I response to Dianne's request for new button stories and photos here's a set of buttons I just came across a couple days ago. I recently moved into a new house and things are showing up in unexpected places!
These buttons are…"
"I would ABSOLUTELY stay away from Tarn-X and Simichrome (see the bottom of my Silver Abrasion Ratings page). On that same page you'll find the "Extremely Mild Abrasion" category. Try one of those polishes. By cleaning the…"
"Okay...I'll look for that online. You recommended I use Twinkle to clean my items...I couldn't find it it any store...damn stuff has been around forever! Had to get it from Amazon.
Thanks for your help, Veronica"
"Hi! I guess it's up to you and me ... I'll have to get my button box out again. I forget how to do the photos right off hand, but it shouldn't be too hard. Maybe we can spark some interest in the Button chat…"
I collect Chinese porcelain, Dehua, chops. I am a bit of a packrat...so I have Depression Glass, and all other sorts of things. I lke to do research on items that I find; sometimes I sell items on Ebay.
These are photos of some of the metallic buttons that have rusted and have a greenish tarnish on them. The largest round gold colored button with circles around the edge is plastic with green on it.
Speaking of spoons, I think those special ones used to hold a sugar cube on top of a glass of absinthe are pretty neat. Water is then poured over the cube and into the glass to dilute the green fairy. No ink! What a pleasant surprise. How refreshing to hear these days. I never had the desire either. Thursday and Friday is hitting the 60's; suppose there'll be any yard sales? No, it'll be too muddy, but I've got the fever. Too bad we don't have someplace around here that holds a monthly indoor flea market. We had a nice one in Indianapolis put on by Stewart Promotions that also rotated to Louisville and Nashville. I guess you saw on the website that the P-61 was the project of the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum to restore.
I've been well and am much better now that we've finally got our daughter and her husband out of the house and into their own place four months after the marriage. Extra adults in one house makes for edgy living. Other parents have confirmed this who were in the same situation. I know one thing: I could never move back in with my mom under any circumstances and neither could my brother.
That Mid-Atlantic Air Museum has an awesome site. If you click on the WWII Weekend menu option, then the bomb that says "photo gallery" and finally the square that says "camp life" you'll see hundreds of photos from several years of events. Our group is scattered throughout, and here's one of yours truly from 2009. http://www.maam.org/wwii/photos/camp/DSCN1467.jpg I portray a war correspondent, like Ernie Pyle, attached to the unit. The pen(cil) is my weapon. The son of one of our members lost his battle with lukemia last week, and his funeral is tomorrow in Lebanon, PA. I'm planning on going despite the crappy weather forecast. He was one week shy of his 7th birthday, and it will be an emotional experience. His dad is a Lebanon police officer, so there will be lots of support and a huge attendance. I just hope we can all hold up.
Could we be talking about the same tobacco barn? This one had been pretty nicely fixed up into a 2 story antique mall. Most of one floor was one big open booth loaded with furniture. That open air flea market up the road was not bad either. One of the booths had fresh baked goods daily. It was a series of buildings, some enclosed and some open sided. I've been picking up old diner china to use in our mess tent. We set up at Reading, PA (www.maam.org), Eisenhower Farm in Gettysburg, Ft. Indiantown Gap up past Harrisburg, PA, and a few other smaller gatherings. I'm actually retired from GM, putting in my minimum life sentence, then went to work for my neighbor's company in rock drilling and blasting (yes, explosives). I go out and look at houses and buildings near the job sites before we begin the dirty work to document any conditions like cracks. It's just to put the owners' mind at ease to let them know what is there before the blasting vibrations are felt. I'll try to find that tobacco barn unless it's closed. Looks like 38 are now members of this group with the next nearest one in Baltimore.
We're a group of collectors who get together and set up displays at established events to educate the public, learn from veterans, swap items, drink a little beer, and have fun. Anything I can find from that time period to enhance our displays is always welcome. Men, women, and children all participate portraying military and civilian individuals from that time. These exist for all eras of American history, this area being big on French and Indian War and Civil War. Glad to hear the HF flea market is still on; there was talk of it succumbing to development at one time. Sorry you haven't had time for it due to your.....distraction. My mail box has been getting flooded since joining this group. I was ignoring emails from iantiqueonline because so many were spam/flirting troll types who didn't even have anything to do with antiques. I think we've all gotten them like the Nigerian bank scams. I went to a tobacco auction barn converted into an antique mall and an outdoor flea market both in southern MD while wandering some of the John Wilkes Boothe escape route. They were off of Route 301 north of Leonardtown as I recall; it's been a few years.
Good to hear from you. My job takes me all around the four state area, and when ever I pass a yard sale, flea market, or antique shop I'll pull in to see what I can find. I belong to a WWII living history group so I'm always looking for anything military or homefront and from the 30's and 40's that can be used in the displays to educate the public. I had some good luck selling Monon Railroad china on ebay. After I saw a coffee cup with no saucer go for $305 I couldn't resist. Is the Harpers Ferry flea market still going on during the warm months? There's another good one called Double Tollgate on 522 south of Winchester. Forget the shops in New Market, MD; too high end with Colonial and Federal era items. I've rambled on long enough. Will chat again.
Wow! I didn't think there be anyone else responding to the antique shopping with a friend posting this close. Already getting cabin fever with no yard sales and flea markets until spring. I've hit most shops within a 100 mile radius. I'm in Hedgesville about 30 miles from you.