Success!, Antiquing, VIntage, Yard Sales

Saturday Haul

Today we took Marnie’s daughter, Aryn, to a bunch of estate and garage sales so she could see how it’s done. We went to quite a few sales, but we started at one that was supposed to have been the estate of a lady who had once been an antique dealer. She had a lot of Asian art and things and Aryn found a beautiful kimono for a very reasonable price. Marnie got a few things too, and I ended up with quite a selection of goodies from that sale. And we all got quite a selection of goodies throughout the day!

One of the things I brought home from the first sale was a “grab box” full of random things for $5.00. After unboxing this box I wished I had bought all the other grab boxes they had as well! Here are the unboxing photos:

This is how it looked when I got it.

Here we go!

Red Mystery Tin

I poked it with my finger and I still don’t know what it is. The red came off on my finger, so ink pad, maybe? It seems to be Chinese.

Very cool stand-up magnifying glass for beadwork, etc.

Brand new rubber stamp shaped like a calendar.

Silver cord. I don’t know what it’s made of, but it would be great if it was conductive!

Brand new set of tiny 8mm letter stamps.

Brand new stamp pads, green and black.

Very handy file set.

Bondic. I think it’s a glue thingy? I will have to Google it.

Rub-On metallic colors. I can think of some projects I might use these on.

Scratch Removal Cloth – removes scratches from paint. Maybe I will try one on my van.

Yoku Moku tin. Probably originally contained cookies.
Kind of a tangle.
Besides the tangle of jewelry pins, a bag of jewelry pins, a nickel, a pushpin, safety pins, a tangle of gold wire, jewelry clasps, a necklace with knots in it (says “sterling” on the clasp) and some black cord.

Paint palette, I think.

Watercolor paints.

Pretty neat stuff, huh? The magnifying glass and files alone are worth much more than $5.00. If you know what is in the mystery tin, do tell!

The pièce de résistance of our day for me was this:

Finally, I got an old typewriter!! I’ve been looking for one for a long time that was in good shape and the right price. Yay!! (It’s still in the car because it weighs a ton and I need to clear a space for it before I have The Hubs bring it in.)

So a great day for estate and garage sale-ing! Success!!

Antiquing, Decor, DIY, Furniture, Projects, VIntage

Magazine Table

I got this cute little table for free on Facebook and it is in rough shape, although not too dinged up except in a couple of places. The woman who gave it to me just left it outside on her porch in the rain for me to pick up, so that didn’t help its condition. The Hubs said I should refinish it instead of painting it, so I’m giving it a go. It will be a “practice run” in anticipation of refinishing the top of our kitchen table.

It’s called a “magazine table” because it has the pockets on the sides where you would put magazines or newspapers (if anyone subscribed to the paper newspaper anymore at home).

Here is the table before cleaning (I did take some change, an earring, a lot of dust fluffs, and an old baseball card out of the magazine pockets. The Boy was glad to have the baseball card!)

Here is the table. Can you believe someone let their kids scrape the finish off and drip nail polish on the top?

Top of table. Ouch.

Bottom shelf.

Inside magazine pocket. There is a bit of wood missing from the curvy part, but I’ve decided to just stain over it rather than try to repair it. The sides of the magazine pockets are very thin and fragile.

First, I gathered my supplies. I chose to use Citristrip as the finish remover for this project, as it doesn’t have toxic fumes to worry about. You need a brush to apply it and a plastic putty knife to scrape the old finish off. Since it is a strong chemical (even though it is citrus-based) I got some gloves and wore safety glasses while applying the stripper. I used the instructions from a blog called DecorHint as a reference for the job.

After cleaning it with a damp rag, I set the table on some cardboard and brushed on a thick layer of Citristrip with a chip brush.

Next, you let it sit until it dissolves the old finish. Since the finish is fairly thin, in some places it was already working by the time I coated the whole table. I scraped off some of the stripper on the bottom shelf and one of the sides and the finish came right off.

It’s working!

I tried the top and the finish wouldn’t all come off, so I re-coated it and thought I would let it all sit for about three hours. To be effective the stripper has to stay wet, so I checked on it occasionally to make sure it hadn’t dried out. You can use plastic wrap to cover the stripper to keep it from drying out, but I decided to just monitor it and see how that went.

Re-coated the top.

