Sunday, September 26, 2010

Finally made it out again!

So I haven't been able or in the mood to treasure hunt lately. I did sign up to go to an estate sale a few weeks ago and then The Little Treasurer Hunter caught a cold and I was not able to make it. However, I saw an announcement for an Amundson Auction and worked it out with the hubby so that I could go. The weather turned out to be great; although, I wasn't dressed for great weather.
Here are the two treasures I got:

 This is three great pictures of the Monterey Bay in California taken in 1934.  I am contemplating given it to my parents for their anniversary.  They often go to Monterey to celebrate their anniversary so I thought it would make a great present.

 These are eight Ice Tea Spoons for my silverware which was my grandmother's.  I got a complete set of the silverware (5 piece place setting for eight, 3 serving tablespoons, 1 solid casserole spoon, 1 sugar spoon, and 1 serving fork).  Some of the pictures are below.  I am not sure whether I am going to keep the set (it is either the dinner set or the luncheon set and I have the other one that it is not) or sell it.  I am keeping the Ice Tea Spoons for sure, they are very hard to find.

I spent a lot of time at the auction because, as usual, the items I wanted to bid on were last to come up.  Oh well, it was fun getting to know the fellow buyers there.

Until next time, Happy Treasure Hunting.

Monday, August 16, 2010


I am offically done buying crocks! :)  My sister found me a 5 gallon Crown crock two weeks ago.  Then last Tuesday I took my parents to Hippo Hardward so that they could get drawer pulls for their newly remodeled bathroom and closet.  Well, while we were at Hippo, my parents bought this 6 gallon Marshall Pottery crock as an early birthday present.

I thought that the 5 gallon and 6 gallon were the only ones that I had left to search for, but was I wrong!  Again, while we were at Hippo Hardware, I ran across this beauty and could not resist buying it.  Look at the second picture and you will see that it is a 30 Gallon Crown crock.  YES, you read that right, 30 Gallon!  It is broken and needs to be glued, but I really don't care.  I had no idea they were made that big.  What a fabulous find.

Happy Treasure Hunting to everyone!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A new crock for the patio!

So I have found another crock for the patio.  This one is a 10 gallon made by the same company as my 8 gallon one, The Marshall Pottery Company, Marshall Texas.  I picked this one up from an estate sale held this past weekend by Always P&P.
This great little rocking horse was a purchase made by my husband.  We went to the Garrison Auction on Saturday (I had to meet him there since I had to go to the Vintage Gathering first).  My husband went to try to get some items for the shop, but got out bid on everything he was interested in.  This little horse was the entertainment of our Little Treasurer Hunter the whole auction, so when it came up in a choice bid my hubby grabbed it for $5.00!  I think he will get about another month or two of use from it and then he will be too big.  But hubby thinks he can make a bigger version.
Good luck Treasure Hunting to all!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Expo Weekend Finds

My sister, Gina, made her annual visit for the Antiques & Collectibles Show at the Expo. She always comes in a few days before the show so that we can hit Estate Sales & Garage Sales. As usual, we had a great time! As soon as she landed on Wednesday we headed to an estate sale in Milwaukie. My little treasurer hunter fell asleep in the car so my sister had to go in first.
She scored me this great enamel bowl and two flower frogs for two bucks total.
Thursday we went down to the Monticello where I found a glass flower frog (not pictured) for one of my Viking Blooms and Light vases that I got at the auction in March.

Friday started early, but not as early as I wanted due to a certain little treasurer hunter sleeping in. We started in Ridgefield at a sale where the estate of an antique dealer was being sold. This was not the first sale held and there will be others to follow. Not everything was unpacked when we arrived and Gina and I ended up helping finish. There was a great selection of pottery that we got first dibs to because those were the boxes we helped unpack! We also got really fair prices because of our help. The above picture shows what I purchased on Friday. The two white pieces are McCoy, the blue bottle is a Baby Face bottle, and the green piece is not marked.

These two cute McCoy planters were also from the Ridgefield sale that we went back to on Sunday. The spider plants in the pots are also from the sale that were free.

Got these two flower frogs at a garage sale also in Ridgefield. They also work in the Viking vases. Got them for a dollar each. Score!

I got this great table cloth (that is quite big) and these little Santa's for $1.25 total at a garage sale that we just happened upon. Those always seem to be the best sales, don't they?

Here is my sister Gina with her first purchase of the show on Saturday with Beth, who sold her these great Italian lamps.

And here I am with my first purchase of the show. A third Viking Blooms and Light vase. No flower frog in the picture, but I did get the correct one later in the day at the same booth I bought the vase. They were sold separately and I did not realize what was the correct frog. The frog that belongs with this vase has a candle stick holder in the center. I was told that the frogs I have pictured above were the correct ones. Doesn't really matter to me, they all work and look good.

