THREE days left to hit the sale and $ave!! Little wood tray

Just a quick reminder before writing this post, the BIG sale at Stars continues through Monday, July 18th. Stars is open 7 days a week; 11am – 6pm.  Sale % varies per vendor, from 10% to 50%; as indicated by signs in each booth.  Prices shown on items are the ‘regular price’.  Discount is given at check out!

AS ALWAYS, EVERYTHING IN MY BOOTH IS 50% OFF DURING THE SALE!

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And now, on to today’s post!  Found this little tray at a thrift store.

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The tray itself was nothing special; and actually almost too small to be very functional.  But those big wrought iron HANDLES are fabulous!

 The price of the tray was well worth it just for the handles!  I took the handles off when I brought it home; painted the tray aqua, then just set the tray aside due to lack of inspiration for what to do next.

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I found this shabby white wood tray more recently.

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Love the handles on this one too, but decided to leave them in place.  Considered selling it ‘as found’ . . .  but then. . . .

I decided to add this stencil, and distress it a bit more.

And while I was ‘thinking trays’ I decided to add this Paris stencil to that aforementioned small tray sans the handles.  Both trays are available for purchase in my booth at Stars.

Now just waiting for that ‘perfect piece’ to use those nice big wrought iron handles on!

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The right place at the right time

For all those times you are disappointed because ‘just missed’ that perfect piece or missed out on a great deal . . . .

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 . . . . something like THIS happens and you do your happy dance!

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I don’t usually buy chairs with upholstered parts due to the high cost of new padding and fabric.  But at that great price, I could afford to make over this vintage chair.

This is pretty typical of what I’ve found on covered seats; someone has just re-covered the original tattered ugly fabric and and the worn out foam with new fabric and called it good.  ICK!!  The wood is usually fine to re-use; but if it’s in bad shape, it’s easy to use the old one as a template to cut a new one.  The hardest part of making over a padded seat is removing all the staples that are holding on the old fabric!

I had this pretty brown and blue fabric in my stash and decided to use it so I could leave the chair brown, as found.  I just gave the chair frame a good sanding to distress it though.

The new foam seat cushions usually run around $20.00; and I like to add a couple of layers of batting over the foam to protect the fabric and to add some extra ‘cush’.  I wrap the fabric over the batting and foam cushion, use a staple gun to attach the new fabric to the wood base.

By the time I’ve added up the cost of the foam cushion, batting and fabric; I’ve got about $30.00 just in materials invested in the chair.  Which is difficult to factor into the selling price if you’ve paid a lot for the chair.

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I also had this little foot stool and decided to paint and cover it to match the chair.

I did NOT distress the wood base on the footstool though; because the undercoat was too dark to really show.  I used a small pillow instead of a foam pad on the footstool for a really ‘OVER-stuffed’ look.  I love over stuffed stools and chairs!

Both have gone to my booth at Stars.

BIG SALE AT ALL THREE STARS MALLS THIS THURSDAY – MONDAY, July 14 – 18.

As always during the sales, EVERYTHING in my booth is 50% off!!

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The big 8 drawer blue dresser has already sold.

But my booth is still jam-packed with goodies!!

FINDINGS: Ginormous white wicker bird cage

Gotta LOVE finding items that don’t need any work done to them!

P1220321 Check out this huge white wicker bird cage I just picked up.

P1220325Measures 14″ x 14″ x 30″ tall!  All it needed was a good hosing down to remove the dust.

P1220323The bottom slides all the way out, as do what I originally thought were 2 ‘shelves’; since they were placed at different heights in the cage when I bought it.

P1220322When putting it back together after it dried, I realized that BOTH of these were ‘floor grates’ and meant to be placed side by side at the bottom of the cage; and NOT 2 shelves, as they had been displayed in the thrift store.  DOH!

Took this cage to Stars just in time for the BIG SALE, which runs through Monday, March 7th.  EVERYTHING in my booth is HALF OFF during the sale!

 

New batch of small frames. 50% OFF sale reminder.

I typically prefer to gather and re-vamp BIG wall size picture frames, but it’s been pretty slim pickin’s on those lately, so I’ve started rummaging through the smaller frames at thrift stores and estate sales of late.

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 Here are some from my most recent batch of made-over frames.

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Just aqua paint and some hand sanding on them all.

P1220052I look for frames with interesting embossed details.

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I was in a hurry to get this batch done and into my booth, and decided to forego the ‘pictures’ in most of these frames.  It really doesn’t COST much to add some kind of a picture to them, but it is TIME consuming.

