Monthly Archives: November 2015

A Christmas Tin and More

27 November 2015

My uncle and cousin were in town for Thanksgiving and as always, whenever we can’t think of anything to do, I suggest going to Brass Armadillo.  Usually, the stuff there doesn’t change very much from one visit to the next, but everyone started putting out Christmas things so it was a good trip.

I picked up a really cool Christmas tin whose tag said it was from the 1930s. I found some awesome reproduction vintage wrapping paper made by a local business called Sweet Vintage Wrapping Paper. I also picked up a Christmas Card Record book to track cards you’ve sent and received. Finally, there’s a Sears Roebuck and Company pamphlet called How to Decorate your Home from 1941.

Total spent today: $18.99

A Lantern

23 November 2015

I’ve been looking for a lantern for a long time, but they’re often overpriced and/or very rusted.  So on occasion, I take a glance at eBay and I recently came across this Dietz No. 100 Special which was manufactured in 1947.  Unlike a lot of antique lanterns, it has the cap to the kerosene reservoir and the wick so it should work, but I haven’t tried it yet.

Total spent today: $37.99

A Pipe

2 November 2015

I’ve been looking for a pipe for a long time and they’ve been generally too expensive or in bad shape.  But this week I took a peek on Etsy and found a good Medico brand one from the 1930’s.

Total spent today: $26

Fremont Finds

1 November 2015

Jenny and I were driving home from Cracker Barrel and we thought about going to the Brass Armadillo since we were in the area and the baby was being nice and quiet, but the problem with our Brass Armadillo is the items don’t change very often.  So we spontaneously decided to road trip to Fremont, Nebraska about 30 minutes away.  I had never been to Fremont before, but we went to four different shops there.

I picked up a 1943 calendar with tips for homemakers and a year-long weather forecast, a bar of Proctor and Gamble soap (it was only $3 so I thought, “why not?”), a couple of Nebraska State Poultry and Turkey Show ribbons, a copyright 1940 version of Parcheesi aka India board game.

I also found a Children’s Activities magazine from October, 1940.  One page has an American flag with 48 stars on it.  Another page has drawings submitted by children; their addresses are also listed.

Finally, I picked up another Saturday Evening Post, this one is from December, 1943.  It has an ad with Santa promoting cigarettes and an article about the benefits of eating ice cream.

Total spent today: $40.39