Monday, April 11, 2011

Yard Sale Treasures

I love yard sales!  I have to admit that I was a late bloomer when it came to appreciating them.  My dad used to go every weekend, when I was in high school and I rarely went with him.  I thought it was embarrassing to dig through other people's crap while they stood around and watched.  Well, as an adult, I caught yard sale fever and there is nothing I would rather do on weekends than scour through piles of other people's crap!  I never know what treasures await!  Besides, where else can you pay no sales tax and buy something for a quarter nowadays?

On Saturday, Mr. Rubbish and I headed out to enjoy the sunny morning yard saling with a budget of $20.  I am a pretty cheap date!

I found these exquisite tags and cards - a whole pack for $1! 
Won't they make darling price tags for my more expensive items in the shop?

This heavy metal urn was also only $1!

My beautiful, heavy cherub knocker with a broken arm 
(hopefully fixable with a little gorilla glue) - also $1!

My favorite find of the weekend: a vintage (almost antique) office chair from 1923 for only $8!  Do you remember  this office chair I painted and sold at the shop a while back? This chair is similar, but smaller, older and armless.  This is a really bad photo, but the original finish is actually in great condition with a nice patina.  I may just leave it as is and keep it for our home!  Mr Rubbish calls this one "his" chair because he loves it and he spotted it first.

The metal base says 1923.

My other favorite find of the weekend is this vintage, wire, laundry basket that we picked up for $3!  I am really excited about working on this one!  I want to paint it creamy white and make a grain sack-esque liner for it that ties on the sides.  Can you picture it?

(I also got the petite cream and sugar set in the picture for 50 cents apiece).

On Sunday, my five dollars was burning a hole in my pocket, so I went out by myself and picked up a few more small treasures.

I found this old, rusty lantern for my collection.  I am collecting different, little, industrial style lanterns to use for eclectic lighting on my deck this summer.  This one fits in perfectly!  I bought the pretty blue bottle on Saturday for a quarter.

Last, but not least, is this gorgeous crewel fabric in the loveliest shade of pale aqua with white embroidery!  Look at the beautiful bird!  This fabric will make some very pretty pillows.


Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Yhose are some wonderful finds, all for great prices! I adore the cherub knocker!

Ashleigh@Sincerely said...

I am so jealous of all of your finds. Especially the office chair! It's incredible! And the wire laundry basket, I'm totally looking forward to that before and after!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Those are some gorgeous finds. Not a "what was she thinking" in the whole bunch. $8 for that awesome chair? I've got to get out this Saturday. Love the cart too! I can definitely picture it cream with a gorgeous liner. The fabric is exquisite. I went to a very smelly estate sale on Saturday - got some great ironstone - but the yard smelled so bad from how bad the house was. My mom went with me and she and I promised to let each other know if our homes ever start to smell that bad.

Emily said...

WOW! To everything, wow!!

Tania said...

love the chair!!!

Vintage Gal said...

Wow ~ what great finds! Love the urn and the cherub knocker and that chair is fabulous! Yay yard sales ;-)

julie - eab designs said...

I think I want to accompany you to the yard sales you go to! What wonderful pieces and fabulous prices. Adore the tags and urn....well everything as a matter of fact!

Anonymous said...

Ooh, what a fun chair!

Biljana said...

Great finds, what a treasures:-)
Hugs, Biljana

Deborah said...

Oh looks like you had such fun on your treasure hunt and what beautiful finds Amanda!!
So cute!
Love them all but I cant wait to see that yellow carts new look!! Sounds wonderful ..your plans for it :)
Have a great day dear!!

Deborah xoox

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

You hit the jackpot, Amanda! Everything you found is wonderful and I especially love the fabric and the door knocker. I saw a similar knocker in an antique shop recently where they had attached it to a cabinet door for hanging. The door was painted pale blue and distressed. It was beautiful but at $110.00 way out of my price range!

Passionate for White said...

Wow done done good!

Pamela said...

What wonderful finds!!! I LOVE the yellow shopping cart! It is too too cute!

Anonymous said...

You are so full of inspiration and ideas! That metal laundry basket like thing is really a shopping cart I think. I actually had one of those when I lived in Montreal without a car and I would use that for grocery shopping :) Who would have thought you could do something with it? Mine is gone!

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