Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Little Junqueing and an Old Car

It's been a while since I've shown any fun finds. There hasn't been a lot lately but I did pick up a few little things the last couple of weekends. 
The hat is certainly not the most attractive as it's a wild orange and yellow print, but the beige flowers will most likely be removed and used on projects.  The blue and gray roses are vintage pins.  The holiday apron pattern will most likely go in my Etsy shop.
The pretty lace collars and cards came from the same sale, along with the woven department store ribbon from Cash's - one roll has 1953 and the other rolls has May and Cash's. I need to research this as I don't remember a business called Cash's here, nor do I know how the ribbon was used. If anyone knows, I'd love to hear.  The photo was my sole purchase at one sale.
My friend Leann messaged me about an estate sale near me this past weekend.  Our friend Chris and I were headed to Leann's to craft this weekend, so we stopped by the sale on our way.  I found these cute books. The larger book has only one page of journaling and the smaller has none but I was still pleased to get them. Chris did find one of the record books that was filled with financial journaling, and even used a couple of the pages in one of her projects later that day.
I liked the olive green, pink and gray embroidery on this table runner, but got it home to discover that each end was worked in different shades of pink and green. Now I have to wonder if the maker ran out of thread and made do, or if they changed colors for some other reason.  
This little fruitcake box was filled with garters and straps, apparently stockpiled but never needed.  The packages appear to date from the 1950s and 1960s.  Here's my favorite:
I have no idea what I'll do with these. They'll be added to a small collection I've gathered from the purchase of various boxes of vintage sewing supplies. I did use one garter on a Birdsong project, so maybe the others will be of use someday.
My favorite find was this little hat for $1.  There were several other hats at the sale - all marked $20 and none as cute as this.  It was in the garage with some holiday decorations - can't imagine why, but I'm glad I found it.  I'm crazy for those ruffles around the edge, and the shabby rose makes me happy, too.

That's it for now.  The DH may be taking some leave on Friday so hopefully we can find a few good sales.  That's if I can pry him away from his 1939 Chevy. He's making progress. After years of sanding and hammering and welding he's starting to fit all the pieces back together. The doors will go on this weekend. 

It started out about like this but rusty and dirty. I can promise that A LOT of work has gone into it up to this point, and there will be a lot more as he's doing it all himself.  He's getting to the critical and expensive parts now, but hopefully someday there will be a great looking - and driveable - vintage vehicle in our garage!


  1. I love your finds! The runner might just be faded from the sun on one end.
    That truck is AWESOME! I actually tried to restore a 1952 Chevy 5-window one time. Bit off WAY more than I could chew, I can tell you that, and ended up giving it away to get rid of it and all the pieces of it.

    1. I hadn't thought about fading but took another look at the runner after reading your comment, Kathy. I figured that was probably it and I was just so smitten with the lighter colors that fading didn't occur to me. A couple of leaves on the lighter end are worked in the darker green, so it's not faded. I'm suppose it was just a question of using whatever thread was available.

  2. Those are some fun finds, we are so alike in what we love!! One of these days you'll have to show us how you store it all away; I'm definitely looking for ideas!

    1. Right now I could only show you storage tricks you don't want to learn! : )

  3. I love seeing what other people find at does make me miss junking in the States though. Keep sharing, please.

  4. those bra straps are my fav...i love them ..they have so many crafty uses...

  5. Olá
    Já fazem 20 anos que meu marido tem um jaguar 1960 e só agora em abril é que vamos para a França e Englatera buscar as peças que faltam.nunca é tarde e temos 56 anos.
    Amo as suas criações!