Various and Sundry.

Remember all the tablecloths from last weekend? Remember how I said they were all stained? Well, THEY’RE NOT ANYMORE. I got Kristie’s recipe for vintage linen soak and it worked like a charm. On Every. Single. One. of the tablecloths. People, do you know what this means? No longer will I hesitate to purchase a gorgeous tablecloth just because it’s got a grease stain! All those lovely hankies that I left behind because they had rust stains on them will soon be mine! It’s a whole new world! And I’m telling you, these were serious, forty-year-old grease and gravy stains. I am so tickled about this. I had planned to keep all of these that I got this weekend but now that they’re in pristine shape, I think I will have to put them in the Catch and Release program! Kristie’s Recipe: mix one cup of Borax or Oxy-Clean, one cup of powder Cascade, and one cup of Clorox 2 in super hot water until everything is dissolved and mixed well. Put your linens in, stir around occasionally. Let sit for a while (I put mine in our big tub last night at 11 pm and took them out this morning around 11 am), changing water when it gets gross. She didn’t say how much water to dilute the cleaning solution with, but when I’ve seen her do it, she’s usually using one of those big Rubbermaid tubs. I doubled the recipe since I was soaking a ton of stuff in our giant master bathroom soaking tub. There is nary a spot to be found today. I’m beyond thrilled.

Speaking of Kristie, she called me last night and said she’d gotten a tip from a friend that there was to be an un-advertised Rook vase being auctioned off that night at an auction house I’ve been meaning to go to. Rook is Kristie’s particular vintage vice so she wanted to check it out and I needed little to no encouragement to join that bandwagon. I got there about an hour into the sale (had to wait for Justin to get home from work) and the place was jam-packed — I was barely able to find a parking space. That did not bode well for bargains, I thought. But when I had gotten settled into my seat a couple of regulars said that it was so crowded because there were guns and knives to be auctioned off that night. Nothing brings the hordes like guns and knives, apparently! I told Shara, I know this makes me sound all Yankee Liberal, but it makes me verrrrry nervous to be in a room with a bunch of gun-toting gentlemen, especially when they’re handling and aiming their guns while examining them for purchase. Aren’t you always supposed to assume a gun is loaded? Don’t point those things at me, man! Auctioning those items took up a good portion of the evening, and when 9 pm rolled around, I had only purchased two things: this mixing bowl (WHAT? SHUT UP!):

which was $17, I know, too much, but as you probably know by now, I’m thoroughly hooked on the mixing bowl; and this quilt:

which was $7. There are two damaged panels, which you can see in the lower right hand corner of the photo, but otherwise, it’s in great shape. It smelled a bit of mothballs but it’s been airing out on the back porch all morning and I can’t smell it anymore. I have never seen a pattern like that before. I don’t mind that it’s damaged — I’m slowly amassing a collection of quilts to use in the kids’ room when they get their regular beds. This one seems particularly boyish to me, which can be hard to find, so I’m happy to have it.

Kristie and I were beginning to wonder how they were ever going to finish auctioning off the items when 9:30 rolled around…a regular said they’re hardly ever there after 10:30 and there was still a ton to be auctioned off. The main guy took over about then and the sleepy, relaxed air that had been descending on the room immediately dissipated. No more could you mull over your purchase before entering a bid — you had to lay claim fast if you wanted to win something, and he was calling it sold so quickly that bids were staying around the $1-$3 mark. Nothing wakes a person up quite like that! It was during this last hour that I made most of my purchases.

Hand me all your vintage goods, or my Toby Jug Militia will take care of you. These weren’t what I would call cheap. Kristie and I bid on choice, first, and I grabbed two that were marked Occupied Japan:

My little stern lady with the ruffled skirt, and

the little woman I was thinking of as the Queen of Hearts. These were each $4.50, then I won the auction for the remaining pitchers at $4. So $13 for six of them. Still not too bad. I fear I am going to keep them. It’s like a little insta-collection.

This little cast iron scottie dog went towards the very end of the night. $7! He is definitely going in the booth on Thursday, as I think he would make a great Christmas present for someone.

The blue transferware serving bowl (which included another blue bowl and two coffee cups) and the elephant were all in a box lot for $1. To the booth with them.

This is a pretty big basket. I think it was $4. For the booth.

Vernon Kilns pink teapot that is beyond pretty. It has a couple of tiny chips on the spout (but don’t we all???) and so was $1. I just couldn’t not buy this. I love the color, the shape, the details. I’m going to try it in the booth with an “as is” tag.

This is a snowy white (thanks to the linen soak recipe) linen tablecloth — about 6 feet by 10 feet — with this cutwork detail at all four corners and in the center. It’s lovely, in gorgeous shape, and I think it might sell around this time of year because of Thanksgiving coming up. I got this in a lot of linens that I paid $1 for — initially, I bid on it for the pretty purple-striped bedspread that was on top, but was astonished to find both this gorgeous tablecloth and a Bates Queen Elizabeth double-sized Matelasse bedspread also in the stack. The bedspread is beautiful but had stains on it — UNTIL I USED THE VINTAGE LINEN SOAK RECIPE! Now it’s pure white and gorgeous.

And the last thing I bid on…

…the sweetest little 6 inch yellow vase marked USA. I was sure this one would get bid up but I got it for…you guessed it!…A DOLLAR.

Kristie and I also went in together on a box of magazines called The American from the 1940s and 1950s that I had never seen before but that had the most beautiful, frame-worthy covers. It seems like it was a bit of a trashy magazine with sensational-sounding articles. Delicious.

So it was quite the unexpected Monday night haul!

I also forgot to show you this doll I got at the Rescuing the Past Estate Sale:

Isn’t she just the sweetest thing?

Okay, it’s naptime, which means I need to get on out of this chair and put the finishing touch on a few booth projects. Hope your week is going swell.

November 19, 2013 - 3:10 pm

Sarah Just never, ever use oxiclean on Christmas tablecloths with gold print. Trust me on this one.

November 19, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Sarah One more thing – I think the quilt pattern is snails trail, but she seems to have set the blocks a bit weirdly.

November 19, 2013 - 5:19 pm

Shara You got more good stuff! My Mom has a huge collection of those little pitchers. She packed them up twenty five years ago and we have not laid eyes on them since. I am DYING to see them know that I know about pottery and stuff. Your militia is a crack up!

I was in my booth for five hours today and I am TIRED.

November 19, 2013 - 8:21 pm

Linda @ A La Carte Love the pink teapot soooooo much and the little tiny pottery vase! What great finds! I’e never been to an Auction and think I just might have to try it sometime!

November 21, 2013 - 7:59 am

Melissa Sounds like a terrifying auction but at least it was fruitful. That quilt is beautiful and I would have bought it for the pattern too. Things like that remind me of my Great Grandma who was always sewing something. She favored unique patterns like that. And the little cast iron dog is super cool, I bet he sells fast!

December 5, 2013 - 10:33 pm

Lara Jo Melissa, you were right, he sold before the store opened — one of the ladies working at the front counter bought him! I am already regretting selling him…

December 5, 2013 - 10:33 pm

Lara Jo Shara, you need to dig up those pitchers of your Mom’s — I am now obsessed with them.

December 5, 2013 - 10:34 pm

Lara Jo Thank you, Linda — I highly recommend auctions! I am now obsessed!