Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring Thrifting and Hummingbird Rescue Service

The Spring weather this weekend was beautiful. We attended a few sale and Dear Handyman had to work so I spent some time helping him. While working on a house, a hummingbird flew in and was stuck between a window and the shutters. I had to climb a ladder, gently catch the hummingbird in a towel, climb back down the ladder {while gently holding the towel} then release the bird outside. For one brief moment it sat on my hand before it took flight. What an awesome creature!

My favorite find at the sales were these Spun Cotton Birds that kind of look like hummingbirds and an old velvet floral Corsage.
We also found a large stash of vintage Disneyland tickets. The earliest ones date from 1965 and the latest are from 1980. These tickets bring back such fond memories of trips to Disneyland as a child.
I love finding vintage Christmas decorations. These are two corsages, a large mercury glass candle and bottlebrush table decoration and three sets of mercury glass and bottlebrush wreath earrings.
We found several old handkerchiefs. My favorite is one that I believe is designed by Tom Lamb but isn't signed. It is of a Duck that looks progressively more wild as the poem describes: "Oh! Henny is a wild duck, as wild as wild can be! wilder than any duck you ever did see! I love wild ducks.
Other hankies include Disney's Seven Dwarfs, Howdy Doody and some Valentine hankies. Also found some lovely German Scrap.
I hope everyone had a great day of thrifting. And I hope everyone is starting to enjoy some lovely Spring weather. As always, I will get some of these items into my Stuff to Treasure store.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Don't Judge a Sale by its Description

In my search for interesting sales this weekend, I overlooked a sale that was advertised as "Plants Yard Decoration". I wasn't interested in those items so I didn't look at the photos. It wasn't until I ran a search using keywords on Craigslist that I found a much more intriguing list of items at this sale.

The moral of this lesson is that it is always a good idea to check out the listing of all sales that are in your area and within the timeframe of your day.

My favorite find were these vintage Christmas pieces. I love the Empire Plastic Santa but the oddly shaped Mercury glass ornaments in the front are interesting as well. I have never seen this shape before.
We don't usually buy purses at estate sales but this one was in such good condition and unique. It is made from strips of metal in a basket weave pattern. 
I thought this copper enamel bowl was such a unique shape and I liked the bright sunflower design. It is made by Bovano from the 1960s.
Found a Fenton Hobnail turquoise blue small vase. So petite and pretty.
I like these accordion style sewing boxes. This one is in such great condition and it has these rounded knobs on top that look so 50s. Wouldn't it be fun to fill it with all kinds of Tim Holtz's inks and embellishments to have handy for crafting? 
I hope everyone has a great weekend of thrifting. Check out my Stuff to Treasure store for many of these and other treasured finds.

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Coastal Charm, Ladybug BlessingsMod Vintage Life, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia and SirThriftaLot

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Finding Old Photos and an Old President

Sometimes you find the most amazing things in a box of thrifted treasures.

My favorite find outside of the box, was this nice grungy hanging scale. It would look so cool holding a hanging plant.
And of course I love finding Pyrex especially a nice set of refrigerator dishes.
But the most surprising and exciting find was some papers that I discovered in a box of old photos. The box was filled with old cabinet cards and homestead photos from the Kansas and Oklahoma Territories before they became States. Mixed in with these photos was a Kansas Territory Land Deed signed by President Chester A. Arthur in 1882. This was a period in American history when the U.S. Government had laid claim to lands belonging to the Native American Indians and then sold land deeds to Settlers.

Here are some of the old cabinet cards, homestead and township photos.
 Also in the box was an old 1920 United States Passport.
World War II Ration books.
Unused 1904 St. Louis' World's Fair Postcards.
And some unusual postcards for holidays such as Washington's Birthday and the Fourth of July.
I was hoping to find some old tintype photos {there were a few in the box} but instead I found some awesome pieces of real American history. I will get some of these items in my Stuff to Treasure Store

Hope everyone had a great day of thrifting.

Here is a little history of what was happening in 1882 around the World:
The Red Cross was established
Morgan Earp {Wyatt's brother} was assassinated in Tombstone, AZ
Outlaw Jesse James was killed
Queen Victoria ruled the British Empire
First district lit by electricity {New York}
First World Series Game was played {Cincinnati vs. Chicago}
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