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!

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

Saling Spokane

We are enjoying a looonnnngg summer here in Spokane which means more great yard sales! David & I headed out in the car early Friday morning to find treasure and shortly thereafter were wishing we had brought the truck! The sales I had researched on Craig’s List turned out to be a bust but they lead us to others that garnered a sweet lime green Frank Moreno pot (I just love his drip glaze stuff! and will have to display this one next to my other before resaling!), a Regal red aluminum pitcher (you all remember these from your childhood right?), a 3 globe tension lamp with Currier & Ives glass domes (from the sweetest old lady I ever met!), a set of 3 amazing French prints artfully framed in blue mats and anti-glare glass (these babies need to be researched before selling – anyone know anything about Duclos?), and a gorgeous Arabesque clock from the ’70’s with the original sales tag on it. And for myself? A pair of designer Michael Kors jeans and a cashmere sweater for three bucks!

OK, so what did I miss out on? A pair of Schwinn Le Tour III bikes that David & I couldn’t decide if they were worth anything for resale. Turns out they are! Note taken. Also found a vintage Singer Featherweight sewing machine – super hot sellers on Ebay. Unfortunately the gal wanted $400 dollars! Oh please!

Decanter Parade

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I didn’t know these gorgeous decanters existed until I saw them in all their glory at a yard sale. These are decanter bottles developed by alcohol manufacturers to help sell their product. I fell in love with the animals but the decanters also featured politicians, transportation, sports, etc. My favorite is the moose and his gorgeous antlers. The bottles are very well made and make great sculptural additions.

While researching these for sale on Ebay I discovered there are A LOT of people who collect these bottles and there are even clubs! The Jim Beam Club  features a monstrous photo gallery of collectible bottles and is very educational. I hope one of these collectors is in need of one of mine for their mantle! I think this would be a great gift for the hunter in your life too.

See my Ebay listings here:



Jim Beam Robin Bird

EZRA Brooks Panda Bear

EZRA Brooks Bear

Jim Beam Muskie

Retro Wine Rack

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One of my favorite thrift stores in town ALWAYS has something for me. Usually I have to dig but not today! I was walking down the aisle of ‘metals’ and there laying on its side was this rare beauty of a wine rack! I knew the moment I saw it I had found a treasure. Hard for me to believe someone would give this baby up! I have never seen one like it and can’t find any like it on Ebay or the net. It is make of metal made to look like brass (not sure if it is or not) and features six holes for your wine bottles. The unit is heavy and has a nice handle for moving the rack about. I scrubbed it up with soap and water and hand dried it. I have decided to leave it as is and not paint it or restore it further. I love the vintage look of it and think it would be a great addition to a retro ranch but also a Hollywood Regency styled room.

I like to group my sales together and have listed the wine rack on Ebay along with other retro metals like a gold metal telephone stand, an oval metal two tiered magazine rack and a small gold metal book rack. Click here to see my Ebay listings! 

What do you think this wine rack will go for? I am excited to find it a new home with wine awaiting!