Sunday, June 3, 2012

Estate & Barn Sales & Beautiful Weather

What a great weekend...I'm sad it's over already!  I stopped at an estate sale on my way home Friday (before a raging storm swept through the area). 

I picked up this great Syroco ornate gold frame from the 50s for 50 cents!!  I also saw this footed silver (urn??) in the preview photos for the estate sale and I was sure it would be gone by the time I got there.  But there it was in the basement...I snatched it up as soon as I saw it...I'm pretty sure this lady thought I was nuts...but how amazing is the detail on this urn/vase/double-handled-footed-bit of awesomeness??  I'm not exactly sure what the etchings mean but I love the shape and the patina-it even has a stamp on the bottom that says Reed and Barton...Best part-it was only $5!!  


On Saturday I went to a barn sale in VA that I've been wanting to go to for a while.  My lovely Mother went with me and we psyched ourselves up the whole way there telling ourselves that we most likely were going to be shopping for 'ideas.'  Check out some of the photos below-sorry for the quality-the battery on my little camera was apparently dead and I didn't have my 'real' camera with me...not too bad for cell phone photos though :)


 Aren't these amazing??  This is what we came home with-I have a TON more photos below.  I have absolutely no idea where I'm going to put it but my generous Mom bought it for me because she could tell that I ADORED it.  They're super old, have all of their beautiful crystals and have amazing patina. 

It might just sit on a table for a while until I figure out what to do with it (and have my Dad rewire it because it's set up for European wiring-he's thrilled!  Ha ha!). 


I thought this was a really cool idea-I couldn't tell if it was an actual porthole window or one of those old convex framed portraits-repurposed as an amazing shadow box for sand and shells...I'm on the hunt now for one of these to replicate the look. 

Amazing right?  I would have so found a way to fit this in the car... but alas it was sold.  I think it might have been an old dentist cabinet. 

This beautiful mirror was almost ours - it was missing a price tag so we asked someone who worked there how much it was and they gave us a price...when I went to get it two women were standing there taking it off the wall and told me it was theirs-that they took the price tag off to 'claim' it and that's what you do.  They weren't very nice at all.  But we didn't let them damper our spirits (at least not for too long ;)

We loved these tables outside with their ornate iron details.  Would make a great desk or art table. 

This beauty has great lines-she just needs some love!  I'm sure she found a great home!

My Mom and I being goofy taking some photos in the mirrors and by the entrance.  Don't we look great with our big necklaces?  All decked out to go treasure hunting in a fancy barn :)


Close-ups of our beautiful antique crystal light fixture:



Finally, I went to one more estate sale Sunday morning (commonly known as 'half-off day'). 

I saw the blue and white glass paper weight online and just loved it-so I figured it would be gone on Day 2 of the estate sale.  I was #11 in line (which MUST have been lucky) because it was still there.  It was $24-which I'm guessing is why it was still sitting there-but at $12-something I could manage. 

I rooted around in the garage and was getting ready to go back inside when I spotted this great yard stick all dusty in the corner-snagged it for 50 cents :) 

The level was 50% off so it was $2.50.  The paint stirrer they gave me for free.  The ruler on the right I found in a bedroom-it's called a 'Pin-it Skirt-marker.'  NO idea how to use (especially since I don't wear skirts)-BUT I think I might use it to display some jewelry since the little metal arm swings down. 

It was marked a $1 but I think the gentleman gave it to me for free-because my total was just under $16 for everything (including tax)...Hmmm...guess he didn't see how fabulous it is!  He looked at me like I might be crazy when I asked how much the paint stirrer cost...I thought the little boat was cute :) 


On a random fabulous are my hydrangeas this year??  I just love the blue ones :)  I have a couple hydrangeas plants and each one is a different color ranging from pink to a purpley-blue.  The pink haven't quite bloomed yet so I cut a few of the blue to make little arrangements for the house. 

Happy Treasure Hunting!

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