I am not a farm girl, which is a good thing, because I'm allergic to hay, just like Lisa Douglas on Green Acres. But there's lots of farm land here in Michigan, so occasionally I have found myself visiting a farm for one reason or another. And farm related collectibles is a fun category to explore, which I'd like to do in this post.
Allow me to set the stage for "Vintage Fun Down on the Farm." A historic Michigan farmhouse was a great location for an antique show last year, thanks to their gorgeous grounds with several small structures and barns. This was the scene as I walked around the house. So beautiful:
There's a plethora of collecting categories under the umbrella of "farm collectibles". Farm related products and advertising would be one category, under which this fun box of Dr. LeGear's Hog Prescription would fall. The package says it's "A Tonic for All Swine." Why do I find this box so appealing? I think it's the humorless Dr. LeGear and the cute porker on the front. More piggy graphics appear on the back and sides.
Many customers at the antique malls are looking for specific pig, cow, or chicken/rooster figurines to add to their collections, like these adorable pink pigs in a purse:
"German Pink Pigs" are old souvenirs that were sold at fairs, train stations and souvenir shops around the turn of the 20th century. There are many charming and comical depictions of the porcelain pigs, and I've sold quite a few examples in my antique mall booth, including the two below:
Is there anything cuter than this Three Pigs planter?
The back is even cuter than the front:
This bucket is a cool farm related collectible, with the great graphics for Ohio Grain Calf Food on the front:
I had the opportunity to visit a customer's farmhouse to buy some of her antiques last winter. I rarely have the chance to see livestock up close. I'm not sure who was more curious that day, me or the sheep.
These little German made sheep make a lovely collection, and they won't make a mess. Over 100 years old, Putz sheep usually sell for around $50 to $75 each:
Back at the farm, the barn cat woke up when I arrived, and stretched a bit. My eyes are beginning to water because of that hay.....
If you didn't have a barn cat years ago, perhaps one of these vintage critter traps would have come in handy:
Next we have a pamphlet called "Poultry Troubles", with a picture of cute little chicks on the cover. Raising chicks has become quite popular, I think in part to Martha Stewart. Getting back to the pamphlet, what type of trouble could befall these little chicks? Chick diarrhea, for one. I guess that qualifies as Poultry Trouble, all right.
This box of chicken and rooster figurines was a box lot I won at an auction. They had no digestive problems, which was a relief, but they look ornery as heck:
I love this Poultry Service Station flange sign:
If you like corn, perhaps this Corn Products Cook Book will help satisfy your corn cravings. Lots of products made from farm grown produce published cookbooks, which are fun to collect. The colors are beautiful on this book, don't you think?
Karo syrup was made from corn, and the Karo company advertised heavily in the early to mid 1900's.
This picture makes me hungry for pancakes, although I prefer real maple syrup:
A creative crafter has taken farm finds and turned them into canvases for her paintings:
The list of farm collectibles could go on and on. I've just scratched the surface here. Do you collect anything farm related? I'd love to find out what readers are collecting, so please leave a comment if you like. I always enjoy hearing from you! And if you live on a farm and would like to have me over, I'll pop a Nasonex and be there lickity split!