Gettysburg Outdoor Antique Show

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Last Saturday I spent a fun morning in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with a friend at the Gettysburg Outdoor Antique Show. We’d been trying to go for the past three years. Let me tell you the third time was a charm. I want to share that fun with you. Leave a comment about the item you like to collect and you will have a chance to win one of the books or brooches. Open to US only. Comments must be posted by midnight EDT on May 30, 2017. I’ll use to pick a winner.

I’ve been collecting vintage tablecloths since the mid 90s. I haven’t bought one for a long time but couldn’t resist this just in time for summer tablecloth!

I bought these buttons first. I fell in love with the colors!

I couldn’t resist a couple of vintage postcards out of the thousands there. The top one is Portland, ME. The bottom is Fort Walton Beach, Florida where we used to live.

And how could I resist this cool magazine with a Coke ad on the back.

Then we found books! I’d never heard of the Dana Sisters.

I fell in love with the cover of this Nancy Drew:

And this Hardy Boys mystery:

I found an H to add to my collection. The woman who I bought it from said it was a bridle ornament.

Then some cute pins:

And finally this old silver fork turned into a brooch:

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  71 comments for “Gettysburg Outdoor Antique Show

  1. Sherry Swaggart
    May 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    I collect ceramic pitchers. Chicago has a neighborhood art festival almost every weekend during the summer, and I love checking out the pottery booths first. And then I make another pass, and try to keep myself from buying anything else. It is hard.

  2. Kristi Lewis
    May 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Oh my how lovely! You certainly found some wonderful treasures. Happy Friday!

  3. Becky Prazak
    May 26, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Love the old books, pins and postcards.

    • May 26, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      I thought I’d resisted buying any postcards until I went through my stuff this morning! We live in Fort Walton Beach once upon a time so I had to have it!

      • May 26, 2017 at 11:35 pm

        My husband and I was stationed at Fort Walton Beach Florida in 1975 -1976 at Elgin Air Force base. We survived Hurricane Eloise.😊
        Sherry Brown

  4. Daniele K
    May 26, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    I collect teapots and cups & saucers. Does my massive number of books count as a collection? None of them are pricey, rare editions.

    • May 26, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      I’ve resisted teapots, cups, and saucers — so far. Books are a collection — pricey or not!

  5. Peg Halley
    May 26, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    What wonderful new treasures. I have a large jar of keys that I have collected but my favorite are the skeleton keys. I love glass paper weights also.

    • May 26, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      Oh, keys sound like fun! And they wouldn’t take up too much room. And I can so see the appeal of glass paper weights!

  6. Dianne Mossor
    May 26, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Nice finds! I collect glass, especially Fenton glass. Hubby collects fountain pens.

  7. May 26, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    When I’m at a garage sale or antique store. I’m always looking for Hall China. My madden name was Hall. My mom had collected some pieces and I just loved that it has been a family item we shared and still hold close to my heart. So that’s in the top of my items to look for. Of course I’m always looking for something different, out of the ordinary 😊
    Sherry Brown

    • May 26, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      Very interesting, Sherry! I’m not familiar with Hall China.

    • May 27, 2017 at 1:16 am

      I saw your note above about Fort Walton Beach! We lived in Shalimar even though Bob was stationed at Hurlburt. We were there in the early 2000s.

  8. May 27, 2017 at 2:07 am

    I collect antique salt cellers and spoons. I also like to collect antique glassware, my mother also liked really good crystal and antique glassware.

    • May 27, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      I love salt cellers and their tiny spoons! What a fun thing to collect. I saw some at the Gettysburg show but they didn’t have the spoons with them.

  9. Shirley Landes
    May 27, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    I collect old cookie jars, salt and pepper shakers, and books, of course!

    • May 27, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      I bet the cookie jars are cute! Salt and pepper shakers can be hard to resist!

  10. May 27, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    I love Nancy Drew book and lovely blur brooch.

  11. Karlene Barger
    May 27, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I have several of the Dana Girls books bought in 1963-64, including The Portrait in the Sand (copyright 1943) – loved these books!

    • May 27, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      I think I read a few but didn’t remember them as well as the Nancy Drew books!

    • June 1, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Congratulations Karlene! Have a great day!😊

  12. Vickie Dyck
    May 27, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    What neat finds! Love old books- have set of Emilie Lorings and used to have most of the Trixie Belden books until someone stole stuff out of storage unit! Can’t resist old buttons, either!

    • May 27, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      We read so many Emilie Lorings growing up! That’s so cool you still have them. So sorry about your Trixie Belden books!

  13. Linda Kleback
    May 27, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    I collect postcards from the Western PA area where I grew up and also Ellen Clapsaddle postcards that have wonderful artwork.

    • May 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      You need to go to the Gettysburg event — there were tons of Pennsylvania postcards. I’m not familiar with Ellen Clapsaddle but will look them up!

  14. May 27, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    I like to collect old floral plates and unique salt and pepper shakers.

    • May 27, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      Two things that are always hard for me to resist when I’m out and about!

  15. May 27, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Beautiful brooch! I have read some of the Nancy Drew books, I collect old teapots and salt N pepper shakers.

  16. Suzanne Blasi
    May 27, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    You found some wonderful treasures. Going to these things must be fun. Not many where I am, but I do like to see what I can find. The brooches are lovely.

    • May 27, 2017 at 11:41 pm

      This event was especially fun — great weather, lots of vendors! I’m not always that lucky!

