Tuesday, August 25, 2015


 If you follow me on Instagram then you have already seen this heap.  Sunday was Elf-A-Paluza!  I lost count at 60 and all are vintage marked Japan.  A village of little faces to wash and clothes to brush off! I also found a couple of Gurley choir boys and a pretty tray.
 This West German Inge-Glas Santa ornament is in the original box.
And then there was this...  Click it bigger and you will see there are some heart-breaks in this box but also a load of fun old ornaments.
It was a very good day in junk land!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Good Junk

These finds are from LAST weekend and I nearly forgot to post the photos. Most of this is from an unexpected detour to an estate sale. It was on my way to an errand and the car just turned.  What can I say.
I adore the two old pictures.  The one on the right is partially covered but it says God Bless Our Home on the bottom.  The sheer pink thing is a vintage hostess apron.
This was folded and I thought it was a pillowcase.  When I got it home I discovered it is an embroidered crib sheet.  An unusual find and I was delighted.
Christmas kitch and two McCoy planters.
Millinery cherries and a fun old pewter sugar bowl.
This depiction of pioneer Papa reading to his children is just a delight!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Flat Lays

I decided to try those flat lay photos that are all the rage lately.  I'm not too thrilled with my results but had to give it a try with a few recent finds.
Maybe my one and only attempt since I'm not too motivated by photography. Anyone who is doing it have any advice?? Tell me there is an easy way....  8+)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Friday Finds

Another week has whizzed by, as Summer does!  We had rain in the forecast yesterday and cooler temps but the rain didn't amount to much.  Hard to believe an Oregonian is wishing for more rain - LOL!
I adore old books and these two caught my eye. No spells in the Magic book, just tricks.
Sweet Made in Japan sewing box and two tatted circles for trimming pillow cases.  I think the birdie note holder might have to stay with me for a while.
Jello molds and tart tins.  I never find those old Easter eggs with both halves but still can't resist the graphics.  Anyone have any ideas on how to use them??
The berry boxes are filled with very old chenille chicks and bunnies.  I don't know if they can be rescued but figured I would bring them home and give them a closer look.
Happy Saturday!

Friday, August 7, 2015

My Happy Place

 Life wasn't particularly kind to me this week but junk-land was and we all know that is my happy place.  There is just something relaxing about the hunt. The Jesus picture is 1940s and the tooled leather bag is an old camera bag.
 I adore the photo of the bohemian woman on the beach.  The back side says, simply, Momma. I would love to know her story.
 The red and white cookbook is a premium given to subscribers of Good Housekeeping magazine.
 Remember the original troll dolls?  I think the first thing I ever sewed were little felt clothes for my troll doll.
 This knee huger went in the cart on a impulse.  It was filthy so I gave him a shower in the kitchen sink.  He didn't fall apart so I think a makeover is in order with a little glitter and some Shiny Brites.
 Some pretty trims and a floral box.  I wish I'd gotten a better photo of the jewelry box.  I have never seen one with a checkered design like that.
I gasped when I lifted some fairly modern Christmas cards out of this box and found it filled with old Dennison Christmas stickers.  Score!!  Favorite find of the week.

Friday, July 31, 2015

A Little Bit of Hunting and Gathering

A few fun tidbits gathered up earlier this week because a week without junk is like a week without sunshine..
Some of these finds are from an Estate Sale stop.  I NEVER find mushrooms and was delighted with these.  I really don't know why I want them but I just do - you know??
I am sworn off glass unless it is something special and thought this qualified.  I have this same plate in white milk glass but have never seen it in black.  You can click bigger to see the buttons.
Gold gimpe tassel fringe for the Esty shop and the Japan pottery dish is going to hold succulents on the patio - assuming it ever cools off so I feel motivated to do something outdoors.  I had a long to-do list for the week and this global climate change came along and derailed me.  NOT a fan of 90+ weather and especially not triple digits!!
I adore the watercolor roses and I'm on the hunt for an appropriate frame for it.  Things like this make me wonder what I miss when I'm not at the right place at the right time at The Bins and reinforce my addiction to the hunt!
An adorable pair of Mr. and Mrs. pillow cases.  I love the old MOP buttons on these cards with the foil behind them.  I always wonder about the reason for the foil.  These would be sweet framed.
Keep cool!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Truth in Blogging

 Some of you have lovely potting benches surrounded by pots of blossoms.  We have a spot in the very back of the yard that we semi-fondly call "the barnyard".  We have a "farm" (garden), a "lake" (fishpond) and a "woods walk" (tree tunnel), so a barnyard is fitting.  This is the business end of the yard.  Compost, garden tools, utility trailer, storage shed and, yes, a potting bench.
 There is another matching window on the other side of the door but it has been overgrown by the shrubs.  We don't eat at this picnic table because the apple tree rains down debris.  It is more of an outdoor work space for sawing, potting, etc.  On the left, out of camera, is the utility trailer.
 I don't have any pots of flowers back here.  It is way too hard to drag the hose back here for watering.  I painted the sunflowers on the doors about 15 years ago and I'm tired of them and keep thinking I need to do something different but that's about as far as it gets.  A project for another day.
 I built the potting bench from pallet wood about 10 years ago.  The eve on the shed extends over it nearly 2 feet so, for the most part, it stays dry.  The wood tool box in the back was gifted from my MIL after her husband passed away.  The slanted front lifts up and there is a removable tray inside.  It needs a pretty paint job.  Another project for another day!
 Since I don't have flowers back here, I add a few colorful accents.  All of the pottery pieces were damaged when I got them but suitable for garden decor where the squirrels like to party.
 I got the JOY sign many years ago at the VOA.  Good golly I am missing that place!
 The canisters were all found with missing lids but work great for holding odds and ends out here.

 I re-organized and got rid of a huge amount of pots and just kept the ones I actually thought I would use.
 Go ahead and squint your eyes so you don't see the compost and wheel barrow.  This enormous old apple tree was just a tiny thing when we moved here 36 years ago.  It was about 8" in diameter back then and I remember making a little circle of bricks around the base and being so happy to have my own yard.  My boys spent countless hours climbing this tree.
That woman who lives here needs to wash that shed door!  This is looking back from the barnyard toward the woods walk.  Duck your head just a little as you go past the secret garden and through the tree tunnel to the pergola.
Maybe I'll find a cement cow one of these days.  That would make me do a happy dance!

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!