When you go on vacation you always think you have more time to do things than you actually do. That is what happened to me last week. I never even got to be lazy and read a book.
Gary and I took vacations from our regular jobs and ended up spending most of the time working at our part-time job (our vintage booth at the Port City Co-op). Our vacation started when we picked up this giant load of stuff from an online auction on a Friday afternoon. I honestly did not think it would all fit, especially after we went a little crazy at the Picker’s sale before the actual pick up of the auction items.
Just look at all the items we packed into my little Nissan Versa Hatchback! I was so impressed I just had to take a picture of all of it in the driveway before we started to put it away. Gary is definitely the king when it comes to maximizing space.
We got that stuff all sorted and put away and then had to do it all again the next day at a different auction site. I didn’t take a picture of that load since I could still see out of the windows. It just didn’t seem all that impressive at the time after what we had accomplished on Friday. Come to find out, the auction items we picked up on Saturday were only half of the items that were being auctioned off at that estate and that the second half of the auction was also going on with a pick up the following Saturday.
Honestly, I didn’t plan to bid on that much, but, oops….we did it again. After getting both car loads sorted and put away during the week, we had to pick up another huge load this past Saturday (which just happened to be our wedding anniversary). Needless to say, I am still sorting and putting away, so I only have a few note worthy items to share with you today.
I am exhausted just looking at these photos, aren’t you? Most of what we purchased over the past 8 days has been kitchen, Christmas or tool related. We really could use a van, as I passed up on some furniture deals, but I don’t see that in the cards in the very near future, plus, storage at home is just about at capacity, and I do not want to spend money on a storage area just yet.
I just love it when I find vintage kitchen items still in their original packaging. I also acquired a vintage cake and cheese cutter, but packed them away before I could get them photographed, so I will have to share those in a future post. These were part of a larger lot, so only cost about $.50. I feel they are worth between $12-$15.
For some reason my twisted vintage mind just loves this old Tampax box. I was bummed when it turned out to be empty. This looks to have been a sample box since it says “Caution: New Drug – Limited by Federal law to investigational use”. Winthrop-Stearns, Inc. was the company formed after the merger of Winthrop Chemical Company Inc. and Frederick Stearns & Company. Milibis was known to treat intestinal amebiasis, which is a parasitic infection of the intestine, so not sure why it would be put into tampons. My husband said that cows were treated with Milibis from time to time (not sure if that is still a common practice today). I’m not sure what it is worth, or even if it would actually sell in our booth. I will keep it for now, and possibly try to sell it on eBay at a later date.
These cigarette tins are supposed to be props from I Love Lucy. There was a letter included with the tins that explains that they were acquired when someone bought a warehouse. Here is an excerpt from that letter.
Whether these items actually made it into an episode, I doubt I will ever know. Lucy and Desi did print ads for Philip Morris, so it is certainly a possibility. You will bet that I will be watching the set a little more closely when I watch those reruns.
As much as I love buying large lots of vintage goodies, I still think my favorite way to find Pyrex is in the wild, when you least expect it. This loaf pan, in the Spring Blossom Green pattern, which was produced from 1972 – 1979, before being re-designed in 1979. I found it at a charity thrift store that is only open a few hours a week. We just happened to catch it open when we went to check out the antique/vintage store next door. I paid $2 and will be asking $12 in our booth. And if you happened to remember that this is the pattern I collect, you are right, but I already have two, so this one I can sell.
I also found this totally awesome vintage cookbook from 1963. I’m not sure which printing it is, since I don’t have it in front of me right now. McCall’s is not kidding when they say it is the absolutely complete step-by-step cooking and serving guide. I may have to read this one a bit before putting it in the booth. I paid $1 and feel it is worth between $8-$10. That might change once I look at what printing it is. (Update: This is a 1st printing: Value: $12-$15).
I hope you enjoyed this edition of Tuesday’s Treasures. I’m going to take a few days off from going through the items we purchased, but I hope to be sharing a lot more of our finds next week.
In the meantime, please check out these awesome vintage style cookbooks on Amazon (contains affiliate links).