Thursday, May 7, 2015

My Attempt at a “Junk” Sign

I know you have all seen the signs that Betsy of My Salvaged Treasures creates from jewelry, pieces of metal and whatever else she finds. If you haven’t seen them, check here.

I finally managed to gather a few trinkets from here and there and decided to try my hand at making a “junk sign” inspired by Betsy’s unique creations.

I found the piece of wood in a store parking lot. It was the perfect size…. I just had to spray it lightly with flat white paint so my rusty junk letters would show up. I bought the knobs at an estate sale. They are from an old Frigidaire stove. The other pieces were in my garage…. I hope they weren’t important to my hubby!

Since the knobs were round, I knew they had to become “O”s so COOK became the perfect word for my sign.  I decided to make the sign vertical and added a hook (made from one of the pieces of metal) at the bottom for hanging a dishtowel.

What do you think?  How did I do?

I liked it, but Betsy usually adds some bling to her signs. So with a little more digging I found the perfect touch.

Now that’s better!

I’m linking to the following party:

Vintage Inspiration Link Party at My Salvaged Treasures

Thursday, April 9, 2015

First 2015 City-Wide Yard Sale

Our city’s first City-Wide Yard sale of 2015 was held a couple of weeks ago. We have one approximately every four months. I love these events because they are held in a climate controlled building and there are 50+ vendors to shop with. Not all vendors deal in vintage items, but there are enough that do to make the sale a “must attend” event.

The City-Wide sales have become too big for Mom to tackle. I miss her keen eye plus she helped carry some of the lighter items.  Knowing I wouldn’t have an extra hand, I purchased a rolling basket to carry my purchases as I shopped. It was one of the best purchases I’ve ever made and I had several people comment that the cart was a smart idea. I agreed!

Though this is not all I bought, here are the things I think you will enjoy seeing….

The first purchase of the morning was a sweet yellow Princess sewing basket…

I also bought several Blue Willow plates and set of Blue Willow salt and pepper shakers…

A pretty cup and saucer made it into the cart, along with a pink birdcage. I don’t think the birdcage is very old, but it has a nice vintage vibe to it...

One vendor provided several fun finds….. an old Maid of Honor muffin tin, a small enamelware bowl w/lid and a gold Pyrex cinderella bowl. I missed the larger Town and Country bowl by mere seconds… Ugh!

Finally, I purchased a vintage 9-square quilt to top off my rolling stash and it was time to call it a morning.

When I got home, I logged everything in and checked the items more closely. I got a nice surprise when I turned the quilt over and discovered some sweet vintage material on the back side……

The vintage European print especially caught my eye because I know so many of you love a Parisian theme and the Eiffel Tower was prominently depicted…..

I also thought a blue/yellow child’s print was special…..

Happy Spring, y’all!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


This wrought iron plant stand has been on my back porch for a couple of years now.

I bought it to re-sell, but after I got it home I noticed that one of the bottom curly leg supports was missing. You can see the flaw in the picture below. The stand was still quite substantial, so I’ve been using it to hold my Christmas cactus.

Even though it didn’t really need the extra support, that missing leg just bothered me. So recently I found a piece of pegboard (pictured above) that I thought might add a little something to the plant stand.

I “embroidered” the word GROW onto the pegboard with some old nylon cord I found in my husband’s workshop and then wired the sign to the plant stand in place of the missing support.

Now it’s ready for the booth and a new home. The pegboard gave a little extra support to the stand and, hopefully, the sign will encourage its future occupant to grow to its full potential.

I’m linking to the following party:

Vintage Inspiration Link Party at My Salvaged Treasures  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Few Finds… Some are Green!

I miss you all! Mom is improving, but taking care of her still comes first and that means I don’t get to blog as much as I would like. We still need your prayers and appreciate your kind thoughts.

Mom likes to “go for a ride” in my car when the weather is not too rainy or cold.  If we see a yard sale along the way, we’ll stop and she will watch from the car while I check out the merchandise. I’ve managed to pick up a few goodies here and there, so I thought I would show you a few of those finds.

I read somewhere that blue is popular again. When was it ever unpopular? I found a set of kitchen utensils that match the ever popular cornflower blue pattern found on vintage Corning Ware, a blue/white crockery baking dish and a blue/white Johnson Bros bread and butter plate….

Sticking with the blue theme…… This Hall “Moderne” teapot is decorated in cadet blue with gold embellishments….

I also found a large ornate silver on copper tray, some vintage wooden hangers and a signed book by TN congresswoman Marsha Blackburn. Ms. Blackburn is actually from my hometown and graduated from my high school…..

I don’t usually buy dolls, but this little Eugene doll was so cute and she came with a Longaberger basket cradle. There were also a couple of bird figurines. The blue one is a Royal Copley and the green one is marked '65.'

