Monday, June 13, 2016

Red. White. Blue.

I love to create displays in my booth that have a theme and the upcoming 4th of July holiday is the perfect reason to craft a patriotic, red-white-blue vignette. I pulled together several things from recent yard and estate sales that fit the theme, but I needed at least one large object to anchor the display. Since the summer holiday is often celebrated with picnics, I thought a picnic basket would be perfect; however, the only one I had was in desperate need of a make-over.

BEFORE the make-over…….

See what I mean about needing a make-over!

Sticking with my theme, I painted the lid with red, white and blue chevron stripes, distressed it a bit and sealed the paint with some paste wax….

AFTER the make-over…….

White spots are the sun peeking through the trees.

Doesn't she look better?

Here are a few pictures of the completed display….

That's a red Uncle Sam bank on the right!

Long Live the Red, White & Blue!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

For the Little Ones

I haven’t posted about my estate sale finds lately, so I thought you might like to see some of the vintage goodies that I’ve recently acquired for children.

I bought this vintage baby quilt last weekend. The kitten-and-puppy pattern is so sweet. It needed a little TLC, so I soaked it and washed it and now it’s ready for its next precious owner.

Along with the baby quilt, I found these other vintage children’s items….

Little Boy Blue silver baby cup….

A First Little Golden Book and a Beatrix Potter classic….

A tiny chick pinback, made in Hong Kong….

A Christmas rocker toy, made in Japan….

And finally, a metal tea set....

There were only a few pieces, but I couldn’t resist.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

An Upcycled Wall Clock

Design and DIY blogs inspire me. Magazines and Pinterest do, as well, but it was a recent Pottery Barn catalog that inspired my latest project.

This full page illustration of a clock/magnet board/chalkboard really appealed to me....

Pottery Barn catalog inspiration

Being the chalkboard fanatic that I am, you would think it was the big round chalkboard that caught my eye, but it was actually the clock face that had me doing a double take. The PB clock face reminded me of an old wall clock that I bought decades ago. It was stored in the attic, so I retrieved it, made sure it still worked, and here she is……….. dated 1979…..

Can you see the simularity in the clock faces?

Forgive me, but this next picture has nothing to do with completing this project. If you own a cat, you’ll understand……

Meet my nosy "assistant" Smokey

Back to the project…..  I loved the big round chalkboard in the PB catalog, but I just didn’t think I could afford to have a large donut fabricated out of sheet metal, much less figure out how to safely attach it to my clock; so I did the next best thing. I just painted around the face of my clock with chalkboard paint and TA DA…..

Easy, peasy!
Now she looks more like a 21st century clock!

I'm linking to these fun parties:
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Talk of the Town at My Salvaged Treasures

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Project: A-Frame Chalkboard

I haven’t completed a project in a long while, so it was time for a little DIY. After noticing these two matching green wooden frames taking up space in the garage, I decided to repurpose them and reduce my stash of stuff.

You know how I love to make chalkboards so it was a no-brainer to create a chalkboard to fill one or both of the frames. But this time I wanted to do something a little different and the angle on the back of the frames gave me an idea. I’ll explain more about that angle later.

Check out the angle on the back of the frame
First of all, I painted the two frames with FolkArt Home D├ęcor chalkpaint, then distressed and waxed them.

I went to Lowe’s and bought a 24” square of birch plywood. I had them cut two pieces of 9” x 12” to fit the two frames; the remaining plywood will come in handy for a future project. I painted one of the boards with 3 coats of Valspar chalkboard paint and primed it with a piece of chalk.

Instead of a second chalkboard, I decided to do something different for the other frame. Plan A was to make a corkboard insert for it, but the combination of the plywood and the cork was just too thick for the frame; so I settled on Plan B and created a bulletin board from some batting, black vintage fabric (which coordinated perfectly with the chalkboard) and some twine.

Here are the two frames; one completed with a chalkboard, the other with the fabric bulletin board.

So what about that angle that I mentioned before? Well…. By gluing the back of the frames together along that top angle, I got an A-Frame that stands alone.

