Friday, August 13, 2010

Treasures from New York

A few of you were interested to see what treasures I found at the flea market when I was in NY. And I'm more than thrilled about the enthusiasm! I'm like one of those crazy collectors who will keep unsuspecting house guests hostage for hours showing off my vast collections while my poor visitors look at their watches and try to politely interject with creatively thought out excuses for why they need to "head out". this format you have a choice and there's no need for interjections of any kind. :) Enjoy!

I love celluloid and these cuties fit the bill. And the first photo is proof of the luck I had at the antique fair my mom and I sifted through in finding vintage miniatures. My little miniature shelf is officially these tiny guys will have to wait until we move back to NY next year and I have room to put up my additional miniatures shelves. A few of them are actually those will give my charm bracelet just a little more charm.

I didn't know the devil could be so cute! I usually don't fall for super cutesy things...but these little demon babies stole my heart! Their tarnished silver tritons are removable and just plain cool.

Seems like every group of goodies I come up with produces at least one flowered hat. The white ones are my favs...perfect for wedding cake toppers!

In addition to the antique fair...I also visited my favorite little thrift shop run by the little old ladies. These aren't the greatest Christmas finds ever...but I bought them mostly to take apart and use as craft supplies. The two little bears will make great gift ties this Christmas.
These will make great gift ties as well! You know...a little something extra to add to outside of a present.

These knitted hats are too big to dress up my spun cotton figures with...but I just couldn't pass them up for a quarter!

I'll use the white birthday candles for birthday themed spun cotton cuties. I've been finding several of those adorable tin eggs lately...a few more and I'll actually have a good collection going. And it's hard to find Saint Patty's Day goodies, so I was super glad to find this neat pin.

These German paper mache turkey candy containers just might be the find of the week! They were $10 for the pair...a real steal.'s just as hard to find Thanksgiving items as it is Saint Patty's Day things. I did pass on an awesomely adorable snowman candy container that at another booth that was going for $150. :( A bit too steep for this gal's pocket book!

Some more random crafting materials from the thrift store...

I was running low on the Spanish moss I use for my birds in a tree cake topper...mostly because I've also been lining my house plants with it as well. So I was happy to find a bag at the thrift store. I also found a bow maker for a buck, so I thought I'd give that a try. And I don't have any knitting needles so I thought I should keep some handy for when I get the itch to try and learn how...they were only 50 cents.

I don't know what I'm going to do with these big thick plastic stars...but I like them!

More crepe paper. Stocking up on black and orange for Halloween is key!

And maybe it was wrong of me to buy these...but I couldn't help it. I actually already have this vintage bisque circus set. Except I didn't have the guy riding a horse (in the back to the left of the giraffe) and the price was really good. I might sell some of them...but for now they all have twins!

I have a thing for deer and fawns...maybe because my middle name is Fawn. This Lake George souvenier was too neat to pass up.

And finally...I have a large milk glass collection and I've been selective about what new pieces I buy. This fan shaped vase will create a great effect with tulips or mums.

Not too shabby for a little bit of New York treasure hunting. :)


BucksCountyFolkArt said...

SUPER finds!

Everything you bought is something I would have eyed as well.

Glad you had so much fun!


MaJenta Designs said...

Wow you find such fun stuff! :)

laurie -magpie ethel said...

You could hold me as a house guest hostage any day and show me all your complaints from me!!!! Love all the goodies in the first photo.

Mary B. said...

I love seeing all of your found treasures! Don't hesitate in showing us. It helps me know what is out there. I also can't wait to see your next batch of Halloween people.

Tina said...

Wow - you hit the mother load...great finds.

Just wanted to share that I was inspired by you and tried my hand at making one of your little people and shared it on my blog...if you have a chance stop by and see it...

I love your blog and admire your art.


DollZandThingZ said...

Wow--what fabulous things you found! You really found great treasures.

noricum said...

Fun finds! I especially love the celluloid reindeer (my mom has one that she bought new long ago, but one antler has broken off), the baby devils, and the little elves that match the santas! (The santas are a familiar item too. :) ) I love all the vintage ornaments on my mom's tree (all bought new long, long ago... some originally belonged to my great grandmother). I hope to one day inherit the collection. (My brother isn't big on Christmas, so there's a pretty good chance.) Meanwhile, I have new ones and purchased vintage ones that I've slowly collected... and now have more than will fit on one tree! (I think I should probably prune my less-well-liked ones from the set.)