Monday, June 4, 2012

More Cool Metal Vibe

One of the things I love about small town America is the Community Wide Garage Sales. In the past month, nearly every town around us has hosted theirs - this weekend was Cole Camp's turn and it was fabulous! I had toyed with the idea of going to Kansas City for first Friday's because I haven't been in so, so long but I am glad I decided to stay close as it was just the best day of junking I have had for some time. I loaded my truck with all kinds of finds but I noticed when I was unpacking it, there were several pieces of the metal, industrial kind. I am just drawn to it - maybe I'm magnetic.

On my first stop, I picked up the black metal pitcher, hammered aluminum bowl, two metal lids (I don't know what I'm going to do with them but I had to have them), the TOP tobacco tin, and the folding rolling metal cart shown in the first picture (to the right). Oh and this, too, probably my favorite score of the day:

Can you believe this two sided vintage enamel sign was only $10? It measures 24" x 30" and is in really nice condition. I love the plaid! This sign dates to the 1950's and 1960's when A&P Supermarkets gave out plaid stamps to their patrons to redeem for merchandise. 

At a couple of other stops, I picked up the copper salt and pepper shakers, the metal warming basket, the refrigerator basket, and 3 different cup trees. Also, I got an unusual vintage magazine rack (half shown left in the first pic) and two chippy green metal children's chairs from the previous week's adventures.

Whenever I see these metal "Portafile" boxes, I usually bring them home especially when the price is 50 cents. Pearl thinks this would be the perfect container for some dog food but she might be a little too focused on food - she only weighs about 120 pounds!

Another great find is this metal drafting table. The picture really does not do it justice as it is so cool in person. It was marked $5 but the guy sold it to me for $4 and helped me load it. Such a deal! It needs to be cleaned up but it is going to look awesome somewhere in our house (where? I don't know yet).

I bought plenty more stuff that is not of the metal variety but that is for another day.

Here are a couple of other metal items I have picked up lately:

Do you think this was used for nesting boxes for chickens? It is going to be used for something around here but not chickens - possibly a large wine rack. I love the graphics and color on the top. It wasn't a super bargain at $40 but I had to have it - even went back the next day to get it as I passed on it the day before and couldn't stop thinking about it. You know how that is!

Finally, this is a vintage metal test tube rack. I thought it would be great to hold paints (like the Plaid and Folk Art type) but the holes aren't quite big enough. I haven't given up on it yet - I'm sure I can find some creative use for it.

So, how's your junking going? What kind of bargains have you found? I know the season is being good to you.

Linking to Apron Thrift Girl's Thrift Share Monday.


  1. EEEEEKKKK! You found some goodies! I love that sign!!!!!!! And industrial stuff is elusive down here (or pricy) but I love it!

    1. I love the sign too. I couldn't believe they only wanted $10. I kept thinking, if Mike and Frank were here, they would probably offer more but I just took the deal and ran!

  2. I LOVE all your finds! The plaid stamp sign is amazing, and I can't get over that desk for $4!!!! I just saw a post on another blog about using those old chicken nesting boxes for home I can't remember where I saw it (of course)! If I remember, I'll let you know.

  3. The sign is fabulous! And all the other finds are great. I wish we had those community sales in CA!

  4. SCORE!!! That Plaid sign is fabulous and that drafting table ... green with envy!