Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Weekend for the "Birds"

It's getting so hard to juggle my working weekends with my love of treasure hunting, but this past weekend I hit the jackpot!  Well, maybe just a small jackpot, but I was pleased nonetheless.

This is the last weekend we'll be opening our seasonal business at the coast and things were slow enough Saturday that I could leave Hubby in charge and run off to a church yard sale.  I found several neat things, but here's two dishes that I really loved.

This one is part of a seasonal series of decorative wall plates by Ganz.  They made one for each season and this one's called Winter Forest Tree.

This next one is a dish with a Hen & Rooster scene that I've seen on different porcelain pieces over the years.  It's a scene by H. Arndt and the plate manufacturer is Theo Ruhn, Bavaria Germany.   I collect chicken themed items, so I was excited to get this.

And since Thanksgiving is around the corner, I'm posting another little item I found.  This is a pilgrim boy and girl figurine and I found an old glass to make a cloche scene.  It's by Sebastian and it's called Little Sister.  I have several things by Sebastian, so I was happy to get another.  It made a pretty little addition to my Thanksgiving table decor!

See, it doesn't take much to make me happy!  I'm looking forward to my free Saturdays from now through May - just so I can go treasure hunting!

I'm linking to "Let's Dish" and Vintage Thingy Thursday today!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Crystal Pine Tree, Shiny Brites and all things Christmas

It's my favorite time of the year to go treasure hunting!  I love it when I spot yard sale type vendors at the flea market downsizing their Christmas collections!  And I'm a total hog about buying and keeping it for myself, even though I'm supposedly buying it to sell on Etsy or Ebay.

Last winter as I was packing up my huge collection of vintage Christmas items, I started sorting through to see what I can do without.  Mind you, it was not an easy task.  Many things that I put in the "sell" box by the end of the day went back into the "keep" box and I ended up with only one tub of items to sell.

Here's a couple of the items that I decided to sell.  This first one I bought two years ago for a great price from an estate sale.  I listed it on Ebay last night and it quickly got it's first bid of $49.50 and it has six days to go.  It is adorable and in wonderful condition.  It's from the early 1940's and the box is so collectible because of the appeal of the vintage graphics.

Isn't it adorable!  I love how the sides of the box show different scenarios of where to display the tree!  If you're interested, it's Ebay item number 121009335816 or you can view the Ebay auction here.

I also love this old tree topper star.  It is red and white with snow flocking on the white.  When you plug it in it lights up a warm red glow on the sides and the little dot in the middle.  This I also found at the flea market a couple of years ago for $2.  Hoping it will bring at least $10.

There's also some old USA made and Shiny Brite ornaments mixed in a box.  I collect Shiny Brites in the aqua and pink colors to go on my tinsel tree, but the others I picked up over the years may just be Ebayed this year.  Here's a couple of them with the vintage boxes.  I probably have fifteen more boxes that I'm saving that I put on my regular tree each year.
I am so excited about getting back into my flea marketing adventures.  Our seasonal weekend business at the coast is about over so attention flea market vendors!  This Flea Market Junkie is back in business!

I would love to get comments on what Christmas collectibles you look for each year in your treasure hunting adventures.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Vintage Linens on the Line

Vintage doily's, tea towels, table scarves and just about any vintage linens are my weakness.  Anytime I see them at a flea market or yard sale, I gobble them up - I have drawers full of them.  And I don't just store them away, I use them.  I love the feel of the old soft dish towels - especially the ones with the calendars on them from the 1960's.

I use the old embroidered table scarves on my buffet and side table in my dining room.  I use the pretty little round embroidered linens under my table centerpieces and sometimes drape the pretty tea towels across the back of my dining room chairs.

I recently came across a blogger who was using her vintage linens in a unique way and an idea was born for using mine.  Angie, at the Knick of Time used some of her linens as a window treatment as you can see here!

I had always had a window over my sink until we bought and renovated our 1920's cottage style home.  Alas, the only placement for the sink was an inside wall since there was a huge bay window on the outside wall.  I decided to solve that problem with a distressed "window" with a rooster painted on the glass - it made it much more pleasant to be at the sink washing dishes.  Now with a little ingenuity and Angie's idea floating around in my head, I went to work making it a little more pleasant.  I added a clothesline to display some of my collection.  I plan to pick up some vintage style clothespins to give more of a "fresh breeze clothesline" look, but for now I've just draped them across the line.

Thanks Angie!  I loved the idea!  I'm no longer remorseful over the lack of a sink window.  With a view like this, who needs a real window anyway?

If you want to see some more photos of my  rooster themed kitchen, read this older post.

Linking today to a few link parties:
  Thursday's Favorite ThingsWow us Wednesday, Vintage Thingies Thursdays, Thrifty Things Friday
 ,Make it Pretty Monday , BNOP's Met MondayNifty Thrifty Tuesday  Feature Friday and Knick of Time

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Vintage Jewelry Treasure Hunt

Hubby and I were off and at 'em this weekend to our favorite Saturday morning treasure hunt.  It's been a while since we've made the trek to the Barnyard Flea Market because our Summer seasonal business is in full swing, but we finally took a much needed weekend off.

