I have a bit of a break between holidays so each year I come up with some one of a kind and no occasion figures. It is fun to use some of the vintage tidbits that I have found. It is also fun to craft with no holiday in mind.
I craft happy.
I decided this spring listing would be perfect for some birthday fun. Bingo birthday girls, party birds and birthday swans. (I will have more on Etsy than those in the photos)
I hope you can join the Etsy party. Tuesday, May 10th at 5:30 p.m. (pacific time). The next round of crafting is Fourth of July and I have had lots of people asking about the date for that. No date yet, but I'm crafting away and hope to have patriotic goodies listed by the end of May or early June. I will post a date and time once I get it figured out...both here and on Instagram.
I hit two sales on Friday. One was run by an estate sale company and the other was a family run sale a few blocks away. It was nice to hit two sales...bang, bang...and be done!
I got two floral curtain panels, a glass fishbowl (now I have three), a floral wallpaper remnant, and lots of littles. One of my favorite finds was a Cath Kidston toiletry bag for $1!
It was a good day for Gurley candles.
An old lunchbox with a darling corsage design, a fun clip on lightbulb cover, candle clips and a sweet little bird figure.
I always have to rummage around the workshop. I was rewarded with some funny luncheon meat cans. They were full of nails when I bought them.
The orange rack will be perfect for my beach house. (Yes, we bought a beach house. For those of you that don't follow me on IG that news is new to you. I AM SO EXCITED and will get a blog post up on it soon.) I think the rack was intended to hold fan belts. I am decorating one room in gray and orange so this rack will fit right in.
I never ever pass up old ribbon spools with the great graphics. I use these as bases for my spun head crafting and I have gone through hundreds of these spools. There were lots of little ceramic figures at the sale. The little christmas gals have hair.
I got a whole pile of baby hangers. The little cutout designs on these! They just don't make them this darling anymore.
Two little ceramic lambs. The one embellished with pearls is crazy.
A pair of whisk brooms. Note the mushroom growing out of the top of one. So nice to stay on one road for the sales. Thank you for the vintage goodies Malden Street.
I went to one sale on Friday. It was advertised as having vintage toys and dolls. Since I craft with dolls, I decided to hit this one. This woman loved her dolls. I did well.
The step is a metal shelf in a fun shade of green. I have no idea what I will do with it. If my kids were little, it would work at the bathroom sink as a step up.
I always grab these little elves when I find them. They are great for crafting. The little fellow will become a cupid for Valentines day.I found ceramic elves.
There was a big bin of baby rattles and toys and I found these gems.
I was happy to find some fish for my someday beach house.
This little suitcase was just too darling not to get. Can you imagine carrying that as a child? This little gal reminded me of myself. I had red hair when I was younger and I do have freckles. The woman had many, many squeaky toys. I came home with three.
There were lots of Storybook dolls and I have trouble resisting these gals. Dolls, dolls, dolls...for crafting. The cutest little birdie container. Made in Japan. A good start to my Friday. In and out in less than an hour and off to finish up errands. Hope you find some treasures this weekend too! Happy day.
I hit two sales today. One was my destination and the other I stumbled upon. The one I was driving to was out in the country. There were not many sales today, so I decided to take a chance on this one with a little scenic drive. I'm glad I did.
I bought something I have never bought before. A chevy tailgate. I don't know what I will do with it yet. It cleaned up really well (this photo is before a bath) and is a nice orange color.
A magnetic copy board with fun graphics, a couple of metal floral art pieces and a pink bubble bath cat. I also got a couple of boxes of silver garland which is always good for holiday crafting.
It was a decent day for Christmas. I got two plastic Santas, a Merry Christmas sign and some ornaments. The plastic Santa panel is meant to hang on a door. It is dated 1965 and made in Japan. He has a lenticular eye and was winking at me!
A wedding couple (dated 1948), a couple of Christmas corsages and two plastic deer.The couple had no children, but they had some fun holiday records. A funny bartender lamp. I'm not a drinker, so if I use him, he may hold a bouquet of flowers instead of looking like he is ready to serve a drink.
An orange metal stool, 2 boxes of heart ornaments (for Valentine crafting) and a fun metal hanging lamp. The first sale was good and the second sale I stumbled upon was a bonus! A good day out in the country for sure.
Amy and I have what has become a yearly tradition to road trip south to hit the Alameda Flea Market. We have done it a number of years and you can read about past escapades if you use my search bar on the right and search "Alameda" (about 10 posts appear).
This year did not disappoint although the Alameda Flea Market has changed and prices have risen. It is still my perfect idea of a great vacation...driving and junking with my best junking pal. We left Friday morning and headed straight to an estate sale in Salem. It was a really good estate sale and a perfect start to the whole weekend.
These finds are from the entire trip. Amy is an excellent packer. This is only my stuff.
I also got a really fun chair which I did not want to drag out for this photo. Here it is in on IG in the shop I bought it in. The upholstery was just too fun not to bring home with me.
I found lots of littles too. I got a crafting grab bag at the estate sale and was thrilled to find tiny deer, cotton mushrooms and little owls. Bottlebrush crafting wreaths, sailor hats and sugar bells all came home with me too.
There was a vendor at Alameda who has lots of doll bits and pieces. It was a gather and ask a price booth. I was happy with the price and these all came home with me. I especially like the doll on the bottom with the big googly eyes.
A sweet lamb for Easter flipping next year and some wonderful flocked hot pink ornaments. Those are Easter bound too.
The majority of the Christmas I found was from the estate sale on the first day. Vintage tree toppers, pixies and a sweet ice cream cup. Sweet bird salt and pepper. Christmas salt and pepper. A black cat that will make a Halloween appearance.
A nativity set, an old Campfire candy box, a metal soap box (that makes three now), Christmas reflectors and dolls to flip. I was happy to find a few more of those metal Scotch tape dispensers with the Christmas tape. I have a ton of those.
The estate sale had quite a few bins of old ribbon spools. I was delighted to add 70 to my crafting stash.
Storybook dolls. I have a new crafting plan up my sleeve with these. Some great ceramic beach things for my someday beach house. I rarely find seahorses. This green towel rack and matching waste can were just fun. I like the color and the faux bamboo look. It always amazes me when kitchen utensils survive for such a long time in the original box. These have great green handles. I was really, really excited to find one of my big plastic display trees with the little hooks on the branches. I never find them and only have one. I use the one I have to display my Christmas bell collection. I also found lots of boxes of tiny Christmas ornaments. A huge assortment of Dolly Toy Company nursery cutouts. Some fun cardboard and foil fish trivets. These are someday beach house bound.
Amy and I found a bunch of concrete figures at the estate sale on the way down. This deer travelled 1400 miles with us up and down the freeway. He will join 8 other concrete deer in my backyard.Above those cutouts in the photo are a dozen good sized bottlebrush trees. They are newer, but will be perfect for some holiday flipping.
A dog themed candy tin and a quartet of celluloid dolls for crafting. The graphics on this Christmas stencil package were too good not to pass up.
I was happy to find one of these old metal science cabinets to add to Tom's study. I would like one more and then I can call it quits due to wall space. This one makes four.A deck of fun tree identification cards.
This little fellow was an estate sale find and rode on my dash the whole trip. I am sure he was entertained by our little adventure.