Friday, March 24, 2017

Wherefore Art Thou Junk?

While I was at an auction in Grand Island, Nebraska, my husband took a walk down 4th Street. He discovered some interesting things at Gauthier Signs.
Assorted characters watched over the area.
Eclectic mix of old, new, and funky-junky.
He visited with locals. They explained that Clark Gauthier grew up in a folk art, flea-marketing family and sells his stuff at major antique fairs in Texas.
Wouldn't you love to look inside?
A lion at home with a minion.
One person's junk will be another person's sculpture.

Birds of a feather junk together.
Sometimes the best view of rural Nebraska is in an alley.
Migrating to Texas.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Selling My Native American "Collection"

You know how you are drawn to some things, but they never really come your way?  I am drawn to native American items.  Baskets, beaded items, pots, jewelry.  Basically handmade native American items.  I have been collecting for three decades.  And I have two such items.  Pitiful.

We are trying to thin out some of our personal collections as we think about moving.  Painful.  I cleaned our massive bookshelf lately.  In addition to books (many cool ones) it showcases Ozark Pottery, white matte pottery, antique coffee related items, and porcelain doll heads.  Oh, and my little basket and pot.  Not enough of a collection to make the cut.

I picked up the little pot from a garage sale many years ago.  It was made by a member of the
Acoma pueblo in New Mexico.

As for the basket, I remember vividly where I got it.  We have a nun retirement home in our community.  I am sure there is a better way to say that, but there it is.  They used to have a FANTASTIC fundraiser sale every year.  I was browsing at one of those annual sales when a cute little nun shuffled out and told the lady in charge she wanted to donate this basket.  I scurried right over and said I was interested.  I don't recall what I paid for it, but not much.

Years later we went to one of the Antiques Road Show locations, and took the basket.  This was the information I received on it: It was made by the Klikitat tribe in the state of Washington.

Linking up with:
Vintage Charm Party with Adirondack Girl At Heart

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Antiques Return Home

Once upon a time there was a lovely retired couple in Arkansas.  They had built a gorgeous lake home to showcase the heirlooms that the woman had inherited from many past generations that had settled in NW Missouri .  They decided it was time to move closer to one of their children living on the east coast.  What to do with all of those wonderful and historic heirlooms?

They wanted to share their beauty and stories with present and future generations who lived in the same area of NW Missouri, so they contacted our little museum.  I serve on the collections committee, and when we were told about their offer to have anything our little museum hearts desired, I told the curator I would go down and help her select, catalog and pack said items.
That took place last weekend.

This little story would have been so much better if I would have made time to actually take photos.  No such luck.  We traveled about 7 hours from our county to Arkansas. There was another person from the collections committee, a couple that donate much of their time to our museum, myself, my husband and my burly son -- the curator managed to keep us busy most of last Saturday.  She also videotaped an oral history of the items.  What a thoughtful gift to the museum!

When we were getting ready to leave, the lady mentioned to me that anything left was for sale (most people would have been in a coma state watching all of their family history being packed into a U-Haul).  She was still smiling and gracious so I decided I would just "shop" items in the garage.
I didn't want her, or anyone else to feel like I was taking advantage.  I bought a few things, including this St. Joseph MO confections box.  St. Joseph is about 10 minutes away from us.  I love the thought of this great little box heading back home (like the museum items).

On the way home we stopped by a flea market close to Springfield, MO.  I found this little oval restaurant plate that says "Hotel Robidoux".  I am sure I was the only one at the flea that realized Hotel Robidoux (long gone) was located in St Joseph MO.  I snapped it up.  Heading back home.

Linking up with:
Vintage Charm Party with Adirondack Girl At Heart

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

My Vintage Bridal Show Offerings

My vintage store that I sell at is hosting a Bridal Show in next week.  I will try to take pictures of the vintage inspired ideas at the show.  This post is highlighting some of the items I am taking to the event.

My husband is usually the chalkboard artist in the family.
He made this for the event.

I had worked on three old windows a few weeks ago.
Painting the back of the window so that the wall adhesive graphics would pop.
After doing the windows that way, I started thinking about some
embossed wallpaper that I had leftover....

I actually just cut it to size and used the wallpaper glue to
adhere it to the backside.  So technically, the paper was

But it was super easy to do and gave a great effect.

I did it for this one too.
Added handles on both.
For all of the above I used Dollar Tree
adhesive wall stickers for the graphics.

 This was an assemblage of a board that I had,
old photo that I had, and a couple of Michael's letters
that I got for 50 cents each.

For these last ones i used Dollar Tree wall graphics
alphabet stickers, spraypainted, then peeled off the stickers.

I was able to use some of the letters
a second time.

Here are some of them in my booth.
Along with lace hankies, lace tablecloths,
frames and rhinestone jewelry.
Ready to roll for the Bridal Fair.

Linking up with:
Vintage Charm Party with Adirondack Girl At Heart 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Selling Vintage Lace

I dug a small suitcase out of the attic a few weeks ago.  It held a couple of dozen rolls of vintage hand made lace.  Very beautiful.

I couldn't quite remember why I had stashed them up there.
Maybe I had looked at these  lovely works of art and
couldn't quite part with them.

But this season of my life I am re-evaluating
all of the "keepers".

And I decided the lace was something that I
was now willing to sell.

Most of it went to my antique booth,
but these pieces are being sold on ebay.

Linking up with:
Vintage Charm Party with Adirondack Girl At Heart 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Hand Carved Butter Print Molds

One of the benefits of setting up at an antique show is that
you get to shop your neighbors early.

I bought 17 antique butter stamps from another vendor.
They had been severed from their domes
and handles to serve as handle or pulls on cabinets.
Now these artistic little discs are ready for their next life.

 The artistry of the carving is eye candy.

 This one is my favorite border.

 All going on ebay.

This is my favorite,
and will get sold by itself.
Have you just seen 16?
I am keeping an acorn design for myself.

Linking up with:
Vintage Charm Party with Adirondack Girl At Heart 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Upcycled Window Wall Decor

I am always on the lookout for small vintage windows.  It is so easy to transform them into wall art.

 I added a door plate and large knob to this one, but
it already had the great chippy white paint.

 This was a cabinet door that I got at Ikea for $5.
The wood looked so great that I just left it.
All adhesive lettering came from Dollar Tree ($1).

I added the handle to this little number,
but the white paint was original.
I used chalk paint on the back of the windows to make the
lettering pop.  I have a different idea for the next batch.

Linking up with:
Funky Junk Interiors