Vintage lamp, mobile Scrabble and lots of sewing stuff

Here’s the get from Monday and Tuesday. Monday didn’t produce too much of interest, but Tuesday was a bit more interesting, if a bit more challenging. Let’s get to it starting with Monday:

These two old things (identical, I flipped one upside-down for the picture’s sake) were probably external hard drives. The brand is Lacie and they still make external hard drives, so they must be pretty good at it. Might have been good for a scrap metal guy, but they’re of no use to me.

Found a couple tins of food. The Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom (I seem to find this type pretty often) expired in 2007, so I’m not sure about that, although expiration dates for cans might be more or less pointless. The vine leave things are good to 2013 though, so I’m up either way. The tomato juice didn’t seem to have a date on it. I’ll probably put them (minus the vine leaves) in a free box at my yard sale.

That was pretty much it for Monday. Tuesday I took my bike out for the first time in a while, and covered a lot of ground.

I figured there would be some decent stuff in here, and I was right. However, this person smoked – a lot – and it was a challenge going through some of this stuff without gagging. I did manage to salvage some nice old things though.

This is a pretty cool vintage lamp. It smells like cigarette smoke, so I may need to switch out the electrical part (not too hard a job) and clean the whole thing (also not too hard – vinegar works pretty well). I think it has potential though.

Two very nice vintage tins. Also smelled strongly of smoke. I washed them in the vinegar and they smell better now, but the whites on the top parts (for whatever reason… smoke rises?) may be permanently yellow.

The red one was for “Fox’s Biscuits.” The other is marked “Loch and Ben Lomond,” which I originally expected were people’s names, but it turns out that’s it’s a lake and mountain in Scotland, respectively. The tin is adorned with very attractive nature photographs.

These paintings were under glass, so they should be easy enough to clean. I think they are hand-painted, and seem to have some Chinese symbols on them (though I can’t be sure).

I found another painting near it and it was gorgeous, but it must have bounced out of the milk crate on my bike on the way home. I’m a bit sore about that, honestly. It was small and rectangular, and had really vivid color.

I’m pretty sure these are for getting your car out of an icy patch. Not in perfect shape, but probably better than nothing. I stashed them on this concrete overhang. Maybe they’ll be of use to somebody.

Two knives left of a 5-knife set. The small paring knife was actually really shape.

I liked this painting, but it smelled really bad of smoke and so I left it. Someone couple walking by picked it up though, so maybe it’ll get a good home. I doubt it would stink up a room, so it might work out.

Some of these I found with the above stuff, but some I came across later. They’ll all in pretty good shape, and probably all destined for my yard sale. There’s also a shiny, crystal-y looking rock in there. People are Magpie’s too.

Most of this (other than Scrabble) I found in a different place. There’s two 80s-looking combs, and a bunch of sewing needles. The little container (for old makeup of some kind) also has sewing needles in it. Overall, a lot of different places had old sewing stuff.

The Scrabble thing opened up. I’ve never seen a board like this before. Tiles seem to stay fairly firmly on the surface, so it may come in handy.

Someone through out a ton of luggage! Most were damaged though, other than the little blue one, which was mostly nice. It did smell like basement, though, and I decided it wasn’t worth carrying around. I left it open near some bikes. Maybe if you air it out a while it would be a neat sewing box.

One call ceramic vase (hand done, I believe) and a little brass one. Also, a tub with a lot of pennies. This is why I think it’s probably best that Canada moved on from the penny.

I also found a lot of cutlery and a cutlery holder (the pennies ended up in the bag with them). At my last yard sale I put out a bunch of garbage cutlery for free and it was a hit, so that’s what’ll happen this time as well.

That’s all for now!

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3 thoughts on “Vintage lamp, mobile Scrabble and lots of sewing stuff

  1. That’s a fascinating lamp. Is it the same on both sides? Is there any kind of mark or manufacturer’s ID on it? It looks to be about 8″ tall?

    Any mark on the pottery vase?

    Roll up all the pennies; they still have to take them at the bank. You can deposit them, or exchange them for “real” money.

    Read this about “best before” dates on tins of food. http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080916132828AAb0jQw

  2. Oh my God I can’t believe someone tossed all that luggage!!! What a find!

  3. Wow! you really have got a great collection. Now if only I had more storage space myself…

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