I hit two sales on Friday. One was run by an estate sale company and the other was a family run sale a few blocks away. It was nice to hit two sales...bang, bang...and be done!
I got two floral curtain panels, a glass fishbowl (now I have three), a floral wallpaper remnant, and lots of littles. One of my favorite finds was a Cath Kidston toiletry bag for $1!
It was a good day for Gurley candles.
An old lunchbox with a darling corsage design, a fun clip on lightbulb cover, candle clips and a sweet little bird figure.
I always have to rummage around the workshop. I was rewarded with some funny luncheon meat cans. They were full of nails when I bought them.
The orange rack will be perfect for my beach house. (Yes, we bought a beach house. For those of you that don't follow me on IG that news is new to you. I AM SO EXCITED and will get a blog post up on it soon.) I think the rack was intended to hold fan belts. I am decorating one room in gray and orange so this rack will fit right in.
I never ever pass up old ribbon spools with the great graphics. I use these as bases for my spun head crafting and I have gone through hundreds of these spools. There were lots of little ceramic figures at the sale. The little christmas gals have hair.
I got a whole pile of baby hangers. The little cutout designs on these! They just don't make them this darling anymore.
Two little ceramic lambs. The one embellished with pearls is crazy.
A pair of whisk brooms. Note the mushroom growing out of the top of one. So nice to stay on one road for the sales. Thank you for the vintage goodies Malden Street.
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!
I have met some wonderful people through Instagram and estate sale land. One of those people is my friend Ash, who happens to live near me. Ash is THE TOY COLLECTOR...as you can tell by her house and what she collects. Her house just makes me giddy whenever I visit. I am excited to share it with blogland. You may also know her Ashtomaton on Instagram. This is a long post, but there is so much to share!
Ash is one of those people who collects and collects and loves things in multiples. The minute you walk in her house you know this is a house like no other. First we have the living room. Here is the mantle.
This print over her mantle came from one of the Little Black Sambo Restaurants.
So many squeaky animal friends.
Her collection of Keane prints.Even her lamps are fun. (I caught Ash in the mirror here)
Her collection currently numbers 685 and I believe it. Row after row of rubber faced cuties. These were made by Rushton. The octopus and the fish are awesome. I love how she has advertisements displayed with them. She is still on the hunt for a whale if anyone has one swimming around! In addition to the Rushtons and other squeaks there are dolls. This cabinet holds a variety of dolls. Giggles, Joy, Love Me Linda and Little Miss No Name live here in this cabinet. I learned a lot about dolls on this field trip.
These Little Miss No Name dolls were only made for one year in 1965. They creep me out a bit. I actually googled the history on these as they were so unusual. They were made by Hasbro and inspired by Keane. She came with a tear too, which made her even sadder.
These are my favorite cabinets in Ash's house. Super fun eye candy here. If you follow Ash's instagram account sometimes you might see her wearing that bear head!
How fun are these giant polka dot friends? The elephant is a toy box. In addition to the giraffe, there is a kangaroo in this series...Ash is on the hunt for that still.
A closer peek inside the cabinet. Baaaaaaaaa From the dining room we head into the kitchen. Another spot of fun. I remember when Ash picked up these paper charts with rules at a local estate sale. I was just arriving as she was leaving and she played show and tell with these before I went into the sale. She was giddy with this find and it is fun to see them up in her house.
This little shelf sits over the stove, so this is her audience while she cooks. How fun is that? Ash could not have a more perfect refrigerator to fit into her vintage loving house. The pop of color is awesome. Beyond the fridge in the little nook is her Disneyland collection as well as some other fun squeaks and toys.
Ash is lucky to live in an old house with lots of built ins and nooks. This nook is filled to the brim.
A shelf of Dreamland cuties. The top of her fridge is cuter than the top of mine. More friends in her hallway. No room is safe from the invasion of the toys. Ash even has friends with her in the bathroom.
When you live with vintage like this, it is only fitting to put all those darling old nursery containers to good use. The fun continues upstairs of course. There are lots of these vintage cutouts that decorate the walls in this stairwell. They are made by the Dolly Toy Company.
I love how Ash brings all those little vintage pieces together for one shelf of eye candy. Bambi and deer land here!
