You may remember this fellow. I found him at an estate sale and posted about him here. I asked about naming him and got lots of suggestions from people. A year has past since I got him and he is still nameless. It has been on my mind. He does need a name. I wrote down all the suggestions (more on the flip side). Shara has been very persistent with name suggestions.
I had one name in my head after reading it in an old yearbook the other day. It was BUNN. I liked it, but it needed something else.
I got this comment the other day from a blog reader, George.
Hey Magpie! I have been wanting to Email you for sometime now. Today when I saw your Independence Day post, I remembered why. Ever since you first ran your contest to name the Little Boy Mannequin, I wanted to tell you my suggestion. Someone may have already said this to you, but ever since I first laid eyes on him, I just knew his name was... HENRY. From time to time I see him pop-up on your blog & I yell to my wife, "Hey, Magpie Ethel has HENRY again today!" Well today, my wife (Donna) wisely said, "You better Email Magpie Ethel with your suggestion, before she names him something else. That is... if you know what's good for you." So, I officially submit his name, HENRY. I hope you like it & agree. My wife Donna & I are big fans & read your column everyday. You are a cool inspiration! Peace... George
I like the name HENRY..and a couple of other people had suggested it as well...but I like the name BUNN. I am putting two and two together. I am going to call him HENRY BUNN. I am going to call him by both names..not just HENRY, but HENRY BUNN.
I put away all my Fourth of July decorations yesterday. While I was boxing things up I thought I should share my collection of patriotic creeds, pledges and other assorted items. My collection for the most part is framed or larger and is the backdrop for this display of Fourth of July goodies. I like that it provides some interest behind all the other smaller figures.
This was a Farm Chicks score a couple of years ago. I don't know the original use, but I like the large scale.
This Star Spangled Banner was an insert in a newspaper. I hang it up with an oversize coat hanger with clips. It was displayed in my living room over my mantle.
This Pledge to the Flag is really neat. The flag graphic is raised. I love the colors of it too.
I also like that it has the original price tag on the back side. $1.29
This American's Creed is extra special to me. My aunt passed away earlier this year and I found it amongst her things. It has her name on it and was given to her when she graduated from high school.
I found this Pledge of Allegiance last week. The estate had a collection of Statue of Liberty items.
I framed this Pledge of Allegiance in a shadow box. Someday (when I find the right doodad) I will add something else to the box.
A framed pledge for Every soldier, sailor and marine who is fighting for my country.
It is dated 1942. On this piece I added an old red, white and blue hankie when I framed it.
A fun collection of patriotism. It will be fun to see what other things I can add to it this year.
If you have an idea for a collection challenge, leave me a comment and finish the sentence "show me your collection of ____". A new collection each Tuesday.
With this holiday weekend, estate sales were slim. I did not plan on going out into estate sale land. I did pop by a vintage shop and while there overheard a conversation about an estate sale nearby. I asked the person for the address and they said it was the last day, but there still might be some things left to dig through.
I went. I dug.
This stuff was all jumbled here and there in random boxes. I found fun stuff. It made me wonder what I had missed.
Vintage kewpie doll and a lone ribbon spool for crafting.
Lots of tidbits. The postmark on the envelope is dated 1925 and the flag graphic is awesome.
I dig the little SOS graphic on the oil can. I dug a few old Valentines out of boxes. The box of Holiday puzzles has four inside and each is complete.
Risque warning. I threw this little nudie gal in my box not paying much attention to her. When I got home and was looking through things I discovered she has a little handle on the bottom. When you turn it the nudie gal gyrates in a suggestive manner. She is pretty crazy. A couple of holiday records, a great party book dated 1939 and a cute little Santa. The Santa has a pack full of mercury glass beads. I have a thing for patriotic themed framed items like this Pledge of Allegiance. The gentleman who's estate is was had worked at the local fuel company for years. He had some old unused calendars that the company used to hand out to customers. I liked this one from our local zoo dated 1963. The elephant photos are from our local zoo and feature Packy the elephant when he was born. (Packy is famous as he was one of the first elephants born at a zoo and is still a popular attraction at our zoo)
I found some neat old items from the Rose Festival parade (local) as well as the Pasadena Rose Parade. I wish one of the programs would have been associated with the queen that lives at my house. A Chinese checker set complete with all the marbles and checkers tucked into tiny drawers. This set has wonderful graphics...look at the fellow's ears.
