Before I show you my junkin finds from the last four weeks, I have a question for all of you. What do you think makes something an “antique”? Does it have to be at least 50 years old? 100 years old? How about “vintage”?
Since I recently opened my own booth at an antiques mall, I have had to ponder this question seriously. The mall where I do business isn’t too strict about this, in fact, they openly allow more “recent” items, as long as it is of good quality and is still somewhat vintage. But I do want my booth to be nice, and not have a yard-sale, flea-market feel to it. So I try to be careful what I buy to put in it, and that often has me asking, “how old is this item, and is it old enough to be in the antiques mall?”
Case in point:
Take a look at this FABULOUS mid-century ice bucket I recently found at a Salvation Army thrift store. 1-it’s the largest ice bucket I’ve ever seen, and 2-it’s Georges Briard. I don’t know very much about Briard, and I really need to learn more, but I do know that
since I got into collecting Pyrex and joined several Pyrex and thrifting groups on Flickr, I’ve “met” a lot of people online who collect and go nuts over Georges Briard finds like this one. (I posed it next to my daughter’s pink elephant glass – if you’d like to learn all about pink elephant barware of the mid-century, read this article.)
This ice bucket is about 50 years old, so is it an antique? Weigh in under the comments section, I’d love to know your opinions!
This next item is even older, and it was cause for one of those, “Honey, turn around! Go back! Go back!”, moments, when we drove past a Friday morning yard sale recently. A gorgeous olde metal bread box with lovely graphics:
I also found some great little furniture pieces in the last few weeks at yard sales and the flea market. One yard sale was partly in an old horse barn – I was digging through piles of boxes and furniture in horse stalls, and honestly felt like I was on an episode of American Pickers! It was so much fun! At that sale I got these two piano benches:
The one above is going to get new upholstery and possibly black paint. The one below is already undergoing a white-paint makeover, and will probably be the coffee table on our future screened porch. Lidded piano benches make GREAT porch tables, because you can keep magazines inside where the music would have been stored!
The little table below, came from a flea market, and has already been made-over in a lovely blue chippy paint finish using milk paint and natural wax. To see it finished, take a look here. The wire basket and chargers are thrift store finds.
The little sewing box needs a minor repair and refinishing, and it came with these wonderful old spools, with thread still on them! The pillow was $1 at a thrift store and will be a future project here on WCIJ (making something for my camper!)
The patriotic glasses were a great antiques store find just in time for Independence Day. I used them in my Independence Day Tablescape which you can take a quick look at here.
A few more thrift store finds: some shell bowls I’ll use in a future tablescape, a white milk glass planter I’ll be using very soon in a Friday DIY project post, (I’ll show you how to fix up ink pens that no one will walk off with!) and a vase. Now this vase…I almost walked right on by, then I thought, “Well, it’s black, that could be cute for Halloween.” I picked it up and looked at the bottom, and it was McCoy! My first McCoy find ever, how happy I was!
One last thing, then we’re done! I got this coffee table for free, since someone asked my hubby to haul it away for her. He brought it home so I could practice my furniture painting on it. Here is the before & after:
You can read the full story on the coffee table makeover here, including a PINK Kool Aid mishap!
Whew, that was a lot! Thanks for hanging in there with me. Don’t forget to weigh in – what makes an antique, an “antique”? What makes something “vintage”? Is anyone aware of official laws? Does anyone sell on any websites that have official rules? Please share with all of us in the Comments.
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