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Decorating Above the Window and Some Mint Green Pottery

Painting above window and mint green pottery

If you follow me on Instagram (@justvintagehome) you’ll have seen some pictures of decorating around the new house as it happens. I haven’t shown much of that here mainly because the same pictures look pretty horrible if I put them on the blog. I have an extremely hard time photographing my house so that it doesn’t look like a 3 year old did it. The color, lighting, and angle are never right and I don’t have the patience to figure out what’s wrong. I’m never satisfied but if I wait for perfection, it’ll never happen. So…. today I’ll share a window and the primitive cabinet next to it that showcases the mint green pottery collection.

(Of course, photographing into a window is a nightmare. Believe it or not, my walls are white.)

What do you do when the ceilings are tall and the drapes are “supposed” to go high leaving a large space between the window and the curtain rod? It looked weird to me so I put this painting up there.

I can’t decide if I like it there because it’s different or if I don’t like it because…. well…. it’s different. Right now blinds are in the window but I might end up using sheers eliminating the need to fill that space.

You’ll notice I need something on the wall to the right and, Heaven forbid a spot is left unadorned, the stair posts need something. Also, while that yellow stool doesn’t look odd in person, it sure looks out of place in this picture! Annnddddd the little chair needs to be recovered. So see? The only thing kinda complete here is the top of the cabinet and the window.

This primitive cabinet is slap-dab full to bursting of old family photos that desperately need organizing. Maybe in my spare time…..

Mint green pottery is my favorite. It’s a small collection but I do love every piece. Click here to see how the collection was used in the old house.

So how do you fill the void above your windows or does it not bother you? I’m so used to 8′ ceilings and small rooms, I don’t quite know what to do with this house.

Stay tuned and I’d especially love for you to follow me on IG for more decorating updates. Maybe I’ll get this photographing thing figured out! I’ve only been trying for 20 years!!

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Some Recent Hauls – Vintage Junking

May 2019 vintage haul

Okay. So I gripe and grumble about the sales around here, but they’re not all bad. Truly. I’ve actually been getting some pretty good things for some very reasonable prices. A huge portion, though, I’m keeping. Gotta fill up this big ol’ house, ya know! And shoot. Since we haven’t emptied out the storage units and I don’t have all my stuff here, I might as well buy more! AmIright?

I’m not set up for videos quite yet, so opted to take some snapshots. I hope to get back to taking the haul videos again soon.

These are a culmination of a couple of weeks and I’m pretty sure I didn’t get a picture of everything.

So. This past weekend, the last weekend in May, I got all these big items. The mirror is nearly 4′ tall, so yeah. These are big items:

Large Items in Yard Sale Haul

The rustic crate will go to the booth. I’m undecided about the others. The mirror – which you can’t see very well, but it’s really old – and the brass tub were bought with the plan to sell, but now I’m thinking I might want to keep them. I have such an affinity for galvanized tin, I knew when I bought the two buckets that I might not be able to let them go. Total spent here? About $22.00.

Fence piece

We haven’t emptied the bed of the truck yet. The huge, 8′ fence piece will go to the booth but needs something to make it stand up without falling and hurting someone, so needs to go to the shop first. The wood furniture piece you can’t see in the front here is an upside down, long table with some fanciness going on. It’s missing its top and needs painting, so has to go to the shop. I hope to get some before pictures of it and hope the after is as stunning as it is in my mind! Total spent here? About $22.00. I’m saying “about” because some things were lumped together.

Update: Got the table out and took a before picture! Yay me! And, okay. It cost a whopping $5.00. But there will be hours of work into it before we sell (or keep?) it.

May vintage haul

I stuck the ruler in this picture so you could see the size of these things. The individual shots make them look smaller than they are. Total in this picture? About $18.00. Here are the individual pictures:

Yellow tole tray

Small, yellow tole tray. I’m undecided but it might live with me for awhile.

Italian pottery basket

Adorable, pink, Italian, pottery basket with birds, teacups and vase design. I can never resist buying mid-century Italian pottery. Or mid-century Italian anything, really. This will be for sale. Um… it is mid-century? Right? Or not?

