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Vintage and Thrift Hunting- Post #1

Since one of my favorite pastimes is vintage and thrift hunting, I’ve decided to start a regular feature here on the blog about the fun and interesting things I find whether I am scouring thrift stores, garage or tag sales, antique markets or estate auctions.

I do sell some of the items I buy, sometimes I repurpose them, mostly I don’t because I like them just the way they are. If the item is for sale, I will mark it available and if it’s not for sale you will see these initials NFS. I will put a link below to my selling site if you are interested.

All of my latest finds came from thrift stores. This Vintage Avon Rooster milk glass perfume bottle (empty) is in great condition and this was my first time to see one in a thrift store so naturally it followed me home. I’m a sucker for milk glass. (available)

It was my day for finding Vintage Avon and I just could not resist this blue and white Delft Milk glass pitcher and bowl, it was a bit on the pricey side but I knew it would sell quickly.

(Sold)

When I saw this 1940s Keele Street hand painted pottery jug, I envisioned some pretty Spring flowers just in time for Easter. It is available but only until I find the perfect flowers to put in it. It has many more uses than a flower vase but that was the first one that popped into my head so I’ll stick with that idea.

Enjoy Thy Nature

I love summer, it is my favorite time of the year.  Even though the days seem longer, time seems to slip by too quickly.

During the summer months, I put so many things on my to-do list, I tend to burn myself out.  A recent, nasty cold that brought me to my knees, reminded me that you should always take time to slow down and make time to enjoy thy nature that surrounds you.

IMG_5392Sometimes the simplest things (like an old bucket filled with flowers) can lift your mood, make you appreciate the beauty that surrounds you and even lower your stress levels.

The universe, by way of sending me this cold, guided me to take time to stop and really “see” the beauty in all that surrounds me, like this vintage lawn chair perched near an apple tree (inviting me to sit and relax )and this old grain elevator, both of these items have stood the test of time.

Baby Shower Ideas – A Wandaful Thing

A close family friend recently gave birth to a baby girl.  Instead of having a baby shower before the baby arrived, it was decided to have a “meet Trinity” party after the birth.  I was honored when I was asked to contribute some of my creativity to the party and even more excited when I was told the colors were pink and white.

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I decided to incorporate some food into the decorations.  The crepe paper sucker flowers made a lovely contribution to the tabletop and were easily made using crepe paper, scissors and tape (suckers too of course). I made a baker’s dozen over the course of a few evenings . I made two different types, one I refer to as the carnation(pink) and the other a daisy (white).  If anyone is interested in how any of my creations were made, I will post tutorials for you.

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Vintage hunting tips – how to find those bargains….

I’ve loved vintage things since I was a child. I was raised mostly by my grandparents and grew up around a lot of really cool stuff. Old stoves that burned coal (that was sadly replaced with an electric stove), hardwood floors, wide wood moldings and wooden staircases, just to name a few.

Decades later I still love vintage things which is why I love the thrill of the vintage hunt. These days I try to sell more than I keep but lately that doesn’t seem to be the case as it is hard to part with something that causes such great memories.

If you want to learn more about my vintage side here is a link to an interview  by my friend and fellow blogger over at You Can Always Start Now.wandacollections

I spend a lot of time each month going to thrift stores, auctions and yard sales looking for fabulous vintage items and any other quirky things to sell.

In the next several paragraphs I am going to ramble on and offer some useful tips on how you too can find some awesome vintage stuff. …

My Favorite Christmas Tablescapes of 2015

Tablescape favorites

I hope you enjoy this festive and beautiful compilation of Christmas tablescapes to help you find some inspiration and ideas for your own table this year.  To link to the blogs for each tablescape, hover over the image.

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Vintage dishes, vintage silver & gray ornaments, combined with silver chargers and a mirror – simple, easy, elegant and inexpensive!
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Love the reindeer place card holder..
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Simple, yet elegant, nice addition of blue and a touch of greenery…from You Can Always Start Now
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Fantastic use of natural elements, animals sheds, tree branches, greenery…the linen runner sets it off.

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