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Flea Market Finds: May

2 Jun
Lots of sunshine and lots of great pickin'!

Lots of sunshine and lots of great pickin’!

May is one of the best months to visit the Nashville flea market…there are tons of vendors and the weather is usually good. All of the sheds were full…no matter what you like to search for, it was definitely at the flea this month. IMG_1964 I’m a fan of vintage Pyrex, and I was impressed with these advertising pieces we came across in Wilson Hall. A vendor brought them from Huntsville. IMG_1961 Also check out that huge set of Akro Agate children’s dishes…you know I loved it! IMG_1962 Aren’t those amazing? I have never run across vintage store display pieces for Pyrex. The Mister wanted me to buy them for the booth but the price was very high for cardboard signage. They would be a beautiful accent to the display of a serious collector, though! I’m pretty much a very casual hobby collector where Pyrex is concerned but I love a good display of vintage Pyrex. And you can find one of the best in town in Shed 5–The Mule Barn. IMG_1974 Sharon Smith is the owner of Dish-N-That and specializes in Pyrex and coordinated glassware sets. She’s at the flea market most months (I think she may skip January/February) with an amazing display of Pyrex. Sharon is the lady to talk to if you are looking for a hard-to-find piece in the more popular collector colors of vintage Pyrex. Her prices are similar to what you will find in local antique stores but she only stocks pieces in really nice shape. I love to see what she brings, and it’s always beautifully displayed according to color. IMG_1968IMG_1966 Definitely swing by Shed 5 when you are at the flea…great stuff! IMG_1973 This gorgeous pink 1950’s era outfit would have coordinated well with all the pink Pyrex I found, but as usual, it was too tiny in the waist for me. I did bring home a few treasures, including this jadite perfume bottle.

The shakers are in the photo to give perspective so you will have an idea of the size of the perfume bottle...

The shakers are in the photo to give perspective so you will have an idea of the size of the perfume bottle…

Isn’t this cute? I had never found one before although I had seen them photographed in a jadite collector’s guide. So, it had to come home with me! IMG_1955 Never a lack of “cool stuff” at the flea…I’ll be back next month! What about you…are you finding great flea market or estate sale deals now that the season is in full swing? Tell me about your favorite find in the comments. I’d love to hear about what you are collecting.
Mrs. T

Flea Market Finds: April

26 Apr

The Nashville Flea Market swings into high gear this month…warmer temperatures and sunshine mean the return of lots of vendors, which means more great vintage stuff! I stopped by on Friday morning to try to beat the rainy weather…but it turned out to be nice all weekend.  There is nothing I like better than wandering around the fairgrounds and searching through tables of old junk, hunting for just the right thing.

Bring your cart! (Or buy a cart there....)

Bring your cart! (Or buy a cart there….)

So…what ended up in my little red cart this month? I actually hate hauling a cart because it’s so cumbersome but I always buy so much that it’s become a necessity.IMG_1861 This was a great month. I found a fantastic pink metal child’s stove, PINK Pyrex bowls, a nice length of barkcloth (only $5!), a chalkware fish and bubbles, a green train case in great condition, a small red and white striped Hazel Atlas bowl, aqua bowl dated 1956,  yellow Pyrex fridgie, a planter in the shape of a guy playing the accordion, green fridge dish with glass lid, tiny pink swan planter and a cashew tin.

There are so many great vendors each month but Mister and I are always impressed with the vintage clothes and accessories that Susan Moon of Hang the Moon consignment (located at the flea in the Wilson building) brings.

Hang the Moon Consignment...cute stuff!

Hang the Moon Consignment…cute stuff!

Susan offers an eclectic blend of on-trend vintage…everything from shoes to 1950’s dresses to jewelry. She’s going to be a vendor at the Nashville Boogie next week (I can’t wait!) so if you missed her this weekend, you can shop there.

Hang the Moon Consignment

Hang the Moon Consignment

Susan Moon, me, and an awesome dress that is slightly too tiny for my waist...too bad I'm not built like a 1950's girl!

