Month: December 2016

Yesterday’s kitchen

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Next to old advertising, vintage kitchen is my most sought items.  Whether it’s the old red and green wooden handled utensils or old Hoosier style cabinets or atomic era appliances when opportunity presents itself I’m in.

I’m not sure where the interest comes from… maybe my affinity for good food.  Maybe it’s nostalgia for childhood visits to an aunt’s home.  She used a very similar cabinet as the one pictured above to store her flour.

Truly a year in review

This look back truly is a year in review.  Not only is 2016 coming to an end, but my first post was made on January 8, 2016.  A lot has happened and hopefully been learned.

My first post recalled how finding an old soda bottle started me down the path to enjoying old junk.  The year produced several really cool soda finds.

Several of my posts were the result of various jaunts I had along highway length yard sales.  Some of them I did solo while on a few occasions my father or one of my daughters joined me.  My youngest daughter tolerates these trips somewhat better than her older sister.

The biggest lesson learned on these trips was that not everyone is selling at bargain prices.  The Hwy. 127 sale which is probably the most famous, had many prices that rivaled those in high end shops.  Still all in all I did find a lot of good things.

One of my favorite posts was inspired by a trip to the St. Louis City Museum. I was awed by the results of repurposed industrial items on such a large scale.

The museum also had a room dedicated to privy finds.  If you’re not familiar privies are nothing more than outhouses. This renewed an interest in digging dump sites or privies.  I hope that I will find time for this exploration in the near future.

I found it harder to find time to write as the year went on and when I had time I didn’t have the pictures I wanted to accompany the post.  I continued to find good things, but posts came harder.  After a five month period of no posts I hope I’m back on track and hopefully I will have finds in the coming year that inspire me to write.

Looking back I see that I bought more advertising pieces over the past year than any previous.  I hope to see that trend continue in 2017.  I’m looking to score my first vending machine, double sided porcelain sign, or maybe a huge score of new old stock store merchandise.

What are you hoping to score in 2017?

 

 

Letting go of the old and finding the new

As 2016 comes to a close I have decided to try to move a few things that have been part of my collection for a while.

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I picked up this coal oil drum with pump at a local auction.  It has drawn a lot of attention over the time I’ve owned it, but time has come to move it making room for something new.  The only piece that I’ve had in my collection that may have gotten more attention was this great street sign.

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I finally parted with it a couple of months ago.  Someone visiting Kentucky from California decided to take it home with them.

I’ve also debated what to do with this old tire sign for a while now.

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I really like it a lot, but it doesn’t really fit my space.  I’ve decided to see if I can move it.

What fun is letting things go if you can’t buy new things?  I have found a few things that I have added.  I like old bottles and boxes with vintage advertising.  I found these buried in a garage at an estate sale.

I especially like the nail box.  The fact that a paper box has managed to survive in this condition over the years while being shoved in a small space with other forgotten boxes and bottles is really cool.  The turpentine bottle cleaned up really nicely.

I also found this seltzer water bottle at a good price in an antique mall.

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My best recent find was three trencher style dough bowls.  These are large examples with the largest being about five feet long and the smallest around four feet.

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Are you finding or letting go of any cool pieces?