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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A few of my favorite treasures from my favorite junk shop...

Just a quick post of my first trip to my favorite junk shop in Arizona....

I about fell over when I saw this vintage laundry basket/cart. It's in such good condition and still has the original cotton clothes holder. None of his stuff is marked so I held my breath and asked...he said $10!
I've seen these sell on Etsy and Ebay for $65 on up!

We had one when I was little and I always thought it was so cool. It disappeared later on but I found the cart only about 20 years ago at a garage sale but didn't buy it. I always regretted that. Now they are so popular and sooo expensive. I'm so happy to have found one at a decent price.

Since this has the original cloth 'basket' which is in good shape except for a stain on the edge (no holes, tears or rot), I think I'll use the original as a pattern and make a pretty floral 'basket'. Maybe I'll find some vintage or vintage looking fabric...or maybe some old pillow ticking in pink and white.
If you click on the image you can see it a lot better.

Then I saw this old sewing machine, it's a Wilcox Gibbs and looks good other than being pretty dusty. He said $20 on that so I went for it. I've sewn all my life and I've always wanted to collect vintage sewing machines like this but again, the price has gotten so high.

One can never have too many old tool boxes. $3 to $5 each.  One is a tackle box. I recently saw a pin on Pinterest where they put brackets under a red box like this and used it as a flower planter...will do that with these someday.

An old twin bed size bed spring for $5!!!! This will be my Sweet Pea trellis!

I have more but will save them for next week...by then I hope to have an additional internet service to use.
 I've had a glitch in this one since Dec. 23rd.

Thanks for stopping!

Linking to;
Faded Charm for White Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
The Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday
2805 for Potpourri Friday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home


Amy Kinser said...

What great finds! That's one awesome junk store.

Sorry about your computer. Hope all is back to normal soon.

Cottage and Broome said...

Hate tech problems!!! Comment when you can, no worries. Love your finds, great items at a great price. Love the sewing machine and laundry baskets. Laura

kitty said...

Oh my, what great finds!! I love the sewing machine!!!

Blessed Serendipity said...

I love that little darling sewing machine and the laundry cart is great and useful too. I gotta ask, where in AZ were you? I live in AZ.


Pam said...

Love the little sewing machine. Sorry about the broadband usage problems!

High Street Cottage said...

Love love love the laundry basket and it's white, how cool is that? The price is incredible, great score! Wonderful treasures ;)

KAT said...

sweet stuff you picked up ! I adore that laundry bin..wow cool ! are you going to ebay it? Happy wow day !

- KAT -

A Cottage Muse said...

These are wonderful treasures Faye!

Debbie said...

I LOVE the laundry cart, Faye!!!
Hope you are up and running soon!
You found a lot of neat stuff while hunting.
Happy New Year!

Paulette said...

The laundry cart brought back some very nice memories from long ago. My aunt and mother both would use these carts while hanging clothes on the line. Thanks for the memories.♥

Tammy of {Tattered and Timeless} said...

Awesome finds. Wish I was shopping with you but then we would have fought over the same stuff. :)

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

You had a GREAT day thrifting!! I love the laundry basket and those tool/tackle boxes!! I LOVE those!

I have a favorite shop I love to go to also and they are SO reasonable on everything!!

Have a great weekend!

Lou Cinda

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I am your newest follower!

Lou Cinda

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Ok...so since I am in AZ don't you want to share with me where is this thrift shop. I haven't found a good one yet! I love, love, love the sewing machine.

Tanya said...

Great finds. I'm a new follower!

Tete said...

Love all of your "new" stuff! I like the trellis idea and I am going to have to steal that one. I'll put the word out for one of the springs.
I do not have a laundry basket like that, but I did snag, and this was years ago, for $45 a mail cart in great condition with all the markings. I love it. I use it for everything.
I also like the idea of the tool box flower box. Need to look for one of those, too.
You are just full on inspiration for me today!
Glad you got your new internet service- hope it works well for you!

kpaints said...

OMGosh to die for stuff! You did so good and I love it all. That trellis could go in the house with photos etc but I would love it outside too! Fantastic finds especially the tool boxes.

Honey at 2805 said...

What great new "old" treasures you found! What a fab sewing machine!

Thank you for sharing this lovely post at Potpourri Friday!

Vintage Home said...

Great idea for the bed spring!

Barbara Jean said...

great treasures!!

love the idea with the tool boxes. might also make a cute display on a wall. just thought of that myself. yay!! will try it in my gift shop.

barbara jean