When I woke up yesterday morning, it felt like a good day for junkin'. After lunch I headed out to hit various thrift stores, and though I didn't get to all of them, the ones I hit yielded several items for this year's haunting.
First, another oil lamp for my collection.
It's in great shape; it just needed a little work where the burner part was rusted and hard to get open. Once I got it unscrewed and cleaned and refilled, it burns beautifully. Whoever priced this didn't know what they had, because, although I haven't looked up this pattern in my book, the assembly indicates it was made before 1920--which makes it at least 90 years old. I got it for the cool price of $15.00.
And the last tea light holder came in from Dark Candles:
This one's a little dark, but here they are all lit up in my kitchen:
Next, a couple of Halloween buckets (probably will give these to friends), and electric stick candles which will be painted black and used in the tent, also.
The small jar has painted-on letters, which I will need to paint over or cover with a label, but is a good size for small potions.
This old jar cost me $3.00. It's very large and with the lid painted black, and maybe some tattered muslin or something around it, will also be a good jar for a specimen.
Next are several red dresses I will be dismantling for drapes inside the tent:
Detail of the fabric:
This one has a nice shimmer to it, that doesn't show up well in the pictures, and is lined with red satin:
It also has a long scarf that went with it, and will make a great headband:
This one was my favorite. Notice the rhinestones across the bodice?
They'll be removed and used somewhere else, probably on the little wooden casket from Michael's that a friend gave me. I figure part of the fabric will be used to line the inside of the casket.
The underskirt is black netting, always handy, and more red satin.