Friday, December 30, 2011

Auctions Finds Last Night To Resell Tom Swift Books Red Wagon and Wicker Bassinet

Fun night at one of the local auctions. It was their antique auction between Christmas and New Years.
We have decided to expand our space at antique store #2. Business has been good and feel it will only increase.
We sell alot of small items that cost around the $10.00 price range. Last night I hoped to find a couple items that would bring in a little more money.
I was able to buy this vintage red Radio Chief wagon. I paid $25.00 for it and hope to sell it for around $60 to $75.
Friends of ours wanted a vintage wood play pen included was a white wicker bassinet. They did not want it so passed it on to us. I looked it up on eBay and they sell for around $50.00 to $75.00 plus shipping.

What a great freebie. I will treat them to pizza once it sells to celebrate.
Books found were several older ones with the ones we wanted being Tom Swift several from the series. All the others in the lot of books bought will just be a bonus.
Was a fun night at the auction house. Time spent with friends visiting and looking for treasures.
Do you go to auctions to find treasures for yourself or to resell. I would love to hear what you have found.
Thanks for stopping by hope that you will take a minute and look at some of my other finds. Grace

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Orphan Photo # 104 is of four young children. Two are boys and two are darling little girls. The girls are wearing matching dresses.
This is a cabinet photo with photographer name looking like SD Hirst. On back is written in pencil Gust Johnson . Written in pen is Harvey Bozell first row which leads me to believe is the boy in the back. Under that is written Mamie Echerson, Dewey Bozell and Alpha Bozell.
Being that the girls are in matching dresses and have different last names makes me believe that she may have lived with them with her parents passing away or some other tragedy.
I have found a Harvey Bozell on ancestry living in Indiania. I do not know if this is same Harvey but if so would love to share this picture with them.

I am sharing this at Nifty Thrifty Tuesday.
Thanks for stopping by and viewing this photo.Hope that you will take a minute and search some of my other vintage photos. Grace

Friday, December 23, 2011


Here is another vintage photo I bought at a local auction. Cabinet style photo of woman in her work dress, large apron and huge mop bucket in hand.
No names or photographer listed so we can not identify her or where she lived.
This will be offered for sale on eBay for the collector to buy

Thanks for stopping to view. Take a moment and look at some of my other photos and interesting items we have found in the past.. Grace

Saturday, December 17, 2011


I recently rescued several photos from an auction a couple of weeks ago.  This is the one I wanted among the pile. Sadly it has no names or even the photographer listed on it.
It is of a young couple who are what we consider little people today in the political correct world.
This cabinet photo is from the late 1890s to early 1900's and they are probably a married couple. It very well could be their wedding photo.  It has faded over time.
These are rare photos to find and the first I have been able to purchase. I will pass it on to a collector at some time in the future. I feel it has a value of between $20.00 to $40.00. If we had their names it would be priceless to their family.
Thank you for stopping by to view one of my found treasures. Take a moment and look at past postings if you like.. Grace

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Hard to believe but Thanksgiving is upon us. At this time I think of past Thanksgivings. Time with family and friends. Mostly wonderful memories of wonderful food and time with my family.  My parents and grandparents are gone but the memories stay. What a beautiful Thanksgiving table they would prepare. Wonderful food, wonderful smells and lots of laughter. Later in the evening we would draw names to give gifts to at Christmas time. Whose name would we pick and what would we buy them. Wonderful memories of the past. I hope that 20 to 30 years from now my grandchildren will remember fond memories of these days spent with their parents and grandparents.

Today I am sharing one of my vintage Thanksgiving postcards. Hope all is well with you and that you have a wonderful holiday. Thanks for stopping by to visit. Grace

Fun Time Spent At The Local Auctions Treasures Found And Missed 11/22/11

Tonight was auction night. If you have ever gone to auctions on a regular basis as we do, soon people find out what you buy and start to get an interest in those items. If I am buying costume jewelry then they will start to bid it up. If it is found out I sold vintage baseball gloves on ebay all of a sudden the price goes up so high that there is no profit to really be made.
Tonight I decided to walk around and find something small on several tables. Something that is a bit off the wall that I could put in my antique mall.
End of the night I had an unusal coconut head made to look a pirate,
a neat vintage nautical picture,

an old frame with two wedding pictures or maybe one wedding picture and the other is a lady in white with bible and rosary. Not sure if wedding photo or something else. Have any of you ever seen a early 1900's photo with the bride only, no groom? Need to figure that out before selling. Frame has paint chipping. Need to do something there.

