Thursday, October 27, 2011

Trading Stamp Jewelry Creations

I can't help myself, I'm hooked on trading stamps.  Since the redemption stores are a thing of the past, I'm feeling the need to keep the stamp alive.  Who doesn't have a story to tell?

 I combined these S and H green stamps with one of my favorite things: vintage typewriter keys.  I just opened up the back and placed the stamp in front of the Shift Key paper.

 How about a trading stamp bracelet?  S and H, Blue Chip, Top Value, and Holden.

 This trading stamp bracelet was made using a silver plated bracelet form and Diamond Glaze. I made some of these bracelets earlier this year using vintage maps.  You can click here for the tutorial.  Diamond Glaze can be a little tricky to work with, especially trying to keep the bubbles out.  It's not really visible in these pictures, but the Top Value stamp dried with a couple of bubbles in it.  I thought I was being so careful to make sure no bubbles were left behind, but they just had to sneak in there after it was dry.  Darn!

More S and H Green Stamps set in vintage typewriter keys.
Ever since I started making jewelry with these old trading stamps, I can't believe all the stories I hear when people are shopping in my booth.  Everyone has good memories of trips to the redemption store, but not such good memories of putting the stamps in the books.  We had an entire drawer just for Blue Chip stamps and it was my job to put them in the books.  Not a fun job even with a sponge.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Uprinting Giveaway Winner

Thank you all so much for entering the Uprinting giveaway. 

The lucky winner of 100 5x7 personalized postcards is...........
 Amy from Into Vintage.

Chosen by the True Random Number Generator

Congratulations Amy.  I know you'll come up with a very creative idea for your postcards.  I'd love to see your finished product after you receive them.  Have fun!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sue's Country Barn Sale

Sue's Country Barn is open for business again!  Sue only opens for a couple of weeks in April and October, so when those barn doors opened on Friday morning, I was there waiting.  What a great way to start off the weekend.  Once again the barn was packed full of fabulous treasures and eye candy in every corner.

A bathtub full of pumpkins and a rusty old bike greet you in front of the barn.

Another "hello" when you walk in.

Lots of fall decor.....

and timeless treasures......

Too cute.  They look worried that they won't be adopted. 

Love the chippy paint on these wall sconces.

Sue's Country Barn is located at 12607 E. Hwy 120 in Manteca, Ca.  She'll be open daily from 10:00-5:00 through October 30th.  Sorry, no website, blog, or email.  You can click here for a peek at Sue's barn sale from last April.

I would have bought everything here if money was no option I wasn't so cheap.  I sure had fun oohing and ahhing, but I've become so spoiled with yard sale prices.  I almost left empty handed until I spotted this sitting outside full of dirt and grime....

I know, I know, it's still a mess in need of a major cleaning job, but it's the perfect metal storage piece I've been looking for.  You can't tell from this picture, but the slots are at an angle when hung on a wall.  I'm in the beginning stages of moving my work space into an upstairs bedroom and knew exactly where to hang it.  So much for plan A.  The cubbie is 5' long and the wall is 4'6".  Unfortunately, it won't fit on any other wall because of the doors, windows, and cabinets.  I'm determined to make this work in that spot, so now it's on to plan B.  I hope it works!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I Love a Good Church Parking Lot Sale

I went out early on Saturday morning with my well organized list of yard sales.  I didn't have a long list, but there were a few that looked promising.  My plan of action literally took an illegal U-turn when I noticed what was going on in a church parking lot just a few blocks from my house. How did I miss this one on Craigslist and the newspaper?

Church sales around here always have the best prices and these folks obviously didn't want to pack up anything at the end of the day.  Everything except the stereoscope/cards and hardware came from the church sale.

Don't the Shiny Brites look appetizing on the milk glass egg plate?

The milk glass cake plate, dishes, compote, floral frog, glass rolling pin (it's hiding under the cake plate) and clip on earrings all came home with me for less than the cost of a latte.  I also bought a old wooden suitcase, but completely forgot about it when I was taking these pictures.  

On to a few other sales....
Two porcelain black doorknobs and the chippy old hardware to match. 

I almost passed on this antique stereoscope with 22 Biblical Keystone cards.  The little slider thingy that holds the cards in place was missing, so the nice lady made me an offer I couldn't refuse. 

