Thursday, May 17, 2012

More vintage finds

I know my one and only peep is waiting for the rest of my finds, so here they are!

How cute are these?  They are like miniature blow molds!  Poor things had strings tied tightly around their necks so they must have been hanging somewhere.

Five elf stocking holders in plastic.

This is HUGE!  Blue Heaven Chop Plate, it's 12 inches across!

A little owl made completely of seashells.

Federal Glass mixing bowl with sunflowers on it!  Such a cheerful pattern.  Almost makes me want to bake. Almost...

Two pieces of luggage in ivory.

Craftsman tool box.

If anyone has any information about this one, I'd like to hear it!  I guess it's a file cabinet but it very different from ones I've ever seen.  It's metal, the top lifts up and the door opens to shelves.

It's that wonderful industrial grey color!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

More stuff I came home with!

NOTE:  The name in this post has been changed to protect the innocent.

These are buttons that I found.  Most of them are going into my collection but I have listed the football and 2 kittens in my Etsy shop.  I love the glass Scottie dog on the bottom and the two from the Cocktail set.  Now, I have to find one that is Sidecar to finish that set!

Look at how kitschy these are!  Cheap plastic paper plate holders!  No more collapsed plates with these!

 Now, this needs some explaining.  The chalk is for me, the bowling pin will be for sale but it's the paper I love!  Am I the only one that remembers this type of paper for learning to write the alphabet??  My friend, Kathy (name has been changed) just can't picture this and why would I want it?  That I'm really not sure about.  It has that aged yellow look to it and there's no zip code on the packaging, which does date it.  Here's my dilemma, should I keep it and if I do, what would I do with it?  If I sell it, would anyone be interested in it?

They had other colors like green and blue paper but this one appealed to me the most!

Check out the label on the package:

Let's move on.  

These are candle holders for a birthday cake!  I have 2 sets of them.  Have a closer look:

There's animals in the center four train cars!

I don't know if this is old or not and I can't find anything about it on the Internet.  I'm not even sure yet what the base is made of, it could be a lightweight metal.  Look at how pretty the base is!

Stay tuned for more finds tomorrow!  I promise, no more paint by numbers!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Vintage tripping

I took some photos of items I came home with from my weekend shopping spree and will be sharing them over the next few days.  

Metal paint by number wall pocket with flowers and Cardinal.  Paint by number of ducks and a nifty old tube that was used at one time for a fishing kit for kids.  It used to hold a fishing pole and other items needed for fishing, now it's just an empty tube, but still neat.  When I got home, I opened it up and there's three envelopes inside it from the original kit, they are empty too but you can get an idea from them what used to be inside!

These are the beginning of the paint by numbers I purchased from a young gentleman at a flea market.  It's great to find complete series.

He did a good job on most of them!

These are probably my favorite ones.  It's fun how you can fit them together and the scene goes from one picture to the other in perfect flow!

Apparently, he was fond of horses!

I have to research these at the museum to see which ones came in what set.

This one is just a close up of one in the photo above it but I have to laugh because it's painted very thin and you can see all the numbers through the paint (you can click on it to enlarge it if you can't see the numbers).

This is a great hunting scene and the only one that wasn't painted by the gentleman I purchased it from, he told me it was an older man.  

The ducks in the first photo and the one above and the next two are all from another dealer.

I have another Last Supper paint by number but it's completely different from this one.  Seems there were at least 11 different pictures of the Last Supper.

This is my favorite one in this lot.  In all, I came home with 19 paint by number items!  All told, I only spent $1.85 on each paint by number!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Paint by number heaven

While out shopping on Saturday, I couldn't believe how many paint by numbers I passed by.  I purchased one tin wall pocket of cardinals because the lady only wanted $5.00 for it and I love the birds.  But out of all the others I saw, even ones within my price range, ones I thought were nice, I passed them by.  This baffled me.  What is up with that?

Well, Sunday morning, I got up and headed to the flea market.  While walking the outdoor section, I came across a younger man that looked like he just cleaned out his attic and decided he needed to get rid of stuff.  He wasn't a dealer, just wanted to clean up and maybe make some money doing it.  OMG!!  A boatload of PBN's!  I kid you not.  I ask him, what do you want for the PBN's?  He says, .50 cents for the small ones and $1.00 for the larger ones.  OR, take them all for $10.00.  I said, round em up, they are sold but you can keep the two black velvet ones!  LOL!

He was so sweet.  He says to me, these were done by a very famous artist.  I smiled and said, did you do them?  He says yes, all except the largest one, that was done by an older man.  I said, I love them all.

