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Brimfield Eye Candy

21 May

Brimfield has such an amazing collection of amazing stuff of all proportions.  (Did you see me haul in yesterdays post?)

If I was a photographer, I could just spend the day taking pictures of history, pre-styled vignettes, and bizarre oddities.

How amazing are these doors??

brimfield-doors

I would love to see a toddler riding this, but it would lose character if someone restored it.

brimfield-trike

Dapper or creepy, I really can’t decide.

Brimfield-mannequin

Remember how I mentioned the bizarre conglomeration of items for sale?

brimfield-dino

Dad was endlessly amused by this one-armed-bandit… literally

Brimfield-one-arm

I so wanted to adopt these chairs for my porch… but not for $500.  Don’t you worry, though I have a replacement up my sleeve.

brimfield-chairs

This was definitely my favorite pic of the day.

brimfield-roulette

My attempt at photography was even captured by the other photog (Handy Dad)

Brimfield-photog

So have I inspired you to check out the Brimfield Antiques Flea Market next time around?  (July!)

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What a Hoot!

20 May

Sorry for my lack of post on Friday- I got a little overexciting about getting up early to go to Brimfield and I totally forgot to blog.  I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me eventually.  Maybe this picture of me with the Jolly Green Giant will help. (check out those amazing industrial storage units behind us!)

jolly-green-karen

So, Brimfield.  Going to Brimfield each year is like going to an amusement park for me.  Lots of crazy characters to watch (with the exception of ourselves of course), some awesome stuff for sale, some beyond ridiculous stuff for sale, and amongst all that is the challenge of trying to snag some amazing deals.

Since I still always get the question “What’s Brimfield?”, Brimfield is the largest outdoor antiques flea market.  It takes place 3 times a year in the tiny town of Brimfield MA and there are over 6,000 dealers set up on either side of a mile stretch of rt 20.  It’s treasure-hunters Meca.

And amazing deals I did get!  My haul includes:

Metal sphere: $20.  I plan to add plants to the inside of this as an awesome architectural feature for my porch or patio.

metal-sphere

Child’s shoe mold: $4.

shoe-mold

I also got an amazing deal on a gift for someone, but since I don’t want to spoil the surprise, all I’ll say is that I love cool vintage pieces for awesome prices (shocker!).

My absolute favorite find everyone else thinks I’m completely nuts for even buying.  Before I show you, there’s a back story.  For more than three years, I’ve been drooling over one of the owl cookie jars from Anthropologie.  Not long after discovering that jar, I found out that it’s a reproduction of a vintage piece from the 40s.  So why buy a new repro when I can dream of owning an original?  Over two years ago at a tag sale, I spotted the coveted hooter, but the price was higher than I wanted to pay- and I’ve been wishing I had just sucked it up and bought it ever since.  Brimfield to the rescue!

Let me set the stage: I went with the parents and it was the end of a long day out in the sun and dust, we were losing steam fast.  Out of the corner of my eye I spotted him, blurted out “I know what I’m buying” and beelined across the isle and picked up the cookie jar.  By the time my parents caught up, I was already haggling with the vendor.  Originally priced at $150, it had already been slashed down to $75 and I got her down another $10.  The vintage 40s Shawnee winking owl cookie jar also came with 3 (?) matching salt and pepper shakers for $65.  My parents thought he was hideous and I already knew Hubs would agree- he’s scoffed at the Anthro one as long as I’ve drooled over it.  But I don’t care what they think, he’s awesome and makes me grin ear to ear!!!

shawnee-owl-jar

The shakers on the other hand, I do find creepy, so they’ll probably be finding themselves listed on e-bay. They have shifty eyes and I don’t trust them.

owl-shakers

Since Hubby’s convinced that my beloved owl’s going to come to life and haunt him (crazy boy), I’m sparing him by keeping the owl in my office.  I’m secretly (or not so secretly now) hoping the owl will grow on him and eventually it can migrate to another room.  eventually.  maybe.  doubtful.  Oh well, I’m still so excited about this owl!!! AND the deal that I got for him!

Shawnee-winking-owl

I’ll pop in tomorrow for a rare Tuesday post and share some cool Brimfield pictures from Handy Dad and me.  If I put them all in today, this post would never end.  It’s already a bit long since I’m apparently rather long-winded.  It’s part of my charm, I hope.

So do you love my vintage owl as much as I do, or do you think it’s creepy like apparently every one else does??

Weekend Treasure Hunting

1 May

Saturday I was floating on a treasure-hunting high.  I spent $3.  Oh but what amazing stuff I got for $3!!!  I actually wasn’t intending to go tag-saling at all on Saturday, it just kind of happened, I swear.  I needed to go to the bank, then got sidetracked.  Instead of my usual planned out tag-sale route (from listed sales on Criagslist or estatesales.net), I just started following signs around town.

