Last weekend, I was in Cedar City, Utah with family, and my daughter-in-law and I decided to hit some yard sales. We found two that yielded some great finds. The old rusty tin above yielded some great old buttons and also some other very interesting vintage items. Above is the tin after I took most of the buttons out to wash the rust and dirt off of them. The button tin had a weird smell because of the rust. Below are pictures of what I found in all the pile of buttons.
These unusual pretty buttons. some are celluloid I am sure.
Some very large buttons and rusty bobbins.
then buried in all the buttons were these unusual items. A crusty "J" hair clip, a rusty boy scout knife, a whistle that had turned patina, and some military type wings. Most people would probably have thrown them away, but I call them truly interesting and wish I had stories of the people who once owned and used these things.
Even the button cards by themselves are cool. These are what caught my eye in the first place, laying in the old rusty tin. All this vintage goodness, even if it did need to be cleaned up, was only $4.00
At the next yard sale I found these way cool glass glittered shadow boxes (below) calling out to me. They aren't vintage, just look alikes. Oh, the things I could do with those, and they are still in the original box unopened. This was $2.00
And I also found this at the same sale. Something for my studio or perhaps my own dresser.
This cool jewelry console that was only $1.00
I am going to paint it up shabby!
But then my truly amazing find and bargain of the day was this electric wall sconce. I am thinking maybe 1920's There is still a bulb in it although I don't know if that is truly vintage. the crystals that are hanging on it will surely find other uses. And I am planning on something special with the rest of it. When I saw them I wanted at least one of them really badly.
The man was selling antiques in a parking lot, out of a big truck.
Notice that the tag on this sconce says $99.00 for the pair. I asked the man if he would take less than that. He said he could go as low as $25.oo for the pair. I said I just wanted one and would he take $10.00 for one. He said I guess so. So this lovely piece with all the crystal only cost me $10.00 I think it was the bargain of the day for sure!