Saturday, February 16, 2013

small things.

When it comes to estate sales,
it doesn't take much to make me happy.
I'm pretty much never one of the buyers there
 for the furniture or other big items.
Even though estate sales of any kind
are pretty hard to come by around here,
it's still the small (and cheap!) things that make me happy :)
(And  yes. I am probably the only person who would take a free name sign!)
I liked this worn, book-shaped little box just fine...

...and when I saw someone had this odd little clipping
saved inside of it, I liked it even better.

This journal--a ledger, actually--will soon hold record of all my thrifting finds. 
I joked to my hubby that we'll throw a party once it's filled,
and I'll make him faint by revealing the grand total. 
This cute oversized postcard reminded me of my kids.

I love this little house-shaped pot holder :)
A sweet photograph, birthday card, and invitation.
They weren't found together, but you'd think they were--
equally adorable. The card is from the 1930s.


Some super-bright and cute birthday cards.


 Although this one seemed a little sad...

Is it just me, or does it seem to be aimed at soldiers overseas?
 And hoping they remain safe?

Postcards that caught my eye.

Woolworth's in 1950's San Francisco.
Do you guys like reading about vintage icons and such too?
There was a really good book about Woolworth's that I read some time ago.
I love books that take a look back at what things were like.


A few Christmas cards and Valentines.

In the hallways at this sale, they had several old maps
stuck onto the wall with painter's tape.
They were ridiculously cheap...
I only wish they'd had them on a table,
because even using that tape they got a little ruined.
This map of New York is from the 30's.

This one is from the early 1940's.

My favorite find at this particular sale, though,
was a stack of old souvenir postcard books.
The art is so cute!!

So classic.
These date from the 40's to the 50's.
I especially liked the Hollywood one.

Aren't these scenes from Niagra Falls
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Thrift Finds: Love Edition

Hi! Is everyone ready for Valentine's Day?
This year the hubby and I are having a "romantic dinner for 5." :)
The joy of children, right?! ;)
Actually, there's no other way we'd rather spend it...
than with our little love bugs.

While I love vintage Valentine's, I don't have very many
for some reason. I thought this one was so sweet.

I especially liked the cute little rhyme inside.

It's interesting when they have writing on them.
This one was simply signed with a name on the back, "Madge Beam."

I wasn't sure the glasses below were vintage initially--they seemed
like it, but sometimes it's hard to tell with certain items, isn't it?

They each have a different love-related phrase written 
on them in French.

I did a quick search on them, and all I found

 If only this set had a particular line from my favorite film, Amelie:
"I am nobody's little weasel."
I love how quirky and original it was.
Isn't that movie the best?

I sent my lovely friend Kitty a package recently,
and included this Valentine I made for her adorable dog, Bono Baby.
I'm not awesome at craft stuff, but I do enjoy doing it,
especially if there are some vintage elements involved :)
That's one of those oversized playing cards, 
to give you some size perspective.

I also included this. 
I'd been wondering how to use this vintage 
wrapping paper in some way, because it was too cute.
Kitty's son Roscoe just turned 1, and his bedroom is done in
a circus theme. I ended up simply adhering it to canvas,
and then adding song titles from vintage sheet music to the sides.

I'm crazy for bright, kitschy wares
so this kitchen canister practically jumped into my basket ;)

Right before going to the thrift store where I bought this Snoboy sign,
I'd seen one just like it at an indoor rummage sale, but for a lot more.
Ah, cheapness really does pay.

A vintage candy tin to add to my collection.
I love the colors on it, so pretty.

This sweet sign really charmed me,
and I liked it even more for being inscribed with a message on the back.

Cute little bunny bib, 
where were you when my little girl was a baby
and used to stick her tongue out 
in just that manner?

That would've been perf.

A cute little pink basket,
to fill with?
Maybe Valentine's Day candies.

Two pins I picked up at the same sale as the bib.
Really, I think most everyone loves the word "yes."

Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!!

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