Welcome to my blog about things I love to collect, refinishing furniture and decorating using flea market finds (with a few crochet projects now and then).Thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Cold and windy farm flea market

It was a bitterly cold and dreary day on Saturday but we went anyway.
Once a year there is a monster sized flea/swap farm event.
It's free to get in and it covers acres, it's mostly tractors and farm equipment out in the field but there are a few vendors under the trees that will bring things for the women to shop for.
Mr. Wild went his way and I went mine.

The last thing I found was the old birdhouse, loved the hinged door with the bent nail to twist to keep the door shut.
Porcelain door knobs for $3 a pair (I can never resist them), some old coat hooks and the odd cast iron piece painted white, a perfectly rusty heavy old farm bucket, and a pair of old cast iron shelf brackets.

My favorite find was the toy horse. A man had a couple of boxes of very old broken toys so I rescued the white horse.

This vase is marked Hull USA B37, it was only $5.
Still not sure if I love it or hate it! It's a bit busy for my taste but I think it will fit in with my shelf plan.

Since I discovered Camark pottery I am beginning to recognize it. A man had $2 on this perfectly sweet little butter yellow vase. I just saw a green one listed online for $20 so I was pretty happy with this treasure.

I've been watching for an old table to put between my old metal chairs...found one!
Not sure if it will stay rusty or maybe it will get a new coat of paint. I like that it's height adjusts.
This table was the most expensive thing I bought at $12!

And a bottle box, no name on it but I loved the cubbys.
This will make great storage for wood spools of old lace.
Wonder if I should paint it or leave it?

Next year...IF we go, it will have to be decent weather.

Now I really need to quit shopping and get this stuff put where it belongs...why are flea markets so darn much fun! My flea market treasures from last weekend are posted here and here.

Did you find any treasures this weekend?

Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

More treasures from the flea market

It was a perfectly beautiful day today. We had a slow light rain last night but the sun broke out this morning.

The first wren showed up today (about a week early) so I started putting out wren houses. I like to circle the house with bird houses hoping to fill them up with wrens. Then I have stereo wrens singing all summer!

 I can't wait for them to come back each spring. I also set up a new set of houses when the babies are about the leave the nest. I hang one near their current home hoping they will start over again with a second batch and half of them will.

Okay, as promised...here is more of my loot from this last weekends flea market!
PS... My white finds from this flea market were posted yesterday here for White Wednesday.

My two most favorites besides the Italian tole tables is this beautiful blue Camark pottery piece.
Silly me...I must be out of the loop...I had never heard of Camark pottery until that day.
I love this thing!

And in the same booth was this beautiful Hubley door stop that I could not walk away from. 
Guess I have a thing for blue lately!

Outside was a woman who must have wanted to just get rid of stuff. This large and very heavy mirror was marked $12 and before I could barely say anything she said I could have it for $8! I told her I would have paid the $12 but she said no.
I immediately thought how pretty it would be painted and antiqued white especially with the silvering turning bad in a few spots.
I brought it home and to my surprise Mr. Wild said it would look good in the bathroom above the sink (in the new home we plan to start building in a couple of years) 
Works for me!!!!

Mirror detail...

A few old wood pieces I can either leave as is or paint, great little display pieces.

It was hard to get a good picture of this but it must be about 7 to 8 feet long. This will make a great hanger for things in my workshop.

It's painted the most beautiful shade of turquoise green and all crackled and chippy.

A display basket that I will paint white and use to keep my vintage crochet laces.

And here are the awesome Italian Tole tables....
One of them even still had the metal Made In Italy tag on it!

I don't know if anyone else will like these as much as I did but I just love them!

They are not easy to photograph so I set them on the front porch on some wrinkled muslin. They are back in the screened in porch until I can find a place for them in the house.

As soon as I saw them I thought of my mother..she would have given anything to own these! 

I saw them the first day but passed on them. When I came back the second day they were still there and she lowered the price. (she did not want to pack them up again) I still didn't buy them but I did come back and hour later and she then lowered the price again...what could I do!!!!

I found one table on the internet for sale for $295...way too much plus it was missing a rose! 
I didn't pay any where near that price...not even close!

My tables are perfect and look like they were never used.
If you click on a picture to enlarge it, they will look so much better.

Thanks for stopping by!

Beware...the deer ticks are out in full force this year. I've been finding them on me already.

Linking to;
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
Ivy and Elephants for Whats It Wednesday
The Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday
From My Front Porch To Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
Faith, Grace and Crafts for Pearls and Lace Thursday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The first flea market of the season....at last!!!!

Finally...what I have waited for all winter...the first flea market of the season!

I'm posting my white finds for White Wednesday but I have more treasures to show that are not white.

I'll post the rest of my 'loot' tomorrow.

It was so fun to get out and walk and dig through old stuff again, I actually went back the second day just to look, not to buy, although I did give in to a pair of Italian tole gold gilt end tables (roses) that were too cheap to pass up and just stunning...I'll take pictures of them tomorrow.

One of the very first things I found was this chippy old and very heavy iron headboard...just what I wanted for my garden!

A little detail...

I found 2 more 'cheap' chamber pots to put outdoor plants in....

A pair of doorknobs, piece of chippy trim, Hall gravy boat and I love this tall sleek pitcher!

