Saturday, July 25, 2015

Friday Lunch Stop and Some Questions

 The lunch stop picking have been pretty slim this week but Friday was a good day.  The aluminum colander in the back will replace a porcelain enamel one I use for button sorting and cleaning.  It is my third one.  Oh oh.
 Some sweet Christmas finds.  The angels are made in Japan and have the original Sprouse-Reitz 59 cent price tags.  I miss dime stores.
 I don't find indents very often so was delighted with this box of ornaments.  I am getting quite an accumulation of Christmas inventory for the booth now.  I need some advice from you seasoned pros. Do you switch out existing inventory to make room for holidays and then bring it back after?  How long do you leave things in your booth before you decide they are not going to sell and just donate them?  My real estate is very limited and I can't use it up with things that aren't moving so I'm thinking about that.  I have only had the space less than a month and sales have been good so far but still...  I know everything won't sell.
This is a modern repro Santos doll but I have been wanting one for ages so I'll take it!  It will be fun decorating it.  She must be a swimmer with those shoulders - LOL!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Girls of Summer

 I mentioned earlier this Spring that I had a plan to at least decorate my kitchen hutch for the seasons.  These are my Girls of Summer.  Sorry for the poor quality of the photo.  EVERY room in my house is low light - lol!  Why is that, you might wonder...  Well probably not but I'll tell you anyway.  I live in a baby-boomer 1947 tract home that was built in response to the end of WWII and all the returning troops.  To keep them affordable they did things like no eaves on the outside and small windows. I'll take those scrimps since they kept the crown moldings, cove ceiling and pecan hardwood floors.
 Picking have been slim so far this week but I picked up these cuties today.
I also visited Nina and Joe and scored to bags of buttons.  I can't wait to see what I find!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

This Bad Blogger

 This bad blogger has been so busy cleaning up the mess from the launch at the antique mall that I have let over a week go by without posting.  I'm sure it is no surprise that I have still been junking so here are a few recent finds.  Everything in this picture was a lunch stop at The Bins.  I adore those little Putz trees and GLASS GARLAND.  I never find that and sure didn't expect it to turn up there of all places!
 I made another hat stand because the three I took to the antique mall sold already.  They all sold on the same day so it will be interesting to find out if it was a fluke. I have another in waiting on my reasonably cleared off workbench.
 I opened up a cardboard box at The Bins and gasped when I found these 1930s patterns inside.
These little treasures were a recent find at Division Street Antiques (aka Nina and Joe's).  The needle book and buttons will be staying with me.  The buckles will eventually be included in inspiration kits.
Our weather has finally cooled of to more normal Portland Summer temps, thank goodness!  I hope you are all enjoying your Summer and finding great junk!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Shelter me

I adore old magazine and found these Brighter Homes issues recently.  They are from 1929 and 1930.  Proof positive that shelter magazines are not a modern phenomenon.  I would not want to live in that time period but I sure wouldn't mind visiting there and doing a little shopping!
I want everything in this picture, including her dress!
Okay, and this one, too.  Well, maybe not the ice box.  I'm sort of addicted to electricity.
Love the elephant bookend, at least the one on this end.

Oh, those porch supports and the swing-out casement windows!

I'll take a couple of each of these, too, please.
From what I can gather, I think this magazine is something Glidden paint put out as advertising.  Each is only about 20 pages. I looked up Brighter Homes and a chain of stores does exist with that name but it seems like they didn't start until around 1960 so I don't know if there is any connection.
That shower curtain!

All of these old prints were tucked inside the pages of the magazines.  I love that someone saved them. Thanks to The Grapes of Wrath and The Waltons, I picture the Depression Era as sepia colored and dusty.  I stand corrected!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Milestone

Today marks our 40th wedding anniversary.
July 5, 1975 - July 5, 2015

1975... a time it was and what a time it was!

  • Gerald Ford was President of the United States
  • The unemployment rate in the US reached 9.2% and the United States was plunged in to recession
  • The average cost of a new house was $39,300.00
  • The average annual income wad was $14,100.00
  • A gallon of gas cost 44 cents
  • The average cost of a new car was $4,250.00
  • The Vietnam Was ended as Communist forces took Saigon and South Vietnam surrendered unconditionally. I had marched against entering Laos. Juergen had his lottery number and was the next group to be called when the draft ended, dodging the bullet, literally.
  • The "Women's-Lib movement saw the Sex Discrimination and Equal Pay Acts passed but it was another 25 years before we began to see the decline of the "good old boys club"
  • Bill Gates and Paul Allen developed BASIC for the Altair 8800
  • The name "Micro-soft" (microcomputer software) and Microsoft became a registered trademark
  • Sony introduced Betamax videotape and Matusushita/JVC introduced VHS
  • Atari home video games were released
  • Jaws, The Towering Inferno and Young Frankenstein were released
  • Saturday Night Live premiered on NBC with George Carlin hosting
  • Bruce Springstein  released his third album, Born To Run
As in most long marriages, there have been years that flew by in the blink of an eye and years that seems as if they would never end.  After 40 years, there is still no one I would rather hang out with!

The "Age of Aquarius" Benediction at the end of our ceremony is something I have tried to live:

Go placidly among the noise and the haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.  As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all people.  Speak your truth quietly and clearly and listen to others, they too have their story.  Be yourself.  Especially do not feign affection.  Neither be cynical about love, for in the face all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass... nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.  But to not distress yourself with imaginings.  Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.  Beyond wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.  You are a child of the universe, no less than the stars and the trees... the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore, be at peace with God and in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.

