Ok, so it has been like 3 YEARS since I posted anything on my blog but I have been busy! Business has been great and the picking RiDiCuLoUs! My warehouse is full and it is time to let go of some of my greatest treasures. My husband has been busy in the shop repurposing baby buggys into Parisian Flower Carts, mid century patio furniture into swing chairs, wiring old Benjamin enamel barn lights and turning an old Napa parts cabinet into a Man Cave Mini Bar! Three weeks ago I got notification from The Farm Chicks that we officially have a booth at the most amazing antique show on the planet! Can you say Wahoo! Well I did along with ‘Thank You God’ and lots of other loud screams that could have been interpreted in a variety of ways! Anyways the show is this weekend – June 7th & 8th at the Spokane Fairgrounds. My 10′ x 20′ space will be assembled Friday at booth numbers 3028 & 3029 then jam packed full of some of the coolest finds. Hope you will come see me!
Check out this guy’s web site! He has a typewriter collection of nearly 200! My Typewriter Collection
I stopped at a sale last summer in Spokane Valley, WA and the prices were so great I ended up making a pile next to the cash box and going back for a second look. On my second tour around the sale I found this pair of International Hub Caps. I paid a dollar for them and hoped there might be an old International truck out there needing them. I got on Ebay when I got home and found out these are very rare and hard to find – especially in this condition. They were most likely used on an International truck dating between 1940 – 1957. Most are missing the red detail paint and are rusted through. This pair features their original red trim and are still in solid condition. While researching I found out that restoring International trucks is a big deal and ‘original‘ parts add big time to the value. I sure hope the guy who is restoring his cherished International finds these hotties on my Ebay!
This Truck Restoration blog features an article about the difficulty of restoring old Internationals.
The International Truck Museum in Rimbey, Alberta, Canada features 19 various restored International trucks. Check it out!
You can learn a lot about Catalina Pottery here!
Every September the town of Reardan, WA hosts it’s annual city wide garage sale. Reardan is a small farm town but I must have hit 30 sales in 2 hours! I nearly filled the car with treasures and was on my way out of town when I passed by the library and a crowd of buyers! I jumped right in and boy am I happy I did! The glassware and smalls were abundant. I snatched up 3 nice blue apothecary jars from Belgium, a cast iron terrier dog, a milk glass cake plate that spins (!), and a pair of Dodge bull bookends. I paid $3 for the gorgeous bookends. After researching them on the internet I found they are extremely collectible and difficult to find. Here is a bit of history on Dodge bookends:
Dodge, Inc. began in Chicago in the mid 1920s by Ray E. Dodge, a former track star in the 1924 Olympics. In 1930 he moved the company to Los Angeles to begin making “Oscars” for Hollywood’s Academy Awards, and in 1949, began producing Hollywood’s “Emmys”.
In a 1948, a catalog for Dodge, Inc. of Los Angeles, Newark and Miami, advertised “the master-line of gifts for the discriminating buyer,” listing more than 20 different pairs of bookends, including pieces designed by McClelland Barclay and Gladys E. Brown, selling for $10 to $40 a pair.
All Dodge bookends are made of heavy cast gray metal. Their bookends on onyx bases are less common. The company used 5 different finishes for its cast metal pieces, but their trademark high-gloss bronze finish with two-tone highlights of rich red-golden copper from the Southwest’s great copper mines, earned Dodge the tag line, “The Best of the West.”
I will be posting these beauties very soon on Ebay along with some owl bookends and International Hub Caps! Following are some links relevant to Dodge bookends.