You're probably wondering where I've been (or maybe you didn't even miss me). I haven't had the chance to do much yard-saling lately. Two weekends ago, we took the kids to Hershey Park, so that was a pretty lame weekend for junking (but great for peanut butter cups). And last weekend, we stayed in Cape May, NJ for my father's wedding at this beautiful (but not very kid-friendly) inn. I always get the warm-fuzzies when I hear a waitress say "get these kids away from me". Other than that, it was a lovely occasion.
I didn't go to any yard sales in the past few weeks, but I did, however, do a little ebaying and crafting. You may have noticed that I have a strange attraction to vintage price tags. I buy them on eBay whenever I see them pop up. (You gals better not start outbidding me, dammit!) I included some in the last few giveaways. I even started making some vintage-style gift tags which were part of the little booby prize. I dyed manila price tags in hot water with plain old Lipton tea bags:
I used four tea bags in this bowl of around 20 tags. I also dyed some tags in a big metal roasting pan, where I used eight tea bags. I let them soak for at least an hour. It's okay to let the tags soak overnight if that is easier for you. I also crumpled up some of them to make them look aged. And in a couple of the batches, I added soy sauce to make them a little darker (and I was craving moo goo gai pan at the time).
Then, I laid them out to dry in the sun on an iron patio table. Luckily, it wasn't very windy that day. After a few of them blew away, I knew that they were dry.
See all those holes in my table? I didn't realize that they would result in these neat-o polka-dot tags!
Did all of you crafty collage-ing, scrapbooking people know that this would happen? Here's a close-up:
I'd love to try this on an old metal grate with fancy ironwork instead of my patio table.
I added some vintage seam binding and, voila! A bundle of gift tags!
So, there's your rare dose of Crafty Colleen.
Now, on to the eBaying Colleen. This is the actual picture from the eBay auction that I won:
I wasn't exactly sure that there would be any cool tags, but I chanced it anyway. I'm glad I took a gamble on this auction. The majority of them are old blank manila tags (that look like they've been tea-dyed, but are actually the real thing). Then... there are about 50 tags from on old furniture store:
Here are a few of my favorites:
I thought the "no financing 'til 2010" sales pitch was new, but apparently it isn't:
I never realized that peer pressure was a fundamental sales ploy of the furniture business: