Monday, September 28, 2015

Vintage Typewriter Sickness

I didn't buy a damn thing this weekend, but my mom did!  Continuing a bad blogger trend, I forgot to take pictures of pretty much everything she bought, before I took it to my booth.  And again continuing the bad blogger trend, I didn't take many pictures of my awesome booth!

Anyways, here's a couple things mom bought from the auction (that I did manage to photograph):

I have a sickness.  That sickness is vintage typewriters.  My mom isn't helping any.  I've bought 10 (probably more) in the past year.

This bar cart is in absolutely perfect shape and even has electricity.  I'll be switching out the one in my kitchen for this one, since this one is nicer.

She also bought a ton of cameras and accessories, including a MINT GREEN Imperial Marx XII with flash and original box.  I debated keeping it for myself, but it went to my booth.  I don't think it will last long. Along with the cameras there were some box lots of vintage knick-knacks and a bunch of metal drawers.  Also, there was yet another midcentury metal shelf (seen below).  I now own 4 of the exact same midcentury shelves.  I should spray paint them all funky colors like I did to THIS midcentury shelf

Mom also saved me a sweet gift for my bridal shower (that I didn't actually have).

These were my dad's mom's tablecloths.  She died when I was about 6 months old (I'm 28).  I love that she saved them for me all these years.

On Saturday she helped me bring the stuff I bought last weekend to the stuff she bought on Friday.  I managed to snap 2 pictures.  Sorry I'm such a bad blogger this week.

Seen in the above photo is the midcentury shelf I forgot to take a picture of from a couple of weeks ago and also the one my mom bought Friday.  It was nice to have some shelving units to cover up the backs of these bookshelves.

I added a little Halloween to my booth.  Again - I'm such a bad blogger.  There was quite a bit more, I just forgot to photograph it!  I put up all the decor I got from an auction last November (click the link to see what I put up).

Well, that's it for this week... and GUYSSSSSS... I'm getting married in 19 DAYS! :)  You can check out my vintage enamel flower wedding bouquet here! You can also take a peek at my awesome wedding venue here.


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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Family Run Estate Sales & Sunday Auctions

So my mom was browsing her county newspaper Wednesday morning pretty early before she left for work.  I woke to a text message at 6:50A telling me about a family run estate sale that would start the next day at 7A.  I looked on Craigslist and the big city paper but didn't find it listed.  That's when I got excited.  It meant that I would only be battling people who read the small-town county newspaper.  It turned out that not that many people read it.  Mom and I were basically some of the first people there.  We got to pick out the good stuff.

Here's the pile I made, shelf included.  I got all of this for $15.  I love family-run estate sales.

These aprons look as though they were never worn.

When picked up the cocktail stirrers that daughter-in-law told me that her mother-in-law loved a good whiskey 7UP.  I loved the canister set. I also thought the holder, which looks like what chalk would sit in at the bottom of a chalkboard.  I just bought one last week... maybe I should sell them together?

So, I got one of these plaid thermos "picnic" sets on the 127 sale, but mine didn't have the plastic container in the middle.  It had 3 thermoses.  The new old stock box with "Your Formal Dress Shirt, Sir!" in it cracked me up.  Wonder if it would fit the fiancee for our wedding in a few weeks? ;)

I don't sell a ton of depression glassware unless I mark it cheaply, which I will.  I usually sell these sherbets for $2/ea.  Will probably use the pink depression candlestick in my wedding decor somehow.  It has a hairline crack in it, so I can't sell it.  Plus, those are 2 spare Pyrex casserole lids.

A few kitchen more kitchen items... Jewel Tea pieces, 2 Glasbake Hottles with lids!!, a cute Made in Japan poodle, a decorated pill box, aluminum coasters, and bakelite cake breaker.

I love buying some odd stuff - which is why I bought the hot water bottle in it's original box.  I also got a couple of old brushes and a spigot handle.

These were all in one box in the living room.  I only got one camera, but I sell a lot of accessories, especially camera bags.  Haven't tested the clock radio to see if it works, but I bet it does!


