On Friday, my Mom and I made our way to the Elizabeth’s Antique & Collectible Sale here in Edmonton, Alberta and boy was it a lot of fun!
This is my second year attending this sale, which takes place annually in March and November. It is held inside the Alberta Aviation Museum right next to the Edmonton Municipal Airport and it is one of only a handful of antique sales that take place in our city each year.
My Mom and I were some of the first attendees to enter the show and after about 15 minutes the place was packed full.
It was really challenging to snap any pictures with my camera without getting trampled on by the frenzy of people. Besides, some people were looking at me strangely because I was snapping pictures like I was the paparazzi, so I had to at least try to be a little discreet. Quite a few of these older folks know nothing about the Internet, let alone what a blog is!
In the end, I did manage to snap a few pictures of the various items being sold at the sale.
There were a lot of antique bottles, vintage china pieces, lead crystal, vintage linens, small pieces of furniture and other paraphernalia to be found.
There were also a couple of vendors selling Shabby Chic and cottage style wares like these handpainted signs made from old fence boards. I managed to meet the really nice lady who made these signs. She owns the Beach House Cafe in Mullhurst Bay, Alberta which is about 1.5 hours from here. I vowed to pay her a visit later in the spring to see what other great items she has to offer.
I thought this old antique candy machine was really interesting. I wish I would have had time to find the dealer to ask him or her how it would have worked and what types of candies would have been produced with it long ago.
The light green Red Rose coffee box (below) also caught my eye. Wouldn’t it be great to use as a tin to store sewing supplies in a craft room or for its intended purpose; to store tea and coffee in the kitchen?
I did promise my husband that I wouldn’t buy any more large pieces of furniture until I get a chance to finish painting some of the many items that I have stored in the basement, but I did end up buying quite a few nice things anyway. It was hard to pass them up because they were such a great deal.
Here is a sample of some of my favorites that I picked up at the sale.
This heavy old 5 gallon ceramic crock pot made by Med Alta Potteries Ltd. was a steal. I think I may end up using it as a plant pot cover for one of my larger houseplants or as a holder for wrapping paper.
I love to pick up vintage items that can be used in many different ways! It keeps things interesting around here.
I found this great old vintage kitchen scale for only $3.00 (Yes, $3.00!) and it is in great working condition. It just needs a little clean up and then it is ready to use.
My most favorite find of the day was this oval Lichfield china platter. I plan to use this one mainly for display on my vintage plate rack. I am in love with the graphic design along the edges and patina from the all-over crazing on the surface.
I also only paid $3.00 for this little white vintage bottle. I think the raised design on the face of the bottle and and its shape really have a nautical feel.This bottle will look great on my bookshelf with my vintage books.
This caned plant stand with bamboo style legs will be getting a makeover in the near future. It was only $8.00.
I was really happy when I came across this silver tray. It was given to someone as a parting gift for 30 years of service at GWG Jean Company Inc. I am not sure if it is plated silver or the real deal. All I know is that it is really heavy. This tray will just need a good cleanup and polishing and it will look as good as new.
Here are a couple of different pictures that I found as well. They will be nice additions to my growing collection of unique art.
Finally, this vintage bed side tray was another one of my great finds. I was told by the vendor that it was produced sometime in the 40-50′s. It still has the original tag on the back that reads, General Wood Products Company, Rockford, IL, The Golden Rule Line, A True Measure of Value.
It needs a bit of repair and maybe a coat of paint and then I think I will put it to use in my bedroom.
My Mom also came home with quite a few nice items such as a vintage turquoise wicker sewing box, a chenille bedspread, and a really cute set of porcelain owl salt and pepper shakers.
All in all, I think it was a really great day full of many awesome finds. If you live here in Edmonton I hope you will join me for the sale in November. It is sure to be a lot of fun!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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