I went to one sale on Friday. It was advertised as having vintage toys and dolls. Since I craft with dolls, I decided to hit this one. This woman loved her dolls. I did well.
The step is a metal shelf in a fun shade of green. I have no idea what I will do with it. If my kids were little, it would work at the bathroom sink as a step up.
I always grab these little elves when I find them. They are great for crafting. The little fellow will become a cupid for Valentines day.I found ceramic elves.
There was a big bin of baby rattles and toys and I found these gems.
I was happy to find some fish for my someday beach house.
This little suitcase was just too darling not to get. Can you imagine carrying that as a child? This little gal reminded me of myself. I had red hair when I was younger and I do have freckles. The woman had many, many squeaky toys. I came home with three.
There were lots of Storybook dolls and I have trouble resisting these gals. Dolls, dolls, dolls...for crafting. The cutest little birdie container. Made in Japan. A good start to my Friday. In and out in less than an hour and off to finish up errands. Hope you find some treasures this weekend too! Happy day.
I hit two sales today. One was my destination and the other I stumbled upon. The one I was driving to was out in the country. There were not many sales today, so I decided to take a chance on this one with a little scenic drive. I'm glad I did.
I bought something I have never bought before. A chevy tailgate. I don't know what I will do with it yet. It cleaned up really well (this photo is before a bath) and is a nice orange color.
A magnetic copy board with fun graphics, a couple of metal floral art pieces and a pink bubble bath cat. I also got a couple of boxes of silver garland which is always good for holiday crafting.
It was a decent day for Christmas. I got two plastic Santas, a Merry Christmas sign and some ornaments. The plastic Santa panel is meant to hang on a door. It is dated 1965 and made in Japan. He has a lenticular eye and was winking at me!
A wedding couple (dated 1948), a couple of Christmas corsages and two plastic deer.The couple had no children, but they had some fun holiday records. A funny bartender lamp. I'm not a drinker, so if I use him, he may hold a bouquet of flowers instead of looking like he is ready to serve a drink.
An orange metal stool, 2 boxes of heart ornaments (for Valentine crafting) and a fun metal hanging lamp. The first sale was good and the second sale I stumbled upon was a bonus! A good day out in the country for sure.
Amy and I have what has become a yearly tradition to road trip south to hit the Alameda Flea Market. We have done it a number of years and you can read about past escapades if you use my search bar on the right and search "Alameda" (about 10 posts appear).
This year did not disappoint although the Alameda Flea Market has changed and prices have risen. It is still my perfect idea of a great vacation...driving and junking with my best junking pal. We left Friday morning and headed straight to an estate sale in Salem. It was a really good estate sale and a perfect start to the whole weekend.
These finds are from the entire trip. Amy is an excellent packer. This is only my stuff.
I also got a really fun chair which I did not want to drag out for this photo. Here it is in on IG in the shop I bought it in. The upholstery was just too fun not to bring home with me.
I found lots of littles too. I got a crafting grab bag at the estate sale and was thrilled to find tiny deer, cotton mushrooms and little owls. Bottlebrush crafting wreaths, sailor hats and sugar bells all came home with me too.
There was a vendor at Alameda who has lots of doll bits and pieces. It was a gather and ask a price booth. I was happy with the price and these all came home with me. I especially like the doll on the bottom with the big googly eyes.
A sweet lamb for Easter flipping next year and some wonderful flocked hot pink ornaments. Those are Easter bound too.
The majority of the Christmas I found was from the estate sale on the first day. Vintage tree toppers, pixies and a sweet ice cream cup. Sweet bird salt and pepper. Christmas salt and pepper. A black cat that will make a Halloween appearance.
A nativity set, an old Campfire candy box, a metal soap box (that makes three now), Christmas reflectors and dolls to flip. I was happy to find a few more of those metal Scotch tape dispensers with the Christmas tape. I have a ton of those.
The estate sale had quite a few bins of old ribbon spools. I was delighted to add 70 to my crafting stash.
