Monday, September 29, 2014

Small Town Finds

Not much was going on in auction and estate sale land this weekend.  So, I did attend a small auction that started at 10.  I was gone with my goodies by 11.  After a quick lunch, I was off to one of my favorite small-town little antique stores.  I always enjoy talking with the guy that runs it.  I also shopped a large flea market on my way home after that.  So, let me show you what I got!

The total haul.

 I'll be honest, I went to the auction JUST to buy
this friendship lasagna pan.

 This is my largest Pyrex haul in awhile.

 Carnival Glass made by the Indiana Glass Co.

 I love green depression.  I wish these fridge
dishes had lids.

 Another McCoy planter to add to my collection.
And cute plastic spice shakers.

And some pink depression.
I really like the ice bucket.

 I also got this lovely rhinestone bracelet.

That is actually a necklace.
But doesn't look good as a choker.


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thrifty Things Friday #20

TTF @ Melissa's Antiques

Welcome to the next installment of Thrifty Things Friday!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Auction Full of Junk No One Wanted

What a great past weekend. It was pretty busy, but fun. This week has been even busier and life won't be slowing down until I finally get a week off for fall break in October. Thank goodness.

I'd go into a long story about my weekend... but it included: serving beer at my very large Catholic church's fall festival, spending time with my nephew on the carnival rides, eating WAY too much carnival food, going to one of the biggest auctions I've ever seen of stuff no one wants, and studying for my managerial accounting class.


I had to share one picture of me with my cute nephew.
He loves me because he knows he's going to get
something full of sugar when he's with me.
Usually it's ice cream.

So, let me get on to why you're really here.  The weekly finds.  There weren't a lot of options for good auctions nearby me on Saturday.  I couldn't travel too far due to my obligations to the church.  (When your obligation is to serve beer you don't complain, because it's actually a ton of fun.)



So, I don't know if you can tell, but this is a gigantic pole barn.  Probably about the length and width of 2 football fields.  The first picture is me standing at the entrance, while the next is me standing almost half way through.  This was at the local small-town fairgrounds.  It came out of a 1,500 square foot house that had a basement and a garage.  The woman who own it all was definitely a hoarder.  She lived with it piled around her.  The amazing thing was that this woman was an extremely clean hoarder.  Most of it was unopened craft supplies (not the good stuff, either) and dollar store items.

What I really liked is that the auctioneers knew there wasn't much stuff that people wanted besides the furniture.  So we went through all the tables of stuff lightening fast.  And stuff went cheap, cheap, cheap.  There were a lot of flea market type people there.  They were buying several tables full of stuff for a dollar.  The furniture was saved for last.  Some brought decent money. I also went to a friend's garage sale that I knew was de-stashing some of her vintage goodies. 

So, let me show you what I bought.


My only furniture purchases.  The table on the left is in pristine condition.  The table on the right needs some work.  I was thinking of taking it apart and giving it a barnwood top, since the current one is a little warped.




The 70s are back and they brought Arnel's mushroom canisters and other pieces with them.  I've seen a TON of funky 70s stuff popping up on every intsa-shop lately... so I thought I might give it a try in my booth.  Are you starting to see more 70s items pop up in antique malls near you?


 Set of Libbey glasses.


 Set of Dorothy Thorpe (style) barware.
This same set is selling in the $60-$80 range on eBay.


 More funky 70s stuff.


 Truth time: I bought 2 full vintage Singers.  You know,
the ones with the metal bases.  Fully intending to rip
off the top and add barnwood to make a cool table.
Well, I didn't exactly have enough room in my truck.
So, I took out the drawers and sold the bottoms to
another auction attendee that wanted them.


 I got the Pyrex and syrup dispenser from my
friend's de-stash sale. Mom picked up the green
items at a garage sale on Friday on her way to
volunteer for the church carnival.


Spools and antique post cards.
2 things I totally needed more of. (sarcasm.)
What can I say, they're consistent sellers.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thrifty Things Friday #19

TTF @ Melissa's Antiques

Welcome to the next installment of Thrifty Things Friday!

I've recently joined the Instagram world!  Jump on this bandwagon if you haven't already!
The feature from last week is... 




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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.
  7. I'd really love to see more thrifty/vintage wedding stuff.  Link up as much wedding stuff as you'd like!
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Farm Fresh Finds

I was lucky enough to attend an auction on Saturday out in the middle of no where. 
Just the way I like it.  It was a bitter cold 47 degrees when the auction started. 
It was a pretty large auction, so I'm lucky mom came with me to help out.


Breathtaking views.


Lots and lots of box lots.


 One of the many trailers full of goods.


 Lines and...


 lines of goods.


They should have a dumpster at every auction.  
There's always stuff that just needs to be thrown away.  
It's not even nice enough to donate.


 More beautiful views.


Seriously, aren't these views amazing?


Still more stuff!


 So many canning jars!


I could've just snapped pictures all day of this farm.


130+ acres of beautiful Indiana countryside.

So, do you want to even see what I bought?

Here's what my truck looked like when I got home from the auction.


And spread out all over my garage floor.


 Some of the old grain and coffee sacks spread out on
the driveway to be cleaned. Still more to go through.
Only one dead mouse made an appearance. So far.


And a few apple baskets.


Blue canning jars and crates.


 Galvanized buckets!


 My army of Prince Albert tins.


More galvanized buckets and a few enamel lids.


The first round of finds.





Second round of finds.






Plenty of ephemera.
A Happy Days coloring book that 
kind of looks like Magpie Ethel.
"Happy Day" is her catchphrase, too.



And it's always a good day when there's 
vintage Christmas involved.

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