A Few Saturday Finds

I hadn’t gone anywhere for a couple of days (in part because my car was in the shop), so when Saturday morning rolled around and my car was back home, I was itching to go somewhere! I scoured my estate and yard sale emails and found a better-than-your-average yard sale just a few miles from my house. It included WWII memorabilia, art, and vintage stuff and made no mention of baby or kid clothes…my kind of sale.

It started at 8:00 and I arrived at 8:15. By then some folks were already leaving with purchases and plenty of other folks were milling around the tables. Jeez, Louise! A part of me wanted to rush to look at everything quickly. You probably know the feeling…that all the “good stuff” is being grabbed by other people. But I resisted that impulse and moved through slowly and deliberately.

I was a tad annoyed that nothing, but nothing, had a price tag! I am never a happy camper at a yard or estate sale when there are no listed prices, but I did gather up a few things in my arms, like these Halloween cookie cutters. I couldn’t resist the graphics on this 1940s/1950s box and all the cutters were there.

cooky-cutters

And these two porcelain tip (or pin) trays were cute. One is from Magdeburg, Germany (by Kahla) and the other Switzerland (by Sevelen Rheintal).

tip-trays1

But what I thought would be my best item was this small inlaid and painted wood tray. I’m guessing it’s from the 1950s-1960s. Rather sweet and so usable.

tray4

I haggled a bit on the price and didn’t do too badly. But at home my heart sank when I set the tray on my kitchen table and it wobbled. Turns out the back is bowed a bit and I hadn’t noticed. As is, the tray would work fine on an ottoman, but be a little wobbly on a hard surface…oh nuts!

Well, I unscrewed the tray and am thinking I might try to straighten the piece. (The board is over 1/8″ thick and varnished on both sides.)

inlaid-tray2

Of course there is the possibility that I will crack it or damage the finish. I’ve been watching some Youtube videos but am not feeling confident that I just won’t end up ruining the piece. One plan is to wrap this piece in a damp towel and iron it. Another is to dampen the wood and place increasing weight on it. Thoughts??

And as I had a Goodwill exchange and was passing by the store anyway, I popped in and joined the crowd there. The only thing I found worth buying was a wool shawl with crewel embroidery. Likely made in India, these retail for $40-150. This one is in muted tones and I think I like the underside (2nd photo) better than the topside.

Well, that was it for my Saturday finds.

How about you…what have you been finding??

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