The past couple of weekends I have found tiny vases to add to my collection. Sharp eyed Linda from A La Carte noticed a mini vase in one of my estate sale posts and asked if I collected them (she does). She challenged me to share my collection. Will do.
I love the tiny size of these vases. I thought it would be a nod to spring to showcase them with flowers that are sprouting here. We have had an extremely mild winter (Oregon) and everything is starting to bloom and sprout. Completely different than the other parts of the country that have been slammed with crazy snow and all.
This is the vase Linda spotted in my estate sale post. I think this vase is glass as opposed to the rest of my collection which is ceramic. Tom picked these crocuses while out on a walk and brought them home for me. I mentioned I needed some for this post and he saved me searching some out in the neighborhood.
These vases are all between about 2 or 3 inches tall. I usually find them for little money. These are the miniature daffodils, often called tete a tete.
A tiny yellow vase and a sprig of daphne with that heavenly scent. I have two of these bushes in my yard.
This is the only vase that has any markings. It is marked USA on the bottom. This one is a favorite.
Snowdrops in a yellow vase. My camellia tree is in full bloom and loaded with buds.
A fun little collection. Hope you enjoyed seeing it Linda. If you have an idea for a future collection challenge leave me a comment and finish the sentence "Show me your collection of ____". Always fun to share.
Friday I hit a sale at a teeny tiny house. I got there half and hour early and I WAS THE FIRST ONE THERE. It was very weird. I wondered where all the other regulars were. The sale was advertised on Craigslist. When the doors opened it wss only myself and one other woman. We had about a five minute head start before the crowd showed up. It was family run and awesome. Awesome.
This is my loot from that sale and one that I hit on Saturday a.m. The Saturday sale I had to wait about 20 minutes to get in the door. I was in the third wave of shoppers to get in. You just never know from sale to sale what it will be like.
The first thing I saw when I walked into the Friday sale was this awesome red white and blue food carrier. Original box and unopened plastic. Super price. I had a good feeling.
I then found a old watch in a 1940s watch box (the bunny is from the Sat sale).
They had these old berry boxes priced individually. I bought the whole box of them....350! An old cat letter holder and a vintage crotchet heart.Two wood carriers to hold some of those berry baskets. 1940s neckties. Round playing cards on a old step stool.
I found four old glass storage jars with lids. One of them is stamped 1915. The Saturday sale had a crafting room and there were tons of crafting supplies..some old and some new. A bunch of old smaller Christmas ornaments and green metal lunchbox. I like the time telling spinner.
It was a good weekend to find deer.
I have a thing for old dish drainers.
I was lucky in the tin department. I love the big Reeds Butterscotch Wafer Tin. I also scored a strand of glass garland in the original paper sleeve.
I had seen these little crepe paper place card gals on the online photos. They were priced individually and I snagged one. Her cardboard base ripped off in my basket. I found the cardboard base in my basket..imagine my delight when I saw the name written for the long ago party guest. Ethel!
Vintage paper dolls. I still need to rummage through the box.
Satin Bermuda pillow cover. A green refrigerator dish, Christmas reflectors and some Liberty National bobby pin give aways.
Always love some vintage kids barrettes.
Doll shoes of course.
Favorite find. An old Three Little Pig box of colored pencils. The graphics! Second favorite find was tiny bunny cake decorations perfect for Easter crafting.
Oversized Santa spun heads and a doll head. Needle book.
An old two sided vinyl tablecloth. Floral on one side and Happy Birthday on the other. A few old magazines.
With my love of spun heads I could not pass up this old spun head gal with a vintage handkerchief as her dress. I also scored some old wallpaper and a great yardstick.
I so appreciate my trips to estate sale land and the treasures that people saved. This was one of those weekends when I truly found a little of everything.
Super treasure to be put to good use. A happy weekend in estate sale land.
Sometimes a collection starts so innocently...with no intentions to collect in a certain category. Last weekend in estate sale land I got an old metal doll house that came with some dollhouse furniture. There was a tiny refrigerator in the assortment.
I held that refrigerator in my hand. As I looked down upon it, it dawned on me that I now had a collection. That is how the madness starts.
I have this old dollhouse refrigerator in my curiosity cabinet.
The hinged door is broken, but it is still darling. I like the interior with the tiny shelves.
I have a larger version of this same fridge that lives in my studio.
The hinged door is broken on this one as well. The interior is almost the same as the one in my curiousity cabinet.
Lsst but not least I have refrigerator #4. That is above and beyond the magic number for a collection. A tin refrigerator that lives in my studio.
The interior graphics in this fridge are the real selling point.
So now I have the option of just having a few random refrigerators or actually collecting them. Not sure which direction I will take...will see what crosses my path this year. And that is how a collection starts...
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 week..no matter how wacky!
