Finding rusty old junk is fun! Nevertheless, I have found that no matter how much "stuff" I find and collect, only God can fully satisfy my heart. Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Monday, September 26, 2011

What a shabby weekend! September 26, 2011

Its raining (again) so what better time to blog about my shabby weekend. Of course I am not saying I had a bad weekend---I'm referring to all the "shabby-looking" second hand treasures I lucked into! I found just what I needed to complete my Halloween tablescape which will be my next post (you'll get some sneak peaks here.) But enough of all this, let's get to the good stuff!
Oh could it be? MORE vintage ironstone? This time with the prettiest little
 fruit patterns on each piece (13 pieces for $3 at an estate sale). I can just turn
the cup around and stack up the plates to hide the patterns
when I want them to blend in with the rest of my collection.
I  know I will be using these a lot in my summer decorating, but for now...
"Come sit a spell for a cup of tea, we'll conjure a tale just you and me..."
Sweet little tarnished silverware .25 each

Flea market finds: a set of 1886 salt and pepper shakers (marked Stanhome) for $1
and a similar set from 1881 (marked Rogers, also $1).
Loving how the tarnish adds a creepy feeling. I think
I may shine one set up and leave the other to show how its
aged beautifully.
I went to hunting this weekend hoping to find a ratty lace tablecloth that I could
stain up for a spooky-looking Halloween table. I ended up
finding this one for $1 at an estate sale and I will probably use it a lot because its
just too gorgeous to be used only as a Halloween prop.
It was a vintage lacy weekend. This late 1800's/early 1900's lady's lace collar
 was an absolute steal at .25. 
To think someone took the time to hand stitch such a pretty pattern
Here is the end of a long handmade table runner. Ripped and stained just enough
to add a touch of Halloween. Lovely lace at the edges.
Quarter goodies: Lots of old lace
for crafts (90 yards originally marked at .15!). Pretty, old
scarves and a petite pair of leather gloves from the 1930's.

Pearls, leather and lace---Vintage!

A ceramic Baroque period shoe planter (church rummage sale, $1) sits on a old
yard sale doily I bought over 15 years ago. 
This old container of Propert's leather cleaner (made in England)
 still has the contents. ($1, estate sale)
A little $3 stool from my favorite consignment
 shop (Second Hand Rose Furniture) is going to get a makeover
with new upholstery, trim, and some leg work, but it will work nicely
 as a display stand for
Stool being repurposed as a display table
It was $3.00! Why are people still spending
 thousands on retail furniture with so many
gorgeous old pieces just needed some tlc???

I found this ironstone pitcher for $3 at an estate sale when I just had that feeling to do one last quick walk-through. I filled it with dead Echinacea (Purple Coneflower) and Black-eyed Susans for Halloween. I stacked it on some plates I found at the same sale for .25 each.
This one is very old, (unmarked) .25. I love the fall colors.
Old plate, marked Lafayette Porcelain, .25.

This is one of my favorite new kitchen displays for fall. I am using the shabbiest old chair that we found  for $5 in the basement of an antiques shop in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky last year. This summer we also bought two large old windows for $2 at a yard sale and I am just now getting around to displaying them. I have adorned this one with one of my favorite vintage doilies (.25 estate sale) which serves as a faux valance. 
Here is this week's White Wednesday post. Look at the detail in the chair and doily. Chippy paint+three shades of white+ornate scrollwork+lace=vintage love. 

This beautiful copper strainer ($1, yard sale) adds a
touch of fall color to this corner
of our kitchen. An old 1940's cookbook
(a cherished gift from my mother-in-law, K) is opened to show
 two yummy-looking pumpkin pie
A French country flower bucket was one of my favorite
weekend finds for $3. I topped it off with a pumpkin of  French
variety and then another small ghost pumpkin to tie in the whites

All this old lace and flowery dishes, and copper and tarnished silver, and chippy paint, and French inspired things... I  guess there's no doubt I'm just a little bit of a vintage, hopeless, romantic dreamer, and I love every minute of it!

 If you enjoyed this post you'll want to be sure to visit in the next 
couple of days as I will be posting my fall and Halloween table.  
I have several more finds from this weekend to add, but looking at those red potatoes and thinking about that homemade pumpkin pie in the cookbook is really getting to me, so I guess its time for dinner! 
Bon Appetit!
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  1. I should be so lucky to have such a "shabby" weekend! :)

  2. I really enjoyed all your lucky finds. But that kitchen display is gorgeous. I always sell my windows but maybe not anymore.

  3. Wow, I adore all the lace you found and the plates and Ironstone pieces as well. Can I go to the next estate sale with you?! LOL! (We would be grabbing at all the same stuff!) I really enjoyed your photos and the kitchen vignette you created. Oh, to have room to do that in my house!

  4. Laurie, we have a cottage with rooms that aren't too small but certainly not as large as I could use with my decorating ideas. I am definitely wanting more space. I am really getting into using my corners now and every other nook and cranny as a result of needing more room for my junk!

  5. Amber, I don't know what was going on last night but you're right -- my blog wasn't showing the "follow" thing on the right sidebar! It is now! I'm following you, too! Whee! Love new friends!

  6. Love, Love, the name of your blog made me laugh out load, I seriously think there should be sure an orgaization sometimes! You found some great treasures, like the way you put everything together, Celeste, The Victorian Tailor

  7. Thanks to all! Celeste, the name says it all doesn't it? We may have an addiction but we don't want to be anonymous at all, we're proud of it!

  8. Wow and Wow again! You found some incredibly wonderful things! I love everything! You are my kind of thrifter, both in choices of items and the prices paid. Can't wait to see the Halloween table!

  9. I think I like your blog! ;) I <3 finding another blogger who enoys vintage as much as I do! I agree why do people spend lots on expensive, when theres so much amazing old! More for us! Love the hunt!
    Carly @

  10. Wow, you made very good buys all around!

    Stop by to see my thrifty find this week,
    Carrie - Oak Rise Cottage

  11. I am a junkaholic too ~ so I am your newest follower!

    Susan and Bentley

  12. Your finds are terrific, great bargains as well as showing a good eye. Does everything go home with you and find a place?

  13. Thank you. Although I intend to list some items in my Etsy shop, most everything does end up sticking with me!


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