I have had three vintage child's toolboxes FOREVER as decoration in Ben's room.
I was attracted to the graphics of course and they made for a cute decoration in his little boy room. Ben is 23 now and I am done decorating his room. (He has graduated from college, works in engineering, but lives at home and is saving money right now). I was planing on getting rid of his three little toolboxes as he could care less about them.
Then I found a fourth.
Now I wonder how many more little metal tool boxes are out there for me to find. Did you notice they are all pretty much boy oriented? I think I will hold onto these a bit longer...4 is more of a collection than 3.
If you have an idea for a future collection leave me a comment and finish the sentence "Show me your collection of ____". I never seem to know what will show up from week to week.
Friday I did not have a plan to hit any sales. I did not see anything that looked enticing and my Mom and I decided to head down to Amity, Oregon to clean and tend the family graves for Memorial Day.
The only junking I KNEW I would be getting was meeting up with a dealer that sold me some pixies a couple of weeks ago. When I bought the pixies from her, she said those magic words "I have more at home". Friday I met up with her and got the rest of her stash.
Beyond that I wasn't expecting any junk. I was wrong. First my Mom and I passed an old concrete yard.
I did a u-turn and stopped. I ended up getting a bunch of old concrete. Luckily we were driving my Dad's truck, so loading it up was not a problem.
I love this crusty old swan with the tiny swan beside it.
I got the large pink mushroom to join my little kewpie friend.
I was shopping out of a "graveyard" section so most of the items I bought had some damage. The dings on the deer's ears did not bother me.
I really liked the larger goose and could't leave his little goose friend behind.
I got a giant frog.
I got a concrete poodle which will head to my garage sale. I hemmed and hawed over getting this bunny, but am glad that I did. I love the little flower detail on the head and am going to paint it pink and let the paint weather with age. She also is wearing an apron and there is a little bow at the back. See the little flowers detail?
These are both plastic, but they came from the concrete place. The mushroom was $3! The sheep is a blow mold and dated 1989.
I go on and on about my "someday beach house" and these will go live there.
The concrete adventure was super. My Mom and I had a great time. We decided to hit one antique mall before we went to tidy up the graves. I usually find an item or two at this particular mall, but this trip was an exception.
I added to the pixie count for the day.
My deer radar was on.
It was a good day for junking.
I think my Mom ended up being a good luck charm for junk.
My Mom and I are headed to Farm Chicks in a couple of weeks, and I hope her good luck charm for junking continues. Thanks for a super day Mom...you are the best!
I have a thing for vintage graphics (that does not come as a surprise to long time blog readers). For awhile now I pick up state puzzles or games. I have a fun little assortment.
Milton Bradley made this vintage USA puzzle. On the reverse side was a map of the world. 2 puzzles in one!
I started to do the puzzle, but it made me realize I need to really brush up on state placement. It did not help that the puzzle I started was not complete. (Do not comment on where my states are placed in this photo..I know they are WAY OUT OF WACK...I was just laying them out to count them)
Milton Bradley also used the same puzzle design for this game.
The game board is essentially the same design as the puzzle...minus cutting out the states into pieces.
Another old USA puzzle. I really like this design quite a bit. Whitman Company manufactured this.
Quite often at estate sales I find a lone game board. That was the case with this board. I have no idea what the game was. It does not include Alaska or Hawaii, so I am thinking it predates 1959.
It is quite striking with the black and white design.
This game board was another estate sale find where I just found the board. I am assuming this game was called "Products and Resources". That does not sound like a very exciting concept for a game.
When I gather a few more USA maps and boards I thought it may be fun to do a little wall collage of them.
The hunt is still on. If you have an idea for a future collection challenge, leave me a comment and finish the sentence "Show me your collection of ___'. A new collection each Tuesday.
p.s. I am going to go brush up on my state placement and put that puzzle together.