A thrifty, romantic country lifestyle...

May 20, 2015

Findings...New Listings...Elegance...

As promised - this is a glimpse of the goods I purchased on 
Saturday - the day I had me some kitten love.

There was so much at the one stand I was overwhelmed!  
I could have gotten way more - but I controlled myself.  
The seller just wanted rid of the stuff and was selling at rock bottom prices.  
I told him I sell - but it didn't make a difference.  
Still he offered great prices... super great.

As I was picking out some silverware pieces - 
he told me 'just take the whole drawer'... so I did!

The purses were 'bagged' at another sale.  
They are available here and here.
That is only a small portion of the brown pharmacy bottles I found. 
 I think I bought 18 of them!  

I've begun the listing process of these treasures.
Many will end up in my Etsy shop or on eBay.   Check out the shops here and here.

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May 17, 2015

Saturday Sightings - Kitty Love...

 I wasn't able to upload photos yesterday - so please allow me 
to share a bit from my awesome Saturday with you a day late.
At one of the yard sales where I stopped...

...some kitties were abandoned by their mother
on the property and needed bottle fed.
Turned out it was feeding time while I was there.

What fun to snap some pictures...  (love her hat!)

And then - they gave me a turn! 

I was in kitty heaven...
I did get bunches of goodies at this sale - but I can assure you 
I stopped any and all shopping to get me some kitty love.  
I'll share about the goods later.
 How about one more?

What is it about holding a wee one that warms our hearts?  
It was a perfect morning! ~Joyce

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May 15, 2015

Porch Sales Memorial Day Weekend...

Right now my spare time is being devoted to getting ready 
for the Mount Gretna Porch Sales.  
This was the scene last year...

I'm getting a good start.  
Most of my treasures will be vintage goods - at amazing prices.

Come on out!  Just 'google' Mount Gretna, PA - and you'll find us.

Porch Sales are Saturday May 23 8:00 AM.  
Stop by and say hello!  ~Joyce

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May 13, 2015

Dress Rack Displays...

Every week I do 5 displays on top of dress racks at our local thrift shop.  
I use whatever I can find in the store that is not already 
in a nice display.  We're getting such a good team of decorators 
that it's getting harder to find available goods.  
But here are a few I put together from 2 weeks ago...

I use books with pretty spines fairly often - 
sometimes as risers - sometimes as a main ingredient.  
I think books and coffee go together well (above display).  
But when I returned the following week - the entire display was still intact!  
I left it together for a 2nd week - we'll see.

The pillow below also hadn't sold when I returned.
  But I expected that.  It is 'dated'.  The perfume bottle also was unsold.  
I reused it in a new display and can't wait to see if someone scooped it up.

The display below I knew would be a tough sell.  
The only things that sold were the fruit plaque, glass jar and top box.  
I think the embroidery floss is neat looking - 
but apparently no one shares my view.
But regardless - the displays gets people looking and
 thinking and I have great fun doing them.

Enjoy what you do today & rejoice in your abilities!   ~Joyce

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May 5, 2015

From a Fledgling Toy Maker...

There's much about 'vintage' goods that appeal... 
the graphics, detailing, quality... 

 Plus - let's face it - for many of us they invoke memories or 
thoughts of precious loved ones from another era.
  But another aspect of 'vintage' that grabs our hearts
 is the mystery of their history.  (Did I just say that?)
  Who owned them?  How did they use them?  Who made them?  
When?  Are they still in business?...and on and on...

Recently I found this little child's toy dust pan.  Cute huh?  
It's by Wyandotte Toys - from Downriver, MI.

As cute as this toy is - the company had it's difficulties.  
At one point they made a certain gun toy that was
 considered inferior in quality by the general public.
But they sealed a deal on the toy anyway with a new company.  
Interestingly when the deal was finished - the new company 
picked up the equipment, etc. to make the toy and
 then dumped everything into the Detroit River!
   They made the deal just to end any possible competition
with no intentions of manufacturing a possibly inferior toy.  

Made me feel sad for Wyandotte.  They did go on to manufacture 
some very nice toys - but sadly ended in bankruptcy.

As for this sweet little tin pan - was the rose decal
 part of the original product  or added by the buyer?
It's hard to know.  None of my image sources show anything quite like it.

And that's all part of the allure...the 'mystery of history'.

This pan is available in my Etsy shop.
For sure - I'll be keeping my eyes open for more Wyandotte Toys.

Linking to Let's Talk Vintage
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