Happy Birthday America!

Wishing you all a fun and safe 4th of July!
Happy Birthday America!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Deep Breath and a Little Relaxation

After the big "pack in" at the antique mall I was stressed out and all shook up because that's how I roll.  Best remedy for me is a little junking.  When I'm junking I'm like a dog with a bone and the junk is the only thing on my mind and everything gets pushed out.  Maybe that's why I love it so much!
I hit a nearby estate sale and was rewarded with lots to look at and plenty to bring home.  I also stopped and Nina and Joe's where I picked up the cabinet cards and a few rhinestone buttons.

I was really rewarded with the satin lingerie bags for my collection.  I picked up the large one for a dollar and got home and discovered there were two more inside.

Lots of pretty playing cards and a big bag of handmade bridge tally booklets.
And, of course, I couldn't resist the patterns because I am just stoopid on those things!
The new booth is chugging along with some sales already and I am trying to get my sea legs under me on the new routine.  I stopped over after work yesterday to fluff and add a few items.  The drive from the office to the mall only took 15 minutes but the drive from the mall to home on surface streets and in rush hour was treacherous.  Luckily I am a very patient driver.  I'm never in too much of a hurry to get anywhere because I kind of like just sitting in my car and day dreaming.  Probably best to stay out of my way.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Packed In!

I just finished packing in at Monticello this morning.  We got there at the moment we could get inside and finished with 2 minutes to spare.  I was SO happy I had staged it all ahead of time and taken pictures to guide me.  Sorry this photo is pretty wonky.  I had to stand in another booth to take it and still cut off the top of the shelf.  The pretty rose tablecloth on the right is not mine, it is my neighbors, but a happy accident that it is so complementary.  Now the waiting game....  Oh wait, I have already been waiting my whole life!  This is a bucket list day for me.  8+)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Packing Out

Last Sunday I found out the date I can pack in at the antique mall had moved up to this week so I have been wringing my hands and frantically preparing.  I have my display shelves staged on the patio and have been deciding what to bring, staging and pricing. Sorry the back light makes this photo so hard to see.
The angle on these photos is a little wonky because the patio table is in the way.
Things sitting on the floor will actually go on a shelf that is at the top of the dividing wall on the back of the wall space.  The pillow cases in front of the red plate will be hanging on the side of the shelf.
I hope I have a good variety for different tastes while I find out what goes and what doesn't.
My little wall space is about 7 feet wide, 7 feet high and 10 inches deep so it is all smalls.
I hope it isn't so packed that everything turns invisible but 155 little tags later and I think I'm ready!
Thursday afternoon I can get in to put up the wall covering then pack in on Friday.  I will take photos once I am all set up. Wish me luck!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Have a Seat

 Vintage lawn chairs for my fire pit area have been on my wish list forever but I never have found any that said "buy me", then I discovered they are being reproduced.  The color and the $37.97 price tag SHOUTED "buy me"!  They are not the quality of vintage ones, don't have real powder-coat finish and assembly was required.  Assembly was daunting and fortunately, it was the LAST one that was really stubborn or the other three might still be sitting in the boxes!  The company is called Jack Post if you are interested.  Now that they are in place, I am delighted with them.  Much better than the white plastic ones and these legs won't sink in to the ground and buck you off.
I have also been on the hunt for kitchen chairs.  I bought my table and chairs as a set about 10 years ago and have never liked the chairs.  They have way too big a footprint for my tiny house.  I spotted these at The Bins yesterday. They are sturdy and I like the unusual design of the backs.  The upholstery on the seats is beyond ugly but that is an easy fix.  I happened to spot the drape on the same day so I am considering using that as the replacement.  I have to let it steep a while.
This project will have to wait a couple weeks since I am now on the count-down to the antique mall space. I am mostly finished auditioning in the shelves and will begin pricing next.  Photos coming soon!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Meat Bribery

I started auditioning things in the shelves this weekend and Annette was sure right, it swallowed up WAY more of my hoard than I thought it would.  I visited my soon to be departed VOA, Nina and Joe's and one estate sale to add to my depleted stockpile.  The Husband wasn't too thrilled with the neighborhood where the estate sale was being held so I bribed him to go along with MEAT.  There is a great meat market on the route so I mentioned we could stop on the way home and he bit - whew!
I used to avoid holiday items because I didn't want to store them from one season to the next for Etsy.  Now I am going to need to "play along" with the holiday decor so I snapped up these little turkeys for Thanksgiving.  The plates are Avon Cape Cod and I find two sets in original boxes.  The pink heart is a baby bathwater thermometer.
The pincushion will be heading to the booth but the birdies are staying right here with me.
The VOA had everything marked down 20% so I grabbed a bunch of The Old Curiosity Shop dishes.  Fingers crossed that was a good move.
I am such a sucker for vintage linens, especially with crochet.
Doesn't everybody want a vintage prune juice bottle??  The tiny little suitcase is the smallest I have found.  I'm not sure I'm going to be able to part with it, at least not right away.  The two beige pieces in the lower right are vintage half slips.
The big pink dish is Haegar.
Still on the hunt but feeling like I have a better "cushion" now after filling up those shelves.  Pictures of the audition are coming soon!