My only other purchase during the show was this great umbrella stand. It was white when I purchased it, but it was peeling and my patio furniture is black so it is now black.
Gina got some great deals on two cement urns, two fabulous chandeliers, a hand painted tray, sold her bag of silverware that paid for the chandeliers and the tray, and cake plate for a friend. All in all, a great weekend with lots of treasures and fun times!
I can't wait for the Vintage Gathering and the Barn House Flea! Should be lots of fun. Good luck to all in your treasure hunting.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

What to do with all of this?

I know that I need to post my finds from last weekend (I am working on collecting the pictures), but I have a dilemma. What in the world to I do with all this lavender?

This basket is overflowing and it is only from one and a third out of six plants that need to be trimmed. I hate the idea of throwing it away, but I really don't need this much.

Here is the remaining to be trimmed. It smells so wonderful and the bees are enjoying it so much. If I let it be, it goes to seed and then I am picking lavender starts from my rose garden like they were weeds. Oh, the dilemmas of summer. :)

BTW, if anyone would like some fresh cut lavender, just let me know.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

For the Love of Crocks

You may have seen some of the crocks that I have found at estate sales and garage sales. My sister got me started with three of them at a garage sale four years ago. I use them as planters in the summer time for herbs and flowers. I thought I would show what they look like. You should have seen the face of a gentleman recently when I told him I use them at planters. He actually thought that I planted directly in them, but as you can see I plant in pots and then place those pots inside the crocks. If you are not aware, NEVER plant directly in one, it will break.

Past two weekends

The past two weekends have been fun for treasure hunting. The weather has been trying at times, but I have found some fun items and some practical items.

I got this great galvanized bucket with strainer and these two hummingbird feeders on the fun side. And on the practical side, I got two cans of rose spray and a garden hose nozzle two weeks ago.

The hummingbirds are finally starting to use this one since I hung it from my flower basket.

I found this great treasure for my little treasure hunter at a yard sale last week. Both my husband and I each had one growing up and our little one loves it. I also found him the wooden Gordon engine w/tender, Anne, and Clarabel for his train table. All the items were 50 cents each (including the telephone). If you have ever shopped for Thomas the Train pieces, you know that the wooden ones are the most expensive ranging from $12.00 to $25.00 each for one engine. I really enjoyed finding them for 50 cents!
Got these two great books at a sale last week as well. I guess the people holding the sale had one last year. They apparently once had an antique store somewhere and have been selling off their inventory periodically from their house. They were well organized and fairly priced. It was a nice sale.

This great enamelware tub will work get for picnics. I plan to fill it with ice and place the sodas and water in it. I know that is not that original, but I don't have anything like it and have always wanted one for that purpose. And the price of 50 cents was perfect!
Found this great Thomas Moran print at the same sale as the enamelware tub. I didn't know who it was by until I did some research, but I liked it and the price was right at $3.00. I will find the prefect place for it in the house. Hubby thinks it belongs in a cabin, but once he sees it up in the proper place I know he will like it.
Well, that is all for a now. Happy treasure hunting to you!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Small finds

June has been fun for finding small treasures. Below is a collection of several sales. All at great prices. A couple of the treasures were picked up the end of May.

This is a wide shot of the treasures. I haven't been very good at keeping up with my blogging, so I just took this picture to include everything. It is kind of hard to see everything, there are some close shots below. The table cloth, green Judy planter, poker chip holder, and the rug underneath everything were found at a estate sale in Camas. Got everything for $1.75.

Here is a close up of the table cloth.

Here is a closer view of the Judy planter, a game of Kizmet that I found at one of Patsy's sales and a French-English Dictionnaire I got at a sale in Camas.

I got all this rick rack at the sale in Camas with the Dictionnarrie and the below candle stick coasters (is that their correct name?). I plan on making some really fun cards with the rick rack.

I found this little bin in a sale of Patsy's at the end of May. I also got two larger metal ones for my husband. I got them the last day of the sale so they were all 50% off. Great deals! This has come in VERY handy in my project room. You can already see the rick rack, ribbon, buttons and other crafty things I have filled it with. The stencils on top were in one the boxes for my husband, but I confiscated them. :)

This little tin item was too cute to pass up. It reads Letters, Bills & Misc, and has four hooks for keys. I am not sure where I will use it. It may become a present for someone as well.

I am looking forward to the upcoming Vintage Gathering this weekend and the upcoming Antique & Collectibles Show at the Expo in a couple of weeks. My sister will be flying in for the Expo. We always have so much fun. I really can't wait to introduce her to all the great people I have met during my outings.

Have a great time in your Treasure Hunting!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Rainy, No Luck Day!

Okay, what is it with people advertising their junk sales as estate sales? I really wish people would be honest when advertising. I recently saw an ad placed on craigslist regarding this very same issue. Today I drove across town to an "estate sale" only to find a garage sale with nothing but holiday decorations (nothing vintage or cool), happy meal toys, jewelry making supplies and a bunch of misc. stuff (I am being kind).

