Saturday, February 25, 2012

Stuff for that man's cave

LWJ has 2 of these electrified Schlitz lights----
really cool!

Decoys literally "fly" out the door and these well worn, well
used fellas attest to the fact they are probably from the
40s or 50s.

All set for game night!
Seems lots of folks are still after those decorating touches that scream MAN CAVE!  Some guys have proclaimed they are sick and tired of the term and refuse to even admit they are  looking for things to fill those special get aways that are more than a den but not a family room.  Several of the dealers at Exit 55 Antiques in Fergus have a few items that just might fill the space on the wall or find a place on a bar in the rec room?   Many of our manly men come back often to scope out the new merchandise to add to their collections and to decorate those non-caves.

MORE FAVORITE THINGS

I'm partial to aqua anything, although the faded white on the
other side is very charming.  A Very Vintage find that was in
an earlier post as part of a vignette.

The mirror is part of a set that I painted aqua--what a surprise!
Large bucket on right is at Yesterdays in Alexandria, the small
firkin on the shabby drawer at Exit 55,  Fergus Falls.

Had a difficult time parting with this French, shabby, country
basket with the neat design. from Main Street Antiques in
Hutchinson.  Now at Yesterdays. 

How fun are the large rusty hooks hanging on the wire basket. 
Also love the enormous spring----perfect on a desk to hold papers.
Metal clip boards another handy industrial touch for a home office.
All from Main Street Antiques in Hutchinson.
I'D LIKE TO WELCOME THE NEW FOLLOWERS WHO JOINED THIS BLOG!  LOVE TO HAVE YOU HERE, AND HOPE YOU ENJOY THE STORIES OF THIS AND THAT.  PLANNING TO ATTEND AN AUCTION TOMORROW BUT GIVEN THE WEATHER FORECAST, MAYBE NOT.  HERE ARE A FEW MORE PIX OF SOME OF THE THINGS I WAS ABLE TO PURCHASE  RECENTLY  AND NOW WILL HAVE TO DECIDE WHICH SHOP SOME OF IT GOES TO. FINALLY GOT A NEW CAMERA TODAY SO AM ANXIOUS TO TEST IT.   ENJOY THE NEW VIEWS.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Renovation Relics

Camera is on last legs so hence the grouping.  Table possibly from
school shop class, cast iron water trough and hooks, 2 metal ladders
great primitive treenware bowl and rolling pin?

Handy and colorful items for wall art or adding to old wood
headers for hangers, blue pot cut down from ???

Thinking this is the kind of stuff American Pickers might choose!
Yellow items are from civil defense siren, old fan for funky wall
art, wire basket, iron gate from livestock truck.  Imagination central!

Love this stool----maybe from shop class or assembly line?
In earlier posts I told you about our road trip to several antique stores.  I had so much fun discovering things that are out of the norm for antique dealers.  Read an article recently in which the author lamented the fact that people were purchasing more items for decorating than for collecting and saving.  But, times they are a-changing so we had better get on the band wagon and find the funky stuff customers are looking for.  Not to say different styles and eras can't be combined for a one of a kind look.  Lots more folks are looking to reuse and repurpose both for inside and out.  Had a "garden junk" sign that hadn't sold so brought it home yesterday and will keep it for myself.   My long term dream has been to turn an unused former summer kitchen shed into a fun place to display old tools, gardening gear etc. and this sign is perfect!    Anyway, most of the items pictured will be used in an industrial/rusty relic display at Exit 55 Antiques very soon.  Our partners just returned from a family visiting, antique buying trip south so they have some awesome things to encorporate.  Email me if you have questions, follow along if you enjoy my blog and thanks to the new followers for signing up!

NOT SO FUNNY PRICES FOR OLD COMICS!

One of our sons sent us an article about two young men who inherited a collection of comic books from their aunt who passed away recently.  They had been stored in a basement after her husband died a number of years ago.  If you go to Heritage Auctions and check out the prices realized for  rare issues of comics, the young men are laughing all the way to the bank.  Unbelievable estimates for little magazines  kids used to stand in the drugstores across America reading, or trading or just tossing under the bed. ( I speak from experience having 3 boys.)  This also brings me to the sad but true stories of mom's who threw away or gave away hundreds of comics once the "boy" left home. (ask my husband)  There were also lots of baseball cards that suffered the same fate.  When we moved, I put all of the stuff and nonsense saved in the attic over the years into black garbage bags and our kids received them as gifts the last Christmas we spent in that house.  We still joke that you aren't part of the family unless you get gifts in black garbage sacks.  However:  don't expect to get a million dollars worth of comics or baseball cards!

Monday, February 20, 2012

MAIN STREET ANTIQUES IN HUTCHINSON

READY FOR SPRING IN A PERKY PASTEL GREEN.
WONDERFUL STORAGE FOR ANY ROOM IN THE HOUSE.

A REALLY INTERESTING METAL CUBBY APPARENTLY
FROM A POST OFFICE.  GREAT COLOR!

PERFECT FOR A YOUNG GIRL'S ROOM OR
OLDER GIRLS WHO ARE YOUNG AT HEART.
OUR ROAD TRIP LAST WEEK ALSO TOOK US TO HUTCHINSON, MN WHERE WE STOPPED AT MAIN STREET ANTIQUES.  IT'S A MULTI DEALER STORE WITH TWO FLOORS OF ECLECTIC ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES.  I ALWAYS MANAGE TO LEAVE WITH LOTS OF FUN THINGS.  MY HUSBAND USUALLY  OPTS TO SPEND TIME WITH ONE OF HIS FORMER COLLEGE BUDDIES IN RESIDENCE IN THE BACK ROOM WHERE THEY TALK ABOUT COLLEGE DAYS,  SO I AM FORCED TO SHOP TO MY HEARTS CONTENT!  I WAS ABLE TO GET SEVERAL PICTURES BEFORE MY CAMERA WENT STUBBORN AGAIN, BUT THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO SEE.  I WILL BE INCLUDING SOME MORE OF MY FINDS IN ANOTHER POST. HUTCH IS AN EASY DRIVE FROM THE TWIN CITIES AND WELL WORTH THE TRIP.