Not bad for a little eavesdropping. Got my junking fix for the weekend!
Sneaking my holiday decorations in by the skin of my teeth this year. Fun to pull out my patriotic bin and decorate for the 4th. Long, picture filled post.
I have a love affair with sailors.
I seem to be on the hunt for old batons. I love the patriotic themed one...I found it that way. The end of it is all old tarnished glitter.
I wish I would find old sparkler boxes more often.
My fireplace mantle had a music and parade type theme.
Even my mannequin head gets in the patriotic spirit.
The top of my china hutch is a favorite display this year. I mixed it up from years past...plus my collections are always growing. I made this gal and then loved her too much to sell her.
My front window was simple this year. My grandfather's flag and a couple of wood stars picked up in estate sale land on different occasions.
I had a little display of some of my vintage patriotic themed cards and paper items.
I just got a new mica gnome the other day and added it to my others. I thought they could live with some patriotic flair for a bit.
Random red, white and blue and patriotic items. (It is always hard to photograph into this window)
My little patriotic white star tree. My collection of vintage hatchets is just sitting in the bowl...I really need to frame and display them nicely. (another project) Hard to believe the Fourth is tomorrow.
I hope yours is safe and happy. Happy Fourth of July.
I did not hit any estate sales on Friday or Saturday this week. Saturday I had a garage sale.
It went really well. Amy brought over stuff as well as my Mom. We sold tons. I had lots of blog readers and IG people come by which was really fun. The only downside is that it was HOT. Portland has been on a hot streak (and we don't really get weather in the 90s). I HATE HOT WEATHER. Amy invited me to go junking on Sunday with her at the beach. She enticed me with promise of cooler weather and estate sales. I went.
Sunday was such a good day. We hit rain on the way to the Oregon coast. The high at the coast was about 65 (and at home in the 90s). We hit good estate sales.
We hit one estate sale in Seaside and a few north of there. It was the second day of the Seaside sale and there was not much in the house. Amy was done shopping and waiting in the garage for me. As I came out of the house into the attached garage I noticed some steps that went up to an attic space. The fellow running the sale said I could head up there. You had to hurdle yourself into this funny little attic. Once I got in there was a big box in one corner that did not look like it had been opened. It was full of VINTAGE CHRISTMAS. It was almost like it had been planted there to make my day.
Glass garland and lots of tiny ornaments. A couple of jar lids for my collection.
A pair of Tavern candle snowman in the original box. I believe they are skating? I also scored a great pixie. A christmas topper and an unused tube of plastic rubber. Who saves this stuff? In the giant box of Christmas there was a bunch of papers and Christmas cards. I didn't sort through that stuff till I got home. The old school photo packets are awesome. Dated around 1961, you could buy the contents of the envelopes for $2. Crazy cheap if you have paid for school photos recently. There was also an assortment of Christmas photo cards. I love the variety of messages printed with the photos. The chenille rug in the background was a total score. It was in front of the washer and still in use. Amy pointed it out. It was filthy, but it came clean. It was a fifty cent bargain.
Always great to find one of these treat trees. I have quite a few of them now and they come in a ton of different styles. How funny is this Santa standing on the edge of an ashtray. I think his look is one of disapproval. Cat club ribbons, a box full of jewelry scraps and tiny doll shoes. Darling Santa! Two old recipe boxes. I enjoy going through the recipes and chuckling over the wacky things people used to prepare.
A ceramic fish and a fishbowl for my someday beach house. This is my fourth fishbowl, so that is officially a collection. A couple of vintage games. I think my pot o'gold was found at the estate sale in the attic!