Susan Moon, me, and an awesome dress that is slightly too tiny for my waist…too bad I’m not built like a 1950’s girl!

Hang the Moon...such cute stuff!

Hang the Moon…such cute stuff!

The Nashville Flea Market is open on the third weekend of the month. There are vendors from over 30 states…so you never know what will be there!

How about you…are you a flea market shopper? If so, what’s your favorite flea market find? (I have so many, I’m not sure I could choose!)
Happy treasure hunting!
Mrs. T

Spring is here…

13 Apr

Happy spring! Here I am, dressed to go to the Cheekwood botanical garden to see all the spring tulips. As you can see, I enjoy a theme…and I also enjoy dressing up a little to go to tourist-y attractions. I always think it’s more fun if I am dressed up for it…not crazy-formal, but on the dressier side of casual. Why not?

My 1970’s-era wrap skirt is a $5 purchase from the World’s Longest Yard Sale last summer and the shirt is from the Kayce Hughes annual clearance sale…I paid $12. Cheap, cheap!  I’m always looking for deals and  trying to make my clothes budget go a tiny bit further…IMG_1803Cheekwood is very beautiful this time of year; if you have a chance to go before the tulips are done blooming, you really should. It also features a circa 1935 mansion-turned-art museum with very nice china and silver collections, including some Paul Revere silver. IMG_1801I’ve got some new spring-themed items in the booth, including this Pyrex “Ivy” patterned Cinderella bowl chip and dip with the original cradle. IMG_1793And I’ve got some new Pyrex snowflake…wrong time of year for it, but aqua is such a popular color that I figured that I would put it out anyway….IMG_1796Hopefully spring has sprung, wherever you are, and you are getting to enjoy it!


Mrs. T

Booth update

23 Dec

asv Season’s Greetings!

The Mister and I have worked extra-hard on the booth this month because we sold some furniture pieces in November…the red Nu-Maid Hoosier-style cabinet and the red-and-white dinette set found a new home (we suspect that they were purchased for a new restaurant in East Nashville, but do not have confirmation–we’ll let you know when/if we do, though!). November was my biggest month since the booth opened, and December has been pretty good, too…we have been scrambling to source enough saleable vintage to keep the mix fresh, given our busy schedules. ASV 12.21.13

Here’s me at the booth…in my favorite horse sweater and $10 flea market skirt (wool, lined, circa 1950’s with union label…totally mint, very warm!).

The Mister recently sent a picture of our kitchen to the Big Chill folks and they posted it on their Facebook page. That was fun, but when you put yourself out there, you are always opening yourself to mean-spirited or critical comments. We got a few. big chillSome people thought that the black-and white tile was too cold. Some people thought the vent was placed too high (it is, we know!). Some people thought that the green wasn’t good and they would have chosen another color (ah, do you think I didn’t agonize about the color? I did, oh, I did!) But other people “got” it. Some people loved it. And all I can say…is that you really do have to create the house that YOU love. I once built a house with granite countertops and stainless appliances. It was everything I was supposed to like–popular, high-end finishes…but the only thing I really liked was the salvage-yard cast iron farmhouse sink. That kitchen WAS really nice. But it wasn’t really me. I’m the kind of person who has to learn the hard way, but I do learn! This house looks like me. The real me.

So, Merry Christmas to you from me and the Mister! We are looking forward to another year of flea markets, estate sales, definitely a return to the World’s Longest Yard Sale, and sharing our love of old junk with our friends.  xoxo, Mrs. T

Booth Update

15 Jul

While I have been on vacation, I’ve managed to pick up a few things as we travelled. We went to a yard sale, a flea market and the Mister’s mom and sister had been doing a little volunteer Pyrex hunting for me.

New York loot!

New York loot!

I’m a big fan of the 1950’s poodle toaster cover and the two ceramic squirrels (sorry, taxidermy fans, these are the only squirrels I’ve run across in months) and the little refrigerator jar, which is labeled “Refrigerator Jar”, in case you were thinking that it was some sort of all-purpose jar, which NO. It is Refrigerator Jar!