I hit one estate sale on Friday. I had texted my name to get on the list and was number 42 to get it. The woman that read off the names when the sale opened took forever to read them off. Ideally, at an estate sale you want the company running the sale to read off the names and line you up BEFORE the doors open. Then at the magic hour the door opens and you file in. At this sale she would read a name and the person would walk in. She would read another few names and those people would go in. Or she would call out a name and the person wouldn't be there and there would be a pause while she glanced around. IT IS MADDENING and minutes are precious when you know those in the door are getting time to shop while you wait. I know others in the crowd were frustrated as well. She let about 39 in and then was going to shut the door to see how crowded it was inside. Aarrgghh. Before she shut the door I asked if I could take her list and line the rest of us outside up. She handed me the list and I TOOK CHARGE. I read name after name and we were all lined up and ready to file in once the door was open. The door opened and I got in with the next wave of shoppers.
A vintage doll house. It has some issues and is missing the front porch section. It was disassembled when I bought it.
Would be great for display though and still has the charming interior.
I got a couple of rolls of corrugated cardboard brick and a giant hanger (first photo). The sale had grab bags of Christmas. I bought a couple and was rewarded with some vintage ornaments. I have told myself not to buy any more vintage ornaments (unless they are smaller), but couldn't resist the bargain price on these.
There were some smaller bags of mercury glass garland in the big grab bags. I ended up getting about 5 strands plus some really cool garland that I think is handmade. It has a couple of mercury beads, metallic thread and some sequin leaves that are all strung together. There are really pretty color combos and I have never seen anything like this before.
A herd of deer.A child's tin teacup perfect for some Valentine crafting. I really like the little egg pedestal for some reason. It was a quarter. I love the color and the tiny jewels that adorn it.
I think this little pedestal might live out year round and hold some tiny treasure.
I found a groovy table mount outdoor vinyl umbrella.
Not a bad sale. I got a good vintage fix. I was much happier after my take charge moment. Time was a wasting!
I have had my Valentine decorations up for awhile. I like this holiday. (heck, I like them all) Warning..long post...but it should leave you feeling loved.
I have really been getting the most of my white garland this year. I had Shiny Brites up at Christmas. I put honeycomb bells up for the New Year. I was going to take it down, but then decided I could display my vintage mica birds for a little "LOVE BIRD" garland. I have a lot of birds.
The top of my china hutch holds my collection of Valentine card boxes. The big sheet of vintage style wrapping paper on the left is new this year. I found it at Paper Source and bought it without having a plan. I like it hanging as a backdrop here. I also used an old red dish drainer to help hold my boxes.
The cabinet in my living room is decorated with old candy boxes and honeycomb hearts. My fireplace mantle holds my favorite cupids that I got last year. Vintage heart candy boxes keep them company. I seriously love these cupids.
I thought I had a better picture of my front window. This is from the inside and shows the honeycomb ball topiaries and my giant styrofoam heart that hangs front and center.
My wire wreath holds part of my collection of vintage Valentine cards. My coffee table. I like throwing the turquoise in with the red.
I have a couple of dishes of candy out, but don't eat these little cupids. They are actually vintage baby rattles.
This shelf holds all my little Valentine odds and ends. (It is hard to take a photo into the light of the window) I had this vintage angel ribbon out in my studio, but decided it should come in and live with my Valentine things. Those plastic lips are an old kazoo.
I would love a whole army of these cuties lined up. Lots of Valentine fun. Can't believe it is only a week away!
It has been quite awhile since I had any detective work to do. On my last collection challenge which featured vintage hankies there was one hankie I could not read the message on. I asked blogland for their suggestions.
Katy (Katyo) left me a comment and directed me to a Pinterest photo. From there it linked back to a blog, "The Hanky Dress Lady". She had a post on Vintage Valentine Puzzle Hankies. You should hit that link and visit her post..she has a fun collection of a type of hankie THAT I NEVER KNEW ABOUT. Paula also left a comment on my previous challenge about folding the hankie in a certain manner, so she was familiar with these tricky hankies as well.
After I folded it just so (I think I have it right). My Valentine! The design in the center is folded to make up a heart.
Isn't that the coolest hankie? I need to hunt down more now! Thank you Katy and Paula for your help on this case. The mystery is solved. Case closed.
People like to challenge me with vintage hankies. I did a post on them with challenge #35. I often rummage through the old hankies at estate sales. I love the variety of designs and really love those that are kid oriented. When pulling out my Valentine decorations, I realize I have a nice little collection of Valentine themed ones. Time to share. I've added a few of my favorite Valentines to this post as well.
I like the tidy rows of hearts as a border on this hankie. The heart spins about on this one and the windows reveal the message " over you my dear".
For the life of me I can't decipher the message on this hankie. I see Hello Valentine, but beyond that I can't figure it out. Blogland?
This is the only hankie that is not a square.
The couple is on a cardboard handle and lean into kiss one another. " Elves and fairies will dance with glee, If you my Valentine will be." This card is older.
A fun little collection. I wish I could figure out a great way to display hankies (beyond framing, pillows or a quilt). They are little works of art for sure. If you have an idea for a future collection challenge, leave me a comment and finish the sentence "Show me your collection of ___".
31 days come and gone in January. I had my birthday. I hit a flea market with Amy. I had a day of junking with with Amy and met a woman who has a crazy paint by number collection (post coming). I was busy in my studio creating Valentine goodies for Etsy. I hit a couple of estate sales but still wishing the season would start up soon. I bought a new cabinet for my studio. It was a good month.
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