Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Black Americana Collection

My dad collected Black Americana items and these are some of the items that are still displayed in my parents kitchen.  I love to look at them when I go home.  I remember talking with him about a new piece he found at auction or one he was trying to buy on eBay.  Antiques and finding them brought me and my dad closer together.  I cherish that.  I think maybe it is one of the reasons why I want so bad to succeed at the antique business world.

The watermelon spoon is my favorite.  I think he tried to win that at least three times and was so happy when he finally got it.  It will be mine one day when my mom is ready to let me have it.  Right now it is where it belongs.  I would like to acquire some Black Americana and have a little collection of my own one day.  Miss you daddy.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Story of a Rain Drop

Saturday morning had crazy downpours so I didn't stand in line this weekend.  I waited till the sale was already opened.  I may have missed out on some things but I'm pretty happy with my haul.  At the first sale I picked up some vintage Christmas, millinery fruit and some vintage tulle material.

I never find jingle bells with all bells attached so I was pretty happy to find these.

The late husband of the next estate was a teacher and had some neat teaching books from the 50's/early 60's. 

Science book with picture words.
Also picked up a great picture book about Chicago from the turn of the century.

Standing in line to pay for these, and a few other things, I was given a tip about a thrift store close by that had some vintage clothing.  So I went off my routed out plan to check it out.  It wasn't as fabulous as I had imagined in my head but well worth the stop.  The ladies working there were super nice and I got a super good deal on a bag full of clothing, aprons, scarves and purses.  I will have to return there for sure.

Just a few pieces.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

April's Favorite Find

Just a pretty and simple little pillow for April's Favorite Find.  A pink satin square pillow with silk cord trim and tiny crewel work embroidery.


Sunday, May 5, 2013


Estate sale picking started early on Thursday morning this week.  It was an hour away and I brought my son with me, and I had to go to work right afterwards.  Which meant I didn't have my crazy mindset that I usually have at a sale.  I just enjoyed the ride and hoped to pick up a couple things.

My little man picked up this darling tin for me, and he enjoyed playing with it so much I could barely get a picture of it before he grabbed it back.  But it now found a place on my dresser to hold random stuff.

I also got this pretty purple coverlet.  It's purple, I love it, nuff said.
Bright and early Saturday, I started out waiting in line for two hours for a sale that promised tons of vintage clothing.  There wasn't tons, and it was all from the 70's.  Not happy about that.  I did pick up one maxi dress that I saw in the pictures and hoped it was what I thought it was.

A 70's prairie Gunne Sax dress by Jessica McClintock.  It should bring in some good money for me.

I also picked up some vintage baby clothing.  I got a large stack that included these two adorable embroidered bibs, and two chenille blankets that are soaking in oxy clean right now.
Sorry for the bad lighting.  We are watching Finding Nemo.
Valentino says "Hi, take a picture of my Leappad"

Valentino is a Letter Guru.

I picked up this antique red embroidered quilt.  I also found what will probably be my favorite find for May.  I know it is only the first weekend of sales for May but I'm not sure what will beat it.  Regardless, wait for a post about light bulbs.  The second sale a got a couple things but nothing blog worthy.  I then stopped at a yard sale, which didn't have much, except for an amazing Henry Margu Hat.  I didn't get a picture of it so close your eyes and image a large brimmed bright yellow straw hat with velvet millinery berries.  Don't you just love it.  Perfect hat to watch the derby in.  Then I painted all day, my dinning room is looking so much more like my style now.  I shall take pictures soon.  Need to get the drapes up and pictures back on the wall. 
I would have to say it was a pretty good weekend.  What did you find this weekend?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Keeping House

It's been too long since my last post.  I've been visiting with family, doing some home improvement shopping  and a lot of house keeping.  It's a good thing I found this book at an estate sale a couple weeks ago. 

 A must have for the 1930's housewife.

These are just a few of the page of the great old tips.  I think this book should be copied and given out to women (and men) everywhere today.  Seriously there are some great tips in here.  There are also some funny ones and some scary ones too.