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.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

FREE Antique Dress Form Find!!!!

Oh wow have I been busy! I have missed blogging so much but I certainly have still been junking and decorating like crazy. I am pleased to say that our antiques booth has been a huge success but it has been a lot of work. The business definitely has its perks though! Just look:

This lovely, extremely shabby, old girl was FREE!!!! YES FREE! Now I know all you bloggers out there are feeling my elation here! Nothing else quite screams vintage shabby chic like an old dress form. I have been hunting for one for about 3 years but I never could find one under $200.  I just happened to hear another vendor in the antiques mall talk about trashing this old one in her garage so of course I could not let that happen! That bronze color is absolutely perfect in our living room too.

I'll admit she does look like she has seen better days underneath all her lovely embellishements. She is duct taped in a few places and as you can see she is beautifully cracked and peeling,  all shabby and tattered---- just the way we vintage junkies love our stuff!

After I took some of the pictures with only the rhinestone necklace, I found some vintage keys at the flea market and made her a necklace. I just love vintage keys and locks don't you?

I love dressing her up!  If you followed my Halloween blog you might remember that large lace collar that I used to mimic a ghost when draped over my dining room chair. Recently I found the other doilie collar and that AMAZING pearl choker at the flea market for a dollar! The choker is in near perfect condition and dates to the 1920's. I topped it off with a gorgeous handmade bracelet by my best friend, Amanda Clark. She is using vintage jewelry to create unique "new" jewelry. I absolutely had to have this bracelet just for use in my decorating! She is going to be using items I find during my junking and thrifting excursions in her creations and I will be selling some of them in my booth.

 Here I am displaying the dressform on a gorgeous antique stool. As you can see its a bit rough but it has lots of possibilities. I had intended to paint the wood and change the fabric but its such a pretty vintage pattern and material that I think I may try to clean it somehow instead and leave the wood dark since its still in really good shape, especially since I have so many other projects on the to-do list.

I do have another vintage dress form in my booth that I am going to do another post on when I get a chance, but I am going to get started on my Spring and Easter posts next. I can't wait for all the parties coming up this week! See you soon!

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  1. Wow! What a Great Post! I like it.
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  2. Oh you lucky ducky!! Her patina is perfect.


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