Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Beach Finds

A few days ago we got home from a fabulous shore vacation. Now if you're from my hometown Philly you know that the shore means New Jersey. I lived in Maryland for many years and there the beach was "going down the Ocean" but the shore has to be New Jersey. Funny how I lived so close for most of my life but had to move to Ohio to actually make yearly visits to the Shore a reality...

In a rare burst of productivity I actually got my beach junque sorted and set up on the mantel within two days of our return! The large driftwood pieces were actually sent to me during a junk swap on Junk Market Style. My partner was awesome!

It was a jackpot year for sea glass! Yippee!!!!!!!!

I love the white pebbles worn smooth in the ocean. I also love the sound they make as they fall into the glass jar.

We have a thing for birds in our house. My daughter has always been my "baby bird" and the theme has carried over. The bird sculpture is from a fabulous, awesome, stupendous (can you tell I love it) shop in Pt. Pleasant. I waited all year to get back there and when we arrived they were not open. Yikes. Fortunately we went back two days later and all was open and beautifully staged. I could spend hours just staring and picking through her junque. Ahhh..........

Found the baby trophy at a yard sale right before we left and the larger one in an antique store in Pt. Pleasant. I think we may have begun a new junque collection...AGAIN!!!
The Lettered Cottage

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Prior Lives Party Game Board Decor

Linking up once more for the Prior Lives party. This time I'm showing off game boards that we used to decorate one wall in Captain America's bedroom. You can see more of his room in earlier posts.
My husband is a lover of games. While I search for junque at yard sales and the like he is busy scouting around for old games. We used to sell a lot of them on Ebay but like so many other things - that well has gone a bit dry. We always play them at least once and keep the really fun ones. I love the pieces inside and we all love the vintage graphics.

We were able to purchase inexpensive metal frames which we assembled ourselves. Plexiglass fronts are light (and safe for kids) and keep the boards flat in their frames. We chose them based on graphic appeal and interests for our son. He loves maps and globes (hmmm...wonder where he gets that from) and you can see that there is even a Harry Potter board up there. Not exactly vintage but one of his favorite books. I love how we were able to re-use these while personalizing an otherwise empty wall!
Linking up to Prior Lives. Hop over and see what everyone is doing.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Globes and Bottles and Cherries, Oh My!

I haven't posted any finds in a while so I thought I would take a moment to show a few from the weekend. Had to squeeze in yard sales and a local flea market between WORLD CUP games. Apparently this will be the case for the next month. My son gets wicked mad when he misses one! In my two hour window on Friday I found this Denby platter with a rooster on it. Not my style but folks around here seem to enjoy a rooster or two, or twelve... A small restaurant creamer was more up my alley and the small green urn is sweet. I've got plans for the cream platter. It is sizeable and will get a bit of decoration.

Still picking up bottles to decorate as I find them. These were a GREAT score at $0.50 each at the flea market in Monroe. Pink planter for $0.50 - how do you leave that behind?

I'm a fan of these green planters. They look great with Xmas trees and decorations inside. The silverplate tray was a good deal and these have sold well.

I love fruit. Especially cherries. Always have. No where to put them but they had to come home.

As much as I love fruit I might love globes more. We have several around the house. This one is quite small (about 2 inches around) and was obviously attached to something at some point.Had to have it and when I asked how much the kind woman said, "That?You can have that for free."A junquers favorite word, "free"!! Woo hoo thought I and quickly paid for my other purchases and made my get away.
What did you score this weekend?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Occasional Sale Photos

Well the weekend was a whirlwind of activity. This lovely mantelpiece remained in the room and made a beautiful backdrop for some of our junque.

The birdbath and leaf lamp have a new home. The wire crown cloche went to the same place. The fence post is still waiting for the right someone to "get it"!

The shelves were a huge blessing and helped with set-up.

Blue seemed to be a struggle to move this time.

I could have sold this tablecloth quite a few times. Yet I am simply unwilling to part with it. Those roosters make me smile every time.
All in all we had less visitors than hoped for. Sunday was a real struggle. I'm still trying to process everything in my head. Sold most of my repurposed and upcycled goodies so I think I must be on to something there. I will try to have more of those offerings in my next venture.
To those who stopped by - I hope you enjoyed your visit and truly appreciate your interest.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Occasional Sale this weekend

It's almost here. It's almost here. Can you tell I'm excited?
Tomorrow is the big day. I'm loading up the car and heading over to the Garden Gate to set up. Today I am up to my elbows (literally!) in glitter and stain. Finishing up a fabulous repurposed mirrored vanity tray in pink glitter and distressing a chair which will then get a shabby floral seat.
Here's a sneak peek of some more goodies which will be at the sale.
I've been having a great time putting bird images in various frames. I wanted to glitter a few but I think I'm out of time. Ah well, next sale...
Hope to see you at the sale. We'll also be setting up a booth at the Valley Vineyards Anniversary Celebration on Sunday (am I crazy getting myself into this). Looks like a very fun event so you might want to make a day of it (!