Small pink floral ginger jar lamp

Small, pink, floral ginger jar lamp. I believe I’ll let this go, too.

Chalk kitten bank

Because Dani, the granddaughter that is here so much loves cats (Her goal in life at 6 years old is to be the crazy cat lady.) I’ll keep this chalk cat bank. It’s quite large and in unusually good condition!

Brass twist candlesticks

I bought these heavy, brass candlesticks with the intention to sell, but now think I might keep them. We’ll see. They’re not particularly old, I don’t think. Probably a decorator item, but I’m kinda diggin’ ’em! Heavy as all get-out so would work as a murder defense weapon. LOL

Marble Butter Keeper

Okay. So I’ve read that butter keepers sell well. But apparently it’s the pottery ones that sell best. I had to pay $4.00 for this and have no desire for it, so in the booth it goes. For not much more than $4.00.

Brass Bowl

I’ve been on a brass kick lately. Add this sweet, brass bowl. It will be for sale.

The birthday and Easter greeting picture didn’t photograph well. It’s all pastel-ly and glittery. From Ernest to Mother in 1909. I think the flowers and ribbon are probably screen printed, but may be watercolor. I don’t know about such things. I do wonder if Ernest did the artwork or if he had someone else do it or if you could buy the flowers and ribbon on paper and add your own caption? My daughter had considered buying this but didn’t make up her mind in time. I’ll probably give it to her. I’m keeping the candlestick. At least for now.

These were bought a couple of weeks ago. Old Valentines in the back and round cards in the front. All these will be for sale.

Framed paintings. These came from the same house as the yellow tole tray and the brass twist candlesticks. The paintings themselves are very small. Only about 4-by. They were clearly decorator items with the biggest tell being the information on the back about the floral one. It cost $200.00!!! Yeah. They’re nice and all, painted on wood, but generally, when something like that costs that much, it’s to the decorator trade.

I love the paintings but the frames were off-putting to me for some reason. Maybe they are too tasteful. So I took them out. Well, they kinda get lost like that, so I dunno. I do believe I’ll keep them but haven’t figured out what to do with them yet.

More brass. The flying seagulls seem to do ok online. More candlesticks, the little brass mouse (Florence of Vintage Southern Picks recently picked up a similar one), that stand – Is it a cup and spoon stand? – and an antique book. The book I’ll keep but everything else will be for sale.

These things are what Erin (my daughter) found this past weekend. Yep. She saw them first. I’m a little jealous about the metal planter thing and the valance. Can’t wait to see what she does with the valance! I’m sure it’ll be fabulous!

And that’s all folks! Have you found any goodies lately?

Until next time…………………..

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May Booth Sales Report

May 2019 booth sales report

Booth sales this year have been up and down. Feast or famine. Pay rent one month, make a little the next. May was a “feast” or at least an “eat” month. “Feast” might be pushing it a little.

I need to say that this post won’t be a visually appealing one. I’m having to scrape up pictures and the ones I can find aren’t very good. I had pulled away from the internet this year and last and rarely took pictures of the booth or items in the booth. But I’m trying to get going again and figured I’d get this series started back with or without pictures.

First up, a corner shelf. This and another corner shelf, among a lot of other things, came from an estate we bought. I use the word “estate” loosely. It was two rooms of furniture and nick-nacks. And not packed in at that. But we did okay with the buy.

The other corner shelf sold a few months back. I seriously did not want to have to paint these things and lowered the price to $25.00. They were handy to use in the booth, but looking at the picture below, at least this one might have been the kiss of death. Nothing on this shelf has sold and all have been there for a while. I’m not sure anything ever sold off the shelves. It’s not undesirable stuff and not priced high at all!

Corner shelves


These antique fashion prints didn’t last a week in the booth. I forgot to get a nice picture before taking them and forgot to get one the day I took them in. I just happened to be in the mall the next day and hastily took a picture of each one. It’s a good thing too! Two days later they were sold!

Antique, framed fashion prints
$24.00 each


Maybe I should stop turning my nose up at new Hobby Lobby type decor. This is a young town. This is what I find at the yard sales and perhaps it’s what the people are looking for. This little drawer/shelf thingy only lasted a few days. Warning: Horrible, horrible picture below! It doesn’t even show the correct color!

