Category Archives: Vintage

New Frontier – At The Auction

vintage-finds-008I went to an estate auction last Saturday with my husband and my friend, Sara.  None of us had ever been to an auction before, but we were open to trying something new and it was a beautiful, sunny day, so we piled in the car and drove about 30 mins to the estate of someone who used to own an auto repair shop.

It was totally different than anything we had ever been to before!  It wasn’t set up like the auction houses you see on TV.  It basically looked like a giant garagle sale in someone’s yard, but you had to wait until the auction started to buy stuff. After we figured out how to sign up for a number and how to bid, we totally got into the swing of things.  Hubs wandered over to the auto section of auction, while my friend Sara and I camped out in the housewares section.

Then we started winning things. 

I have to admit, it was pretty undignified, even for me. We were clapping our hands and squealing when the other won something they wanted, and by the end of the first hour we had our arms filled with treasures and a very bemused crowd around us. Someone took pity on us and gave us boxes, another person gave us some newspapers to put around our glass items to keep them from banging together.  But most just laughed at us, not in a mean-spirited way, but I think they laughed with us because we were so obviously enjoying ourselves.  At least I hope they did. If we annoyed anyone, I apologize!

Sara walked out with three boxes of treasures. She got a set of vintage stoneware similar to some her grandmother had left her and a great green pitcher and bowl with a curved edge. vintage-finds-007

I got an Apollo Ware melamine bowl with pastel splatters in it.  I LOVE it.  It has some light utensil marks on the inside, but it will make a great chip bowl.

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I also got a great set of vintage glasses. They aren’t as old as some other ones I’ve had, but I love that these are a little heavier, and since we use the vintage glasses for everyday, it will be nice if they can take a beating and still be functional. We have broken two vintage glasses in as many months, and are starting to feel pretty bad about abusing them.

After the housewares section of the auction was over, they started on the furniture and other items.  These “other items” consisted of seized drug bust items from the state of Michigan, like semi-automatic guns and electronics plastered with evidence stickers. Seriously.  So, we played with the guns for a while, took pictures of Sara holding a Bushmaster and laughed and then cashed out our purchases. Sara’s total was under $20, and ours was a little over, since Hubs had bought some tools. All in all, pretty good entertainment for a Saturday afternoon. 

We can’t wait until the next one!vintage-finds-015

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This Week’s Thrifting Finds – Thrifted Fabric & Linens

Vintage Tablecloth Close-upNot much to report this week on the thrifting front!  I have been hunkered down in my house for most of the week, working on my novel and posting for you lovely readers, so I haven’t had much time to scrounge.  However, I did have time to take a quick peek into the thrift stores on Monday, and I found the following:

Vintage FabricI found a few yards of this great vintage cotton fabric. It is interesting because has a lot of different vertical patterns that alternate. This is just a sample of a few of them. This is another great candidate for pillows.

Vintage TableclothI also found a great rectangular tablecloth. I love the daisy pattern, and it is going to look great on the three season porch in the summer.

And I got both for under $2!

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Vintage Birthday Card – Big Top

Here is another fun vintage birthday card from my dad’s collection.

bday-5-circus-elephant001Another adorable 5th birthday card.  This one is actually “mechanical” in that if you move a little paper handle on the side of the card, the boy, girl and elephant’s head go up and down. So cute!bday-5-circus-elephant002

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Top of the Fridge

Top of the FridgeHere are two vintage whiskey bottles from my grandfather that now have a place of honor on top of our fridge. 

These are James Beam Distilling Company bottles made by Genuine Regal China. They made a ton of them from about 1960-1980 (drink that whiskey, America!), but because of the many different types of bottles, they are still highly collectible. And if you want to start your own collection, there is no better time than now.  Since they overproduced a lot of these bottles, prices have actually gone DOWN over the years, and they are priced anywhere from about $10-20 a bottle. You can usually find them at the usual suspects, including Ebay.

The dog bottle is cute, but I love the swordfish.  It matches my pink and blue kitchen exactly!

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Thrifted Fabric

70's Fabric

Here is some of the great vintage fabric that I got from Goodwill last week.  This is upholstery fabric, and it is a little scratchy, so it is out for pillows.  I wonder what I can do with it?  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Also, I picked up some great blue linen fabric, which is incredibly soft and a wonderful robin’s egg blue.  It was a super deal at $.49!  I just couldn’t pass it up.  I am going to start a quilt soon made of vintage bedsheets, and I thought that would be a great extra fabric to throw in.

Robin's Egg Blue Linen

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More Thrift Finds – Shabby Chic Heaven

Shabby Chic Candy DishesSo, there are a lot of dishes at my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  A lot.  I didn’t even know that they dealt with those since it is primarily a place just for home improvement material, but according to the volunteer I talked to today, they get all kinds of housewares brought in.  I suppose it is good for them because every little bit helps, and it is good for ME because they price all the housewares far, far less than the local Goodwill or Salvation Army.

But anyway, ReStore had these beautiful white candy dishes/candle holders.  They are in two sizes and have a great look to them.  They need to be cleaned up, but when they are I am taking them directly to the guest room and putting some buttons in them for cute dresser decor.Nut Dish

The second thing I got was this amazing gravy boat or nut dish (or whatever) that is a metallic finish over glass. This thing is so gorgeous.  I can’t even think of what made someone give this away.  Unless it was lack of space because they collect too many fun pieces, because I could see that. 

I am going to have to do some research and figure out who is the maker for the dish.  It has a few spots on the bottom of the dish where the metallic paint is coming off, but the dish and the plate are otherwise in great shape. 

Anyone out there know the maker of the bowl and plate?  If you do, let me know. You could save me a lot of research….

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Melamine On The Walls

There is so much to learn about Mid-Century style.  Every day I head over to Retro Renovation, read one of Pam’s posts and think, “I didn’t know that.”  Then I go to the local thrift store and I see a cool glass or a piece of furniture and I think, “Wow, that’s new.”

And now, something else that blows my mind.  Vintage melamine panels for the wall.

Marlite Panels

For those of you who, like me, are just discovering the joys of melamine and melamac, here is an ad for baked melamine tongue-and-groove panels for the walls.  I didn’t know you could put melamine on the walls. I always thought veneers were either wood or a resin type plastic, but here I am learning something new. I wonder what colors the old Marlite used to come in?  If they would have had pink, I would have been all over it.

If you are interested, Marlite planks are still avaliable today.

And for those of you who are old hands at this and are rolling your eyes, bear with me. I’m new.

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