Yet another built in at the top of the stairs. This one has glass doors but I had to peek inside for a closer look.
This is the vintage muff wall. Yes, Ash really does use these. I have seen her out and about with her hands tucked in one. One of my favorite spots in the house is this cozy Knickerbocker bear chair. I love how the chair is the same color as the bears that it holds.
Meow.Ash is a wonderful seamstress. I have only ever seen her dressed in either a dress she has made or vintage. She is very talented with that sewing machine. This is the little room she works in. It is no surprise that she has lots of company in her sewing room.
Last stop on the tour is the bedroom.
The animals on the lower shelves are made by Alan Jay...there really are some darling squeaks out there. Such fun to come and play at Ash's house. I was in for a treat when she let me do a field trip post. Thank you Ash for letting me share your house and collections. I think your toys are pretty happy here.
I hit two sales this weekend. One on Thursday where I was number 6 out of probably 180 to get in the door. Despite my getting in the door quickly, I only found a few of things. Still worth my time though.
Friday was an estate sale I had been waiting for. I shopped phase 1 of the sale earlier this year and it was awesome. Phase II did not disappoint.
(some of my photos are a bit wonky as I was dodging raindrops. I set up outside for this post and THEN the rain started. I set up a beach umbrella and worked under that...egads!) You can see that this awesome Easter bunny was not successful in dodging all the raindrops.
I was very lucky with deer, both rubber and ceramic. The plastic Humpty Dumpty is the top of a sweet notepad holder.
A vintage squeaky dog, wood mushroom salt and pepper shakers and a can of old spray snow. I got a whole stack of old towels with great graphics...cats, strawberries, flowers, owls etc. Some fun designs for sure. I also found a old turquoise colored pot with shell and seashore graphics. It will go to my someday beach house. This old beach towel will be added to my collection. (photo from my Instagram feed...come follow me!) On the basement pantry shelf I found this old Santa jar. Bonus for having my spun head radar on as it was full of them! And old Wilendur violet tablecloth with original tag. It needs a good soak. As it sat folded the top panel discolored.
I got a wood tiny picnic table. Under the redwood looking paint there is green and pink paint. I will be sanding it down. The coffee tins were all found at the estate sale on Thursday. I also found a pair of vintage Christmas deer. Easter was plentiful. I found old egg cups, plastic easter eggs in original packaging and other misc. Easter. I was lucky to find three corsages in their original boxes.
I was thrilled to get this giant bunny. There were four of them in the photo for the Estate sale. I wanted one. I was #11 to get in the door for this sale and knew that my chances were slim as some of the people in front of me would go for them too. As I went in the door of the house I watched all the bunnies getting grabbed up. My friend Tom grabbed one and popped it into my basket for me. Such a sweet thing to do and it made my day.
Darling cardboard deer cutout, Swanky Swig glasses, a ceramic lamb and cat and other doodads.
This pair of pink deer caused quite a stir when they showed up on my Instagram feed.
I love the little homemade crescent moon shelf/staircase. I have found these before, but this one is fun with the railing detail. Mercury glass picks, an egg carton Christmas tree with great tinsel burst ornaments and a couple of super pinecone Snowman and Santa figures.
I got lucky with pinecone ornaments as well as a couple of boxes of indents ornaments. Vintage playing cards and a toy camera in the original box.
A great quilt made from old barkcloth. A child's shoebox for my collection that I do not have. A vintage child's party invitation for my collection (and here) and a tin of old dental powder.
The bathroom had a whole drawer of handmade soap sleeves. This alligator made me laugh. A pair of etched mirrors, vintage garland, vintage bump chenille and a fun little embroidered head.
One of my favorite things at the sale was reuniting this pair of egg cup heads. I found one at the first phase of the sale and then the other at the second phase. Back together again. I found yet another pair of child's sunglasses. In the past couple of weeks I have found three pair each with a different corner design...clowns, ballerinas and bears. You can also see some of the indent Christmas ornaments I mentioned earlier.
This sweet little snowman once had something else attached. I will gussy him up for Christmas and make him as good as new.
Such a fun sale. I dug for over an hour and a half and left with a very full car. A happy dance weekend for sure.