I found some fun stuff on our recent road trip. These finds are from a combination of estate sales, shops and the Alameda Flea Market. Started junking on Friday...ended on Monday...4 days of junking.
I really do gravitate towards smaller items. I was looking everywhere for the vintage doll heads, so was happy to find a stack of about 20 at Alameda. The wallpaper border is from the bin of them on yesterdays post (kicking myself for not buying more). The mica birds and the millinery fruit were also found at Alameda.
A pair of devil flashlights that actually still work. I was lucky with reflectors. The bunny was in the free box. I like the green of the old optical box. It holds little tissues to clean your glasses. I was happy to find so many bunnies. The two pose dolls sit on pincushions with tape measures attached. Spun head snowman and a polka dot chenille horse. When I was in Alameda a few years ago I found a bunch of honeycomb chicks. On this trip it was honeycomb reindeer.
I found the sweetest child size pink plastic piano at a yard sale. The little pixie was Alameda found. I did find some elves. I debated about the elf in the bright orange shoe, but figured I could make him a groovy elf with my crafting. My dear count for the weekend was 15. Hsts off to a pair of Easter candles. Ceramic animals were plentiful. The teeny snail family are a favorite. At one shop I found quite a few curtain tie back tacks. I found some great water decals as well as an enamel tin. The decals are already listed on Etsy.
Fourth of July crafting goodies. (thank you Elk Horn Vintage Supply and Claire's Cupboard)A set of cotton black faced minstrels. I could not leave them behind. An assortment of clay faced Santas. I have not seen those in the pastel colors before.
I did find spun heads. Bride and groom spun heads. The tiny wedding topper with celluloid face bride and groom was one of my favorite finds...at $4! This vintage paper tablecloth was in the free box at a sale. I did find a vintage swim cap. This one is nifty as it has a raffia style layer to it.
I also found a super pair of vintage glasses in a free bin.
Fun find and good company. Nothing like a good road trip...I thank my lucky stars for my junking buddy Amy...she makes every road trip an adventure.
Amy and I recently road tripped down to the Alameda Flea Market near San Francisco. I think this is the seventh time I have hit the show and the third or fourth time with Amy. It is my idea of a good vacation. No sandy beaches and frou frou drinks...give me a good junking adventure.
Amy and I junk the whole way down and back (we left on Friday). We hit lots of thrifts and antique shops. We both agreed that the pickings are not what they used to be on the road. We both found fun stuff, but not in the quantity or with the prices that were in the good old days. We did hit some yard sales and estate sales which were good to us with junking finds. I did not take photos of the road trip itself..although I did document it on IG as we travelled and junked.
The Alameda Flea Market if massive. There are usually around 800 vendors. Amy and I arrived at 6:30 a.m. for early buying and it was chilly and cloudy. I always bundle up for the early morning shopping at this event as it always takes awhile to warm up. Amy and I went our different directions and started shopping.
I love the booths that have things in quantity. Hats anyone?
Wallpaper in quantity. I am kicking myself for not buying more of these.
I did not want the rings, only the boxes. They were display only. Drats.
The variety of dealers varies greatly. Some are professionals and have beautiful displays. Other vendors just come and throw it all out on a table or on tarps they toss on the ground. I liked this stack of bed trays.
I am not sure if this fellow sold this hot air balloon basket. You see just about everything for sale.
I am not sure why I didn't grab one of these fellows after revisiting my photos. They are darling. They do need a good cleaning.This entire booth was full of vintage French hair clips and accessories. It was fun to dig through and she had them all arranged by color...very eye catching.
It was another great shopping day with Amy at Alameda. We shopped for about 7 hours and then hit the road and headed home. I found some fun goodies at the show. I didn't find anything to do a happy dance about, but I did fill my shopping cart.
A good day indeed. Post coming soon on Alameda/road trip finds.
You can find more of my past Alameda Road trip on my sidebar...see Alameda Flea Market link
Way back when on challenge #17 I did a post on vintage straws and swizzle sticks. Almost five years have passed since that post and I have collected some fun vintage drinking straws. I found one box last week which made me think I should update and share this collection again.
I collect straws primarily because of the graphics on the boxes. I do craft with them, but the boxes are what I am really attracted to.
Flip side where you cut the clown or monkey out to slip over the top of your straw while you drink. What fun!
Mother Goose drinking straws in three different designs. Flip side.
The charm of these old boxes just is over the top. Here you can open the door to the cupboard with a cutout door.
Mother Goose straws but in a later version.
Mickey Mouse Cellophane style straws were quite the fad and Glassip was a popular brand.
Glassip straws were also quite popular for crafting.
Every once in awhile in estate sale land I will run across something made out of straws.
These flex-straws have that bendable feature to them. I loved these growing up. One of these boxes advertised bubble gum inside. Sure enough, when I fish around I can find the bubble gum straw. I won't be chewing that.