I promised you a few green items, so how about some jadeite? It’s hard to find, but I “lucked out” and scored a few pieces…..

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Victorian Frame Chalkboard

A year or so ago I bought a large ornate Victorian Frame at a yard sale. Measuring approximately 39” x 26” it commands your attention even in its “before” condition.


Since almost all of my chalkboards had sold over the Christmas shopping season, I needed to replenish my stock, so this large-and-in-charge frame became next on my list for a make-over.

I decided on a hazy gray color and mixed my own chalk paint. I then painted/distressed most of the frame, but decided to dry-brush the highly carved section near the outside edge. I added a chalkboard that I made from a piece of thin plywood (from Lowe’s) and penned a happy quote I found on Pinterest.

She looks much happier now, don’t you think?


Note: Thanks so much to all of you for our kind and supportive comments 
concerning my Mom. 
We feel your prayers every hour and are lifted up and encouraged by them. 

I'm linking to the following party:

Vintage Inspiration Link Party at My Salvaged Treasures  

Monday, February 9, 2015

First Things First

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a month since my last post but it’s been a time I have been dreading for a while. I just didn’t know when it would arrive. My aging Mom, my partner in treasure-hunting, has developed some health problems. The past few weeks have been spent in taking care of her immediate needs and setting up her future comfort and care. In other words, her well-being has been/is at the top of my to-do list… She comes first and as she improves I will be able to re-add my own activities to my schedule.

My blog posts don’t usually include personal issues, but since I have mentioned Mom so often, I wanted you to know and to ask for your prayers. I have a new-found respect and admiration for those of you that have/are taking caring of your aging parents and loved ones.

With that said, I want those of you that are local readers/friends/customers to know that my booth is still open and fully stocked for you. I have plenty of inventory even if I don’t have time to shop many estate or yard sales right now. Blog posts are close to the bottom of my to-do list for now, but I will be keeping the booth stocked and my Back2Vintage Pinterest board up-to-date. I will publish posts and visit your blogs as time permits.

Thank you for understanding! 
Please keep us in your prayers!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sweet Hearts and Pretty Plates

A friend referred me to a friend of hers that had some vintage things to sell. I love those “I have a friend” contacts, because I get to meet some great people that I might not have met otherwise and I don’t have to stand in a long line to see the things they want to sell. The seller turned out to be an elderly lady that just wanted to downsize a little and I was so happy to oblige her.

I only bought a few things, but the most interesting purchases were her decorative plates. Take a look at some the pretty plates she had…..

Many were hand-painted!

Since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, I have already displayed them in my booth. I think any one of them would make a sweet gift for Mom, Grandma or anyone that loves shabby chic d├ęcor.

Another purchase was this pair of vintage Fitz and Floyd swan candle holders. Look closely!

If you put their beaks together, their necks form a heart. Sweet!

Speaking of hearts…. I felt a little “crafty” this week and I fashioned a lacy heart from an old coat hanger and bits of vintage fabric, crochet and old buttons.

The linen square in the center is actually a pocket where one can slip in a little note.....

or a small gift (jewelry, maybe?).....

I added the “key to my heart” and a hanging wire.....

Don’t you think it would also make a unique jewelry organizer?


I’m linking to the following parties:

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

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year!

I pray that you and your family had a very Merry Christmas and that the first few days of 2015 have been happy ones.

A pair of 1940's framed prints

Like you, I’ve taken down all the holiday decorations at my home and have lovingly stored them away until next holiday season. As a booth owner, I’ve been doing the same and have changed out some displays in the process...... 

From Santa Claus 

to Scotty Dog…..

Did you see him in the picture above?

From Rudolph 

to Resolution….

From the season of  NOEL 

to the season of  LOVE….

Yes, it’s time to… Make some changes…. Find “new” things. Recreate… Recycle… Renovate…

I hope you’ll join me!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Surprise Sale

It was quite a surprise to see a single yard sale listed in the classifieds last week, especially since it mentioned vintage glassware. Mom and I made sure to check it out and here's what we found.....

This 6-bottle Victorian castor set is gorgeous and I've already tagged it for sale ......

I found 4 pieces of Fostoria in the Coronet pattern......

This is not glassware, but I was excited to find a vintage GE electric knife w/fork and wall holder in the original box.....

These 2 English Hobnail footed tumblers were quite the find......

On the fun side, there was a huge iced tea glass!

A copper, wood and crystal lazy susan will be great for holiday entertaining.....

Pretty plates from Johnson Bros, Avon China and a cup/saucer by Homer Laughlin......

A these beautiful ruby red pieces are perfect for the Christmas season......

I'm linking to the following party:

Vintage Inspiration Link Party at My Salvaged Treasures