Do you believe the early bird gets the worm?
The last two mornings in a row, I've went to the same yard sale. The lady is cleaning out a building and I'm so happy she did!
She said she once had this curio cabinet in her kitchen and decorated it with her favorite collection of autumn dishes. ~I'm not sure if it's really a curio cabinet... maybe it is, but it looks like a bookcase to me? It was an incredible "deal" and I told her sold! right away. Love that it has glass doors.
While I was still browsing, someone pulled up and asked her about it and she said, "Sorry, already sold." (shewww that was close!) lol -- Anyway, I've already cleaned it all up and will decide this afternoon if it's going to house books, or I'm toying with putting my whole button collection in it, in pretty jars; leaving only the buttons I'll actually use in crafts out in my craft room. Decisions decisions!
Hymnals! Even the titles on the covers are beautiful. Perfect Joy, Cheerful Chimes, Waves of Glory, and Spiritual Life Songs. ~The church we're attending sings hymns rather than contemporary music. Kinda took some getting used to going from very contemporary with a band and modern music... back to olde timey hymns. But, .... My soul often melts singing these beautiful songs that withstand the test of time. Opening one of these books this morning, I found "Beulah Land," had been paper-clipped. It's one of my very favorites!!! -- I have a few other old hymnals that I use making soldered pendants, tags, cards and bottles. So finding these was exciting!
Today, an aqua fruit jar held these buttons! I dumped them into this tin to poke through them and see what was inside. It was only a pint jar, but had some terrific buttons! You can enlarge the picture for a better look. Victorian, black glass with swallows and hearts, orange china stencil, orange pencil-top bakelite, china pie crust button, three gorgeous carved mother of pearl, civil war era bone buttons, and celluloids. There were two other things that caught my eye. Thimbles with paper inside? Someone very deliberately folded up bits of paper and one of them was taped so whatever was inside couldn't fall out. A Message in a thimble? I could hardly wait to open it!
Young Josephine's thimble who died the year I was born.
I didn't take a photo of thee other thimble but it said it was purchased in Gainesville, Texas! My dear Fancy Nancy lives in Gainesville!
Here's my Thrifty finds. So many crafters I know find Bingo cards and I never have; til yesterday! The jewelry was.... well; let's just say I had to refrain from jumping up and down. lol
A "real" cameo... the light colored one; the black one was plastic. I don't think the setting is real but the cameo is definitely shell. Lots of bling. Coro earrings, antique pins, milk glass, lots of pearls; even hand knotted. Most of those will be cut apart and made into something else. The rhinestone pins will decorate bottles and jars. The watch was in it's original box, and there is a whole box of thimbles that will go in the next Lydia jars. The Pink pepper shaker will hold french lavender german glass glitter, and the big pantry jar will hold all this jewelry. You can barely see but there's a pink feather hat on the basket. But the ledger... the ledger is my favorite thing. I can hardly wait for Myguy to have time to sit and look through it. Then, I'll make copies of some of the pages for artwork.
It begins in 1925, and I think went through 1928. This page was one of several cotton crops.
This one eggs. There are lots of haycrops, with the farmer recording "bad hay." He kept record of hired hands, automotive, ... all of it... incredible. The book is so historic and money was not wasted at all. These ledgers are hard to find and when you do, usually they go skyhigh. This one was $2 bucks.
The little book is chockfull of old black n white photos. Really, really olde ones. Then the little stack of black n whites next to it are just a few I found in an old box. I found Chatty Kelly in one. Chatty Kelly, you're not going to believe the photo of you .... it will soon find it's way to you in Virginia! Sweet little lot of vintage relatives.- Found two more watches that are really neat. I don't know if they work or not yet. The oldest, I'm going to make a necklace out of and use the face as the pendant with some beads hanging under it. It won't matter if they work or not.
The rest, ... cute little salt n pepper shakers that I have another idea for, and another jar with old sequins. Boy does it need washed!
This old measurement book cracked me UP! Apparently whoever owned it really stunk at math- like me. They did not want these pages to fall apart. There are many pages that are still usable, and they'll find their way onto tags. Don't you love finding old ephemera. Especially dirt cheap!?
Time to go move the curio cabinet into it's new spot. I'd thought about painting it, but I kinda like the dark wood. So for today, it will stay- as is. The question is ....books, or buttons?
Enjoy your weekend!
As I look into that old booklet of measurements and yellowed tape, a verse springs to mind:
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Romans 12:3