I ended up at a great estate sale about 10 min from home, and that’s where I spend my cash.  For my THREE dollars, I got:

  • this textured “Avon” mason jar (I love the look of a mason jar above the kitchen sink with flowers from the garden.  Daisy does too.)

daisy tulip

  • an empty frame with nice details and a carved wood frame with a kinda creepy feather bird.  When I bought it, I was on the fence about the bird, but loved the frame.  Hubby totally vetoed the bird, so most likely the frame will end up with a chalkboard or something in it.

feather bird

  • my absolute favorite!!!  A vintage set of frosted colored glasses and pitcher.  I would have spent the $3 on this alone.  I would have even spent double or triple- I love this!!!  I can’t wait to serve lemonade on the patio in this set- I feel like that’s its calling.  Lemonade on the lanai.

vintage pitcher

I’m not sure how they made any money at the estate sale when they pretty much were giving things away, but yay for me!

And speaking of giving things away…. as I was on my way home grinning ear to ear about my cheap haul, I came across 2 things out at the curb.  for free.

free vanity

free light

an IKEA sink and vanity and a vanity light. I was in disbelief that these were on the curb to go that I asked a gentleman who was in the back yard and it was confirmed- take em!

Obviously the homeowner was redoing the bathroom and I got to reap the benefits.  I grabbed the vanity with my parents in mind: they’ve been commenting about needing a sink in their basement to use for light utility purposes.  The sink may not be what they ultimately want, but the price is right until they find something that better fits the bill.  I wouldn’t pick out the light individually, but I could totally make it work in a flip bathroom and again, the price was right!  It’s in perfect condition, just obviously a style the homeowners were over.  I’ll pull a ‘Tim Gunn’ and “make it work” in a future flip- I can see it already: oval medicine cabinet with vintage accents in the rest of the room.

I think I spent more in gas following tag sale signs that I actually spent on all my treasures!  I have some DIYing to do to make these amazing and show you the transformations.

I love coming home with a car full of treasures and spending just a few dollar bills!

Estate Sale Fix

15 Apr

I heart estate sales.  Have I ever mentioned that before? (only a few times I’m sure).  Seriously, though it borders on unhealthy.  Do most normal people spend their spring/summer mornings getting up as early as they do on week days just to dig through other people’s junk?  I blame my parents.

I dragged myself a few towns away on Saturday morning because I was craving a treasure hunting fix and the ad looked promising.  This estate sale did NOT disappoint.  Even though they only had 3 rooms with stuff for sale (it’s so much more fun when you have a house of treasures to explore), but those 3 rooms were chock full of piles and piles and piles of art, both framed and unframed, and vintage books.  Lucky for me, art is one of the few things I can collect without Hubby rolling his eyes.  For some reason he’s not too keen on the rescued furniture piles I’ve started hoarding in the basement…

Like I already mentioned, I didn’t leave disappointed.  Quite the opposite actually.  I left this sale with 2 pieces of art that I’ve been coveting for almost a year.

Flash back to almost a year ago and Nichole from Parlour Home Blog posted a picture of her shop.  The particular picture that made me swoon featured 2 vintage botanical prints.

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image via Parlour Home

I immediately e-mailed her to see if she did online sales or shipped, but the answer was no.  sadface.  After a bit of research, I discovered that these were vintage reproductions from a catalog of flowers, Twelve Months of Flowers by Robert Furber originally printed in 1730.  and. I. wanted. them.  They have new reproductions available on allposters.com and similar sites, but where’s the fun in new?

Guess what I found at the estate sale?

furber prints

$20 bucks a pop.  They had a lot of them at the estate sale, a few duplicates, but not all the months.  They’re obviously reproductions, but I’d be shocked if they weren’t at least 30 years old.  I must have poked through them for a good 20 minutes deciding which ones I needed (yes, needed).  I settled on only 2 since our house is small and there’s only so many florals I can push on Hubby.  I ended up with April and October since they had the most vibrant colors and let’s face it- April IS the best month of the year.  The weather gets nicer, it’s warmer, the days are longer, and it all leads up to my birthday on the 30th.  It’s not that I’m fixated on birthdays, but April just gives me the warm and fuzzies.

So do these prints:

April floral print

October floral print

I plan on getting bright new mats and painting the frames a pop color to modernize them (Hubby calls them “old lady” but appreciates that I like them.)

I also bought an unframed print of Brugge  ($5!) for the Hubs to soften the floral blow.

brouge print

I adore the colors, but the swan is by far my favorite element.

Now I just have to find a place for all my new art!

Craigslist Treasure-hunting

8 Apr

I love spring.  Spring means sunshine, flowers, warmth, and most importantly, TAG SALES!!  The tag sale season has yet to start here (since the weather is still making up its mind about spring), but I am ready and rearing to go!  I’ve been spending a bit more time on craigslist, lately, since I can’t wait for the actual tag sales to begin.  Although I haven’t bought any new pieces (yet), it’s been a while since I shared with you one of my craigslist ‘shopping trips.’

