I hope you had a great weekend! Mine ended up being unusually busy as we’re getting the house put back together after all of the projects, working on finishing other projects, getting ready for back-to-school, and trying to get back into some sort of a routine. As soon as the stay-at-home orders hit back in March, I was completely knocked off my usual routines and it has been a struggle to get them back. I’m working on it, though…getting there. I was really hoping to paint because I’ve been missing the easel and my palette, but I just ran out of time. Let’s talk about some antique finds today…
The Friday before my parents went back home to PA, my mom and I decided to hit a local antique store to see if we could find any of the items on my list. We were lucky to trip across an outdoor flea market with a few vendors set up around the antique mall. I really missed Gold Rush (the big antique events in Oronoco and Rochester every August) this year. This wasn’t the same at all, but it was a nice little surprise.
We actually did find a few things on my list and had a pretty successful excursion.
I found this beautiful footstool to use in my home office…
Of course, I am going to recover it, but the shape and legs are lovely. I am always on the lookout for footstools and small ottomans because they are so useful. I have them tucked all over the house for propping feet, as extra seating, or as a small step stool.
We also found a couple of antique wooden shoes. (Actually, we found these on an earlier shopping trip.) I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but at $10/pair, I couldn’t pass them up. I ended up hanging them above the coatrack in the foyer. Since it’s where we kick off our shoes, I thought it would be some fun 3D art. I am planning to paint at least one pair. I was planning on painting both, but one has a name and date written on it and it’s just too sweet to paint over. Maybe I’ll paint over the pencil lines…
I picked up these stacking vintage trays for $10. I like to use trays to frame out small objects in a grouping or collection. It just makes them look tidier. For now, they are just sitting on the small chest by the door until I figure out what to do with them.
$10 seemed to be the magic price, because I bought this vintage mannequin for $10 as well. Someone restrung the legs and arms with elastic, so it can only be in odd poses with the arms and legs bent, but I sort of like the quirkiness of it.
I also purchased a blue onion flour jar. I have a lot of blue onion spice and dry goods jars, but I didn’t have one for flour.
It’s a pretty piece and was $30. I put it on the shelf at the end of my kitchen island with the other pieces I have.
And, I bought this little basket for $1.00. It was the perfect size to tuck a planter inside. Unfortunately, I needed it to replace a large ironstone bowl Esmé broke! It wasn’t a particularly valuable bowl, but I’m always sad when a piece of old ironstone breaks. The basket is a good replacement, so it’ll just make a mess if it’s toppled, but it won’t break.
I bought a few other little things, but this was the bulk of the haul. I’m hoping to recover the footstool this week!
Have you scored any fun antiques in the past couple of weeks?
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