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More finds for the fair…


Those of you who have read my blog for a long time are familiar with the weeks leading up to the Lucketts Antique Market in May.  It’s always a frenzy of shopping, painting/repairing/refinishing/upholstering furniture, getting together fillers and old standbys as well.   For those of you who aren’t familiar with this event, it’s held once a year (the third weekend in May) on the grounds of The Old Lucketts Store in Lucketts, Virginia.  This year, they will have over 170 vendors, the design house will be open and they have lots of other awesome things going on.

If you’re considering coming for the first time this year, here’s a little tip…  If you’re coming to do some die-hard, no nonsense, wait in line and run for the best stuff kind of shopping, show up early Saturday.  It is craziness from 10-2:00 and that’s when a lot of the best stuff is bought.  If you want to just come and enjoy the fair at a more relaxed pace, come Saturday afternoon or Sunday.  I’ll share more tips about the fair and let you know more about what I’m bringing in the coming weeks.  (Quite a few things from my home are coming with me…)

You can read some of my posts about the fair last year below…

So, the shopping has begun, but I still need to find a bunch of furniture and stuff to sell as well as organize and work on what I do have.  The basement has been a bit of a dumping ground over the winter and I desperately need to do some purging, pricing, stacking, arranging, etc.  I’ll be working on that this week as well as working on some more new colors for the Milk Paint line and product testing for companion products…more on that later.  

Here are some things I found while out shopping last week…

You know I have a thing for scales and I love this one with the glass face…

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A vintage, embroidered towel…

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This one has loops for hanging…

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…and great fringe.
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Some wooden paddles (I just love the patina on these)…

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…an awesome wire rack…

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(My son, who was home with an ear infection today, thought it was funny to photo bomb these shots.)

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…and some ironstone, of course…

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…a couple of the platters were pretty stained (in an ugly way), so I’m going to try whitening them for the first time.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

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…and one of my favorite finds was this marble lamp.  I may or may not be selling it at the fair…

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This picture has nothing to do with the fair, but it’s just pretty…


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Tomorrow, I’m heading into the basement to start the organizing.  Wish me luck.

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  1. Don’t sell that lamp!! It’s a keeper for sure.

  2. Your initialed towel is very interesting. I believe it is Amish. I have pillowcases, sheets and bolster covers with that same style lettering. They are from the late 19th and early 20th century. They came out of Amish homes in southeastern PA. You can also see examples in the book Amish Arts by Patricia Herr. Thought you might want to know!

  3. Oh LOVING some of your recent finds. That lamp is fabulous!! I can’t wait to see all the goodies that appear from your basement cleaning. I just wish I lived closer so i could come snag a few of the best items 😉

    ~ Jillian

  4. I was at Diane’s shortly after you were there, and of course I was looking for ironstone but you had left a big whole in her stash!

  5. christine aldinger says:

    have you tried Mr Clean earser’s? i swear by them

  6. That lamp is gorgeous! It’s a classic, and totally a keeper! I believe it’s actually alabaster, not marble. A lot of times those old alabaster lamps have marble bases because marble is harder and less prone to dings and chips than alabaster, while the rest of the lamp is alabaster. I have 4 or 5 alabaster lamps in my home – two that are a matched set and were allegedly pulled out of a barn in Iowa somewhere (I paid about $350 for the pair on eBay several years back, because they are identical and are quite tall, they work well on my living room side tables), and two that are identical to ones found in Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic books.

    You will want to rewire it for safety’s sake because that cord is old and the plug is not polarized. It’s easy to do yourself if you’ve never done it before, just check the web for instructions. I rewired the old barn lamps myself and it’s been at least 5 years now and so far my home hasn’t burned to the ground! :) I got two ivory bell shades for them and they make quite a statement. I’d love to see you keep that lamp and put a linen grain sack shade on it, I think it would work so well in your home!

  7. gah!!!!!!!!
    can i pre-order that lamp and wire rack??? pretty please?
    it WAS just my birthday! :)
    GREAT stuff, girlie!

  8. Marian, I think you MUST keep this marble lamp! Love, love, love it. Good luck in the basement tomorrow.

  9. Marian – You have some gorgeous items. I bet you will have a busy, busy month ahead! Take care and get some rest!


  10. I really really need that lamp! DO you ship :)

  11. Oh I love that wire rack:) Can you ship?? JK:) Wonderful treasures!! I would keep the lamp to they seem to be so expensive!! Good luck!!!

  12. Katie Morene says:

    I’ve had great luck whitening dishes in the dishwasher – just normal cycle with regular dishwasher soap. I’ve had some amazing results.

