The Farm Chicks

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!IMG_1487IMG_1444IMG_1469


Toaster Collector Association?

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I know, weird huh? I mean who collects toasters? Well the Toaster Collectors Association collects, researches, documents and restores toasters and even holds an annual meeting called ‘ToasterFest’ (in case you care here is the link)! And then there is the Toaster Museum an online museum with info and photos of toasters from around the world! Fascinating huh? Well if you want more ‘Toastmania’ you can check out The ‘Toaster Museum Foundation’ and purchase a Toaster calendar! I don’t really care much about toasters but I do have a rare vintage Sunbeam toaster model AT-A for sale on Ebay! This toaster was introduced in the ’60’s and features glass sides with silkscreened leaves and bakelite base. If you are hot for toast check out my listing here!

Spokane’s Hidden Treasure

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With apartments to repair and a home with ongoing projects, we are always in need of a window, door or do-hicky. But if you know us at all we are thrifty and like to get cool stuff for less. Where are you going to go? Overhauser’s of course! This is the most amazing place in downtown Spokane and takes up multiple floors of an old Historic brick building. We have purchased a lot of windows and doors for great prices from here but that is just the beginning! You can find gorgeous antique armoirs, buffets, light fixtures, fireplaces, mantles, moose heads (yes with antlers) and on and on. The owner Dan LOVES to buy and he has an eye for beautiful and unique things (just look at his lovely wife!). David and I needed a hearth for our freestanding fireplace and wanted something nice and different. Overhauser’s had it! Slabs of marble pulled from the Davenport Hotel bath stalls! These slabs are 5′ x 6′ x 1″ thick and need some cleaning. We bought one for the hearth. Working with marble is a first for us so this is all one big experiment. So far all we know about it is that it is HEAVY! Will share more about this project later. In the meantime, check out Overhauser’s. It is like taking a tour through a museum!

Torpedo Has Been Launched!

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Yes that is right! The Torpedo portable typewriter from West Germany is now up for bid on Ebay! Yahoo! It just goes to show you that letting your friends and family know what kind of stuff you are into pays off. Last year I sold an Eldorado portable typewriter to a fellow in Sweden for BIG bucks and an Olympia to another fellow in Missouri. These typewriters are very nostalgic for many especially those who carried these 15 pound babies around college campus. They were the first laptops and served their purpose well. Now they are highly collectible, still functional and gorgeous to boot! My lovely mom follows my blog and Ebay postings and was astonished when the Eldorado sold for nearly $300 big ones on Ebay last year. Ever since, she has kept her eye out and she is responsible for rescuing the Torpedo from living in a storage unit for the rest of it’s life. Her neighbor used this unit in college and earned his degree with it. He is now moving, letting go of the past and sold it to mom while remembering all those papers he wrote with it. I am hoping that a new home is in the Torpedo’s future! I posted it on Ebay this afternoon and already there are 7 watchers! Follow the action here!

Check out this guy’s web site! He has a typewriter collection of nearly 200! My Typewriter Collection

FOUND – International Hub Caps Triple Diamond

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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!

Catalina Oxblood

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I know! What is Catalina Oxblood? Well I found this vase several years ago at a garage sale in Spokane, WA. The sale was looking like a big bust until I decided to look in a box sitting on the ground full of FTD style clear flower vases. You know, the super cheap kind that are a dime a dozen. Well not quite that cheap. The box read 10 cents each. I rooted around in the box and spotted this red vase, flipped it over and read Catalina Pottery. I didn’t know anything about it but something inside me (duh?) said splurge with the 10 cents and RUN! It has sat on my display shelf for the last two years with hardly a second glance. After I found the Frank Moreno pot I had to make room and so the Catalina has got to go. After a quick search on Ebay I discovered that Catalina Oxblood is extremely collectible and I might actually make some good money on this vase. A similar vase recently sold on Ebay for $153. I have started mine at $29.99. Sure hope we get close to the $100 mark!

You can learn a lot about Catalina Pottery here!

Reardan All City Yard Sale Corrals Bull Dodge Bookends

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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.

Link to Antique Bookends web site

Complete Ebay auctions for Dodge Bookends