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!

1940s, Adventures, Antiquing, Books, Cool Stuff, Home, Home and Garden, VIntage

Friday Adventure

Yesterday Marnie and I went on an adventure in the countryside around Molalla and Silverton, Oregon, and saw and bought some fun stuff. We started at the Hometown Barnhouse Vintage Market, and then went on to some estate sales and antique stores. At the vintage market I got an old Nancy Drew book and an old Hardy Boys book to add to our collection and an old strainer with a green handle to hang on my kitchen wall. I have a collection of vintage kitchen utensils with green handles, because my kitchen has a green theme. Marnie was able to find some nice plant pots for her growing succulent collection.

The countryside.
Friday’s haul

At a barn sale, I got the tray above and a beautiful mirror with beveled edges in a dark wood frame. It belonged to a dresser at one time so there is nothing on the back to hang it with, but I’m hoping the Hubs will be able to come up with a solution so I can hang it in my office. This is the barn that had the sale, the man said it was built in 1908. It still seemed very solid.

Isn’t this the neatest?

He had a wonderful dresser for just $40, but I have nowhere to keep one.

I was talking to the man at the barn about the barn we used to play in when I was a girl and told him about the owls, and he showed us his barn owl. Marnie got this awesome photo of it.

Marnie gets the best photos.

We went to what used to be an antique mall in Molalla, but is now just a very small part of the building and the porch with a couple of small rooms inside. We were disappointed that they had downsized so much because we had enjoyed shopping there after our hikes when we were out that way.

At an estate sale in Silverton I found a few modern books that I’ve been interested in, so that was nice since they were only $1 and $2 apiece. I was just talking to Lara and Marnie about how I never seem to read anymore, so I bought more books…now there are at least 7 or 8 on my “To Read” list. I suppose I had better get started!

Part of the fun of going to estate sales is seeing the houses, and this one was no different. It was in a new neighborhood on a hill and looked like a small house from the front, but when you went inside it was a good size with a view of a good chunk of Silverton out the living room window.

We did follow some signs to a “hoarder’s sale” way out in the country, but the driveway was narrow and long and when we got up to the house there was nowhere to park, so we came back down and didn’t bother with that one.

We came into Silverton and went to a thrift store and then had strawberry milkshakes from the bakery and lunch we got at the food cart pod. Marnie had spring rolls and I got my lunch from the Costa Rican cart, enyucado and fried plantains. I had never had enyucado before and it was delicious. It is a fried croquette made of cassava, and was filled with ground beef and spices. I forgot to take a photo of it before, but here is a photo of it after I eated it. I brought most of the plantain fries home and The Girl expressed great interest in them so I may not get to eat them after all, ha.

The antique stores in Silverton didn’t have much that interested us, Marnie got a decoration for her succulent garden and I got an “Oregon” sticker to replace my “Onward” bear sticker which is peeling off the van window. I saw a sign like this at one of the stores and it was $22. I checked online and found it for $12.98. I was hoping to get a more artistic one, but after thinking about my stash of sign-making materials and looking at the price of stencils, I decided this one was fine. The Hubs has a nifty plasma table that will cut signs and things, but it isn’t working so he couldn’t make a sign for me. I will hang this on the fence in the front yard and hope no one runs off with it!