Thursday, February 7, 2013

Finds and Friends, Ghosts and Getting Better

Today was another auction day. I felt a lot better, well enough to go (I would have to feel really bad to miss an auction!) and sure enough that I was over my bug and not going to infect anyone else with such misery.

So off we went. We had a grand time, we brought home some good finds which are still in the truck so I'll have to show-and-tell tomorrow. But there was something better than finds at the auction today, and that was meeting up with some of my blog friends. That's one of the best things about blogging--I make friends that I would never have met otherwise.

I'd met Richard Westfall before, and it is always a pleasure to see him. Richard has a booth at the Emporium Antique Mall in Marietta, Ohio, just down the street from the Antique Mall of Marietta where I have my booth. And yes. I have shopped his booth before. One of my favorite vases came from Richard, a lovely trumpet-shaped yellow glass piece that catches the sun beautifully. Richard shared a ghost story with me which I will post soon. I asked his permission of course, and he not only gave permission but also emailed the story to me.What a guy. Today, he agreed with me that there were slim pickings at the auction--but somehow I came home with a pretty good load. Funny how that works.

A nice surprise today was meeting Susan Schucts, who commented here just recently. When I signed in at the auction I noticed her name ahead of mine on the sign-in sheet. Another lady pointed her out to me and I introduced myself. Susan also has booths in two antique malls locally--the Parkersburg Antique Mall and a new one I had not heard about, the Nostalgia Antique Mall in the downtown area of Parkersburg. I was so glad to have met her, and will be making tracks to check out the new mall as soon as possible.

I can't remember if I mentioned going to the auction last week; we stopped in for just a couple hours and although it seemed (as it did today) that there wasn't much good stuff there I still brought home a load because the auctioneer lumped together so many boxes that I ended up with all sorts of things I had not planned to buy. But when it's all $2.00, well, you throw it in the truck and see what might be in there when you get home. As it turned out, there were lots of odd but good things in the boxes and I've been busy listing a few of them on eBay along with the "good" finds. Auctions are like that. Today I think I paid too much for some things (bad hand, going up in the air like that!) but I also got some great deals. Most of today's finds will not go on eBay--they will be in one of my booths because they are either furniture or just too bulky for shipping.

Here are a few pictures of last week's finds. Not all are from the auction--we checked out a few thrift stores and other places in our rambles last week.

These old card catalog cabinets that libraries discarded in the early '90's are HOT! I found these (a 2-drawer and a 4-drawer unit) for a friend who asked me to be on the lookout for her, so these are already sold.

I scored 2 Mary Engelbreit teapots and a sugar-creamer set at last week's auction. Both teapots already sold on eBay.

This lovely and rare Cambridge glass bowl was not an auction find; I found it at my Marietta antique mall and took a chance that I might be able to re-sell it for a profit. I was right! It too sold on eBay this week.

I loved this elegant Fenton stretch glass compote. Called Velva Rose,this piece was made in the 1920's and is currently listed on eBay. An auction find.

Blenko makes unusual, distinctive glass pieces. This ashtray, found at my other antique mall, was probably made in the 60s and is currently under bid on eBay this week,

while these made-in-Italy brass-framed pieces found at the auction sold,

and this Akro Agate lamp base did too. This was one of those "what on earth am I going to do with this?" items found in a box lot. Larry scrubbed it clean (it was covered in glue and dirt) and I listed it. It sold in one day--apparently someone knows what to do with it. Akro Agate was a WV glass company operating out of Grafton--they made those "aggie" marbles many of us played with as children.

Westmoreland Glass made many beautiful pieces in milk glass. Milk glass is currently not popular, but Westmoreland Glass remains sought after by many collectors. This pretty sugar and creamer set is currently listed on eBay.

This was another "what the heck?" item found in a box lot.I did some research and found it was part of  a Silex vacuum coffee maker. And apparently collectors are after these coffee makers. This is currently under bid on eBay.

My favorite find of the past two weeks is this beautiful compote. It came with a huge box lot I bought for $8.00 about three weeks ago. I knew it was old and my gut told me it was good but it took a lot of searching to discover that it was made by Heisey Glass around 1890-1910, and that the pattern is called Locket on Chain. This piece has no damage at all. It's currently listed on eBay, but I know it will take a while to sell as it will take a specific collector to buy it. I'm just glad to have rescued it from its grimy state and to have found out just what it was.

So that's been my fun today, as well as a quick look back at my recent hunting adventures. Susan and Richard, I hope to see you both again next week!

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Grandma Susan said...

Thanks, Sue, it was great meeting you today! Check out the 5 bowls I bought this afternoon when I put them on eBay tomorrow. They should do well!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Good buys, lots of work ahead. It always thrills me when I meet a fellow blogger in person.

Robyn said...

Hi there, Im a new reader and follower of your blog and Im enjoying your posts. I love all the finds you got! :)

A Primitive Homestead said...

The library cabinet is a find. Good luck with your auctions. Box lots are always fun.Blessings! Lara

Nance said...

Blenko . . . my MIL was in Va/WVa once in her life and I have an ashtray (pretty sure it is an ashtray) of hers. I have been using it as a saucer under a house plant. Guess I'll quit that : ( Would love to be at those auctions with you.

Granny Sue said...

Susan, sometime we need to sit down and have coffee together! I enjoyed meeting you too :)

Granny Sue said...

I have even more work now, Joy, as some of the things we bought meed a little fixing--including a chair that someone else tossed in the dumpster. I see possibilities there :)

Granny Sue said...

welcome, Robyn! Just stopped by one of your blogs to get acquainted :)

Granny Sue said...

I love box lots, Lara :) They're a lot of work but full of surprises. No boxes today unfortunately--well, maybe one or two...

Granny Sue said...

Nance, a plant saucer??? Girl....Blenko is hot these days with the new interest in mid-century decorating spurred by shows like Mad Men. Take care of that ashtray :)

Between Blue and Yellow said...

Great finds!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

So many wonderful things - all lovely. I can't believe that you say Milk Glass is not popular these days - it sure is out here on the West Coast - even yard sales are getting spendy on their Milk Glass :-)

I collect it and got some great pieces when we visited WV a year and a half ago - and I have to say - the prices were unbelievably low - so low I could ship it home and still have a bargain. I love my milk glass and have a big collection - and yet I still buy more if it is different. Thanks for sharing your lovely finds.

Nance said...

Sue, I gotta learn something everyday. I didn't know it was Blenko . . . but it looks so much like yours, it must be. It is no longer a plant saucer : ) It is starting it's 3rd life.

Sue said...

I love all things Mary Engelbreit.

And I can see why that green bowl sold so quickly!


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