I found several pieces of vintage jewelry and other things to put in my Etsy shop.  I love the jewelry of the 50's, 60's and '70's.  I'm always on the lookout for it - either to add to my collection or to re-sell.

It was not a very productive day, but there's always another time and another treasure hunt just around the corner. 

Vintage Sarah Coventry

Vintage Lisner

I found several unmarked brooches.  Vintage sparkly jewelry makes a beautiful accessory to giftwrapping for the Christmas Holidays.  For Girls Only.   Just pin one in the center of the bow.  It really dresses up a Christmas package!

This whole box of vintage Christmas stuff was only $2.

It included a Hallmark ornament of Pepe Le Peau

And a Kurt Adler circus elephant ornament

I love old church plates.  This one was done in 1965 for 1st Baptist Church of Brunswick Georgia

Love this little Oil & Vinegar set!

I went away from the flea market wishing I had a place for this lovely old sewing machine.  It was only $100 and it worked, was in excellent cosmetic condition and had all the original attachments! 

Until next time....Happy treasure hunting.

Linking to -  The Thrifty Groove's TFF, Vintage Thingy Thursday, Knick of TimeThursday Favorite ThingsTreasure Hunt ThursdayVintage Inspiration Friday. Nifty Thrifty Sunday. Knick of Time Tuesday,

Saturday, August 11, 2012


July was a hot, steamy month for us here in the South, and August has had more of the same in store.  One night this week, we decided to chill out with a bottle of wine and light snacks instead of having a big dinner. A bowls of grapes, aged Asiago cheese and a sliced Italian bread with a dipping sauce of rosemary and basil mixed in a little olive oil and other spices - who could ask for more?

The bottle of Reisling is chilling in an antique pressed glass pitcher of ice.  The casual china and stemware are all Goodwill finds.  The hubby and I shared a toast and rather than cleaning up after a big meal, we had an easy cleanup and then sat and enjoyed each others company.


 Linking this week to:  The Thrifty Groove's TFF, Vintage Thingy Thursday, Knick of TimeThursday Favorite Things, Sunday's Flea Market Finds, Treasure Hunt ThursdayVintage Inspiration Friday. Nifty Thrifty Sunday. Knick of Time Tuesday, Thrift Share Monday

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Vintage basket - is it treasure or trash?

This weekend was one of the few weekends all Spring and Summer that I haven't worked with Hubby at the coast in our seasonal business!  It was wonderful to be home and our local flea market was calling out to me.

I arrived hopeful, with my big shopping bag in hand.  I love these big shopping bags from TJ Max.  You can get tons of stuff in them, they're very sturdy and best of all, they're only .99 cents.  I have several of them.  They're wonderful to carry my shipping boxes to the post office.

When I don't arrive bright and early, I'm always wondering what great things I've missed. But the things I bought were things that apparently other people had passed right buy.  Like this cute little girl with the yarn hair, composition face, and jointed legs that reached out to me as I was about to walk away.  I don't know what possessed me - I'm not a doll collector.

But on down the walkway was a vendor with an old jewelry box with a few glitzy pieces.  I bought these Lisner earrings and Weiss earrings from her.  They're in my Etsy shop at this link.

Lisner Clip earrings.  I love this shade of yellow!

Weiss Clip-ons - Sunflowers!
Next it was on to an old farmer who had been cleaning out his barn.  These were hid among some old boxes he had under the table.  I felt like a kid in a candy store and bought all three.  They're the old Hazel Atlas quart jars with the flip top glass lids.  I love these things!  I have a perfect vignette in mind for them along with my blue Ball jars when I get time.

Then there was this well-used basket.  I don't know anything about it but it looks a little vintage, don't you think?

I haven't decided what I'll do with it yet.  I may keep it beside my chair for my knitting yarns (which I don't use very often) or I may put it in my Etsy Shop.  If any of my readers know what this is, I would appreciate a comment filling me in.

I so enjoyed my shopping day.  Like I always say - it's the thrill of the hunt!  Was this trash or treasure?  I don't know, but I sure had fun finding it.  Have you been junkin' or thriftin' lately?  I would love to hear about your finds.

Linking to the following linky parties:

 The Thrifty Groove's TFF, Vintage Thingy Thursday, Knick of TimeThursday Favorite Things, Sunday's Flea Market Finds, Treasure Hunt ThursdayVintage Inspiration Friday. Nifty Thrifty Sunday. Knick of Time Tuesday, Thrift Share Monday

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cameos - a diamond in the rough

If you follow my blog, you know how I get "high" on the thrifty finds that I manage to score on my Saturday morning jaunts to flea markets, yard sales, estate sales and thrift stores.  Some of these finds I keep for myself, but most I sell on Etsy or Ebay.  I always say it's my way of financing my habit - the thrill of the treasure hunt.  Today I wanted to share with you one of my recent success stories.   Believe me, they don't all end up like this one, but occasionally I'll zone in on that one really nice find that everyone else has missed and I usually dance a little jig right on the spot when I do.