I went out after two hours and checked the table, and it was pretty much ready to strip at that time. At least most of it was. The top seems to have a different finish than the rest of the table, so there will be more sanding there. It should be fairly easy because it’s mostly a flat surface. The edges of the top will also need more attention.

The top – still looks pretty dark.

These side pieces and the sides of the pockets turned out this color after the stripper was scraped off. I hope I can sand out and cover up the gouges in this side piece.

After scraping most of the Citristrip off, I wiped the table down with paper towels and cleaned it with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits. Here is how it looked after its mineral spirits bath. There is a bit of gunk still lingering, but it will be removed in the sanding step.

Sanding, and hopefully finishing, will happen tomorrow. I have another little project I’m going to interject as well while the magazine table is drying, I think.

Antiquing, Fun, VIntage, Yard Sales

Treasures

Here are the little treasures I got this weekend. Marnie and I went to Blackberry Junction, a vintage and handmade goods show, in Albany on Friday. I found this green vintage ladle that matches my kitchen theme, and I will hang it on the wall. Then on the way downtown we stopped at a couple of garage sales and I got four of these white plates for 25 cents total, the salt and pepper shaker book, and the Moleskine notebook, still in its wrapper, for free! We went on to the antique mall and I found these green Tupperware measuring cups, which I will sell in my Etsy shop. Linda and I went for a walk today and found a garage sale where the lady was liquidating her collection of frogs, and I found the adorable toad! I’ve been wanting one like that for a long time. They have so much personality! Someday I may get a really big one for my garden. Linda went back to the garage sale with her money and bought a bunch of stuffed froggies for her doggies. They like to destuff the stuffies. Not as much of a haul as last time, but still pretty good!

Well, hello there!

Antiquing, Decor, VIntage

Fruit Bowl 2

You’ll remember in my last post I was trying to clean this silverplated fruit bowl, and this was the result:

No.

Well, the Tarn-X came and I got it out today to see what it would do with the bowl. I got some cotton balls and a rag and started rubbing the bowl with a Tarn-X soaked cotton ball like the bottle instructed, and not much was happening. Then I tried going after some of the carving, and a little bit of silver was peeking through. Finally, I got this:

You can see the difference in the grapes carvings, the one on the right has been rubbed with Tarn-X and the one on the left hasn’t. But the smooth silverplate is so pitted that it wouldn’t even come right with the Tarn-X. That’s when I decided that I was going to a lot of trouble for little reward. I’m going to list it on Etsy in its current condition. It was a beautiful bowl at one time, and I’m hoping someone else will still think it beautiful despite its flaws. I guess that’s what we all want for ourselves too, isn’t it?

Beauty
Antiquing, Decor, VIntage

Fruit Bowl

I got this antique silverplate fruit bowl at an estate sale last weekend. It was made by the Adelphi Silverplate Company in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Here is what it looked like after washing with soap and water:

Tarnish a go-go.
Not very nice.

I ordered some Weiman Silver Polish and when it came I went to work on the bowl. I polished…

Helper Cat is helping.

And polished…

And polished some more…

And this is how it turned out. Aargh. See all those pits and places where the silverplate has gone? I even tried getting into the carvings with an old toothbrush, and that didn’t work at all.

On the right is the polished side, left unpolished.

I’m pretty sure someone was using this bowl to throw rocks at. Or make mudpies (with rocks) in. Or maybe they had it strapped to the grill of their car? Seriously, it’s a fruit bowl. What kind of fruit does this sort of damage?

Not happy with results.

But I got an idea…it would be perfect in someone’s gothic-themed home or haunted house, wouldn’t it? I may market it as a goth or Halloween decoration!

I ordered some Tarn-X (Remember the commercials when we were kids? Takes all the tarnish off!) and it should arrive on Friday. Then we’ll see if there’s any improvement. Will post Tarn-X results Friday or Saturday!

Adventures, Antiquing, VIntage

Sunday Funday

Yesterday Marnie and I planned to go to the parking lot sale at Aunt Bee’s, a vintage and antique store here in town. I’ve always gotten good deals at their parking lot sales, so we were looking forward to it. When we arrived at Aunt Bee’s, there was no parking lot sale! 😦 I thought I might have gotten the date wrong, but when I checked the Aunt Bee’s Facebook page I saw a post that said they had postponed the sale for two weeks due to the air quality issues from a fire in south Salem.

