Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thrifty Things Friday #24 & Giveaway Winners

TTF @ Melissa's Antiques

Welcome to the next installment of Thrifty Things Friday!

First off, I'm sorry to everyone who reads this lil ol' blog of mine.  I've been swamped.  So much to do at the day job.  Working diligently to complete my MBA.  Buying for the booth.  Selling Christmas on Etsy and Pyrex on Instagram.  I need a break!

So, I totally forgot to announce the 2 winners of the giveaway.

and
Linda @ A La Carte

I did buy a truckload of goodies last Saturday, but with the busy schedule, I haven't had time to dig through them.  I'm hoping to get to that this weekend.  Here are a few sneak peeks.  If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you've already seen these.






Last week I also asked for your help finding something for my upcoming wedding.
I finally got my first 4 for the project.  I hope to have more coming in the mail!


The feature from last week's party is...

Deanie's Stash


Feel free to use this button on your blog if you've been featured.
So, let's get on to the party!  Let me kindly remind you of the guidelines...

Please...
  1. only submit "thrifty" finds/DIYs/furniture redos/recipes posts/articles.  Do not submit a "for sale" post - this is not a link up to sell items.  Do not submit a link to your homepage, etsy shop, etc.  Submit a direct link  (permalink) to the post/article.  Only link up to 3 posts/articles.
  2. link back to the Melissa's Antiques home page or directly to this week's TTF link-up.  Feel free to grab the button above! Tell your readers where you party at!  Encourage them to join!
  3. follow my blog.  You can do that several ways: Google Reader, by email, Bloglovin', or any other platform.  I also have a Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. I like to show different content than what's on my blog on these 3 platforms.
  4. go to the source of the photo to pin it to Pinterest, so that way the original author gets the credit.
  5. note that by linking your post, you give me (Melissa's Antiques) permission to share your pictures or content on my blog, Facebook, Pinterest, or other social media platforms.
  6. try to visit others who link-up to this post.  I will try to get to everyone's posts by the time for the next TTF.
If you do not follow these guidelines you will not be featured next week and/or your post may be deleted.

Friday, October 17, 2014

I Need YOUR Help!

Life has been busy.  I've been engaged for 3 months today.  And I haven't done a single thing for my wedding, except buy a vintage milk glass cake stand.  That was 4 days after I got engaged.  So, after much thought, the wedding will most likely take place over my fall break next October... so exactly one year from now.  That may seem like a lot of time, but I'm sure it will come and go quickly.

So, I've known from the beginning that my wedding would be 100% vintage.  When I started collecting odd bits of costume jewelry this summer, it got me thinking about how I could incorporate that into my wedding.  With a simple google search, I found the above vintage enamel floral brooch bouquet idea.  I knew I had to do this for me and my 2 bridesmaids.


After pricing brooches in local antique stores and even my local thrifts, I thought I couldn't afford to do this.  After all the bridal bouquet alone will take 50-60 brooches, while the bridesmaid ones will take 25-30.  That's anywhere from 100-120 brooches.  If they each cost me the antique prices, I'd spend over $1000 on these alone.  NOT what my thrifty self had in mind! 

So, here's where I'm enlisting your help.  I know some of you out there in blogland find these all the time in the $1-3 range!  I need you guys to pick them up for me!  I will gladly pay you real money $$ OR I'm even willing to trade for other vintage goodness.  Please send me emails (melissasantiques AT gmail DOT com) OR direct message me on Instagram (melissasantiques).  As the brooches come in, I will definitely be showcasing them here with a link back to the lovely blogger/instagrammer who helped me out.

I also thought that this would be a fun way to incorporate all my vintage-loving blogland friends in my wedding.  I'm sure I'll be including you all more as the days count down and we get closer to the big day.

Happy hunting.  I'm really looking forward to seeing what you all find.
Melissa

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thrifty Things Friday #23

TTF @ Melissa's Antiques

Welcome to the next installment of Thrifty Things Friday!

First off, as of this past Monday I celebrated THREE years of blogging along with my 200th post.
I decided to host a GIVEAWAY.

I'm giving away 2 of these lots of holiday goodies.

[Click here to enter the giveaway.]

Are you following me on Instagram yet?  I mentioned last week that I was trying to hit 500 followers to open my insta-shop. Well, I met that goal, and it keeps growing!  I'll be posting sale previews and will be having the first sale this weekend.  So, if you love what I buy here, come on over to instagram for your chance to nab it before anyone else.
The feature from last week's party is... 

Distressed Donna Down Home


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So, let's get on to the party!  Let me kindly remind you of the guidelines...

Please...
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  2. link back to the Melissa's Antiques home page or directly to this week's TTF link-up.  Feel free to grab the button above! Tell your readers where you party at!  Encourage them to join!
  3. follow my blog.  You can do that several ways: Google Reader, by email, Bloglovin', or any other platform.  I also have a Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. I like to show different content than what's on my blog on these 3 platforms.
  4. go to the source of the photo to pin it to Pinterest, so that way the original author gets the credit.
  5. note that by linking your post, you give me (Melissa's Antiques) permission to share your pictures or content on my blog, Facebook, Pinterest, or other social media platforms.
  6. try to visit others who link-up to this post.  I will try to get to everyone's posts by the time for the next TTF.
If you do not follow these guidelines you will not be featured next week and/or your post may be deleted.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Milestones + CBF Finds + A Giveaway

Today marks not only my THIRD year blogging (has it really been that long?) but also my 200th post.  I didn't plan it that way, either.  So, I figured it was time for a giveaway.  I wanted to include a little something from my 2 favorite holidays.  Below is the prize package.  I'll be giving away two of these!