The last item from the family run sale were these earrings.  I don't really wear a lot of jewelry, but I just can't resit these old earrings when I see them and they're a good price.

Sunday I just couldn't sit in the house, so after getting home from brunch, I headed to an auction.  I got there about an hour after it started, but didn't really miss much except a bunch of tools.  Above is all that I came home with (except the shelf, which was from Thursday).

A Remington typewriter with all the paper work and an awesome old chair on castors.  I'll be using the chair in the photo booth at my wedding.

I also got some cub scout and girl scout uniforms.  I think they're fairly old, just by looking at the tags, but not sure of exact dates.

My weird (but I think it's cool) buy was this funeral/grave basket.  The color is perfect!  I also got a chip clip holder that spins.  I plan to use it for smalls in my booth such as post cards and other things that I bag up in cellophane.

The large wooden produce basket will be used at my wedding.  I also brought home a ton of cigar boxes.  I got a good deal on them, so plan on passing them along cheaply.  They will all be in the $3-$8 range, probably.

More cigar boxes!  And look at that Mohawk pillow cases box!  It still has the pillow cases in it.  I thought it was cool.  I also got the wood handled ice cream scoop.

I love when crates have their original labels.  I also love when someone adds a handmade handle.  It would be perfect for holding 6 berry baskets when picking berries.  Or it could hold 6 mason jars.  And yes, more cigar boxes.

That's it for my buys from the auction.  It's amazing how quickly $1 and $2 items add up at the auction.  I spent a little over 3 times as much at the auction!

Yesterday after work mom dropped off these 3 old wood tennis rackets.  She picked them up at a garage sale last weekend.  I sell so many of these.  I can't keep them in stock!  Including these, I've bought 10 in just the past 4 months!

Well that's it for this past weekend.  Thanks for stopping by to see all my finds.  You should check out my vintage wedding bouquet I made for my wedding.  I'm so happy with how it turned out.

Until next time...


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Monday, September 14, 2015

Finds from Labor Day Weekend + This Past Weekend

Guys!  Where is the time going?  This past week was a little rough.  Thinking that the shorter daylight hours are starting to get to me already.  I didn't find motivation to unpack my finds from Labor Day until the Friday after.

For the past several years I attend the Worthington, Indiana Town Wide Yard Sale.  My best friend moved there several years ago after she got married.  So, I get to visit her and go yard sale shopping!  The town itself is not that large, but there are SO MANY sales that you need some type of vehicle to get around in.  And I don't mean your car, because there are so many people that come to this event, every street is lined with cars and the traffic is really horrendous.  Most people in town own a golf cart, four wheeler, or gator.  Usually I roll around town in my dad's Yamaha Rhino (pictured below from Instagram from the 2014 sale).

Okay, so anyways, onto my obligatory trunk shot.  It seems extra full because there's 2 large plastic folding tables and 2 bags of clothes.  I brought them down to contribute to my best friend's yard sale.  Plus I made $70 selling some clothes, so it paid for most of my stuff I bought.

Now, here's my finds from the town wide yard sale on Labor Day weekend.

 I saw a man carrying these from his pickup.  Asked if they were for sale.  After a little back and forth they were mine.  I love how they didn't even make it to his sale.

 I picked this up at a random yard sale I stopped at on my drive down to my best friend's house on Friday afternoon.  I know it's missing the drawer, but for $2, I thought it would make a cute planter.

 I apparently can never have too many of these.

 As if I needed another typewriter.

These tin picnic baskets seems to be getting harder and harder to come by... because they're so pricey.

 I bought this box of new old stock 68 Sani-Glas bottles for a steal. 

I love the embossed lettering.  On the bottom it is embossed Brockway (the maker).

I've never bought a view finder before.  Weird, right?  Well, I got all 3, except the brown one (with orange box) and slides at one sale.  See the box of green slides in the back?  They're square 2" slides that take a special view finder.  I never thought I'd find the right view finder for them.  Well several stops later the brown one with the orange box appeared.  It was meant to be!

