I haven’t done a “vintage finds” post in a while, and frankly, I haven’t been anywhere in a while to do one. Not since Tennessee, in fact. I haven’t even shown you my entire haul from there yet. I really slowed down on estate sales due to having an excess, but had to have a fix this weekend! I get like that every now and then, and I’m excited to show you what I found.
We are working now on a massive downsizing yard sale to get rid of things I’ve bought at yard sales, among lots of other things LOL. I’ve been selling a lot on craigslist too. Ready to see Favorite Weekend Junking Finds Birmingham?
Favorite Weekend Junking Finds Birmingham
I stayed close to home this weekend and went to 1 yard sale, and 4 estate sales.
Yard sale finds
Set of 8 black and white cabinet knobs for $5
Cabinet knobs sell for me if I can find cute ones.
More cabinet knobs and a mini spatula set…all in the same sack $4
Vintage Sony Walkman with Cassette Player and Electronic Clock all in same sack $1
I didn’t want the clock and I took a chance with the Walkman. I understand that these sell, but the man at the yard sale didn’t know if it worked. “The man who can fix anything,” better known as my hubby, got it working.
Estate Sales Finds~
2 Tommy Hilfiger ties~$1/ea
I’m on the hunt for red ties to use in a project.
If you want to see one of my tie projects, click here.
Pretty red and gray afghan throw $1. I wonder if it’s handmade though? Does anyone know from looking at the photo? It looks sort of manufactured to me, but if I don’t sell it, I’ll keep it because I really like it.
I found a sandwich size bag with jewelry scrap, which I also plan to use in a project. $3. These are mainly earrings without mates.
It was the only thing I bought in a house loaded with stuff, but everything was out-of-sight expensive, and gaudy to boot.
When I arrive at a sale on the first day, and see only 2 cars, I know there’s a reason. Most everything was removed. But I found 2 things.
Here’s a likely mistake…not a vintage tablecloth, as first thought, but a Christmas sheet sewn together and trimmed in red rick rack. $4.
And of course, there’s a stain, which I didn’t see when I opened it out at the sale…sigh. But it might sell anyway.
I don’t like to attend the sales of the person running this one because she’s known to be high, but it was kind of slim pickings this weekend. So I found a vintage fireplace broom for $5. The handle is a little loose at the top, but I can fix that. This is the right time of year to sell this, so I’ll be listing it pretty quickly.
I finally hit a gold mine on its last day, so all prices you see are already half off. I was surprised there was so much left, but it was a condo sale for the senior set. I wonder if people avoid condo sales? My mentality is this: by the time they’re already in a condo, they’ve gotten rid of everything, so there’s not going to be much there. Does anyone else think this way?
But it proved me wrong this time. I was happy with these finds:
Remember these purses? I wanted one so bad back in the 60’s-70’s when these were popular. See the little turtles on top? So cute! I’m surprised they aren’t rabbits. The person who lived here had rabbits galore. $3
This is the first of these I’ve ever found myself, but I’ve always wanted to find one. Know what it is? A vintage eyeglasses holder $1.50
China rabbit $2.50. Not vintage…it’s for me.
Small rabbit figurine made in Bath England. I usually buy items made in England or Germany if they’re in good shape, and cheap! $2
I left 99 other rabbits behind, LOL.
Here’s another item I’ve always wanted to find…a metal tissue box cover, and this is made by “Ransberg,” who also made trash cans, now vintage as well. $1.50. They are kind of hard to find.
These vintage metal picture frames usually sell. $1.50
I took a chance on these too…real shells used for serving bites of seafood. Found in the kitchen, but probably could be used for crafts too. $1
That’s it for upstairs. Now we descend to the basement. I make a point of that because I’m unsure about the age of some items, but I figure by the time a treasure makes it to the basement, it’s vintage and practically a discard. Right?
Labeled on the bottom “Early American Pewter.” I haven’t had a chance to clean it up yet. It may be hard to see in the photo, but the globe is etched with a design. I couldn’t turn it down for $1
I thought this was especially nice, and it looks older $1
Vintage silverplate cup was interesting with great patina $1. Couldn’t see the markings real well, but believe it said “Wm Rogers.” What is your feeling about silverplate? Prefer some polishing? Or leave it alone?
I was really happy about this little find…a vintage framed sampler. $1. It’s been exposed to too much moisture in the basement, with unfortunate stains on the cloth. The frame is literally falling apart, but I still liked it. I’ll wash it by hand and soak it for a while. Keeping fingers crossed that it comes clean.
I left behind more pieces of silverplate, more unfinished needlework, another sampler (not as cute), more Christmas pillows, pair of vintage TWA airline totes (would have gotten them, but they had a name written on the front), vintage evening dresses, an old handheld metal toolbox (no paint left), box of old clothes, a child size Delft tea set for 4 (1 broken piece and incomplete), a set of “Serendipity” children’s books from the ’80’s (should have bought those), mystery items, and of course 99 rabbits. 😀
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