To enter - just leave me a comment telling me if you like Halloween or Christmas better and why and an email to contact you. For an extra entry - share on a blog post of yours and come back here and leave another comment with the post link.  Oh, and please follow this little ol' blog of mine!  Deadline is this Sunday, October 19th at 11:59PM EST.  Winners will be drawn the next day and contacted by email.

Now, onto my finds from this weekend's Covered Bridge Festival.  If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen a lot of these!


All this Pyrex!  I won't tell you the sob story on how I missed out on the Balloons 444.


I bought someone's entire swanky swig collection.
It never hurts to ask "How much if I buy them all?"
There's 50 here!






Random things including a few holiday finds.
I thought the Tripoley game would display well for Halloween.


All of these are consistent sellers in my booth.
I can't keep signs in stock!


I had a customer asking for typewriters on Friday at the booth.  Glad to find 2.
I think I'll be keeping the locker baskets.  Hard to come by at a good price here.


Need to do more research on him, but apparently he was used as a cooler.
Any blogland friends able to tell me more?


Darn you Thrifter Sisters for getting me into this vintage bedding thing...


How could I pass up 120 vintage fans for a song?!
Again, it never hurts to ask "What if I buy them all?"
I have a vintage wedding project in mind involving the program.


And finally, my costume jewelry finds.
I love the bracelet - it's a 1961 Republican bracelet.
Hence the elephant and GOP charms.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

This Past Weekends Finds

I had a really busy week, so I'm just getting around to posting my finds.  I usually do it on Monday.  Mom and I attended a very large farm auction last Saturday.  It was pretty darn cold outside all day.  I wore 5 layers: tank top, tshirt, flannel shirt, fleece jacket, and a thick lined wind breaker.  AND it started spitting rain in the middle of the auction.  BUT, we stayed until the very end.  We're diehards like that.  I also viewed an estate on Sunday and was able to buy a few things before they held the estate sale.



The Pyrex primary set + extra blue 401 and the almost complete Pyrex primary fridge set came from the estate on Sunday.  I didn't want to lowball on any of their prices, so after they've had their sale, I have been invited to buy out the remainder of the estate that I'd like.  The rest came from the cold Saturday auction.


So, I have the original box that these Blendo West Virgina glasses were mailed the person in.  Apparently you could buy them by saving up S&H green stamps.  Do you think it makes it more valuable?  I love when I find cocktail shakers with the original lid!  This was all from the auction.


McCoy & Shawnee planters (except for the teeny tiny one - but it still has it's original sticker).  These are all ones I didn't have and will go into my collection except for 2 duplicates.  The aqua blue one all the way on the left and the green one sitting atop the aqua blue one in the center.


Odds and ends.  I definitely needed more glass lids for my Ball jars without them.

 

2 large lard tins and a potato chip tin without the lid.  I think the potato chip tin would make a cool trash can.


 Some chalkware including: a cute lamb, a grandma and grandpa "social security" banks," and an Americana piece.  I think the orange/silver swirl (with black insides) Shawnee planter is perfect for Halloween.  Plus some silver s&p shakers.  The single is from the World's Fair in Chicago.


Lots of little animal figurines.
The dalmatian on the far right has already been sold.


All of my Christmas finds here.
The 2 purses (1 beaded, 1 rhinestone) were in their original Merry Christmas gift box from Marshall Fields.  The purses still have their original price tags intact.  They've never been used.


These 2 photo albums are really cool.  I am guessing they are from the late 1800s to early 1900s.  Too bad there wasn't any pictures in them.  Then... this lampshade.  It has damage on the small shade on the backside, but displays well on the front... so I couldn't leave it behind on the pile that was doomed for the dump.



I love that this shoe form came with 3 sizes of shoes that you can put on it.


You can never have too many crates.


And I bought all of these signs.


Some are cardboard (but still cool!).
I really like the rope one.  It would be perfect for Halloween.


The others are painted on a thin wood.
The Carlton Sinks one screams midcentury.
I think it would be perfect in an aqua blue kitchen.

So this weekend I'm headed to the annual Covered Bridge Festival.  We like to drive almost all the way there and hit all the garage sales along the way.  There are plenty of sales along that 40 mile drive.  I wrote about my covered bridge experience from 2011 HERE and HERE.  I was a vendor during the 2012 season and you can read about that HERE. You can read about my 2013 experience HERE.

Thrifty Things Friday #22

TTF @ Melissa's Antiques

Welcome to the next installment of Thrifty Things Friday!

Are you following me on Instagram yet?
As soon as I reach enough followers I will be putting things up for sale there.
I've become addicted to it and I can't wait to start!
The feature from last week's party is... 




Feel free to use this button on your blog if you've been featured.
So, let's get on to the party!  Let me kindly remind you of the guidelines...

Please...
  1. only submit "thrifty" finds/DIYs/furniture redos/recipes posts/articles.  Do not submit a "for sale" post - this is not a link up to sell items.  Do not submit a link to your homepage.  Submit a direct link  (permalink) to the post/article.  Only link up to 3 posts/articles.
  2. link back to the Melissa's Antiques home page or directly to this week's TTF link-up.  Feel free to grab the button above! Tell your readers where you party at!  Encourage them to join!
  3. follow my blog.  You can do that several ways: Google Reader, by email, Bloglovin', or any other platform.  I also have a Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. I like to show different content than what's on my blog on these 3 platforms.
  4. go to the source of the photo to pin it to Pinterest, so that way the original author gets the credit.
  5. note that by linking your post, you give me (Melissa's Antiques) permission to share your pictures or content on my blog, Facebook, Pinterest, or other social media platforms.
  6. try to visit others who link-up to this post.  I will try to get to everyone's posts by the time for the next TTF.
If you do not follow these guidelines you will not be featured next week and/or your post may be deleted.