 It was a weird figural lamp day.  The chalkware pair in the back are chippy and odd, but I took a chance for a buck.  They still have their cords and need to be tested to see if they work.  The guy in the front is marked with only 3 small straight parallel lines.  Well, his cord was cut off at some point, but looked to be like an early 1900s-1930s style cord.  He can easily be rewired, but I sent him off to live in the booth.  Someone else can tackle that project.

I found several more milk bottles and creamers including the purple one.

Please bear in mind I didn't clean up the items before taking pictures... which explains the dirt covered sugar and creamer.  I've been slowing down on Pyrex buying, but when you find a fridgie, you always buy it.  This is my first autumn harvest fridgie.

2 lamb chalkware pieces, the rest are ceramic.  Aren't they just all so cute?  The camel is a single salt/pepper shaker that's missing his mate.

 A few vintage kitchen items all priced at 25 cents or less.

 Another shaving mug for my mantique section of my booth.  I love this box of old wood dominoes.  And this printer's block...

 Take a look at how precious that is!  3 little angles watching over a little lamb.

 I've had really good luck selling milk bottle caps, so I thought I'd splurge a little and buy these!  Well, I thought I was splurging, anyway.  I guessed that between the milk and creamer caps pictured there were about 500.  Well I counted them (with help from the fiancee) and there were 1,336!!  I held a giveaway on my instagram page to guess how many there were.  I'll be announcing the winners today.

I had to pick up some more hubcaps for the mantiques section of my booth.  I knew the smaller ones were Buick.  However, I was stumped by the back 2.  After some research, I found the one on the left belongs ONLY to a 1957 Chevy Bel Air.  The right went on several 1960s Ford trucks.  They were called "dog dish" hubcaps.

Lastly, I bought some hens on nests.  The lady I bought them from had collected them for years.  She said she was tired of collecting them, so she brought her whole collection out to sell.  I missed some of the awesome colored ones, but picked out these 5.  I sell them every now and then in the booth, as long as they're priced right (low, that is... they aren't worth much).

Now, that brings me to this past weekend.  Mom and I cleaned up the finds from above to take them to the booth.  We decided to stop at a couple of estate sales along the way.  The first one yielding nada.  The second one - I wish I had been there the first day... but I was lucky and found a few things after digging through the basement.

I got this large vintage chalkboard, unopened box of starch (perfect for your vintage laundry display), a box of Noma Christmas lights, vintage aqua candy thermometer, tobacco tin, single Lefton horse book end, and a lard tin.  I also bought a midcentury metal shelf that I forgot to snap a picture of... but it looks exactly like this one below (I now own 3 of them!)

And that's all for my finds for these past 2 weeks.  I really should be ramping up buying for this winter, since we're predicted to have a pretty bad one.  They say it will be like the one we had 2 years ago, which was the coldest and snowiest winter on record in like 40 years or something crazy.

I did happen to finish my final project for my wedding this weekend.  Follow that link to see what I'm talking about.


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How to Make a Vintage Enamel Floral Brooch Bouquet

Sometime right after I got engaged in July of 2014, I fell in love with these colorful vintage enamel floral brooches.  I started collecting them.  I would one them almost daily.  While searching one day, I found a few pictures of bouquets made out of them.  I told myself I could do that.  There are several tutorials out there, but they all are pretty long and detailed.  So, I just decided to wing it.  I wanted to share an easy tutorial that you can follow to make your own!

Materials needed:
  • Vintage enamel floral brooches (or you could use rhinestone brooches for a blingy bouquet).  How many you need really depends on how big (and how heavy!) you want your bouquet to be.  I think I used about 40-45 for mine.  You need all different sizes from the larger ones that are 4-5" across to tiny ones that are only 1" across.
  • 20 gauge floral wire.  I bought mine in packs of 30 pre-cut lengths of 20 inches each.  It seemed MUCH easier than buying a roll, measuring out 20 inches, cutting, and then straightening it out.  Seriously, you want them straight at first, so buy the pre-cut stuff!  THIS is exactly what I bought (except mine was green).
  • lots of floral tape.  I bought 3 rolls and used almost all of them to put together about 70 flowers. 
  • a roll of ribbon, burlap, fabric,or whatever you want to use to cover your "stems"
  • straight pins.  I used ones WITHOUT the big pearl heads that are commonly used to put boutonnieres on.
  • LOTS of patience.
How to:
Take one length of wire and starting at one end, roll floral tape down and around until you reach the other end.  You want to get the tape tight and not bulky.  Don't worry you can stretch it out a little as you go to help ease some of bulkiness.  This will take some practice. I messed up like 5 of these before I got it right.

