My husband and I had an antique shop and dinner date this afternoon. We explored several new to us shops in a nearby town and had so much fun. He's an engineering type and enjoys collecting slide rules and mechanical calculators and we were lucky enough to find two of them in different styles from what he already had. I picked up a couple of things for a child's dollhouse I am planning as a Christmas gift at one store, a dog for the log cabin in another. In yet another shop, I spotted a lovely salt dip that was perfectly scaled to use as a dollhouse tray (for the mini antique shop). When I told the owner how I planned to use it he asked if I'd be interested in any vintage plastic furniture. I said yes so he brought out a large basket with several sandwich bags filled with pieces in mostly half scale. I started to sort out bits I liked when he asked if I'd like the whole lot for $30. Woo hoo! Of course I said yes. I spent a fun evening sorting and found items to use in both the bungalow and the colonial half scale houses. There were even a couple of bags of people. The colonial has a new owner (and her date) who's apparently been antique shopping, too. She has a new desk, sofa and chairs in the den and a cool art deco bedroom set. The new dining set was an earlier Goodwill purchase. The bungalow got visiting grandparents, a baby buggy, a high chair and a rocking horse. I have a ton of goodies left over. Time to look for another half scale house!
That's a quick preview of my bargain purchases. There are a whole lot more pieces so stay tuned for future projects!