Category: auctions

New year… new endeavors 

I made mention in my last post that I looked forward to finding some quality advertising pieces in 2017. I thought I was going to get a good opportunity to get the year started with a bang. A local auction offered a number of signs and other advertising for sale the second Saturday of January. I wasn’t the only one looking to get off to a good start however and prices were high. I guess that endeavor has hit a temporary road block.

As it turned out I did buy a nice vintage child’s saddle with wooden stirrups.

It needs a good cleaning as it is quite dusty. 

I also decided to finally try eBay as a seller. Second day I made my first sale and I have two auctions with bids that will end in a few days. That’s exciting!

Today I finally found an estate rummage sale. I know it’s the wrong time of year, but I’ve been itching for a good one. 

I found a few good items.

These 70’s tin oil cans are still full and in pretty good shape. 


I’m a sucker for old dart boards and this one is in great shape.

While not my best score these may be my favorite. I found an unopened sleeve of Pepsi Dixie cups. The slogan dates to ’69-’75. I’ll keep a couple of these and allow some other collectors enjoy the rest.

I’m eager to see what the coming weeks of 2017 bring. I’d say we are off to a good start.

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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?

 

 

Hidden bonus

IMG_2572I scored this cool old cabinet about a year ago.  The plan was to clean it up a bit and list it for sale.  I purchased in through an online auction as part of a garage cleanout.  It’s very heavy as it is made of solid oak.

I finally got around to starting today.  My first step was to remove a piece of hardboard that someone had applied to the top.  I couldn’t get past an out of square back so I removed it.  That’s when I got quite a shock.  The out of square back hid what turns out to be a fascinating feature of this cabinet.

There was what appears to me a display shelf built in this side opposite the drawers.  If you look closely at the picture on the right you will see angled notches with a couple of blocks fitted into the notches.  I am guessing these would support adjustable shelves.  This explained what I had first thought was a false back which you can see in the picture below.IMG_2571Removing the hardboard back also reveled a maker’s tag.  I’ve not yet learned anything about the maker, but the tag is cool.IMG_2570This is a really nice piece of furniture.  I wish I knew it’s original use, but at least the out of square back bothered me enough that I got to find this hidden surprise.  There is excitement in finding the unexpected.

It will require some more work, but I may not be the one to do it.  While trying to determine some info on the maker I sent pictures to a dealer.  He in turn wanted to know if it was for sale.

A few Saturday finds

After a couple of weeks of very little activity I finally got the chance to get out and hunt up a few new things.  Saturday morning saw me making a mid morning pick up from an online sale.  Most of my purchases were a variety of farm tools.  I did buy a wooden box of small hand tools mostly because there was a neat piece of advertising in the box.  A floating fillet knife with advertising for a Gulf Oil and Tire distributor caught my eye and realizing there were enough other pieces to pay for the lot I jumped at the opportunity.  No pics yet, but maybe in a later post.

I also was able to attend an auction.  It really wasn’t one of the better auctions I’ve ever  attended.  My preference for an auction is lots of vintage and antique smalls.  I will buy the occasional piece of furniture, but that’s not what I’m usually looking to find.  I did purchase a nice primitive farm table at this sale.IMG_2437

One of the things I often like, but seldom buy is clocks.  I’m always afraid that there will be mechanical problems and it is generally hard to test them.

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I made an exception with this one.  I figured at $1 it was a no brainer.  Turns out it works great.

The rest of the best include a couple of old tobacco knives.  These have historic significance in the area and should be an easy sell.  A Bluegrass (formally Belknap) tack hammer and a Keen Kutter stone mason’s hammer were also good finds.

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