Then he says, are you a connoisseur?  I said, I guess you can say that and he looks at me and says, I'm so glad they are going to a good home!  And I'm SO happy to have them!  (I'll show them to you at a later time).

I finish the outdoor section and decide I'll go indoors, even though I don't always go in.  I'm walking around with this fishing tin case I purchased outside and getting strange looks (one man asked me if I was carrying around a bazooka) and my large bag of PBN's and come across a shop that is about the strangest thing.  She has bins and bins of jewelry, just thrown together.  I had purchased some of my Cracker Jack charms there last year so I stop to look.  First thing I spy is one of those mini bowling pins that I have to get when I see them, $1.00 SOLD, do you have anymore?  I have no idea, she replies.  OMG, wouldn't you organize your shop if you don't know what's in it?  It would drive me crazy being that unorganized.

I look up at the rafters and there is a Last Supper pbn.  She's only asking $8.00 for it and doesn't want to get it down if I don't want it.  LOLOL!  I said, how do I know if I want it if I can't see it up close?  I have to inspect it for damage.  sigh.  She gets a stool and gets it down.  I'll take it, it's wonderful.  I find another one and another one and she points out one more.  These have frames with them so I would ask for more for them but I offer her $20 for all of them and she took it!!!  One of them is so well done, I really wasn't sure if it really was a pbn until I got back to the hotel and looked for it at the pbn museum and sure enough, there it was.

Now, I have so much stuff I have to go get my car and pull up to the building to load up!  LOLOL!  But, now I know why I passed on so many of them on Saturday!  I lost track of how many I bought but it was somewhere between 14 and 18 of them, all for a total of $30.00!  Woohoo!  I would have only gotten 3 or 4 of them on Saturday for that much.

This is just one of them and the photo is from the PBN Museum:

Isn't it beautiful?  :o)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Travel Fun!

I highly recommend everyone get a cheap camera to keep with them at all times!  I asked for one for Christmas and am glad I did.

While trying to figure out the channels on the TV last night, I went to the channel guide and saw this:

Someone needs to ask for a spell checker for Christmas!

This next one I saw while sitting at a red light and grabbed my cellphone, hope it comes out okay.  I shot the photo through my bug loaded windshield!

This is seen in a gas station parking lot that has a deli attached to it:

I think I'll pass on the worm special!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Vintage Find

I've been thrifting and antique shopping since Thursday and have found some pretty cool items!  I don't always bring them into the hotel with me but this one I had to do research on immediately and keep my fingers crossed that I did the right thing by buying it!

Please excuse my photos!  I just could NOT figure out how to edit them on this computer!  So, you won't see any cropping going on in these.

The photos just don't do this justice.  It's a wonderful vintage brown with ivory background.  It's a Craftsman Carry All in metal.

It has charts on it like Lumber Data, Reference guides for table nails, wood screws, sheet metal screws, driver tips and a ruler across the top, this is one side.

On the other side are charts for wire sizes, sand paper guide, decimal equivalents, concrete mix and a ruler along the top.

It has slots down the sides for those oversized items.  I didn't see any of this, I saw it immediately with some potted geraniums, a great supply box for paints and yes, even for that man in your life.  The patent number on it was issued in 1956 so it was made some time after that.

What do you think?  Tell me what you would spend on it.


Saturday, May 5, 2012


So, I have a new car.  I got it back in Feb. and only have 700 miles on it!  My hubby laughs at me because I'm one of those people who park a mile away from a shop and walk.  Even 5 years later, I still park far away, just because I can!

I went out the other day and wanted to run into a few stores at a strip mall and since it wasn't busy, I park close to the mall.  WELL.  Here is why I don't do that too often.

I walk out of the door and look over at my car and see this, my heart stopped beating for a second or two.  See the red vehicle, look next to that and you'll see the problem.  That is my car next to the Ford.  Just look how close this jerk is to me!

(Click on photos to enlarge and get the full effect!)

This is the view right in front of my car.  Can you believe it?  I honestly don't know how he didn't take off my side mirror and then to just let it sit that way and go into the store?  If I had a passenger, I would have had to pull out to let them get in.  
If he can't park this boat, get a smaller vehicle and be more considerate of others.  He?  Yep, he returned to his vehicle as I was pulling out, so I know it was a man.  Jerk.

Sorry for the rant!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Help please!

Can anyone help identify this type of artwork?

Appears to be a cut out of a beautiful woman and then lace is added for her dress.

Any help is appreciated!