I’ve decided that from now on whenever I see anything cool at the thrift stores I’m going to ask myself the three questions that I used when purging my craft room.
Do I love it? Do I need it? Can I sell it?
To buy an item at least one of these questions has to be a yes, and two is even better. This seems to be working for me because I’m bringing home the best stuff.. for me anyway.
This mid-century sewing box is an easy yes to love and need.
Funny, but I didn’t even notice that one of the accordion hinges needs a screw replaced until I saw this pic. I’m pretty sure I’m going to keep the wood as is. It’s a little worn on the outside but other than that it’s in great shape, and I think it’s best to keep the original finish in case I decide to sell it some day down the road.
It stretches about 54″ wide when fully opened. Leo was quite impressed.
Since I’m not much of a sewer, except the odd project here and there (and I do mean odd, lol), I’ll be repurposing it in my craft room for other things.
This tealight tree is a love for what I think it can be… and a need, as in I need to take it apart as soon as possible and do that project.
I knew what this could be as soon as I saw it, and that’s why I bought it for $1.
I’m really trying to stay away from the “I’m sure I can do something with that someday” conversation that I used to have with myself before I’d buy something that I didn’t really need, and the simple truth is I have more than enough someday treasures already.
From now on Someday treasures are going to have to be really super fabulous for me to bring them home.
This 3-footed medieval looking silver plated gravy boat is a love and a sell . It’s marked EPM with a castle motif. My research tells me that it’s a vintage reproduction by Corbell & Company from the 60s or 70s of a 19th century design. It’s very ornate and heavy
The handle looks like a dragon to me, but I suppose it could be a bird of prey. Whichever it is, it’s kinda scary looking.
These two ceramic steins are a sell. They’re quite detailed and the car one is marked on the bottom To Papa, from Andi, Dec. 84.
I don’t love them because they’re not really my thing, but I do think they’re pretty cool. I think I can sell these in my etsy shop.
And lastly, I can’t leave any antique books of literature behind. They have to come home with me, and lately my local thrift store has been having more than usual. These two by Charles Dickens were $1 each.
The bottom book published in 1875 is called Drawn from Life Sketches, Young Ladies, Young Gentleman, Young Couples. There are several stories in each ‘Young’ section such as The Romantic Young Lady, The Stupid Young Lady (I kid you not), The Military Young Gentleman, The Bashful Young Gentleman, The Egotistical Couple, and The Cool Couple… just to name a few. I think this will make for some interesting reading.
The Martin Chuzzlewit volume is signed inside the cover by Lorene Jackson, Sept. 1934, but I’m sure it’s even older than that.
For me antique books like these are always a definite love and a definite need… and never ever a sell.
Well that’s it for this week. Did you find any love, need, or sell items this week?
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.