  13. Oh my…that lamp is so stunning…keep it!! Love all the ironstone:)


  14. Gotta love those photo bombers! 😉 mine like to do the same!

  15. Sarah says:

    Lamps are my weakness. And your marble one….oh, my! You need to keep it.

  16. debbie klausing says:

    Marian, you need that lamp for sure. I have one very similar that is alabaster. It belonged to a grandmother and I love it even more for that reason. That towel has my 2 year old granddaughter’s initials! Thanks for doing what you do. It blesses many…

  17. I have a small antique stand in Lemoyne, and we just had our open house, I can’t even imagine what goes into a weekend fair at Lucketts or anywhere, and starting from scratch. Best of luck, even though I don’t think you will need it!
    BTW…we have lots of pickers come in from Lucketts. You should check it out if you get a chance. I actually “pick” Olde Factory in Hummelstown, they are very cheap even on furniture. There is a guy on the 2nd or 3rd floor who has an amazing breakdown wardrobe.
    There is also a super charming small antique Co-op in Lewisberry that is very “pick” worthy and full of good finds.
    I would love to see a post on pricing, even though I know dealing is no longer your bread and butter. Especially regarding Ironstone amd Silvrplate. Do you research, or just go by what you paid? What sort of prices are you willing to pay? It might even be a good post to do after the craziness, a shopping trip talking about the good and bad buys.

  18. Marion, I’ve had great luck letting bleach sit on a stained plate. I’ve heard you shouldn’t do it, but I’ve had great results. Are you going to sell your tee shirts online? I’m waiting to order one! With baited breath!!!

  19. Wow! that lamp is fabulous!! Would love one myself. It seems you have the best luck finding ironstone. I actually found a platter like the one on the bottom at the DC Big Flea a couple of years ago and it hangs in the middle of a collection on my dining room wall. :)

  20. Sue Pagels says:

    Love that rack and love that ironstone. And the lamp!

  21. Do not sell the lamp (or sell it to me). 15 years ago I was in Spain and found a lamp like yours without the wiring. I debated on buying it, but at the time $17 was a lot and my husband and I had $150 total for a week. I put it back . To this day I still think about it. Sigh.

  22. Susie says:

    Great finds!

  23. Cool wire rack! I’m also getting ready for a fair in May. I have so many things to do yet such as pricing and painting furniture.

  24. Tana Conley says:

    Looking forward to doing my own ‘junkin’ this spring and summer to get some cool finds that need some new love to them! I wish I were closer to Lucketts, I would come down and check it out!!!! Looks very exciting!

    About the lamp, besides the fact that it’s fabulous……I think you should keep it. I agree, put a burlap or grain sack type of shade on it and feature it in your house. Love it for a year, or two…..and THEN sell it in the Luckett’s fair. I can’t wait to see it when you are finished with it! Its going to be fabulous!

    This makes me all the more excited to start my own business and blog! 😉 Maybe I should go back to Goodwill and get that chair for $10 and give it some love…..oh man, that thing is screaming at me!

    Thanks for all that you do and share with your readers! Many Blessings!

  25. Brenda says:

    Marian, If your basement is anything like mine, We’ll send out an expedition if your not back in a few days! Great shopping finds!

  26. I wonder if your lamp is marble, or alabaster? Or are those the same thing? I have my grandmother’s old alabaster lamp and it looks a lot like that… love it!

  27. Phyllis says:

    The lamp is just waiting for a black silk shade! Hold off selling it, Marian – otherwise, I am certain you will kick yourself in years to come – “Shucks – the ‘one that got away”.. LOL.
    How much are your MMS tee-shirts, please? Are they available outside of Luckett’s? (I live in Quebec City, Canada).

  28. Hi, Marian

    I have a question about your paint. I have an old chest drawer that has been painted in a white latex paint; can I just paint over this with your paint? Do I need to do any prep work before applying your paint on this piece or use the bonding agent?

    Thanks for your help.


  29. Karen says:

    To clean your ironstone soak it in milk. If that doesn’t do the trick, try baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Make a paste, apply, and let stand until you see the stains lifting. Hope one of these works for you! :-)

  30. Marti says:

    Hello, I’m just wondering if you post a sneak peak furniture list of things you will have at the fair? We are considering driving over from Indiana that weekend to shop at your booth! I’m so excited!!
    Thank You!! Marti

  31. Janet Lawson says:

    Great finds..
    I can’t wait to see your spot at Lucketts when ya post it on your blog..
    Have a productive week..

  32. Lovely stuff. Wish I could go. MN to VA is just a titch too far for me. Please don’t forget to do a tutorial on how you made those shams. I know you are busy, but I just don’t want you to forget.