Did you notice the aqua butterprint Cinderella bowls? The Mister’s sister found those for me; didn’t she do good? I’ve got a reasonable amount of Pyrex in the booth, but Pyrex fans…I’ve got to say that I’m going to get pretty darned picky about what I buy from now on, and I’ll be sticking to popular patterns like the Butterprint. The fact is, Pyrex is enjoying a nice spurt of popularity but TONS of other dealers, including many who never before stocked Pyrex, are filling their booths with it. It’s just not as hard to find as it used to be about 5 years ago when I started collecting refrigerator boxes. The estate sale companies tend to set their prices off of what they find on Ebay, and so estate sale finds are often pricey and leave me little profit margin. My actual favorite pattern is the Early American, but that’s a pretty terrible seller even though the graphics are downright charming and so era-appropriate. So, you can still find a lot of Pyrex in the booth right now–and you can ALWAYS count on me to stock primary nesting bowl sets!–but I will definitely be dialing it down on some of the less popular patterns and over time, carrying less overall. Aside from Pyrex, what I hope to be carrying more of are bowls like the Fire-King large Tulip nesting bowl you see here, and more Jadite, and I will always be on the lookout for sort of weird or kitschy home accessories, like the apple-shaped grease jar pictured here.

As always, if you see anything you need/want, my booth is located in Gas Lamp Too Antique and Decorating mall in Nashville, TN. I love it when people stop by, so please do! xoxo, LaurenT

Flea Market Update

25 May

006 Is there anything better than a sunny, 73 degree spring day at the flea market? No, no there is not. Unless you are 13, and out of school for the summer, and your mother drags you there to help her shop for her booth. For the at-leisure teenaged boy, “flea market” is synonymous with “terrible” or “only slightly more fun than mowing the lawn.”

Worst. Time. Ever.

Worst. Time. Ever.

But, we did find a few things. I don’t buy much for the booth at the flea unless it is a straight-up great deal. Which means that I don’t buy much, at all. 007 Check that Pyrex casserole…I’ve never seen that pattern in aqua but it’s pretty cute and if you collect the Butterprint pattern, it will coordinate beautifully.010
The little jadite vase is perfect for a kitchen windowsill (mine, specifically, but I’m putting it in the booth at great personal sacrifice). And the lamp fits one of the shades that I found when I bought a bunch of them at a sale this past fall…slowly, I’m finding the perfect lamps for each shade. The tin Kracker Kan (patented in 1949) is just like the one that is on the kitchen shelf in the kitchen of Don Draper’s latest mistress, Sylvia, on Mad Men. I am OBSESSED with the kitchens on Mad Men. The set dressers on that show do an amazing job. Any time a scene is shot in Betty Draper/Frances kitchen, I am not watching the action at all; I am totally checking out the vintage kitchen stuff. Anyway, the Kracker Kan is an innovation because you unscrew the glass knob on the lid and bake it in the oven. When the interior crystals turn blue, take it out, let it cool and put it back in the lid. The blue crystals absorb any moisture in the pretzels or chips that you store in the can and keeps them crispy. When the crystals turn pink, it is time to re-bake the glass knob to turn them blue again and re-activate them. I have not tried it but it is a pretty innovative idea. Type Kracker Kan into Ebay to see a selection of the various patterns and sizes.

The Nashville Flea Market is definitely back in full swing, and if you don’t go regularly and want to give it a shot, now is the time! Summer is the season for lots of good thrifting/vintage bargain-hunting opportunities and I hope that you are finding some great stuff. Best, LaurenT xoxo

Estate Sale Update

16 May

002 Well, today I had unexpectedly good luck at a sale in a tiny house in East Nashville. See my highly paid assistant eating a peanut butter sandwich in the corner of this picture? We like to keep it real at Apron Strings Vintage HQ.

