Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lunchtime Pickings

 I haven't been photographing the junk like I should lately, mostly because my work table is a mess with trying to get things photographed and listed.  This was a lunch stop at The Bins yesterday.
 The Santa's noses are all a little "sooty", undoubtedly from all those trips up and down the chimney.  I have about 45 minutes to shop when I stop over there at lunch time.  I was noticing some of the "full-timer's" shopping carts, piled high with goodies.  I was really quite amazed at what some of them had accumulated with the time to wait there for bin after bin to come out.
 I dug but couldn't find the little poker chips to go with the Bakelite holder.  It is a smaller size and I thought it would be fun to use like a piggy bank.  Quarters fit in it perfectly.  The ugly ornament is made from a tea ball.  I have a similar one that was in my Mother's Christmas stuff.  I have been saving it all these years in case my office had another Ugly Christmas Ornament contest.  Now I am double prepared.  I really hope I don't find a third one.
This wicker purse has a broken handle.  I will try to repair it, but if I can't I am happy to remove the velvet strawberries and peas.  I have never seen the peas before.
Here is a lame-junker story.  I spotted another train case, similar to the one I recently rescued.  My arms were completely full because I generally start out with just a shopping bag and not a cart, until I see if I need one.  The carts can make it really hard to navigate in the tight quarters.  Well, I headed up to the front to get a cart.  On my way back I got distracted by another bin and totally forgot to go back and grab the train case.  ARGH!  I hope someone else rescued it!!
Oh a different note, The Husband introduced a new line in his Etsy shop this week.  He has made shaving sets, razor and brushes for a while.  The razors are the modern type and there has been a recent resurgence in popularity for the old-school safety razor style so he added them to his line.  If you haven't visited his shop before, he makes a lot of great gifts for men.  There is always a link over on my sidebar.
**********************UPDATE!************************
Sue from Serendipity Vintage has educated me that my little poker chip holder is probably a thread holder.  Makes perfect sense and I see it from a whole new perspective now.  Thank you, Sue!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Rug Reveal

I don't hate it - WHEW!  After 20 years with the same rug it was quite a challenge to commit and select a new one, not to mention finding one in the right size.  My rooms are very small and I could not fit anything larger than 8'x10' but couldn't go much smaller, either, or it would "float".   I have to keep walking over it until I get my feet "filled up" with how plush it is.  I almost bought a cushioned pad to go under it, instead of the gripping pad, but I am glad I didn't as it has plenty of loft on it's own and any more might have been a tripping hazard.
This is the before shot so you can see it is a drastic change from very traditional to something more modern.  That isn't my normal M.O. but it was good to shake things up once in a while and I am happy with the result.
Now I have to go walk on it some more.  Maybe I will lay down....  8+)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Train Case Remodel

 I completed the remodel of the vintage train case I showed you in this post.  It was really in pretty good condition and a good scrub worked wonders.
All I needed to do was line the inside of the lid with vintage wallpaper and then I edged that with some forest green braid trim.  Wa-La!
I am really tempted to keep this one but travel is so much different today.  I have a modern soft-sided version and usually squash it inside the larger suitcase for fewer pieces of luggage.  Gone are the days when people traveled with matched sets of luggage or steamer trunks.  Now that we have to pay extra to bring along our clothes, less is more!
I ordered a long-overdue new rug for my living room and will be taking up the old one, cleaning and rolling out the new one today. This rug is quite a departure for me.  My decorating style is heavy on flowers so I hope I don't have to re-decorate the whole living room to make this new rug work.  My house is very low-light so I seldom show pictures but will attempt to get a before and after.  I sure hope the post doesn't end with "What am I going to do now?"!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

