Treasure Box Wednesday: Rummages and Resale Shops

A little exploring on the weekend brought me to some Treasure Box opportunities I don't ordinarily have-- and which I'll share with you today!

The first was a local church rummage sale. It was a misty gray morning, drizzle dropping down on us as we queued for the sale to open. Neighbors met neighbors. Kids dangled distractedly on their moms necks. And I felt a sense of anticipation. This sale had yielded goodies for me before, in spring...

And fall was no exception. In fact, as we stepped out of the rain into the warmly lit basement, in the very first row, I found a 1930s-ish art deco print for $3...

It's called "The Viking," I learned, when I took the frame apart to clean the very dirty glass. And while it looks quite a bit like an Atkinson Fox print, no name is on the piece. All there is is the title and this publisher's mark...


"Reliance Picture Frame Company-- NY." Looks like when I get some time, I'm going to have to do a little research!

I also uncovered some 60s cookbooks-- one of which I believe I'll be treating you all with in a future post-- and this vintage pottery planter...

At fifty-cents, I figured I couldn't go wrong!

Later in the day, at a resale shop in Bellevue I hadn't been to before, I found this detailed Made in Japan figurine which, thanks to info from a nice reader, is likely based on the nursery rhyme about the cat off to see the Queen...

Anyway, I loved the bisque look and soft colors. The store benefits a local hospice, the prices were great, and it is definitely one I'll visit again.

(I have to get the details to share with you all. I admit, I was so enamored looking around at the merchandise, I forgot to get the contact info! Ah, the price of being an avid treasure hunter-- we get distracted sometimes.)

The other item I bought was this 1950s style carriage-shaped novelty clock. I thought. given the fairy-tale quality the blue room in my house has been taking on, it might fit in well on the mantle I'm assembling.
Lastly, I stopped by the Ohio River Boulevard Antique Mall and came across additional material for a future post... These "Official Detective Stories" magazines...

I love old pulp fiction, and these dramatic, kitschy covers really caught the eye. Plus, at 50% off, how could I say no?

Anyway, that's the Treasure Box for this week, my friends!


If not, I'll see you on Sunday perhaps, where I should have more progress on some home decorating projects!

7 comments:

Miss Toni said...

Hi there- I'm a regular reader, and I thought I'd just perhaps clarify something for you. "Pussycat, pussycat, where have you been? I've been to London to see the Queen. Pussycat, pussycat, what did you there? I frightened a mouse under a chair", is actually a Mother Goose rhyme. Puss in Boots was a cat inherited by a poor miller's son who convinced a king that the miller's son was royalty, the Marquis of Carabas. The coniving Puss's plan worked out so well, the miller's son ended up marrying the Princess and living happily ever after, as the story goes. There is no Queen mentioned in Puss in Boots, to my recollection. I have a five year-old, so I can honestly say I know my Mother Goose and fairy tales! Love the blog, by the way! Happy thrifting! :)

Jenn Thorson said...

Miss Toni- Thank you! I knew those first two lines, and then somehow managed to transfer them right on over to our friend Puss without even questioning it! :)

This is the great thing about the Internet, though-- having nifty readers who are kind enough to leverage their brainpower for Good. :)

Miss Toni said...

USUALLY my brainpower is for Good, anyway. I mean really- who with a life knows such things?? Perhaps I just need to get out more. And do some thrifting while out. :) One other thing, I absolutely love the way your lyre tables turned out once painted. Have you thought of glazing them a little to antique the finish? They look spectacular as they are regardless if you choose to or not!

Jenn Thorson said...

Miss Toni- Heh, almost any errand can be combined with thrifting, I've found-- I highly recommend it! :)

I had considered the antiqued finish idea, however, I've always wanted one room where the furniture had that frosted cake look to it. There's a booth in one of our local antique stores which does this beautifully, and it's from there I've gotten a lot of inspiration. So I'm kind of enjoying seeing how that goes.

Andrea said...

Love the aqua blue piece! I'm beginning to pick up some aqua blue items myself to add to the pink dining room. One of your fellow bloggers gave me the inspiration. It looks so pretty together. I can't wait to read what you have to say about the pulp mags....I'm sure they're a hoot!!! The fairy tale and frosted cake look intrigue me....tell me more!!! Pictures, please!! LOL

chyna said...

wow you did great! I also love the fairy tale thing you're going with in the Scoobey room. though I'd be itching to go Scoobey Doo in there. LOL

Down Pillow said...

I like your little 50 cent piece - money well spent :)