  • I’m thinking about taking this guy home with me for $75.  Hubby’s still not sold on a new dining table, but I think this could look rather sharp.  Mixing some good ol’ midcentury modern in with my traditional room might be just what the design doctor (me) ordered.

cl mcm dining table

  • This industrial storage piece is beautiful, but overpriced at $300.  I’m sure someone will be willing to pay for this awesome piece, but I’m looking for tag sale prices here.  I want a deal! I’d adopt it for $100 – $150 tops.

cl industrial cabinet

  • Don’t you think this weathervane is a STEAL at $299??  Everyone needs a copper dachshund to class up their roof….. (what??)

cl dog weathervane

  • This is listed for sale for $100, although I think you’d have to pay me $1000 to be anywhere near it.  How do you make classic art creepy?  Like this!

cl mona lisa

Now that I’m scarred for life by the Mona Lisa, how about another awesome industrial storage piece.

  • At $275, the price isn’t bad for the size.  I wouldn’t be able to justify the price for my basement work area, so I’ll just fantasize about it instead.  Perhaps I could build something similar this summer.  Perhaps.

cl industrial storage

Have you purchased any awesome pieces lately on Craigslist?  Or have you just been scarred by Monstrous Mona Lisa like I have?

Greetings from 1938

6 Feb

Now that I’m going to be my own boss in less than a week (it doesn’t seem real yet), I’ve refocused myself on fixing up my antique secretary desk.  I’m going to need to be super organized and I’m always more organized with a ‘home base’ to work from.

I don’t have any desk updates to show you just yet, however it did have a few more surprises for me.  When I first started working on the desk, I shared with you my discovery of this lovely vintage note card.

found card

Well, it turns our that the desk was a bit of a time capsule.  Wedged in between the top of the desk and the shelving, I found this collection of treasures from the late 30s.

1938 treasures

The treasures include….

A coupon for dance lessons- 3 private lessons for $1!!!  Deal!  I especially love the phone #- Devonshire 6850

castle school of dance

A 1938 railroad schedule from the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Co.

1938 advertisement

Don’t you just hate the drudgery of washing your clothes yourself?

1938 t sched

A trading card from Dick Tracy Caramels signed by “Eunice” on the back

dick tracy card

The king of diamonds from a delightful deck of cards.  This makes me wonder what made this card so special to keep.  Did the king of diamonds represent a special man in Eunice’s life?

playing card

and my personal favorite:  a photo of Clark Gable and Constance Bennett from the 1935 movie After Office Hours.  Oo lala.

after office hours

I love finding hidden history and imagining the people and stories that went with it.  Finding these treasures in my secretary desk makes it all the more special and I’m really excited that I can give it a new life!  Sorry, my inner antiques dork is showing.

Thrift Shop CHALLENGE

1 Feb

Have you heard the new song Thrift Shop?  Better yet, have you watched the video?  Hilarious.

Well, Sherry and John at Young House Love were so inspired by this ridiculous song, that they issued another challenge.  Yay challenge! (I have a weakness)

Macklemore-Challenge

Since I’ve been trying lately to stop by the thrift shop semi-regularly, the only additional thing I had to do for this challenge was get silly and snap a few cell phone pics.  So, let’s go thrifting together!

#1. Go to a thrift shop with – just as the chorus of the song says – “$20 in your pocket” and take a picture.

20 dollahs in my pocket

#2. Spend that $20 any way you’d like and photograph your spoils.

I was VERY tempted by this chair for $19.99, but I fought my inner chair hoarder and told her we had no place to put it.  It’s probably better that way, but how awesome would this chair be reupholstered??

SAMSUNG

I can assure you, I did NOT buy this guy.  Seriously, not sure if he’s worth $2, let alone the $7.99 asking price.  At least he lives in his own happy, delusional land where someone might actually want a lamp that will give them the heebie jeebies……

creepy boy lamp

I ended up spending only $5.30 (including tax) on this Indian engraved bronze bowl.  (At $4.99, I’m not sure who decided that this was worth less than the creepy lamp….)

thrift bowl

How pretty is that detail?

bronze bowl detail

#3. Find one item (or more) referenced in the song and snap a pic.

I’m shooting for a two-fer here.  This severely ugly leather and fur jacket can be described by 2 song references.  “Dookie brown leather jacket that I found diggin” AND “What you knowin’ about wearin’ a fur fox skin?”  That’s my sexy-face, can’t you tell?  Actually, it’s more like my “I’m trying to rock this jacket and take a pic before anyone notices face”

thrift shop ugly jacket

Over all, not my most fruitful trip to the thrift shop, but definitely not a bust.  Even Hubby likes the new bowl!

Have you gotten any awesome thrifted treasures lately?