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But I still managed to add a ‘little something’ to a few of them!

P1220067Sometimes I do varying shades of aqua / turquoise when I do a batch of frames.  Since each frame was so unique I went with all the same color on all of them this time.

P1220069Really DEEP frames are always a good find too!

P1220333Not so fond of how this one turned out.  Just might have to repaint it white.  We’ll see.

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I think I actually liked it BETTER before I repainted it!  You can’t tell in the picture, but the brown part of the frame has a crackled texture to it; kind of looks like alligator skin.

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An old, newly repainted berry basket stand was ‘called up’ to serve as the display for the gathering of all the smaller frames.  ( a few of them are from a previous batch)

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Layers of frames; a study of contrast.
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This batch of larger ‘wall frames’ had originally all been repainted white and distressed.  Alas, they had been sitting in my booth for TOO long without selling, so I brought them home for another make-over.  A quick dry brush with aqua or turquoise paint and a bit more sanding.  Back in my booth just in time for the HALF PRICE SALE.

P1220346I SO wish I had more wall space available so that I could actually ‘display’ them instead of just plopping them on the floor.  Frames are probably my favorite decorating accessory and they sell so much better when ‘properly displayed’.

P1220343Although there is another dealer who has one of those big ole canvas cargo carts in her booth and she just piles all her frames into it.  I constantly see shoppers curiously rummaging through them, hunting for a treasure to take home.

P1220351REMINDER:  EVERYTHING IN MY BOOTH IS 50% OFF THROUGH LABOR DAY MONDAY.  Sale signs are posted in each booth, (and in all 3 stores!) with varying % off.  Perfect way to spend a rainy Labor Day weekend.

P1220361I’ve got lots of vintage little gold frames too!

QUICK POST ~ HAVING A GARAGE SALE!

I survived the move . . . BARELY!  Everything that COULD have gone wrong, DID go wrong.  I can’t even begin to write about it all.  Suffice to say I JUST got internet service.  sigh.

The last ‘big thing’ that needs to be done before I can FULLY settle in (and finally have ROOM to move over my power tools!) is to have a garage sale to get rid of a bit more stuff.

Short notice, I know; but like I said, I JUST got internet and was waiting for that to have the sale.

The sale it tomorrow!

EVERYTHING IS $1.00 OR LESS.  (Yes, really!)

10am – 3pm only.

20660 NW Lapine Way ! Portland, OR  97229

Lots of household stuff, holiday and home decor.  Hand crafted items and craft supplies.  LOTS of fabric!  Lots of unfinished wood frames.

COME ON BY!!!

 

 

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~ SAVINGS ALERT! ~ FOUR DAY SALE AT STARS ~ 50% OFF MY BOOTH! Friday 1/16 through Monday 1/19 (MLK Day)

haggle-sale-LOW RESThey call it their “HAGGLE SALE”, and many of the dealers will be on site to wheel and deal fabulous prices on the items in their booths.  Weather permitting, there will be additional sale items outside on the sidewalk during sale hours.

All three stores will be participating in the sale, and each individual dealer chooses HOW they want to participate; via on site haggling, or offering a percent off items in their booth.  Signs will be posted in participating booths indicating their sale terms.

Since I am not able to be there during the sale AND since I really don’t LIKE to haggle on prices, I am offering HALF OFF all regular priced items in my booth during this sale.  (* Already reduces ‘red tag sale’ items are NOT included in the sale’ *)

Just stocked lots of Valentine decor and gifts, added lots more ironstone dishes and as much furniture as I can cram into a 10′ x 10′ space! Here are the pictures:

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50% OFF ALL REGULAR PRICED ITEMS IN MY BOOTH ST STARS; FRIDAY – MONDAY; JANUARY 16-19, 2015.  Discount will be given at checkout.

***SAVINGS ALAERT ***Stencil sale ~ 40% off @ Maison de Stencils

You know all the GREAT sign stencils that I use to make my signs???  Well, a good portion of them (I buy from several different stencil companies) come from  Maison de Stencilsand ALL of their stencils are on sale for 40% off right now.

The sale ends January first though, so click on that link (highlighted above) and go take a peek!  Theirs are the most expensive (and best selling signs!) stencils that I buy; so I really stock up when they have a big sale like this.

Typically, it’s not very cost effective (if your budget is a tight as mine!) to buy a stencil and make your own sign.  Especially if you are only going to use the stencil that one time.  You’d be better off to just buy the sign already made by someone else.

During their 40% off sale, prices are SO GOOD that you can afford to buy a stencil EVEN IF you will only use once.  Their stencils are excellent quality and stand up to DOZENS of usages.

