Friday, May 13, 2011

"Granny Sale" and Flea Market Finds

I went to a couple of sales last weekend, but only one was worth the trip.  How could I pass up a "Granny Sale" at a local church?  I was the only one there when they opened the doors just before 8:00am.  I scanned the room for the "vintage area" and managed to grab a few items just as the crowd was coming in.   Good timing!  If I had arrived just two minutes later, all the vintage hoarders regulars would have beat me to all of it.

The two corbels are going to need a paint job, but they were practically free. That thing standing up behind the corbels is part of an old cash register drawer. I'm thinking it would make a nice picture holder.

I couldn't resist this old coffee grinder and the apple slicer.

The flatware (for stamping) is from the flea market. When I got to the flea market on Saturday, I realized that I didn't have my reading glasses with me. I was on a mission to find a cheap pair of magnifying glasses or a magnifying glass. No such luck. I didn't want any surprises when I got home, so I really didn't buy much that day. It was a little embarrassing having to ask the dealer to read me the marks on the silver. I thought those little aspirin tins were cute, and the crumbling aspirin was still inside. I almost needed it from all the eye strain.

Six brass drawer pulls. The two flat ones in the front will make good
pendant bases.

The necklace, rosaries, music book and lace are from the flea market.  I'm not sure if I should leave those candlesticks alone, or paint them antique white.  I thought the linen towel was precious for 50 cents, even though it was made in China.

Looky at that Roseville pot.  I think this is the Snowberry pattern.  OK, it has a couple of little chips on the rim, but for $5.00 I really don't care.  I think I'll touch it up with a little paint and then keep it for myself. 

Practical Ventriloquism, Copyright, 1904.  Something else for my "to do" list.

Talk to the hand.

The last sixteen pages are full of ads for other books from the same publisher. Hypnotism and Magnetism, Choice Dialect and Vaudeville Stage Jokes,
Fortune Telling, Irish Wit and Humor.
So much to choose from, so little time.

I'm linking up my junking finds with:
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday,
The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, and
Very Merry Vintage Style for Share the Love Wednesday


  1. The early bird gets all the good stuff!!! You got some great things....I even like that wooden spoon/spatula!!!

  2. Oh, WOW, Betsy, even without your glasses :) you came home with some real treasures!!!!!

    I have a vintage coffee grinder. One of my finds from years ago when I would go to the antique fair in Niles :)

  3. Great finds. I love the coffee grinder.


  4. Looks like you had a successful shopping day. I see some jewelery creating in there. :D I can't function without my glasses.
    Have a great day.

  5. woo hoo!! Great finds!

    barbara jean

  6. I would love to have an old coffee grinder.....but I do have an old Anacin tin for my purse. It still opens like it's brand new! It's always good to be first in line so you can be first in the door!

  7. Oh my, I am totally in love with those pulls!! Lucky I wasn't there, I might've given you a run for your money on those! :) Great finds!!

  8. The coffee grinder and pulls are great, but I love the book on ventriloquism the most. It's completely wacky!


  9. Great finds and that book made me laugh right out loud!

  10. Wow you found some really awesome vintage things. Love the books!

  11. I think my comment just disappeared! EEEE!!!

  12. Ok...let me try this again! I LOVE the book and the drawer pulls! And the jewelry and key are great! I still want to get a key's on my wish list! Happy weekend! ♥

  13. Those brass drawer pulls would like wonderful on a Renaissance Faire costume. I know what you mean about needing your glasses for those fine markings. I can't drive (or even walk well) with my readers on, but I need them to see price tags and makers marks.

  14. WOW you scored! Lovin' the Roseville pot and corbels. That book is a hoot!

  15. Hi Betsy,
    Nice finds! Thanks for visiting my blog, leaving your wonderful compliment, and following me. I just took a tour around your blog. I'm following you as well. Glad we found each other.

  16. Wow! You found some awesome vintage treasures! The candlesticks would be so pretty white.

  17. Hiya Betsy!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment, so I can come back to YOUR fabulous blog!! I am putting you on my favorites sidebar~I have always loved your work--still sport a necklace I purchased from you awhile back.
    Anyhoo..I'm gonna make time, come back with a big cuppa coffee and puruse your wonderful blog full of scrumptious eye candy!
    BTW~you SCORED big time with all those treasures! My favorite is the Roseville pottery~$5? WOW!

