Oh, it was a great day to be a cheapskate antique-lover this weekend, my friends! I don't know if it's the economy... the close of the summer season... or just a big ol' coincidence... but it seems everywhere I looked along my favorite Route 30 haunts, there was a sale!
Sure, antique-fiends know that a nice 10-20% off is likely to happen, sometimes just for the asking. But this weekend marked 25%, 30% and even 50% off whole booths at antique malls.
I need a vintage hankie just to be dainty about all the drool! :)
It was a weekend of big finds, too. So I think this Treasure Box Wednesday might expand into next week, just to accommodate it all.
We'll start with these delicate Victorian chocolate cups I found at the Goodwill Thrift Store in Greensburg...
They were undoubtedly part of a chocolate set with a pot at one time, but two pretty cups remain. The nice thing about this kind of transferware is that is looks good with other non-matching pieces of the type. So I already have a few pieces they should work with.
At the L&L Fleatique in Adamsburg/Jeannette, I got this pair of McCoy bird vases, and at 30% off!...
Perfect along a table or on either side of a mantle!
And yep, I don't want to forget this next item. This was from the Greensburg Goodwill, too. A very kitschy 1940s Asian figural lamp in terrific condition...
I'd seen these in high-end antique stores which have a lot of mid-century modern furnishings... But I'd never expected to see one at the Goodwill. Anyway, it's made of plaster, and handpainted. And it came with the original shade you see there.
My regular readers know that I am powerless against the grip of a good vintage thrifted lamp.
And do you want to know how much it cost? Do ya? G'wan, ask me!...
Okay, since you asked so nicely, I'll tell you. But hold on to your Kimonos... It was $6!
I know it's a really strange piece, and not everyone's taste. But a great example of 40s kitsch. As you can see, right now it's on my bedside table, cheering me immensely with the warm glow that reflects through its angled lampshade...
Also that $6 price tag. :)
In one of the other best deals of the day was this ornate basket-weave Carnival glass bowl, at 50% off...
It's not marked, but judging from the pattern, my collector's book seems to lean toward it being either made by Northwood or Fenton. They both did basketweave patterns, though I couldn't find a bowl precisely like this.
And just for a bit of variety, my thrifting bud Scoobie let me take photos of a few of her items. She's got quite a lot of blue enamel kitchenware already, and based on this weekend's adventuring, I'd say her set's about complete...
There's a roasting pan, a couple of bowls, and even a pasta strainer! These were all thrifted at different places.
And last, we have another half-off beauty-- her etched-mirror cowboy shelf. Scoobie's favorite dude at her imaginary Home on the Range will be able to hang his hat, lassooo and, er, other cowboy accoutrements there. (You can tell I'm not the Western officiando... better ask Scoobie for that sort of thing!)
Anyway, she's got the pots for the vittles and some purty decor, too! Yeeeeee-haw!
But, friends, this wasn't all we found-- can you believe it? So next week, I'll include those items in a very special Part Two Treasure Box Wednesday.
It's good to pace ourselves. Being this excited about cool, old weird stuff can get kinda exhausting; it's important to take breaks. Breathe deep. Stretch.
- Oh, and if you need a laugh and missed Sunday's humor post on some totally far-out 60s knitwear, click here.
And if not? Maybe I'll see you Sunday!