I hit this antique mall quite a bit – and it’s amazing the amount of stuff that just SITS.
I guess stuff just has to have the right person come along to love it ---and no matter how much “WE” are all over the quilts and machines, the average every-day antique browsing person just is not that interested in antique quilts or vintage sewing machines and irons!
Still – I found some things that were photo worthy if just to acknowledge that these things were there and that at one time they DID have a life!
A perfect example --- this wooden based washing machine. $500.00. I’m trying to think of why anyone would want this washing machine enough to pay $500.00 for it ---it’s an interesting piece of history, but I certainly don’t have room, and at this point I am fully aware of just how “MODERN” a girl I am, no matter how I love vintage things!
Mom said the washing machine that she had when she first married my dad had a wringer on it --- some how I think that was much more modern than this one!
Old Vintage Iron!
This is one of the very cool ones that has no bottom rest --- you tilt it on its sides on the little wings that are standing out when not in use ---but do you see how the cord is frayed? Nope. I passed on this one too. I’d like to find one of these but I don’t want one with scary wiring.
Iron resting on its side.
I did spy a big huge box ((minus a handle)) that looked vaguely familiar:
I believe I know what you are!!
White Rotary! Beautiful decals….but they wanted $125.00 for it --- and The wiring on this didn’t look great either. It has a knee control, but no foot pedal….so it was also a catch and release. But isn’t she pretty? I swear she weighs 55 lbs!
In another area was a black sides 128 ---I already have one, and doesn’t the wiring look a bit circumspect on this one either? The clue in for me? Masking tape around the cord…..
As always --- the ugliest NO WAY JOSE item came into view as I rounded a corner:
Re-upholstered in 1970’s bordello!
The chairs are fine…the upholstery! OH BOY!! There were 8 chairs, all matching, some with arms, some without – can you imagine this in some vintage hotel dining room?
Flocked to knock your socks off!
Now I’m sure that someone will be offended that I made fun of these poor chairs, but we all have to agree to disagree on some things….I’m just betting there was flocked wall paper to match at some point!
We sewed a bit late last night –I set up with my feet up on the couch binding after dinner…….sometimes I’m perfectly content to make SMALL progress instead of sewing hell bent for leather ((whatever that means!)) on whatever I sit down to.
It’s been a fun time! I’ll be heading for home this afternoon --- so glad I came and hope we can do it again!