Now this is where I wish I'd done it a little differently.  I later found out you can buy pre-cut lengths of floral wire with green cloth around them.  These would have been PERFECT and you could've skipped this really super annoying first step.  And this would've gone a lot quicker.  Like, A LOT quicker.  The idea of wrapping the floral tape is to kind of "bulk up" the wire, so it can support the weight of the brooch.  Now, these cloth wrapped stems are a little pricier ($1.99 for 12 vs. $1.99 for 30), but after the amount of time I spent wrapping the wire, I'd totally go this route.

Anyways, after you have your wire wrapped, you will fold it in half and it should look like this:

Next you will place the middle where it's folded on the backside under the end of the pin without the latch.  It's very important that you place it on that end.  It should look like this:

Next you will take each end cross them over each other and pull it under the end that latches.  Make sure your pin is latched shut!  It should look like this:

Next you will pull the wires straight up towards you and you will start twisting them around each other.  Make sure it is really tight at first.  This is what locks the pin and place and keeps it closed.  You don't want it to open and poke you!  It should start looking like this:

A different view of the above step:

Your finished flower pin with "stem" should look like this:

Wasn't that easy?  Now just make a ton of them!  Make sure to make enough of different sized pins!

Okay, so when you start "arranging" the flowers, it's going to look like this:

I had to call my mom in to help.  She used to arrange flowers for fun.  I was never any good at it.  I don't have any pictures of the arranging process, but I will explain what we did.

Mom started with the largest flower (which happened to be in ugly colors).  She held the whole thing in her left hand as she arranged.  If you try to do it any other way, such as in a vase, or something it's not going to turn out.  You need them to be gripped and held tightly.  This is important as you continue to add flowers.  You need to be able to see where the "holes" are.  Mom just kept adding flowers to each side to kind of "round out" the bouquet.  We bent the stems of some to help achieve  this look, which is where you have the advantage over real flowers. We saved the smallest flowers for the end to fill in any "holes" at the end. 

We pulled some out as we went if it didn't look right.  We tried to keep like colors away from each other.  Once you think you're nearly finished, sort of push in the top flowers to make it "tight" and so that none are sticking out.  Make sure to figure out what side will be held towards you.  Rotate the bouquet around to see which angle it looks the best from. 

Once you've got the final look done, cut off the few longer stems at the bottom, to try to get it even.  This should only be about 1/4" or so.  You will have some stems that don't come into the bouquet until several inches up, since each stem is only about 8-9" long (20" wire, folded in half, and twisted).

Start wrapping floral tape around the bottom first.  We found it easiest to work in small strips of about 12" of tape.  Wrap up until you get to the point where your stems start "fanning" out. 

Next is the tricky part.  We started by pinning the satin ribbon kind of folded over the bottom.  We did this to cover the bottom so I don't stick myself with floral wire.  Probably another good reason to use the cloth wrapped wire.  Next we did a few more folds and pins to get it back in line to start wrapping up the bouquet towards the top.  Remember to wrap tightly, or the folds will fall.  Once you get to the point where you stopped your floral tape, cut the ribbon, fold under the cut part about 1/8" and the start pinning it in place.  This is why I used straight pins with the very small heads, so you can barely see them.  Be careful when pinning, as you might go through to another side of the bouquet.  You don't want that sticking out or the bride will poke herself.

Anyways, when it's all done, it should look something like this:

I had to hold it up for the picture because the mason jar wasn't holding it.  It's very top heavy!  I also made one for my maid of honor.  Her's looks like this:

Smaller and way more manageable.  I told her she had to start doing arm work outs because she has to hold both of these during our ceremony!

Email me if you have any questions during your bouquet making process (click the little envelope off to the right side).

Wedding count down - about 1 month away!  :)


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