Category Archives: antiquing

Vintage Sale…

Remember back in April I was at the vintage sale when Kelli called me and told me her water broke.  Well, I never showed you the goodies I got or told you about the sale so here, one month later, (Yep the boys are a month old as of today) I’m here to tell you about the sale.

I bought this magazine rack.

My idea is to keep my cross stitch projects in there like this…

I’m a sucker for old vintage… Continue reading

Latest Project in Living Room

Back in June of 2018 I bought this table at an auction for $1.

It was super ugly.  No one else bid on it.  Me, I loved it right away.  I’m the person who roots for the underdog and this table was definitely the underdog.  Kramer was living then and I was sure he could make this “nothing” into a “something”.

Well, it sat and sat until Kramer had the time and an idea.  So about 6 months later, he started working on it.

He made a rustic top for it.  The boards were flooring boards that had that were leftover from the house remodel.  If you’ve been a long time reader you know that we recycled boards from an old farmhouse for our flooring here in this house.  He left the chippy gray paint on the boards, stained them, and then varnished over the top.  I loved the look.  He was very hesitant about it but in the end, liked it.

From there he cut the legs off thinking it would make a great coffee table.  I totally agreed.

His intention was to have me paint it and then we’d sell it in our antique booth.

Then Kramer got cancer and passed away.  The piece sat in the garage.  I couldn’t sell it.  It was the last piece we had jointly worked on.  It was really sentimental to me.  YEP, that’s me getting all sentimental over a one-dollar piece of junk from an auction.

We stumbled over in the garage for about 3 months and then the living room furniture was finally delivered.  The way the couch and the loveseat fit together, I needed something in the corner.  I needed something exactly this size.  We lugged it in from the garage and thought the size was perfect and that solved my want to keep the piece.

Then it sat.  It wasn’t painted as we both had intended it to be.  Kalissa thought it was fine as it was…me not as much.  It sat there as I couldn’t decide what color to paint it.  I thought I wanted the graphite Annie Sloan paint…but kept second-guessing…maybe I should do a white or cream.  Finally, I decided to just paint it.  Any guess on what color I picked??  I picked…. Continue reading

What’s That? The ANSWERS

I started writing this and somehow it published before I could complete it…and a day before it was supposed to.  It’s complete now.

In a previous post I asked blog readers if they knew what some of the vintage items I’ve were.  We had fun reading through some of your guesses.  Some were funny…Some were right.  I thought I’d tell you what my Betsy who is good at antiques and pricing said.

First item up…this…

This is a toothpick holder.

Toothpicks go in this bottom area.

You close it like this and the prongs in the beak of the bird will pick up a toothpick.

It’s so cute….Betsy said it was in popular colors so thought it would likely sell for about $13.  I bought an entire flat of salt and pepper shakers and this was in it so good deal for me.

The second item I showed you was this….

We had fun guessing…we really came up with no solid evidence of anything.  Kramer said a bong for smoking dope.  I rolled my eyes at that.  Betsy and I both wondered about it being a holder for starting plants.

We thought we could put water in the bottom and an ivy stem could go inside, touch the water and be encouraged to root.

You all reminded my that it was a barometer.  Of course it is.  I remember seeing them when I was a kid.  Now that I know what it is, I want to keep this!!  I have to clean it and find a place for it though.  I’ve had great suggestions on cleaning it but no time to do it.  Soon I hope.  Thanks for all the suggestions.

They have some neat ones on Amazon….HEREHere is a little piece you can read about them if you want to know more.

Now about my bowl…obviously it was a bowl but what price?

I answered some questions Betsy had…

Took pictures of the measurements…
Took a picture of the bottom of the bowl.

Betsy questioned this dot…

..and this wear mark in the inside.

The conclusion was that she thought this would sell for $55.

Pricing and guessing is one of the things I’m not very good at in the antiquing business.  I am great at finding things.  I’m great at getting a decent deal.  I’m terrible at pricing…sadly, Kramer isn’t much better so we often call on the help of Betsy.  She’s the best.

What’s That??

There’s a wonderful gal that works at the antique shop where we have out booth.  She’s so good at helping me with pricing things and giving me an idea on what things are.  Rarely can I stump her.  I thought it might be fun today to send you and tell you the same things I tell her and see how you all do.

First item up…this…

We’ll call this item #1.  Any guesses on what it might be??  Any suggestions on a price?

This is item #2… Continue reading