Month: April 2016

The odd and unusual 

When I’m junking I always look for the odd and unusual. Today I think I was successful. 

 
This set of denture molds caught my eye and I had to have them. Now depending on who you ask they are either really cool or really gross. They appear to be made of brass.  

 
I also got these old wooden boxes. Two of the small square ones are from a jewelry store. 

   
I really like this thermometer and think it’s pretty cool that it has survived.

St. Louis City Museum


 If you’ve never been to the St. Louis City Museum and you find yourself in the area by all means go. Especially if you have children. There are tons of interactive things to do.

As much as I enjoy junk I could wander through their displays for hours.  Much of the displays are recycled architectural pieces or repurposed steel and iron.
  
  
Even the functional stairways are works of art.

The casing of these elevator doors with engine heads caught my eye.

 I don’t know that I’ve ever seen so many different things used together to form such an incredible exhibit.

 There were also displays of items that have been dug from privies, wells, and cisterns of St. Louis.    

I have only scratched the surface of what is there to see. It is certainly a mix of funky and different.

The ticket prices aren’t bad at $12 for our group rates. Not sure what single tickets are.  There are gift shops and concessions but I wasn’t overwhelmed by a feeling of someone trying to separate me from my money. There is even very affordable parking close by.

 

 

Mockingbird Lane

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Although I didn’t find a buyer at the weekend flea it amazed me how much happiness this old Mockingbird Lane sign brought to those who passed through my space.  How many time did I hear someone mention the TV show The Munsters?  I even heard a little boy ask his dad if it had been his favorite show.

A couple of old croquet sets also were met with equally bright smiles as adults explained to children how they had played when they were growing up.  I even heard someone say they had played well after dark using a light mounted on an outbuilding.

Lots of people buy vintage and antique because they are trying to achieve a certain look with their décor and I am always happy to help.  My favorite sales; however, are the ones that are made because of memories of days gone by.

Swap days… first real sale of the year

 

It’s been a busy few weeks.  My efforts of sharing my recent finds have suffered somewhat because of it.  I recently made a change in my work schedule in hopes of allowing myself more time to pursue my passion for buying and selling vintage and antique finds.

Most of my posts have been dedicated to the buying.  This one details one of my favorite venues for selling.

I believe the proper method for flea marketing is row after row of outdoor vendors with stacks of vintage and antique merchandise.  Don’t talk to me about flea markets with largely new or gently used discount store merchandise that has no soul.  I want see items that have built in character.  That is how I prefer to sell my wares.

Swap days provides a venue that doesn’t perfectly fill my idea of an ideal flea market, but it’s close.  You will find a mix of goods and even an occasional chicken or two.

I braved the weather which was mostly very windy and cold to participate in my first sale of the season and have the wind burned face to prove it. Despite the weather sales were pretty good.

I didn’t get much of a chance to buy, but did purchase a rather odd shoe last from a neighboring vendor.  I like the odd and unusual pieces and had never seen this particular style before.  The price wasn’t bad so now I own it.

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