 Sitting under one table was a small box and stuck in there were some vintage Fuller Brush letter openers, old advertising stir stick, beer openers with advertising plus a knife.
Buy of the night was a turn of the century knife.
There were a couple of things I would of liked but price went to high. Secret is to know when to stop the bidding
End of the night results is hubby and I had a fun evening visiting with friends and searching for treasures to resell.
Hope that your treasure hunting is fun and profitable. Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I Love Chunky Vintage Altered Art Bracelets One Of A Kind Treasures

I love bracelets big chunky charm bracelets. I have recently dug out beads from vintage necklaces, charms and I have been busy looking for vintage charm bracelets.
So far I have made two different charm bracelets. This is one of them. A Christmas theme charm bracelet.
I had found a colorful red and white bead necklace at a church sale and that was the starting pieces of this cute bracelt.
I have added a heart, chains, beads and bells to it. Hope that you are having fun with your altered art crafts or repurposing vintage items into new treasures.

thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Monday night we went to the auction as usually. Among the antique furniture, glassware and collectible dolls were some interesting industrial looking pieces. Different than every thing else and pieces of history.
I was able to buy 2 call buttons from what was once Glass Block in down town Duluth Minnesota. I have great memories of taking a taxi cab ride with my mom and sister to shop for clothes. After shopping we would take the elevator to the basement to eat at the counter.
I have now listed one of them on eBay for auction and they should do well. Wonderful pieces of history and would make great decorating pieces or book ends.
On a different table was 4 United States mail box covers.
Another piece of metal from old. These had a combination to open them up to get the mail. They also will be listed for auction sometime this week.
Add an old telephone bell
and a box of keys plus a bag full of old bank bags and we had a perfect night of fun bidding.
One error was an old camera I bought for $3.00. I did not pay attention and the camera is missing, but who cares. It as a note of when it was given as a Christmas gift and from who. Can sit on a table as a decorating piece and even hide a treasure inside if some one wants to.
Hope that you finds are fun whether you are hunting estate sales, thrift stores or auction houses.

Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Estate Auction Finds

Hubby and I love to go to auctions. We go to at least two auctions every week at local auction houses. Some times it is nothing of interest and other times it is full of treasures I would love to have or resell.
One of my new items to hunt for to keep for a time or to resell is ashtrays. I am always looking for advertising ashtrays or for ashtrays with advertising.
I have a good start on some from Las Vegas. My favorite is the one from The Castaways a Hughes Hotel.
And then you have the ashtrays that are called Smokers. When you put your cigarette in the slot the smoke comes out from a ear or nose or whatever.
I no longer smoke but find collectible ashtrays a fun hobby. I now have two books on Collecting Ashtrays that are fun to just look through.
What do you like to collect.
Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Saturday, June 25, 2011


It is garage sale time and hubby and I to search for items to resell at a local auction house, at the antique mall or on eBay or Amazon.
You never know what will turn up as you enter each sale. Yesterday hubby and I spent the morning going to different sales with the main idea of loading up on items to resell at the local auction house. I keep the small jewelry pieces to resell in my case at the antique mall but the other items are sold to other dealers or to collectors.
Pictured here is some jewelry I found in a basement and paid just pennies for it. Two pieces are marked silver and one is gold filled.
Today we are getting ready for another day of searching.
Soon I will share some of the mid century furniture I have been buying. We are moving into a bigger apartment and need furniture. I am in love with furniture from the 50's, furniture my mother would of had as I grew up. I am on the hunt for other blogs on decorating with items from this time period and will add those sites as I find them to this page.
Hope that you all have a fun filled day and thanks for stopping by. Grace

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Good morning everyoneSorry that I have not been around for awhile, hubby and I have been busy with working to buy and sell items on eBay,to put into our display case at the antique store. As if that is not enough,  now we have been searching for items to sell at the auction. At the same time we are looking for items to buy and resell from the auction houses.

Last night hubby and I went to the Monday night auction to watch some items we had up for sale. While there some pretty rhinestone jewelry came up for auction. A couple of pieces are marked silver or gold filled and one with an unknown makers mark ( QUILL 12 k gold filled). If any one has information on the makers mark of Quill I would love to hear from you. Sadly this brooch is missing one clear stone.

We brought in $75.00 ( after sellers fees)  from sales and I spent $22.00 for all of this jewelry pictured.

I feel nice rhinestone jewelry is a great investment to resell. It is like money in the bank. Plus brooches are popular now with the craze of Mad Men Style dress and decorating.
This rhinestone jewelry will be checked, priced and then brought to the antique store to be added to my case. I only have half a case and hope to expand to a whole case when one comes available.

