I had no intentions of hitting sales today. I looked online for sales, but nothing looked too great so I decided to pass on estate sale land. I have Ben's birthday this weekend (23!) and had plenty of errands with party prep to do. While out on errands today I saw a sign. SALE. It looked like older person handwriting so I had to follow it.
I pulled up and the sale was held in the driveway and lawn. This Santa and sleigh were front and center. I jumped out of my car SO FAST and asked the price of the Santa. $15. I asked the price of the reindeer. $5. I said I would take them both. Hurray! The woman looked closer at the reindeer and announced it had a broken antler and I could have it for free with the Santa. Double hurray! I can easily fix the antler.
I loaded them in the car and went to finish up my errands. I saw another sign. ESTATE SALE. I couldn't resist. I followed the sign and ended up at a family run digger sale.
A good amount of bottlebrush trees (new) but I will still use them for crafting. Yellow pipe cleaners and vintage blanket binding. Pearl snap cards and a great pot holder face how to book.
I found a whole bunch of crotchet "how to" books.
Much of the stuff at the estate sale was in tubs. I opened one and it was full of scrap jewelry (the woman was a crafter). It was fun to be the first person to sift through it all and pick out the magpie shiny stuff. I was also the first person to open up this box. It did not have a turkey in it. It had ten boxes of these ornaments.
They have a styrofoam base and I thought they were handmade. They have a cool starburst insert on them so I thought I would get them and take them apart for crafting. When I got home and looked closer the boxes are marked made in Italy and there is a foil tag attached to some of the balls that says the same thing.
I won't be taking them apart after all. They are kinda cool.
Two sales today. Errands finally got done. Good day.
Earlier this year Amy sold some paint by numbers on Etsy. The paint by numbers were large to ship and as luck would have it the buyer turned out to be local. Amy contacted the buyer Hope, and she agreed to Amy delivering them. When Amy delivered them, this is what she saw when Hope opened the door.
Hope is a paint by number collector. Amy was awestruck. Amy arranged a little field trip for me to see the collection for myself. I am sure glad she did!
Hope buys and restores paint by numbers. It was fascinating to hear her talk about them and I learned paint by number fact after fact. Hope has 853 PBN (as of November). 602 hang on walls of her house and studio and 203 awaiting restoration plus 48 "extras.
Hope has them hanging on literally every wall of her house and studio. They are arranged by theme.
Here are some of the PBN that are awaiting her paintbrush and restoration.
This PBN is one of the larger produced.
Hope saves some of the boxes and PBN kits. I, of course love them for their graphic appeal. Hope had a bird theme going on in her bathroom. That is where I keep my bird collection as well (except mine are ceramic). Fun little details on some of the PBN kits. I like the center cartoon fellow who says "put on wall for all to admire".
There was a ship and seascape theme going on in an upstairs room.I had fun seeing the variety of subject matter. I had no idea on the vast multitude of themes there were. An upstairs study has an oriental theme. Hope's PBN are a constant hunt for her...the Japanese women were all collected separately and are a set that was produced.
This sweet little PBN made me smile. It was hard to get shots of the magnitude of her collection. Each hall and room had them on the walls. It wasn't overwhelming...I think I said WOW about 300 times during the tour.
Hope was a delight to meet and a true wealth of information and history on PBN. I will always think of Hope when I see a PBN now. A truly fantastic collection.
Hope also had a studio out back which she had decorated with even more PBN. Her talents run beyond her PBN restoration and collecting. Her studio would be a whole other post.
Thank you so much Hope for this amazing visit and tour. Thank you Amy for arranging yet another field trip for me. (and no permission slip required like in elementary school)
I did a post on watches and clocks on challenge #9. (That was in 2010...yikes, how time flies!) Today I am sharing my collection of toy watches. I collect these primarily for crafting. I was putting some new finds in my watch bin the other day and realized how many I had and thought it would be fun to share.
I don't think many kids wear watches anymore, but they seem to be quite the popular toy way back when. I wear a watch everyday. It drives me crazy if I forget to put one on.
These watches are lenticular or "wink" when you twist them back and forth.
I have quite the assortment of this style. The bands are almost paper like and rather fragile.
