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
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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 décor.
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 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 the season of NOEL
to the season of LOVE….
Yes, it’s time to… Make some changes….
Find “new” things. Recreate… Recycle… Renovate…
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’ve told you before about the
City-Wide Yard sales held at our city’s multi-purpose building. Since they are
held inside, there are no weather worries so shopping is the main concern.
There are three sales per year and the final sale of 2014 was held last
weekend. Mom decided not to go this time, so I
was on my own. I sure could have used one of those rolling shopping baskets.
Even without one, I carried home these goodies….
A shell-pink Baltimore Pear creamer,
a gorgeous demitasse cup/saucer, a crystal butter dish and a doily…….
4 Boopie juice glasses and 2 Avon Cape Cod ruby candle holders…..
A few Little Golden Books…..
Wet/dry measuring cup, vintage metal
matchbox holder, nut grinder and biscuit/donut cutter….
Of course, Pyrex! Snowflake open
sugar & creamer and Spring Blossom Green butter dish…
I found all of the above in my first
trip around the building. I decided to make an additional round and I am so glad I
did. Look what was hiding under a table….
Rudolph is headed back to town in
just three weeks! Yikes! I’ve GOT to get busy decorating the house for the
Maybe, like me, you’re a little late
in decking the halls so I thought I would show you these elegant Spode
Christmas Tree ornaments to get you in the mood to get those boxes down from
the attic and start the decorating.
Plate and Golden Spoon
These ornaments, as well as several
vintage ornaments, are available in my booth.