It's a Haviland and looked so unusual to me and it was too cheap to pass by!

I had 2 glorious days searching for treasure.
Thanks for stopping and come back for tomorrows treasures! 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Bachman's Spring Idea House

  It's about time I showed you a few pictures from the Bachman's Spring Idea House.
I went with my girlfriend about 2 weeks ago and just finally found the time to get these out of my camera. 

I think peonies are one of my favorite flowers and theirs were about perfect...

A lovely table setting...

More peonies...

I enjoyed this old table filled with plants and old books...

I think my favorite room was the kitchen with this neat wood piece above the stove and there's my mom's old mixer!

The wire baskets hanging in front of the window was fun...
to the right and the left of the sink are old scoops holding a pump bottle of soap...

The old farm sink and check out the doors...the old newspaper...

This little cubby was fun but I got a kick out of the old rug beater used as an apron hanger...

On the enclosed front porch was this peat pot garland. Using a string of Christmas lights, they made holes in the bottom of the peat pots and inserted the light bulb. A few pots had decorative holes punched in near the rims.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bluebirds and Forget-Me-Nots

What started out as a simple little bluebird butter pat turned into a craving for more blue...bluebirds and forget-me-nots...

I hit a sale this week and found this shabby but pretty bluebird plate along with...

this shabby little bluebird pitcher...

and here's the lovely blue bird butter pat I picked up from my friends Etsy shop...

Then I spotted this pretty tea cup and saucer that was a steal at $7.95

I went back another day because I couldn't get this sweet little forget-me-not plate out of my head...

 and this pretty one cup tea pot with the little plate, I'd love to find a matching tea cup.

Now that ought to keep me happy for awhile.... how could one resist such vintage beauty!!!

I was just over visiting Miss Gracie's Blog. I clicked on her link to picmonkey and played a little with this pitcher image. Stop by her blog and see what she has done...it's kind of fun!

Thanks for stopping!

Linking to;
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Faded Charm for White Wednesday
Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
Faith, Grace and Crafts for Pearls and Lace Thursday
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Chippy white cast iron...

I may have accidentally started a new collection...old grates!

I love this very heavy old cast iron grate, I wonder what it was used for? It has the best chippy white paint that made it irresistible to me. I'll be able to find several places to display this old chunk of metal!

(A few bunnies are still on the loose from Easter....)

And just 2 more of the common grates, sort of plain and ordinary, that will find a place eventually among my clutter.

Thanks for stopping by!

Linking to;
Faded Charm for White Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Vintage pink door and prom dress...

This is the very pink corner in my bedroom hallway.
I just picked up the pink door in Missouri recently not really knowing exactly where I was going to put it when I got home but I knew I couldn't walk away from it at $18.
Mr. Wild managed to squeeze it into the camper for me.

As we were driving around MO it dawned on me that it would go well with my 'new' old dress form that I picked up a few weeks ago so that I could display the prom dress I bought at a yard sale last spring for $5.

It's just all fell together without any effort. It's very pink but I love it.

I added the pink chiffon purse I found at another yard sale last summer, it still had the party invitation for the your girl who owned it at one time.

The heart rhinestone necklace seemed to be the right thing...

Not sure if this is a camisole or what but I love all the hand crochet that is on it and I hung it on a hand crochet hanger I made along with a fabric rose I made last summer.

I also found this old milk stool while we were away. A couple of years ago I saw a woman carrying one around at a flea market like this only it wasn't white. I vowed I'd find one some day and there it was in a shop just waiting for me, with white paint...all the better.

The rest of my Missouri and Iowa finds can be found here from an earlier post this week.

Linking to these parties;
 How Sweet The Sound for Pink Saturday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday
From My Front Porch To Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
Faith, Grace and Crafts for Pearls and Lace Thursday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Missouri Finds....

As promised, here are a few of my finds from our trip last week to Missouri
Not everything is here...I found an awesome pink door that I'll save for another post and a few other little things.

I've wanted a McCoy vase like this but they can be pricey...I grabbed this one at $10.
A stack of butter pats for $3 (for all of them!). The rose cups were $3 and $4.
I like the pretty and perfect as well as the crazed and aged.

I really wanted to find a pair of old porch parts so that I could use them as brackets and make a shelf. The shop just happened to have 2.

The 6 plates were a steal at $1.95 for all of them.

I seem to have a new obsession with tub feet and these have the prettiest rust and white coloring.
They will serve as bookends eventually.

This cute little plant stand had to come home with me...it's larger than it appears here.

And the beginning of my new collection...chamber pots! I never dreamed I would like these but the price was so good and I'm thinking they will make pretty flower planters for the porch this summer.
I'm going to keep picking them up when they are as cheap as these were...$5 and $10. I love the crazed one best. (I know...a little weird to want old 'chamber pots'!!!) Ah yes...the good old days! 

That's it for now but I can't wait to show how my pink door and pink prom dress turned out...I'll probably post if for Pink Saturday this week.

I also went to the Bachman's Spring Ideas House yesterday with my girlfriend...found lots of neat ideas and I took a lot of pictures. I'll post some of them in a day or two.

Thanks for stopping!!!!

Linking to;
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
 Faded Charm for White Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
Ivy And Elephants for What's It Wednesday
The Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday
From My Front Porch To Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home