my dad the antiquer

It seems like it’s been awhile since I’ve done a Sunday night treasure post. But I’m back with a little story this Father’s Day evening…

There are a ton of interesting blogs out there about collecting, thrifting, antiquing, etc. that I enjoy reading. I find that I click on the ‘about’ sections and so many tell a similar story…in a nut shell, the collector acquired their interest from their family. Either they were raised by antique dealers or hardcore thrifters and the interest was passed down. Makes sense to continue doing what you’ve always known, right?

Which is exactly how I didn’t develop this passion of mine.  You see, my interest is one that I’ve acquired all on my own as a young adult and it has evolved into a lifestyle.  My parents were not the type to go to flea markets or even hunt through thrift stores when I was a kid. They were not antiquers. They shopped at the tried and true commercial stores and bought new.  Don’t get me wrong, they were always sentimental about family heirlooms and treasures from their childhood.   We have many family pieces among us that tell a story.

A few years ago I dug an old, very cool, metal orange milk crate out of my dad’s garage that was holding tools or something else nondescript.  I asked him if I could have it.  He tried to tell me I didn’t want it because it was junk.  I said, “you watch!”  Little did he know at the time was that junk was going to be the fuel of my small business.  A week later he witnessed someone buy his crate from me.  That person saw the same potential I saw.

Although not an avid antiquer then, my dad wasn’t exactly new to “junk” but had never seen an item for more than exactly what it was or it’s original purpose.  Actually he’s always able to give me some background on an item I need more history on.  And now he thinks outside of the box and sees further potential in a found treasure like I would.

In developing my interests and business, I have been able to influence my parents over the years and they’ve certainly become antiquers. They hunt for treasures, brake for barn sales and call to ask me what I think like I’m the expert. I love it! I simply love that I have been able to sway them in such a way. I love the dynamic among us.

So anyway this week’s treasures were picked by my parents for me.  They picked out a few staples that I tend to go for.  I think they nailed it.

Enamel pots.  One of my original loves.  A really heavy one too!  And a small old ironing board.  I’m officially collecting these.  I have 3 in various sizes and heights.  Ironing boards are so versatile and pack up so easily.

An ash bucket.  I probably would’ve missed this but I’m so glad they picked it out.  It’s classic.  We will probably fill it with wood and keep it on the hearth of the fireplace.

A couple of old washboards.  Did you know these are being used as musical instruments?  I didn’t and tend to pass them up.  Fortunately my parents found a wood one and a brass one with beautiful patina.

The other side of The Brass King.  I will have to bring these into the shop so we can play during down times.

I think my mom and dad did pretty good out there!  I’m so glad that I’ve been able to share my passion and hobby with my parents.  Do you have any shared interests with your parents?

Oh and, finally, here is a harvest table that I picked up last week.  I love everything about its rustic and worn style.  Unfortunately it is just a bit too big for our dining room and we actually don’t need it anyway.  Darn because I think it is pretty amazing.  It’ll go in the shop when I’m ready to part with it.

Happy Father’s Day!  Thanks for reading a little bit about us.

spring cleaning

What an absolutely gorgeous weekend!  I’m sad to see it come to an end.  The sun was shining.  Birds were chirping.  Daffodils were blooming.  And I successfully purged and organized the growing hoard in the garage.  For real.  I took 4 boxes to the thrift store on Saturday and did not step foot in the store to shop for more because that would pretty much cancel out the entire effort of purging.  Ok so the 4 boxes were tiny.  But still I purged. 

However, I did shop for some fab vintage earlier in the day.  I couldn’t let you down and not pursue any new finds.  So I shopped for you, my good friends.  My buys have certainly been more selective lately.  I’m buttoning up my buying strategy and only getting the most awesome vintage accessories I can find.  I have to really, really love it.  Like can’t-live-without-it love it.  You see the, um, stock room is full with my increasing furniture projects which only leaves a little room for the small vintage treasures.  And I’m fine with this strategy.  Just rollin with the punches here at Circa Dee, ya know.

So my neatly curated buys for the week…

You’re thinking it doesn’t look very exciting, aren’t you? And the cart the treasures are on is from a couple of weeks ago. Remember? I thought I would paint it this weekend but didn’t get to it. BTW I decided on a bold yellow for the cart in case you were wondering. I did manage to paint 3 other things though…also in yellow. Perhaps, my new fave color (after green that is). I will share those soon.

Anyway, the finds. I really, really love this teal bowl. I have a growing collection of antique mixing bowls in this color family. Yes, can’t live without it.  And the 3 bobbins just went so well so I got them too.

I love scales. I think we’ve established that. Although this scale is not super interesting looking I have never seen one quite like it so had to have it. The 30 pound Health-o-meter stork scale is circa 1930s/40s and would have been used in a pediatrician’s office. It has an enamel top – another love of mine. Currently it found a home on my bookshelf.

Finally my very first lot of transferware. I usually bypass it but for some reason I was drawn to the popular English collectible this weekend.

And the buy of the week was this big milk crate. I can just picture it filled with vases boasting cut flowers from my garden that I’ve yet to plant.

How was your weekend?

staycation

I love staycations!  I spent the last 3 days shopping, antiquing, junking, painting, crafting & gardening.  The exterior of our house is full on Christmas now while the inside is still celebrating Thanksgiving.  I also managed to find some Christmas gifts.  Geez, I’m exhausted come to think of it! 

Now onto the treasures…

I made it to several estate sales, an antique mall, junk shop, a flea market and an auction.  So here are the highlights.  I will spare you the shiny brites (there were many) and glass bottles (only a few).

A coveted petite aqua fan…

A pile of crusty, rusty funnels and a hose head – all with great patina and even a few graphics! I have a future project lined up for these.

A little old US postal scale.

Two sets of old hooks with a great green base. These came out of an old gas station. They were used for hanging hoses and things. I am thinking they would look pretty in a bathroom or mudroom.

A vintage Christmas tea towel.

Ok I have a problem. I bought another retro cooler. This one is aluminum.  Why? Why?

You think that is bad. Wait until you see what I am hoarding inside the cooler. More enamelware. I can’t stop. I need to. I have a problem. That is the first step though right? Admitting I have a problem.

A cute old cupcake pan.

And some architectural salvage. A chippy board, another frame and a huge spindle…all purchased with projects in mind.

That’s all folks…

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