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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Monday, March 10, 2014

Christmas, Cocktails, Records, and a Typewriter

If you follow me on Facebook... you've already seen these pictures.  My apologies.  But, if you don't follow me... you should!  I usually share my goodies there first!

Also, I have gotten back in to using Pinterest.  So hop on over to my boards and follow me for some inspiration!

Went to an auction this weekend... and I basically bought out a record store.  I can't wait to go through them in more detail.  There's at least 500+ 33s and 45s.  Not to mention a few 78s.

Here's the few goodies I picked up:


I love this vintage-style Crosley record player, that was a gift from my wonderful bf.  As you can see, there are a few of the awesome records I picked up.  I debated keeping the cocktail shaker for myself.  I love the kitschy Christmas wreath.  Always a good day when you find vintage Christmas.  Of course some kitchen items made it home with me too: swanky swigs and Pyrex.


Then there's these beauties. A 1933 and 1934 yearbook from my Alma Mater, Indiana University,  I may have trouble parting with these.

I also went to an auction with my junkin' buddy on Sunday.  I picked up many boxes of vintage ornaments... that are already packed away thanks to my spring cleaning!  I packed up my unlisted Christmas stuff that I will start listing again in July.  I also got a Smith Corona typewrite exactly like this one I picked up last June in a town wide garage sale.

I also got a huge lot of souvenir glasses and vintage post cards.  Haven't had the chance to go through them.  Will show you guys as soon as I do!

What vintage goodness did you guys get this weekend?

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Auction Blues

I can't believe it is March already.  I think it is because it snowed again last night and today.  This horrible winter has really put a damper on finding good sales and auctions to go to.  And the prices are even more outrageous that I could've possibly imagined.  I tried out an auction again on Saturday, but gave up easily due to the prices.  I did snag 2 old Polaroid Land Cameras.


I also got to visit a new to me antique mall in Centerville, Indiana.  It is along what is known as "Antique Alley."  Here's a few things I came home with:



I always look extra hard in the booths that have sales.  I got some great deals.  2 pieces of pyrex... yes, they both need lids, but the one had the cradle, which was cool.  The mug is unmarked, but I love the colors.  Couldn't pass on the tart tins at 75% off!  The large spring blossom plates will go in my kitchen because I only had a few of this size.  The ornaments were a no-brainer for me.  The Bugs Bunny glass will be added to the swanky swigs and other glasses for sale in my booth, as will this Polaroid camera with original box.  I am obsessed with buying these old postcards lately because they're selling like hotcakes for me in my booth!

So I had remodeled my booth a bit last weekend, but didn't have time for pictures before heading out.  I did manage to snap some while I was there on Friday after work. You already saw the new front display here.









The more I look at those ugly brown bookcases, the more I realize they need a makeover soon.  I'm thinking some vintage wallpaper for the back and some pretty fabrics for the shelves.  I'm also thinking of what would be a great way to add some different heights to some of the shelves... since I only have so many shelves to work with.  AND, I finally have an idea for the ugly roof support beam in my booth... details to come soon!

Have a wonderful week!
Melissa

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