Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Finds

vintage dolls, estate sale, vintage finds
An estate sale last Saturday was hidden right in the middle of Aiken.

An old game reserve for a once grand hotel in the 1930's.

A cottage packed with bottles, books, and dolls.

WARNING: If you were a bit disturbed by the dolls in yesterday's post, just wait until you see the ones from this sale!

A Carom board in the box with all the pieces and instruction booklet.

A brown wooden donkey flower pot holder.

A lovely hand-stitched quilt.

I could not even imagine how many dolls were in this house - all old.

A pair of Canadian sailor dolls.

These are keepers for now.

Especially the cute small one.

A doll I have not ever come across.

A cloth body with pressed tin head and shoulders.

I think I love her.

The rubber baby doll had been exposed to high heat at some point but his head is fine.

Two torsos.

Miss Kewpie looks a bit afraid of her companions.

Yes, four more heads.

The last two heads.

I know I love the head (only half) on the left.

Both are definitely my style. 

A bottle brush tree with mercury glass beads. 

Two Avon powder tins.

There had to be hundreds of Avon bottles and jars.

Plus hundreds of bottles of every description. 

A print of a girl practicing first aid on her dog.

A black lunchbox.

Reading textbooks.


Field guides to birds.

Stacks of gospel and chorus books.

Maybe I can use this first aid manual on my dolls!

Yes, I caved.

Yes, I bought.

Yes, I am out of my junk funk.

Yes, I've got my junk groove back.

Yes, I will go out hunting this weekend.

There are five estate sales and two auctions. 

Decisions must be made.

Routes must be carefully timed.

Money must be spent.

It's junk-loving time.

See y'all!


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Linda, Lunch, & Junk Love

blog friends, thrift shopping, vintage finds, Boll Weevil CafeCome on in and sit a spell.

This is a tale of Linda (from A La Carte), a delicious lunch, and loads of junk love.

Linda drove down for a day of hunting and sold me four chairs.

Just needed a bit of tightening and polishing.

She also gave me a few gifts.

A tole tissue holder, old culottes pattern, and a Nancy Drew. 

Included was this Marriage Manual from the 1930's.

Chucks and I have been rolling in the floor reading the "professional" advice.

It seems we have been doing it wrong all this time!

At Market Place Antiques on Broad Street in Augusta my eyes went straight to the old dolls in the glass hurricane.

Lucky for me the dealer was working that day and sold me the display.

This little guy is my favorite.

A group photo.

Now I have to try and get them artfully arranged back into the glass hurricane for the mantel.

Yes, some think they are creepy, but I love doll parts.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post.

Four large tin tiles with pink and green patina plus.

A frosty blue "Z" - I think it was part of an ice cream sign.

Linda and I hit three thrift stores after the antique store.

One red plaid Thermos.

One red plaid Aladdin picnic set.

A brass trio of Chinese boys ready to hold a pot or bowl.

A French textbook.

A French Berlitz.

A French dictionary.

Love the black and white illustrations in the French dictionary.

Two translation dictionaries.

One Danish to English.

One English to Italian.

One Speak Hebrew translation dictionary. 

As you see it is already quite at home with my other translation dictionaries so it has found its forever home.

A tiny bookshelf made for the tiny Potter books. 

I have a set of the books, but I may not be ready to part with them.

A large lovely green basket filled with fourteen Hardy Boys books from 1961 to 1963 in great condition.

Another shopper asked me if I knew I was buying old books.


I bought Michael a small rosary to wear since he now lives inside the house.

After the thrift stores, Linda and I returned to Riverfront Antique Mall to shop.  We covered just about the whole place before the doors were locked for the night.

Linda found some great treasures - she will be sharing them soon.

As for lunch?

We ate at Boll Weevil Cafe - delicious sandwiches. (Facebook page)

We celebrated the removal of her gall bladder and her birthday with a sinful coffee toffee dark chocolate cake with whipped cream and raspberry drizzle.

Such a huge piece the two of us could not finish it - Linda took the remains home with her.

Too embarrassed to take a photo of that piece of cake.

Such a wonderfully fun day.

See y'all!


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Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday Finds

Horror Monster outdoor items, rust, decluttering
Good patina.

Bad patina.

This week finds me corralling items from Horror Monster's Outdoor Living section so the house could be pressure washed.

Some items went straight to trash.

No kidding!

Others were piled in the backyard to sort through to see which items make the cut to return to the patio.

My pots of moss and succulents will definitely be returning.

How to keep your moss happy?

Either strain off the liquid from plain yogurt or feed it buttermilk.


Glider and primitive table are keepers.

They may need makeovers.

The items on the front porch which is really just a glorified stoop were piled out in the yard.

Again some went straight to trash.

Some may be sold.

I have more than one of these blue equipment boxes so one may go.

Or may not.

The giant hose reel where I hang my wreaths is staying.

I have downsized by half my collection of watering cans.

So these will stay.

Need cleaning, but not going anywhere.

The rusty feeder is the last of an assortment of them.

Hide my garden tools inside.

Always envisioned a long mudroom with several of the feeders with cushions on top against the wall.

Sit, remove shoes, drop them inside.

Michael has been outside for about fifteen years. 

He is now distressed enough to come inside.

Once Michael was a garish red, tan and black painted chalkware.

Once he had arms.

Now he has character.

As for the bad patina on the house?

All gone.

Thanks to Jackie who found me Michael, the pressure washer.

He's an angel!

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