Fun Vintage Finds

I was going through my recent photos of vintage finds.  I found this collection of pieces I haven’t shown you.  Unfortunately I did not take great photos, but the finds are just too great to not share.

These are a group of items I found recently that I just loved.  However, I have consigned them all because I know there are others out there that have a room to appreciate and display these in their homes.

The vintage flash cards were so adorable.  I can see using them in craft projects.  The Word Builder tiles were also something that could be used in crafts.  The Mercantile box is probably a reproduction, but the shape with the black knob on top is so cute.

This Haeger pitcher in the great olive-green color is so 70s.

If I was decorating for a baby’s arrival, this would be a great piece to have on a shelf and use the faded green and red as the colors for the rest of the room.

The blue ball jars with lids are in great shape.  I thought the lard press would be a great decor piece as well as the fruit press.

The serving tin, Stroyke, was not in the original photo but this cherry red with a BBQ man on it is so cute.  Decorating a kitchen in red, this would be a great display piece.

Old refrigerator drawers with a cover are harder and harder to find.

Here are a few miscellaneous vintage items.  My favorite is the bottle opener.  I think it would be a great item to add to something being repurposed.

Finally my favorite two items of this collection.

The scale of justice is a great amber/brass item, again so 70s in color. 

The Eskimo fan has a yummy sea green base that fits with current colors.  This fan brings back memories of my childhood.  We lived in a house that was built in the early 1900’s.  No air conditioning.  So we would have fans in our house.  I remember sitting by them and humming to hear the echo come back.  Why is doing this something that appeals to young kids?  My kids have done it too, but the current fans just don’t make the same great sound.  I remember being tempted to put my figures through the wide openings.  I knew it could cut off my figures, so I never did it; it sure was tempting to really find out. Now this fan would not be allowed to be manufactured…too dangerous for little fingers.  It would look great on a shelf though.

Did you find anything great lately?

Linking up to: Her Library Adventures Flea Market Finds and The Penny Worth Project at Hey Whats for Dinner Mom

Vintage Hamper and Window

Oh the excitement of a vintage metal hamper.  I finished cleaning up this piece.  I got it for free, yep, free.  As we were packing up at an auction sale, a gentleman was also packing, and I noticed this hamper.  I commented that it was a great hamper.  It was filthy, but I could see it had potential.  He laughed and said that his wife will not be happy that he is bringing it home, but it came with things he wanted.  He will throw it away.  I commented that it brings back memories, and it is too bad it is being trashed. He asked me if I wanted it.  Well, yes.  He was happy to get rid of one thing, and I was happy to save an item that brought back memories.

Whatever happened to hampers?  Seems that we all have clothes baskets now.  Are we too lazy to open the lid and drop clothes in?  In my house clothes don’t even make it into the open clothes basket. When I was young, we had a brown hamper in our bathroom, our ONE bathroom.  We all threw our clothes in there for Mom to wash.  Now, in our house, each person has a clothes basket in their own closet. Our house has four, yes, four bathrooms for four people.  No wonder life is getting more complicated and fast.

Before I go I have to show one more items I have cleaned up.  This wonderful, chippy window.

It was so dirty, it was hard to see the paint and the window was splattered with something sticky.  But now it is just waiting to be used for home decor.  Check out the off-white color.  Perfect in its vintage beauty.

So let me know, do you remember metal or wicker hampers?

Auction Finds Part 2

Here are a few more items I purchased this past Sunday.

I fell for this little rocking chair.  It was blackened but it is sturdy.  At first I thought it was a doll chair, but actually I think it can be used for a child’s chair.  The vintage fabric just states, “I am from the 1970’s.”

Check out this cute Little Bo Peep Child’s Cookware.  It is made out of metal.  None of the plasticky stuff of today. (Is plasticky a word?)  There is wear and rust on the bottom, but it just brings a smile to my face.  I didn’t have this set, but I did have a metal set that my sisters and I played with on our toy wood kitchen.  I wonder if they remember the set.

I had to have this washtub.  I am always looking for something to use outside when I need to clean things.  This will fit the bill.  I paid $7.50 and it is in awesome shape.

These three buckets came together with a few other odds and ends.  I used to use one of these when I fed our baby calves milk.  I am keeping a couple of them.  I want to use one as a flower pot and the other as, get this, a bucket. Ha.

I like the look of the old white iron. 

The final picture today is of this milk stool. Not really sure if it is officially a milk stool, but that is what it reminds me of.  I like it because it is a 4-legger instead of a three leg stool.  It is beat up. I am trying to decide if I should leave it that way or should I sand and paint it. Any opinions?

Auction Finds

This past Sunday I attended an auction sale and was able to purchase some awesome junk finds.  When we arrived at the auction it was raining, and I wasn’t sure that we were going to stay. However the rain stopped by the time the auction started, and it was a gorgeous day.  I am not sure if it was because of the rain in the morning or why, but there weren’t many people at the sale.  Not good for the seller but great for me. It was my largest auction purchase by far.  I am slowly going through my finds.  Unfortunately I wasn’t expecting to stay long or get much so we had the car with us.  Thank goodness my brother-in-law lived nearby the auction, so I was able to store the big finds at his house.  I brought home the smaller goodies.

Check out this vintage tin “Legends of Lone Ranger” Lunchbox from 1979.


Or this Holly Hobbie Lunchbox.


There were 3 canister sets within a group of boxes.  Look at this yellow BBQ Man set.

Another unexpected find within a box was this vintage child’s tv tray.  It is in awesome condition. I never had one like this, but I remember metal tv trays.  Ours were plain brown.

Probably  my favorite find so far is this vintage 1950’s clothes pin bag.  It is filled with heavy-duty clothes pins.

Growing up on a dairy farm, we had a clothes line in our yard. All summer we had to hang all our clothes. My Mom had a bag similar to this one.  I guess we were “green” before it was popular to be so.  It sure brings back memories.

I think all of these items will be sold; still debating on the clothes bag. I am still going through my treasures.  I will share more later.