Monday, August 23, 2010
When on the hunt for items for my booth, I have found that my best purchases are those that strike an immediate emotional response. Usually the whimsical look of something or an item that has the proverbial "cute" factor is always a sure winner. I often grab the stuff that people walk by or ignore. Odd or unusual items always catch my attention and it's almost always because it either makes me laugh out loud or it calls to me. Emotions. The antique business has always been emotional for me...hence my business name, "I Need This, Antiques." And my emotions came "cheap" this weekend as I found a handful of items that were pennies on the dollar. I couldn't snatch them up fast enough.
Linens are a personal favorite of mine. I can't seem to get enough of them. Most of these items were priced at either a dollar or less.
A pair of sweet, hand crocheted baby booties. This haul found two pairs.
Pretty oval silver plate serving or relish tray. Great repousse work and these sea shells are a pretty accent. I put sea shells in just about anything...what else would expect from a sea witch?
Three nifty items, a Wagner Ware child's toy kettle, a Ronson Mastercraft lighter and cig case and a really cool martini stirrer of poker chips, aluminum shaft and Bakelite dice at the top. The Wagner tea kettle is an excellent example of "cute, emotional" purchasing. This dusty little thing was marked $2.00 and as soon as I saw it I nearly squealed with delight. It was just too cute for words. When I got it home and started to clean it, that is when I noticed the Wagner Ware logo on the bottom along with other identifying marks to its age and use. Discovered it was part of a Wagner Ware child's toy set. Each piece is a miniature, authentic version of the real deal. What a find, so "cute" went to "cool" and "let's lock this in the case as it is has lots more value then originally thought."
Lovely pair of Wedgwood, blue jasper ware. Both in excellent condition and priced more then right.
Pretty pair of Towle serving pieces. Dated 1892.
Pretty little sun purple footed compote...had to fill with sea shells too.
Delightful picture book of Pelle's New Suit, the story of a suit from sheep's wool to the spinning wheel, to the loom, to the sewing machine to the boy.
An absolutely "stunner" of a huge photo taken of a Centennial play. The costumes and wigs are fantastic and check out the school flag in the back frm 1875-1876. Just a terrific photo of Edwardian folks celebrating America. I may keep this for myself.
Marvelous print of a bat...perfect for framing for Halloween.
Found at a local garage sale last year for pennies. Can this be more "Grease"? What a faboosh color mix? I can hear the "hop" music in the background. Also in excellent condition and very wearable.
Closeup of Bodice.
Gorgeous vintage piano scarf, Circa 1920s. Rich black silk with lovely hand embroidery so both sides look identical Fringe is 20 inches long. What a beauty. Now this was an emotional purchase and although not "cheap" emotions it was still had for a good price. I adore these piano scarves and have several in my personal collection. Don't have a piano but I can't resist wearing them on a night on the town.
Close up of embroidery detail.
Now, my final purchase of the weekend and it was a sure fire winner. In as pristine condition as you will ever find, a Singer treadle sewing machine. Sorry about the photo taken in my garage, but in my haste to get it in my booth, I forgot to take photos of it "in my booth." All this beauty needed was a little beeswax rubbed into the wood to lift that golden oak patina.
The machine works beautifully and has all of the accessories and the original manual. Machine serial number dates this as manufactured in December 1919. Called the red eye because of the red eyes on the decals, this was a Singer flagship machine. I ran a drive band through it and it treadles so sweetly and sews beautifully. Talk about "going green" these babies still lay down stitching beautifully and no electricity is needed.
If you don't want to sew with it, this makes a lovely side table or sofa table, perfect with a vintage lamp and you have a nice piece of history as furniture.
The weekend ended with my honey and I sharing a hot pie from Mellow Mushroom. Whole wheat crusts and fresh, natural ingredients and life is good. Have a fabulous week and blessings to you and all those you love. Sea Witch