junk spectrum

Hello! Hello! Have your holidays kicked off with a bang this weekend?  Mine certainly did and I am exhausted! Besides indulging in festivities I also managed to source some fab junk that span the spectrum of fave vintage categories. So here’s what I’m buying these days…

Starting small with Ball mason jars. I see more soap dispensers in my future.

A rusty jar thingy. Anyone know what this was once used for? I have a transformation in mind.

A heavy contained floral frog.

I scored a pair of iron steps. These were used on an old horse & buggy so passengers could step inside. I hope to transform these into practical hooks.  Stay tuned.

I managed to find 2 old grain sacks in decent condition. I’m very excited about them!

An itty bitty primitive egg basket. Have you ever seen one so small?

More wiry goodness in the form of a small rusty pink pram. I’m thinking both of these would be lovely in a spring display.

A pretty sweet distressed leather suitcase. Loving…

I bought a whole set of Victorian iron fencing like the segment below in a private sale. I’ve got a few projects in mind for them. The fencing literally opened the door for me to many other picks. The woman who sold them invited me into her garage and next thing I knew I was sifting through piles of her family heirlooms and making offers in true American Pickers style. How exhilarating. I will be going back later this week to pick ’em up. Stay tuned for photos on those items.

One of my favorite finds this weekend were these old lab stools at a flea market in NJ. I bought them from a great dealer who also sells on etsy. He had such a neatly curated stash of industrial vintage. I am going to pair the stools with a wooden high top table we already own which will be in the man cave when it is finished. Is it bad that I am shopping for the man cave before construction on it has even begun? Maybe worse that I am shopping for the man cave at all considering I told Ryan he could style it. Hmmph. I can’t help myself.

And finally, my favorite this week. In another private sale I bought an iron patio set with 4 chairs in excellent condition plus a matching table.  The curves are awesome. Who buys patio furniture in December?

So although it is freezing outside and yard sales are long gone, there are still plenty of vintage deals to be done. Pick on!

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slim pickin

I spent the weekend at the beach again. My favorite place ev-er. My mom was there again too and we had high expectations of a repeat from a few weekends ago when we had about a zillion awesome vintage finds.

Guess what. Didn’t happen.

Too bad we had basically mapped out our Saturday morning sales. Most of them were canceled because it poured from about 7-9 am during prime set up time. Then the “antique” estate sale we went to was a total bust. The house was completely bizarre and filled with items that could’ve been props in a medieval setting. No interest.

We moved on to the flea market that my mom saw advertised on a sign. Surely we could find some must have items there. Not so fast. Turns out that took place last weekend!

We were losing steam so we decided to go to our tried and true antique stores in Cape May. Obviously there would be vintage to see there. We wandered around for a bit and then hit a craft fair. Ugh, craft fairs can be so lame but I figured there would be some vintage vendors dabbled in and sure enough I was right. Plus it was sunny by this time. Bonus.

All and all the morning wasn’t a total loss. Here’s what we found…

I scored this delicate Victorian birdcage for a song.

Because the detailing on the woodwork on the left side has to be glued back on. No problem.

My mom’s big find was this adorable pint-sized wicker rocker. Perfect for my little niece.

And here were the only other little things I found. A couple of glass floral frogs.

Several sets of old hooks for my shutters.

Really, really old hooks.

I have been on a tin kick and the blue & green colors of the charming little cottage drew me in. Check out the patina.

So that sums it up. The rest of the weekend was spent trying to get these 2 crazy dogs to pose for a decent picture together. That was also only mildly successful.

How was your weekend?

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