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.
I hit a couple of sales on Friday which were duds. I had one sale that looked promising on Saturday. I was hoping that one sale would give me my junking fix for the weekend. I got there an hour early and waited in line.
I got my fix. My favorite find was this old garden cart. I have a green one in my garden that is similar, but I am going to swap it out for this rusty blue fellow. I have lots of blue in my yard and this one will be perfect.
Teeny sailboats inside shell frames. They are marked Japan on the bottom.
An enamel bin, tiny ornaments and assorted Christmas, bingo cards (in turquoise) and glitter.
This old cake decoration sprinkle jar was full of glitter...I like the label.
A couple of old pipe tobacco tins.
This corsage making kit box is awesome. I also found all that old type in the wood Velveeta cheese box.
I rummaged through the linen closet at the estate sale. I found this old pillowcase with Little Red Riding Hood. I also found a set of nursery rhymed themed sheets that were too cute not to buy.
These just made me laugh when I saw them. They will be Etsy bound.
At the check out table my goodies were packed into two brown paper grocery bags. When I got home and was unpacking them I noticed the bags.
The Disco Mart bag made me laugh. That store used to be near my grandfather's house and as kids, my brother and sister and I would walk up to it to spend our pennies and quarters. It has been gone for probably 40 years. The Fred Meyer bag has also been around awhile..it has the dates 1922-1972 printed on it. Fred Meyer is still in business, and evidently this bag was saved and tucked away. Such a nice touch to have my vintage finds bagged into these old grocery sacks.
I found some fun stuff on our recent road trip. These finds are from a combination of estate sales, shops and the Alameda Flea Market. Started junking on Friday...ended on Monday...4 days of junking.
I really do gravitate towards smaller items. I was looking everywhere for the vintage doll heads, so was happy to find a stack of about 20 at Alameda. The wallpaper border is from the bin of them on yesterdays post (kicking myself for not buying more). The mica birds and the millinery fruit were also found at Alameda.
A pair of devil flashlights that actually still work. I was lucky with reflectors. The bunny was in the free box. I like the green of the old optical box. It holds little tissues to clean your glasses. I was happy to find so many bunnies. The two pose dolls sit on pincushions with tape measures attached. Spun head snowman and a polka dot chenille horse. When I was in Alameda a few years ago I found a bunch of honeycomb chicks. On this trip it was honeycomb reindeer.
I found the sweetest child size pink plastic piano at a yard sale. The little pixie was Alameda found. I did find some elves. I debated about the elf in the bright orange shoe, but figured I could make him a groovy elf with my crafting. My dear count for the weekend was 15. Hsts off to a pair of Easter candles. Ceramic animals were plentiful. The teeny snail family are a favorite. At one shop I found quite a few curtain tie back tacks. I found some great water decals as well as an enamel tin. The decals are already listed on Etsy.
Fourth of July crafting goodies. (thank you Elk Horn Vintage Supply and Claire's Cupboard)A set of cotton black faced minstrels. I could not leave them behind. An assortment of clay faced Santas. I have not seen those in the pastel colors before.
I did find spun heads. Bride and groom spun heads. The tiny wedding topper with celluloid face bride and groom was one of my favorite finds...at $4! This vintage paper tablecloth was in the free box at a sale. I did find a vintage swim cap. This one is nifty as it has a raffia style layer to it.
I also found a super pair of vintage glasses in a free bin.
Fun find and good company. Nothing like a good road trip...I thank my lucky stars for my junking buddy Amy...she makes every road trip an adventure.