These watches have a tiny giraffe or fish featured on the clock face. I am not sure what those animals have to do with telling time. They are marked Japan. I like that toy watches look like grown up versions. Sometimes the faces are rather fancy.
This watch on the original card is sweet.
The toy watch with the hands that REALLY move. I think the 15 written in pencil on the card, was perhaps the original price of the watch.
Most of these watches have been collected with the intention of crafting New Years spun heads. These tiny watches work well for that.
This toy watch face was crafted with by a local crafter. The watch is vintage plastic and the crafter added the tiny plaid band. I wear it.
Watches are so named as a reminder — if you don't watch carefully what you do with your time, it will slip away from you. ~Drew Sirtors
If you have an idea for a future collection challenge, leave me a comment and finish the sentence "Show me your collection of ____." Something new each Tuesday!
I hit two sales on Friday and two sales on Saturday. It was a good weekend for junk.
A ceramic head choir boy, a ceramic deer, ceramic owl and a sweet doll. A pair of deer antlers.
I think she will head to the studio for a little Magpie Ethel touch. At the estate sale my friend Tom had this box in his arms. He was a total sweetie and passed it off to me since he knows I collect vintage swim caps. Love the graphics on this one.
Even that little logo on the left with the fish jumping out of the water charms me so.A couple of flags and an old Christmas candy box. A whole bunch of white honeycomb bells (which will join and insane amount I already have) and a fun handmade netting heart. 100 tiny dolls. Evidently these were advertised as "Buy 100 dolls" in the back of magazines and such. One of my IG followers said she ordered them when she was a kid and was disappointed when they came with the tiny size (she was expecting 100 good sized dolls). A teeny bit of Christmas and some darling ceramic figures. Red anagram letters and a few red salt and pepper shakers.
I am not a drinker, so these shot glasses will be headed to Plucky Maidens junk fest. I will be a vendor there in a couple of weeks. This deer sampler will be headed to Plucky Maidens as well.
I may have lost my Plucky mind when I picked up this kitschy lamp. Handmade and funky...so headed to Plucky as well.
One of the sales that I hit this weekend was on Friday night. I was NUMBER one to get into that sale. The woman was a hoarder and had an insane amount of picture frames. She also had some fun shelves.
Another vintage shoe box for my collection (28 now). I also could not pass up the vintage shoe polish..those boxes have the cutest graphics on them.
Chenille loops for potholder crafting. I remember making these as a kid with a special loom. These two colors are super...I would even just pop them in a jar just for that pop of vintage awesome color. This is the first foil Easter basket I have ever found. The Easter grass was from a different sale. I asked the woman how much the grass was and she gave it to me. Evidently she does not know the virtues of vintage Easter grass.
At the Saturday estate sale I found a bunch of old wrapping paper scraps. The woman used to make small gift bags from the scraps. There were some gems. One of my favorite finds. Vintage concrete mushrooms and frogs. $10 for the mushroom and $5 for the pair of frogs. (mushroom in front and two bright green frogs. The other mushrooms and frogs have been collected from other sales.)
A pretty good weekend in estate sale land. I hope you found some treasures too.
Amy and I recently did a junking loop up into Washington. On the way home we stopped by Gayle's house. Gayle is a friend of Amy's (and an Etsy customer of mine) and Amy had visited her house before. Amy knew I would love to see Gayle's house and we got an invitation to visit. I was tickled to be able to get a full tour. This post is just eye candy...sweet eye candy.
This is the living room. The colors Gayle uses are right up my alley.
A back little sitting room has this fun little display.
I love the little cute snippets that were sprinkled around. A spun head bunny corsage was tucked into some vintage pots. (we were there before Easter so the Easter decorations were out) Such fun touches like this windmill.
Now I want to collect floral tins. Gayle's front windows had wonderful succulent gardens planted in turquoise containers. It was a rather dark and rainy day so some of my photos did not turn out as well as I hoped. I think you still get a sense of the cheery scene though. I did say there was lots of eye candy. It is everywhere! Gayle had decorated for Easter and it was fun to see her display. I was touched to see some of my creations included.
Seriously such a darling house. Gayle, Amy and I visited for the afternoon as well (although my eyes kept darting around looking at everything...eye contact was difficult).
Thank you Gayle for sharing your home...truly eye candy inspiration.