Monday, February 1, 2016

Finds from Marion, IN: Part 1

Hey guys!  Did you have a good junk-filled weekend?  I attended the estate auction of a woman that had lots and lots of antique booth spaces.  So, it was a good one.  With lots of people in attendance.  However, they ran 2 rings, so I was actually able to get some stuff.  So much stuff that I haven't had time to go through it all, so this is just part 1!

 Finally... a trunk shot worthy of showing you!

This tub of stuff was a mystery to me when I bid on it.

Here's what I salvaged from it. 

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There were a ton of S&Ps at the auction, and here's half of what I got.

... and here's the other half.

I was really happy to get this many.  They will make a great addition to the booth.

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I also got this whole box of state ashtrays.  Turns out there were only 39 in here, but still.  I've never seen these except on Shara's blog (see collects them).

Well, I'll be back later this week to share more finds.
I also hope to have ONE BIG JUNKY GOODNESS thing to share with you also.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Lebanon, Indiana Auction Buys

I attended a small, but decent auction on Saturday.  Stuff was still a little pricey, but I held out til the very end and was able to get good prices on lots of things.

I got all of these crocks for a great price.

Wish the lid on the Boston Baked Beans pot was original, because then my pot would have been quite valuable (in the $50ish range), versus $25 where I priced it.

 I got great deals on some of these because they had decals on them.  I learned long ago to buy them and scrape them off. :)

 Some Fenton Hobnail Opalescent pieces plus MacBeth Evans petalware bread plates.

 Lots of smalls.

See anything you like?

All went to the booth yesterday.

 The child's iron works.  And is dangerous in my hands.

12K Gold Filled glasses and a sweet brass baby rattle.  My favorites.

I bought an entire table of vintage railroad/train ephemera.  I can't wait to go through it all and start listing it on eBay.

I also got these set of railroad matchbooks and chandelier prisms.  Matches should be good eBay items.

That's it for this week!  What did you guys pick up this past week while out junking/thrifting/antiquing?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Winter Vintage Drought

You guys, the winter vintage droughts are upon us.  At least they are in my neck of the woods.  I went to an auction for 5 hours on Saturday and for 3 hours on Sunday.  I drove a total of 3 hours to get to and from those auctions.  I didn't bring home much.  Prices were crazy pants.  Also, the quality of the auctions were just not there.  I also visited TWO different antique stores just to see if there was anything I could salvage there.  Those helped a tad.

I have been talking to a few of my auction buddies and vintage reselling friends and we have all agreed that we have to come up with unique ways to get new, "fresh" vintage stuff to sell.

Here are a few things we came up with... 1. Visit flea markets and thrift stores that we don't go to very often (or gave up on long ago), 2. contact our junker buddies who buy, buy, buy... just to store away in their barns.  Sign me up for a barn digging adventure.  3. trade with each other.

So, I was just talking with one of my reselling friends about what was selling for us.  I'm like "Yeah, I have a ton of those and they never sell."  or "I can't keep those in stock and you can't sell them... what's up with that?"  I know this sounds crazy, but what if we got together with our reselling friends and visit each others booths and point out things we've had forever.  Then... trade them!  I haven't actually tried this out yet... but why not?

Anyways, enough babbling... let's take a look at what I was able to bring home!

 Picked up from the Saturday auction.  Signs are always a seller for me.  These Coca Cola ones shouldn't last long.

 I have some stoneware bowls in my booth already and I only sell them here and there... but the price was way too goo to pass these up.

 Also picked these up on Saturday.  I thought these would be a great addition to my new showcase I got in December

 Two things I always, always buy when the price is cheap enough!  The train case was from an antique booth that was 90% off.  The Coca Cola crate was my lone buy from an auction I sat at for 3 hours on Sunday.  Better than some of my auction buddies who came out empty-handed.

These were an antique mall purchase too.  They were already marked at a great price AND half off.  I need another Empire Santa blow mold like I need another hole in my head.  The middle guy was one I haven't seen before.  He is made by Union Plastics.

This was a buy from the auction on Saturday.  All of these cute little figurines are... wait for it... pencil sharpeners.  After doing a little research, they are called Play-Me and were made in Spain and Hong Kong in the 1970s sometime, therefore qualifying them as vintage.  Most of them are valued at $4-$5, while some seem to be more valuable (especially when they have the box).  I'm pricing mine all at $4 and I think they'll make a cute little addition to my antique booth.  I have bets that a few of these don't last long.

That's it for this week!

Monday, January 11, 2016

40th Annual Greater Indianapolis Garage Sale & Marketplace

 I've been home from our honeymoon for about a week.  Thank you all for your kind messages and comments while I was gone.  We had a great time and can't wait for our next adventure.

But, before I go off on a tangent, let's get back to what you're all here for... the vintage junk!

On Saturday me and mom went to the Greater Indianapolis Garage Sale & Marketplace.  We attended this event last year too!  Like I said last year, there were quite a bit of antique dealers, if you could get through all the junk (old and new).

Like last year, it was very crowded.  We got there right when it opened at 9A, which helped with the crowds a bit, as it didn't really pick up until 10A, when we were making our first trip to the truck!

You never know what you're going to find at this sale...

