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Thursday, April 8, 2010

I hit the junkin' jackpot!

I've been shopping w/ Junker Val for 10, maybe 15 years.... as long as she's had a booth @ the Cattle Barn Flea.... not sure how long that's been. I don't think I have ever walked away from her booth w/out some kind of treasure. Anyway, she posted on FB the other day, about a friend of her's having a big sale of a bunch of old junk & he was pricing it cheap. So I rushed myself on over. ;o) She wasn't kidding when she said it was a bunch of old junk! It was a whole garage full! I spent about an hour & a half, going through boxes & stacks of dishes & pictures stacked up against the wall & then my back could take no more. This was a true junkin' excursion too...everything was covered in dust & was more than a bit grimy (was very thankful for the baby wipes I keep in the Blazer for the grands!) but he priced everything accordingly & I walked out w/ a whole lotta nifty old stuff.

I have tons of china (I mean like tons...it's stashed every where) so I was very, very selective in choosing from the huge stacks he had but this Bavarian cake plate was a must have.

As well as this GORGEOUS Bavarian plate...love the colors w/ the soft blues & pink roses!

He also had a very large assortment of old dog figurines. Again, I have wayyy too many already so I was very selective & only walked out w/ this one....plus the old Monopoly scottie & the tiny, tiny, tiny basset.

Some shiny brites in teh box always make me happy! So do old dolls, particularly charlottes since I have discovered altered dolls.

He had a box of old photos but by the time I discovered them, my back was protesting loud & clear so I only riffled through them quickly. LOVE this 1915 portrait of the baby in the high chair!

My heart actually started beating fast when I found the old dominoes (been looking for some) & about skipped a beat when I saw the old mini-dominoes & the mini playing cards!

This is what is called a riffle book. You riffle through it & see a chick hatching...like in fast motion.

One of the many fabulous images inside this 1950.

Salt cellars & bisque cherubs.....

small bisque piano baby. Notice the chip on the hand...many of these treasures have their flaws but again, he priced them accordingly.

Almost all of the treasures required a soak in warm water w/ a bit of dish soap & many requirted a good scrubbing but I should have left this statue grimy. It dissolved!!!!! It was a beautiful grecian statue made out of "I don't know waht" (it appeared to be alabaster) but now it's only fit to be used as a Halloween ghoul. I'll never dunk another statue again, no matter how grimy, I can tell you that much!

My absolute favorite find of the day....although I didn't know what I had until I got them home. I assumed they were doll shoes since they were in w/ the toys (spent about 15 minutes of digging before I found the mate) but once I got them home I realized these were real baby shoes. Charming, tiny, faded, pink satin baby shoes....

w/ a fabulous label inside & in near perfect condition! I did some googling of Mrs Day's baby shoes when I got home & found this exact pair...said they were made in the 40's or 50's......LOVE, LOVE ,LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!

And I got all this bling too!!!!

Cameo locket...

Vintage rhinestone necklaces.....

And some not vintage rhinestone bling but who cares, it sparkles! LOL

I already have this wonderful print but this one is a tad different, is much bigger (it's 20" by 30") & it was a steal @ only $5.

Love this Parisienne print....

it's titled "The Tiff".

Speaking of Val & good deals, I also want to share some stuff I bought from her a couple of weeks ago.

A big stack of bank deposit slips, etc from the 1950's....

This old, old wrapper to some bias tape...beautiful graphics!

some old cards from a children's game. They have such cute sayings on them & the faded sepia tones are wonderful!

Some vintage threads on wooden spools & a cigar box.

And more vintage bling! Look at the old, aged notebook papers Val tossed into the deal cause she knew I would do something w/ them. Thank you, Val!

Val doesn't have a regular booth @ the Flea anymore but has a booth @ Lone Star Antiques (one of my favorite antique malls!)...stop in & see her & she'll cut you some deals too. You can find Junker Val's website here.


Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

You weren't kidding when you said you hit the jackpot! What wonderful treasures. Each picture had me gasping! I especially love that beautiful Bavarian pink/blute plate and those sweet baby shoes, oh, and the Monopoly Scottie!! Is Lone Star Antique Mall in Ft. Worth?

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Auntie Cake said...

Wow! Did get make a haul! Love all that you got! Those plates are beautiful! And the shoes? So sweet!

Linda said...

OH my...you hit the mother lode of sales...my heart would have been pounding! My favorite was the rhinestone crown brooch! Thanks for sharing your fun day!!

Romeo said...

My gosh Cami!! That's the kind of sale to give anyone heart failure. Good thing "she" didn't find something like that, she might not live through it ;)

Romeo and "her"

Collected Treasures...for the home, heart & soul said...

JACKPOT BOOTY for sure!!!!
Love it all.

Michelle Palmer said...

Such wonderful finds~
Thank you for sharing... such fun!

Inspired-Simplicity said...

That is some great stuff. Love it all. Hope to see you at Art Divas tomorrow night.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Wow! You made out like a bandit. Lots of great stuff here. Enjoy all and have fun creating! Blessings, Tammy

Designs on 47th Street said...

Hi Cami, I had lost you again! So nice to find your blog again. Mercy me, did you ever have fun! That's the way i love to shop for all things...digging through and being excited at finding great, cheap stuff! Good for you!

Jane said...

You really did hit the jackpot. I am SO envious!! That would be my kind of sale...they probably would have had to kick me out.
There's not a single piece you pictured that I didn't love!
I look forward to seeing what you create with all of the goodies.

Jane said...

Hi Cami,
Me again. I might just be blind but where is your follow button? I have been meaning to ask you because I have been wanting to follow your blog. Thanks,

Sandy Michelle said...

I am green with envy over here! Especially over that Charlotte!! I can't wait til the antique Fair opens up here!



Cami, these treasures are just the best. You must have had so much fun digging through boxes! Thanks for sharing your photos and story of adventure. ~ Angela

Katy ~ said...

Oh my gosh, my head is spinning. What a haul! You know I have dish envy and I have big green eyes for those beautiful dishes you found.

Christine Edwards said...

Wow! You brought home some very lovely treasures that I'm sure will be so welcomed in your home. I've been out of town the last week, but I'm wrapping up getting your Tussie together. ;-) Wishing you the best!