Thursday, July 7, 2016

Quickie #5


Oh, you thought I was done showing you finds from the US40 Yard Sale?  Well, I apparently missed some things.  Sewing machine was part of this one that I took apart recently.

Anyways, you're here for another quickie project.  Enter in the ugly purple spinning rack from above.


Add a can of 99 cent Krylon MAXX in Coral Isle. My WalMart regularly puts some colors on clearance, so I always go through and stock up on the fun colors.


Next enter in a 500+ postcard lot I bought recently thanks to fellow postcard lover, Donna.

Then... spend hours upon hours sorting through them and putting them in those little postcard sleeves and pricing them with those little stickers.

And... TA DA!


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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Finds from the Highway 41 Yard Sale

One of the many old barns on my grandparent's property.

Last weekend I decided to give the Highway 41 Yard Sale through Kentucky a try.  It follows highway 41 from the Indiana/Kentucky boarder to the Kentucky/Tennessee border.  It's about 100 miles.  If you add in the alternate part of 41, it adds 50 extra miles.  Luckily for me, my entire family lives pretty close to where it starts at the Indiana/Kentucky border.  My grandma was nice enough to let me stay with her.  I don't get to see her as much as I would like, so it was nice to spend one-on-one time with her.


My grandma and I took a 3.5 mile walk through the country roads on Friday night after we had dinner.  For nearly 80, Grandma and I made great timing.


 The start of the route in Henderson, Kentucky.


 "Odds & Ends" - one of my first stops!


 Only in Kentucky do you see DIME prices.


 My favorite buy from the trip.  I'll be fostering this one for awhile.


 At one of my stops, I saw a sewing machine drawer holder used to hold wine bottles.  I thought it was such a clever idea!


The Beast parked along 41.  I was able to make it all the way to the Kentucky/Tennessee border (100 miles) in about 6 hours.


After a day of junkin', I attended a cousin's country wedding.

Here's my finds from this trip...


At a buck each, I'll never leave an old license plate behind.


50 cents for this Fisher Price record player.  Still works!


A dollar for this picnic basket and ten for this amazing old railroad lantern.


A stack of enamelware from one stop.


How could I possibly resist this adorable metal doll furniture?


At 50 cents each, I'll always pick up a good old book!


Got this all at one stop for 2 bucks!


All these different finds were found at different stops for a dime to 50 cents each.


Got all these new old stock pieces from one vendor.  Gave him my card for when he comes to do a show in Indianapolis, so I can buy more!


Got all of these kitchen tools from one vendor for a song.


These 2 old screen windows were a great deal.
I got a few other little things not pictured here, but nothing substantial.

 That brings me to this long 4th of July weekend...


The hubby and I took our kayaks on a 15 mile trip down a local creek.

Do you like how my Teva sandals match my kayak?  Everything aqua!


 Hubby climbing a big fallen tree.


 There were lots of these little mini waterfalls along the way.


A classic 4th of July: cold beer & sparklers.

Well, thanks for coming to visit my little corner of blogland.  I'm going to TRY and get some new QUICKIES posted this month.  There will be a serious lack of junking, because I need the entire month of July to mentally prepare for THE WORLD'S LONGEST YARD SALE (click for my tips/tricks)!  Guys, I'm super excited for it.  I cannot wait!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Quickie #4

For today's quickie, I'm going to show you how to take apart an antique sewing machine with cast iron base.  A lot of folks use them to make tables.  I happen to really like the drawers.  I sell the bases to a people I know who are way more talented in the furniture making department than me.

I apologize in advance that all these pictures are taken in the side of the Beast.  It's not the cast iron base, but the actual sewing machine itself that is really heavy.  The husband wasn't home, so I couldn't lift it out myself.


 Step 1: Buy an antique sewing machine.  I picked mine up on the US 40 yard sale a couple weeks ago.  Make sure to have a couple of different screw drivers, or preferably a cordless drill.


Step 2: Take out the drawers.


Step 3: If the bracket that holds the drawers is in good shape, you'll want to be extra careful removing that.  The drawers look cool stacked in sets of 2 or 3.  I saved the brackets, just in case, but this type of bracket won't allow the drawers to stand on their own.  HERE is a picture of drawers with brackets that I took off an old Singer machine.