My hubby thought I needed to screw the two frames together for a little extra support. I agreed, but I didn’t want the screw to show. I found a small piece of flower-shaped jewelry that already had a hole in the center. We attached the flower to the frames, making sure to screw through both frames.

Of course, I couldn’t let that screw head show either, so what better way to cover it than with a rhinestone earring.

A little bling never hurts!!!

Finally, here’s my completed A-Frame chalkboard/bulletin board that can be used as a menu board/recipe card holder or perhaps as a message center for notes and photos. It easily stands on its own and the top edge where the two frames meet can even hold a piece of chalk.

Project A-Frame: Complete!

Linking to these fun parties:
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Talk of the Town at My Salvaged Treasures

Thursday, April 7, 2016

First 2016 City-Wide Yard Sale

Three times a year, our town holds a City-Wide Yard Sale in our large multi-purpose center. This past Saturday was the date for the first city-wide sale for 2016. I usually arrive early, get a good parking place and stand in line for a half-hour so I can get in on some of the best finds. The early bird gets the worm, you know; but this year I elected to arrive a little later.

I had a good reason for being late to the gate….. My sweet Mom (she has not been in good health lately) decided she wanted to go too. So with her willing attendant navigating her in a wheelchair and me with my trusty rolling cart, we arrived a couple of hours late which put us there after the opening rush. I knew that my finds would not be as plentiful as usual, but that was OK…. Mom was getting to treasure-hunt for the first time in a long time.

Here’s what we found….

A vintage chicken feeder…..

An old refrigerator water bottle…..

A set of 6 forest green Anchor Hocking juice glasses…..

And finally, a Nikko Christmas tree dinner plate and cheese/cutting board along with a small bottlebrush tree…. Christmas Open House is only 7 months away!

It was quality, not quantity, this trip; 
but taking Mom along made it very special!!!

I’ve discovered Instagram and I would love for you to join me. You’ll see pictures of the latest additions to my booth, Back2Vintage, located in Southern Antiques in Laurel, MS. Just click the Instagram icon on the right sidebar and “follow” me. You can also view my Instagram page online at if you prefer to follow along on your computer.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Join Me on Instagram!

If you have been a follower of my blog for some time, you know that I have not posted as regularly as I once did. You also know that the reason for fewer posts is the health of my sweet Mom (and fellow treasure-hunter). It has been exactly one month since I posted and several of you have commented/emailed to inquire about Mom. Thank you so much for your concern and prayers. She is doing better, but her care requires professional sitters now; however, I am still heavily involved in the process. I can’t say enough great things about the wonderful ladies that tend to her. They have truly been sent by God.

With all that said, I still have my booth, work in it often and love to find vintage goodies for my customers. I’ve been able to attend a few estate sales recently; however, taking pictures of my "new" finds, editing the pictures and then writing a post about them are just too time-consuming at this point. Therefore, I have decided to add Instagram to my online presence. I am not abandoning my blog, but I think the Instagram format will allow me to post pics and info to you in a timelier manner. I will use Instagram to show you pictures directly from my Back2Vintage booth and will use my blog to show projects I’m working on and even take you to an estate sale occasionally.

If you would like to join me on Instagram, please click the Instagram icon on the right sidebar and “follow” me. You can also view my Instagram page online at
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I will also continue to keep you up-to-date on anything I hear about HGTV’s Home Town as they start filming here in Laurel in a few months.

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Results Are In!

In my last two posts, I’ve told you about HGTV’s possible new show, Home Town. The pilot was filmed here in my hometown of Laurel, Mississippi and starred Ben and Erin Napier, a charming young Laurel couple. I encouraged you to watch the pilot that was aired on Sunday, January 24, with the hopes that the number of views would persuade HGTV to pick up the show.

Approximately 2 million of you tuned in on that Sunday which boosted Home Town to a ranking of #18 out of 100 shows in that time slot. Wow! Would that be enough viewership for HGTV to commission more episodes? We’ve all held our collective breaths for several weeks and were finally able to exhale this past Saturday when it was announced…. drumroll, please….. that Home Town would, indeed, be picked up by HGTV and ten more episodes will be filmed here this spring.

