Collecting Farmhouse Primitives

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I don’t know why exactly, but I love primitives. Grungy is good, the older the better. Use marks, rusty gold, cast iron and farmyard finds are just what I am drawn to! Plus, most primitives are affordable and sometimes a steal at flea markets, yard sales, thrift stores and even antique malls. If I had to categorize this lot, I would call this collection farmhouse kitchen primitives. Someone else must like them too, because most of these items have sold, usually within a week or two of me finding them! More visuals from my 2012 files as we wind down the year and look forward to a promising 2013!

Woodenware mortar and pestle, I always buy these when I spot them at a sale. Totally usable for crushing herbs and peppercorns.

I like old crocks, this brown and tan, has some age. Always check for cracks and chips which brings the value down.

I found this old wood measure at the Goodwill for a couple bucks! SOLD!!!

I am attracted to outsider, tramp art and prison art. This is a matchstick cross. Most are a bargain, purchase if it is in good condition, with little breakage as the matches can be brittle. Usually found in shops for under $5.00 they resell for about $20.00.

Always, always, always  buy your baskets at  yardsales.  Prices range from 25 cents to a few bucks.  Look for handwoven “buttocks” baskets.

Used cutting boards, look great displayed in a country kitchen.

Serving tray with great lines, found at the Salvation Army.

Early candle box

Eldreth pottery cat, while not old, the salt glaze gives it that primitive feel and I love the cobalt blue.

With colorful graphics, this is an original early can of tomatoes with removable lid.

Old beat up galvanized watering pail may not be water tight, but is perfect for dried flowers.

Old kitchen scales-one green and an amazing orange scale.









Wood spoons, used of course!

Early Asian Rice Measure

I love enamel ware and buy it whenever the price is right. Perfect for many uses. I predict the value will go up as supply of the vintage pieces decline.

Handmade farm wheelbarrow

Metalware teapots-I found this lot of 6 matching pieces.

Toleware -look for hand painting, good design, and not too many scratches.

Kitchen brooms-this one has a witchy twisted handle

Yup, I bought this lot of pitchfork tines and sold them as folk art. What are some of your primitive collections?  Drop us a line at we’d love to hear from you! Jenn at The Antique Garden.

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