early bird gets the worm

Last week I was off from work which afforded me the rare opportunity to hit some Friday estate sales.  I always, always wanted to go to the Friday sales! 

I made it to them!  Let me tell you that the Friday early birds are INtense.  I got to the first sale just 10 minutes after it started and it was swarming with buyers.  Serious buyers who already had piles set aside.  I grabbed a vintage green bench just as soon as I could get my hands on it and found it was already claimed.  If only I woke up 10 minutes earlier.  That chippy bench would be mine!  Good thing I managed to find some other sweet vintage items.

I tried to shake off the bench loss when I found these old gardening hand tools buried in the back of the sale.  The horticulturist in me was ecstatic with the wooden handled wonders.

They just don’t make ’em like this anymore.  Check out how the metal curves around on this cultivator.  Love.

And these orange tools are so retro.  I didn’t even clean the 50-year-old dirt off yet.  Note to self.  Anyway…the color!

And another old school trowel…

like the ones we hung in the sunroom to use as hooks.

Enough of the gardening tools.  Let’s talk enamelware.  Like last week, I found some!  This time it is a 7 piece set of pots and pans.  I’m not even sure that they were ever used.

The stripes are just too fun!

Oh but these little lotus dishes are A-door-bell!

How can you not love?

By this point in the morning, I was moving right along from sale to sale.  Long forgotten about the chippy bench.  I swear.  Aqua planter? Yes, please.

A few Victorian inspired repros…

The old soap sign is perfect for a bathroom or laundry room.  It is circa 1974 so still vintage in my book.  Plus the rusty goodness gives this sign some character.

These hooks are going to be put to work in one of my shutter re-do’s.  I actually had a set of these in an old house of mine but left them behind.  I was happy to see them!  They look sooo old but are probably only 1950’s or 60’s.

A lil’ vintage candy jar! Always a love of mine so difficult to pass up.

I also took home some pint-sized furniture.  This white stool folds up. 

It’s a whole lotta shabby and a little bitta chic.  Check the faded stenciling. Mmm hmmm.

Now this mini folding chair might just be a dud.  I think I’m allowed one in all of these finds, right?  It’s pretty far gone but hopefully I can recover one way or another.

I’m thrilled with all of my mentioned finds but despite my Friday efforts and my attempt at being some sort of early bird, the gem of the weekend came Saturday morning when I wasn’t looking.  I drove by a Church sale, that wasn’t on my agenda, and hit the brakes.  Boy, am I glad I did because I rolled out this treasure…

Drumroll please.

Whatcha think of my industrial office chair?  I’ll say it again – They just don’t make ’em like this anymore!

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my fix

Due to the extreme heat that I keep complaining about, I didn’t go junking at all this weekend.  I pretty much went directly from air conditioning to air conditioning as much as possible.  I considered flea marketing this morning but slept in instead.  I still had to get my vintage fix some where.  I took to some antique shops instead.

I picked up a few caddys from Not Just Antiques in Glenside, PA.  They gave me a good price because they’re packing up and moving into Mainly Shoes and More in Mt. Airy.  Can’t wait to check out the new location.

I really like the shape of the low one.  It is great for corralling and displaying things.  Currently my vintage mother of pearl silverware is on display in the dining room built ins.

I found the others at a new shop in North Wales, PA called Bowman’s Emporium.  This was the third visit I’ve made to this shop and I’ve never left empty handed.  The prices are really great.  I got the following 3 items for my evolving home office for just over $20.

I love this chippy yellow old school wine rack.  I’m not using it for wine though. 

Turns out that it makes the perfect fabric rack.

Here it is in its new home in the office near the vintage dress forms. 

I picked up this wirey magazine rack for my design magazines that are always on hand.  It makes me really happy.

And the fabulous retro Birch Beer glass is now a pen holder on my desk.  I love love love the aqua & pink!

That sums up my buys for this week.  What vintage treasures did you find?

Linking to:

Southern Hospitality Blog

Vintage Mod Life

Apron Thrift Girl

Twice Owned Tuesdays