Gurley, Gurley

When I was at a craft show this weekend, I unexpectedly ran across a crafter that had a few vintage items sitting out. I wasn’t expecting ANYONE to have vintage items. At all. I was just attending the craft show to support the local community and to get out of the house on a dreary Saturday morning.

Just the other day, Erica at The Adventures Of Two (Pyrex Crazy) Thrifting Sisters posted about finding vintage Gurley candles at an estate sale, so it was like a light shining down from heaven when I saw this guy sitting on the table.

Surrounded by his buddies.

Gurley was a candle manufacturer that made highly collectible figural holiday candles from the very late 1930’s through the 1970’s. You probably remember them from Grandma’s house. If you’d like to learn more about the candles, you can check out this article from Marta Stewart (which happens to feature a photo of my snowman friend).

I picked up one of the candles and saw that it had a paper label on the bottom that said Tavern something or other on it. I was only mildly disappointed that it did not say Gurley, because I still loved the vintage looking little guy. Little did I know at that point that Gurley produced the Tavern brand candles. Hello, Tavern = Gurley!!!

In the most casual tone I could muster while my brain was doing cartwheels in my head, I asked him how much the candles were. I thought I only would buy the turkey, since it’s close to Thanksgiving and I need another turkey like I need a hole in my head.

Mr. Crafter started shuffling around and him-hawing and I thought “Oh, crud, this isn’t going to turn out well!” He finally said he’d really like to sell them all together, so if I would take all the ones on the table and the ones he had in the box over there I could have them for $8.00. Box, what box? OMG, there’s a box!

Uh sure, that sounds reasonable to me. So I quickly handed him $8.00 and ran out of the craft show.

It was only after I got home, that I actually looked at all the candles. There are 7 that say Gurley (Mr. Turkey happens to be a Gurley), 6 that say Tavern and three that don’t have any tags on them, but look very Gurley/Tavern-esque. BTW, the box is not the candle box, but an old peanut box, so I sort of got overly excited about nothing there.

But still, a much more fun day at the craft show than I expected.

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  1. says

    You were one lucky lady!!! Thanks for all the info about Gurley/Tavern candles! I haven’t heard of them and I always love to learn more about vintage things. Only thing…now I have something else to look for!!! Thanks, I think!!!

  2. says

    I had been reading about the Gurley candles too and never really know what they were – thanks for all the extra info – I’ll be on the lookout….

  3. says

    Lovin’ your Gurley candles. Are they tagged on the bottom as Gurley/Tavern? I have a little deer candle that I am thinking it might be Gurley. Have had it since I was a little girl. We never burned candles at our house when I was a kid, except on birthday cakes; so it was never used as a candle, besides it was just too cute to burn. I remember playing with it. I see that everyone else must have thought that their Gurley candles were too cute to burn. Amazing how painted/dyed wax candles have kept their colors for so many decades!

  4. says

    What luck! I love Gurley/Tavern candles and have collected, a little at a time, for years. I have found that many times those little paper tags have fallen off. I only have a couple of boxes which I also like to display. Have fun with them!

  5. says

    I’ve seen those candles and my Mom had lots of them but I never knew what they were and that they were all made by that company.
    Thanks for the informative post.


  6. says

    Sounds to me like you have been bitten by the Gurley bug! I can’t believe the amazing price you got for all of those! I have a lot of Christmas but no snowmen or glittery trees. I’m jealous:-)


  7. says

    You basically stole these wonderful little candles! I used to collect them, but when the number hit 100, I sold them. My favorites are the choirboys and the snowmen. Happy Collecting!

  8. says

    I am so jealous I don’t even want to leave you a comment. Oh..OKAY~~~~!!!! WHAT a great find and I am GLAD you got them. However, if it was anyone except you we wouldn’t be speaking!;>) xo Diana

  9. says

    I learn so much from other bloggers. I’m ready for some CRAFT TRIVIA!!!! These actually remind me of a candle making kit I had when I was a little girl. Very cute, indeed!

    I don’t suppose you’ll light them?

    Glad I found you through Coastal Charm.

  10. says

    I also collect Gurley candles. Great thing to hunt for and they are usually not too expensive. The halloween ones tend to cost more (check out some completeds on ebay, some are crazy high!) You got a great deal!

  11. says

    You lucky dawg….what a find and buy! I remember a couple of years ago, that the gurly candles were really sought after and prices were high. Haven’t seen many out in the antique stores lately. Love yours!! Happy Wednesday.

  12. says

    I often wonder how these vintage candles have survived for so long and not melted. I laughed over the box. I would have been the same way…just as excited over the box as the candles. Still a cool old box!

  13. says

    Me again, Sorry. I forgot to mention how much I love your new blog banner!! It’s so sleek and vintage looking at the same time. Did you design it yourself?

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