Monday, May 12, 2014

Weekend Picking!

I love to shop!  Any excuse to go out and spend a little money makes me very happy.  We plan to attend our first big craft show in the fall so there is much need for some shopping to build up our inventory.  As I have a full time job my weekends are the only time I have to spend on this growing hobby of mine!  So my eyes have been peeled looking for any opportunity to find some amazing treasures that we can transform.  Well this weekend we hit the mother load!  We came across a vintage tag sale in New Haven, CT that was exactly what we were looking for.  It was a two day event and unfortunately we came on the 2nd day so there were a lot of things that had been sold on Friday.  But we still managed to find some amazing vintage goodies!

From the moment we pulled up to the address, I knew we were in for some good picking as the sale took place in what looked like an abandoned factory building.  I felt like I was on one of those salvage shows on HGTV and couldn't wait to see what was in store!

There were so many things to look at it was like sensory overload for me - old tools, vintage books and paintings, some great furniture and my favorite part - rows and rows of vintage glass milk bottles and their original shipping crates.  As the saying goes - a picture is worth a thousands words - so rather then me talking about it, take a look at what we saw for yourself!
Very cool glass plates from stop lights -  I am sorry I didn't get any of these!!

Isles and Isles of wood milk crates with the metal inserts still inside

More milk crates in metal

Wasn't joking about the milk bottles!!  In fact, all of these came from a dairy farm in Middlefield, CT that was being torn down.  Thankfully they were rescued so we could buy them!!

These had to be my favorite find and something I was way too happy to purchase.  They are the original milk tops to the vintage milk bottles!  They had sheaths and sheaths of these and we snatched some up ourselves!

 Check out this old exercise bike!

Look at this mint condition Kelvinator stove.  It even had a steamer pot on the back left burner.  Kelvinator was a company founded in 1914 named after British physicist Lord Kelvin who discovered the concept of absolute zero.  This stove I believe was circa late 40's early 50's.

I was lucky to score the last one of these Sears and Roebuck school desks.  Supposedly there were about 200 of these but by the time we got there this was the only one left!  We also managed to take home quite a few milk bottles and crates, a really cool vintage ink drawing with an amazing frame, some really cool vintage wooden 7 up crates and some other odds and ends.  Overall one of the best tag sales I have ever been to!  I am sure I will be posting about what we do with these great finds so stay tuned!


  1. Erin, enjoy following u on Facebook. How do you hear about these sales? I would have loved to have gone to this.

    1. Hi there! Thanks for following me on Facebook!! Glad you enjoy it. A lot of the shows we go to I have gone to for years from living in the area or hearing about from friends. I also have a love affair with Google and stalk the local areas for vintage tag sales or flea markets. Craig's List, the local patches and of course newspapers are also good for this. Good luck finding them and of course you can always stay tuned to the blog for local shows we go to!! Thanks again!

    2. I found your Facebook page after Elephant's Trunk posted your blog. So yes we know about them and I did go to Brimfield but unfortunately it was on the rainy Friday, but still fun. Never thought to look on Craig's List for vintage tag sales! Great - thank you. BTW do you have a labradoodle - I noticed in your pictures. We do too - from Berkshire Hills Labradoodles in MA. Thanks, Diana

    3. Diana - I am glad you found our page and thankful for you following along with us!! Sorry you got stuck in the rain in Brimfield. July's event will be right around the corner. I am not sure where you are but New Haven has a new Flea Market opening this weekend. We are hoping to check it out as we may want to rent a table there ourselves! I have them on our Facebook page if you want to check it out. And yes we do have a Labordoodle - Cassidy. They are so much fun! thanks! Erin