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.

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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?

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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!

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!

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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.

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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. 

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