Category: estate sale

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.

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?

 

 

Recent finds

It’s been a while since I have posted (5 months to be exact).  It’s not that I haven’t had good finds or that I haven’t thought about it.  It seems I either don’t have time or I don’t have good pictures and I hate to throw up a post with no pics.  Sometimes downloading pictures is more time consuming than writing a post.

I have pics of some of my recent finds so I decided to get back in the saddle again and share.

I’ve picked up several industrial pieces.  I really like the old mail cart and the patina on the file really spoke to me.  I’ve had a similar medical cabinet once before and did well with it.  I always do well with industrial stools and even though I prefer pairs I snapped this one up at a great price.

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I picked up these duck decoys on a whim.  Don’t know much about them but the price seemed good and it appears I have sold them so I guess following my gut was a good decision.

Fisher Price always is a good choice and I especially enjoy the Little People collections.  Not sure if it’s a bit of nostalgia for my own childhood or because my youngest daughter  has accumulated quite a collection of vintage Little People.  Whatever the reason I picked up a whole tote of mostly vintage Little People items at a recent tag sale.

Toys have been a theme of late it would seem.  I bought these old toys at a swap meet.

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Old steel trucks usually bring more than I am willing to pay, but these seemed reasonable and when I was able to bundle some other items with them I couldn’t help myself.

This cool wooden Coke carrier was part of the bundle.  Soda stuff is my favorite!

My final items are among my most recent finds and are season appropriate.

I found these vintage Christmas ornaments at a garage sale.  Once again I suspect some nostalgic tie to my childhood, but these are really cool.  The  lot includes some nice West German ones.

Memorial Day Weekend Finds

   I spent much of my day searching for that hidden treasure amongst the piles of stuff offered at the typical estate sale.  Some of my favorite Memorial Day Weekend finds were fittingly from the WW2 era.

As I shuffled through the stacks it got to me a bit realizing that just over a half century ago these items represented the sacrifice made by someone whether it was the sacrifice of the soldier, sailor, mother, sweetheart, or the individual who supported the war effort.

What a timely reminder this stop turned out to be.  Sometimes we take for granted what others have sacrificed for us.  I got some cool stuff, but more importantly I was reminded to be thankful for what others have done to preserve our freedoms.

I didn’t snap a picture but the stationary has a calendar for 1945 on the back.  I couldn’t help but wonder what could have been the messages intended to be written on it’s pages.


I love the image on the glass.


 Thank you veterans and families for the sacrifice that you have so willingly made over the years.  May God bless you all.

Monkey wrenching around

A quick estate sale stop didn’t yield a lot today, but I did pick up three wrenches.  Two were old Ford wrenches which will go with a couple I already have.

The third is a particularly nice pick up.  It is a L&N wrench.

The town where I live is an old L&N town.  The tracks aren’t nearly so busy these days but the sound of coal cars bumping one another will occasionally wake me at night.  Gone are the railroad buildings, the turntable, and even the L&N name.  CSX operates the track now and with coal’s decline you wonder if there will come a time when the tracks will lay empty.

While not a huge haul I’m pretty happy with my purchases.  These pieces represent two iconic companies who have been a big part in the history of transportation.

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.