Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Golden Eagle

Early this summer I bought a floor lamp. It needed lots of TLC, but it worked and was priced right for resale. It featured a golden eagle which appealed to me in a patriotic sense; plus, the golden eagle is the mascot of my alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi, which is just down the highway in Hattiesburg. Here’s the before….

Focusing on the eagle, I repainted the whole lamp with USM’s colors of black and gold. Then I began to look for a cone-shaped milk glass lamp globe to cover the bulb at the top. Well, my quick “flip” soon became a lengthy quest for the holy grail of lamp globes. Oh, yes, there were plenty of them online, but the shipping cost doubled the cost of the globe so I was determined to find one locally. After several weeks of searching and asking EVERYONE if they had one for sell, the owner of one of my favorite junking spots discovered one on his workbench! Yay!

So here’s the lamp now…..

I’ll let the new owner add a shade if they like, though I think it looks great as a torchiere and that majestic golden eagle appears prominent and proud.

I’m linking to the following party:

Vintage Inspiration Party at My Salvaged Treasures

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Second 2015 City-Wide Yard Sale

The second City-Wide yard sale was held this past weekend in our city’s multi-purpose center. It was so nice to shop inside since temps have been soaring into the 90s here these past few weeks. The air-conditioning was especially nice since I also shopped a hot and muggy 14-mile yard sale before the City-Wide sale.

Between the two shopping venues, I found lots of goodies and it’s funny that most of them fell into two themes… Bowls and Christmas! Do you ever notice that you discover things in themes sometimes, or is it just me???

Oh well….. Let’s start with the bowls…..I found two Pyrex Colonial Mist bowls at the city-wide sale. I guess I’ve started another set of bowls….. because now I need to find the “blue on white” bowls that match!

More bowls….. Pyrex/Corning aqua striped cereal bowl, Federal “kitchen utensils” mixing bowl and a Hazel-Atlas scalloped edge mixing bowl.

I could NOT believe I found 4 jadeite berry bowls! Along with them, I bought a pretty vegetable bowl, a Hall Rose Parade milk pitcher and a blue onion creamer.

With Christmas Open House only a few months away, I bought a Coca-Cola Santa tray and a large candy tin featuring Victorian children…..

A silver-plate pastry server (still in original packaging), an angel ornament, a tree-shaped cake pan and a wood box embellished with “Peace on Earth” also made it home with me.

My cat’s favorite find were these two red feather Christmas trees. She thought I had brought two giant cardinals home just for her to play with!!!

I did find a couple of things that didn’t fit my “themes for a day”…..  I just couldn’t leave behind a 1970's McCoy Cookie Jug, a Cannon dishcloth and an old cherry motif sifter that still bears its 59 cent price mark.

It was a good day for me! 
What did you find?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Forgotten Finds and a Whazzit

Have you ever hidden something from yourself? Well, if you have a booth or have lots of things stored in boxes, you probably have. That recently happened to me. I was looking through my log book of purchases and realized that I didn’t know where I had stored a whole box of treasures from an estate/yard sale I had visited this past May.

After a little digging, I finally found the box of goodies and among them was a whazzit. I’ll show you the goodies first and maybe you can help me with that whazzit at the end.

A sweet lady had inherited her brother’s belongings and she held a yard sale to scale down all the many things he had left to her. These are the things that were in the box I brought home….

A handmade stick basket, a Globe bank and a child’s shovel. I wish there had been a pail to go along with the shovel!

A pantry canister jar with a pink lid, a nut grinder and a lidded sugar bowl….

An old batter bowl and a Windsor Cheese box….

Two old Homer Laughlin vegetable bowls….

And finally, that whazzit….

The whazzit is made of cast iron and is the same on both top and bottom. It is 1-3/4” tall and 5” in diameter. The lady told me it was a candle holder. I was skeptical, but you tell me….. Is it a candle holder? If not, what is it?

I’m linking to the following parties:

Vintage Inspiration Party at My Salvaged Treasures

Show and Share at Coastal Charm

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Thrill of the FIND – Part 2

Last week I told you about the thrill of finding the object of a two year search, the red bowl that completes my Pyrex Primary Colors mixing bowl set. I also promised to tell you about the other great things I found, so here’s the fulfillment of that promise….

