Stars Tour: SALE! July 12-16, 2018

Seems like it’s been forever since I’ve posted pictures from the other booths at Stars.  With the upcoming store-wide sale, it seemed like a good time to do so.

SO MUCH great stuff is all the booths!  I’m going to let the pictures do all the talking.












The ‘eye candy’ never ends; but the $ALE ends next Monday!

Thursday – Monday, July 12-16, 2018 ~ 11am – 6pm


And now for a quick peek at my two booths; for which, as always, EVERYTHING is 50% off during the sale.  I just added a bunch of new inventory too!


My ‘big’ booth.

Vintage and reproduction little milk bottles are perfect for serving beverages in at your summer party.

Pretty vintage gold dishes.

Vintage suitcases, hat boxes and picnic baskets.

My very favorite style of vintage dishware; white Ironstone with scalloped edges.  I have a collection of vintage Johnson Brothers English Ironstone at home that I use.  The ones I have stocked at Stars are from various manufacturers, some from England and some with no maker’s mark.  There are over EIGHTY of the little ‘dessert’ size plates.  I got a GREAT deal on them, and as I am in the habit of doing, I’ve passed my savings along to the buyer in my pricing.  Regular price on the dessert plates (no maker’s marks) is $2.00 each.  Get them for just $1.00 each during the sale!!

I’ve decided to part with some of my personal collections.  My ceramic hand collection and my Ironstone Lion’s head soup tureens (two sizes) and ramekins (two sizes).  The lion’s head ramekins are TOO cute!

Yes, my big booth IS jam-packed!

As is my wall space!  Happy Shopping and Happy SAVING!










Vintage oval picnic basket

P1150081The SHAPE of this vintage picnic basket is what first caught my eye on the shelf at the thrift store.  Picked it up and noticed the meticulously painted Noah’s Ark design on the lid.  (and that it’s painted BACKwards!  This is the direction that the basket open from!?!?  oops!)

P1150079I really almost didn’t want to destroy this beautiful painting!!  And I COULD have unhinged the existing lid, traced out the size on a new piece of wood, and easily replaced it.  But then what would I DO with the painted lid???  Donate it BACK to the thrift store?  I’ve been donating MORE than enough stuff lately, so I sanded off the design.  ***(and you DO need to SAND it off, because the paint lines would shoe through otherwise)

P1150134Don’t forget to check for clean ‘innards’ before you buy!  I NEVER buy picnic baskets that have fabric linings attached.  How the heck do you CLEAN the fabric?!?!  Occasionally though, I have found fabric lined ones where the lining can easily be ripped out.

P1150129LOTS of sanding to completely remove the original painting, a couple of coats of paint, a stenciled on design (facing the correct direction!) and a coat of varnish and done!

P1150132Just cleaned up the rest of the wood and left it ‘as is’ since it had a nice vintage patina.


P1150167Available in my booth at Stars for $32.00.

P1150168The ‘plain top’ split lid basket beneath it is $25.00.

Latest finds

4.24.13 buys stars etsy crap 026Nice little sea grass chest that I will probably dry brush paint beach blue.

4.24.13 buys stars etsy crap 027CUTE mini trunk will probably be turned into something ‘Paris chic’.

4.24.13 buys stars etsy crap 028The inside is in great condition; just need to repair one hinge before I go to work on the outside.

4.24.13 buys stars etsy crap 029Estate sale picnic basket that I’m tempted to keep myself.  I’ll have THREE of them that I can stack together.

4.24.13 buys stars etsy crap 030No, I am NOT going camping.  But this stuff was cheap and I figure I can use it when I reupholster chair pads to add some extra ‘cush’.  The cotton batting is SO expensive!

Another SUNNY day here in Oregon!  And now that I have all that etsy stuff out of the way I can get outside and PAINT!


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As I’ve already mentioned, I have not been going thrifting too terribly much these days.  Only when I am already ‘out’ for some other errands, and IF a thrift store is ‘on the way’.  Found this basket a couple of weeks ago, and it was priced so low that I couldn’t not buy it!

I’m especially avoiding the craft stores because I know I will always find some new awesome craft supply that I NEED!   FORCING myself to use up what I have.  And I have a LOT of ‘craft crap’ as my other half calls it!  I really REALLY want to downsize the excess supplies I have.  I’m working on it and focused on it EVERY day.

Quite a bit of it has been going to etsy, at crazy low prices and with a FREE SHIPPING offer if you buy  three or more listings.  Then if I can’t come up with a way to use it right now, and I don’t think it will sell on etsy, it goes to the thrift store.  I’ve pretty much been taking more TO the thrift store lately than I have been buying and bringing home!

