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.
I found two more concrete deer this past weekend. This pair were a bit forlorn with missing ears and a damaged foot, but the $5 price on each made them a MUST to come home with me. Thank you Amy, for spotting the one in the backyard of the estate sale.
I like the spots on this one. I also don't clean them up. I like the moss and the aged look.
The one thing that I do each spring is make sure the eyeballs are filled in. My spring ritual, so they don't have that vacant look.
I usually use black enamel paint. I was out, so I improvised with a sharpie for now. After.
All of my deer have been estate sale found. This little fellow lives in my birdbath. I have him on an old metal tin so if the bird bath fills with water he isn't sitting in it.
He is almost in a little cave of climbing hydrangea.
This is my oldest deer. I got him as payment for working at an estate sale years ago.
At his feet is my teeniest little deer complete with spots. (Estate sale found with another deer for $15 for the two)
I have a total of 6 living in my backyard. I like my little herd. I would not have a problem adding a few more either...I still have room.
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 to share each Tuesday!
There were not a ton of sales this weekend but one looked quite promising. It was on Craiglist starting Tuesday but with no address only cross streets (this is normal and the address is posted closer to the date.) I happen to get the newspaper daily and the sale was listed there with the address. Friday a.m. I headed out to the sale. I WAS THE FIRST PERSON THERE. Evidently the address did not post on CL till very close to the 10 a.m. starting time. The benefits of reading the newspaper!
When the sale started there were about 35 of us in line. I love being first. It was a digger sale and I dug for 2 and a half hours.
I dug Christmas from quite a few boxes. Most of it was new, but I did manage to find the old stuff mixed in.
My favorite Christmas were some old bottlebrush wreaths and an adorable vintage pixie.
The woman had tons of dolls and did some doll crafting too. I found some fun dolls to repurpose as well as crafting supplies like doll hair.
There were tiny doll basket which will be super for next Easter spun head crafting.
The face in the above photo is actually a rubber ball. It has become rock hard with time with this sourpuss expression. I have another ball similar to it, so this one needed to come join the other one.
This is the back side. Bo-Bo. The patent date dates it to 1943.
With a digger sale, I am literally digging through unsorted drawers, bins and boxes. Sometimes I spend some time digging out smalls like this which I use for crafting.
A sweet clothespin bag.
Equally cute laundry bag.
A funny turtle pincushion.
A harmonica. The raffia behind the harmonica is actually a three tone grass skirt. Everyone should have a grass skirt on hand. I could wear it and play a tune on the harmonica! (alas, I have no musical talent whatsoever).
I think this old plastic train was intended as a child's dish. It reads CHOW CHOW TRAIN on the side.
I found this old Portland Cracker tin in the basement in my third or fourth round through the house. Things were really buried and you had to really dig for treasures. It still has the glass in the window.
I have never seen a tree topper like this. The angels are suspended and seem to float around the top of the tree. Needlepoint pillow cover.
I don't know why this photo won't load the other direction...vintage holiday door mat.
Amy and I were out junking Saturday a.m. and happened to be near the estate sale. We decided to hit it a second time. This second go round I left with two concrete deer that I had missed the first day. (Amy spotted one in the back yard) They both are missing ears, but look fine with the rest of my herd. They were $5 each! Happy dance. I love estate sale land!
More of my Easter decorating to share. Today we have the land of vintage dixie cups which I shared in challenge #250.
I have true Easter chick hoarder tendencies going on with my chenille chick land.
You may remember I did a post awhile ago on my foot fetish with Easter chicks. I only collect those with wire feet.
Here we have vintage lamb land.
This little Easter tree holds my collection of handcrafted egg ornaments. I also display my assortment of lollipop holders there. My spun bunny land is a favorite of mine. My tiny mantle is chock full of an assortment of bunny figures.
Vintage stuffed bunny and foil egg land.
My Easter nodder land. I really have a fun assortment of them.
Last but not least vintage cardboard cutout land.
I think I am more than ready to have the Easter bunny hop my way this weekend...I don't think he can miss my house.
I did a challenge on these on #151. That was 2 years ago and this collection has grown. This is one of my favorite Easter collections and since Easter is right around the corner...it is time for an update.
Voila! The pyramid of Easter Dixie Cups. I love these old wax coated Dixie containers. They are pint sized and probably once held ice cream or another dairy product. These cute little cups were intended to be used as Easter baskets after a person punched holes on the side and added a handle. I am amazed at the variety of designs.
These are all the same graphic, but in a different color scheme.
Another same graphic, different colors.
