Back In The Game

Well, it is finally here.  No, not spring, which finally did make it to New England.  I am referring to thrifting season-it has finally begun!!!  However the sale is labeled-estate sale, garage sale or tag sale-now is the time we will see them nearly every weekend, rather than sporadically.  And I cannot wait to start digging!!!

I have gone to a couple over the last few weeks, and if you follow me on Instagram, you know I hit it out of the park at my first one by snagging this little beauty:

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I also found this gorgeous piece which I was swooning over but could not afford it (and it was way over priced), but man, was I in LOVE!!!

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I also saw my dream pick up truck, the one I picture myself driving around town on Saturday mornings to local garage sales with a bulldog riding shotgun when I finally have my dream house (and dream bulldog) in the country.

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Even if I do not stop at every sale, I just love driving down the street and seeing views like this:

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There is something so exciting yet very comforting about these sales.  The suspense of what I might find underscored with the comfort of knowing I have the chance to find a treasure, a diamond in the rough, a DIY project or a combination of all three.

Switching gears to one of my other vices, did you guys hear there is another great old show getting a comeback?  It’s “Murphy Brown” and I cannot wait!!!  I will really miss Robert Pastorelli and his character “Eldin”, but the chance to see Candace Bergen and Grant Shaud (“Miles”) interact again has me on the edge of my seat.

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The original “Murphy Brown” cast from its first run (original source unknown).

And are you guys enjoying the new “Roseanne” episodes as much as I am???  It is really hitting its pace again and delving into the character’s pasts to make us understand why they are where they are in the present.  Great acting, great writing, great story-lines…..I am completely loving the show.

My other current fave show, “Superstore”, continues to entertain me as well.  The mix of these characters is one I have not seen before and each new guest character (Pastor Craig and Isaac are two standouts featured in the hilarious “Amnesty” episode) instantly becomes my favorite!!!  I just really hope we have not seen the last of Linda Porter, since her character, Myrtle, was fired despite how adorable she is.  Fingers crossed we see her again!!!  And please, God, let me find a friend like Dina!!!!  Everyone needs a Dina in their life!!!

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   The cast of “Superstore” (Courtesy of NBC). 

Now, time for a song.  One of the new tags on Facebook is asking people to name the 10 albums that most influenced them.  This got me thinking about the ones I would name and why.  Of course, “Born To Run” & “Otis Blue” would top my list, but that still leaves eight other choices.  That brought me to remember my introduction to this man’s voice.

I was watching “The Last Waltz” for the first time, and I was mesmerized.  His voice, his lyrics, his interpretation of the song and the music-all perfection.  He is one of my favorites to this day, and whether it’s a ballad or a rocker, I love every second of his songs.  And for someone who grew up on radio and continues to listen to all of it today-local, national and satellite-these words bring back that feeling of hearing my favorite song being played.  It is a primal emotional response like no other.  Music & songs allow us to time travel,  taking us back to moments in our lives that we cherish or can’t forget for other reasons.  Either way, they make us feel…..”and then we can get down to what is really wrong”.

“Turn up your radio and let me hear the song
Switch on your electric light, then we can get down to what is really wrong.

Turn it up, turn it up, little bit higher, radio
Turn it up, that’s enough, so you know its got soul.”

Van Morrison:  “Caravan” (studio version & “The Last Waltz” version).

I only own the rights to my own pictures, nothing else I featured in this post.  The rest are things I love and want to share with you you  🙂

Until next time, happy digging!!!

 

 

 

 

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Tag Sale Treasures (Sale #2 for 2015)

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?

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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),

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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.

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I almost passed on this lovely piece because when I first looked at it, I saw this side of it:

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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.

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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.

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But my favorite find of the sale is this sweet lovely bowl.  From the second my eyes spotted it…..SAAAAAA-WOON!!!

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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!!!

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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!!!

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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!!!

If it is meant to be it will happen…..

If it is meant to be it will happen.....

This is one of my most cherished pieces of Ironstone……and it was FREE!! I had searched high and low for a pitcher and bowl set for over a year, and just could not find one I loved. So I gave up the search believing I would never find it (after only a year’s search??? What was I thinking??? LOL). Then a friend moved into a new house that had a few items left over from the previous owners and there it was!!

I do not share this to boast but to hope you learn from my experience. The things you love will find you, even if you are foolish enough to give up the search. I am sure of it. Why? Because this little beauty and I have been together ever since it found me. And we could not be happier.

So here’s to the thrill of the hunt…..whether you are the hunter or the hunted!!