Friday Finds Vintage Edition #7: Ironstone Alert

May 21, 2015

Vintage gold filigree mirrored tray

I was lucky enough to drive by a place recently that was advertising a pop up
 estate sale for the next day. It only happens there about two times a year so I
was happy to be in the right place at the right time to find out about it in advance.
And of course I was there the next morning with bells on.

Since I'm trying to be more frugal than usual these days, I didn't go in with the
expectation of buying anything. Sometimes just looking around can be fun,
too! And I'm happy to report that I spent a relatively small amount of money
and managed to leave very happy.
Vintage Warwick and Johnson Bros. ironstone pitchers

I've always been drawn to ironstone of all kinds. These mini
ironstone pitchers drew me in right away.

vintage Johnson Bros. ironstone pitcher

Cost: $6.00 (value $40-$68, depending on where you look).

The detail on this one is exquisite.
vintage Johnson Bros.ironstone pitcher

vintage Johnson Bros.ironstone pitcher

vintage Johnson Bros.ironstone pitcher

vintage Johnson Bros.ironstone pitcher
I always look on the bottom of the piece first, to see the maker's mark, if any.
This dainty beauty is stamped "Royal Ironstone China, Johnson Bros. England."

Royal Ironstone China Johnson Bros. England stamp

I have a few other Johnson Brothers pieces, all thrifted as well.

This is the other petite ironstone pitcher that I just couldn't pass up.
Look at the scrolly accents. It's always the details that I fall in love with.

Vintage Warwick China ironstone pitcher

On the bottom of this one it says Warwick China.

Vintage Warwick China ironstone stamp

Cost: $1.25 (value: ???)

Vintage Warwick China ironstone pitcher

Vintage Warwick China ironstone pitcher

I gotta sigh when I look at these beauties.

Vintage Warwick and Johnson Bros. ironstone pitchers
Now on to the next find. Here's a $5.00 purchase I
just could not pass up. A vintage rolling metal cart!

vintage rolling metal cart

vintage rolling metal cart
vintage rolling metal cart

$5.00 was more than I wanted to spend for it but I've been wanting one
of these for a lo-o-o-n-g time, and I knew that if I didn't snatch it up someone
else would, pronto. It folds up for easy storage, and it sits at the ready for that
 next big flea market where it will help carry home all my goodies!

vintage rolling metal cart repurposed as laundry basket

Or not.
Perhaps it was meant to sit in my laundry room after all. I mean, I already had
the canvas hamper that seems to fit inside near perfectly. And Lord knows I
could use some help corralling all those dirty clothes that somehow end up on
the laundry room floor. A match made in heaven.

Last but not least I picked up a vintage mirrored tray with a gold filigree
frame for a few bucks.
Vintage gold filigree mirrored tray

Vintage gold filigree mirrored tray

I have a few of these mirrored trays already, only smaller. I already have an idea
for how I might use this one. It reminds me of the tray my mom had on her dresser
filled with bottles of fancy perfumes when I was a little girl.

I also want to show you what Chickadee number three picked up as well. He came
along for the ride and, as always, had a good time junkin with me. I must say I've
raised my kids well ha ha.
vintage terrier salt & pepper shaker, vintage Stiepps Co. beer bottle

He loves treasure boxes of any kind. He thought this one looked especially
cool with all the woodwork on it. Came to find out when we got home that it's
a bank. He also l-o-v-e-s dogs. Did I say he loves dogs? He has a collection of
 ceramic dogs we picked up here and there at local Goodwills. But that Terrier
takes the cake -- there are two of them because they're salt and pepper shakers!
Two for a dollar.

He's also a big fan of old bottles. For fifty cents he got a vintage Stiepp's
(of Chicago) beer bottle from the 1930's. Value: around  $10-$15.00. It was
neat reading about the history of the Stiepp Company in Chicago.  I stopped
back at the sale the next day to see if any beer bottles were left (for resale) but
no such luck. My favorite is the ship in a bottle. I can never figure out how they get
all those little pieces in there!

So that's it for now. I did end up making it to a big flea market last weekend,
but no real scores to speak of (read: none). Like I said, though, I'm trying to
save money so I came out ahead! At least that's what I'm telling myself.

How about you? Do you have any great weekend plans?
Happy Memorial Day (U.S.)
Happy Junkin!

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Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks like you and your son both did well.
Hope you have a fun and safe holiday weekend.

Nellie's Cozy Place said...

Well Kathleen,
You did quite well..........but have
to say the white pitchers and creamer
have it with me. I too, love white pitchers and creamers course, mine are
not antique or anything but I love them just as well.
These were really great finds and have
such pretty detailing and know you will
probably have lots of fun and enjoyment
from all of them.
Blessings, Nellie

Privet and Holly said...

Kathleen, you and
your junking buddy
certainly hit it BIG!
Beautiful pitchers
that would certainly
look sweet filled with
any kind of posy, in
addition to serving
uses or just looking
pretty on a shelf : )

My daughter used to
collect vintage dogs
until she ran out of
shelf space! She just
arrived from college
last night and is back
amongst those very
doggies for three
months <3

Have a wonderful
Memorial Day Weekend,
my friend!

xo Suzanne

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

Oh my! those two pitchers are so pretty, I wouldn't of passed them up either!!! As for Chickadee #3, he has excellent junking skills!

handmade by amalia said...

The cream pitchers win the day!

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