These more colorful and detailed cups are a newer find. Look at all those kids on the hunt for eggs. Flip side. These little ducks look thrilled to be swimming with this fellow.
How cute is this "The Bunny Hop" band? Flip side. Bunnies dancing it up with the band.
Cows eyeballing Easter baskets.
Love this chick belting out a tune.
Another darling full color cup.
A wagon carrying Easter eggs. The wagon is pulled by a team of sturdy horses.
Truly a huge variety of a simple item. If you have an idea for a future collection challenge, leave me a comment and finish the sentence "Show me your collection of ___". Happy day and hope the Easter bunny is good to you this year.
I am still on the tail end of my aunt's estate. We have to have her apartment cleared by the end of the month so this week has been trips to Goodwill, packing up things to save and listing and selling stuff on Craigslist.
Thank goodness on the route to my aunt's apartment there just happened to be an estate sale yesterday. I popped in on the way home. I found some stuff. I needed that fix. Today, while on the way home from dropping a truckload at Goodwill, my mom and I decided to pop in. Things had gone half price. I found more stuff.
I liked the lampshade. I thought it would be fun to funk it up some for my someday beach house.
I was smitten with the little fish finial.
This was also the sale of scary dolls. I found two yesterday and two today for half price. I also found the enamel bowl.
I was lucky with Christmas.
A vintage pink child's iron and a sweet little rubber doll. I couldn't resist her grimy look.
The woman of the house. Her glasses were great and she almost looked like she was daring me not to buy her.One of my favorite finds was this old purse. The tag inside reads "Made in Italy for Nordstrom Best". The chain handle, big clasp, oversize shape and fun fabric just made it to great too pass up.
So happy to have this estate sale on my route to Auntie Kathy's apartment clean out. Was certainly a much needed break...and I didn't have to go out of my way!
I have kept track of requests for challenges and a handful of gals have asked if I had a collection of charm bracelets (April, Janis, Lisa). I have my charm bracelet from my growing up years. The charms were mostly collected during travels during middle school.
I don't see charm bracelets often at estate sales. As many readers know I recently lost my Auntie Kathy. When going through her things, I found her charm bracelet. Hers puts mine to shame in the amount of charms she has collected.
I now have two bracelets, which doesn't officially make a collection, but I think the quantity of charms tips it into that collection mode. First up is my charm bracelet.
We moved a ton when I was younger. My Dad worked for an international construction company and we moved about every three years. With those moves came the fun of traveling to other countries.
From left to right. Oregon (where I live now and was a home base my growing up years). Mickey Mouse (Disneyland and we lived in California). Pick axe for Alaska (we lived in Fairbanks as well as Anchorage). The Parthenon (Easter vacation in Greece). Ivory turtle (arghh, I can't recall). Sombrero (Mexico).
From right to left. Ivory elephant (we lived in South Africa). Dutch shoe (trip to Amsterdam). Table Mountain (South Africa). New York (trip). Alaska flag.
After seeing my aunt's bracelet it really made me wish I would have worked harder to acquire more charms. I am missing some from Bora Bora, Tahiti, Swaziland, Rio De Janeiro, Singapore, Thailand and a handful of US States.
My aunt has 30 charms on her bracelet. I like to think it shows she had a full and interesting life. I don't know what all the charms meant to her, but she certainly had a wide variety of them. She was a nurse overseas on a tiny island called Kwajalein for most of her career. She travelled a ton and loved Hawaii and Bali. She scuba dove. She retired here in Oregon a few years ago. She was 67 when she passed away.
I love her little ivory Buddha and her delft shoes from Holland (trip).
I also like her old high school charm from Milwaukie High. She also has a charm from BYU where she went to nursing school.
A sweet tiny crate of tiny oranges reads "A crate of California sunshine".
A charm bracelet really is a little souvenir of life. I think I need to start adding more to mine.
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.
I have been on a crazy treadmill of life and have been neglecting my blog. First I had the busy times of the Christmas season and shows. During that time my aunt (67) was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She passed away in early February and since that time I have been working on her estate sale. The sale is this weekend and I am more than ready to have it behind me...it really is a huge amount of work. I already have a bunch of posts that have been swirling around in my head. I miss sharing more than just the collection challenges and my estate sale finds that seem to have become all that I can manage lately. Cross your fingers for the sale this weekend...I have lots of treasures to unload.
p.s. The shell photo? My aunt lived overseas in the Marshall islands and scuba dove. She collected shells and she also crafted with them. She had a closet full of bin after bin of shells. She also had shells on display. I have never seen so many shells at an estate sale in my life.