Friday, April 22, 2016

All Good Things Must Come to an End...

I debated about the title for this blog post...
Some options were "I'm outta here", "Elvis has left the building" and "Free at Last" because, after 5+ years, I'm leaving the antique mall next week.  It's been a good five years and I've learned a lot...about merchandising, staging, selling and about myself!  I've learned that it's not a good thing to try to sell things you don't love, that if an item isn't selling you should move it to the opposite side of the booth (and it usually sells within days), that I can't ever get hankies to sell in my booth and that I don't like selling in a mall as much as online. 

I'm looking forward to focusing on the Etsy shop, a new website and this blog (instead of a post every week or two -- or more -- there will, hopefully, be several posts a week).  

Next Thursday and Friday are the pack-up and move-out days.  Then I'm going to have the 'mother of all yard sales' to sell anything that won't go into the Etsy shop and all the furniture stockpile from the barn (and there's a lot there!).  We're getting a new flock of baby chicks and have to make room for them to have a pen in the barn in a few weeks.  

I'll let you know how it goes and (hopefully) will have pictures of my progress (and the chicks, of course).  Thanks for going along for the ride!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Snowy Saturday Antique Show

Today was the local Masonic lodge's annual antique show.  Since I found so much stuff yesterday in Jackson, I didn't make the effort to get out and be in line when they opened at 9:00 am today.  It was a good decision, because it was snowing (again) and our roads were really slippery -- I was glad I'd waited for it to warm up to 28 degrees.  The weather kept people away, too, so it wasn't crowded until just before I left to come home.

This show is really different from the indoor flea market yesterday...it's a true antique show, made up almost entirely of dealers, many with the booth tags still on their items.  There are lots of real antiques (100 years old +), primitives and country pieces and a fair amount of depression glass.  I moved pretty quickly through those booths and focused on the kitschy, mid-century and vintage holidays, so the whole show didn't take long.

Here are some views from today's show
There were wide aisles today...in years past, you could barely move
It's a sad thing when you have every one of the things in a coronation display -- nothing new to add to the collection!
These are from my favorite mid-century booth -- I loved everything he had, but didn't buy anything.
This table and chair set was really cool in person
LOVED this little side table.  Too bad I have no place to use it, so I couldn't justify the $25 to buy it
Lots of vintage kitchen!
This seller's dollhouse furniture was really impressive -- she had another two shelf units packed like this
 These 'linen ladies' are one of my favorites.  I go to most of the shows they're at and always look for them.  Their linens are in mint or excellent condition, always washed and pressed and gorgeous. and their prices are fair, too!   You'll see the wonderful printed quilt I bought from them farther down the page.
Aprons and some fun things made from cutter tablecloths
Since an antique show is more expensive than a flea market, most of what I bought today is just for me.  Here's what I came home with:
Strombecker 8" doll sized mid-century table & chairs
Snowman salt & pepper set in original box
Serious kitsch!  Birthday angels, choir boys and a sweet polka dot elephant planter
I've had a putz fireplace on my wish list for years and found this one today!  I love the little gnome congregation on the top of the mantel (don't know if it came with it or if it was added) .  The fireplace is lit from the back with a single bulb -- can you see the little Santa Claus on the red plastic inside?
I didn't know I needed this Holt Howard Santa Claus until I saw it!  It's dated 1960 and has a singing reindeer, cat and mouse.  It holds 2 candles and has little holes in the top of the piano (I have no idea what they're for).
Christmas stockings are one of my weaknesses and this one is so wonderful!  Amazingly, this was the least expensive stocking that the dealer had and was easily the most unusual one.  I love the  artist elf!
As soon as I saw this daffodil printed quilt, I knew I had to have it -- it's just perfect for spring!  I was so thankful that it was a price I could afford.  Check out the detail in the pattern...


That's it for the weekend spending...tomorrow is 'dealer day' at the mall, when they open early for the dealers to work on their booths.  I think the daffodils have gotten me in the mood and it's time to start a spring display!

Have a happy weekend!

Friday, March 4, 2016

First Flea Market of 2016!

The flea market season has officially begun...and it's about time! 
 The Jackson (Michigan) Cabin Fever indoor flea market isn't very big (it's all in one big room at the fairgrounds), but it's a nice mix of vendors.  There are the usual handmade bird houses, dish clothes and bibs, along with cheap cosmetics and new stuff, but there are many vintage dealers, too.
This nice vendor wanted to be in my picture when he heard it was going into my blog....
There were a couple of vendors with lots of Pyrex, but it was all too high priced for me!  It was lovely to look at, though.
I had a fun surprise, too....
Sometimes when I take pictures, I ask the vendors if it's okay (though no one ever minds).  I stopped in one of my favorite booths -- where I could pretty much buy everything they have -- and asked if I could take some pictures for my blog.  The seller asked the name of my blog and, when I told her, said she read it all the time!  Imagine!  I've never met anyone who reads my blog...I was really pleased.  I was getting ready to buy this super-cute chicken tea towel (because I just have to have another chicken tea towel...) and she gave it to me, saying she got so much pleasure from the blog.
Thanks, Donna -- meeting you really made my day!  Here are some shots of her cool booth.  I always love the way she stages it.
Donna had beautiful Pyrex!  
So many bunnies (and I only bought one)
Here are some other things I saw...

