Category: Antiques

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?

 

 

Hwy. 68 sale

I spent the past couple of days traveling one of Kentucky’s designated “Scenic Byways”.  Highway 68 runs from Maysville through central Kentucky and across the western part of the state.

The “400 mile sale” is held annually along the 68 corridor and while it may not be as famous as the 127 sale it has gained some national attention. I decided that I was going to tackle as much of it as I could this year so I set out with my thirteen year old daughter early Thursday morning. We concentrated on the area between Lexington and Harrodsburg.

Our first stop gave us some of our best finds of the day.


My first purchase was a bundle of the three pieces pictured above. The two gallon oil can is a Gulf product.

I also found this Happy Days lunch box at this location. Thermos included.

 Other finds on Thursday included a really cool birdcage

 and a great wooden reversible game board among other things


I had decided to “divide and conquer”. Living 45 minutes from Highway 68 allowed us to make short day trips rather than traveling and staying overnight in a hotel. Day two found us traveling to Paris Kentucky and heading northeast.

I bought my second birdcage in Millersburg.


It always amazes me when people try to sell filthy items, but my daughter pointed out what may have been the most gross thing I’ve seen while picking. A large trailer was loaded with varies items including a stove and refrigerator. The fridge was turned on its side with food spilling out the partially open door. In 80 degree temps how long do you think it took for that to really smell. I did manage to hang around long enough to buy a turquoise Pyrex baking dish for $1.

While I have not yet photographed all items here are a few other pics of other purchases.

  
  
  
Real shame that the Royal Crown sign had been cut. Still I like what is left.

Overall I’d say it was a successful two days and I enjoyed the time with my girl.

 

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.