Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Recently discovered treasures...

Since I'm experiencing the calm before the storm (a.k.a. The Holidays), I thought I'd take a moment to share my recent vintage finds with you.

I'm frequently surprised at the places I find a treasure that I can't live without. An inauspicious-looking moving sale, featuring primarily modern furniture and housewares, yielded these fantastic vintage metal lawn chairs for $5 each. Where the green paint has flaked off, one can see that these chairs have been painted at least 5 different colors over the years.


We also bought an L.L. Bean camp cot there for $3, which Mr. Lucky has claimed for himself...



Now, barn sales always seem to bode well for the vintage treasure hunter. I got a fabulous red plastic Solo barrette - still on it's cardboard holder (50¢), an adorable little necklace with red bakelite beads ($2.00), and a green polka-dot chiffon scarf ($3.00). There were many other things I wanted to buy, but, unfortunately, they were too pricey for my purse. Here's the barrette, necklace, and scarf...

The barrette is a nice size - about 4.5 inches long, although I couldn't possibly put all my hair in it as the ladies in the picture have done.

I love the color combination on this necklace and the length is perfect for dresses or sweaters with a round neckline.

The scarf was a must-have. I mean, I love polka dots. And green polka dots are big fun in my book.


These final two finds came from a small multi-dealer antique shop in the next town over. When the prices are this good, I say "buy them all"! Okay, well, actually, my dearest was the one who suggested that I buy them all.

A crowd of cookbooks...


Yes, the book in the foreground does have a real wood cover. I have a couple of similar vintage recipe books, each featuring a chef on the front and blank pages to fill in your own recipes, and three cocktail books with wooden covers, as well. Do you own any vintage wood-covered books?

And a passel of patterns...

There are some absolutely amazing patterns in this bunch, including one from the late 1920s! As much as I love vintage patterns, I'm not well-versed in sewing, so these are headed for my Etsy shop. There are so many that it'll take the next several weeks to get them listed. If you're looking for a specific type of pattern, let me know and I'll be glad to get it listed sooner :)

7 comments:

Emily said...

I love the old Hollywood patterns. Do you have any in slightly larger sizes...like 18 or bigger?

Thanks!
Emily

ulysses101 said...

The chairs are fabulous and I'm completely envious of the veranda you have to enjoy them on! :)

Kristen said...

Oh, I'm struggling with some serious jealousy right now... those cookbooks? And the sewing patterns? I wish we had those kind of sales around here!

Congratulations on your lovely finds! :)

Kristen said...

Actually, now that I look at the pictures of your cookbooks again, could you please let me know if you decide to sell those "300 Ways to..." cookbooks? I have a couple of these, and would love to get my hands on more!

Miss CherryBubbles said...

Emily - The Hollywood patterns are swell! I will definitely check sizes and contact you :)

Ulysses101 - The veranda is indeed terrific, but we could sure use a better view from it - lol.

Kristen - I'll let you know about the cookbooks. I think I've got duplicates of a few - if so, I may list these in my Etsy shop as well.

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Leilani said...

Lovely finds, I've been picking up vintage patterns when I see them now (I'm not a sewer but my mother is a master seamstress so can make dresses/skirts for me!). I also pick up those cooking pamphlets when I see them, their illustrations/photos are always great.