Loved this set, but couldn't afford it
This 1980s rocket ship was cool.  Here's another vendor who wanted to be in the picture.  Interesting that it was just the men...
Lots of kitchenware
Still can find some vintage Christmas, but it was scarce
I found quite a few good things, some destined for the Etsy shop, a few for the booth and others just for me!
Have you ever seen a tablecloth with corn before?  Even though I don't love the color combo, I had to get it because it's so unusual!
Pyrex odds and ends, destined for the booth
So much kitsch!  The Lefton leprechauns and mouse salt & pepper set were great finds
I'm hoping my friend Bargain Hunter can tell me if the Fiesta candles are a go-along for Fiestaware or not.  They're white, but as they burn down each inch drips a different color.
The flocked duckling and elf in the egg are going to live with me.  The Roy Rogers lantern is pretty cool, too
The toy Indian headdress with feathers has never been taken out of the package!
These chalkware flowers are so cheerful -- they make me wish that yellow would look good in my kitchen
So, that was my Friday adventure!  Tomorrow is a local antiques show, which I try not to miss and will, hopefully, have some great finds, too.

Happy weekend, everyone!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Hazel Atlas Crinoline...and a little Hazel Atlas History

The highlight of yesterday's trip to the local thrift was this wonderful Hazel Atlas  Ripple, most commonly called Crinoline.  There hasn't been any Pyrex at the thrift store in months and I'd about given up hope of finding anything good, so I was thrilled to see these 8 dinner plates and 4 bowls on the dinnerware shelves!

I've always liked Hazel Atlas (almost as much as Pyrex), but I just had a few odd pieces and didn't really know anything about the company.    I've been listing some in the Etsy shop, though, so I've done some research...here's what I've found out:

The company was quite old.  It started as two separate glass companies (Hazel and Atlas) that merged in 1902.  They made the glass inserts for old zinc canning jar lids and had their own line of canning jars -- Atlas was their brand name.  They had plants all over, but had several in what I think of as the 'fertile crescent' of pottery & glass companies...West Virginia, western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio.

Their first 'pattern' was Ovide, which was really just the name they had for their plain dinnerware.  In the 1930s they developed platonite, a white semi-opaque glass that they added fired-on colors to.  They used the same ovide 'blanks' and the color they fired-on would determine the name of the pattern.  This salad bowl set is an example of the fired-on finish and I believe the greens are in the Sierra line.
They made a complete set of apple-shaped Orchardware salad pieces (large serving bowl and smaller salad bowls) in both clear glass and platonite.  This is the large serving bowl in a deep pink, just like Pyrex's Flamingo Pink.  So cool!
(If this salad bowl strikes your fancy, you can find it in the Etsy shop here).
A look at the bottom shows the platonite fired-on technique
Here are two of my favorite HA patterns, though I don't have any (they're on my wish list):
Dots and Triangles
Dots
Hazel Atlas made lots of clear glass, too.  One of their most recognizeable patterns was Criss Cross and came in cobalt blue and green, as well as clear.
Criss Cross one pound butter dish (borrowed online photo)
Another favorite of mine (also on my wish list) is Pink Elephant barware.  They made an ice bucket, drink shaker, pilsners, rocks glasses and tumblers.
Sadly, not mine -- borrowed online photo
Ice bucket (not mine) -- stars and elephants!
The company logo was a large stylized H with an A inside the bottom half -- you'll often see glass with this logo incorrectly listed as Anchor Hocking (good to know if you're doing an eBay or Etsy search).  It was first used in 1923, so any piece you find with that logo was made after that date.
In the 1920s-1940s, Hazel Atlas was the third-largest glass container company in the country.  They were bought by Continental Can Company in 1957 and were part of a big anti-trust trial.  CCC continued to make glass in the Hazel Atlas plants through the 1960s.

So that's Hazel Atlas in a nutshell; I really just scratched the surface.  There were many more patterns and styles than those I've mentioned...you can see the variety by doing a search for 'vintage Hazel Atlas' in images.  So much to choose from!

By the way, here's another Hazel Atlas piece I got at the thrift yesterday:  a square vaseline glass bowl.  Vaseline glass has Uranium in it and glows under a black light.  I also picked up a Branchell melmac double circle bowl and an Art Deco percolator.  
Happy Thursday, everyone!