Wednesday, May 14, 2014

2 Crazy Days of Shopping - Day Two: Davisburg Antiques

I thought I'd be posting this 'second day' post the day after my 'first day' one -- an entire week ago!  It seems like there just isn't enough time in the day (or enough days in the week) to keep up with everything.  When I do one task, I keep thinking about all the other ones that aren't getting done.

But enought whining...

Back to the 2 Crazy Days of Shopping.  On Saturday (a week ago, now) my friend Bargain Hunter and I went to the first Antiques Festival in Davisburg -- about an hour closer than Midland.  It was smaller than Midland, but I think that it will grow in size and popularity very quickly.

It was a miserable day, chilly and rainy, but the shopping was fantastic.  AND extra points to the Davisburg people:  they had crews going around with wood chips, putting them on all the really muddy places to make it easier to walk.  That's something they never do at Midland!  Even with the wood chips, our feet were covered with mud and we had mud up our jeans to our calves.  But when did a little mud ever stop a motivated junker?

I intended to take pictures of some of the staging and cool items, but got too busy shopping and forgot to.  Oh well, that's something to save for next time...  I found some real treasures and filled up my granny cart and part of Bargain Hunter's.  In my defense, my granny cart is one of the smaller ones I've seen...that must be why I always fill it before BH fills hers!

Here are some of the cool things I got:
I just LOVE these woven metal baskets (or are they purses?)  I don't know if I'll sell them on Etsy or in the booth -- they have such possibilities for display
Spaniel PBN
Bag lot of children's toy dishes.  I admit it -- I bought the entire bag lot just to get the little slotted spoon and the teal starburst plates!
Glass pitchers are on my 'do not buy' list.  I couldn't pass this one up, though -- it's now in my kitchen.  I replaced another pitcher and set of six glasses with this one piece though.  That should prove I'm not a hoarder!  
These complete my set of these Daisy Pyrex bowls.  I'd just told Bargain Hunter that they were on my wish list and there they were, in the first building we went into!
This octagonal tin is in great condition.  I priced it and took it to the booth and ended up bringing it home -- I can't part with it!
Art Deco spiral chrome bookends from the 1930s
This quilt is a cutter -- 3 of the 15 blocks are too frayed and rotted to use.  The other 12 are really nice, though, and the perfect size for seat covers or pillows (if I ever get time to sew them)
This set was my big splurge for myself -- I'd never seen this set of Tavern candles before.  I don't believe that Santa was original, but he's a cute add-on
The colors in ths Canada tablecloth are so bright!  I don't know if I'll be able to sell this, either, as I love all things Canadian...
This big Old West tea towel is really unusual and in mint, unused condition. There are dates and historical events all over the map and the principal people around the edges

I'll definitely go to Davisburg Antiques again (but probably get a bigger cart).  I'm already looking forward to the next one...think how much fun it will be without the mud!

Monday, May 5, 2014

2 Crazy Days of Shopping - Day One: Maumee Antique Mall

Last Friday, my friend Bargain Hunter and I went out for a little 'retail therapy'.  We had planned to go to the M-15 garage sale (about 46 miles of garage sales), but decided to skip it because it was so chilly and rainy.  Since it didn't officially start until the next day (Saturday), we thought the early-bird sellers might just decide to wait and hope that the weather improved.  

Instead, we went to Maumee Antiques near Toledo, which has quickly become one of my absolute favorite malls!  It's in an old grocery store so it's really big and most of the booths are very well staged with lots of interesting stuff.  They even have shopping carts, which is good, since they don't have many (or any) floor walkers.  

I found some great things, with a definite mid-century vibe...
Napco bobble-head cat with two kittens
Holt Howard Santa from 1963 and a boy birthday angel (always hard to find)
Spaghetti poodle planter in near-mint condition
I think clowns are creepy, but I always like these homemade yo-yo clowns with the celluloid faces.  This little guy is only about 7" high.  The large apple bowl is fired-on Flamingo Pink & in perfect condition.
1951 Dolly Toy wall hangings -- Little Boy Blue
I thought I'd put this planter on my front porch, but now I think it will end up in the booth
I loved this teal and basketweave train case!  
The mirror's gone and the seller has added this floral paper panel.  My friend Bargain Hunter likes it, but I think the panel has got to go -- how do you vote?
I loved this showboat musical jewelry box from 1965!  Do you think it's cool or tacky?
It plays 'Way Down Upon the Swanee River'
Six Vera Neumann napkins and a garden tote -- plus a wonderful little news brochure from 1950
Mr. KV says the news magazine, called Quick, was like the ipad of the 50s, because of its caption:  "Get Quick at your newstand each Thursday and carry it in your pocket or your purse...and read it wherever you are"  We could just imagine a bus or restaurant full of 1950s people all reading their Quicks, the way people are all busy on their phones now!
After all those fun finds, you might think I wouldn't want to shop any more.  NOT SO!  We were all geared up and ready to go to the Antiques Flea Market at Davisburg the next day.  That's the next post, though.  

Have a great evening, everyone!