March 21, 2009

Hitting the Wall.


I hit The Wall Historical Society's Antique Show last weekend, benefiting their
Blansingburg School House Museum. I've never heard of the museum, but drove past it on my way to the show and can't wait to have a visit in the warmer weather. Whenever that is (it SNOWED yesterday!).

I spent a bit more than the $10 I spent on my
recent Point Pleasant trip, but I think I did pretty good. Let's have a look...

Here's a collection of ephemera I gathered up from different vendors...


The Anchor Line luggage label was $3 (probably more than I would have/should have spent. but the tag's port of call is Glasgow, where my grandfather is from, so I couldn't resist), and the Ireland souvenir book was $1 from a vendor who had fabulous stuff. I could have spent more time, and a lot more money, in her booth filled with vintage kitchen and Christmas stuffs. I already used the St. Pat's Keepsake in my
little holiday display, and I will scan the inside pages for crafty projects next year.

The rest of the various holiday cards came from one vendor and will also be scanned to make crafty holiday cards. He sold me the lot for $15 which sounds like a lot (and is, for cheap little me), but he let me stick in this Coronation First Day Cover (with contents still inside) that I'm kind of in love with.

I need another tea cup like I need a whole in the head (between my mom and I, there are probably close 50 we've inherited from her mother). But the $4 price tag on this sweet little Ironstone one made me take her home. I don't know if I'll keep or gift her, but for now she looks content among her people:


The hand painted markings are also pretty interesting:



And, and some of you know, it's hard for me to pass up a Lady Liberty. So far I've set my "Libby Limit" at $10, and she made the cut on the nose:


And immediately joined her tribe in the bathroom:


The cookie cutters I will use to make Christmas ornaments (I didn't make them in 2008 so I don't have any photos), or some other kind of holiday-themed project depending on how many I can collect. The big gingerboy came from the tea cup couple for 50 cents, and the others were also 50 cents a pop. I got them from the same vendor as this butter knife, which I'm declaring my "Deal of the Day."


I have a small collection of twisted butter knives, and this
Wm. Rogers one will join it. I've been using them for soft cheeses when we have company, but I'm hoping to collect enough to use at each place setting when we have holiday dinners. I've seen ones that are very expensive, and I'll only buy ones that are $5-6 dollars at most. I couldn't believe this one was only marked $2:

It has nice detail, and is in better shape than similar ones I've found. It's marked, "Pat. Feb. 11, 1913" on the back and amazingly I just found the exact same one online. I love the Internets!

My treasure hunts have been going quite well lately. And it's not even yard sale season yet! (Which was a bust last year, by the way.) I hope your weekend is a treasure. I'm on Springsteen High Alert. We know he's in town rehearsing...we're heading to the boardwalk now, in fact hoping for a sighting...maybe he'd like to stop over for some tea?

20 comments:

Keetha said...

I love all your treasures, but being a collector of tea things, my heart was most drawn to your tea cups - - - even those in the background blushing like wall flowers!!!

tam said...

Sooo many terrific treasures girl! You did very well! I love the collection of Libby's! ~Smiles~Tam

Blondie's Journal said...

You have quite a bit of loot! The twisted knife is very cool, I have never seen one before!

My daughter is going to see The Boss this summer when he comes to Chicago. She just doesn't appreciate him like I do~you had to know him way back when he was living on pork & beans! One of my favorite songs is New York City Serenade. How about you?

xoxo
Jane

Leigh of said...

Laura, you got som eamazing deals! I see a future Thrifty Thursday post right here! Great job! LOve all your treasures!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Laura,
I have always enjoyed your blog, but now that I've actually met you it is so much more meaningful!!

I really love your Lady Liberty collection! What a neat thing to collect!

I would say you did pretty well on this shopping spree!

Diane

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

You manage to find the best sales Laura! I'll have to tag along sometime, or hire you to be my personal shopper :)

The ephemera you bought are all wonderful! I collect first day covers too.

Those are such beautiful tea cups that you already own -- what treasures! But I don't blame you that you wanted to add a few more at that price when they are so pretty.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Sue said...

Hi Sweetie.....you got some haul but ofcourse the best of the best was Miss Liberty....I love your collection in the bathroom and I spied a box mixed in with the statues....How great is that....and I don't think I have ever seen a twisted butter knife before...I really like that...Have a great weekend...hope you run in to the Boss...

heidi said...

Fun!!! I love the Statue of Liberty collection..... must keep my eyes peeled for you. xoh

Joyce said...

I love all the treausers, BUT I'm really LOVING the oak leaves and acorns on the knive handle!!! I adore oak leaves and acorns. Could be because our yard and driveway is full of them in the Fall!!! I'm going shopping with you next time!! You would have hay day with some of my friends. I ride on their shirt tails all the time. Havin you there I would really go for a ride!! Enjoy!! xoxo

PS Last week when I picked up glass pieces cuz I liked them- had one of the bloggers told me they were vintage insulators!! LOL...

sealaura said...

how fun! great finds. I love the statue of liberty items.

Eliza said...

I used to go to that museum all the time when i was little (i grew up in a few towns over). Love all the things you found!

Tina said...

So very many wonderful things. I couldn't have resisted those ephemera goodies.

oh, my hubby's grandmother was from near Glasgow. A little town called Caldenbeath. At least that's what we think we know. I've never checked it out or looked at a map.
Blessings
T

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Nice haul there Laura. I also have a little collection of butter knives. Good luck with your Springsteen hunt...hope you spot him.
♥, Susan

stacilynfeldman said...

love that show - sorry to have missed it this year! i did my own adventures in pt. beach this weekend - i'll have to share later this week!

Fifi Flowers said...

You are quite the FINDER!

pve design said...

you are good. I always love when you show us what you find.

desiree said...

I love your "Libby" collection. It's wonderful and fun...might borrow that idea. You always the coolest stuff at the coolest tag sales etc.

Maureen said...

I have never heard of a twisted butter knife, but that is about the most practical thing I have ever heard of! I need to start hunting...

Love those cards!

please sir said...

So fun - looks like you found some great paper items!

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