I have a thing for swans, so I really like these Swan brand straws.
Clowns seem to be a popular straw motif. This is another box that doubled as an activity. You could cutout the backside and when you added a straw you could make an airplane!
Carnival straws Flip side. This was another activity box where you could cut out animals on the box.
Most of the boxes above are for home use and have smaller quantities...50 or 100. Sometimes I find the super sized boxes.
We also have straws intended for use in the home bar.
Sometimes I find straws that are a bit different, like these fun straws with animals attached.
Fun stuff. If you have an idea for a future collection challenge leave me a comment and finish the sentence "show me your collection of ____".
It is always a thrill to see yourself in print. The latest issue of Mollie Makes has a little spread on my birdie collection.
A couple of months ago Mollie Makes contacted me after seeing one of my Pinterest photos of my bird collection. They had also seen a photo of some vintage deer on my IG account. They asked if I could swap the collection spots out and do some photos with the birds on the shelf where the deer were displayed. It is a cute little vintage shelf and it has some darling wallpaper from England as a background. I was happy to oblige and do the switcheroo.
It is always a bit nerve wracking to wait for a magazine to hit the news stands. Mollie Makes is A UK magazine but available here as well...usually at Barnes and Noble. I actually had a IG friend (who lives in the UK) contact me about a month ago after getting her issue. She sent me a screen shot of the article which only made me more eager to see it in person.
Anyhoo, it is out and on the newsstands. I am thrilled. Thank you Mollie Makes for making my day!
I had a couple of estate sales to hit on Friday, but nothing looked amazing. Friday night I got an email from my friend Bruce.
If you have any interest in going to Vickie O's sale tomorrow morning you are signed up. No. 3. I just happened to be out near there when she posted the address. It's an odd sale and I don't expect to see you there.
Just thought I'd sign you up.
This sale wasn't on my radar, but the #3 spot was good incentive to go. I looked at the online photos and noticed a redwood picnic table set. I have been trying to hunt one down as my current picnic table is rotting out. I figured with #3 spot I had a good chance of getting the set.
I ended up getting the table set and a bunch of other fun and unusual things. The picnic set (like the turquoise one here) was $35 for a table, 2 benches and 2 tiny side benches. Good deal. I just need to paint it turquoise.
The tall metal frame on the right in the photo is a bean tower frame. I didn't know I needed one and it was in the original box. It is pretty cool and will make a great trellis for a flowering vine. It is about 6 foot tall.
Another favorite find was a box of old wood letters. They were strung with holiday lights and were a tangled mess. I knew they spelled some holiday message. The letters are about 10 inches tall.
A great galvanized tool box and a child's toy tool chest. A tree topper, a funny angel gal, a couple of striped tins and some strawberry boxes in a larger than normal size. I think they are quart size rather than pint.
A cool wood shelf with little pockets that would hold some sort of paper item (maps?).
This little paint set from 1959 was too sweet not to pass up.
I always enjoy seeing a vintage item so intact. This set even has the crayons, sharpener and paints.
A fun Huckleberry Hound game. I actually found this Fourth of July centerpiece at an estate sale on Thursday. I could not pass by the little crepe paper ruffles. (handmade item)
I found this sign at another sale on Friday. Not a ton of stuff at the estate sale, but some fun items that I don't always seem to find. Really excited about the picnic table and ready to give that a coat of paint.
On our Alameda road trip Amy and I popped by to see my friend Doreen. I have met Doreen once before in person and have become good friends with her from her commenting on my blog for years. She lives in southern Oregon, so her house was on our route. I have seen some of her fun eye candy on her IG feed (@elfhead) but seeing it in person was a treat. A real treat.
The minute I walked in the door my jaw fellow open. (I think Amy's did as well)
This post is VERY HEAVY ON EYE CANDY photos. Your sweet tooth will be aching if you make it to the end.
I could have spent a full day just poking through the cabinet above. Shelf after shelf of crazy fun stuff.
This little elf holds a bouquet of spun heads! An elf after my own heart. Doreen has been a Etsy customer of mine and it was fun to see my creations scattered about her house. I also saw goodies from other Etsy shops.
This holiday themed cabinet was crazy fun.
Mixed in with these mica elves are Snow White and the Seven Dwarf mica figures.
Doreen IG account is Elfhead and I think you can see why.
Besides those elves there was Christmas stuff to oggle.
ALL OF THE EYE CANDY so far was in one room. Now we are headed into the dining room.
We are about to head into another room and I am thinking perhaps I should do this post as part one and two. Nah...I think I will just make this the LONGEST post in my whole blog post history and continue the field trip tour.
This pair was a total favorite of mine.
This tiny umbrella is another vintage favorite. It has the cutest duck print ever. Next on the field trip is the head vase bathroom. Lots to attract that Magpie Ethel in me with all this bling and shiny stuff.
