I'm doing a lot less thrift shopping these days. But less is not NONE. Even after a full day of listing other people's junque, I still find treasure-hunting for myself so relaxing. Here's a run down of what I've picked up in the last three weeks:
At one estate sale recently it was Christmas in July; even though I didn't get there until the last day of the sale, there were still some kitschy holiday pieces to snap up, like this aqua and pink swag...
and this awesome box of holiday matchboxes.
I don't think I've ever found them un-used like this before; so I never knew the matches would be...
green! I love them.
The matchboxes came in a plastic bag stuffed with these other items...all of which I can do without. You know how that is.
At the same sale, these FABULOUS New Year's Eve hats, with sparkly letters in real metal glitter (I say this because it's turning so nicely) and look at that faded crepe paper on the bands!
At another sale, this light up snowman had to come home with me because he was just 50 cents. I think he's a very cute example of his genre.
And these little Rudolph tins (they're the size of a large muffin) were so much fun!
I think they would look wonderful foufed up for the holidays. Or maybe just as small vessels for other goodies.
At a thrift store I just couldn't walk away from this beautiful woven table cover.
It's probably the last thing I needed, but I thought it was so cheerful.
I don't know if you can see it, but it has a woven pattern in the white cotton...
and was intact, without a single hole. Best of all, it smelled like old paper. I'm not sure how to explain it -- but some linens do and this one does...and I love that smell.
At a different estate sale, I fell in love with this little house nameplate.
It was old, and had such nice wear that I didn't even mind that it portrayed a gun in the picture. I actually thought it was very A.A. Milne in flavor.
And the rabbit doesn't look too frightened, does he? I didn't think so. I prefer to think he's leading his friends on a make believe hunt in the woods. All I have to do is take off the name Davis and replace it with my own.
I found this framed tally card so charming; next to it are two Dresden foil flowers. But best of all, there's a note attached to the back explaining that the tally came from someone's relative's party on such-and-such a date -- so it was in fact a thoughtful heirloom.
I should have left this owl behind since I'm not re-selling anymore, but he jumped in my cart when I wasn't looking.
I think it will be easy to erase the writing on the front of this cute box -- and even if I can't easily do that I loved the birds so I had to get it.
A pretty scalloped hankie...
a glass test tube...
and these really cute needlepoint motifs were waiting for me at the thrift store yesterday.
I don't know if they are someone's relatives, or if they're dolls, or even actors...?
They still had their tags stapled on and they were too nice to leave behind. I did, however, leave some other really wonderful bargains behind. Since I'm working for shopgoodwill.com, I'm not selling vintage for myself anymore, boo hoo. So, if you're local, you know what that means: more for you!
Here's a tutorial to make sweet baby Jesus ornaments: Materials: 3/4" round wooden balls blue felt like-sized small wooden stars flesh-colored acrylic paint yellow acrylic paint black permanent marker small button as star decor raffia natural excelsior "moss" silver thread or coordinating yarn candy cane You'll also need glue or a hot glue gun, paint brush and scissors Begin by painting the wooden balls with flesh-colored paint and the stars with yellow paint. When dry, draw two sleeping eyes on the ball. Meanwhile, cut small pieces of felt and make little rolls to represent the baby's body; tie with a tiny piece of raffia. Next, glue the wooden ball onto the top of the body roll of felt; if you wish, you can also cut a small wedge of felt to glue over like a little swaddled hood on the baby's head, but I think it looks cute without it as well. G
Earlier in the season Rebecca and I went to a craft fair at a local high school, and there was one booth with the CUTEST little jeweled, framed Christmas trees! The gal was nice enough to let me photograph them. Sorry it's kind of blurry, but it was dark in that high school gym! I know it's an older kind of craft (from the '60s and '70s) but she made them sweet -- not gaudy at all. We were both SO inspired. So, last week we made it happen. I brought a bunch of my old, broken vintage jewelry, some velvet, glue, old frames, and we sat in her dining room and made a forest of little trees! It was so simple: first, we took a vintage frame and covered the backing with velvet. We just glued it on. Then, we took our time arranging bits and pieces of jewels into a Christmas tree shape. When we were happy with the arrangement, we committed and glued the jewels down! I love this avocado green velvet! And then we did it again. We had so much fun playing
This past Sunday afternoon I went to my local button club meeting -- and it was fun, hands on, and informative. The topic this month was black glass buttons . Many of the black glass buttons you see in antique stores were made pre-1918; as a result of Queen Victoria's mourning attire, black was very in vogue. Although you might hear black glass buttons referred to as "jet", jet is a different kind of coal glass, and is much rarer. I'm told you can tell the difference between black glass and jet in that jet will float in water. After we went over the different classifications for black glass through the National Button Society , we had a chance to dig through some little tubs of buttons (called "poke boxes" by buttoners) to see if we could find examples of all the types we'd covered. Each poke box was full to the brim of just black glass buttons. We were having a contest -- the one who found the most examples won a button prize. Here's a b