This past weekend hubby and I visited Bouckville in Madison County, NY where they had been having a week long Antique event throughout the town. It’s a little over an hour away for us, but generally takes longer since we stop so much along the way.
There is a large antique show on the weekend, which we like to call the big show, but you don’t have to wait until then to find yourself some treasures. All the antique stores on this strip are surrounded by hay fields that are full of antique vendors that start setting up on Sunday and stay a full 7-8 days. Promoters boast that there are over 2,000 vendors displaying their wares during this antique fest. It’s nearly impossible to see everything, but if you wanted to try, it would probably take 3-4 long days. I meant to take some photos along the street so you could see what I mean, but I completely forgot. It’s a little overwhelming!
There used to be many antiques stores along this route for miles in either direction, but most have closed since 2008. Regardless, many homeowners fill their yards with treasures in the hopes of making a few bucks off this annual antique event.
Friday morning was very humid and a little rainy so the streets were quite bare. We decided to drive through town and stop at all the yard sales along the way. Many sales had delayed opening, due to the rain, which was quite disappointing. Of the places we stopped, I couldn’t believe the high prices some of the people were charging. Needless to say, we bought less than we thought we were going to. Here are a few of the items we found on Friday.
You probably already know that I cannot pass up vintage Christmas ornaments and Friday was no exception. This box of Shiny Brites only cost me $1.00. I should be able to get $16 for them in one of my booths.
Along with the Shiny Brites I also acquired these vintage ornaments that say Santa Land Christmas Tree Ornaments on the box. They are a product of Poland and the box is dated 11/1/73. I feel I can get $30 for them.
This yellow oval Haeger planter/bowl and avocado green Floraline planter are in perfect condition and only cost $1 each. The yellow piece just screams Easter to me. I will probably fill it with Easter eggs when the time comes. Value: $10-$12.
The Floraline planter is also valued at $10.
This sweet little angel figurine was in a FREE box at one of the yard sales we stopped at. I thought for sure she would be all chipped up, but she is in excellent condition and valued at $10-$15 to the right buyer. We did make a purchase at this sale: a large wooden frame, probably used for needlepoint ($2) and a bit brace ($5) with the longest drill bit I’ve ever seen for home use (neither pictured).
The final item for today is this great old ironing board that had two metal brackets attached. Someone had been using it for a shelf. The brackets alone are worth $4 each and I paid $8 for the board with the brackets. The board is ribbed, which I’ve never seen before, and has great patina, even with the water stains. I’m hoping I can remove the painted word “Mom” and still keep the natural look of the board. I will be saving this for a future project.
We headed out again on Saturday morning with a long list of yard sales to stop at along the way to the antique show. Weather was much better, so more sales were open. The next few editions of Tuesday’s Treasures will be full of items from Saturday, so please come back and check them out. Here’s a teaser: the first stop we made, completely filled the car and we had to go home, unload, and then head out again.