I was able to take home a fair amount of stuff... so let's take a look at what I bought.  The name of the game on Saturday was definitely "how much if I buy it all?" My favorite question.

I've never come across this much Barlett Collins at one time.  So, I bought it all.

Little odds and ends that I picked up.

 I bought these off a guy who used to work for a (now defunct) local puzzle company.  They were selling unopened 1000 piece puzzles for $2 - a fraction of the cost if you bought them in the store.  They also had a selection of 500 piece puzzles that were 5 for $1.  My mom bought quite a bit of each.  I picked out the only older ones that lacked a UPC, so I knew it had to be pre 1974, when they first started using them.

I've seen quite a few folks on Instagram get into collecting vintage squeaky toys.  So I picked these guys all up for 3 different booths.  I trialed one in my booth that I picked up Thanksgiving weekend for free.  It sold within a day.  It was the same brand as the little boy squeaky on the far right.

I also thought I'd try a few small vintage plastic dolls.  I picked them up cheaply, so if they don't sell, oh well.  I like to keep buying new and different stuff, so that I have a variety of things to offer.

I love old letters/symbols.  This guy is pretty big - nearly 24" tall.

 Remember the "what if I buy it all?" motto...

I absolutely love old pennants (especially that bright pink Salt Lake City one in the upper right corner).

I love all the colors.

There were also so great ones from local places here in Indiana.

 Another fun Salt Lake City one here.

 Continuing with the "what if I buy it all?" question... I bought all of these new old stock laundry soaps and ice cream packages from one dealer.

All of these old ice cream bar packages would make cute treat bags, etc.  I've already sold many sets to some Instgram friends who deal strictly with vintage ephemera.

Wishing you all great junkin' in 2016!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Looking Back on 2015

Hey all, if you're reading this, we're still overseas somewhere!  But, I wanted to keep you entertained while I was gone, so I thought I'd recap some of my most popular posts, favorite trips, and favorite finds from 2015.  A lot of bloggers do these types of posts this time of year, so I'm sorry if you've read 100 of these already.  Either way, I'm still gonna go for it!

My 3 Most Popular Posts of 2015:

It was no surprise to me that all 3 of my posts on the World's Longest Yard Sale were my top 3 posts from 2015.  I had a lot of comments and emails about them.  Some of the posts were shared on multiple outlets, including the big 127 Sale Facebook page which was then re-shared a ton!  Without a doubt, the 127 Sale was the highlight of my year of junking and thrifting.

10 tips for shopping, not only the 127 Sale, but ANY yard sale route.  These aren't just simple tips and tricks, either.  I go into a lot of detail to answer any questions you may have.

I did a breakdown of everywhere I visited during my 3 days on the route.  It yielded a TON of stuff at amazing prices.  I could've bought so much more, if I had more room!

Of course you wanted to see all the amazing stuff I scored during my 3 day trip.  I was so happy with this haul, I'll be borrowing/renting a larger vehicle and going for extra day next year!

My 3 Favorite Junkin' Trips of 2015:

Yard sale routes are my favorite.  You don't have to use your GPS to hop from one garage sale to the next all over your town.  You don't have to do a ton of research (the exception being the 127!!) and you just drive down one road all day.  You turn around and go home once your vehicle is full or people have packed up for the day.

My first time on the 127.  It rained all day the first day, but it was still the best.  I spent 3 days total on the route and it wasn't enough.  I will likely try a full week next year.

I spent 2 full days on the US 40 route this year.  I only covered US 40 in Indiana.  Next year I'd like to give Ohio a shot.  I hear that have some great sales too!

A local 35 mile garage sale route that I've had lots of luck on.  It was my second year doing this route.  Although there weren't as many sales as the year before, I still scored a lot of great items!

My Favorite Finds of 2015:

For $25 I brought home a 7 foot tall gold and silver aluminum pom-pom Christmas tree in original box, a huge box full of boxes and boxes of pink and aqua Shiny Brites, AND a working color wheel.

I bought an amazing chippy green cupboard that I wish I had space for in my house.  So, until I get a new house, it will stay in my booth.

I brought home a lot of great stuff, but nothing compares to this 1970s orange Zenith portable TV.

The story behind me buying this midcentury chair is just something I never thought I'd do... but when it comes to good junk, sometimes you just have to.

I was first in line at an estate sale and was able to bring home some very coveted pink and aqua Pyrex.  All the pieces have now moved on to new homes.

Thanks for visiting!  
I hope you and your families had a wonderful holiday!

Monday, December 21, 2015

My Very Vintage Wedding

Hello all!  As you read this we're cruising through international waters on our honeymoon.  So, I thought I'd share shots of my very vintage wedding!  I spent a little over a year planning it, so to see all my hard work come to fruition, was really great.

So, here they are...

My brothers walkin' my momma down the aisle.  Yes, they're carrying beers. 

My dad walking me down the aisle.

 Best Man, Ring Bearer, Flower Girl, and Matron of Honor with us

 Me and my best friend, Chelsea!

 Us with our parents

 I love that we had an old truck as a background for some of our shots!

Thomas & Best Man, Jake

One of my favorite shot.

Another of my favorites.

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday!
I will respond to any comments when I return.