One exciting thing going on is we are planning to move into a larger apartment. Right now we are on the beach of Lake Superior but the apartment is less than 400 square feet. To small for the two of us who look and store items to resell. Our new apartment will be two bedrooms and with views of lake superior from the living room and the two bedrooms. One of the bedrooms will be our office.
We are working hard to make and save the needed $1,000 deposit. Strange how when you have a goal you work and save harder than before. We now have $285 in the savings account and $100 more on its way to the bank from sales at eBay.

I hope that all of you have a great day, thanks for stopping by to visit. I am now off to collect some more Stuff around here to bring to the aution house to sell next week.  Grace

Friday, April 22, 2011


Here is another cute photo in my collection. Mom and Dad with their new baby. I am guessing it is from the 1930's. I love her hair and the waves and if you notice his hair it is shaved across the bottom portion. This photo is from a collection I bought awhile back of this darling child. She is a girl and lived in Georgia. At one time I knew her name but these photos do not have that information is lost.

Hope that you have enjoyed this picture from the past of a family I never knew but could not leave at an estate sale.

Thanks for stopping by.. hope to see you again real soon. Grace

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Jewels By Trifari ~ The Beauty of Vintage Costume Jewelry

I love to buy and sell vintage costume jewelry. One of my favorite companies to search for is Trifari.

I found this jewelry box from Trifari stating Jewels by Trifari. It is a treasure in its own right and a fun way for me to show case my Trifari.

Featured are 5 pair of clip on earrings by Trifari that I have puchased in the past. The ones with faux pearls are my favorite.

These will be sold either on eBay or in my antique case. Thanks for stopping by to see some of my costume jewelry, I wills share more in the future. Grace

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Treasures Found At Thrift Stores and Estate Sales

Hubby and I love to spend several days a week hunting for books and any other items we think we can resell on eBay or Amazon to suppliment our retirement income.

I have always believed that my hubby did not really listen to me when I was sharing items I was looking for to resell.
Well I was wrong, I had mentioned that vintage Disney fabric was sellable on eBay and look what he spotted first at a recent estate sale. I put it up for auction last night and it already has bids.

Also this week at a thrift store I spotted two glasses that look like Dorothy Thorp roly poly that were made popular on the Mad Men show. I do not know if they are real Thorp's or some made to look like them during the mid century period.  I have listed them on eBay with a statement of not knowing if they are orginal or not. You can watch to see if they sell by hitting the link above.

I love going to sales, great entertainment and there is always the possiblity of finding a true treasure to resell on ebay. You can see what I am selling by going here.

So here is two tips for you to watch for when you are out hunting. Do you have any that you want to share. I love tips on what to look for while out hunting.

I will be sharing this at
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Tuesday Treasures

Anything Related

Anything Goes

Vintage Thingie Thursday

Thanks for stopping by to visit.. hope to see you again real soon. Grace

Friday, April 8, 2011


Here is a tin photo treasure in my collection of mother and daughter. I love the dresses and mama in her hat. So sad it got separated from its family.

Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Thursday, April 7, 2011


We went out several times this week hunting for items to resell .. I bought several cookbooks that I posted about on my other blog. To read all about them and see the pictures you can go here. They range from Paula Deen to 1948 vintage family cookbook.

Also found used mirrors to repurpose in the future.

Hope that your week went well with your hunting for treasures.
I will be sharing my finds at

Thrifty Tuesday

Thrifty Thursday

Vintage Thingie Thursday

Twice Owned Tuesday

Thanks for stopping by... Grace

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Today I went to a estate sale and in the garage on a shelf I found this photo. Right next to it was another of a gentleman and as I looked at this one a man spotted me and grabbed that one in case it was a treasure. Darn it next time if I spot two old photos I will grab and then look and check out the price.

Well I got one great old Sepia photo and will resell it on eBay. Sadly there is not name but she is really something in her period dress and bonnet.  Not sure of when this would of been taken but I will guess early 1800's and hope that some of you can help me with the date.

She appears mid age to older and with a very serious face with down turn mouth. Photo measures 11 inches by 13 1/2 inches so would of been in a frame and hung on a wall at one time.

I found other items at the estate and church sale but this was the only old photo.

I will be sharing this at Sepia Saturday

Hope that you enjoy this wonderful vintage photo and thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


For almost wordless Wednesday I am sharing a plaque that hung in my grandparents home and now is displayed in mine. It has hung on the walls of my homes, at this time is on displayed with my Civil War collectibles.