Storybook dolls. I have a new crafting plan up my sleeve with these. Some great ceramic beach things for my someday beach house. I rarely find seahorses. This green towel rack and matching waste can were just fun. I like the color and the faux bamboo look. It always amazes me when kitchen utensils survive for such a long time in the original box. These have great green handles. I was really, really excited to find one of my big plastic display trees with the little hooks on the branches. I never find them and only have one. I use the one I have to display my Christmas bell collection. I also found lots of boxes of tiny Christmas ornaments. A huge assortment of Dolly Toy Company nursery cutouts. Some fun cardboard and foil fish trivets. These are someday beach house bound.
Amy and I found a bunch of concrete figures at the estate sale on the way down. This deer travelled 1400 miles with us up and down the freeway. He will join 8 other concrete deer in my backyard.Above those cutouts in the photo are a dozen good sized bottlebrush trees. They are newer, but will be perfect for some holiday flipping.
A dog themed candy tin and a quartet of celluloid dolls for crafting. The graphics on this Christmas stencil package were too good not to pass up.
I was happy to find one of these old metal science cabinets to add to Tom's study. I would like one more and then I can call it quits due to wall space. This one makes four.A deck of fun tree identification cards.
This little fellow was an estate sale find and rode on my dash the whole trip. I am sure he was entertained by our little adventure.
I have all my Easter decorations out. I think Easter is neck and neck with Christmas for my favorite holiday.
This group lives in my kitchen nook and keeps me company during meals. I add a few each year.
My china hutch holds my vintage bunnies on top as well as candy boxes. The inside of my cabinet holds a collection of chicks and ducks. I really like things grouped with like items.
In the hutch, behind the glass doors on the left. and the right. I pull some of my china and glassware out of the hutch, so the birds perch towards the front. It is an easy display.
My collection of candy hat boxes and Gurley Easter candles decorates my dining room table. I like how the hats work as pedestals for the candles...a perfect display.
I have a couple of built in cabinets in my dining room and one of them holds my collection of egg cups.
I really love this pyramid of vintage waxed Dixie cups with Easter designs. Some of my larger Easter bunnies round out the scene.
Aren't the graphics awesome? My sheep barely fit on the top of my cabinet anymore. My mom just found the cute pink squeaky lamb for me the other day. I am smitten with these little Easter dolls with their darling faces. Last year I only had two.
My collection of lollipop holders I added four new Easter bunnies in the past couple of weeks to this group. I love how well worn and loved they are.
Easter would not be Easter without my collection of little cotton chicks...with wire feet. I added quite a few new ones this year thanks to some friends who kept passing some my way.
My fireplace niche has my collection of spun head bunnies.
I have LOTS of cardboard Easter cutouts. So dang cute. My collection of nodders grew a teeny bit this year. A few years ago I found this old crib headboard at a local antique mall. This is the dull side of it. I have a mountain of vintage honeycomb eggs that add some fun around it.
This is the side that greets my neighbors as they walk by. Thanks for making it through a very long post. I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend and that the Easter bunny brings you some Easter treats.
A long time blog reader Lisa, suggested part of the subject for this post. She challenged me to do a post on vintage Easter Grass. I added the vintage Easter egg component to it since they go hand in hand.
If you have read my blog for awhile you KNOW THAT I LOVE VINTAGE EASTER GRASS. It is superior for crafting and I did a post on it here. I have a big bin full of the old stuff in my studio.
I am always amazed that I come across packages of this old Easter grass. Evidently people just can't part with it sometimes. The graphics on the old bags are what attracts me. Some of these packages aren't the old waxy kind I favor, but the packaging makes up for it.
How cute is this pink bunny graphic?Here we have Flopsy's Easter grass. I like how I have found this design in different sizes.
Cellophane Easter grass, but the graphics are a winner.
I like the details like the original price on some bags. I also find it funny that some of the bags boasted the grass was "non flammable". I would hope most kiddos weren't around open flames on Easter morning.
Hand in hand with Easter grass are those simple plastic Easter eggs. I collect unopened packages of them. I just got this pack last weekend in estate sale land. Fill and Thrill...what an true description of what those eggs do for a kid.
It is also funny that all these egg packages were labels as Fill and Thrill, yet they all seem to be made by different companies.
There is never a shortage for the Easter bunny at my house.
If you have an idea for a collection challenge, leave me a comment and I will se what I can do. 278 collections have now hopped my way!