My antique-filled birthday extravaganza continued with a trip to Greenmead a couple weekends ago. Greenmead hosts an antique market every few months during the summer, and it is truly one of the best.
Zach and I found our first treasure pretty quickly. It was this great old oil painting from 1922. The painting is of a Greek ship called the Greek Frigate Hellas. Here’s a Wikipedia all about this ship, which was part of the Hellenic Navy.
Next, I met up with one of our loyal DTT readers, a cool guy named Rudy. Rudy had a booth at Greenmead, and had messaged us to ask if we would be in attendance. I had assumed that Rudy was a woman, as most of our readers are. When I walked up and asked for Rudy, and he introduced himself, I said, “OH I THOUGHT YOU WERE A LADY.” I am obviously great with first impressions. After that little snag, Rudy and I chit chatted about collecting. His booth was all vintage toys and action figures. He had some Magic cards, so I asked about the infamous Black Lotus card. He didn’t have any, which is fine because I didn’t have the 1000 bones to buy it.
What I also want to mention about Rudy, is that he is a great testament to the potential of this blog. I’m not just here to make fun of Sarah and write about porcelain I want. I also hope that in time, we become a hub for people who are looking for certain items, or who have things that we want to buy. So that said, Rudy is always buying and selling vintage toys, action figures, and also vintage knives and weaponry. If you have some, or want to buy some, message us and we will pass along Rudy’s contact information.
OK, so on to more goods…
I found this old blow-up guy from the 1960s. His hat says “Tigers” but I don’t think he is Detroit related. I still bought him for Timmy because I knew he would want him for his Tigers-themed den, which has items exclusively from the 50s and 60s.
I also bought a McCoy pitcher to sell, and a 1968 Detroit Tigers ticket stub. Zach found an old Red Wings postcard and a small wood music box in the shape of a piano. Here are some things we passed on:
Zach was pretty shocked that I didn’t actually buy that butter bowl. He and Sarah have a running joke that I am the “buttermaster” because frankly, I love butter. Really, I love all condiments or spreads. I contend that there are way worse flaws to have in life, like buying every dog themed item you can find at an estate sale.
Update from Sarah: Why in the hell is that butter bowl TEN DOLLARS? And I would have bought that Tarzan patch.
Fave Find: Ship Prints
Zach and I had been looking for awhile to find some nice artwork for our dining room. I had chosen quite the ornate pattern of wallpaper for that room, so appropriate decor was proving difficult to find. I randomly drove past an estate sale while out running errands, and stopped. Good thing, because I found some beautifully framed ship prints that matched our wallpaper exactly.
From what I can gather, these are reprints of older paintings, but they seem to be hand-colored prints. I bought them both for $45, which is a steal because they are huge and nice.
We added some columns and statues from our local concrete statuary (where the dude was super apprehensive to part with the lady bust because he had a special bond with her). We also added an antique cabinet that I found at a sale, and which holds our little composer buddies.
P.S. Zach and I spent about 10 minutes trying to figure out a more appropriate name for these vessels other than “ships.” We still have no clue what kind of ships these are or what they are up to on the high seas.