The ½ gallon blue fruit jar is the one that I almost dropped when I spotted the red Pyrex bowl. I bought it along with a green Dur-X glass cake knife and a Hall/Westinghouse blue delphite refrigerator dish…

I love these old Hoosier jars…. One is marked for Tea…. And I just couldn’t resist an orphan red top shaker….

A Brownie Holiday camera found its way onto my pile along with a Dunhill vanity case that held lots of cool things inside…..

Check out these two clown reamers/juicers….. They were made in Japan and are in remarkably good shape….

If you have any moonshine that you need to pour up, I found just what you need….. a stoneware beehive jug….

I might have completed one set of mixing bowls, but I started another set! I have always loved these McCoy windowpane bowls but had only seen them in my reference books. 

Well, I now have 2 of them with only 5 more to find to complete the set of 7. Hmmm… this set might be a bit harder to complete, but I’ll enjoy the hunt!

Earlier that day I went to another estate sale and found this handy butcher block rolling cart and a very nice luggage rack with needlepoint straps…..

It was a good day of treasure hunting!

I'm linking to the following parties:

Vintage Inspiration Link Party at My Salvaged Treasures
Show and Share at Coastal Charm

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Thrill of the FIND!

The thrill of the HUNT is certainly exciting, but finally discovering a special item you’ve been hunting for is even more thrilling for me.  I got to experience the “thrill of the FIND” this past weekend. So what have I been looking for? See if you can figure it out…..

A few years ago, I bought this small blue Pyrex bowl…..

Then a few months later I found this green Pyrex bowl…..

Last year I found the large yellow Pyrex bowl…..

They look so lovely together, but something’s missing! Do you know what it is?

Sure you do!!! You don’t have to be a Pyrex fanatic to know that the one bowl missing from this Primary Colors mixing bowl set is the red one that nestles between the green bowl and the blue bowl. I have been looking for that red bowl for almost two years, asking everyone I know to tell me if they see one at a flea market or thrift store.

Well, my sweet hubby accompanied me to a country estate sale last weekend about 30 miles away. It was held in an old house that must have been close to a hundred years old and the contents inside were left by several generations of one family. Deep in one of the kitchen cupboards, I spotted the red rim of a bowl peeking above a stack of bowls it was sitting in. I almost dropped the fruit jar I had in my hand when saw it. I had to remove a couple of layers of custard cups and refrigerator dishes, but there it was…..

The object of two years of hunting. The FIND! The red Pyrex bowl. My Primary Colors mixing bowl set is finally complete!

Oh, yes! I found more at that sale, but the discovery of the red #402 Pyrex bowl deserved a post all its own. I’ll share my other finds in the next post.

I'm linking to the following parties:

Vintage Inspiration Link Party at My Salvaged Treasures
What's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Weekend Finds

Last weekend was one of those weekends when it seemed that everyone was hosting a yard sale. There were too many sales to go to them all, so it was decision time. I selected a couple of sales that mentioned antiques, collectibles or “cleaning out the garage” and set out early Friday morning.  Here’s a few of the things I found….

A nice carved picture frame, a rusty pick hoe and an equally rusty weather vane arm…

close-up of the carved frame

 I was thrilled to find an old Six-16 Brownie Jr camera and an 8mm movie camera….

It seemed everyone had graniteware to sell, so I bought a skillet, a plate, 2 lids and 2 ladles…

I wish everyone had Pyrex to sell, but at least I found two pieces……

I was so excited to find this great old table that I painted before I even thought to take a “before” picture. Here it is in my booth…..

Did you make it to any yard sales?

I'm linking to the following party:

What's It Wednesday at Ivy & Elephants

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Upcycling a Few Items

I’ve actually completed a few projects over the last couple of weeks. I began each project with a vintage item and added some chalk paint, sometimes more. Here’s what I’ve been up to……

These wooden apple trivets appeared more orange than red....

So I shined them up a bit….


A heavy mirror with a carved sunflower just wasn’t sunny enough for me...


So I brightened it up a bit……


This wood tray with a botanical print looked tired...

During.... I forgot to take a Before! Imagine dark wood.

So I added cork and a pineapple stencil and freshened it up a bit…..


Every little bit helps!