Friday, June 20, 2014

Baubles and Babes!

 Hi Friends! I hope you're all doing well. I'm doing pretty well myself. I'm all healed from my gall bladder removal. Thank you so much for your kind words! I appreciated it so much.

So anyway,  here are some recent finds. From the flea market, these ornaments are huge! Like grapefruit sized. I'm not sure I really like how big they are, but I do love that hot pink one!

 The same seller had cleaned out her mother in-laws home, and also had the box of dwarfs, the bells and foil leafs below.  From a different seller I bought this old button tin with the pansies. It's super deep, and I can tell that it used to have a handle. More x-mas seals! Because I'm addicted.

 Bells and Silver Corsage Leaves. 

 I love this pink bell! It's covered in mica, and I'm going to make a corsage with it.

 This was at Goodwill the other night!
I always check the linen section just in case....and it FINALLY happened! It's large and clean with no holes!

Today I ran to two estate sales. The first one was so over-priced, it was a joke. Like the solid colored Shiny Brites were $3.00 the full box was $36.00! hahahahah 
But I was able to dig in a .50 basket and came up with these few pieces. The Snowman will get a little rehab. The second sale was a bust.
I'm heading to the flea market in the morning. So here's hoping! I haven't been to this one yet this year. Hope it's good! 
OK- Have a great weekend. :)

ps.  I went to my (5 year old) niece's ball game the other night. 
Here are pictures I took of each of the kids. 
I love being an auntie to these 3 babes! 

Jacey is 5!

 Lucas is 4!

And Drew is almost 10 months!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Well That Was Fun!

 On Sunday I didn't feel well. I woke up with a bad burning kind of pain up under my ribs. I've had these attacks before, and they are excruciating. But usually I can head into the E.R. and they give me something for it. I've told them each time that I'm certain it's my gall bladder, but they've always insisted that "nope, it's just really bad heart burn".  This time though, the gall stones finally showed up on the ultra sound and so I was admitted right away.
I had to stay two nights in the hospital. Poor Wellie! She thought I was just going to Target or something, but then I didn't come back. Here she is waiting for me to come around the corner. Soooo sad! lol So I'm home and minus a gall bladder. Spending lots of time on the couch because it feels like I've done 1000 sit-ups. Fun fun!
 The previous Sunday though, I was able to hit up the flea market. I found a little bit of x-mas!
 My vintage x-mas corsage collection has really grown. I've never put them all together though. Might have to do that!
 I found a chocolate covered cherry box, and a darling boxed set of greeting cards!
 There was a box full of Gurley tons of them. But I only let myself pick out a couple Snowmen. And the cards were from the same seller as these wonderful x-mas seals below.
 This guy had dozens of unopened packages of seals! I think I bought 9 of them, but I wished I could have taken them all! Why can't I get enough of stuff like this?? lol
 Then the other day I went to an estate sale right before it was closing. Here's what I grabbed for a TOTAL of $2.00! A couple recipe books, a coffee can, and...
 The people running the sale said that it was a 92 year old man that had moved from the home. The basement must have had tons of x-mas stuff, because there were many boxes of tinsel and lights still left. But I was able to dig and find a few ornaments that people missed.
 A jar of mini light reflectors and some odds and ends.
If you grab a box and start tossing all the tiny glass ornaments that you come across into it, eventually you usually end up with a nice little pile. I love that large vile of pink glitter too!
Not bad for $2.00 right before closing time!
OK- Hope you all are having a nice week! I've been catching up on blog reading since I'm confined to the couch. So if I haven't visited you yet, I will be very soon!
Hugs- Erica :)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Revalations and Vintagey Stuff!

Hi Bloggy Pals. I hope you've been doing well!
As for me, I've been doing a lot of "soul searching", and mental house cleaning. So that's why I've been absent from my blog. Of course I won't go into all that here. We will just get to the things I've found over the past few weeks. I hope you've been having fun at the sales too!
 The season is finally here!
 This guy was at an estate sale. I never buy stuffed animals but I just think he's so perfectly aged and sweet. I also love his hand stitched pants, and his velvety feet!
 I also found a few bits of x-mas, and a neat vintage Betty Crocker recipe booklet. The cover is great!
I find the neatest recipes in these booklets.
 One of my revelations has been that I can skip going to estate sales on the first days, and have just as much fun going the last day...when things are half off and there aren't tons of people.
This way I spend very little money, avoid the anxiety of trying to get a good number, and  still manage to find a few things to make me happy!
Proof : A 503 fridgie in wonderful condition. It was $7.00 on day 3!
 A little lamb that I dug out of the toy box.
And x-mas corsages pulled from the attic.
 OK- I went to the flea market last weekend and couldn't believe my luck! A 4.5 foot "Splendor" Aluminum Christmas Tree! So I asked the guy how much he wanted for it and he says (I kid you not)...$2.00! I gave him $5.00 and he looked at me like I was nuts. It's all there, and in perfect shape. So I don't get it. I guess he just thought it was junky.
The iron piece is marked 1903! I cleaned it up and hung it on the living room wall.
 I also found this adorable German duck candy container, a super cute doll quilt, and this Borax tin. The tin is a repro, but I don't care.
 This landscape painting seems quite old, and I just thought it was pretty. I'll use the Santa sucker mold to make clay ornaments I think. It was just a quarter.
 I love this tin!
 And lastly, I found two large children's books.
 The illustrations are magical!
 Pretty darn cute!
OK, that's all. I'm heading to the flea market again in the morning. The weather is supposed to be great. Here's hoping I find a few treasures!
Have a fun week-
Erica :)
P.S  I APOLOGIZE for not commenting and keeping up with your blogs lately. I've been doing some different things. But I do hope to get back to regular blogging soon!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Dear Fiddy, (An Estate Sale Tale)

