Monday, January 30, 2012

Thrift Haul: The $3.25 Flea Market Haul. Vintage for a Quarter!

After my rant about high flea market prices it was a relief to take my hunt back to the flea market. On a sunny and unseasonably blazing hot Florida morning my business partner Rosaly and I scored a pretty bundle of vintage. Most pieces were a quarter each!


That's right, each item in this picture cost one quarter! With the exception of the Tennis Girl planter and Mod Lion which were fifty cents each. The unearthed treasures were caked with dirt but it only took a little cleaning to make them shine like new again.


This is the type of item I'd usually request for free if it wasn't offered (I'm brazen, shameless! And I'm used to people telling me to just take "trash" like this for free.) But the nice vendor was giving such good deals that I accepted the price of one quarter for this tattered vintage relic.This will be incorporated into a series I'm working on.


Continuing with the quarter trend, I scooped these two frame up for a quarter each.  They'll be filled with charming art prints and placed in one of my antique store booths soon.


Again, each item pictured was a quarter each! This is part of Rosaly's haul. I spotted the cute vintage dogs and offered them to her because it suited her reselling aesthetic better. Likewise, she kept finding me books and robot bits. She hunted hard and acquired the tidy change purses pictured from a vendor's scattered boxes.


She scored interesting geodes, vintage cologne bottles, and a cute lamb and poodle figurine, too. It's fun to hunt with a friend and look at the different finds you score from the same places! 


I scooped up the vintage picnic basket for fifty cents at the second flea market we visited. The metal eagle really makes it unique. It's already been re-purposed into an item I'll show off later in the week! Rosaly's new metal basket is perfect for retail displays, I'll show it to you again once she's got it spray painted and in use.


Rosaly's going to turn the frames into mirror trays for retail display and found the cute 90s era Pekkle pencil tin for fifty cents. Have I ever told you people have e-mailed me to identify the origin of random Japanese kawaii-style things. Yup! I've got it bad...


I was thrilled to find another Hallmark Candles vintage Danish Taper Candleholder. I've found two in perfect shape before, but this was the first one in-box...even though the box was tattered! A peek inside revealed the candleholder was in decent shape.

 
But when I got home and took it out of the box I saw it has some bad rust damage! Oops! Next time I need to take the item out of the box. I'll try to see what I can do for this piece.


Isn't it ironic that I found the Cut The Clutter book in a giant clutter pile? I'm already reading it and taking notes, I'll share anything useful I find in. A good read thus far and it was in pristine shape. This is my second Better Homes New Garden Book. I'm amassing quite a collection of vintage Better Homes books!


Anyone up for some terrifying baby doll action? Rosaly and her partner Ricky use these to stage and paint still lives. Sometimes the dolls are sewn together to form fun monstrosities to sell.


I love their still lives, they speak to a junk hunter's soul! I have two of their colorful toy-filled still lives hanging in my living room. I am so lucky to be working with such talented artists.


And because it's worth a second look...I really like this mod planter and lion combo, replete with a groovy speckled finish. If the planter doesn't sell soon I'll be tempted to keep it on my desk, filled with tiny cascading succulents! Again, can't beat the price, 75 cents for the pair!


Novelty mug, I dub thee, The Man Cup! I love "masculine" vintage swag. I wouldn't mind opening a lodge with antlers on every square inch of man space, mighty flowing barrels of beer, and there will be pirates! Oh, the jaunty tunes we will sing! (With Vikings? In silly hats?) Yo ho!

What did you find this weekend?

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42 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, you did really well. Some great finds there.

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  2. If you can remove the label of the candleholder without tearing it, you should be able to sand and spray paint the candleholder with rustoleum to protect it. If you stick with the same color, this is considered restoration, I think.

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    1. Good idea. I shall give that a try!

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  3. Nice finds - the little owl cup is sweet, I'd put succulents in that little planter too.

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    1. I loved the little owl cup, too. He sold at the shop this weekend.

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  4. I never want to go to another thrift store again after getting so many awesome things at the flea market for so cheap! Can't wait until we go back again this Wednesday - yay :)

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  5. Nice finds, Van! There's nothing like thrifting.:)

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  6. what an amazing stash! and at such a great price!! I managed to get a 2 1930s postcards and a needle point tapestry coin purse (pics on my blog) for $2! Very proud of myself, haha!

    x Aliya
    www.papermoonsandmacarons.blogspot.com

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  7. Love the Cut the Clutter book! I'm looking forward to the tips, but mostly to bask in what I accomplished last year, haha!

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  8. Fun finds- more fun cuz they were a quarter! Cut the Clutter book, I love it- wanna read it- isnt't that ironic from an addicted thrifter/collector.

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    1. I will definitely have to do a recap of it, then. :) Looks like it'll be helpful...

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    1. She really scored on those- they are in great shape!

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  10. Ok, those dolls just scare me. But I love all of your other finds. Too bad about the candle holder. Seems like just when I let my guard down and don't look at everything with a fine tooth comb, something like this sneaks in.
    Karne G

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    1. Yeeup. I sometimes buy the bad stuff. And break stuff...oh, the pain!

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  11. Visiting from ATG - Love the prices you paid on your goodies. I am a picnic basket collector and have that one too. I'm sure you know, but in case you don't - that "P" mug has a whistle on top.

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    1. I didn't know, so I appreciate you letting me know. That's a fun selling point on the "P" mug!

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  12. that owl is super cute and the frames are perfect! i always go to the frame section because you just never know what you will find!
    xo,
    cb

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    1. Yep, perfect for us art sellers ;)

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  13. have you ever been to the bounty huntress thrift blog? her header is made up of freaky dolls, it's just hilarious; i think you'd love it. i like the owl too and wonder if some kind of rust cleaner wouldn't perk up that candle holder. i'm linking up with you today!

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  14. creepy dolls! eeek! I do love those picture frames!!

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    1. Yes indeed! We found quite a haul of the creepy variety!

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  15. What a fun haul...I especially love the tiny lion. But those thrift still lifes! They are terrifying, mesmerizing AND fantastic.

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    1. I know! I absolutely love their work!

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  16. I want that picnic basket!!!!!! awesome finds I also love the frames <3

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    1. I can't wait to fill up the frames. And find more and more picnic baskets! :)

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  17. The vintage dogs are my favorite. But all of those items for a mere .25 cents, are a steal. Keep up the good finds. :)

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  18. I cannot wait to see what you will do with that picnic basket!

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  19. So funny to see a book on cutting clutter amongst so many finds ;-) I LOVE when sellers sell stuff for so chap, it's ages since I've come home with a big bag of stuff :-(

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  20. OK, our similiar picks are starting to freak me out! I just shot pics of a whistle mug I bought YESTERDAY that is almost identical with a different saying on it! Look for it in my blog tomorrow! WEIRD! HAHAHA!

    Chantal @Thrift Trick

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    1. You'll have to come by and comment because I need you to see this, lol...

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    2. Ha, it is the same! We really are always on the same length. I love how you sometimes go by Chantron like I've gone by Vantron, too.

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    3. Haha! Very interesting! Great minds...

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  21. Some nice finds in there, Van! That little owl dude seems pretty cool, funny little saying on the mug & that clutter book looks like a good read!

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  22. I love the chandleholder! I just wonder what happens to the wax when the candles start melting ;)
    Great findings Van.

    Ciao.

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    1. Some dedicated mod era housewife would scrape it off every night after dinner? :)

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