After making plans to attend the sale in a couple of weeks, Marnie suggested that we check out some garage or estate sales that might still be open on Sunday, since Aunt Bee’s didn’t open until noon. We drove over to West Salem to see what we could find. After following some signs that led us on a wild goose chase, we decided to go on to the sale from an ad I found on Craigslist. There was a house and a manufactured home out in the country, and we started at the “free” item area, where I found a very nice 3-hole punch! The man running the sale was very talkative and because I didn’t want to be rude someone beat me to the vintage rolling pin with a green handle. Disappointment! But, I did find a few treasures I’m hoping to sell. There is a 1987 Log Cabin syrup 100th Anniversary tin, a 1990s BeDazzler with pattern book, a vintage funny bunny sponge or trinket holder, a tiny cast iron iron (maybe a toy?) that the man had dug up in the yard there, an interesting rug needle, and the “Homes and Flowers” book from 1942 — a floral decor book put out by the Coca Cola company. I also got a silverplate fruit bowl with grapes and grapevines on it.

Log Cabin syrup tin, BeDazzler from the 1990s, tiny iron that was found in the ground, funny ceramic bunny, and rug needle.

Homes and Flowers book.

Inside Homes and Flowers book. Note how the Coke bottles blend perfectly with the decor!

Silverplate fruit bowl — about 11″ across. Needs a little polish.

And I got this Sweet Squirrel — he fits perfectly by my funny plant

Marnie got this adorable concrete bunny, complete with mossy accents. She also got a small ceramic frog, a small plant pot, and a shiny ball to put in her succulent garden.

The original house on the property was built in 1920, it was a Sears Roebuck kit house and it still has the original aluminum siding.

Old barn on the property.

After we finished at the estate sale we attempted to go to a couple of others we saw signs and ads for, but neither of them were open. We decided to go back to the French Press, a restaurant by Aunt Bee’s, to get lunch and then go to Aunt Bee’s when it opened. We both had turkey club sandwiches, which came on croissants. They were delicious.

Eventually it was noon and Aunt Bee’s was open. We shopped around in there for awhile and checked out all the booths. I got a Nancy Drew book and a bracelet for a total of $2.99! And we ran into my friends Autumn and Hannah, who I hadn’t seen in forever!! It was nice to talk to them and I hope we can go to lunch soon.

Interior of Aunt Bee’s

After I dropped Marnie off at her house I stopped by the weekly flea market at the Lions Club. They have a neat old cabin-like building and they had a few booths outside this time as well. I came up with a 1955 Family Circle magazine in beautiful shape, and two 1950s Perry Mason books! Those I will keep for my collections 😁

So, all in all it was a successful day, and I spent a total of $11.00 on all the things I bought. Yay!

Adventures, Antiquing, Cool Stuff, Success!, VIntage

Friday Haul

Boy, did we have a yard sale adventure today! First, we went to a sale in south Salem where I found these things:

Sewing Machine Attachments – 50 cents a box!
Ceramic hedgehog!
Succulent plant for Marnie!

THEN, we went out to southeast Salem in the country to the most awesome sale! It was the lady from Mama Roost vintage, and her husband is the guy who used to have Craig’s Camaro Connection in town, so I was having a super time collecting a pile of goodies and Greg found some good stuff too. There were bags of free things!!

My pile at the sale, and that wasn’t all! I had to guard it carefully, at least 3 people tried to raid it, ha.
The Hubs talking with Craig
More of the sale, note the gray ’65 Chevy pickup in the background.

Here are all the things I got:

Vintage Chenille Bedspread and Fur Collar
Chenille pieces, vintage European linen pieces, lace tablecloth pieces, wool blend pieces – all FREE!
Old suitcase for my suitcase stack and A Child’s Garden of Verses book
Vintage cotton blanket, Quaker lace tablecloth, tablecloth with ruffle, 3 vintage linen towels.
2 oval frames and 1 fancy frame with glass in it – that frame has little flowers on it
2 large bulletin board frames
Embroidery hoops and more chenille pieces
Very large frame — 24 X 36 for $5.00!
Vintage sign holder — I’ve been wanting one of these in case I ever decide to have a booth at a vintage show.
And the pièce de résistance — a giant old window for just $10! One pane is broken, but that’s ok!