Not the best photo, but Doreen has an amazing collection of head vases. I don't even own one! Amy and I chatted with Doreen for about an hour. I think I either took photos the whole time or was distracted by all the cuteness and my eyes darted around like a frog looking for a bug.
Doreen even let us peek in a couple of drawers. Spun head angel envy. Loved, loved this field trip. Longest post in my blogging history. And I could have made it even longer with more eye candy.
Thank you Doreen, for sharing your house and collections...truly amazing.
If you have read my blog for any amount of time, you know that I hope to get a beach house someday. Until that day arrives, I pick up vintage beach things that could be used for decorating my "someday" beach house. Ceramic fish are one of those items.
I just found these last week at an estate sale. This fellow was found at the same estate sale.
This sweet little fish is one of a pair of salt and pepper shakers.
Big fish Little fish (the three on the left are salt or pepper shakers) I love the colors and expression on this pair. I like the big lips. A pair of mermaids ride fish.
A darling pair of salt and pepper whales.
In addition to the fish I also have a few seahorses.
I didn't realize how many fish I had until I did this post. I just keep putting them in the "fish bin". If you have an idea for a future collection challenge, finish the sentence "Show me your collection of ___". A collection each week. Cross your fingers for that "someday" beach house for me!
I hit one estate sale today. It was on Craigslist and I WAS NUMBER ONE to get in the door. It was family run, but unfortunately the family had someone in the "antique" world come and price things...thus the prices were not as friendly as I would have hoped.
I did manage to find some goodies. This is a quick show and tell as I need to get packed up (more on that at the end of the post).
I was the first person in the Christmas room. A couple of bottlebrush trees, candle clips, candy canes and a fun little pocket handkerchief. The pocket hankie was from a local dry cleaner and when you insert it in your pocket it says "Merry Christmas" on one side and "Happy New Year" on the flip side.I got lucky with mercury glass garland. 6 strands of it and some foil cones.
The woman that lived in the house was 95 and had gone to a memory care faculty. She used to sew Barbie clothes so there were lots of tiny barbie things (like sunglasses...perfect for spun heads). I also got lots of trims and tiny buttons for crafting.
I love these two ceramic horses. The trim is terry cloth with a funky pattern.
A sweet little ceramic doll and some tin molds. The doll looks like she has a wonky eye, but that is an easy fix. Her leg looks wonky too, but that is just the way I had her on the ground.. She is really cute.
I also found lot of this and that that I tucked in that box...doll hats, baskets...tidbits that will be put to good use.
I was happy to squeak in an estate sale today as tomorrow AMY AND I ARE HITTING THE ROAD...junking our way to the Alameda flea market. I am beside myself with excitement.
Post coming when I return, but if you follow me on Instagram you know you will see our adventure as we head down I-5. If you aren't on Instagram this is the perfect opportunity to start and follow our trip! Whahooo! Time to go finish packing...
I did the Plucky Maidens Junk Fest this past Saturday. It was in Eugene which is about two hours south of here. I drove down Friday (and hit that great estate sale on the way) and spent the night. Saturday morning I had a great time putting my booth together. That is one of my favorite parts about doing a show.
The show was in a grange hall and hence the oddball art on the wall. I actually thought it added a fun element to my booth. My booth was jammed packed with both vintage and crafted items.
The show went from noon to 6 and we had a good crowd. Lots of shoppers.
It was fun to put together some displays like this for the 4th of July. I got a whole bunch of aluminum tree branches the other day and they really work well to add some sparkle for that holiday.
The wood bowling pins are tiny bowling trophies. Tom added a slit in the top of each so they could be used to display a photo or a paper item. They are pretty cool.
I had fun meeting lots of people who follow me on IG as well as those who read my blog. I really enjoy when people stop by to say hello. Another plucky show under my belt and a very fun day.
An IG friend Brooke (@stainlessgodess) sent me one of these funny plastic kitschy veggie people awhile ago. I had never seen one before and loved the little face on it and the body made of assorted veggies.
A few months later at an estate sale I found another veggie person hanging in the kitchen.
Different, but with those same great eyelashes.
So I had two veggie people. Not officially a collection. Then this past weekend I hit that mega estate sale. I had so much in my hands at one point that I needed an empty box. There was a box of bagged plastic veggies under one of the tables and I decided to empty it and use the box.
As I was pulling the bags out of the box I noticed something about some of the fruit. It had faces!
Not the same type as my other veggie people, but funny faces none the less.
I actually had crafted with one of these heads years ago when I made one into a pumpkin head man for Halloween. (I liked it so much I kept it). I bought about 4 bags of this plastic fruit to get all the heads that were scattered between the bags.
Definitely was surprised to add to this collection. Thank you estate sale land. If you have an idea for a future collection challenge, leave me a comment and finish the sentence "Show me your collection of ____." A new collection each Tuesday, and often the unexpected!