First Estate Sale For A New Year

Yikes, where did THAT week go.  Sometimes they just flash by before you know what happened!
I visited my first estate sale of the new year last Saturday.  I had a busy schedule for the day so didn't arrive until well after noon but was still able to find a few things and it felt very good to get back out there after the holiday dry spell.
A new plastic nativity for my collection and it will be new again next Christmas because I will have forgotten about it by then.  The white figures seem like of odd so I wonder if it glows in the dark??
I turned that bottle with the Tiffany blue lid the wrong way in this photo.  It has a pretty label on the other side and it is olive oil that was distributed by Rexal Drug.  Maybe as a beauty product??  A stinky beauty product - just saying.
 One of the out-buildings was a workshop where I picked up this maple leaf shelf.  I think it will be perfect in Grandma Green.  My son bought a drill press.  I think the previous owner would be happy to know it went to someone who will use it!
A huge box of mostly ribbons that I am STILL sorting through.  It is taking me way longer than I anticipated to get all of this off my work table and get back to the business of taking pictures and listing.
I picked up this wonderful crochet lace at Nina and Joe's a couple of weeks back and forgot to post the pictures.  The good stuff!
The tiniest little embroidery hoop I have ever seen.  I put a quarter in the picture for scale.  I am guessing it might have been for mending.
Wishing you all a junky week!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

4.8 Pounds of Retail Therapy

 One of my New Year's "intentions" is to try harder to get out of the office at lunch time so I took a quick spin through The Bins today.  I scored a too-late-for-this-year Mother Mary blow mold.  Why does that sound so creepy??  The rest of the nativity was no where to be found, not for lack of hunting.  A bag of vintage jello molds, along with some newer ones, two neat sewing patterns, a thimble and a tea ball for my collection.  Not too bad for 35 minutes.
 This old train case is a perfect shade of green and I think it will be pretty nifty once I give it a good scrub and line the lid with some pretty floral wallpaper.  Finding it with the tray was a bonus.
I adore the name emblem, Starline!  A memento from a time when travel was an elegant adventure instead of sweat pants, flip-flops, backpacks and pat downs.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Last of the 2014 Junk

 2014 was a stormy year in many ways but the junking was good and, as always, an island of relaxation to swim to.  I stopped at The Super Skanky Thrift on New Year's Eve and scored a big poke sack of sewing stuff.  When I got back to the office a tin of buttons I treated myself to from eBay had been delivered.  I would be spending New Year's Eve digging for buried treasures!
 The fun of a poke sack is you never know what will turn up in the tangled mess.  One of these patterns is 1953 and the other is 1949 and both are complete.
 Clearly what I call a "real" button box, including all the non-button this and that.  I ended up pulling 6 thimbles out of here, among other things.
 I have not seen a sewing tape like this before.  Does anyone know the purpose of the attached triangle??
 I didn't see these coming!  Sugar cubes, toothpicks and matches, perhaps souvenirs of Miss Howard's career.
 Hmm...  this looks interesting...  These were in the sewing sack, NOT the button tin.
 Yarn winders and a tiny floral tin.  I'm so easy. 8+)
 A vintage box of Brother sewing machine accessories.  Unfortunately I can't find any information about what model they go with but it appears to be a very complete and little-used set.
 I am tempted to keep the tiny oil can.  The spout is in one of the paper bags.  It is so complete, though, that I won't break it up and will list it and see if someone recognizes and needs it. There is even a replacement light bulb.
And now, about those buttons.  All are vintage except the three that are center left.  They were interesting so I included them in the photo.  Be sure you click this picture bigger because this was a great Bakelite and celluloid score and proof there is treasure in those poke sacks.  Most of these were in the sewing sack, NOT the button tin!  Thank you, Miss Howard.  Apparently you didn't actually use your sewing machine very much but you knew to save the buttons!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Welcome 2015!

Wishing you all a SAFE and BRIGHT New Year!
{and loads of great junking!}
I appreciate each and every one of you and the friendships I have found through blogging.
XOXO
Kathy

Monday, December 29, 2014

Twas The Week Before Christmas...

...aka, last week's finds.  These treasures brought to you from the VOA and Division Street Antiques.  I already have one of those Eiffel Tower bottles that I filled with MOP buttons.  Luckily that one was found empty.  Getting the gross contents of this one out took considerable effort.
A choir of vintage angels dancing in a velvet lined jewelry box while a pretty birdie watches over.  I guess I didn't get a good picture of the trim.  It is a combination of rick-rack and crochet.  I have never seen it done this way. It looks like the rick-rack was attached as the crochet was done, not woven in later.
A Fenton basket and I will bring home just about anything that comes in one of those little Dennison "book" boxes.  Okay, skip the "just about" because I can't think of anything I have ever passed on.  Including empty ones.
My favorite find of the day, a vintage DANGEROUS stamp.   Don't you just have to wonder what the heck that would have been used on??

