Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Junk in my Shopping Cart


I really did behave myself last weekend when I took a field trip out to the Alameda Point Antiques Faire.  Some of the junk I bought was on my focus list and some of it was completely unexpected, but that's what happens when faced with 800 booths filled with almost anything imaginable. It's never easy passing up every drool worthy treasure, but my garage can't handle it this early in the junking season and I promised myself to limit my purchases to what I could fit in one shopping cart load. The load was overflowing thanks to the huge bag of Kettle Corn I promised to bring home, plus two old bicycle wheels that I forgot to roll into these pictures.

What a deal I got on the old radio cabinet and the rusty birdcage!   The radio cabinet needs a complete makeover, but it will be worth the challenge for only a few dollars.


vintage buttons
Vintage buttons (some were Etsy purchases), miscellaneous bits and pieces, and an old box for organizing all the miscellaneous bits and pieces.  I need to start making more button earrings for my almost empty Etsy shop and upcoming spring shows.

I thought I'd throw in this little swivel mirror frame I found at an antique store right after Christmas.  I'm thinking it needs to be a chalkboard. 

vintage silverware
It was a good day for vintage silverware.  Lots of necklaces and garden markers waiting to be made.

That flying pig was one of those "just because" purchases.  The chippy architectural piece will be perfect as a small shelf because it's about 3" thick at the top, and I'll add a few door knobs or hooks to the the drawer front.

Vintage cameras
All three of these vintage box cameras were found in the same booth along with the radio cabinet; I'll be adding at least one of them to my collection.  I knew I had to have the old black and white photograph album as soon as I opened it!! 
black and white photos
Don't you love those dresses?

The life and times of Rita, Gay, Sally, Casanova, Elmer, Shorty, Red, Connie, Helen, Harry, Bill, and Buddy.  



There were over 100 black and white photos with dates ranging from 1941-1944.  Unfortunately, I had to toss a couple of pages because of water damage and black gunky stuff.  You can see more ideas on how I use old photos to display my jewelry here: vintage jewelry displayed on black and white photos and old photo jewelry displays.
Don't they look like a fun group of friends?


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39 comments:

  1. I'm still drooling over that photo album. What a find! I like the other stuff too, but the photos are to die for.

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  2. They sure do look like a fun bunch! What a great find. I love all your purchases. The old radio cabinet is so neat and I can't wait to see how you transform it. The swivel mirror frame definitely looks like it should be a chalk board. I can't wait to see ALL of the transformations. Have a lovely Sunday!

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  3. I don't normally buy photos but those are worth owning! The composition is good and the fashion is amazing :)

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  4. Betsy, those old photos are priceless. I love them and would be making up stories of their lives. LOL! You found some wonderful things. Looking forward to how you use them.

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  5. WOW, LOVE the photo album!!! They look like they were a fun group! Elmer has a funny head though LOL xo

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  6. I love all your finds, but I want to find out more about Casanova!

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  7. What great finds..I can't wait to see what you do with the old radio cabinet. and those old photos are great!! Love the era of the 1940's...love the fashion of that Era too!! Maybe that is why I enjoy watching Marvel's Agent Carter!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  8. Anxious to see what you do with the radio cabinet. The black and white pictures look so much like my Grandparents photo albums. I wonder what happened to Rita and company?

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  9. Yesterday I went to a vintage market sale and saw a woman carrying around a 'wreath' made from an old bike wheel that had been decorated for Valentine's Day. Clever!

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  10. Betsy, love it all but that photo album is a treasure! Those cameras are fabulous also. Oh all of it is.
    hugs,
    Linda

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  11. Great treasures Betsy-the pictures are so fun to look at!

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  12. Wow, what a haul! Love all your plans for them too. The photos are awesome. Hearst Ranch...could they have been Hearsts? Or was it a ranch to visit for the public...very interesting.

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  13. I don't think that's a flying pig - I think that's just his ear!

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  14. Looking forward to see all the remakes you do!

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  15. Oh, and the pig is an old breadboard.

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  16. You lucky girl, finding those wonderful bicycle wheels -- after seeing your earlier post, I know what you might be doing with them, too! And the cameras, the album -- oh, you made a FINE haul!

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  17. Seeing all of your finds is giving me the itch to head down to Alameda! Love that old radio cabinet and I'm sure you have something clever in mind for it.

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  18. Great finds!! I LOVE the old photos! They remind me of a bunch of photos I have of my grandparents and their friends from a road trip. It's fun to imagine them so young and "care free" :)

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  19. That radio box....oh, that is going to be something wonderful, I just know it!

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  20. Fabulous treasures! Loving the birdcage and the pig board! Those photos are great!

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  21. Betsy,
    Looks like a good junkin' day to me...love all those B/W pics!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  22. What a great find in that photo album.......love it.........also the radio.
    I have one that still has all the stuff in it....old tubes, etc.
    waiting to see what you do with yours. Have fun!

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  23. I DO love those dresses. Wish I could find some.
    Brenda

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  24. Oh wow the photo's!!!! I look fwd to see what you are going to do with all the other pieces; especially the old radio! Whatever you create, will be cool! You have the touch!

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  25. You find the greatest things when out junking!! Love the old radio...can't wait to see what you do with it.
    ~Cindy

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  26. You have such a great eye....I love the photo album and yes, I love those dresses. I can't wait to see what you do with the old radio cabinet.....I can't imagine, but I know you can!

    Carol

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  27. Those photos are so awesome, Betsy! You had some wonderful finds!

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  28. I love that old photo album. I often wonder what happened to the people in these albums and why their family didn't keep them. Guess not everyone has family or family that cherishes these memories. Sad but good for you!

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  29. Casanova - love that!! I can't wait to see what you are going to do with a radio cabinet.

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  30. Oh I love love what you got!!! That old radio cabinet is really neat and unique! I can't wait to see your redo on it!! All those old photos are great! Happy new week! xo Holly

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  31. You did good ~ very good!!! The old album of black and white photos was a great find. A Lot of pig breadboards were made in high school wood shops I always get those when I see them.

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  32. Great finds! That birdcage and old radio cabinet are amazing. I've always loved black and white photos, and the bunch you found in that album are really fabulous.

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  33. Wow, you did great, I Pinned some of your Etsy shop items!
    Smiles, Cyndi

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  34. love the mirror~it will be fantastic as a chalk board !! You really found some good "junk" girl!

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  35. Always cool to see your goodies. I particularly like that old box!

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  36. I see lots of projects in your future! That little swivel frame will be perfect as a chalkboard.... love the photo album and that radio cabinet. Fun stuff!!!

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  37. It is actually painful to look at all your treasures. I would have easily bought a number of those things too.

    The radio body & tilt mirror frame are gorgeous and would be screaming at me to chalkpaint them. Always in love with cages. I just acquired a Hendryx and contemplating painting the tray base to cover rusty corrosion.

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  38. Oh, that album, those photos - Huntington Park!!! Sigh...I love your finds. That yellow drawer front and the old radio case were irresistible!

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  39. Wonderful finds, Betsy! The mirror frame will make a great chalboard and the think the piggy could be one too. The radio cabinet is lovely and the box cameras are fabulous. Have fun with your new treasures!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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