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

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Year-End City-Wide Yard Sale

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….

A vintage Towne leather suitcase…..

 It even came in handy for carrying 
some of my purchases to the car!

I’m linking to the following parties:

Vintage Inspiration Link Party at My Salvaged Treasures

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Just Three Weeks!

Rudolph is headed back to town in just three weeks! Yikes! I’ve GOT to get busy decorating the house for the holidays.

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.

Train Engine

Rocking Horse

Plate and Golden Spoon

These ornaments, as well as several vintage ornaments, are available in my booth.


Do you own a piece of Spode Christmas Tree china?

I'm linking to the following party:

Vintage Inspiration Link Party at My Salvaged Treasures

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Calm AFTER the Storm

Life was extremely hectic before our Christmas Open House earlier this month. I planned and priced for weeks, then created displays for several days prior to the big day. Thankfully, all the hard work paid off and we had a Fabulous Open House. Then….

Everything….. calmed….. down….. Don’t get me wrong….sales are still good, but filling in gaps in the displays is easy compared to creating the displays in the first place. This new “calm” made me anxious to hunt for more inventory, BUT cold weather came early to the deep South. Cold weather = no yard sales. Even estate sales gave me the cold shoulder! Finally we warmed up last weekend and sales that had been delayed until warmer weather were held and now I have something to blog about!!!

Mom and I attended an estate sale and a great yard sale held by a sweet local blog reader/customer. Here are a few of the things we found…..

A toy telephone and a child's pillowcase.....

Children's books and a vintage kaleidoscope.......

More books. This time Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries.....

USA goose planter and a folding yardstick.....

Vintage Detecto waste basket.......

Westmoreland beaded plate and 2 embroidered handcloths.....

And, of course, some kitchenware... A Pyrex flameware teapot, Fire-King swirl mixing bowl and a vintage toaster cover.....

Have the yard sales cooled off where you live?