I will be a vendor at the Plucky Maidens show this Saturday in Eugene. I have a lots of vintage finds that I am ready to part with. Kate's room has been filling up and it is time to clear it out!
I will be loading up my Dad's truck and right now I have two big piles in my living and dining room ready to be loaded.
I sure enjoy the hunt at estate sales, but I can't keep it all. I am ready to let go of some of my finds. If you are local, the show is in Eugene on Saturday (12-6). More info here. Come say hello!
P.S. I am super proud of my friend Pam, who runs this show. She just got a bit more press in the latest issue of Flea Market Decor...Plucky Maidens was mentioned as one of the top 25 fleas to hit in the USA. High five to Pam!
We had Ben's 23rd birthday party this past weekend. We had it outdoors and while the bugs were not out for the season, the party made me think of one of my favorite collections. Vintage net food covers. Very quirky and something I have only found twice. I have four.
They fold up and were intended to be used to cover food outdoors to protect it from insects. Here they are folded up. They store easily. I love the soft pastel colors.
I love, love the details on them. Darling tiny bump chenille trim as well as pipe cleaner insects.
I thought this was a spider, but it only has six legs. The nets have a little spring mechanism that allows them to open and close.
They are marked "Made in Japan".
A couple of them have the original price tags which I treasure. Meier and Frank was a local company for years. Three of the nets are the same size and would basically cover a large plate. My favorite is oversize and would cover much of a table.
Crepe paper butterfly
Gosh I love these!
I did a post on them back in 2012 when I found three of them. Since then I have added one more, so this is not a collection that is growing very quickly. I would love to find more.
If you have an idea for a collection challenge, leave me a comment and finish the sentence, "Show me your collection of _____". A new collection each Tuesday!
I had no intentions of hitting sales today. I looked online for sales, but nothing looked too great so I decided to pass on estate sale land. I have Ben's birthday this weekend (23!) and had plenty of errands with party prep to do. While out on errands today I saw a sign. SALE. It looked like older person handwriting so I had to follow it.
I pulled up and the sale was held in the driveway and lawn. This Santa and sleigh were front and center. I jumped out of my car SO FAST and asked the price of the Santa. $15. I asked the price of the reindeer. $5. I said I would take them both. Hurray! The woman looked closer at the reindeer and announced it had a broken antler and I could have it for free with the Santa. Double hurray! I can easily fix the antler.
I loaded them in the car and went to finish up my errands. I saw another sign. ESTATE SALE. I couldn't resist. I followed the sign and ended up at a family run digger sale.
A good amount of bottlebrush trees (new) but I will still use them for crafting. Yellow pipe cleaners and vintage blanket binding. Pearl snap cards and a great pot holder face how to book.
I found a whole bunch of crotchet "how to" books.
Much of the stuff at the estate sale was in tubs. I opened one and it was full of scrap jewelry (the woman was a crafter). It was fun to be the first person to sift through it all and pick out the magpie shiny stuff. I was also the first person to open up this box. It did not have a turkey in it. It had ten boxes of these ornaments.
They have a styrofoam base and I thought they were handmade. They have a cool starburst insert on them so I thought I would get them and take them apart for crafting. When I got home and looked closer the boxes are marked made in Italy and there is a foil tag attached to some of the balls that says the same thing.
I won't be taking them apart after all. They are kinda cool.
Two sales today. Errands finally got done. Good day.
Earlier this year Amy sold some paint by numbers on Etsy. The paint by numbers were large to ship and as luck would have it the buyer turned out to be local. Amy contacted the buyer Hope, and she agreed to Amy delivering them. When Amy delivered them, this is what she saw when Hope opened the door.
Hope is a paint by number collector. Amy was awestruck. Amy arranged a little field trip for me to see the collection for myself. I am sure glad she did!
Hope buys and restores paint by numbers. It was fascinating to hear her talk about them and I learned paint by number fact after fact. Hope has 853 PBN (as of November). 602 hang on walls of her house and studio and 203 awaiting restoration plus 48 "extras.
Hope has them hanging on literally every wall of her house and studio. They are arranged by theme.
Here are some of the PBN that are awaiting her paintbrush and restoration.
This PBN is one of the larger produced.
Hope saves some of the boxes and PBN kits. I, of course love them for their graphic appeal. Hope had a bird theme going on in her bathroom. That is where I keep my bird collection as well (except mine are ceramic). Fun little details on some of the PBN kits. I like the center cartoon fellow who says "put on wall for all to admire".
There was a ship and seascape theme going on in an upstairs room.I had fun seeing the variety of subject matter. I had no idea on the vast multitude of themes there were. An upstairs study has an oriental theme. Hope's PBN are a constant hunt for her...the Japanese women were all collected separately and are a set that was produced.
This sweet little PBN made me smile. It was hard to get shots of the magnitude of her collection. Each hall and room had them on the walls. It wasn't overwhelming...I think I said WOW about 300 times during the tour.
Hope was a delight to meet and a true wealth of information and history on PBN. I will always think of Hope when I see a PBN now. A truly fantastic collection.
Hope also had a studio out back which she had decorated with even more PBN. Her talents run beyond her PBN restoration and collecting. Her studio would be a whole other post.
Thank you so much Hope for this amazing visit and tour. Thank you Amy for arranging yet another field trip for me. (and no permission slip required like in elementary school)
I did a post on watches and clocks on challenge #9. (That was in 2010...yikes, how time flies!) Today I am sharing my collection of toy watches. I collect these primarily for crafting. I was putting some new finds in my watch bin the other day and realized how many I had and thought it would be fun to share.
I don't think many kids wear watches anymore, but they seem to be quite the popular toy way back when. I wear a watch everyday. It drives me crazy if I forget to put one on.
These watches are lenticular or "wink" when you twist them back and forth.
I have quite the assortment of this style. The bands are almost paper like and rather fragile.
These watches have a tiny giraffe or fish featured on the clock face. I am not sure what those animals have to do with telling time. They are marked Japan. I like that toy watches look like grown up versions. Sometimes the faces are rather fancy.
This watch on the original card is sweet.
The toy watch with the hands that REALLY move. I think the 15 written in pencil on the card, was perhaps the original price of the watch.
Most of these watches have been collected with the intention of crafting New Years spun heads. These tiny watches work well for that.
This toy watch face was crafted with by a local crafter. The watch is vintage plastic and the crafter added the tiny plaid band. I wear it.
Watches are so named as a reminder — if you don't watch carefully what you do with your time, it will slip away from you. ~Drew Sirtors
If you have an idea for a future collection challenge, leave me a comment and finish the sentence "Show me your collection of ____." Something new each Tuesday!