I think I said last time that I would be doing shorter posts so that I could get some entries out there more often, however since I said that, I've had to switch my medication because of some side effects I wasn't too happy with. I've done a straight switch, but as the old meds taper off and the new meds start to kick in, I have been experiencing discontinuation syndrome which is not fun at all. It's like being stuck on a nauseating roller coaster ride and I can't get off. However, I've been lucky that it hasn't affected my driving or my picking schedule too much. I've only missed one night so far because was too nauseated to move.
So let's look at the good stuff, shall we?
This is one of my new favourites, it was thankfully put out at the curb in a box so it wasn't damaged at all. It's a Hubert Bequet vase in the Oiseau Bleu pattern, and from what I could find, it was made sometime around the early to mid 1960's. I couldn't find this exact vase online, but smaller ones were going anywhere from $90 -$250. This one is huge at a whopping 13.5" tall.
From the same pile I also rescued this cute little froggy umbrella
and this old antique-y looking mirror.
I didn't notice the unfortunate chip along the top edge until I got it home, but I still think it is beautiful.
Another pile gave me these still wrapped chandelier lamp shades
My little guy loves this Lightning McQueen lamp. It just needed a new bulb :)
These are not my preferred brand, so they'll be donated
I found this awesome Tabloid Tea tin from the 1890's while rummaging through another pile. One on Ebay is listed at almost $50.
And then I hit the mother lode. I don't know if these people were moving or what, but there was an absolutely massive pile taking up almost their whole front yard.
Here's what I plucked from it...
This nice old wood box
I don't know what kind of box it is exactly or what it's original purpose was, but it has some dowels on the inside of the lid and a sliding removable tray inside. If anyone has seen a box like this before and knows what it was originally supposed to carry, please leave a comment! :)
I grabbed this telephone as we have the same one and I love it. Ours is in the kitchen, so this one will go upstairs in the bedroom
In one box I found these 2 brand new Estée Lauder travel make-up bags. There are still silica gel packets inside, paper covering some of the zippers and a protective film on one of the mirrors.
A new make up mirror with 10X magnification, and when you turn it around, there is another mirror on the base with a 5X magnification.
Well, I guess I won't have to buy any shampoo or conditioner for a while!
Brand new sunglasses still in their protective pouches. There's still a UV sticker on the lens that you can see on the pair in the front
A few Playstation games and accessories, but no Playstation in sight unfortunately
A very cool vintage Penn fishing reel catalog from the 1970's
And a small Sunworthy wall paper catalog that was a blast to look through. It's hard to read in this pic, but on the bottom it says "...advertising supplement to Weekend Magazine April 6, 1974"
Let's take a look at what people were putting up on their walls in 1974...
These are some of the designs Denise and Guy were choosing between. Do you think Guy snuck in that roll of naked women while Denise wasn't looking? You sly dog, Guy!
Here is a look at what I think was one of the best looking rooms in the catalog. The rest were just a total assault on the senses. Man, some of the stuff in the 70's was horrible LOL
They also threw out this old fold up card table which I'm guessing is from the 1940's or 50's
It's got some nice gold stripe inlay
And cool old hinges
I couldn't get a picture of it because it just wouldn't turn out, but scribbled underneath in pencil it says "Table and 4 chairs. Gift from students"
On the label underneath, you can faintly make out the name "Marion" written on it
Here is what I consider a real tragedy. This beautiful old portrait had survived for so long until someone deemed it trash and it was haphazardly thrown on to the pile. Once other things were thrown on top of it, the weight allowed something from underneath to tear through the canvas. Ug. I hate it when people are so careless like this. They could easily have propped it up at the curb for someone else to grab, but instead, it was literally tossed and ruined. I've come across so many beautiful and interesting things that were broken and ruined that could have easily been saved if someone had just been careful about it. So frustrating and heart breaking.
Here is a closer look at the tear. I put something on the back to hold it all in place, but a chip is missing. Does anyone know what kind of picture this is, or what the name of the style is? It seems like little details like his eyelashes, details in his eyes, strands of hair, etc... are painted on.I find it quite neat :)
Written on the back is what seems to be the name Dan Black. Is it the name of the man in the picture? I don't think I'll ever find out.
The people that threw out all this stuff must have been into showing dogs, or doing dog grooming, or something along those lines. I found lots of almost empty dog shampoos, conditioners, etc...lots of paper work refering to dogs, and more.
These boots are brand new and never worn. They are still in the original bag and have the paper stuffing at the ends by the toes
There were also hundreds of brand new pet themed greeting cards, and a few dog themed items like playing cards, party invitations, and stickers, in a box that I grabbed
and then I found 2 more boxes packed full of brand new tog toys and accessories. This is what it looked like when I opened the boxes at home
Here are all the products all laid out. Unbelievable!
Buried amongst it I also found the receipt for it all...$338.31
14 years ago we adopted a 2 year old dog from a local rescue. She's unfortunately not doing so well these days, and I'm sad to say they may be her last...I've already consulted with the vet's office about having her put down soon. She is now blind, deaf, and mostly incontinent wearing doggie diapers. Her old age has left her confused...sometimes she just wanders aimlessly around the kitchen and other times she ends up lost in the hallway to the bathroom where her water dish is, and she barks until I rescue her. Though, when my husband comes home from work at night, she can still sense him and she barks and wags her tail until he gives her a treat. It breaks my heart knowing I'm going to have to make that call really soon.
So in her honour, I donated all the dog stuff to that rescue that saved her all those years ago. Nobody was there at the time, so I just left the big box on their front stoop.
They do amazing work, so if you're feeling generous, please consider visiting their site and making a donation of your own.
Until my next post :) Keep looking out for treasures, and happy picking!