Mac Grove is always one of my favorite neighborhood sales. For those of you not from around here, the long name for this area is Macalester Groveland and it is near Macalester College in St. Paul. Their neighborhood sales were last Saturday and about 40 homes were participating. I picked my sister up at about 7:30 and we headed off. Debbie was in charge of navigation and I was the driver.
I found some great vintage books and one of my fave finds was a ziploc bag full of vintage aqua Christmas bulbs. Debbie spotted these, by the way. I went right past them without noticing, but she held them up and said “um, hey, isn’t this your color?” Dang! Why yes it is!
These don’t qualify as the ‘find of the day’ though. That honor goes to the pile of vintage luggage. All from one sale.
Isn’t this little train case incredibly charming? And it matches my MMS Flow Blue chair perfectly.
As if this matched set wasn’t enough, there were two more pieces that didn’t match including this charming monogrammed piece.
Who remembers Northwest Orient Airlines? They dropped the “Orient” in 1986, and of course merged with Delta in 2008.
I also found a lovely brown transferware pitcher and some primitive wooden utensils.
My pile of goodies was full of my favorite shades of blue and green.
After taking that photo, I decided to get out my macro lens and play around with some close ups of the little milk truck so you could see the detail.
Seriously, how could I resist this thing? The color, the patina, the little cow on the door panel. And it was only 50 cents, so who could pass it by?
I still struggle a bit with the macro lens. When I bought it I thought I would use it a lot for flower close ups. Why I thought I needed close up photos of flowers is beyond me now. The depth of field with a macro lens is very small. You can see the results of that in this next photo. Only the exact portion of the plate that I focused on is crisp (sort of?), while everything that is slightly closer or further away is out of focus. This can be fun to play around with, but it is also rather frustrating.
When I took the closeups of the aqua bottle I could actually read what it said.
So I googled it to see if it was legit. Turns out Dr. Pierce’s Favorite Prescription was a typical quack medicine from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s that originally contained opium.
A sales pitch for it said, “No one can know the distress of my mind as well as body. Dr. Pierce’s Favorite Prescription was the only medicine that seemed to do me any good. After I had taken the first bottle and part of the second. I could sleep well and all my troubles began to get better. I believe I took eight bottles and then I felt like a different person. I gave birth to another baby and my old complaint came back. I began using the “Favorite Prescription” and was soon relieved and was able to do my work, including the washing.”
Well, thank goodness she could do the washing, right? She probably really enjoyed doing the washing after slurping down eight bottles of that stuff.
Too bad it was empty when I bought it!