  18. I just found you and I'm so glad I did,, what imagination you have,,that was a great haul and your ideas for each peice are so clever,,

  19. Betsy! You scored really awesome with your finds!! The Roseville Pottery was an awesome score!

  20. I think I love every single thing you got! And $5 for the Roseville was a super deal! But... I can beat it. Several years ago I found the exact same planter for 50 cents. Yes, .50! And it is in perfect condition. And yes, I kept it. I mean, when will I ever find another that cheap? You got the next best deal and that wasn't in my territory. LOL The deals are out there. We just have to be in the right place at the right time.

  21. Ok. Now I know we would make a perfect team.

    I would not even be able to find my way out of the house without my glasses {let alone try to drive....} but to do anything close up, I have to either take my glasses off or look over the top.

    So....between the two of us, we would make one good set of eyes at the Grannie Sale! Yahoo!

    And I LOVE Grannie Sales. In this area, they call them Grandma's Attic Sales. Church sales are the best. Plus they serve good food.

    You made a great haul! That weird-y slotted spoon looks mighty cool....... And rosaries! My favorite!

  22. Betsy - these are great finds! You are so lucky to have been the first one in to grab the vintage treasures!

    There is a flea market today (about 50 min away) and the last one this year until Oct, that I had thought about going to...but, I had visions that all of the good stuff was probably snatched up by other Vendors and Early Birds...ugh!

    As tempting as it is, I tell myself that I need to go through all my existing treasures to price for my booth for someone else to discover, instead of bringing more home.

    Of course, I could probably sneak out this am to visit some Yard sales or Estate sales in the retirement community (older folks = OLD stuff!)...


  23. You really made quite the haul! Love it all and you have great ideas to work with them. Thanks for linking up with VIF! xo Debra

  24. What a great feeling it must have been to have the place to yourself to shop for a while! Fun, fun, fun. You found some great stuff. I know you will create something very cool with those drawer pulls. Can't wait to see!

  25. Love the old aspirin containers. I keep trying to leave comments and blogger stops me!

  26. Love the candlesticks--Thanks for linking up your post to my party--

  27. Hi Betsy,

    The Roseville planter is exquisite. You are so fortunate to be living in a place with these awsome Flea Markets!



  28. What a wonderful blog! And oh my goodness I am drooling over that Roseville pot. I think it's a keeper. Very nice!
    So sorry I couldn't get back to you until now. EBlogger deleted my posting and I couldn't even post anything. It was like that for several days.
    Have a great week. I'm your latest follower!
    Ladybug Creek

  29. Just jealous! I don't really get to go looking until summer break (3 weeks and counting). You seem to find some great stuff and create such beautiful pieces! I'm working on a blog post now that was inspired by your keys. I had my Girl Scout mom's create keys for their daughters as a teaching tool. They were FANTASTIC! Thank you for the regular dose of beautiful inspiration. BTW - eyeing that ruler coat rack for my classroom :)

  30. Wow, you found some fantastic things! I love it all. What fun. Good ting you did get to the sale first! Thank you for joining TTF. Have a wonderful day!

  31. What great finds and chips just make it better.

  32. You had some really great finds, Betsy...the ventriloquist book is really fun!

  33. Great finds girl
    I just got one of those coffee grinders a couple of weeks ago.

    barbara jean

  34. What great junk! Love it!

  35. You find the best goodies, Betsy! I see quite a few things I would have a pounced on myself. ;)

    The Roseville pottery is wonderful! I have a number of pieces of old pottery - with nicks here and there. But touched up and filled with something pretty, you really don't notice the imperfections.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  36. Hi Betsy!
    I just thought I would let you know that this post will be featured in this week's Thrifty Things Friday party. The party will be up early this afternoon! Have a great day!

  37. Fantastic finds! Love the Roseville and that great ventriloquist book. Isn't going thrifting just such fun? I'm having my own vintage occasional sale next weekend and am hoping to get rid of a lot I no longer want to use in my decor. Including my goat cart! LOL

  38. Oh My, you have made me smile and laugh so much that I found out that there are muscles behind my ears!! And they hurt from smiling so much. You are fantastic. I love your blog!!


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