 Step 4: Locate the screws that are holding on the top.


Step 5: Due to their angle, I couldn't get them with my cordless drill, so I used a screw driver.  Unscrew the usually* 4 screws holding the wood top to the top of base.

Old spider egg sacks are always free with purchases like this.





*Mine only had 3 holding it on the top.




Step 6: Locate the screws holding on the sides or brackets that hold your drawers.



Step 7:  Perfect angle for the cordless drill.  NOTE: Be sure to push in the little button so that your cordless drill rotates counterclockwise to take the screw out.


Step 7: All the sides will now come off.  They'll be connected to the back wood piece, as you can here, one came right off, as the nails that were used to connect it to the 2 sides were not very big or strong.  Instead of using a hammer to ply it apart, I used my hands.

Step 8: Lift the wood top and part holding the sewing machine off the base.  And, ta-da!

I haven't lifted mine off yet, because it was too heavy to life alone.  So, no picture of that.  But you can use your imagination!


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Monday, June 20, 2016

Old National Road (US 40) Yard Sale Finds

Woah, I haven't posted in nearly 2 weeks!  This summer has been busy.  Spending lots and lots of time outside (because who wants to be inside when it's so nice?) and hubby took me to San Diego last weekend.  Oh you know, just because.  He actually surprised me with an animal encounter.  I got to swim with one of my favorite animals - an otter!  I'll spare you pictures of my shirtless husband.  Here's one of my getting surprised by one jumping up on me.  I'm holding a cup with marbles in it because it's one of their favorite games.  I'm wearing a tshirt over my swimsuit because they love to crawl in and out of shirts.  Trust me.  They did it several times!


And here's a video I took when we were playing with them before we swam with them.  They love bubbles.

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Anyways there was your daily dose of cuteness.  You're welcome.

So the last thing I did before vacation was spend 2 days on the US 40 Yard Sale.  You may want to go back and refresh your memory.  I mean, it was so long ago, even I had to.  There I shared a lot of sneak peeks of what I bought.  So, today I'm going to share pictures of what I've gotten through so far.  And, if you can believe it, there's still more to go.  The pictures are all in different places because I took them while I was at my booth, in my house, in The Beast, and while cleaning them up.  No one ever said the life of an antiques dealer was easy.  But it is fun.  Well, the cleaning part -- not so much.


You saw these already in Quickie #3.  It seemed to be a popular quickie project.  It's super easy and hope I see some of you re-create it soon!




 Picked all of these items from the second barn mom and I picked on Saturday.


Bought a box of bottles from one guy for a GREAT deal.  See the other half below.


Lots of vintage kitchen items.  All mostly found for 25 cents each!


More vintage kitchen items.  I love the big fired-on white glass Hoosier cabinet style canister.


 Lots of fun little finds.  I shared the thermos on Instagram when I found it.  It's a harder to find one, because it was made in the same town I found it (Terre Haute, Indiana) and not many were made.  But guys... I know for a fact that they made PINK ones.  PINK.  With a cute little bear on it (like mine).  So, now all you thermos junkies have something to look for!



 $1 for a vintage window?  I'll never pass it up.


 File under: what the hell are you going to do with that thing?!
Picked from the big warehouse/pole barn thing with mom and the second day of yard sale-ing.  We could've not gone anywhere else that day and I would've been happy.


 Kids table and chairs for a fiver.  No brainer.  I've sold 4 or 5 of these sets.


 Cute stool that needs a little love.  Thinking plant stand...


 I told you, I was in various stages of cleaning.  These were all getting sprayed out.  The 3 soda crates came from the first barn pick on day 2.


 All these letters came from the first barn pick on day 2.  I hung the Cozy Cafe sign up in my booth in Carmel.  I love it so much, so priced it as such.  I hope it stays so that way when I get the farmhouse of my dreams, I can hang it in my kitchen or something.  As for the other letters.  I have no idea what they once spelled or what sign they may have been from.  So, I thought I'd throw it out into blogland and see if any of you had any ideas.


I came across this big lot of railroad ephemera.  I love old paper.  Something about it is just so cool.


2 bags of vintage plastic Christmas ornaments and a Gurley turkey for 25 cents each.  No brainer.


