Monday, January 25, 2016

Lebanon, Indiana Auction Buys

I attended a small, but decent auction on Saturday.  Stuff was still a little pricey, but I held out til the very end and was able to get good prices on lots of things.


I got all of these crocks for a great price.


Wish the lid on the Boston Baked Beans pot was original, because then my pot would have been quite valuable (in the $50ish range), versus $25 where I priced it.


 I got great deals on some of these because they had decals on them.  I learned long ago to buy them and scrape them off. :)


 Some Fenton Hobnail Opalescent pieces plus MacBeth Evans petalware bread plates.


 Lots of smalls.


See anything you like?


All went to the booth yesterday.


 The child's iron works.  And is dangerous in my hands.


12K Gold Filled glasses and a sweet brass baby rattle.  My favorites.


I bought an entire table of vintage railroad/train ephemera.  I can't wait to go through it all and start listing it on eBay.


I also got these set of railroad matchbooks and chandelier prisms.  Matches should be good eBay items.

That's it for this week!  What did you guys pick up this past week while out junking/thrifting/antiquing?

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Winter Vintage Drought

You guys, the winter vintage droughts are upon us.  At least they are in my neck of the woods.  I went to an auction for 5 hours on Saturday and for 3 hours on Sunday.  I drove a total of 3 hours to get to and from those auctions.  I didn't bring home much.  Prices were crazy pants.  Also, the quality of the auctions were just not there.  I also visited TWO different antique stores just to see if there was anything I could salvage there.  Those helped a tad.

I have been talking to a few of my auction buddies and vintage reselling friends and we have all agreed that we have to come up with unique ways to get new, "fresh" vintage stuff to sell.

Here are a few things we came up with... 1. Visit flea markets and thrift stores that we don't go to very often (or gave up on long ago), 2. contact our junker buddies who buy, buy, buy... just to store away in their barns.  Sign me up for a barn digging adventure.  3. trade with each other.

So, I was just talking with one of my reselling friends about what was selling for us.  I'm like "Yeah, I have a ton of those and they never sell."  or "I can't keep those in stock and you can't sell them... what's up with that?"  I know this sounds crazy, but what if we got together with our reselling friends and visit each others booths and point out things we've had forever.  Then... trade them!  I haven't actually tried this out yet... but why not?

Anyways, enough babbling... let's take a look at what I was able to bring home!


 Picked up from the Saturday auction.  Signs are always a seller for me.  These Coca Cola ones shouldn't last long.


 I have some stoneware bowls in my booth already and I only sell them here and there... but the price was way too goo to pass these up.


 Also picked these up on Saturday.  I thought these would be a great addition to my new showcase I got in December


 Two things I always, always buy when the price is cheap enough!  The train case was from an antique booth that was 90% off.  The Coca Cola crate was my lone buy from an auction I sat at for 3 hours on Sunday.  Better than some of my auction buddies who came out empty-handed.


These were an antique mall purchase too.  They were already marked at a great price AND half off.  I need another Empire Santa blow mold like I need another hole in my head.  The middle guy was one I haven't seen before.  He is made by Union Plastics.


This was a buy from the auction on Saturday.  All of these cute little figurines are... wait for it... pencil sharpeners.  After doing a little research, they are called Play-Me and were made in Spain and Hong Kong in the 1970s sometime, therefore qualifying them as vintage.  Most of them are valued at $4-$5, while some seem to be more valuable (especially when they have the box).  I'm pricing mine all at $4 and I think they'll make a cute little addition to my antique booth.  I have bets that a few of these don't last long.

That's it for this week!

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Monday, January 11, 2016

40th Annual Greater Indianapolis Garage Sale & Marketplace

 I've been home from our honeymoon for about a week.  Thank you all for your kind messages and comments while I was gone.  We had a great time and can't wait for our next adventure.

But, before I go off on a tangent, let's get back to what you're all here for... the vintage junk!

On Saturday me and mom went to the Greater Indianapolis Garage Sale & Marketplace.  We attended this event last year too!  Like I said last year, there were quite a bit of antique dealers, if you could get through all the junk (old and new).

Like last year, it was very crowded.  We got there right when it opened at 9A, which helped with the crowds a bit, as it didn't really pick up until 10A, when we were making our first trip to the truck!

You never know what you're going to find at this sale...


I was able to take home a fair amount of stuff... so let's take a look at what I bought.  The name of the game on Saturday was definitely "how much if I buy it all?" My favorite question.


I've never come across this much Barlett Collins at one time.  So, I bought it all.


Little odds and ends that I picked up.


 I bought these off a guy who used to work for a (now defunct) local puzzle company.  They were selling unopened 1000 piece puzzles for $2 - a fraction of the cost if you bought them in the store.  They also had a selection of 500 piece puzzles that were 5 for $1.  My mom bought quite a bit of each.  I picked out the only older ones that lacked a UPC, so I knew it had to be pre 1974, when they first started using them.


I've seen quite a few folks on Instagram get into collecting vintage squeaky toys.  So I picked these guys all up for 3 different booths.  I trialed one in my booth that I picked up Thanksgiving weekend for free.  It sold within a day.  It was the same brand as the little boy squeaky on the far right.


I also thought I'd try a few small vintage plastic dolls.  I picked them up cheaply, so if they don't sell, oh well.  I like to keep buying new and different stuff, so that I have a variety of things to offer.


I love old letters/symbols.  This guy is pretty big - nearly 24" tall.


 Remember the "what if I buy it all?" motto...


I absolutely love old pennants (especially that bright pink Salt Lake City one in the upper right corner).


I love all the colors.


There were also so great ones from local places here in Indiana.


 Another fun Salt Lake City one here.


 Continuing with the "what if I buy it all?" question... I bought all of these new old stock laundry soaps and ice cream packages from one dealer.




All of these old ice cream bar packages would make cute treat bags, etc.  I've already sold many sets to some Instgram friends who deal strictly with vintage ephemera.

Wishing you all great junkin' in 2016!
Melissa

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