The year 2013 was a middling year for vintage finds. Not outstanding, but, yes, there were a couple of scores that definitely stand out.
Best Town Cleanup Finds
Each spring in my end of New York, our town holds a six-week "cleanup." Residents can pretty much toss anything to the curb, and over the years, I have found some great vintage stuff.
The Mid-Century coffee set in the first photo came from a huge pile that was outside of an old farmhouse. I grabbed the set to sell but it's kind of been growing on me and I just might keep it.
I found two of the multicolored Beistle honeycomb turkeys in the second photo in another big pile of junk. I'm definitely keeping this one (and its matching companion) too.
Best summer yard sale finds
A vintage Lucite purse and a 1920s Devilbiss perfume atomizer. The seller of the purse told me she took it to her 1950s-era senior prom. The atomizer, ironically enough, came from a sale later in the summer that was at the same farmhouse where I had found the coffee set during the Town Cleanup.
Another summer score included two metal lunch boxes from a garage sale and a metal toy farm at an estate sale.
Best Vintage Christmas Finds
I waited more than 30 minutes in the rain for a church rummage sale to open. Luckily, looking like a drowned rat was worth it when the doors opened and I found all this.
And these ornaments too!
Best Sale That was Worth the Drive
The best day of the year for vintage finds was in September when I drove west of Syracuse to the Route 34B sale, which stretches about 30 miles between Auburn and Ithaca. There, I picked up a $1 family heirloom doll and a half-dozen or so vintage dresses that were $1 each.
Modeling a few of them is my daughter Emily.
This was the dress that I saw first and practically sprinted across the yard to get.
But this one might be my favorite. So 1940s.
So there you have it, the best finds of 2013. Here's to a lot more good junk for you (and me!) in 2014.