  17. holdenj
    May 27, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    What wonderful finds! The tablecloth is nice! I recently completed my Donna Parker series and am always on the lookout for the Phylis Whitney young adult mysteries.

    • May 27, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      I didn’t know Phyllis Whitney wrote young adult mysteries. But maybe The Moonspinners is one of them — I just remembered that it is by Mary Stewart. That’s amazing you have all the Donna Parker books!

  18. May 27, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    I love to go antiquing. At a shop in Vermont I found a 1957 edition of a Betty Crocker cookbook for kids. I can’t wait to bake with my granddaughters when they are a little older. I’ve also found some older Barbie dolls I’ve put away for them when they will appreciate them more. I used to have some Nancy Drew books but my Mom gave them away.

    • May 28, 2017 at 12:10 am

      I love old cookbooks. And I have a friend who would be very jealous of the Barbie dolls! She collects them.

  19. Shana Williams
    May 28, 2017 at 1:29 am

    I guess i better leave a comment over here to be entered in the contest! I have a couple of brooches like those of my gramma’s. I would love to go around and look at all the things you saw….I wouldn’t know what to do…

    • May 28, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      It’s always hard to decide what to pick up and what to leave! How cool to have something of your gramma’s!

  20. May 28, 2017 at 5:41 am

    I collect Nancy Drew books and don’t have that one yet, thanks for the chance.

  21. Lalena Haro
    May 28, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Lots of amazing finds. I collect old Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys.

  22. Meg
    May 28, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    What a fun time! I love Nancy Drew books. I had quite the collection one time until after moving several times, I’ve lost a few. I don’t remember the one you have.

    Buttons would be fun. Great job!

    • May 28, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      Buttons have been calling to me lately! I’m not sure why!

  23. donnaing
    May 28, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    What great treasures you found!
    I collect footed cake plates. They are on display on the top of my kitchen cabinets. Some are my grandmother’s and my great grandmother’s so they are very special. I also collect buttons.

    • May 28, 2017 at 11:36 pm

      I’ll bet they are lovely and what a great place to display them!

  24. Dianne B.
    May 29, 2017 at 1:00 am

    I collect stamps and cat figurines or cat related items (such as house flags,seasonal decorations featuring cats. My daughter and son in law, lived in Ft Walton Beach, Florida, for about 2 yrs as son in law was stationed at the Air Force Base near there.

    • May 29, 2017 at 1:08 am

      How fun! We were also stationed in FWB! It’s why I had to by the postcard.

  25. Jeannie D.
    May 29, 2017 at 2:23 am

    I collect vintage cookbooks, and I also collect books with Margaret Armstrong bindings.

    • May 29, 2017 at 11:36 am

      I’ve never heard of books with Margaret Armstrong bindings. I’m going to go look that up!

  26. May 29, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Lovely finds! Sounds like Thad a marvelous time with your friend. Very nice looking table cloth. I have a love of vintage pins, especially the peridot looking ones since that’s my birthstone.

  27. Doward Wilson
    May 29, 2017 at 2:50 am

    Sherry, I can’t believe you never read The Dana Girls??? Nancy Drew, The Dana Girls, The Hardy Boys & Judy Bolton were all written in the same time frame, by the same group. I would love to win that book but make sure you read it first. I have collected butterflies for a long time. At one time I had over 5,000 things including my china set, silver & glassware. LOL As I got older I started passing things along to family & friends. I still like to look but the collector bug is padlocked up, very tightly. LOL

    • May 29, 2017 at 11:40 am

      Wow, Doward! that is quite the collection. I’ve been giving things away too (even as I keep buying them)! I will read The Dana Girls on your recommendation! I’m not sure I ever read the Judy Bolton books.

  28. Pam
    May 29, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    I think I am going through my second childhood as I am reading/re-reading the Nancy Drew books. The original series are sometimes hard to find but love them. Never read the Hardy Boys although I did watch the series way back when. I, too, never head of the Dana girls. I read some of the Trixie Belden series and the Cherry Ames series. I also love the vintage broach you found!

    • May 29, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      I’d love to find some of the really early Nancy Drew books — I heard she was a bit more sassy.

  29. Cecilia
    May 29, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    I like to collect tea pots and miniature tea sets. I used to collect books and I have one or two of the Dana books and all of the Nancy Drew books. I love these old series.

  30. May 30, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I collect The Wizard of Oz memorabilia and Boyd’s Bears. 🙂

  31. Jess D
    May 30, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    I collect Nancy Drew books. Thanks for the chance.

  32. kittsklosetdollclothes
    May 30, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I still collect Nancy Drew books if it’s one I need, was collecting the Dark Shadows paperbacks but I think I have them all lol, oh and now cozy mysteries is what I would be putting a BOLO out for if I went to an antique mall or any kind of bookstore. My dream is to stumble onto a nice cheap American Girl doll but that’s basically a dream, they always go pretty high at these sales.

    • May 30, 2017 at 11:25 pm

      I don’t think I’ve ever even seen an American Girl doll at a sale! They are so popular!

  33. May 30, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    I collect cast iron skillets. Love going into places and trying to find them. Think about how old they are, who used them and the care they had for them.

    • May 30, 2017 at 11:26 pm

      How fun! I love thinking about who owned and used the things I have too!

  34. Christine McAvaddy
    May 31, 2017 at 3:48 am

    I can’t say I collect one thing, but I live going to the antique/vintage stores. It is like a treasure hunt that I always win.

    • May 31, 2017 at 10:47 am

      I love that — a treasure hunt that I always win!

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