Friday, December 26, 2014

Suprise Package

Just a few days before Christmas this lovely surprise package arrived in the mail from Annette at So Many Memories.  Happy mail!! Just look at all those pretty papers.
Best of all, she included this beautiful tea towel that she made herself.  Buttons and birdies, how perfect for me!  We are so hard on kitchen towels at our house that this one will have a special place of honor where we won't mess it up.
These sparkly ladies are also postcards so I am seeing some fun mail art in my future.  Thank you, Annette, for being such a dear blog friend!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas To All!

Yes, Virginia, Kathy DID do some Christmas decorating!  My living room is very low-light so I apologize for the poor photos.  I tried changing the f-stop and I tried using flash and concluded it is a good thing I don't make my living as a photographer because I would starve.  You'll just have to trust me that it looks better in person - LOL!
The angel chime is a project I did a couple of years ago.  I scored a bag of vintage plastic angels last weekend and another candle chime yesterday at The Bins so there is another one of these in my future.  The one I found yesterday is an orange and black Halloween theme.  Who knew!
The jewelry tree and the renovated Putz houses are new for this year.  The little houses were in rough shape when I found them but I dampened them and clamped them down with clothespins and got them straightened out.  Glittering and decorating them was great fun. The pink trees are Magpie Ethel goodness.
Another project from Christmas past.  The triptych was estate-found this year.  I actually got two of them and decided to keep both for my Christmas decorating this year.  I like the way they "ground" the little vignettes.
I hope you are all enjoying a "sparkling" Christmas!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Recent Junk

 There hasn't been much time for thrifting lately but I did manage a quick trip through The Bins and found a few things.  The white necklace display stand was undamaged but quite dirty so I painted it gunmetal gray and gave it a second chance.  I had absolutely no reason to buy a crow or a baggie of golf tees but it seemed like a good idea at the time - LOL.
 One cookie cutter is missing from this vintage set but close enough!  I adore the graphics on the box.
 These old die-cuts are on a card that is marked Dec. '42.  It amazes me when something like this survives the stirring and digging frenzy at The Bins.
 A wooden hanger and a set of tiny salt and peppers for my collection.  How appropriate to find this hanger during the poinsettia season!
 Here is a close-up shot of the pretty gold edge on this velvet-lined box.  It has seen better days, for sure, but that makes it perfectly patina-ed (is that a word??) in my eyes.
Plus a few recent buttons.  These are not from The Bins, they are from Nina and Joe's.  Notice the quarter I added for scale.  These are all LARGE buttons.  The black glass one was missing the shank but I was able to repair it with a tiny eye-hook, good as new!
This holiday season has been overshadowed with family drama, a tragic loss and an intense project at the big-girl job but I did finally manage to get some decorating done last weekend.  I will attempt to take some photos in my very low-light living room so I can share in the next post.
Hope you are doing something fun today!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Happy Mail!

I was delighted to receive a surprise package from an Internet friend, Sheila, in the mail this week.  If you read her genre you may know her better as best-selling author Lynn Viehl.  We "met" as a result of my Etsy shop.  She is not only a best-selling author but also a very talented fiber artist.
I was thrilled to receive this beautiful lined tote bag embellished with red and cream beads.  It is stunning and I can't wait to use it!!  Oh, to have the patience (and the eyesight!) for all that stitching.
I learned that she collects vintage cabinets cards and uses them as inspiration for the characters in her books.  She is a regular Etsy customer and I love to include a little something extra with her orders so I specifically had my eye out for some cabinet cards for her during our Autumn trip to Pennsylvania. I never expected anything in return so you can imagine I was over the moon with this surprise package!
She has my number!  The button book is one I do not have and it is sitting on the ottoman in my living room as a special treat for my Christmas day reading.  She also shared these buttons from her personal collection and told me the ones in perfectly patina-ed little tin are from FRANCE.  How cool is that!  Thank you, Sheila, and I am so happy we "found" each other.  I love the Internet!