Virtual Day 1 – Breyerfest Online

Well, 2020 is turning out to be one year we were warned about – the old saying ‘may you live in interesting times’ has come to pass.  Breyerfest is all online this year, so we don’t have to travel to participate, but we won’t get to see friends in person and wander the halls of the CHIN to all hours.  I created a video for the online event workshops for making Mini-Whinnies keychains so I will enjoy getting feedback from people who watch on how  helpful it is.  I also got a 3 day ticket, and will be exploring the offerings from Breyer next weekend.  Since I won’t be traveling, I thought I’d blog about previous trips, fabulous finds of the past and generally chatting about antiques, horses and anything else I find interesting.


First up is a picture of part of our current booth at the antique store.  The store just reopened, and customers are trickling through.  We just bought a ton of great Hawaii and tiki stuff, so we gave the booth an overhaul for the summer with new merchandise.  While researching our inventory we found the skateboard at lower right is older and pretty valuable.  Made in the 1960s it is wood skateboard called a Sidewalk Surfboard.  There are collectors of just about everything, so keep your eyes open!  We would normally be running a sale to make room for our car load of purchases, but this year the shopping will all be in our storeroom.  At least our purchase prices will be better!


Going through boxes in my storeroom to price stuff for the mall and eBay  I came across this Disneyland ephemera.  I usually don’t collect paperwork since it takes time to look through and can be difficult to display properly, but I have to hang on to these two.  They are the 1995 Inside Disneyland Today main gate guide map and the Indiana Jones Adventure decoder card from ATT.  I remember how much I enjoyed this ride experience and how much fun it was to decode the Maraglyphics on the walls while waiting in line.  They have an app for that now, but I think my card will still work long after the app is out of date.


I picked this up for $1 at a yard sale recently.  Elaborate fans are a bit out of fashion nowadays, but beauty is eternal.  This is a hand-painted folding fan from the mid-19th century with original box marked Giovanni Gilardini Napoli.  There are fan collectors (surprise!)(not) and even fan museums all over the world.  There is a long history of fan making and examples in every price range.  This one has damage, but all the pieces are there, the sticks are not broken and its age and elaborate design make it a good candidate for conservation.  It will be beautiful again and wonderful to display.


I didn’t make it out to many antique stores this year, but I always appreciate the time and effort it takes to gussy up a shop.  This one makes a statement when you enter, and frightfully frivolous dragons are always a good sign.  This shop is well-attended to, and I always find a few treasures.


We did have our annual yard sale recently – there was too much stuff building up in the garage.  We moved almost all the tables outside and well away from each other.  Attendance was light, but we did sell enough to get one car back in the garage.  Visitors got good deals and we made space for more stuff!  I am sure some of the things we sold we will see at local antique shops in the future.  I attended a class years ago that said an object sold second-hand would move through an average of 5 owners before finding another long-term home.  The circle of antiques.


Finally we see one of the reasons I love antiquing. You just never know what you will find around the next corner.  I have seen many interesting things over the years, and Ferny McCheesburger here will make it into my hall of fame.  Haven’t seen anything like that at new-fashioned chain stores.  No, it didn’t come home with me, but will live on in infamy here at my blog.

Hope you enjoyed the beginning of virtual 2020 Breyerfest, I will be her having fun reliving past trips, celebrating fabulous finds and being wistful for those that got away.

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Day 13, 2019, More Kansas

Wow, we did 15 antique malls yesterday, but only bought one thing.  Times are changing and it is interesting to watch the differences (and similarities) in stores over the years.


There are many nice booths of cool stuff, well-arranged.


There are still booths with shelves of smalls, mostly covered in dust.


Old stores with several stories of booths.


Lots of piles of things.


Corners with stuff grouped by theme.


And low-ceiling attics with narrow aisles between rows of furniture and decorative tchotchkes.

Hope we find more to buy today!



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Day 12, 2019 – Kansas!

Kansas is one of our favorite states to antique shop and it did not let us down!

7F2E4866-FE2A-43A9-A6D6-4D47C59EE844Lots of fun shops with fun and unusual stuff, well-displayed.

CD392855-7A43-4C73-A0E7-30E9207A621DI have seen bottle trees, but not a bottle chandelier like this – although I think the cupid looks disapproving.

73232309-1817-4D5F-B5E2-BB7DB4CDE797Everton needs a crazy alligator head for their home!


This was one of the nicest dinette sets I have seen, the chairs had and embossed boomerang pattern!

87E952F3-BAFF-4883-BD21-F95DF6ACC5FEA sobering reminder of the reason antiques and collectibles can be rare – they can be broken!


Finally, our favorite booth – the discount room!

One more day in Kansas, hope it is as good as yesterday!








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Day 11, 2019 – Missouri, again

Today is a random day as my brain hasn’t recovered from Breyerfest.


I would have entered for this contest SO FAST!  I read a book as a kid about a girl with a horse in her garage.


This was a great rodeo print that didn’t fit in the car.

647C7820-84A2-4626-9479-9420A452A0EEThis was an amazing Hartland set with Roy Rogers and Trigger – and the hangtag!!!  Full retail plus price or he would have come home for sure.