So my Little Treasurer Hunter and I headed over to a multi-family garage sale and found some children's books and a toy truck. Then a stop at Goodwill to find a 10 1/2 in. clear Miss America plate (that was a cool find). Also got the game Boogle (original one with the wooden dice) and some stensils for card making. So it wasn't a bust, but it wasn't what I had in mind either.

This month has not been the greatest at finding treasures, but at least I got out. The most I have found are books for the Little Treasurer Hunter.

I did get this great Santa a couple of weeks ago. He lights up with a bulb at the bottom. I can't wait until Christmas to use him.

Well, good luck to you in your treasure hunting!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

April's Treasures

I didn't realize that it has been over a month since I posted anything. More importantly, I didn't realize that it had been over a month since I made it out to any sales! Here is what I found in April. Only made it out to half a dozen sales and a few of those I got to late, so not much to share.
I got this bag of old clothes pins at an estate sale. I have no idea what I will do with them, but they looked fun and I am sure my little man and I will be able to craft something with them.
I got this trio at an estate sale over in Hazel Dell. I just love crockery. I will add the pot to my collection I use during the summer on the patio. I put potted herbs in them. The bowl is on my kitchen table with apples in it. Looks fabulous. The vase is McCoy.
This handy little box was a fun find at a estate/moving sale held by Amundson Auctions. It is not old, but will come in useful in my project room. I may get my husband to make me another one.
This is a Hull vase. It has the same colors as the one I got at the coast in February. I seem to keep finding only rectangular ones. But aren't they pretty?

Found this fun old book for my little man. It is not in the best condition (electrical tape along the binding), but it is a fabulous dictionary for kids.
Another tanker. This one is shorter than my other one, but I love them. This love may get out of hand. But probably not with my frugalness.

My last find for the month of April was this tray. Now I didn't get this one for the same price as the first one I found (free), but I think I did okay at $11.00. It looks nice in the dining room.

Well, that is all for now. Wish me luck in the month of May. And good luck to you in your Treasure Hunting.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

What a Fabulous Auction!

I had so much fun at the latest Admunson Auction. It was very, very long, but a blast! Being a collector vs. a dealer, I have a different prospective on things. I didn't mind the fact that it took more than eleven hours the second day to get through everything. I am not even sure what time it ended since I had to leave at 7:00 pm and it was still going with a ton of things left to auction off.

Plus I have learned that I just love the auction atmosphere. I enjoy watching the bidding process, get really excited when I am bidding and love it when I or someone I know gets what they really wanted. I am also learning a lot about what things are worth and what the good finds are watching other people bid and buy things.

So here is what I picked up this past weekend:

This is a great picture that another bidder GAVE me! The story goes like this: I started bidding on a great mountain landscape print that was similar to a Thompson, but chickened out and stop bidding when it went too high for my pocket book. A dealer I have befriended picked up where I left off and ended up getting the print. What neither one of us realized is that he got both prints shown and that it wasn't choice of either one. So when he was handed both the prints I made a comment how pretty this one was and he handed it to me! I asked if I could pay him for it, but he stated that he was going to be able to make money on the mountain scape print and I could just have the flower print. I have been learning a lot from him at the past couple of auction. I can't wait to meet his wife, it sounds like we like a lot of the same things.

This flower frog and vase were a partnership bid with a wonderful collector I met that day. We happened to be sitting next to each other and discovered that we would be bidding on the same thing. So well before our box came up for auction we worked out a deal that we would bid as one and split the treasures. There were three of these vases in the box. Joyce wanted the red and yellow ones and I was just looking to add one or two to the blue one I already have (thanks Gina). Since Joyce had a bigger collection of them going and needed the red and yellow, I didn't mind only getting the green one. I really don't need any of them. So for $5.00, I got this fabulous green flower frog and vase to match my aqua blue one.

Okay, I need help with this bowl. I have no idea who it is made by or what it is made of. It is a pretty bowl and came in a box with the following three items all for $5.00. It was also my first official purchase at the auction.

This small bowl was with the above bowl and is China made in England, but that is all I know. I was after the plate that follows and no one else was bidding on the box, so I got them all.

Another nice small bowl, but as you can see, it has a hairline crack in it. Oh well, it is still pretty and I will find uses for it.

This transferware plate is what I really wanted out of the box. It has two small chips in it, but otherwise it is in great shape. And a bonus is that my husband likes it! I would have paid $5.00 just for this, but I got the three bowls with it as well.

This is one of two candle stick holders that I got in a box with the following vase. I was thinking the vase was Bauer, but I am not sure. I like the vase no matter who it is made by, so it does not really matter. My husband likes the candle stick holders, so that was another bonus.

All in all, I spent $34.72 and got some great treasures and had a great time! I can't wait until the next auction!