I found this vintage brooch at an estate sale.  A young lady was selling her grandmother's costume jewelry and I was looking for the blingy stuff - you know - the costume jewelry from the '50's with lots of glamour and glitz to sell in my Etsy Shop, The Glitter Connection.  I arrived early,  but still watched with envy as others were walking away with the rhinestones. 

I dug through some of the leftovers and still found some nice pieces with gold and silver that were priced high, but still reasonable enough that I could maybe make a  little profit.  I passed though because I'm a bargain hunter.  I want REAL bargains and don't want to waste my time listing something that may not sell for as much as I paid for it.  Then I spotted IT.  I capitalize "it" because "IT" called out to me saying "I'm the real thing - I may not look like much, but you would do well to buy me - don't let a little dirt deceive you".  I picked it up.  "Isn't it ugly?" the seller said.

It was a cameo - looking to be from the early 20th century - and looking suspiciously like coral.  It was full of detailed design and the cameo was finely detailed also.   I know nothing about cameos and even less about coral, but when she told me the price, I knew that I couldn't lose.  Besides, I liked it and if I couldn't sell it for the low asking price, I would wear it on a chain as a necklace from time to time.  When I got it home, I put it in my Etsy / Ebay jewelry box and forgot about it until a couple of weeks ago and pulled it out to polish it up a bit.  The detail work prevented me from getting into the little grooves and I didn't want to alter the nice rich gold patina of an antique piece in any way.  I would rather let the new owner clean it.  I listed it telling where I found it and showing very detailed photos and stating "I know nothing about this piece of jewelry but I'm starting the listing at the same amount I paid for it and you be the judge from the photos".   I was hoping to get about $90 for it.

It's really quite pretty, don't you think?

Well, Mrs. Flea Market Junky was totally stunned this week when the auction ended.  Final selling price:  drum roll please......  $262.88.

Hmmm.... keep on treasure hunting.  You never know what you'll find out there that's a diamond  cameo in the rough.

Linking today to:   The Thrifty Groove,  Junkin' Joe at the Cottage Market, Thrifty Love @ Cap Creations,  and Vintage Thingy ThursdayThursday Favorite Things, Sunday's Flea Market Finds, Treasure Hunt Thursday, Vintage Inspiration Friday. Nifty Thrifty Sunday.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fabulous Flea

The title sounds like a great name for a consignment store doesn't it?  I've found some nifty, thrifty finds over the last couple of weeks at flea markets, yard sales and thrift shops.  My sister got in on the action and scored the best buy of the month.  It's nice to have sisters out scouting for you!  Scroll down for a lowdown of our treasures.  Click on photos to enlarge.

Some treasures found

 A nice old cow creamer  above- $1 came from a VFW yard sale for charity
And two globed candle holders below - $2 for the pair - came from an individual's yard sale

 Good old Goodwill!  I found 8 ice tea goblets and 8 wine goblets in this etched striped pattern of crystal stemware.  Haven't had time to look up the pattern name yet, but it has a nice "ring" to it.  It's nice to have sisters who look out for you. Marty bought this "China Pearl" Leling China service for 12 for $25 at a yard sale on Saturday. It also has a serving tray, two serving bowls and a creamer and sugar!  96 pieces in all.  She paid about 30 cents a piece for all this china!  What a find!  Oh, and did I mention that she didn't keep it for herself - she must love me lots to give it up for me.

 I bought the peach linen tablecloth and napkins for $5 at the flea market.

These little vintage napkins are on cards with delicate little vintage hankies.  They are on cut-out dolls with a poem about hankies written on the card.  Paid $5 for 10 of these. 

Don't you love the vintage tea towels above?  And the wonderful vintage linens below!  You won't believe that I bought them for 25 cents each!  They are perfect - no stains at all.

This Weiss rhinestone brooch and Pell earrings that "almost" match was sold to me as a set for $2 at a yard sale.  Couldn't turn those down.
I got a box full of great stuff from the VFW yard sale for $1.  It was full of old buttons, vintage sewing stuff and these fabulous pink Hazel Atlas Crinoline ruffled bowls and sugar bowl. 

And I saved one of the best for last.  I love this large sunflower crocheted doily. It will be pretty on a summer table setting with fresh cut sunflowers! 
The weekend is just around the corner, so off I go for more adventures.  Happy thrifty shopping to you!

Linking to: The Thrifty Groove, Junkin' Joe at the Cottage Market, Thrifty Love @ Cap Creations, and Vintage Thingy Thursday. Thursday Favorite Things, Sunday's Flea Market Finds, Treasure Hunt Thursday, Vintage Inspiration Friday. Nifty Thrifty Sunday.