Monday, July 18, 2011

My First Fridgie!

This weekend was full of family barbecues, but I did manage to squeeze in a fabulous estate sale at a very old farm in Bridgewater, CT.
They wouldn't let us in the actual house, it was allegedly empty.

Everything that was for sale was in a barn that had been converted to living quarters -- and it was awesome in there.  A very small kitchen with everything built into the walls, and that's where I started of course, and I was crushed to find that there was NO Pyrex.

There were tons of old books and old sheet music - mostly classical - and an empty cello case. I almost bought the case in order to decoupage it but decided to leave it for someone who would treat it honorably.

Sometimes I have a hard time believing I live near such beauty as this farm and it's property.













And check out these ancient floorboard in the actual barn!


There were a ton of tools and gardening items and things I didn't even know what to do with in here.

There was also this gorgeous cabinet that the estate sale people for which the estate sale company was asking $300.







Music stand, pastry cutter, small strainer, pulp fiction, a collection of stories
from Edgar Allan Poe published in 1934, some Bach sheet music
And my favorite finds!
My first fridgie and a very heavy juicer
After the estate sale and tag sales where I ended up only buying Stephen King books for the boys, we all went to my Dad's house.  He and my stepmother had already been to the estate sale since they live less than a mile away from it.  My stepmother handed me the fridgie above - she had picked it up for me the second she saw it.  It's in awesome shape, despite being lidless.  Yay!
Silk Flowers, an old version of Parcheesi (nothing missing!) and a thin
box for tea that I am decoupaging for a friend.
I'm pretty excited about the Dashiell Hammet and Raymond Chandler books.  I love mysteries and those two are classic masters.

I'm linking to Her Library Adventures for Flea Market Finds.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Love Seeing the Art Guitars In Their New Habitats


















"Tease" guitar hanging on exposed
brick at Tease At Martin's Salon in Danbury, CT.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Bead Table Wednesday

My bead table has exploded in a profusion of silk flowers.
My beads have been rudely shoved aside for this latest frenzy of summer hair accessory-making that has gripped me like St. Vitus Dance.

I really need a new glue gun, by the way, this one came over on the Mayflower.

I was attempting to make other kinds of barrettes with my huge ribbon and vintage lace stash but haven't been happy with what I've come up with.

Hey, it's like Frankenstein's lab up there sometimes.  Sometimes I make some pretty cute/cool things, other times, it's a HOT MESS.  Either way, it's fun.



I keep meaning to post the necklace I made from the Bead Swap from Sarah @ My So Called Junky Life, but want to photograph it outside so everyone can see how sparkly and awesome her beads were.  Her blog is very cool, I would love to browse through her booth! Just lovely.

In the meantime, this past weekend we didn't hit any flea markets and went to about three tag sales.  I purchased a few things which I'll post tomorrow, but my favorite thing wasn't even funky or vintage.  Someone sold me a ton of Tastefully Simple dips and mixes for $1 a piece. WOO HOO. Garlic Garlic Dip is one of my favorite things of all time.  Especially with super thin crispy tortillas.  It was never used.  Oh boy, I'm going to be alienating the boys for weeks with the fumes.


You can see a whole mess of bead tables over on Flickr

Friday, July 1, 2011

My Cubby Of Curiosities

I have a small collection of very small weird things, and I figure, since most of it was either thrifted, passed down, or came into my hands in odd ways, it was worth a post.

My title is a bastardization of, of course, a Cabinet of Curiosities which would be far more interesting than my little collection, I had never heard of one of these until I picked up a book in a series I loved by the fabulous Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child - I love many of their books, but of course, the Pendergast series is my favorite.  I didn't realize that people were always collecting odd and rare things, but recently I read that even cavemen collected "unusual" stones and hid them in piles.  We're a collecting sort, we are!

Anyhow, to my collection:
Still have some spaces to fill!
Here's my collection.

One of my favorite pieces is that "bronze" mermaid on the bottom right.  That's actually a butane cigarette lighter that I bought on the street in Rome.  When you press a button, her nipples light up and a blue fire shoots out of what WOULD be her crotch if she actually had legs and not a fish tail.  The incongruity of a flaming crotch on a mermaid was what sold me more than the light up nips, but the overall tackiness is what made me fall in love.  And of course, all the funny looks when I whipped this big heavy thing out of my purse to light my cigarette.  I quit smoking over 8 years ago, but I will always keep this lighter, not just because it's technically my only souvenir from Italy (I lost my other one, an amazing red velvet scarf that I sorely miss), but because it's still so silly.

That harmonica in the front was my grandfathers.  Those three stamps to the left of that are all around 22 cents or cheaper, and for some reason, my grandmother held on to them and they were in her writing desk that I inherited.

Fancy needles from England, an ancient matchbook from "The Scandia"
a smorgasbord restaurant and an old NYC subway token

I also have a thing for old matchbooks from New York that have the old school phone numbers on them that start with letters (like Circle 6-6608).  The Scandia Restaurant is now closed, but a postcard lives on, check out this crazy interior.  Naturally, I love anything from NYC considering that I consider myself a New York City transplant even though I grew up 30 minutes from where I now live in Northwestern CT.  I still passionately love New York and miss it almost every day-- but what I am really missing is the New York of my past.  It's changed a lot and I'm glad I live where I live now, but if I come across a token or any matchbooks or any photos of defunct NYC places, I snap them up.  I have been using Pinterest to "Pin" photos of places in NYC that I loved that are now closed, too.  Another "collection."

Spy camera! See that tiny foil? That's the FILM, I die over this.
Ahh, the Hit type C.M.C. spy camera! This is one of my favorites, and was once my mother's.  It comes with this awesome leather case and a wee roll of 18.5mm film.  I don't even want to use it although I have found places online where I can get other rolls of this film.

I think this is such a funky little thing that I can't believe my (totally square but awesome) Mom had this.

I wish they'd make reproduction of this camera, but make it a digital camera, and I wish it would come with the kicky yellow leather case, too.

Let's see Clockwise from left:

Bakelite mah jong tile,

Odd brass label plate, don't know what for

Silly glass mouse pendant

Little wooden mushrooms from that one estate sale haul that netted me a TON of vintage sewing and craft supplies

Heavy metal spider ring with cement in the crevasses - a gift from a boy that I met on the Amtrack from Ft. Lauderdale to Philadelphia - we talked all night and exchanged rings and not numbers because we knew we could never "work" in the real world.  I wonder if he still has mine, it was a silver band with leaves and vines carved on it.

And this is my most prized possession.  I found this in my grandmother's writing desk.  My grandfather used to smoke and for their anniversary one year Grandma bought him a Zippo, borrowed something with his signature on it and had them engrave his actual signature on the lighter.

I found this after he had passed away and seeing his VERY familiar handwriting dissolved me into tears, I will always miss him!  But I do have this!

and to wrap up, here's:

A Tiny little bucket

A pewter Pegasus "holding" a crystal ball (so groovy)

My goofy mermaid lighter

A TINY Chinese change purse -- seriously, I doubt it would hold a quarter.

Finger cymbals from when I attempted to be a belly dancer.

Hard to make out, but next to the finger cymbals is another old matchbook from a  NYC Restaurant called "Moby Dick" that is still in existence.

What about you? Do you collect little weird things too?  What's one of your tiny prizes?
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