This sale just goes to prove that the estate sale pictures might be telling the whole story but sometimes not. The box contains a 2-foot aluminum tabletop Christmas tree, which I did not remove from its box because those things take FOREVER to unpack and put together. There’s a reason they went out of style and it’s called they are a total pain in the rear. Also, a gorgeous Napco lady head vase, neither of which were in the on-line pictures for the sale. Happy surprises! The little elf was tucked in a back bedroom. The Pyrex dish is a score by the Mister, who went to another sale. I like the framed picture, too…so 1950’s!
Let’s check out that lady head vase up close. This is my second lady head vase. I hope I’m on a roll with these things!
005 She’s in very nice shape and has her original veil and fake flowers.

So sweet!

So sweet!

I also found this adorable cake topper. Wouldn’t this be so sweet on a buffet table on a vintage-themed wedding?

So, not bad for a Thursday! It’s definitely much nicer to wait in the estate sale line when it is warm and sunny. The Mister and I will likely be out and about at the sales tomorrow and Saturday; say hello if you see us! xoxo, LaurenT

Old Lady

29 Apr

Hi y’all.
I know it has been a little bit quiet on the blog lately, but house renovations, my son’s tennis matches and keeping up with estate sales have kept me busy. Also, the Mister threw me a surprise birthday weekend for my 40th birthday. Some of my dearest friends came in to town from Florida, New Jersey, Indianapolis, Virginia and North Carolina. It was the best birthday present, ever. The Mister really knocked it out of the park!

Having said that, the Mister just walked by, noticed I was writing a blog post and said, “‘Bout time you were blogging, you’ve been slacking!” Why was I talking nice about him again?? That guy…

So, I got the greatest surprise party, ever, AND the Mister’s sweet mother sent me a lovely card and sweet gift. And my kids picked out very nice cards for me, which I loved, and they addressed them to “Mommy” rather than “Hey, can I have something to eat?”, which is how they usually address me, and I appreciated that very much.

And…my parents spoiled me flat rotten. They read my blog and heard about the green stove that I could not have. Mother did not think that I should take the loss of that stove lying down (which I was not going to do; I was going to stand around and complain loudly to anyone who would listen). And so she said that she would bankroll me if I made those people an offer. Well, I was down with that, but it turns out that the configuration of my kitchen is such that if I put in a 40″ wide stove, there is NO ROOM for a dishwasher. Which, if you know me, you will know that this is peachy because I hand-wash all my dishes since so many of them are vintage and a dishwasher just ruins the finish on old dishes. Have I ever told you not to put Pyrex in the dishwasher? Don’t do that.

So, theoretically I am fine with no dishwasher because then the house will look more like it is authentic to the time it was built. I think that sounds great, actually. Because now my kitchen will be more period-correct and I am getting closer to my childhood dream of living in a museum diorama! (And by childhood dream, I mean that is still kind of my dream right now, it is just slightly more shameful to admit.) Except if we ever try to sell this house? No dishwasher might be a deal-breaker. Because most people love their Pyrex-ruining, water-wasting machines and most people also have no desire to pretend that they are living in 1934 (Seriously, what the heck?).

But in the end, there is only one option that I can put in a 30″ opening which is also jadite green, which I’ve decided is the color that I cannot live without.

Isn't she lovely?

Isn’t she lovely?

Well, I could have chosen this one.



But the high back (and the fact that a red version appears on a TV show called “Bitchin’ Kitchen”, and I do not approve of TV shows that use the word “bitchin” in the title because that is just tacky) made it unappealing. Also, this one looks like it needs to be next to a carboard cut-out of James Dean and maybe a car with pink fins.

So…I’m getting my awesome green stove. And yes, I know that it is ridiculous for a grown woman to get such a nice gift from her parents for her birthday, but both the Mister and I have been blessed with parents who are pretty off-the-hook, generosity-wise. I am not sure why or how we got so lucky, but it is true that we did, and we are grateful.

