Sunday, July 24, 2011

 I was out garage saleing today (Saturday).  Is that a word (saleing), probably not?  I figured I had a few hours to kill and I needed a break from painting this morning so I ventured out.  There were a ton of garage sales today not sure why.  Anyways here are some of my finds for today.  Vintage bottles boy do they need cleaning, cloche actually was from a clock but I left the clock behind, small vintage books and a flower frog, and wooden finials.
 This piece not sure what it was and really not sure why I bought it but it has great appeal.  I was thinking after I purchased it it would look great with a plant, one that falls over the side.  Or it could be used out in the garden to store garden tools and gloves.  I don't think it is old but it sure looks like it is so I bought it.  The faucet that is attached to it is vintage and rusty.   
 It seems like I hit the jackpot again and found more pint size Mason jars.  These ones are old.  Sometimes I run into the jars in bunches, then a dry spell and I can't find any.  Just got lucky, I guess.  The box is an old whisky box and still sturdy after all these years.  Great for storage or simply put some of your favorite plants in it.  It will look great on top of a table, box and plants.  To the left I found 2 vintage bank bags, for money I am guessing.
 Here is a closeup.
 Ditto, couldn't figure out how to delete this duplicate photo so here it is again.  Magic.
 These little black books needed to come home with me.  They were falling apart, old and beat up.  I think they look great though, the flower frog another find needs a vintage photo and these items could be sitting on ones dresser or on a side table.  I can never keep enough of these small books in my booth when I sell.  They move pretty quickly.
 I found some wire baskets, a shelf (it was still in the wrapping).  I put it together for the photo and it will get painted a dark brown and then white.  With a little sanding at the edges it will look great in any room.
Finally this desk.  Small and functional it may have seen better days.  I am thinking about tearing it apart and re purposing it.  I will show you in a future blog what will happen to this desk.  You will be surprised.  I also found a metal fishing box.  Still had the gear in it.  It will need cleaning but after can be used to store just about anything.  Photos, garden tools, office supplies just to name a few ideas.  Until next time.

Friday, July 22, 2011

 What a day it was yesterday so many treasures.  I spent the day searching through loads of stuff to come up with the following items like the galvanized watering can, it had the rose, most don't so I had to get it.  The tilting mirror with drawer another great find needs a fresh coat of paint and the glass door shelf great for storing small items or collectibles but also will get a fresh coat of paint.
 These other pieces were also waiting to be found.  Some will need some paint and some minor restoring and cleaning but overall minimal work and ready for sale at my next show.
 I was fortunately to find these pint size Mason Jars and 15 of them.  I have some zinc lids that would look great and maybe a few spools or a vintage picture inside.  Still functional as Mason jars however I think they look better when displayed or simply put a tea light in one as a candle holder.  They look great at night, don't forget to add some sand and the bottom.  The results will be magical at night.
 Love these little jars I think they might be vintage apothecary jars.  They could be reproductions not sure how to tell.  Maybe one of you can let me know.  Still they look great as a set for display or to store your small items.  Label them with some vintage stickers and you are good to go.  Would look great in the bathroom on a wooden shelf from RestoreandRework.
 After I purchase these little guys I thought they were a matching set but when I got home they were not.  Still for that special spot by themselves they will look great.  They are vintage in nature and all wood, finally.  No pressed wood here.  Going to paint them and I think they will look great.  Lots of detail in the wood.  Hey maybe a few of my jars above on one of these shelves.  I think I'll try it.
Lastly these vintage spice jars.  Only 5 to be had, still there was something about them that I could not resist.  I know there should be more of them but who cares.  They are brushed steel I think and with plastic tops.  I would use them for storage maybe for change, safety pins, office clutter, really anything small.  Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Room with a Past Set up

For those of you who love things that have had past then you are in for a treat.  I have decided to show some of my treasures at Room with a Past in Walnut Creek.  The store opens this Thursday July 21st and runs through Sunday the 24th.  The picture shows some of the pieces I have brought in for the show.  Wire crates, balls of string, candle sticks, mason jars and a grand mirror, oh and a bust that was decoupaged plus other one of kind pieces.  I wish I could tell you to buy only from my spot but there are so many other talented people that work out of there.  I am sure you will find something else you cannot live without.  Happy hunting.  

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Recent estate sale finds

Well, it has finally happened, I have created my Blog.  Not sure what all the fuss is about but now that it is done I can get the monkey off my back.  I am hoping with the Blog to update my recent finds, shows and other relavent information on repurposing and recycling and second use of items (my passion).  From time to time I would also like to profile some of my clients and their purchases.  In addition maybe show off some of my talents on repurposing and using reclaimed wood to build items for the home and garden.  Hopefully I can inspire some of you to take on a project yourself using a neglected item.  The picture above are some of my recent finds at an estate sale, vintage boxes, mason jars, clothes pins, bench and table, and of course the sign.  These were some of the treasures left behind by the masses.  Thank you Mary Lou for talking to the administator and letting me look over the items after the show was over.