vintage, antiques
 
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Mike and I love custom lighting.  Last night we were up to the wee hours of the morning making vintage pulley lights and other custom lighting for the Vintage bazaar.  For those of you that know both of us - we both take on many projects and sometimes end up working all hours of the day.  Unfortunately this can sometimes cause the mind to stop functioning.  Here are a a few tips to keeping sharp late at night.  1) Caffeine - Drink a few cups before taking on a new project at midnight 2) Try not to take on too many brain teasers -  when asked "Why did you string that around the pulley 5 times" always try to factor in the amount of sleep one needs before answering that question 3)Never question the someone else's work after midnight  4)Move around- a brisk walk or dancing always helps...this also helps to lighten the mood 5) Wait until the morning and when your partner is out getting donuts - redo any work that may have been compromised during the wee hours of the morning work time.

Final product - These will be available next weekend along with a few other vintage custom lights!

 
 
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Here is the famous - Red Tractor pedal car - Mike's first antique flip.  Actually it is now the business mascot and he probably won't sell it.  Let's see if someone can sweet talk him into selling it!!! 

We are busy preparing for the Vintage Bazaar in one week!  More items will be posted to Etsy soon, but for now we have lots of repurposing, building and organizing to do!  

Stop by The Vintage Bazaar next Saturday and Sunday and see all our finds. 

BTW, Cari Cucksey from RePurpose and HGTV's Cash & Cari show will be there -http://www.repurposeshop.com/.  We are very excited to be a part of this event! https://www.facebook.com/#!/TheVintageBazaar


 
 
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You never know what you are going to find when you start digging.  Recently Mike needed to dig a hole in his backyard to help with some drainage issues and he  discovered some very old treasure! Here are the  glass bottles he found dating back to the mid 1800's. 

We of course did a little research on the area he lives in and  discovered that there was a glass bottle company in the area later in the 1800's.  Wouldn't it be great to go back in time and see what your street looked like 100 or so years ago?

  We found this much out so far on the glass company - Formed during May 1867, this works existed in Somerville, Massachusetts. Samuel Oakman was president. The company continued under this name until 1871, when the property transferred ownership. After that time, the Boston Bottle Works was listed at the same address as the Massachusetts Glass Company.

Of course everyone can always use a laugh and below is Mike down in the hole he dug.  I fear he may keep digging now that he has found treasure and soon his entire back yard will be a giant hole...lol!

 
 
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We have been very busy finding new items for our first event at the Vintage Bazaar at Pettingill Farm in Salisbury, MA.  Please look for our booth on June 22nd and 23rd  - http://www.mybazaarlife.com/#&panel1-2

We have been travelling around and getting very Junk Drunk at Brimfield.   We will be displaying some new pieces like the giant gear pictured here.  Please stop by to see what we did with it - it is going to be a beautiful table!  We have 100 year drafting stools, antique farm tools, vintage lighting made with edison bulds and pulleys, and many more items that will be fun additions to your home.  

Please stop by our booth and say hello :-)

 
 
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We are changing our name to Red Tractor Vintage - in honor of Mike's first vintage find bought to sell (he finds tons of things all the time and usually keeps them...LOL).  We found a 1950's vintage pedal car last fall up in Warner, NH during their Fall folliage fesitval - I walked away thinking the price was way too high, but Mike came around the corner with it in his hands.  He had some how sweet talked the woman into a reasonable price.  I was amazed on how he did it. 

  We just might sell it now that we have the site going and a new etsy page (a real picture to come soon) . Well we will try to part with it at least though you may have to wrestle  it out of Mike's hands!!  Let's see if anyone tries to make Mike an offer at our first event at the Vintage Bazaar in few weeks in Salisbury!
Though now that we are naming the business after it - I think this is Mike's way of not selling it...LOL

Let us know how you like the new look and logo!!

 
 
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What a beautiful weekend it was in New England!  Tons of yards sales means lots of new finds and projects coming soon! 
My latest find was this old  early 1900's chair.  It needed new cane, but had a great primitive look to it.  So I decided to make it into a plant stand for my dearest friend's birthday.  Burlap is a great and easy way to fix up any old chair.  I found a flower pattern burlap and tacked it on.   What do you think of this idea?  I need to find more of these!

 
 
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This week has been a sad week for Boston.  In honor of the victims of this past week's bombing my daughter made great use of a winter storm damaged fence we had.

As Obama said in yesterday's service - "We may be momentarily knocked off our feet..But we'll pick ourselves up. We'll keep going. We will finish the race."

God Bless America!




 
 
I am adding a few trunks to the site this week.  Here is a sneak peak.  I discovered them a few weekends back in a little roadside shop in Peru, Maine.  I am going to have to get back there again as it was a great antique shop!

 
 
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HAPPY SPRING.  I will have lots of new items added to my site soon! 

My most recent adventure didn't take me too far.  I discovered an estate sale in the lovely neighboring town of Duxbury recently.  There I discovered a few interesting pieces, but the one I fell in love with was an early 1900's Stickley Dresser.  Unfortunately someone attempted to refinish this piece of early history.

The piece is stamped on the inside Stickley Brothers, Grand Rapids, MI.  It may not be worth as much as a Gustav piece, but it is old from the early Stickley Years after They moved to Michigan in the early 1900's. 

The estate seller suggested I paint the Stickley.  I thought that might be a good idea only if I can't return it to its original state. 

I started to sand down the sides and top and discovered the beautiful grains underneath.  PAINTING would have destroyed the original beauty of this pieced.  After sanding for a bit I left it with just a little oil on it for now.  I am not sure what finish to use yet, but it is a work in progress! I actually think I like the unfinished primitive looks of it now, but I am not sure yet.  Look for more updates to come :-)


Here is a little history on this line of Stickely from the Stickley.com site - Stickley Brothers Furniture Company - Grand Rapids, Michigan  (1891-1947ca.)

In 1891, Albert Stickley and his youngest brother John George brought the Stickley Brothers name to Grand Rapids, Michigan, which was the center of American furniture-making.  John George eventually moved back East to found L. & J.G. Stickley, while Albert carried on.  Albert successfully transitioned to British-influenced Arts and Crafts furniture, marketed as Quaint during the early 1900s.  Beginning around 1910, Stickley Brothers began to shift production toward Colonial Revival.  Though Albert retired in 1927, the company continued until about 1947.


 
 
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1867 Wagon Jack and 1900 Corn Seed Planter
Welcome to my blog.  This is my first entry and experience blogging.  I will be posting our adventures finding unique items all over the New England and the country.  I hope you enjoy our site and find some new pieces too add to your home! 

The days are getting longer. I think I actually heard birds chirping outside this morning!  Spring is just around the corner and after this long winter that means a ton of yard cleanup.  Look for our blog on how I make planters from  old pieces of my broken fence coming soon.  Spring also means spring cleaning, yard sales and estates sales.  I will have some estate finds for sale soon.  For your local estate listings I recommend  using
http://www.estatesales.net/    

 Look for new antiques and other inventory coming in each week.

Here is just a sample of a few items we have found in the back roads of Maine!

We are looking forward to selling at a few bizarres and fairs this summer.  Please look for our listings soon.  Happy Antiquing!

 



 

vintage, antiques