What God Hath Promised

God hath not promised skies always blue
Flowers streum pathways all our lives through.
God hath not promised sun with out rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace with out pain.
But God hat promised, strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light on the way;
Grace for the trail, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.

The Lord is good to all ps 145:9

I love vintage religious plaques and especially when I know they were hanging in the home of my grandparents.
Thanks for stopping by.. I hope that you stop by again real soon.  Grace


Like many of you, I love my collectibles. I love to search for something that is different than my neighbor.  I avoid big box stores with piles of the same thing.  I would rather go to thrift stores, garage sales and my favorite is flea markets.

One of my interests is genealogy. Ever since I heard that one of my great great grandfather's fought in the civil war, I started to collect books and then a few small item from the civil war.

On this shelf is 4 over size books on the Civil War book.  The little glass display case we found some time ago at an antique store.  When new it displayed shaving items. It now displays my civil war  items.
There is a knife, belt buckle and several bullets. These were all found on a Civil War battle field.
I have displayed also some small soldier and 2 more buckles.

Also on this shelf is a vintage clock, 2 lamps that look like candle holders and a old religious plaque that belonged to my grandparents and the fun piece that is a hand that holds a business card.

I am sharing this at
 Feathered Nest

Thrifty Thursday

Thanks for stopping by.. hope that you visit again real soon. Grace

Monday, March 28, 2011

Thrift Sharing Monday ~ BARBIE DOLLS

Thrift Share Monday .. time to share some of the things that I have found over the week.
I had shared this over at my other blog this morning but feel it belongs here even more.
We normally look for books first then we will search other areas of the thrift stores or estate sales.
Last monday I found alot of church spiral cook books. Not only are they fun to read and use but I also sell them usually on eBay on auction. Not big money makers but if I buy them right the profit margin is good. I put alot of work in my listing of these by listing all the recipes. This takes a lot of time but helps to sell them.
On Saturday we went to a church sale and hubby found a few books but I found nothing until we were about to walk out.
Sitting on one of the tables was a doll box with some dolls and hand made clothes. They wanted $30.00 for all of it. I said that was more than I wanted to spend as most of the dolls were not anything special.
As I was about to leave one of the ladies said " You can have the dolls for $1.00 each. So I grabbed 3 of them. Two are from the barbie family and the third is a male doll. I have no idea what he is and probably is nothing but for a $1.00 I brought him home.
Now I have to try to figure out exactly what I have which will take research at the library or going to barbie doll owner expert sites. At one time I had Barbie reference books but sold them years ago, now I wish I had them.
First doll is marked on her right back side Skipper 1963 Mattel Inc. Bottom right foot says Japan. So I know she is an early Skipper, not sure exactly when but research will hopefully help me. She had hair when I grabbed her but it is a wig and she has no hair. Question I have is did she come this way or did she get scalped. No matter what she is a pretty little girl, showing some wear but she has all her fingers and needs some cleaning
My next doll is marked Midge Barbie there are dates under each name but I can not make out and marked Mattel Inc on back side rear side and on the left is the number 13. Bottom of her right foot is Japan. She has molded red hair. Her condition is not as good, her head is cracked at front and back and she is missing her pinkie finger on both sides. Her condition is used and played with and needs a cleaning also.

Now the male doll is a mystery and probably from around the same time period. At his back waist area is maker mark hard to read and copy right symbol and the date 1961. Mark looks like EEGEE
So if I have any Barbie experts out there I would love to hear from you. I will be heading to the library one of these days to do some research before listing on eBay

Thanks for stopping by.. If I have any Barbie doll experts out there I would love to hear from you . You can see more pictures if you are interested by going to thriftycheapskate. I did get a comment over at my other blog telling me that I had an early skipper, Midge and that the male was Tammy's boyfriend , Ideal's
dolls of that time. Grace

Hope that you stop by again soon. I will be sharing this at

Friday, March 25, 2011

Orphan Photo # 98 MEET JAMES MURRAY HUMPHREY 1916 Sepia Saturday

I have so many old family photos of my own, but I am at an estate sale or antique store and I come across a picture like this I just have to have it.

Hopefully I will find the family it belongs to. Someone who will treasure this wonderful picture as it deserves.
What an adorable photo with cute hair cut, small smile and sitting on a wonderful old bench.
On the back of the photo is written
For Aunt Sue from James Murray Humphrey age eighteen months four days November 9th 1916.

I am assuming that this means the photo was taken on this date which would mean he was born may 5th 1915.

