Friday Finds: Vintage Edition #13

September 25, 2015

Vintage swizzle stick spoons

Welcome to another edition of Friday Finds! Today I want to share with you a few
things that I picked up at the Randolph Street Market in Chicago back in August.
I'll start with these cool retro swizzle sticks or what I like to call cocktail stirrers. 
Ever since I revamped that vintage bar cart, I've been fascinated with all things Mad
Men-esque. From cocktail shakers to these funky stirrers to matching vintage barware
I've been on the lookout for this type of find. I remember my parents using swizzle sticks
when I was a little girl.

Vintage swizzle stick spoons

Vintage swizzle stick spoons

Vintage swizzle stick spoons

Vintage swizzle stick spoons

Cost: around $2.00 total. Value: $10-$15 (?)

I've done some preliminary research and vintage swizzle sticks/spoons are a lot more common
 than I thought. So that means they're not worth as much as I would like, but some of them could
be valuable depending on their age and where they're from. I would love to find a price guide.

Next up, some vintage treasures I picked up for my jewelry making.

Are you sitting down?

Yes? Ok, then.
 
Randolph Street flea market Chicago vintage jewelry findings table

Is this super sweet or what? This is just one example of one table! And if the sight of all this
stuff doesn't make your heart pound, well, you're not a junker! I was thrilled to find this table
and spent some quality time sifting through the gold mine of bits and bobs looking for the
most unique things I could find. Or at least things that had personal significance for me.

vintage DU, horseshoe, Pilot Int'L and BEO charms

I picked the rhinestone DU pin because my husband was a "DU" in college, plus,
well, it's rhinestones! The vintage horse and horseshoe charm is for good luck. I'll
use it for one of my Irish dance charm bracelets. The charm on the lower left says
"Pilot International." And the heart is a Beta Epsilon Omega sorority charm dated 1992.

Pilot International charm

Here's the Pilot International charm up close. I researched it and found out that they are
a volunteer service organization that was founded in Macon, GA in 1921.  

Vintage Canadian Ace Brand Beer Key Chain

This is one of my favorites from the crazy table of stuff. I believe it was part of a
 vintage keychain marketed by Canadian Brand Ace Beer.
Vintage Canadian Ace Brand Beer Key Chain Shamrock

The other side says "Genuine Four Leaf Clover Good Luck Charm."

silhouette charms, monogram charm, mustard seed charm, pearls in cage

I'm in love with silhouette charms. So I was thrilled to find these! I also love old monogram
jewelry.  "MJB." I wonder who that was? The charm in the middle is of a mustard seed, which
is one my absolute FAVORITE charms of all time. And who doesn't love the caged pearl
charm? It reminds me of popular necklaces when I was a little girl.

vintage sweater clip


I also picked up this cool vintage sweater clip for $1.00. At least I think it's a sweater clip. If you have any other ideas please share them in the comments! I just thought it was so unique, I had
to have it. Don't worry, I'll somehow work it into another one of my creations.

vintage bible charm statue of liberty charm bracelet

The last of the jewelry is this costume pearl and charm bracelet. It had such an odd
mix of charms that I was intrigued by it. For the life of me I can't figure out what, if
anything, its theme is supposed to be. If you have any ideas please leave a comment and
let know what you think!

vintage industrial wire cage lamp

I was also doing a happy dance when I got these two (what I'm going to call) vintage
industrial cage lamp covers. I just love the look of their rusty goodness.

vintage industrial wire cage lamp

vintage industrial wire cage lamp

vintage industrial wire cage lamp

They open up so that you can put the actual lighting element in there. As much as I'd like to
get a wiring kit and set these up as working lamps I'm afraid I don't have anywhere to use
them right now. So I came up with another use for them!

vintage industrial wire cage lamp
 
The bottoms are adjustable so you can make them smaller or larger.

vintage industrial wire cage lamp

I made them just the right size for holding yummy pumpkin spice votives, so I at least 
get to use them for something right now!

Fall is almost here in the Chicago suburbs. Cool nights, not so hot days. We need to enjoy
them like there's no tomorrow because once the real fall hits it will only be the blink
of an eye before winter will be here. Enjoy it while you can, wherever you are!

Have a great weekend!
 
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Glenda/MidSouth said...

looks like a nice stash of treasures - you did good. I used to have many of the sweater clips/guards. Have not seen one made like that, but that does not mean they don't exist.
I am another one that loves to sift thru containers of bits and pieces like that. Used to be many vendors at the flea market here that who have shallow box tops, trays, etc. full of such anywhere from 25cts. and up. They moved the flea to a different loc. and upped the cost for the vendors to set up, so most everyone with stuff like that stopped selling there.
Now off to see what the clip is for. :)
Enjoy the weekend.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Vintage glove clip- maybe ?(hangs from purse to keep gloves together).

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Yep - vintage glove clip! google images of vintage glove clips. :)

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Kathleen, you found some great treasures! Wow! You just amaze me with your finds! I agree, it's a vintage glove clip. I cheated and Googled it. My Dad had one of those hanging lights in the cage too. I can't wait to see what you do with these. Have a great weekend!

Diana Petrillo said...

Great finds Kathleen--I'm like you, I love pawing through piles of junk. Tables of junk, boxes of junk, whatever. It's all good by me :)

Sharon @ Blue Willow House said...

Great finds, I especially like the little pearl charm bracelet with the unusual assortment of charms.

My thrift store addiction said...

Look at all that loot! I would be happy dancing too! Love the charm bracelet & light covers best!

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