Tuesday, October 28, 2014


I just noticed that I haven't written a post in a couple of weeks, but to be honest, I felt like I didn't  really have much to write about!!  But, today I do!!  Last Wednesday I tagged along with my husband who had business in London - no, that's not London, England, unfortunately it's the other London, in Ontario.  He had meetings so that left me on my own to scout out the thrifts and antique malls - it was great!  On Friday, we headed to Buffalo, NY for the weekend - lots of shopping and sightseeing too, we went back to Niagara Falls, NY on Saturday evening to see the American Falls, which we had never visisted - what a view!!!!  

Sunday morning we were up early - I had found this flea market online - now I know what all you American gals talk about when you mention a flea market - I had never been to anything like this before.  It was called Antique World & Flea Market in Clarence, NY - New York's largest indoor/outdoor market  - people are set up at storage units, some booths are right in the unit, some are outside,  we want to go back again in the summer when it's operating in full force.  There were bargains to be had and things that I had never seen before, I'm happy to say I found some things that I've been wanting for a while!!!

No trip would be complete without finding a few Vera scarves  - I found nine!!!  

  I have never found a teen magazine, they are always ladies magazines, now I have a 1968 TEEN magazine, it was cheaper than all the rest that were there because it said a coupon was missing, it's funny, they typed out the missing words on a piece of paper, it's attached to the page.  I can't imagine a cover like this now on a teen magazine!!

If you don't like vintage Christmas, there is no  need to go on any further because that's what I brought home...

I bought this in Canada and then saw it later at the NY flea, it wasn't priced but I just bet it was less than what I paid.  It's so kitschy cute!!!  I had it lit this morning, it's even prettier than I thought, love bubble lights!!

I first learned about Gurley candles from the blogs, I wanted just one so bad, I had to resort to buying a couple on Ebay.  Then, this summer, I found two at a yard sale, unheard of for around here!!!  Well, I have plenty now.  

The candles were wrapped in paper, they're in perfect condition.

How cute are they?

I was in the land of Gurley candles and didn't even realize it, I was buying two from a lady at the flea market, she said those are more, they're the ones made in Buffalo, you know, well, yes, they are!!!  They were first made in Buffalo in 1938 under the Tavern name, that is what this box is so they're old, in 1949, the name was changed to Gurley Novelty.    I saw a lot of them at the market - no Halloween though, Easter, Thanksgiving - I should have bought more!!!  

The choir boy is about 7 1/2 inches tall.  The reindeer actually says Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on the bottom.

Another pack of Christmas hangers...just think, only 7 cents at Kmart!

I was so happy to get a real Shiny Brite box, I have never seen one out there in the wild before and bonus, it's full of pretty shiny brites.  In case you're wondering, no, I did not pay 50 cents for it!!

We're on our way back home on Sunday afternoon, my husband spots a flea market, he said do you want to stop, before I could get the words out of my mouth, he had taken the exit.   It was freezing, we were walking around quickly, it wasn't bad actually, then he says, look at this - oh, my, I walked fast to the table.  It was a whole table of vintage Christmas, I could have had the whole table but I didn't want it, here's what I did want and got them all for $20, plus the spun head snowman.

I can't imagine how they sat there the whole day.  What a happy family of knee huggers, they sure made me happy!!  They look like they were never used, the material is clean, the Japan sticker is still on the back of many of them.  The big guys in the back row are about 8 inches tall.  I had bought one of the small  ones earlier in the week, he is in rough shape compared to the rest, but I love them all.  It was definitely my favorite purchase!!

I love to get away on these excursions, it's so much fun to find treasures like this!!!

Linking up with Joann at Vintage Bliss Tuesdays and Sir Thrift a Lot at Thriftasaurus - two great Canadian link ups!!


  1. Love the Teen magazine. What a great piece of history. Funny, we never go to the American side of the falls. I guess because we always think SHOPPING when we cross the border! ;) Thanks for sharing at Vintage Bliss Tuesdays. Jo

  2. WOW! Nice haul. Love the Gurleys, of course. My grandmother had the caroler set. It was one of the few I didn't inherit-- went to an aunt. That lamp-lantern is pretty neat!

  3. You had a fun time shopping for vintage things. The candles are quite cute. Who'd think that they are now a collectible!? The bubble lamp is cute.

  4. The Teen mag is great but what i like best are the candles that you bought. We had several when I was little and I would not let my Mom burn them because of the faces.

    M :)

  5. I went to Clarence & it suuuuuccccckkkkkeddd!!! But I went on a Saturday. I am jealous of your kneehugger finds! You know, I went to an estate sale there (didn't buy anything) the guy asked me what I was looking for, said vintage Christmas & he said we threw it all out. That stuff doesn't sell. !!! Couldn't believe my ears, haha. Anyways, I was told that Saturday & Sunday had the both # of vendors by Antique World on their FB page, not true according to vendors. I was angry!

  6. Jill, you found a lot of treasures! I love Gurleys and I collect them. I didn't know that they were first called Tavern candles and then changed the name. I have both and thought they were 2 different companies. Thanks for that tidbit! I am so glad you rescued that family of knee huggers!

  7. Oh, there is nothing like a great flea market. So glad you finally got to a couple! Love those gurley candles, and in such great condition too. Ah, the cutest group of knee huggers and a great price too.

    Sounds like a great trip! :)

  8. Wow! What a collection. All those scarves too! I haven't seen any decent scarves for ages. Enjoy!

  9. Yay! Lots of vintage Christmas! And creepy knee-huggers!

  10. Woo Hoo!!! I'm so excited that you finally got to see what vintage Christmas is all about here in the states. Isn't it crazy?! I went to a show last weekend and it was EVERYWHERE. I'm so happy you got some awesome Gurley candles. It's about time, huh?


  11. Oh my gosh those candles are darling! I have my moms vintage Christmas stuff which is not much but wonderful to see childhood things again. I think I squealed out loud when I found a Shiny Brite box LOL. Wish I had more vintage Xmas stuff. Lots more :)

    Happy almost weekend!

  12. Great finds - I have never seen Gurley candles in the wild, only vintage/antique shops. Christmas is just around the corner - this is my favorite time at the thrifts looking for vintage Christmas!

  13. Jill, you did it again! LoL Sometimes you really score big time! I can't believe those knee huggers were still there! Waiting for you I guess. Some people don't recognize true beauty and quality when they see it! Haha Right. I'm happy that you now have a good collection of Gurleys too!
    Erica :)

  14. Wow! Wow! and WOW! You did amazing!!!! How do manage to find so much Vera? I can't believe all the amazing Christmas. Those elves are so sweet. I got that Gurley candle set last year and was thrilled. It's a great set...enjoy it! Stacey