Junk 101: Cake Carriers

Here is another one of those things that reminds me of my grandmother’s kitchen! I didn’t realize until the other day when I paid a visit to our warehouse that I had been hoarding cake savers. You hear them called … Continue reading


Junk 101: Coke Crates and Carriers

Along with burlap and mason jars, Coke crates are all the rage right now on Pinterest. As much as I hate to jump on the bandwagon, I do love Coke crates. Actually, I love all brands, but here in the … Continue reading


Weekly Junk Report…11/26/13

Anyone who is a junker, dealer, thrifter, or whatever you want to call it, understands the absolute panic you feel when anyone wants to come over. I don’t care how organized you try to be, there is going to be … Continue reading


Junk 101: Office Supplies

I don’t know if it is because of Mad Men, but retro/vintage office supplies from the 1920’s to the 1960’s are really hot right now. They are really inexpensive, and easy to find at the flea market and at thrift … Continue reading


Junk 101: Rolling Pins

I had no idea that rolling pins had such a long and complicated history. They have been porcelain, stoneware, glass, marble and tin in addition to wood; they can be carved or painted; they can be used as advertising vehicles; … Continue reading


Junk 101: Insulators

What is an insulator?? I started collecting these things because most of the ones I found at the flea market were my favorite color, turquoise, and I thought they were pretty. Little did I know, this insulator collecting thing is … Continue reading


Flea Market 101

It is Day 1 of my 31 Days of Junk that I am doing as a part of the 31 Days Challenge at The Nesting Place. Today I thought I would start out with a little junking advice, Junk 101 … Continue reading


31 Days of Junk

This year I am joining the 31 Days Challenge at The Nesting Place blog. It is a really cool challenge…you write about one topic for 31 days straight. It’s not easy to think about something that you would want to … Continue reading


Weekly Junk Report…May 7, 2013

I have always loved antiques. My mother has always been a collector, and I used to spend a lot of time when I was growing up in antiques stores. My mother did a great job of teaching me a basic knowledge of furniture and art. The one thing you learn about antiques is that you never stop learning, and you will never know everything about anything! One of our favorite things about buying and selling is coming home with a purchase and researching it. Whether it is cast iron, china, silver, mason jars, Pyrex, Fire King, old books, textiles, lamps…you never know what you are going to find out.

I really had to eat some humble pie last week. My husband is working out of town in Tennessee during the week. Sometimes he goes to the thrift shops up there, and I always look forward to what he brings home at the end of the week. He found some awesome vintage school desks, Fire King, Pyrex…he does a great job, usually. A couple of weeks ago he bought a pair of lamps. I couldn’t believe he bought them. To me, they are hideous.

Well, hubby did his research. Apparently these things are called “Hollywood Regency.” And on eBay they go for hundreds of bucks for a pair. Are you kidding me?? And Kary had to admit that he did not waste his money. But I still don’t like them. They are now here, on eBay.

On a lighter note. I found perhaps my best buy EVER! I love old silver. I always buy random serving pieces at the flea market or thrift store when I find them. A couple of weeks ago I bought 6 pieces of blackened silver from a man at the flea market for $2…

…and then I bought 126 pieces of silver plate from a lady for $20.

Wow! Seemed like a deal. Started looking it all up on my iPad. These some of the patterns in the big pile…




The patterns were mostly “Beloved” from 1940, “Bird of Paradise” from 1923, “Nuart” from 1932, “King Arthur” from 1941, and “Queen Mary” from 1953.

Then I started looking at the serving pieces I bought for $2. The iced tea spoons are “One” from 1913, one of the meat forks is “Adam” from 1917, and the other is “Lorne” from 1878. Awesome, huh? By the way, there is a great website where you can look up silver plate patterns, here. None of the silverplate patterns is worth less than $12 dollars per piece on Replacements, Ltd. Which means I scored over a thousand dollars of silverplate for $20.

But, wait. It gets better. This ladle was one of the six pieces I bought for $6

I took a look at the back…

That says J E Spear. I googled him. Turns out that is the mark of James E. Spear, who worked as a silversmith in his shop on Kings Street in Charleston from 1846-1871. Check out this ladle of his that was auctioned by Christie’s. It went for $1434.00 in 2002.

Woo-hoo!! Best find EVER!


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Weekly Junk Report…10/29/12

I had a great week for shopping! No furniture, but I got a ton of smalls. I found an old army blanket for my son, Cooper, in mint condition, and John found a vintage 5 gallon milk can, definitely the largest item of the week. I am sorry to say that I am keeping most of it instead of taking it to my booth…sorry, honey!

See the set of 10 vintage banana split dishes? And I found the covered Churchill Blue Willow casserole for $5!

I found this complete 3-piece Shirley Temple breakfast set:

Lots of pyrex bowls, plates, and Fire King:

I love this 1950’s cast iron birdbath I got for $2…

I love these vintage Knowles plates for $1…

This enameled brass picture frame I found for $1.25, and I swear it weighs 2 pounds…

I might actually make bread in this huge McCoy bowl:

I found a fabulous Villeroy and Boch Mettlach cake plate for $2 to add to my white plate collection:

This little cup says, “juice for good teeth”…

One last thing I will bore you with. This is an antique poker chip holder that rotates and has a lid! The chips are awesome colors!


Pretty good haul!

Happy Monday!