I have a guy that I've been buying wood spools off of for several years now.  I finally bought him out of all of his spools.  These blue ones are big sellers for me.


 The rest of the bottles!  For what I paid for the box, they broke down to be about $1 per bottle.  Which I'd do all day everyday for good embossed antique bottles!


I had to show you this one - it has a giraffe on the front of it!


 Framed 1940 Plymouth ad from the first barn pick.


 Framed 1921 map of Hamilton County from the first barn pick.  I bought this, not because I live in Hamilton County, but because one of my booths is in Hamilton County.  Bottom row, very left green square.  That's where it's at.


 Okay, so the 2 toolboxes came from a lady I always buy stuff from several times a year.  She always gives me great deals.  The grey toolbox came from barn pick number 2.  More about the wood stacked under the next picture..


 These actually weren't from the yard sale route.  My brother rescued these from one of his friends mom's house.  They were in her garage and she was moving.  She was going to throw them away.

(I'll pause from dramatic effect.  I know all you junkers are audibly gasping right now.)

Well, luckily my brother had enough sense to save them.  The cheese boxes were made into drawers at some point.  I promised him a commission on all these items once they sell.  Boy, he perked right up from that, so I'm sure you'll be seeing more picks from my brother soon.


 Stack of 1960s American Geographical Society Around the World Program magazines.


 WAY back in the early days of this blog (gah!  the pictures are worse than they are now, if you can believe it) I had a "Lonely Green Shaker" collection.  Well, my tastes have clearly not changed in the last five years.  I'm still collecting them.  One of these days I'll showcase them all.  And maybe I'll finally find some of them some mates.  You never know.


Edward Mobley squeak and the Fisher Price Happy Apple made appearances on Instagram during my trip.  Never ever pass up a Big Little Book!  These are each valued at $4 for good condition, $8 for vintage, and $16 for excellent.  HERE is the best resource for pricing and info on big little books.


 Vintage kitchen!  All reasonably priced and found for $1-$3 each.


 I sell a lot of dresser sets.  No clue why.  So, I buy one every time I sell one.
I see a quickie in the future of this little wood shelf that was picked up for 50 cents.



Bag of cookie cutters for $1.  Yes.  Take out the good ones and off to goodwill with the rest.


 Lots of fun finds here.  More berry baskets.  They were all found in the same place.  Would you believe I got the Cinderella carpet sweeper from the same guy I bought all the railroad paper from?

The Skotch Jug is a very unique one!  I thought I had a pretty hard to find one.  Then Jann found one!


 On day one I found one pack of this webbing for lawn chairs.  On day two I found a big box full of it.  When it rains, it pours.  Most of these are unopened and seem to fetch at least $10 a pack on ebay.  You will catch them in my ebay store soon.


 I bought this box of bottles for a song.  This is prior to me cleaning them up.  The ones with rust inside are soaking with Bar Keeper's Friend.  Another helpful hint if you buy lots of bottles - invest in a baby bottle cleaner.  It's $4 you won't soon regret.


Picked from the first barn on day 2.  Sad story - I actually picked (and paid for) 2 of these.  And somehow in the midst of packing up everything, it got left behind.  Kicking myself, because it drastically cut into my profit margin.  Have you ever done something like that before?


 This Dr. Pepper picnic basket got lots of heart eyes on Instagram.  Also picked from the first barn.


Lots of the smalls I picked from the first barn.  No, the 1 GAL jug wasn't hiding inside, but it got shoved into this picture. It was also picked at the first barn and it's a keeper.  Never seen one with the writing like that.


 See that brown covered book looking thing in the picture above.  Well, it's this.


 I thought I was getting an old Christmas tin.  SURPRISE!


 LOOK!  A HALLOWEEN ONE!


And... 2 wood tennis racquets.

Yep, there's still more.  Will I ever get to it?  Probably not.  Just use your imagination!

So, I'm debating on taking The Beast on another little junkin' road trip this weekend to Kentucky for the Highway 41 Sale.  Anyone have any luck with that sale?  

It will be the last one for awhile.  I mean, honestly I need the entire month of July to mentally prepare for THE WORLD'S LONGEST YARD SALE (click for my tips/tricks)!  Guys, I'm super excited for it.  I cannot wait!

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