also couldn't resist buying the metal 45 case.  It holds about 75 45s, I've found.


So, those things are all cigar boxes that are painted white and vintage handles are attached.  They were stacked on a shelf in the basement at the hoarder auction.  They held all sorts of nuts and bolts.  I really just wanted the handles.  Also got the 2 wood cigar boxes.


2 pieces of ironstone that I plan on listing on the Mustard Seed Pages.  If you haven't checked out this cool marketplace that Miss Mustard Seed has created, do so immediately, especially if you like the same things she does!  Also picked up this cute little box of vintage plastic holiday coasters.


One of the wood cigar boxes full of vintage drawer pulls that I dug out of the basement.


Last, but not least, I rescued these 2 little deer from the hoarder basement.

There were no prospects of any sales or auctions on Saturday, so I decided I needed to revamp the booth.  The reason for the major overhaul is because my mall is having an event they call "Deal with the Dealer" Day.  All of the dealers get to work their own booth space and make deals with the people wanting to buy things.  I had not revamped my booth in over 2 weeks and it was noticeable.  But, it's generally a good sign when you booth is noticeably picked through.  So, here she is all prettied-up, just for you...













This is the new addition to the booth.  There used to be a cool old washstand, but nobody else thought it was cool.  Saving it for the flea market this summer.  I used vintage wallpaper to back the shelf because the backing had been replaced at some point with wood that didn't match the rest of the shelf.  Spray glue and vintage wallpaper were the quickest solution.  This is one of the pieces of furniture I picked up at this auction.


I truly don't think I can get anything else in this space!


The start of "Project Make the Ugly Metal Roof Support Beam Look Pretty"


I added a little strip of magnet to the back of a clothes pin and decorated the front with some washi tape I have.  Ahh, the many uses of washi tape!  I have been working on dozens more of these to bring to the booth with me for Saturday's event.  The event is from 11a-3p and there will be food and drinks.



Carmel Old Town Antique Mall
38 W. Main St.
Carmel, IN 46032
Dealer # 244 (upstairs)


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