So…thank you to the Mister, and to my mother-in-law Shirley and to my Mother and Daddy who have tried hard to make me feel special for 40 years. My kitchen is going to be epic. xoxo, LaurenT

Estate Sale Update

5 Apr

001 Basket issues update time: I took this very fancy clear plastic tub to shop a Michael Taylor estate sale on Thursday, and it was a tremendous success. Also, look at that chenille bedspread, though. Ain’t she a killer?
003 The good thing about this tub, although it is annoying and unwieldy and I almost knocked over at least three little old ladies and one old man (who gave me the stink eye) with it, is that it holds a TON of stuff. Like this fancy, fancy flamingo pink Pyrex refrigerator dish set, which is in excellent condition and is heading to my booth very soon. I never find pink fridge dishes at sales–after all the ones I’ve gone to, these are my first. Likewise the turquoise Pyrex nesting bowl set. These colors are super-popular and these sets are NOT easy to come across. They were not a bargain, and my selling price will have to reflect that, unfortunately for people who love deals on Pyrex as much as me. But cute colors like this are just harder to find! The Early American dish WAS a deal, however, and it was scored by the Mister. I told y’all he was doing better. He really is. He bought himself an $8 leaf blower today and brought it home and explained to me that it was so light that even I could use it. First off, perhaps he did not realize that I can haul around a plastic tub with 40 lbs worth of glassware with one arm at an estate sale for roughly 37 minutes so OF COURSE, I can carry a leaf blower. (Astonishing feats of upper body strength courtesy of 142 Pure Barre classes and counting.) And second, hahahaha, I’m not blowing leaves, do I look like a sucker?
004 The glasses caddy was also a score by the Mister, and the glasses were picked up at the same Michael Taylor sale. They would be perfect for a Mad Men viewing party, wouldn’t they? Mad Men is starting on Sunday! Run, don’t walk! I also have a caddy with duck-themed glasses in the booth for the person on your gift-giving list who loves Duck Dynasty. (I love Duck Dynasty.)

Alright, friends…I’ve got a tennis match starring my son to hit this sunny afternoon, so happy hunting if you are hitting the estate sales this weekend! Say hey if you see me! xoxo, LaurenT

Flea Market Update: March

24 Mar

Reluctant helper is reluctant. (The other one is not pictured because she was practicing her “mad face” and refused to be in the photo.)
Doesn’t my son look full of JOY and HAPPINESS to be included in a flea market adventure? Sigh. Unfortunately for them, flea market weekend never seems to fall on the weekends that they are with their dad. They consider this to be an injustice of the highest order and/or a violation of their constitutional rights. So, even though it was a pretty good flea market with lots of great stuff AND some pretty good Sunday deals to be had due to the terrible, terrible flea market weather (cold, rain, mist, mud, yuck), I just came away with this.
It’s not usual for me to find deals on Pyrex at the flea. There’s always Pyrex to be had, but usually the dealers who stock it are knowledgeable about their prices and unwilling to come down too much to leave me a profit margin. If I buy it at the flea, it’s because a dealer who has a mishmash of stuff has a couple of pieces they are willing to unload pretty cheap, or in the case of the Early American, because they think the pieces are more unpopular than they actually are (I believe in you, Early American. And I am not the only one!). And a rainy Sunday usually means people are ready to deal rather than pack up a bunch of stuff.

The bowl with the little red Dutch scene isn’t Pyrex, but it was SO sweet that I could not resist. Such a cute pattern, and my favorite red and white. I always love the verde green Pyrex and the blue bowl is from the classic 4-color primary set–I collect strays and make up sets and so I always buy them when I find them for a good price. The orange mixing bowl is from a 4-color set, as well, but the other bowls are harder to find and so I will likely sell it as a single. And the Early American fridgies are too darn cute…they show the cutest part of the pattern–the corn, cat and coffee grinder. Love!

This week, we are meeting the project manager for our house renovation and so hopefully that will be good…I am very ready to move forward with seeing it become move-in-ready! Here in Nashville it is supposed to be snowy and rainy this week…stay warm, whether you are here or elsewhere! xoxo, LaurenT