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.

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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.

Swap days… first real sale of the year

 

It’s been a busy few weeks.  My efforts of sharing my recent finds have suffered somewhat because of it.  I recently made a change in my work schedule in hopes of allowing myself more time to pursue my passion for buying and selling vintage and antique finds.

Most of my posts have been dedicated to the buying.  This one details one of my favorite venues for selling.

I believe the proper method for flea marketing is row after row of outdoor vendors with stacks of vintage and antique merchandise.  Don’t talk to me about flea markets with largely new or gently used discount store merchandise that has no soul.  I want see items that have built in character.  That is how I prefer to sell my wares.

Swap days provides a venue that doesn’t perfectly fill my idea of an ideal flea market, but it’s close.  You will find a mix of goods and even an occasional chicken or two.

I braved the weather which was mostly very windy and cold to participate in my first sale of the season and have the wind burned face to prove it. Despite the weather sales were pretty good.

I didn’t get much of a chance to buy, but did purchase a rather odd shoe last from a neighboring vendor.  I like the odd and unusual pieces and had never seen this particular style before.  The price wasn’t bad so now I own it.

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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.

Safty should always be a concern

IMG_2480The two Pepsi signs I picked up about three weeks ago have both sold.  The one pictured sold to a guy with the last name of Johnston. How cool is that?

My buyer was a couple of hundred miles away so we arranged to meet at a location about midway between.  I must admit that meeting someone I don’t know always makes me a little nervous. Apparently he was feeling a little concern too since he choose our meeting place in a very public place.

I don’t know that I’ve always felt the need to be careful, but after you see a few internet stories and realize just how crazy some folks are I suppose it probably pays to be a little paranoid.

I had a rather odd experience a couple of winters ago.  I went to an indoor moving sale in hopes of find something interesting while on my lunch break.  I’m not sure if the sale was being held in an enclosed porch or if it was the front room of the home.  It was quite cold even though it was inside.  I walked through the door and was shocked to hear the deadbolt fasten behind me.  That was a little creepy.  I looked a few minutes all the while planning what I would do were they to attempt to prevent me from leaving.  Turned out that there wasn’t anything very interesting and no one tried to block me from going.  I think they may have been using the deadbolt to hold the door closed, but it was an unnerving experience.

Junking can be a bit adventuresome.  I often find myself in situations where I’m not completely comfortable.  It’s probably best to pick with a friend when possible and if you are going alone always make sure someone knows where you are going.

The transfer of the sign went as good as it could have.  I arrived a little early allowing me to choose the exact spot we would meet.  The buyer seemed like a really nice guy and he had cash.  Cash is always good!