Do you ever wish you could say Thank You to the little old lady who's stuff you're taking home? Every time I enter an estate sale, it doesn't escape me that these things are the remnants of someones life. And where are they, as we rummage through their home, loading up our arms with their memories? Maybe He has passed away and She is now in a nursing home. Or maybe they both decided to "sell it all" and head to Florida. 
Either way, sometimes I just wish I could say "Don't worry, I'll take care of and enjoy your things because I feel lucky to have found them". 

I saw these chairs in an Estate Sale ad a few weeks ago. I wanted them sooo bad, but there were just way too many reasons why I had no business going to the sale. For one thing, there was a snowstorm that night. And I knew I would have to get to the sale by 2:00 or 3:00 AM for a good number. 
The sale was packed with vintage and antique things, so I knew that the dealers would be there overnight. So I didn't go. And I didn't go on day #2 either. Then on day #3 I thought I'd see if anything was left. Of course the chairs were GONE. And the lady managing the sale said that #2 in line bought them. Oh well.
I was able to find some other cute things.

 There must have been lots of good x-mas stuff because I was able to scrape this stuff together out of the boxes that had already been gone through. I'm happy with the leftovers!

I really like the snowman stenciled one and the ornament box itself!

There were tons of cards and Valentines. The woman of the house was a teacher, and her name was Fidelis Davitt. But the children called her Fiddy! My favorite cards are the two tiny handmade ones. One is made of beautiful old wallpaper. And the other (with the big red heart) just says: To Fiddy, From Me. Isn't that the sweetest?

I could have gone nuts with the valentines. 

 I love the one where they're in their swimsuits!

 I grabbed a couple x-mas cards. The pink one is German!

And a few pretty Easter cards.
I'm missing some pics but I also got a cute old ladder that I'll make into a plant stand, and a wonderful white blanket with pink roses on it. 
OK, so THEN I went out to dog sit for my parents while they were in Costa Rica for a week. The town I grew up in is loaded with little shops and antique stores. So I walk into one of the shops that I worked at when I was a teenager, and there sat THOSE DARN CHAIRS! AHHHHH!

I wasn't strong enough to walk away this time. So long story short, I bought my (Fiddy's) estate sale chairs at an antique store for a ridiculous price. But at least I got to stay at home in my cozy bed and the dealer did all the work, during a MN snowstorm no less! Thank you dealer!
Dear Fiddy, 
Thank you, for passing on your wonderful white chairs, the valentine cards from your days as a teacher, and your  pretty Christmas ornaments! I will treasure them!
Erica :)

Friday, April 25, 2014

Playing Catch Up, Recent Finds

Hi Dear Friends. :) It's Me. I'm alive. I hope you've all been well!
OK we'll just skip to the stuff.  I was able to cross off the picnic basket tin on my "WANT" list. It was marked "as is" at an antique store. But of course I don't mind that it's not perfect. The snowflake piece of Pyrex was at the Goodwill for $3.99 so even though I swear I'm not collecting Pyrex anymore (lol) I just couldn't leave it there. And a cute aqua strainer that I've been using a lot, only .99 at GW.

This old candy tin has been at one of my favorite antique stores for a long time. So I finally gave in and bought it, thinking it would take center stage in my Easter display this year. But I didn't get to decorate because I wasn't feeling well. Next year!

One day there was a huge stack of vintage Easter cut outs at the little thrift store. They were marked just .50 each, so I bought them all and I have duplicates of some of them. They'll go in a Market Monday someday soon. Bummer I couldn't do it before Easter.

Aren't they sweet?

Love this bunny couple!

That same day there was a stack of these cute trays! I know I already have one packed away, so I grabbed these for Market Monday too.

I had to grab this unopened box of PAAS egg dye from 1985. This is exactly the kind we used when I was little and those characters on the box bring back memories! And I can never ever pass up a vintage copy of "The Golden Egg Book". I sent this one to a sweet friend.

That rabbit candy tin reminded me of something that I found awhile ago but didn't show you. This wallet was at the thrift store and I think I paid $2 for it.  I love the lantern she's holding, and the white rabbit at the bottom! Such a funky piece.

If you look up Dumpling Dynasty, you'll see cute things! They make adorable pillows with deer and other creatures too!

I found a vintage "Farm Lotto" game with such sweet little cards.

Now and then I get lucky and find vintage x-mas at Goodwill. These Holt Howard candle holders for $1.99 each plus the tin and a bag full of sugar bells and foil leaves were a great surprise!

This is the second time I've found bags of x-mas stuff like this at GW. The last time it was old bottle brush trees with mercury glass beads. Both times the things still had dealer tags attached to them. So I guess antique dealers sometimes donate their leftovers when they quit selling.

So that's that! I hope you guys have been finding some fun things too. Or maybe you've been having fun gardening??? I'm really excited to start buying flowers and to get the yard looking pretty!
Oh! I did go to one estate sale a couple weeks ago. I'll be back soon with pics of what I found.
Talk to you soon-
Erica :)