  33. Oh my word – I love your cream Ironstone – it is just so effortlessly elegant. Please let us know how you get on with the cleaning of it because I have a few pieces that could do with brightening up.

    The ironstone jug is just perfect for some flowers – love it!

    Dee at the Carlton

  34. Williastene Norvell says:

    My Granny Em used wooden paddles like the ones pictured to put butter into the wooden butter molds and work the liquid out of it. Hadn’t thought of them in years even though I have two of her wooden molds.

  35. Laura S says:

    Bon Ami was recommended to me, years ago, and works well, when I clean my ironstone. Maybe you will find something better :)

  36. I had good luck cleaning up my Pfaltzgraff white ironstone with “BarKeeper’s Friend”. I could not believe the difference in my dishes; they were just like new again. I would certainly give it a try on your ironstone. I got the liquid kind. Just shake it up, smear it around generously on the dish; let it sit for a while; then wash. It might really make a difference for you, too.

  37. Marion, do you sell your stuff on here? I’d love to purchase one of the paddles and some of the ironstone. Love you, thanks.

  38. I think you should keep the lamp too. 😉 Only because if it were me, I would!! Heehee! But I know you can’t keep EVERYTHING, though I’m sure it’s hard to know what to keep or sell in your line of work. ! The fair is coming along….so fun!

    *Just thought you might want to know that your “Overwhelmed” post says “Overwhlemed”.

    Hugs & get some rest along the way too!


  39. Just wondering about something . . . do you consider restaurant ware to be ironstone? I never thought that was the same thing, but I see it all over the internet labeled that way. Love your finds!!

    • Some of the restaurant ware is ironstone, but it was made for restaurant or hotel use. Ironstone refers to the way the piece was made, not the specific pattern or manufacturer. You do have to be careful, though, because a lot of people call all white china ironstone, even though it’s not. It’s helpful to see it in person, pick it up, get a feel for what it looks like. Once you get used to it, you know it immediately when you see it. I can spot ironstone in a thrift store a mile away!

  40. Becky says:

    Marian, I don’t know how much space you have, etc. but maybe it’s time for a building especially for your items to be refinished in and stored? I personally can’t imagine hauling furniture, etc. up and down basement steps…(my knees!)….just a thought;)

  41. Keep the lamp! You may never have the chance again.

  42. Jodi Jackson says:

    darn, I am going to miss it by a week!! Im moving back to that area on may 20th!!

  43. Mary S says:

    If you are planning to sell the lamp, I’m very interested. Please let me know if you’re sellig it and how much you want for it.
    Mary Syron
    St. Louis, MO

  44. KEEP THE LAMP!!!!! Yes, a grain sack cover would compliment your room and match that chair!!
    The ironstone is to die for and the paddles, put them in the chalk paint and make them useful in the kitchen, office or even the laundry room and bath!
    I wish I lived somewhere close to Luckette’s because I would be camping out Friday evening at the door. We have something like that close by called:The Country Peddler’s Show and than we have a HUGE sale at Roundtop Texas where you can find ANYTHING from 1920 to the present and the prices are give away sometimes! The vendors line up down a stretch of highway through a town and it takes all weekend to see them all.
    GOSH!!!!-you find the best things up there!!
    Hurry and get your stuff on line to sale and you wouldn’t have to worry about all the getting ready to do whatever you have to do before the sale, we would buy it all:))
    You should wrap a t-shirt around your book and make a package deal with them and tie it with burlap, great gift!!
    Blessings for success:)

  45. Caren says:

    Going to the Lucketts flea for my first time! Can’t wait! Bet it will be tough to get even close to your booth! :)

  46. Oh no!! You can’t take that vintage linen with the monogram to Lucketts!!! Please…tell me what you want for it…my husband’s initials are L.B.!! The drive is doable from Ontario, but I can’t make it and I would love to buy that from you. It’s gorgeous!
    Seriously…let me know. Thanks, Marion!!
    Debbie :)

  47. I want to come to this sale SOOOOOOOOOO badly! My first grandchild is due May 10th however and I’m thinking unless she comes early you won’t be able to drag me away to anything for awhile once she is here. But, there is always next year! We are a retailer of your paints and would love to be able to
    meet you in person too =)

  48. Marian…I cannot blame you if you decide to keep that gorgeous lamp!!!…Love all of your beautiful items…hope to make ti to Lucketts this year!

  49. I have learn so much from your blog on how to get ready for a event like the Lucketts Store Spring Market. I live in St Louis and we are having our 1st vintage Market Days event in September. I will have a large booth to display some really cool stuff I have been collecting for the show.

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