Well Vixens, after striking out at every garage/yard/tag sale I went to over the last couple of weeks, I finally struck gold!!! The home of a 50+ year collector opened to the public this weekend, and it was like walking through the perfect antiques store!!!
Everything in the house, and I do mean EVERYTHING (including the house itself) was for sale. And there was stuff EVERYWHERE!!! I was in my digging glory as I searched through all three stories of the house.
There were over 50 pictures posted on line to preview the sale, so I knew ahead of time there were certain items I was definitely interested in which led me to go on the first day of the two day sale. It was very crowded but worth the effort since I was lucky enough to purchase one of the items I wanted.
The vintage typewriter stand (below left) is a treasure I found hiding in the dining room buried under a ton of linens for only $10.00. I have wanted one of these carts forever so this was a great surprise find and it is in excellent condition. I am going to spray paint it white and use it for several things: as a desk, a make up table and a bar cart. Cool, right?
The bookcase on the right is one of the gems I was after and a steal for only $15.00. It is real wood and in pretty good condition except for some heat damage on the bottom (it was right next to a wood burning stove for many years and the heat took its toll on it),
I plan to clean it up, apply a few coats of crisp white paint and maybe use it to display my camera collection.
The next three items were purchased for $5.00 each. The first one is a miniature sugar bowl, perhaps from a child’s tea set. I love the sweet little flowers on it!!! I plan on displaying it with my Ironstone sugar bowls to add a tender touch of color to the all white display.
I almost passed on this lovely piece because when I first looked at it, I saw this side of it:
Although I thought it was cute, it was not my style. Then another buyer picked it up and mentioned that the piece had two different display sides. When she put it down and walked away, I snatched it right up!!! I learned a valuable lesson about thoroughly examining an item before passing on it in the future.
I found a new piece of Ironstone to add to my collection. Even though it has a few embossments on it (I prefer the plainer pieces), I love how unique it is from any other piece I own.
It has some great character to it (read: brown aged spots) and it also came with an insert (below right) with even more signs of wear on it. I am not quite sure what the piece is intended for…a soap dish perhaps? If any of you know, please leave a comment below.
But my favorite find of the sale is this sweet lovely bowl. From the second my eyes spotted it…..SAAAAAA-WOON!!!
It is such a solid piece. There is nothing on the bottom to indicate who the manufacturer is, but it is as heavy as Ironstone. And the character on this piece……you can tell it has been very well loved in its previous lives!!!
I am over the moon for this bowl!!! Talk about perfectly shabby chic!!! Look at those crackles!!! I am not sure where this gorgeous piece will go…..maybe as a pop of color in my Ironstone collection…..but I really feel this beauty needs a place of honor all on its own. I will let you know as soon as I make up my mind!!!
Please forgive the quality and angles of these pictures. My SLR camera has not been working so while it is being repaired I am taking pictures on my iPhone 5C.
Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy digging!!!