Sunday, July 15, 2012

Treasure Hunting Is Not For The Faint of Heart

I'm the first to admit I love to find hidden treasures in basements, dusty corners, and under piles of junk. 

But it can also be pretty sales quite often mean getting up early (I left the house Saturday at 6:15...that's AM people!) driving all over...standing in line with VERY competitive people...walking into strangers' houses...and don't forget the lovely smells...whew.   

I have to say I felt defeated this weekend.  So I *may* give my treasure hunting a break for a few weekends...well unless I see something awesome in the 'preview' photos...then all bets are off :)

Here are my stats:

  • 2 yard / estate sales were complete misses (due to the rain they cancelled at the last minute)
  • 1 estate sale was almost completely empty...but advertised as a 'packed' sale <3 that
  • 1 estate sale was a feeding frenzy (at least 50 people waiting to get in, I was #20)-I found the mirror and the little covered sugar bowl (?) and they were willing to work on the price-I got both for $5!
  • 1 estate sale had some great finds (the fan, keys and wooden carved frame) but they weren't willing to negotiate at all which took some of the fun out of it. 
  • 1 antique mall an hour from my house that I've never been to...I found that A-Mazing printers tray...I've never seen one like that and it even has little carved numbers for the sizes along the edge.  50% off woo-hoo.  I also found a victorian silverplate 'waste pot' (at least that's what they called it).  I think it looks amazing next to my other silver urn filled with hydrangeas from my yard (I wish they could last all year!)
Here are some close-ups and a few shots of my bookcase styling.  Do you rearrange your bookcases frequently?  I love moving things around and creating little vignettes on each shelf. 

I tried to put it back because I don't really 'need' an awesome old printer's tray...but I just couldn't put it down...

The frame looks really solid.  I've already given it a coat of glossy black.  I think it will be making an appearance on my gallery wall...just need to decide what I want to put in it!

I should have taken a before photo of the fan so you could see the dramatic transformation of those shiny blades. It wasn't easy!

See what a little silver polish can do?  I love bringing great pieces back to life. 

How could I resist a key with my last name on it? There is a 7 on the back of the key-if it had been an 11 I probably would have skipped to the cashier ;)  $1 for each key, so excited to find these! 

I haven't decided what to do with the film reel yet.  But at 50 cents I couldn't pass it up...

Happy Treasure Hunting!


  1. Noone likes getting up early, thats for sure. Yet, its the best way to get the best items! Love your pieces! Very nice!

  2. Hi Helen, I agree it's definitely the best way to find the best treasures. Treasure hunting can be super competitive but well worth it. Thanks for the sweet comment :) Happy Treasure Hunting!