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great finds, the one thing I won’t paint and a giveaway


I set out Sunday afternoon to hit an antique mall I hadn’t been to in a while.  I really need to start building up a stash for the Lucketts Antique Market in May.  Well, the antique mall I wanted to mill around in was closed.  Like, forever.  So, hmmm…I have a couple hours to myself.  Where can I go?  I pulled out my handy iPhone and looked up some antique stores in the area.  The first one I went to was a bust.  Mostly.  I did find this awesome camera…

It was super cheap, but it was about the only thing in the place that was.  So, I headed to the next place on my phone.  It didn’t look promising.  It’s a tiny, little…almost a shed.  At first glance, I thought it was going to be stuff with reproduction primitives, based on the name and the outside.  I started walking around and this caught my eye…

I know it will sound crazy, but I’ve been looking for a wire dish rack for about ten years.  I always look at them, but they are almost always priced around $40, which is just too high in my opinion.  This one was a good deal, so I snapped it up and kept meandering around.  This shop was awesome.   The proprietress has a wonderful eye and fair pricing.  Then, I spotted these…

This shop had a lot of great ironstone at good prices.  Score!

And it got even better.  I found some apothecary bottles…

…a landscape black & white group portrait, a farm table and this beautiful bird’s eye maple dresser. 

Lest you think I paint everything, one thing I won’t paint is gorgeous bird’s eye maple.  Isn’t this piece gorgeous?  I wish I could justify keeping it.  (Someone mentioned really wanting this in an anonymous comment and it will be for sale at Lucketts.)

I’m keeping this place a secret for now, so the locals don’t raid it.  Can you blame me? 
Now for the giveaway!  I bought one of these a few weeks ago from Christine at Wild Rose.  I loved it so much I went to the source and bought a few more for some girls on the blog who wanted them and a couple for my space at Lucketts.  I also bought one to giveaway!

If you would like to win an antique metal caddy (I think it’s English) with clay pots, just leave a comment. 

The giveaway closes Friday, April 15 at midnight EST. 
By the way, I haven’t forgotten about all of your waxing questions.  I have been up to my eyeballs in summer HGTV tutorials and I need to get those finished before I can sit down and write a lengthy technical post.  Want a preview of one of my projects?

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  1. I'm re-doing my bedroom and this would be an added touch

  2. Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Great finds! I would LOVE to win that adorable basket!

  4. Pick Me! I love that caddy! :)

  5. Fabulous caddy! Saw one of these about 7 years ago and I'm STILL kicking myself for not snatching it up.

  6. Anonymous says:
  7. I am a collector…of…everything vintage. My sister has recently moved into a new home with little storage. She has decided she deserves one of my chest of drawers (since I have so much storage ha-ha) I hesitantly agreed BUT I told her she isn't allowed to paint the piece. It is birds eye maple too. She called me last night and said, "well you were right Miss Mustard Seed won't paint birds eye maple either." :) :)

  8. I loved that caddy when you got the first one……the pots remind me of Guy Wolf's pots from CT…….. He always has the highly visible circles showing, but these look too old to be done by him. It's fabulous, and can see it for so many uses plants this summer, (peach colored Geraniums, to be exact), and possibly some real green plants in some, and Qtips, Make up brushes, etc. in the bathroom in the winter :)

  9. I love this carrier. Would love and be shocked to win!! Thanks!

  10. Tax deadline–check! Miss Mustard Seed clay pot collection giveaway deadline–check check!!! :) Please count me in!! Fingers crossed!


  11. Yes please! I love this!

  12. oh, I sure would love to have those lovely pots and the wire holder… and thank you for your teriffic blog..

  13. sounds like you found a gem! I would love to enter! It looks so cool!

  14. I love your site and all your wonderful projects. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas.

  15. I would love to win this!

  16. I absolutely love reading your blog – your tutorials are wonderful!

  17. Wow, over 600 comment, my chances are slim but I still wanted to say what great finds you got! I love the camera. I always keep my eye out for them for my son who's a photographer. The ironstone is amazing and so is that dresser! Glad you are not painting it. :)

  18. Love your blog and all the beautiful projects.
    Thanks so much for sharing your talent.

  19. Please enter me! And thank you for being so full of wonderful and helpful information, tips, etc.

  20. I know envy is a sin but I am jeaaaaaalous over that camera! Excellent finds! I suddenly have the urge to go antiquing….

  21. Suzanne says:

    I read your blog faithfully, but have never posted a comment until now. I just had to say how much I love the birdseye dresser. I have a dresser with mirror and a chest of drawers made of birdseye that belonged to my mother. I sold my bedroom furniture so I could have the pieces in my house after my mother died. It makes me feel closer to her.

  22. i would love to win!!!

  23. Hey Girl love your blog. You have great taste.
    Love Love Love the wire basket with the clay pots. Would look soooooooooooo good in my home.

    Thanks Lynda

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