I went to ancestry and found what I believe is his obituary. I will be doing more research on him this afternoon. Obituary dated 22nd of Jan 2004
Navy veteran James Murray Humphrey, 88, of 1536 Meadowlark Drive, died of natural causes Thursday at Peace Hospice.
A private family memorial service will be held Thursday. Schnider Funeral Home is handling cremation and arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth S. Humphrey, of Great Falls; a daughter, Jean Kaimakliotis of London, England; sons James Humphrey and Mark Humphrey of Great Falls; granddaughters Katie and Hayley Kaimakliotis; and grandsons Andrew and Luke Humphrey.
James was born May 5, 1915, in Fosston, Minn., to James L. and Elva M. Humphrey. He graduated from Great Falls High School in 1933 and from Dartmouth College in 1937.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Dec. 8, 1941, and served as an ensign in communications at Pearl Harbor throughout the Second World War.
He and Elizabeth Schneiderhan were married in San Francisco on May 17, 1943. At the end of World War II, he assumed operation of the James L. Humphrey farm management business in Great Falls and continued in that livelihood through most of his career. He built a ranch in Chouteau County, which occupied his energies in his later years.
James enjoyed hiking, his cabin in the Sun River Canyon, and the outdoors. He was an avid reader of history, political economy and fiction. He promoted the philosophy of free markets and individual liberty, and sponsored students who attended educational seminars at the Foundation for Economic Education.
As a member of the Dartmouth College Alumni Council during the '50s and '60s, he actively recruited aspiring high school students from across Montana to attend Dartmouth College. He was a 50-year Mason at Cascade Lodge No. 34, a life member of the Scottish Rite, and a lifelong member of the Great Falls Rotary Club. Throughout his life he was a Christian Scientist.

I am offering this beautiful photo to family members for $10.00 plus shipping. This will reinburs me for my purchase and time hunting and reuniting family photos. I am also leaving messages at about the photo. If you can help reunite this photo and family please email me at

I will be sharing this at Sepia Saturday
thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Monday, March 21, 2011

Estate Sale Treasures Vintage Cookbooks

Saturday we went to three thrift stores. Last two were a bust but at the first one I found some great vintage cookbooks to sell on eBay.
I love these old cookbooks. Fun to look at and read plus very collectible. Thanks for stopping by..
I will be sharing this at

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Orphan Photo # 97 Sepia Saturday ~ Adorable Little Girl From Georgia

This precious little girl is the same as the 4 photo strip of the adorable baby in my header on my blog. I bought several photos of her at different ages years ago.

Here she is standing in front of her front door in an adorable post. At one time I had her name written down. I do remember that she was from Georgia.
If I ever come across it again will try to find her family on

Till then I will just hang on to them. I will be sharing this over at Sepia Saturday
thanks for stopping by for Sepia Saturday... Grace

Friday, March 18, 2011


I posted this over at my other blog couponloversunite and felt that it should be shared here since some of you may sell on eBay as I do.

To read the article written by auctionbytes and my feelings on eBay sticking it to us the seller one more time by rising our selling fees please go here.

There is no selling option that is large and has the traffic as eBay or Amazon so they have us in the palm of their hands.

The option is for us to just raise our prices to cover this new fee.

Thanks for stopping by... If you sell on eBay or Amazon I would love to hear your thoughts on this new fee of eBay now wanting to charge on the shipping costs beside the purchase price. They already charge us on this same thing with our pay pal payment from the buyer. So we are getting hit twice.. Grace


Vintage Victorian Advertising cards can be collectible. Pretty pictures of a child or animals and then on the other side comes the advertising.

This one is an adorable little girl with her shoes and socks on the floor in front of a beautiful fireplace. Advertising the John Mundell & Co Philadelphia .. Solar Tip and Pansy shoes for Children. This one is damaged front and back but a wonderful piece of Victorian advertising.

These two are asian design and as I look at them I have a feeling of saddnest as the I think of the people of Japan. My prayers are with them. Some where I think I have a blue asian style hankie. Will have to find that and share sometime.

This adorable card has a child, big dog and a puppy. Advertising Helper Stoves and Ranges ... They are the best. Sadly the back is damaged from some one having pasted it in an album which was popular in the Victorian times.

And the last one is a adorable winter theme. Sweet child with long hair dressed in a beautiful green dress with fur trim reaching out to a little bird.

Hope that you have enjoyed seeing these vintage advertising cards. I will either sell on eBay or use them in some craft/decorating item.
Thanks for stopping by... Grace