Can you tell I was having a very good time at this sale? So many wonderful things! She had some denim jackets she had sewn vintage fur collars on, but none were my size so I didn’t get one of those. Everything was such a deal and I am very pleased! Most of these things will be living at my house and won’t be sold, unless I change my mind.

I had a nice time talking to Mama Roost and The Hubs enjoyed talking to Craig about car stuff, and he came away with a tool box, a metal bench, and a wheelbarrow (which he unceremoniously stuffed into my van – I will have to vacuum it again). We had to go home with the treasures in the van and take the big truck back to bring the window and sign holder home. Now I must get to cleaning everything and figuring out what I want to do with it all! I’m thinking of making some sort of banner with the fabric scraps. Or ten banners, there are so many! Wheee!!

Adventures, Antiquing, Home, Thursday Things, VIntage

Thursday Haul

Thought I would share the stuff I got yesterday at an estate sale and the Goodwill. I found a lot of good deals!

First, we drove to West Salem to an estate sale put on by Joslynn House Estate Sales. I think it was actually at their own home, and it was supposed to have items from 5 different estates. I made the rounds and found this neat old coffee pot. I’ve been looking for one for quite awhile to display in my kitchen. This one looks like it’s been through the wringer! There is no glass percolator on top which is disappointing, but since it was only $4.00 and I’m going to display it on a high shelf, that wasn’t a dealbreaker.

Coffee Pot

Next I found a bag full of small things and 50 cents was written on it. I asked the lady if the whole bag was 50 cents, because I had seen these little porcelain Dutch children in it and wanted those.

Dutch Children

She said no, she just hadn’t gotten everything out of it yet, and asked for $4.00 for the little Dutch people. I agreed, even though I think her price was a little high. It’s hard to tell with this estate sale company. I’ve been to many of their sales and sometimes the prices are way too high, and sometimes they are quite reasonable. For instance, I got all these vintage books for $1.00 each. Very reasonable!

Books!

I plan to sell all the books except for the Peanuts books, which I will put in my collection. We might already have them at Mom and Dad’s up in my old sleeping loft, but I can’t remember which ones we had and which ones we didn’t. When we were young there was a used book store called The Book Bin in Albany, and we went there at least once a month and stocked up on books. We were voracious readers (had no TV to watch growing up)! We had a big collection of Peanuts books and various other cartoon books, and I have our large collection of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books here at the house. I’m still collecting those! There was a lot of furniture at this sale, dining sets, dressers, and some nice headboard/footboard combos, but I have filled up my storage room already and can’t bring anything large home with me.

Later on yesterday morning I decided to stop at the south Salem Goodwill on my way out to visit Mom and Dad. I was looking for a white bowl to keep the measuring cup for The Hubs’s special laundry detergent in, because those cups do tend to get awfully messy and I don’t want soap all over the shelf. I found a good bowl right away, and since I still had time I puttered around in the store and found a few more things. These were all very good buys!

Goodwill finds.
Snowbabies “Penguin Parade”

I can sell the Snowbaby sculpture, and I’ve been looking for a gray sweater to go with a skirt I bought last year. It’s a cotton sweater so won’t make me too warm, I hope. The store had a bunch of sets of these little garden tools, and I thought they’d be perfect for my container garden, they are wood and metal just like our grownup versions and were just $1.99! I’m not sure where I’ll put the laundry sign yet, but, you know, somewhere in the laundry room probably, ha.

I don’t plan to go to more estate sales this weekend because I have so many other things to do, but I may change my mind if there are any that sound especially good. Today I want to wash the van and scrub all the moss out from around the door handles and windows. We have no garage so it sits outside, and since we live in a wet climate moss grows on it. I ran it through the car wash the other day and it just didn’t get all that clean, especially around the bottom edges. The parts just inside the doors are also filthy. I haven’t washed it by hand in ages. And it needs a good dusting and vacuuming. I don’t know how so much dirt gets inside the car!

Sometimes I wish this was possible.
Antiquing, Cool Stuff, Family, History

Mirror, Mirror

Here is the mirror I got at the barn sale a couple of weeks ago. The Hubs was able to attach a hanger to the back and hang it on the wall in my office with a wall anchor. Looks good, right? I like mirrors, the house is full of them!

The new mirror goes well with my frame wall.

Frame wall with ancestors.

I am blessed with a beautiful office!