 I went back for one more round at the church sale before coming home.  I found a humongous roll of packing foam for $1; very useful, but not picture worthy.  Knowing that they were practically giving things away, this was worth a closer look.....

1963 Mattel in great condition.  So different from anything I usually bring home, but so much fun taking a trip down memory lane.  I had the Barbie and Ken case in red.

The famous bathing suit and shoes.  Very cool glasses Barb!

Her messy closet was packed full.

 One of the ladies helping out at the sale, pointed to the table and informed me that Ken went along with the case.  I took one look at him and decided to leave him behind because he was missing a limb.  After I got home I noticed these in one of the drawers....

So sorry Ken.   Poor guy, his shoes aren't even the same size.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Uprinting 100 Postcard Giveaway


I was recently contacted by Uprinting to offer one of my readers a chance to win 100 personalized postcards.  Wouldn't you love it?  Think of all the possibilities, especially this time of the year.  What a perfect way to send your holiday greeting cards, party invitations, or to promote your business.   Uprinting is a leader in the online printing industry and postcard printing is just one of many products available.  You can either upload your own file or create your design online.  Phone support is available and live chat is just a click away.

The winner will receive 100 postcards
  5" x 7"
 14pt gloss cardstock
  no folding
  front only printing
  2 business days print turnaround time
  free shipping

Giveaway is limited to US residents 18 years of age and older.  Winners are allowed to win only once over a six month period.

You'll have two chances to win:
1)  Leave me a comment on this post telling me what you'd like to have printed on your postcards.  You can always change your mind later if you come up with another fabulous idea.

Please make sure I have an easy "one click" way to reach you.  I will also need to provide your name and email to Uprinting so they can contact you to claim your prize.  The Uprinting postcard giveaway will end at 6:00pm PST on Tuesday, October 25.  I will announce the winner on October 26.  

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Uprinting.  No monetary compensation was given and I will receive a postcard for hosting.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pleasanton Antique Faire Fun

I was a vendor at three antique shows over the past four weekends and feel so thankful that our weekend weather cooperated.  Last week we had several days of mid-week rain, so putting up with a little fog and chilly morning temperatures at the Pleasanton Antique Faire on Sunday was fine with me.   Even though the attendance was noticeably down from previous shows, I never had time to do any shopping or stray too far from my booth.  Oh well, shopping is much more fun when I can give it my full attention.

This old washboard found a new home early in the day.  I drilled holes on both sides of the frame and screwed in two brass drawer pulls that stick out about an inch from the frame.  I glued a vintage flower brooch to the top and put two hooks on the back.

A few key necklace creations.  

I bought this frame, tissue box, and pretty little soap dish at an estate sale the day before.  The picture in the frame is from a large collection of vintage fashion magazines I bought a few months ago.

This fashion magazine picture was a perfect fit in the long frame.  October is never to early to put out Christmas ornaments, or maybe I should call these "gazing balls."

These lovely ladies were my new neighbors.   
Debbie and Linda from The Paris Flea Market in Livermore.
 They were so much fun and I'm hoping they return to the same spot in May. The warehouse-shop is full of collectibles, furnishings, accessories, vintage clothing, and more!  The Paris Flea Market has a sister shop, Room With a Past, located in Walnut Creek.  Both shops are open just four fabulous days each month, so be sure to check out their websites for sale dates and shop hours.  

Look at this amazing booth.  You'd never know it was their first time setting up at a street fair.  

Our booths were back-to-back and I had a hard time keeping my eyes off their treasures.

As much as I love doing the outdoor antique shows, I'm really looking forward to a much needed break.  My show schedule for the rest of the year consists of four indoor shows with just one table to set up and no weather worries. Yes!  

Monday, October 10, 2011

I'm a Happy Giveaway Winner

I was happy to be the lucky winner of two giveaways recently, so I wanted to send out a big THANK YOU to Jana and Amy.

All these goodies are from Jana's 300 followers giveaway at Collected Treasures.  
This fun assortment of little treasures will keep me busy for a long time.

Adorable little vintage cards, envelopes, and buttons.

Game tickets, quilt pieces, ribbon, and the sweetest smelling lavender. 

These beautiful damask flocked note cards are from Amy's Etsy shop, Rational Designs.  Amy's shop is full of beautiful cards in different styles and colors.  Thank you Lori (Pretty Things) for sponsoring this giveaway.

I've already used two of the cards.
Thank you so much Jana and Amy!!
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