This type of basket is something that I have been looking for forever!  One that doesn’t have all that fabric stapled to the inside, and has a flat lid and handles that go to the sides so that I can STACK stuff on top of it.

It did have this nasty piece of elastic stapled to the inside of the lid.  I just ripped it right off and grabbed some pliers to yank out the remaining staples.

For now, I’m thinking about using it as my ‘project basket’ in the living room.  I ALWAYS have a small messy pile of ‘something’ that I am working on while I watch TV.  Something that I really do work on EVERY day, so I don’t really want to pack it up and take it back to the craft room.  BUT I am really trying to keep the house ‘tidier’.  S o perhaps I will leave my current ‘hand work project’ in this basket, next to the sofa in the living room.  Close at hand, but out of sight.

I also found this vintage sewing box a while back.  Was going to paint it aqua and sell it; but now I’m thinking I need to keep it and USE it, in my new quest for neatness WHILE I work on projects!

Would look much nicer than the kleenex box of threads and needles I usually keep my sewing supplies in.  Especially when I leave it out in the living room, to stitch while I watch TV.

I always need more white dishes for my space at Stars.  I watch for them to go to half price at the thrift stores so that I can give my customers a better price, and still make a wee profit.

Very PLAIN stoneware plates, like these, are the most popular; AND hardest to find, of course!  About pricing:  I ALWAYS price dishes INDIVIDUALLY, even if I have a ‘set’.  Reason being, if you price it as a group it never fails that someone wants ‘just a few’.  Then you HAVE to break up the set and re-price everything individually!  So, why not do it that way to begin with?!?  If they want the whole set, does it really matter if they are priced separately???  This is especially wise at a ‘remote’ location, like a mall setting where you are not right there.  Saves the staff a lot of extra work and phone calls.

Salad / dessert plates seem to be what people are most often looking for.

These clear plates and little shrimp cocktail glasses will become cupcake pedestals.

Just add e6000!  Easy peasey!!  These will be going to Stars after Christmas, with my Valentine product.  (Which I really need to start working on!!!!)

Always need crocks, big or small’ white or cream/tan/brown!

You’ve actually already seen how I used all of these.  And ‘cherub’ items are something I have always looked for when out thrifting.  But NOW that I have discovered how cute the small candle holders are when I put a little bottle brush tree into the candle hole; I’ll be especially looking for small ones!

These are a previous project, but using the white cherub candle holders again.  These had a flat enough surface that I could glue on (e6000) a plate and turn them into a dessert pedestal!

The ones I took to Stars have already sold, but three are still available in my  etsy shop.  

I also had some taller ones that I made into pedestals.  Alas it got tipped over and broke while at Stars; so it’s now glued together and in my personal collection.  (WHY do I only keep the broken stuff for myself?!?)

The white cow creamers are something that I ‘always’ buy (IF the price is right!) .  The little chick is a salt shaker and will probably eventually don a party hat and stand atop an Easter gift box.   The  baby Jesus in the manger looked like something cute to put under a cloche.

Here’s what’s new in our space at STARS Antique Mall September 5, 2008

No, we aren’t moving OUT, we are just moving.  To a different space.  A NICE CORNER space!  And we just don’t want to have to lug ALL this stuff across the store!  Everything in our space is 20% off through the end of September.

Love, love, LOVE! This shabby chest of drawers!!!  (I’ll show the before and after in a later post)

This shabby blue ‘trunk’ served out the first part of it’s life as a bread box!

Old table legs and spindles for the ‘dp it yourselfer’.  Some great old windows too!

Frames and white metal display stands with glass domes.

Little black shabby table.

Pretty vintage hankies.

Sign made on old fence board.

‘love potion no. 9’ and “je t’aime” tags.

Shabby Paris lamp and candelabra.

A nice stack of vintage suitcases.

Little gold crown on a display pedestal.

Black with gold glitter bottle brush tree.

Handpainted frames and trinket box.

Shabby screen cabinet made using a vintage screen for the door.

Vintage enamelware pans.

Vintage picnic box.  In EXCELLENT condition!

Shabby purple vintage magazine box and basket.

Vintage child’s ROLLING (not rocking!) horse.

White wire birdcage and black pedestal table.

Vintage market basket.

Shabby urn.

Embossed wood boxes.

Vintage pink with white polka dots wall paper.

Vintage costume jewelry in a sweet little vintage comsetics case.

Black wire basket.

Turquoise oval wood frame and cornice shelf.

Wall baskets.

Paris sign made on old fence board.

Black and gold candleholders.





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