I was pretty much on a junking high after this first estate sale. Amy and I drove north on the coast and hit a couple of more sales. One of the sales was out in the country and had us digging in swamps and barns. (If you follow me or Amy on IG you could see the play by play of that junking adventure).
A perfect day of junking with Amy. A really good day. Now I just wish the weather would cool down.
I was asked by a blog reader and IG follower, Linda, if I had a collection of vintage mermaids. I have a small collection as I really don't come across them often. With that vintage beach house dream of mine though, they certainly are something I hope to put to use someday.
I found this pair of mermaids last year at the Plucky Maidens show. They are darling.
I found this mermaid the other day. I think it was intended as a aquarium decoration. I have had the mermaid sign for quite some time. I am always happy to find a mermaid image as I craft with color copies of them sometimes. Again, I don't run across that mermaid often though.
I found this one in the basement of a digger sale the other day. Last but not least a song sheet with a song called "Mermaid".
A small collection today. 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.
A mermaid reminder that my crafted mermaids will be heading to Etsy tonight at 5:30 p.m. (pacific time)
Shut your eyes and imagine this driveway full of vintage finds and goodies. This Saturday I will be taking part in my annual neighborhood garage sale. It is the same weekend each year and I believe this year there are over 140 houses participating. My week has been spent prepping and pricing...ready to purge! This year Amy will be bringing over goodies as well! My Mom will have some stuff as they face downsizing next year. We will also have a few things left from my Aunt's estate sale.
(I am lucky my driveway is so long as we can fit table after table down one side. I already have a few things waaayyyyy back at the end ready to go for the sale)
Wish me luck. Eastmoreland neighborhood sale if you are local. Starts at 8, Saturday the 27th (some houses do Sunday as well, I don't). It is also supposed to be 103 THAT DAY AND HOPING I DON'T MELT. (My driveway has some shade all day...phew!)
This is a collection that has resulted entirely from my crafting supplies. I use poker chips quite often and always grab them at estate sales if the price is right (I prefer the plastic kind). I craft with the chips and then evidently I save the boxes.
I like how many different designs there are for such a simple thing. I think it is funny that most of the boxes say they are UNBREAKABLE...poker doesn't seem like a game where it gets really rough and tumble.
I am sure I threw boxes out as well. Love them all grouped together.
Pretty straight forward collection today. Graphic oriented for sure. If you have an idea for a collection challenge leave me a comment and finish the sentence "show me your collection of ____". A new collection each week.
P.S. For the poker record. I have never played a game of poker. I have never been to Las Vegas. I have never been to a casino. I am not much of a gambler.
I hit 3 sales on Friday and a couple on Saturday. None of them were amazing, but I found a few things at each sale that gave me a pretty decent weekend haul.
How can you go wrong with a giant Santa head? I don't have this one and how fun to add this giant fellow to my holiday collection?
A pair of cute twin bedspreads in a fun juvenile print and a chalkware flower wall piece. I will add the chalkware to my collection.
I never get tired of vintage children's party invites. I will add these to my collection that I posted about here and here.
I was lucky with a little bag of old valentine stuff...paper napkins and some sweet plastic hearts which are perfect for spun head crafting.
I got three big store size rolls of vintage wrapping paper. I don't often find blue haired angels.
I always gravitate towards littles. A little duck for Easter, a ceramic Easter planter, a couple of ceramic animals and a Halloween paper cat. Cardboard sheep. Baaaaa
A super pink lamp and a couple of Easter records. Those graphics on the record sleeves just speak to me. Some Easter cardboard cutouts in the original packaging.
The Undersea Garden plate was too quirky not to grab (someday beach house) and the holly leaves will be for crafting).
A deer planter and an old milk booklet. Dehen is a old local company that makes cheerleader outfits, letterman jackets and other uniforms. I found these two old cheerleader skirts in patriotic colors and couldn't resist. They are old store stock, never used. I love the part of Portland history as well.
Old hooked pieces. The fish will go to my someday beach house and be made into a pillow or cover a footstool. One rubber duck to add to the collection.