Thursday, February 5, 2015

Weekend Finds

It's still too early around here for a good solid morning full of yard sales.  I keep telling myself that everyone is spending this pre-season time cleaning out their garages and barns in preparation for opening day.  I did manage to pick out a few sales that looked promising and I didn't come home disappointed.  At least I didn't buy any projects!

Poole Silver Set
To polish or not to polish?  Hmm, I think NOT.  Maybe just a little?  What do you think?  One good thing about photographing tarnished silver is that my reflection isn't staring back at me.

Vintage Poole silver set
All four pieces are marked EPCA Silver Plate Poole Silver Company.  Does anyone know the name of this pattern?  I did a few searches and couldn't find anything.

I'll polish the tray, but not the creamer and sugar.

miniature Life magazine, Look magazine, Time Magazine
This pretty silver bowl and the vintage magazines were found in the bottom of a box.
Life, Look, New Yorker, Time, and Newsweek.  Look at the LOOK.  How about those feature stories!!

 No, that's not a giant penny...just a miniature tray and magazines.  They really were in the bottom of the silver set box and thrown in for free.

Lucite hand mirror
 This vintage acrylic or Lucite hand mirror has a double sided beveled mirror. 

vintage enamel table top magnetic board
This old 16" X 36" enamel table top makes a great magnetic board.  The front is white and in great condition except for one chipped spot, but I like this side better.  

vintage Valentines
Mother of pearl button magnets hold the valentines in place.

vintage valentines
You're the "write" type is my favorite vintage valentine, and a big thank you to Angie at Knick of Time for three of her free printable valentine postcards.

rusty old spring picture holder
Someone did the work for me and soldered this chippy old spring to a heavy metal base.  Rusted to perfection!  Don't you just love the color?

vintage photographs in a rusty old spring
Perfect for holding old photos like this happy looking group.


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36 comments:

  1. I'd say you did quite well at the sales. Love your magnets - great idea.

    Judy

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  2. Beautiful finds! I always grab silver too, and I also love it a bit tarnished. That blue spring is great, and the penny pic really threw me for a loop! Very cool
    Judy
    judypimperl.blogspot.com

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  3. What a wonderful group of finds! Yes, a little polish but not too much. It has a wonderful patina -- just enough to keep it from pocking in the endgame. I love those wee miniatures and the valentines are adorable. Yes indeed, you had a marvelous score there!

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  4. Lovely Betsy.. I'm a great fan of tarnished silver...my husband is always complaining about my vintage trophies!

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  5. Love your silver finds, Betsy - the miniature tray and books are too cute! Your message center made out of the old enamel table top is wonderful! Love the 'vintage' valentine's, too. Great display for the old photos - I would say that you found some nice treasures today! xo

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  6. I love all of your wonderful finds, Betsy...that enamel tabletop is gorgeous...

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  7. Hard to pick a favorite because I love them all! Great finds for sure. That miniature tray and books are too cute. Never seen anything like that. Have a happy Friday!

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  8. I'm all for not hauling home projects. That did make your day perfect. Oh how I yearn for yard sales to pop up again. I really miss them and will never take another good sale for granted. That silver coffee set is gorgeous. I'd say you had a great day.

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  9. Love the silver you found and no I wouldn't polish it! The miniature tray and magazine is so cute.
    hugs,
    Linda

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  10. Hi Betsy, what wonderful finds! I like it all, especially that tiny tray with the tiny magazines, so cute!
    Happy Friday!
    Gina

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  11. Love how you used the enamel table top as a magnetic board. I've seen some really fabulous reuses of enamel table tops into new furniture. I think my favorite is attaching it to an old metal sewing machine base.

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  12. Tarnished vs polished silver is such a personal thing. I like tarnished better, but that's because it fits better into the vibe of my home. The miniature tray & magazines are adorable! And the table top turned memo board is genius, the writing on the back is great to display.

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  13. Great finds Betsy-I love the tarnished silver best!

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  14. What fun finds!! Love everything, and your magnets are really cute too! :) Love that table top for a magnet board, so fun!! Have a wonderful weekend!! xo Holly

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  15. I have three enamelware table tops for sale in my booth. I am going over to turn them around for magnetic boards - how clever. I leave all silver with the aged patina on the pieces. It matches my aged patina.

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  16. Love! Love! Love! You have that magic touch, Betzzzzz!
    I see something.....I coaxed you into! LOL!!

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  17. Great scores! I would've bought every thing you did. Those mini mags & tray are fantastic!
    As for the silver, I'm a fan of patina, so I like it unpolished. That said, I like the look of half-polished, with the tarnish left in all the crevices to accentuate the positive....

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  18. Wonderful finds.......would not polish the silver. Those miniatures are great!
    Enamel table top and blue spring are sweet finds!

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  19. Those tiny little magazines are fabulous and probably my favorite of the bunch!

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  20. Another nice stash.!
    Enjoy the weekend.

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  21. Not bad for a few sales! LOVE everything, especially the enamel table top and the picture holder at the end.

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  22. Betsy, I love a good mystery, and I love research, so I've been looking around for an hour trying to find the pattern you might have. It's lovely ! Maybe you have a rare one worth a small fortune !! :-)

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  23. I am in love with that enamel tabletop!

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  24. A nice stash! My favorite is the magnetic enamel board and I think I'm inspired to make some button magnets, I really like those.
    Amalia
    xo

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  25. Don't polish! It starts a never-ending process. Sterling is different, but I don't polish plate anymore. Finding pattern names is very time consuming. I use Replacements website, sort by Poole, and then check each and every pattern. Some companies had a thousand pattern. Replacements doesn't have a picture for some patterns, too. I agree with you, photographing silver is an art unto itself. I like the enamel table top as a magnet board idea. I thought it was brilliant when I've used the bottom of typewriters, blue checked enamel table tops, etc...but in my shop...no one "gets" it!

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  26. No to polishing! :) I love the way it appears.

    And I laughed about this "at my reflection isn't staring back at me" I saw a lot of "failed" photos because of reflections from the metallic wares. Some are funny, some are annoying and some are just for R-18 hahaha

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  27. I myself would not polish them - I love the patina of tarnished silver.

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  28. Loving that chippy old spring photo holder ... loving it!!!!
    diane @ thoughts & shots

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  29. I love everything that you found! You sure had some good luck:) One of those silver pitchers in the first photo would make a lovely lamp. . .
    I always love stopping by to see what you've been up to!

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  30. I would not be able to bring myself to polish that silver. It's gorgeous. I love the patina. That spring photo holder thingy is so fun.

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  31. Amazing finds!! Maybe those little magazines were for a doll house??

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  32. I'm in love with the chippy old bed spring! I think old silver looks great tarnished, I'd leave it. The darker the better. I have a teapot that looks very similar (without getting up to go check!) but I don't know the pattern name.

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  33. How fabulous to find the old silver items. They make me swoon! heehee! Hugs!

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