In addition to the dresser and mirror my mom and I found for the guest room, I found a few other fun finds on our two shopping trips to local antique stores. I still need to do a lot more exploring to find “my honey holes”, but that will come with time. I lived in PA for several years before I found all of my favorite places.
Junk Bonanza is coming up April 11-13 (more details are below) and I’m looking forward to doing a bit of shopping there while I attend to teach MMS Milk Paint demos and sell some antiques. It was a great event last year with top-notch dealers, so I’m expecting to find some antique pieces on the running wish-list for my house.
Anyway, here are the things I found while hitting some local places…
I bought this cute little wooden horse. It was just a few dollars and I love the shape and weathered finish on it. It looks like it’s off of child’s pull toy or something.
I also found a vintage t-square that I can use on my drafting table. It was filthy and needed a good scrub, but it was only $3.00 and it cleaned up nicely!
Along those same lines, I bought two old rulers. I loved the patina on these as well as the printed advertising. I use rulers all of the time in the studio to measure and use as a straight edge, so I’ll actually put these to use.
This ruler was my favorite…
I did find one piece of ironstone – the bottom bowl in the picture below. It was $15, so I couldn’t pass it up…
And, I bought an ottoman/footstool for $24! It is solid as a rock and has pretty legs…
Just ignore the upholstery! You know I’ll be fixing that soon.
I found a few other things, too, but I’ll share those in another post.
And, speaking of antiques, as I said above, I will be at Junk Bonanza April 11-13, 2019, in Shakopee, MN! I went last year to teach milk paint demos and act as their Instagram correspondent, but this year I will have a booth with Midwest Cottage Finds (one of my MMS Milk Paint retailers) in addition to selling our line of paint and finishes and teaching demos. I will have antiques and painted pieces to sell (mostly displaced items from my own collections, so it’ll be good stuff!) Chris of Midwest Cottage Finds is also bringing the most beautiful pieces. I want to buy all of the stuff she’s sent me pictures of so far!
We will also be offering paint-on-the-spot services for furniture for a small fee! It might prove to be a colossally crazy idea, but I’m hoping it will be a fun service to offer as well as a great way for us to show the milk paint on different pieces. I’ll share more details about it, but we have limited slots available, so send me an e-mail if you’re interested (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It won’t be like furniture-makeover-frenzy leading up to Lucketts, but I will be showing some pieces that we’re bringing over the next few weeks. Early bird tickets are on sale and I hope we’ll see you there!