Vintage Junk Treasures #20 – Late Estate Sale Finds

Welcome back to another edition of Vintage Junk Treasures. Last week I posted what Mr. Deanie had found at a local estate sale while I dreamed away in bed. If you missed what he found at the estate sale read about it here.  Today’s edition is what I found at the same sale when I went back with Mr. Deanie. Some people are hesitant to go to an estate sale after it has been going for a few hours or a day as they think it will be too picked over. That is not necessarily the case. The first buyers are scooping things up so quickly that they don’t look around as much. They just want to be the one that gets the goodies. I almost always find vintage junk treasures when going late to an estate sale.

Now I didn’t find all the neat things that Mr. Deanie found but I scored on vintage books, some Pyrex and a few other fun items. One of my favorite genre of books to find are the midcentury era books written for children. I especially enjoy books written in the 1960s which are ones that I read growing up. So sit back and reminisce if you enjoyed these books, too.

In the photo above: 2 glass spoon/fork holders, Tintex box, Pyrex Butterprint, old wood clothespins and a midcentury Aladdin lunchbox.

I love the graphics inside this vintage Aladdin lunchpail. It shows the “Safety First” campaign from the National Safety Council. I think I may keep this lunchpail to store items in my sewing room.



















This pink Pyrex is going to need some cleaning. You can use a Mr. Clean Eraser carefully to remove some of the baked on crud and also Bar Keepers Friend. Both of these should be tested in an inconspicuous spot. I have used them both successfully.














Here is a site where you can learn how to date Knowles China.  This utility pitcher was made in June 1941. On this site it also shows how to date older pieces of Knowles. Many china companies dated their items and if you know how the numbers work, you can find out when it was made.  I love Golden West Coffee Jars. This jar has an old Borden Mayonnaise lid which I also like even though they don’t go together. I would much rather have an old lid that a new replacement.

During World War II there was a severe metal shortage so coffee was packed in glass jars.

This is a 1939 book with 50 Popular Woodworking Projects. You can see there was one for a cute bench and a nice sewing cabinet.

Nancy Herself was written by Erick Berry in 1938 for young girls. It is all about a girl going to school to become an artist.

This is an authorized edition based on the well-known television series featuring Lucille Ball and her children. It was published in 1963 and called Lucy and the Madcap Mystery. I love Lucille Ball so I will probably keep this book in my collection.

The Lone Ranger Traps the Smugglers was published in 1941. Singing Juniors is a 1960s school music book. The Forest Fire Mystery by Troy Nesbit was published in 1962 for young people. More than Courage: Real Life Stories of Horses and Dogs and People Who Have Loved Them was published in 1960.

Three Brains Benton mysteries.  Barclay “Brains” Benton and his sidekick Jimmy Carson solved mysteries and these three books were published in 1961. They are The Case of the Waltzing Mouse, The Case of the Roving Rolls and  The Case of the Painted Dragon. These books were aimed for young boys but girls also enjoyed them.

Robin Kane was one of my favorite sleuths growing up. These books were published in 1966 and 1967. Whenever we saved enough money (about 69¢) we would ask to go to the local five and ten cents store also called the variety store to buy one of these books. Robin Kane was a 13 year old girl who solved mysteries with help from her friends. Our family actually had these four titles: Robin Kane: The Mystery of the Blue PelicanRobin Kane: The Candle Shop MysteryRobin Kane: The Mystery of the Phantom and  Robin Kane: The Mystery of Glengary Castle.

The last two books I found were vintage Nancy Drew books.

I was very pleased to find these two vintage Nancy Drew books. Both have the original 25 chapters.The Clue in the Diary has its original dust jacket (paper cover) which is a first for me outside a shop. This will be a keeper and the cover is still a nice blue color with no fading. The Secret of the Old Clock is in very good condition.

So although I arrived late at the estate sale, I was still pleased to find some vintage junk treasures!

Thank you for taking the time to read this far! I really appreciate it and love to read comments.

Wishing each of you a great journey in your hunt for vintage items and make sure to have fun along the way! Remember you are making memories!

Wishing you a wonderful New Year and many blessings in 2017.


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