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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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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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Thrift, Glorious Thrift

The other day I was reading a post on the Queen of Fifity Cents about how sometimes garage sale days are theme days, where you go from sale to sale stumbling across the same thing.  Why does it happen?  It is a question of cosmic proportions. Unfortunately, when you thrift at Goodwill and Salvation Army, the answer to that question has kind of a squick factor.  

For example, a lot of great thrifting stuff yesterday was stuff from the 1970’s.  And my part of my brain asked itself: So why 70’s stuff today when last week it was mostly 50’s stuff? And the smarter, more motherly part of my brain (which made me wear a scarf yesterday) said: Well, honey, because it’s someone’s estate.  

And I can never truly be super excited at an estate sale. Oh sure, when I get my stuff home I am pleased, but while I am walking around, looking, I always think: This was someone’s life. And we are all scavengers.

But then I remember that they are just things. I mean, I would be happy if someone made use of all my stuff after I was gone. So I shouldn’t feel guilty, right?

But enough of being maudlin!  It is a great day, warm out and sunny for once, and I picked up some great stuff the other day while thrifting. So much stuff, in fact, that I am going to have to split it into two posts!

As I mentioned above, almost everything was 70’s themed.  There was some great Tupperware, cool glasses (which I missed getting by a second. RRR!) and some great linens.  Here is half of what I picked up.

Vintage Finds Table The vintage Tupperware is great. I love the look of the old stuff.  One of my friends needed some storage stuff, so I gave it straightaway to her, lest I be tempted to cram it into my kitchen.  She was very excited. She loves vintage, too!

The linen underneath was a mystery.  It is woven, but thicker than a tablecloth.  It is almost like a blanket, but not quite, and it isn’t thick enough to be a rug.  It intrigued me, and it was pretty, so I picked it up.  I asked the person checking me out at Goodwill what she thought, and she said that her mother had a bunch of these and used some as rugs and some as tablecloths. Anyone out there know what these are for? Let us know if you do!

Pyrex DecanterThe next thing I got was this great Pyrex pitcher in the shape of a beaker.  I loved it, because Hubs is a chemist, so he loves science-y type stuff.  Not sure what his take is on it yet, but I like it!Melamine Gravy Boat

Last, but not least, is this great melamine or melamac gravy boat.  I am not sure, but I think this is more mod than 70’s, just because MidCent Keith bought one that reminded me of it and posted a picture on Flickr.  But I love that this one looks like a whale’s tail.

Jealous of my boat?  Well, I found one exactly like it, except pink, here on Etsy. For $5, which isn’t bad, so you too can have the mod glory! 

A pretty good day, I would say. Stay tuned for the rest of the booty!

* Update: This post has been linked to Songbirdtiff’s Good Stuff Thursdays post! Her blog is really cute, so check it out!

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