90881457-E55F-4878-BE26-CD568EFFED5BAn unusual, ornate lamp with sombrero hat shade and carnival horse in the background.


Molly Hatchett and Frank Frazetta make a great pair.

343EC8D2-89EF-494F-8EBB-02CA6600CF9ECool splatter pottery horses.

Yes, I still have horses on the brain, the ‘normal’ blog photos will resume shortly…




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Day 9 and 10, 2019 – Breyerfest!

Wow, that went quick!


Big horses

41341E21-F9D2-48A7-A702-C033C936CFDFLittle horses

0A93BAB0-E2D8-46BE-9EE3-B619A1E1B9D1Bronze horses

B8CA77EB-3C75-4D1B-97AB-C85CB5FB1AF2Standing in line to buy horses


Rooms full of horses

E97F353F-80FA-4B67-887C-CE431CA5C15CI’m exhausted!

Time to get on the road home…






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Day 8, 2019 – Breyerfest Live Show

Yep, I am crazy enough to show at the live show.


In my opinion this was clearly the most awesome Collectors Class display.

1F8755FE-A5B2-4CDD-B368-AC744E78B4E1A very creative performance entry.


I am not a custom collector, but I thought this guy was cool.


This is one of my grail horses!  So cool to see.


More cool vintage pieces- it’s what I love and take the most pictures of.


Big prizes for little horses.


I didn’t do too bad (one more horse was out in callbacks) considering there were 170-ish showers and over 7000 horses at the show!  I think I will just bring a mini show string from now on, much easier to pack around!




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Day 7, 2019 – Breakables!

Clinky goodness!


Original Finish Americanware Designers Workshop Hagen Renaker Cowboy on Cutting horse sculpted by Maureen Love.

BF13A11A-7195-4A27-B062-68A737022722Original Finish Euroware Royal Worcester Princess Anne & Doublet sculpted by Doris Lindner.


A wonderful custom glaze on a Goebel galloping horse.


Yes, China showers do performance!


Fun classes!  A lovely set of Pour Horse pins.


Finishing up with a wonderful Francis Eustis Arabian artist proof.















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Day 6, 2029 – Made it to Kentucky!

I promised all horses all the time for the next few days so here we go!

1C7F4F99-8EE6-4B3F-8300-7F7DB123B2B6I wouldn’t have even glanced at this guy by himself, but this packaging was too awesome!


This wagon team was great!  I haven’t seen a set of such small china horses harnessed in such a nice setup before.


I have seen copies by this company before (although I don’t know what it is) but not this particular horse.  He is probably the cutest horse they make.


I wanted to buy this horse SOOO much!  He really wouldn’t fit in the car though.  He is a very early coin-operated horse by Scientific Mfg  in New York.


These zebras have the longest ears I’ve seen in my life!


This was my great purchase of the trip.  The Breyer donkey in a very rare bay color variation.

Come back tomorrow for more hunky horses!




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Day 5, 2019 -Almost There!

We didn’t make it far, only about 150 miles.  We got to see a few new shops and take time in some old favorites.


To file in the (long) list of things I didn’t know: Fritos came in cans!


This is the saddest/happiest bowling ball bag ever.

F310E403-8DDB-432B-90B2-FCE542D81198We’re the creators of the Gorignak drinking this beer when they thought it up?


I sooo wanted to take this one home with me.


Remember to always check out the little baggies of clinkies even if they all look like bone china figures.  There is a Hagen Renaker Disney Flower in there!


I love it when new dealers are moving in- especially when it looks like they will have interesting stuff!

That’s all for today, tomorrow we likely will start to be all horses all the time!





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Day 4, 2019 – Into Missouri

We started our day at a very nice antique mall with some wonderful dealers and I got hooked on looking for old advertising items.

B8CB7605-6C4A-4CCF-81AB-6ACB2F6217EAI had no idea the chrome edging for countertops was a do-it-yourself item!  Don’t know about using it to beautify a playroom, but hopefully whomever came up with the idea got a bonus!

EF4C0089-5A1A-4C0B-8F3D-284085281CB7I read this one at first as a threat – “these strings BETTER improve your playing, (or else!)”  *taps baseball bat into hand meaningfully*


Useful advertising items are a win-win, but it looks like this one never got used.  Mechanics hands are grease and oil transporters so the bright yellow and white would have been covered up in the first day of use.

A4E558A5-C86A-4C40-9A87-C4AFD74EA852I’d be suspicious of “delicious sandwiches” from this vending machine.  Unless they were peanut butter sandwiches (not unlikely from a Tom’s Peanut dispenser) they sure wouldn’t keep long.


The marketing team came up with this one late Friday afternoon.  Drink Orange Crush!  Also Lemon Crush!  Or Lime Crush!  Whatever- just buy something so we can get to the bar already!


This is a beautiful French advertisement for Gramophones, but now I wonder how they got the birds listening intently to the music while we got a cute dog.  I associate birds more with song – I think Nipper would start howling with some of the noise kids listen to nowadays!  *harumph*  Nuthin’ good on the old Victrola since Kay Kyser.




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