Friday, February 28, 2014

Go Ahead and Shop

thrift shopping, vintage finds, Boy Scouts, sheet music"Go ahead and shop."


Did Chucks just say that!?!

Yes, but in all honesty, I think he was trying to get rid of me for awhile. 

Never mind the reason.  I grabbed the keys and flew out the door.

Here are the finds and it only took me two hours of shopping!

This creamy white USA planter - a dirty beauty.

I wonder if wearing Boy Scout gear will ever be in style?

Found the folding hat and the neckerchief.

Two small Heinz brown bean bowls - no flaws!

I rarely see these in this small size anymore.

About the size of a baseball.

These glass mugs appealed to me in the store, but I changed my mind when I got home.

I was thinking of maybe painting them.

Now not sure.

They are marked and one is dated 1980-something.

Two are alike.

Yuck!  Not me at all!

Love the look of stacks of spools of thread.

Found a whole bag of them under a pile of junk.

This unhappy kitty is hard at work on Monday's laundry.

Embroidered on a large green towel.

Love that expression - sorta how I look doing laundry.

Another shop - I was deep into the shopping groove now.

Five more spools to add to the collection.

Two young men were going through five boxes of albums (vinyl, records, you know - old music). 

They were looking for Beatles albums because with the fiftieth anniversary of them arriving here in the US, prices have sky-rocketed.

They totally overlooked what I thought was the gem of the bunch.

An extended play 45 RPM  (if you do not know what that is, I am not explaining) of Galloping Guitars with Les Paul and His Trio.  (If you do not know who Les Paul is, like the guys searching for treasure, I cannot explain his importance to music today.)

Three elementary school reading books.

The Darkness and The Dawn by Thomas Costain.

Quite the author mid-last-century.

Canadian journalist who became a best-selling author in his fifties.

The Silver Chalice is my favorite.

Historical fiction.

Stacks of Reader's Digest books with the marbleized covers - in great shape.

These make great clipboards and page art.

Look at those colors.

Some of the books have the silvered-edged pages.

A brass-covered wooden magazine rack.

A great seller for me.

A bundle of wooden hangers.

Had to buy the whole bunch to get two.

One an old hotel hanger - without the name unfortunately.

 And then this distressed pink one with Fairy stamped on it.

How precious.

A stack of wood with a drawer on top drew my attention.

Turned out to be this bedside table.

All the parts were there and it took all of three minutes to put it back together.  Now to paint it.

I bought the frame because I loved it for the tag:


It is really old, but I do not think I needed to be told that!

Since the frame is older than I am, I figure I need to make me a tag:


A pair of cigar tins from Holland.

Great graphic art on the tins.

Plus the tops have crowns on them.

 I found stacks of music.

The gray one on the bottom - 1902 Piano Recital Pieces.

The brown one - Songs for the Organ.

The red one - The Pirates of Penzance.

Rudolph's Christmas Album of songs.

Noel Coward's I'll See You Again in both English and French.

Wonder what old Noel would think being paired with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?

This set of primary school music was given free to teachers in the Philadelphia area in the late 1940's and 1950's by Dairy Council, Inc.

The songs were supposed to teach the students healthy habits.

Some of these items are over at my booths at Riverfront Antique Mall and the others will be listed in the Etsy shop.

This weekend is the big AAUW Book Fair in Aiken.  People travel for miles to buy books. Some come in box trucks. I have my tote bags and boxes ready to shop.  

Chucks said, "Go ahead and shop."

Now I am wondering what is going on while I am gone.

See y'all!

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  1. Loving all your books, Donna. I am looking for some old wooden hangers too. I got a fancy project in mind. : )

  2. Shopping with permission! Wow! I love your finds and wish I had a dime for every Readers Digest compilation I poured through as a kid! Les score!

  3. Great, great finds! Rudolph looks just adorable on that vintage cover.

  4. Wow you scored again! I like the glass mugs, not my style either, but I really do like those. Reader's Digest was one I always read too. I love the cigar tins from Holland, my father and his sibs were all born in Holland. So they are really nice. I still have my old wooden shoes Grandma gave me!

  5. Great finds Donna. Love your idea of clipboards with the Reader Digest books. Spools of thread are so colorful. I am sure you will have fun showing those off.
    Was really sweet of Chucks to give your permission to go. Better look around and be sure he did not have a quick garage sale while you were gone.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  6. Dearest Miss Donna;
    Please tell Chucks that I said that I do not trust him, as he is up to no good!!! ;-P
    You Always find the Best hidden items!!!!!
    Have you ever made any kinds of Crafts with the Lovely old Spools?? I have a huge Collection of them. I buy more when I am able to find them!!! They live in a massive open Handmade Basket. (I made it....Looks jumbled) lol
    I actually use them so sew with.....Repair buttons, holes....blah.......The thread is strong, all cotton, and does not knot up at all!!
    BTW; Before you let that Les Paul record go, Please have some one value it, as I believe that it is worth a pretty penny!!!!!
    Take Care. XO

  7. you certainly got a good haul I hope you sell it all.

  8. You sure scored! Great finds, I especially like the books, hangers, and the sweet sheet music.

  9. So fun to find hidden treasures.....thank you for sharing these with us. :) Gentle Joy

  10. Sorry that I haven't visited in a while. I always enjoy your finds. You do get around:) David is not so brave to say to me. Glad you got some great things. I would chalk paint the bedside table for sure! Love it!!!

  11. what a great haul. love esp the books and sheet music, lots you can do with that.

  12. great score love all the things so pretty visiting and now following from nifty thrifty tuesday have a great day

  13. Fabulous finds!!! I love the collection of threads together! Visiting from Nifty Thrifty Tuesday...

  14. You found some real goodies, but my absolute fave is that embroidered kitten towel. So cute! Thank you for sharing this at my History & Home Link Party this week, take care - Dawn @ We Call It

  15. Looks like you found some great things, aww you have set me off now :) thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays...

  16. So many great finds! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...


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