Because Southern Antiques (the store where my booth is located) was featured in the pilot, we have seen an increase in new customers specifically and more tourists in Laurel generally. We are all thrilled! Congratulations to Ben and Erin! Congratulations to Laurel! The best is yet to come!

Update: About a year ago I told you that my Mom (and treasure-hunting sidekick) had suffered a health setback which required that I spend more time caring for her. I’m sure you’ve noticed that my blogging has been erratic, to say the least. Her care has become even more challenging recently and is the reason for so few posts. I still have my booth at Southern Antiques and working it is a special source of relaxation for me. It’s harder to go treasure-hunting now, but thanks to some wonderful friends that are cleaning out closets, I have been able to acquire “new” items without going to sales. Thanks so much for your prayers for my Mom, and for me. We are lifted and encouraged by your support. 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

More Reasons to Watch HGTV’s Home Town!

I’m sure by now you’ve heard about HGTV’s new show, Home Town, that was filmed here in my hometown of Laurel, Mississippi. I told you about it in my last post. The pilot will be aired tomorrow morning, January 24 at 12pm eastern/11am central.

This is a BIG reminder to watch/set your DVR/or just leave your TV on at that time. If you need more reasons to watch, check out this online article from Country Living magazine about Home Town. If the pilot gets picked up, several more episodes will be filmed. We are all so excited here in Laurel!

Join the excitement….watch the pilot with us!!!

Special thanks to Betsy@My SalvagedTreasures for forwarding the CL article to me!

Monday, January 11, 2016

New Year, Happy News!

Over two years ago, Flea Market Style magazine featured a young couple that lives here in my hometown of Laurel, Mississippi. They are Ben and Erin Napier and I told you about their FMS feature in this post. I’m telling you about The Napiers again, because this energetic couple is starring in a new HGTV pilot that was filmed here in Laurel last summer. The show is called Home Town and the pilot will air Sunday, January 24 at 12pm EST/11am CST on HGTV.

If the pilot receives positive viewership/feedback, the show could be picked up by HGTV and more episodes filmed here. The producers of Home Town are also behind the hit shows, Fixer Upper and Property Brothers, so we have very high hopes and expectations. Laurel has been keeping this "secret” for months and we are so happy that we can finally tell all our friends!

If you would like to know all the behind-the-scenes details, you can read about it in Erin’s online journal. Then, BE SURE to watch on January 24. We love Ben and Erin and we think you will, too!

I’m also super excited because Southern Antiques, where my booth is located, is featured in the pilot. I don’t think any filming occurred in my booth, but Ben and Erin did buy an oak table from me for the home featured in the pilot. I can’t wait to see if the table appears on screen. I’ll let you know……

Happy New Year!

I'm linking to the following party:
Talk of the Town at My Salvaged Treasures

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Final 2015 City-Wide Yard Sale

The final of three 2015 City-Wide sales was held earlier this month. I grabbed my trusty rolling cart and stood in line to be one of the first hundred or so to get through the doors. There were plenty of vendors, but sadly not so many vendors of vintage this time. There was, however, a husband/wife team that had some great vintage items and I made most (but not all) of my purchases from them. Here’s what I found…..

A three-piece canister set…..

An Androck nut grinder, the most pristine Androck Hand-i-sifter I’ve ever found and several kitchen utensils….

This set of spaghetti string tumblers made it into the cart along with a Laurel, MS (my hometown) Coca-Cola bottle and an oak box that will be getting some much needed TLC….

There were lots of Christmas items, of course. I picked up a large Tom and Jerry bowl with one mug so I guess I’ll be looking for Tom and Jerry mugs in 2016. Cookie cutters were in abundance and I was happy to grab some with red and green handles along with a cute tin baby cup.

But this last purchase is just for me. It’s a complete set of vintage stamps… all 26 letters of the alphabet, all 10 numbers and many cool symbols like the pointing index finger shown here.

I'm sure I'll be using this set for many craft projects!

I'm linking to the following party:

Vintage Inspiration Party at My Salvaged Treasures