Antique Mall findings

One great thing about having a booth at an antique mall is that you have a ‘built in excuse’ to do a little shopping; be it for actual items or just inspiration; every time you go in to work on your own space.   Found a couple of goodies last week while working on my booth at Stars.

P1130018Does this vintage turquoise fan have my name on it or what?!?!?  And I wasn’t even ‘shopping’ when I found it.  Was headed down the aisle to my car for another batch of stock and there it was!   And at a really good price too.  This is my third vintage fan, so now it’s officially a ‘collection’.  Not sure yet where or how I will display them.  Have a bathroom make-over in the back of my mind for sometime in the future.

P1130020Since I was ‘feeling lucky’ after having found that fan, I decided to look around the rest of the mall and found this GALLON jar of buttons for $19.00!!  If you have EVER looked at containers of vintage buttons, you know what a STEAL that it.  A small Ball canning jar of buttons will usually be even MORE than that.  DOUBLE SCORE because I can re-use the jar!  The lid is not at all banged up, so I can paint the lid (turquoise maybe) and use it as a canister.

And of course the HOURS I spent sorting all those buttons was pure enjoyment and relaxation!

P1120900This vintage dress form was actually posted on Curiosities Facebook page; and at a GREAT price.  It was Sunday evening when I saw the posting and they are closed on Mondays and I wouldn’t be able to get in until Wednesday.  So I called and left a message on the stores answering machine for them to hold it for me.  Have been wanting one of these to ‘alter’ for AGES; but even the ones that I’ve seen at thrift stores were too pricey.

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Just dressed her in what I had on hand for now.  Need to find a BIG FLUFFY petticoat to put under this vintage slip.  I saw one at Stars when I was buying the fan and the jar of buttons, but passed on it; thinking that I could find one cheaper at a thrift store.  Looked at GW the next day and the only ONE they had was MORE than the one at Stars.  Fingers crossed (but not really getting my hopes up) that it will still be at Stars when I go in next week!

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I just tucked the shirt sleeves in.  Looks better than just hanging there.  OH!  And I found this t-shirt at Dollar Tree!!!   Only this one color available but hey, it works for this purpose.  Might even try painting a design on it since it was only a buck.  (and I bought a few extras!)

Eventually she will be all dressed up and blinged out and have a pair of wings.

Recent finds

2.27.13 Stars MICHAEL projects 002Little wood benches are ‘one of those things’ that I’ll ALWAYS buy (IF the price is right!) because they always sell.  And they are really handy to use for creating height in your displays.

2.27.13 Stars MICHAEL projects 001On stools (or tables of ANY piece of furniture for that matter!) that have designs such as this painted on them, BE  SURE you completely sand off the design.  Otherwise it will show through after you paint.  The COLORS don’t show through; but you can see the raised areas where the design was painted.  (and yes, I DID learn this the hard way!)

3.3.13 etsy ID 001Three tiered wood table.  Just waiting for a dry day to paint it!  Might use one of my new stencils on the top!  OH!  And I can stencil something on top of that little stool too!  (can you tell that I am chomping at the bit to use those new stencils?!?)

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ADORABLE vintage baby book in PERFECT condition!  This will be going into my etsy shop.

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Are these the sweetest graphics of what?!?!?  They just don’t make them like this anymore!  I seriously thought about keeping this and doing if for my son.   I never did get around to doing one for him and he’s now 30!?!?  I have a shoebox filled with little scraps of paper that I wrote things down on!  (sigh!  BAD momma!)

3.3.13 etsy ID 066A bunch of vintage tiny white plastic lace wedding bells going to my etsy shop also.

3.7.13 stars ID 037BIG (half-gallon!) jar of buttons I bought at Stars from another vendors booth.  I’ve used up about 3/4 of them already; stitching them onto wool felt hearts and the heart pillows.  (I really love the ‘jarfull of buttons’ look and would have loved to just put it on display with my spool collection.  Alas, it’s $56.00 price tag necessitated that I use it to generate some funds to justify having bought it)

3.7.13 stars ID 036THE biggest ‘spool of thread’ I have EVER seen!!  It actually makes that half-gallon jar look small!?!?!  I’m keeping this baby for now, and adding it to my string/spool collection.

3.7.13 stars ID 038Before I found this big one, the biggest one I had was this tan one; which is also dwarfed by the new bigger one.

3.7.13 stars ID 040Just for kicks, some size comparisons.  An ‘average’ size spool of thread; an average cone size and the bigguns!

All week the weather people have been promising us a DRY DAY.  And every night, the weather report says “A few sprinkles today, but sunshine and a dry day tomorrow.”    So I have put off running errands and going grocery shopping over and over, waiting for that dry day so I could work on some bigger projects outside.

Today, I HAVE to go; and of course the sun is starting to peek out!!!  argh!!