I wasn’t really planning to post today, so I’ve got nothing else to say except. . . .

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

50% off in my booth at Stars this Saturday & Sunday only

All three Stars stores are having a BIG SALE this Saturday and Sunday; 11am – 6pm.  Each booth owner chooses what % off they want to offer; and I am offering

50% OFF ALL REGULAR PRICED ITEMS IN MY BOOTH.

(This will NOT include ‘already discounted’ items with the ‘red sale tags’)

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I spent 10 HOURS fluffing and stocking my booth this week, and it is JAM-PACKED for this sale!

P1170230Lots of unique hand crafted gift boxes and gift items.

P1170224Why not give something they can really USE??  Small furniture pieces make great gifts too.

P1170226Classic white dishes are always in style.

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Cupcake stands.  Add a hand crafted ornament to the package instead of a bow.  Reduce and reuse!

P1170207Upcycled jewelry boxes.  Perfect for wrapping a piece of jewelry in!

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Topped with a little nest and a bird.

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Vintage finds; as found.

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I always add a handful of my own hand cut and hand mixed paper shred to gift gift boxes.  This year I bagged up extra ‘sheet music’ paper shred.  It is hand folded and hand cut.  Save it to use again and again!

P1170169Of course there is plenty of Christmas decor too.   Unique and upcycled.

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Classic gold.

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Green!

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Wall decor.

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Decorated vintage ice skate instead of a wreath for your front door.

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Paper rosette wreath ‘alternatives’ for indoor decor.

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Peace on earth vintage atlas rosette wreath.

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And ornaments.

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Lots ans LOTS of ornaments!

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One of a kind banners.

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Glass apothecary jars, big and small!

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Cloches and dessert stands make a great display for special treasures.

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Stack up several desert stands to display cookies and candies on.

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Decorative holiday pillows.

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Plenty of turquoise/aqua gifts, decor and gift boxes of course!

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Little birds with crowns, always a staple in my booth!

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Decorated mach gift boxes.

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Vintage glittered gold stars, to top your tree or tie onto a BIG wrapped gift!

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After dessert is done, just plop A Christmas scene atop your dessert stand for an instant centerpiece!

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LOTS of signs in stock for Christmas  giving!

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At 50% off this weekend, why not but one for yourself too!?!

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Like I said, my booth is JAM-PACKED!!

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Don’t forget to shop the OUTSIDE aisle too!  LOTS more product on the back side!

P1170229Vintage Madonna statues are a popular collectible.

P1170233This vintage French poodle is a decanter!  Very unique!

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White and silver decor works for New Years too!

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50% off sale, in my booth at Stars;  THIS Saturday and Sunday only

Maison de Stencils SALE!!

You know all the fabulous stencils I buy to make my signs?  I constantly get asked WHERE I get my stencils and I ma very happy to let you know that I get MOST of them from Maison de Stencils.

And I am even happier to let you know that they are having a SALE right now!

BUT ONLY UNTIL SEPTEMBER 18TH!!!

Save 20% on all purchases with code sept20.

or save 30% on purchases of $100+ with promo code sept30. Now through the 18th of September ONLY.

GO check the site out!!!  Just  click on the hyper link above to go directly to their site.

Hand made signs would make great Christmas gifts!!

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NEW “HALF PRICE SIGN OF THE MONTH” in my etsy shop

Happy September!  This has been a record hot and dry summer for us here in Oregon, and I am SO ready for fall weather!

A new month means a new half price sign on the month in my etsy shop!  This months half price sign is a BRAND NEW design instead of an old favorite.

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“LOVE & HAPPINESS” (regular price $24.00) NOW REDUCED to $12.00 for the month of September, and while the current supply lasts*.

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*(When current stock sells out, more signs will be added, but at the regular price)

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Shop early for the best color selection.

A few more new signs just added to my etsy shop also:

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BIG (approx. 14″ x 15″!) “TRULY  MADLY  DEEPLY” SIGN.

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And a couple of ‘custom’ versions.  The one on the right is in my booth at Stars (2 of them) The one in the center is being saved for a gift.

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New colors of “What happens at Grandma’s . . .” signs; in my etsy shop AND at Stars.

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My own original design; “The French Market & Brocante” sign; on etsy only.

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“OFFICE” sign; etsy only (for now)

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Garden sign in my etsy shop only (for now.)

Will add more signs ‘in general’ to Stars when I get more made.  Right now I need to start ‘stocking up’ for the fall craft show!  Just 2 months away!!