Thursday, June 16, 2011

Where I grant one of you a wish come true



You may recognize this photo from my last post where I was definitely not discussing the regrettable lack of judgment that locked me in its grip one evening years ago, long enough for me to make a very unfortunate decision regarding paint color for this bookcase and then, sadly, to act on it.

As happens from time to time, an alert reader will be so kind as to look right past the embarrassing situation on display only to inquire about that thing in the corner of the frame of the photo.


In this case, that reader was Betsy of My Salvaged Treasures who politely asked not once but twice, “What the heck is the thing with the drawers?!”

Or something like that. J

This one’s for you, Betsy.

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That thing is another rusty metal piece I found half a block away at a neighbor’s yard sale. Junky man-cave-workshop-assorted-bolts storage one minute ... glamorous vintage industrial the next!


Many of the drawers were filled with these tiny light bulbs -- hundreds of them. And I did what I always do when I don’t know what to do with something.  I put them in my etsy shop.

Tomorrow morning I head out to this week’s yard sales, hoping for more of the same luck I had last week, some of which included this:

It feels like a minor miracle that a souvenir map vintage tablecloth can still be found for a quarter


 And this:


 Fingers are crossed in hopes of finding a little vintage Christmas this weekend.

Hope you find some great junk too.

24 comments:

  1. Dreams do still come true on rare days in the vintage world...enjoy every minute. Christmas colored wishes too..smiles...Renee

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  2. Good luck at the sales this weekend. Love the bench!
    Mary

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  3. Love that striped bowl, and the cute loveseat!

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  4. Can't believe you found that tablecloth for a quarter...they have gotten so collectible, and so expensive. And is that a little aqua McCoy vase I see beneath it? If so, you really hit the jackpot! Good luck this weekend...can't wait to see what you find.
    Cheryl

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  5. Not wanting to copycat Betsy... but what is that barkcloth down in the corner of the photo? Pillow? Drapes? Yards and yards of new old stock to die for fabric!??

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  6. Good luck on the treasure hunting, with or without luck it will still be fun. I found some great Christmas vintage last week and am slowly adding it to my Etsy shop. It was the find of the week to come across a stash of vintage Christmas. I blogged about it and squealed with every picture I uploaded.

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  7. Wish you luck, oh yes you need to find Christmas in celebration of "Christmas in July" ox

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  8. I know. Forget the Etsy shop. Put up pics on your blog with things "hiding" in the corner. I'll bet you'd sell alot that way. It's kind of imitating how it is to peruse an antique stall or flea market! Have fun this weekend! - Kathy ps love that map table cloth. A quarter you say? Lucky duck!

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  9. You found some great things. I have so many projects I want to get to this summer. It's the getting started that takes time. Happy weekend hunting. :) Tammy

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  10. My dad was a mechanic and has lots of those little draws full of bolts. My brother and I used to play shop with them. Lol. Love the white garden chair. Great finds.

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  11. That is a very cool rusty thing! :) Reminds me of an old library card catalog holder and I would LOVE to have one of those!

    Hope you find some good stuff at the sales! I love that little bowl you found! I spent too much last weekend so I'm grounded for this one. :(

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  12. I did not realize that you were personally responsible for the lavender hue ... however, I still think of you as a friend, and the fact that you bought that beautiful bench restores my faith in your judgment. (We all have painting projects we regret. I went through a kind of lamentable aqua phase.)

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  13. An Alaska tablecloth for 25 cents??? WOW. Love the white bench....it would look great on my pourch... Good luck this weekend!
    Annette

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  14. Love that rusty storage unit!!! I would definitely put that in my work room. I have some plastic ones made to store nails, etc. and they work great.

    and I just went over to your Etsy shop to buy some light bulbs... but I don't want 300 of them! :-) Saw a cute pair of earrings made with tiny lightbulbs that I wanted to try out.

    Have a great weekend. I'll be setting up for our sale at Room With A Past next week.

    Ann

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  15. Happy yard sale hunting; I hope you find amazing vintage treasures. I love your rustic patio bench just to cute.
    Smiles, Paula

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  16. Goodluck hope yoy'll find some nice vintage.
    Love what you showed.

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  17. Oh, there it is in all its glory! I love it, rust and all. I just love little secret stash drawers and compartments. Those mini light bulbs were an added bonus for sure. Thanks so much for revealing all of it. You found some great goodies...do I see bark cloth in the corner? What a deal on that table cloth!!

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  18. That tablecloth is wonderful! I'm always on the look out for Florida souveniers! Hope you've had a fun day! ♥

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  19. Betsy has a great eye! Love the drawer unit!!!
    The aqua vase IS unmarked McCoy...I have one, too! Love the little bench/chair...heck, I love all of it! Super great finds!!!

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  20. a quarter for a table cloth~OK, I am going to check Craigs list right now! I feel the need to garage sale!

    Carol

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  21. So I just checked your etsy shop for that Alaska tablecloth....I grew up there and it would be so fun to have! What are you planning on doing with it? Selling it? Using it to make something with?

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  22. golly shezam. My garage sales have all been dryer lint and sippy cups lately. Could you wave a magic wand over the state of Arkansas, please?

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  23. LOVE LOVE LOVE the paper with the sailboats!

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