Newish drawer/shelf thing


Plain, no pattern, butter press

Butter press


This next item, a Sadler teapot, has been around a couple of years. I typically put it out in the fall just because it looks good with the fall things but this year, instead of packing it away when it didn’t sell, I left it in the booth. I had $35.00 on it. And it sat there, wanting so badly to go home with someone.

I was leaving the mall one day and saw a lady with it in her hand — and putting it in the return bin!! I grinned and said that it was mine and I thought it really wanted to go home with her. She said she was overspending and had found a German coffee set that reminded her of her daughter or something which put her spending too much. I told her she could have the teapot for $25 and when she hesitated, I blurted out $20.00. She knew a deal when she saw one and took me up on it.

I don’t regret it. It was a nice teapot, but it was time to move it. And she was a nice lady.

Sadler teapot


I had a bunch of these Garrett Snuff notebooks. Two left at the time of the picture below. The buying of them must not have been memorable…. (Um….. maybe it was that fabulous sale out of town and these were just some extra little things…..??) and had sold all but this one. Now the last one has a home.

Garrett Snuff Notebook


I bought this tin bottom chair years ago and used it until we moved into the new house last year. You can read the acquisition story –>HERE<–. It hung around the booth a year before someone saw the beauty in it as I did.

Tin bottom chair

Tin Bottom Chair


The two red and white surveyors’ poles. The tripod and the measuring sticks haven’t sold as of yet.

Surveyors' poles

Red and white surveyors’ poles $35.00 each but buyer took a 10% discount


That’s all I have pictures for. Here’s a list of other items sold. Note that the links are various sellers on Etsy with the same item in case you want to know what the item looked like. These are affiliate links.

  • Glass cookie jar like –>this Etsy item<–
  • Different glass cookie jar like a Tom’s jar
  • Wire hat stand similar to –>this one<– but not as fancy. Mine was swirled curves rather than angles and had 3 places for hats. I didn’t research it first and now that I see this one I feel sick. You’ve gotta see the one I linked to.
  • Small, rectangle basket with a lid. That’s the best I can do with a description. Sorry
  • Bag of about 15 pen nibs similar to –>these<–. Mine were generic. Nothing special.
  • Ceramic frog sponge holder kinda like –>this one<–
  • Wall hanging, wire scroll, plant/flowerpot holder. Not very old, but awfully beat up.
  • Small stoneware jar a bit like –>this one<– (That is a lovely product picture!) only mine had straight sides. Nothing special but still sweet
  • Vintage printed tablecloth with a vibrant tulip border. I might regret selling that.
  • Tooled leather coin purse very much like –>this one<–
  • Small moonstone bowl just like –>this one<–
  • Simple, black metal, scrolly brackets $8 each
  • 3 diecast model cars that my husband bought, not old, $18.95 each
  • A big-a** roll top desk that we bought new from Ashley furniture 15-ish years ago. The best place we could use it in the new house was upstairs but it was too doggone heavy so we decided to sell it. Apparently, I never got a picture of it anywhere it ever lived.

And then there are these things I have no clue what they were!!

  • 1970s glass bowl
    $24.00 — You’d think I’d remember that!
  • Glass bowl
  • Fostoria candlestick(s)(??)

Also sold were

One book for $3.00 and 10 cans of paint for 197.75.


So our total for the month was $922.60. Yippee! Now next month we’ll probably have to pay rent. LOL

Wanna know what I sold on Etsy? My Etsy shop that has been terribly, terribly neglected? I thought it was only going to be one thing, but at the last sold two more items

Brass Russ owl keychain

Brass Russ owl keychain
$20.00 with free shipping

Vintage Harlequin clicker. (I have another one of these for sale.)

Vintage tin clicker with Harlequin lithograph, made by US Metal Toy Mfg

Brass music stand photo album.

Vintage brass lyre design photo stand for 3 x 5 pictures


I’d love to hear how your May sales were. Is May typically a good month for you? Were you surprised or was it about what you expected?