Category: primitives

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Are you finding or letting go of any cool pieces?



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.


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.


Good Ole Days

How many times have you said, or heard someone say “things were so much better back in the good ole days” or something similar.  It is easy to understand how we look back on a more simple time with nostalgia.  It seems that our lives are so complicated.  Despite all the advancements in technology and the improvements to the tools we use to complete our daily tasks, our work days are often longer.  Modern devices with which we can communicate seem to hinder our ability to talk to the people around us and no one talks across the back fence anymore.

Well, I enjoy buying, selling, and collecting things from the “good ole days”.  Primitives are among my favorites and I have a number of pieces displayed throughout my home.  Reflecting on a number of these pieces, I wonder how much better life could have actually been scrubbing piles of clothes on a washboard or plowing a field with a plow pulled by a pair of mules.  They make great décor, but I can’t imagine we would want to go back to using them, churning butter in the old crock churn, or reading by the oil lamp.

Maybe we should take the best from both then and now.  Let’s enjoy the progress we have made and also make time to enjoy the simpler things of life.  Take time for a conversation across the backyard fence or a visit in the front porch swing.  Oh, by the way that butter churn looks really good standing beside the fire place.