The top five things to look for at yard sales this year are my “most wanted” list and it might not be your top five but if you are vintage lover like me I bet some of our wants are the same.
Vintage wooden ladders are number one on my list this summer.
I like to use them myself and they sell like crazy in my booth.
Right now I am using that vintage red ladder with makeshift white shelves as display piece in my booth. Several people have tried to buy it including one other vendor who wanted both the ladder and the shelves. Wonder what her plans were for my lovely red ladder. So I know I can sell them if I can just find them.
We had a ladder Christmas tree in 2014 and my grandkids absolutely loved it.
After Christmas it stayed on in my family room as a display shelf.
Vintage Outdoor Bits and Pieces
This group includes vintage picnic baskets, tennis rackets (with press), croquet sets, fishing reels, and thermos. I included thermos here because I want to find the larger jug type thermos and the thermos packs like folks took to football games and such.
Never mind the cow, she is just along for the photo-op.
I buy picnic baskets both for myself
and to sell. This one got a makeover before it went to the booth.
These vintage wooden rackets are in my grandson’s room.
My favorite vintage tennis racket find was the one above that not only had the press but an adorable red plaid cover too. It was a quick seller in my booth.
The partial vintage croquet set satisfied my appetite for a while but now the hunt is on to find a complete vintage set.
Vintage Fishing Equipment
My booth needs some mantiques so what better than fishing equipment.
Fishing reels are high on my “most wanted” list this year. Ok, ok this one is not exactly a mantique but really what are the odds of e finding a pink fishing reel? Trust me, if I find one its mine.
Actually I looking for some more like this vintage Penn Peer fishing reel No. 209, made in USA with a red Bakelite handle.
Even though reels are high on my list I would also buy minnow buckets,
vintage fishing bobbers and
vintage fishing lures.
Who could resist a vintage creel? Not me.
Vintage Christmas Decor
Summer may just be the best time to look for Christmas Decor ans I always keep and eye out for it. Just last week I scored vintage Christmas decor at the thrift store. You can read about it in VF No. 79 Christmas In April.
These McKee Tom and Jerry eggnog mugs need the matching bowl. I will be looking for one this year but will be very lucky to find something so specific. Usually you just have to keep and open mind.
Shiny Brite are my favorite vintage ornaments
to find but I try to keep an eye out for any vintage ornaments.
So when I found these aqua ornaments from Woolworth’s I had to take them home with me.
This vintage Christmas planter and bottle brush tree are the kinds of things I’ll be looking for this year. I love them and they are quick sellers during the Christmas season at my booth.
Vintage Santa mugs and knee huggers are always a great find. This knee hugger isn’t vintage but a very good reproduction.
Vintage Pulz houses are also a great find. This one needed a little home remodeling when I found it but it had all the missing parts with it. So with a little glue it is good as new again.
Vintage blow molds are also on my “wanted list” this year.out
Another post you might enjoy: How to Decorate for Christmas Vintage Style.
Ironstone and China
Ironstone has moved down on my list because it is a bit pricey now and my personal collection is overflowing. I recently thinned out my collection by taking some things to my booth.
I took some ironstone platters and some of these ironstone creamers.
Most have already sold. So I will keep an eye out for more platters which sell well.
By collecting Johnson Brothers Regency pattern (swirls) over the years I have finally accumulated enough to serve eight. See my Vintage Style Easter Tablescape. It is ironstone and it mixes well with almost any other pattern or style.
I love to do tablescapes and you don’t need a whole set of dishes to do that. When I did the Franciscan Desert Rose Tablescape I had four dinner plates.
There are four of these Johann Haviland bread and butter plates and I’m planning a tablescape with them soon.
Note: I didn’t share five individual things but categories of things I’m looking for this year.
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