Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Weary Hunter

The Sisters 'Shades of Light' Designs
Did you ever dream that “Treasure Hunting and Selling” would be so much work? It seems that I am still catching up on my needed sleep reserve after Warrenton, Estate Sale, floor rebuilding, lampshade designing, plus Fredericksburg Trade Days, then had fun helping Kim Hughes of Bungalow set up her Country Living space.   

Warrenton Treasures that we sold

Ray, sweet hubby

Did I mention that I also have a hubby and keep my grand daughter once a week? Of course, no one wants to hear about my bemoaning or “wonder woman” syndrome. BUT, Want to see my cape?

The weeks since Texas Antique Week have been busy, but never too busy to uncover new places or to tromp through my local haunts for more “treasures “. Ray, aka hubby, shared a video of a gentleman in Texas that found a 1600’s Danish art work at his Goodwill, so I am always on the hunt for one of those. That alone is enough to rummage through the thrift stores and vintage dirt.
Lamps, Shades & Bigs!

A recent trip to Waco, took us through Marlin, where Hubby showed me his Grandmother Carter’s home and the streets that he played on as a young boy. It just so happened that I spotted several thrift stores, and Ray was gracious to indulge my fixation on “treasures”. Thirty minutes later we were loading up lamps, shades, and “smalls” (which I tell Betsy, my sister & partner, we have enough). There are times when power shopping is essential. Since we were in my Honda, it didn’t all fit, so we must return for the BIG “TREASURES”!
Only the Tangerine Tango Sofa is coming home
 Thinking of returning this weekend, and I am certain that across the street it read “AUCTION – MAY 5”. Also the proprietor stated there were a total of 2 or 3 estate sales this weekend! So I have been preparing, by getting plenty of rest, haircut scheduled for today and bank account balanced. I think that I am ready, Good Lord willing!  Blogging has also been work, so I am ready for a nap!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

We are Hunters (of vintage goods)

  I love finding a treasure that was handmade by someone with a creative mind.  This cigar box storage cabinet is the perfect example.  It was filled with screws and nozzles and springs and made me wonder about the person who created and used it.  I just loved the imperfections of it.
  What an eclectic mix... from cowboy hats to a violin case (unfortunately there was no violin to go with it), to fruit and cheese containers and crates to a handmade tool box.  This describes my taste- eclectic chic!
       At our Garden Club Thrift store I had found a large fox collar (most likely it came off of a vintage wool coat). I also added to our vintage wedding dress collection with this 50's beauty.

This is one of my favorite colors, so it was a no brainer to buy this aqua shelf and as a bonus, there was on old phone shelf (like they used to have mounted on walls).
I got six old soda crates (two shown below).  I've seen ideas of using them as planters, a birdhouse, table centerpieces, Any other ideas?  You can also see the phone shelf in the picture and the legs of two mid century folding chairs. I'm betting there were once four and a card table to match!
Elaine went "hunting" also, but I'll let her post her pictures.  I'm thinking of hunting at a salvage yard this afternoon, sound like fun?
Betsy of Sisters Treasures