A few things happened last week that haven’t happened in months…since February or March. No 1 – We had a church service! It was outdoors, but it was so awesome to see our church family, sing and worship together, and hear from our senior pastor. No 2 – The boys got haircuts! That might not sound like a big deal to you, but if you’ve ever had to chase down middle-school boys to wash their greasy mop of hair, then you know how nice it is to have it short! I tried to cut it for them, but I made the mistake of cutting Sebastian’s hair first and they judge my abilities on that hack job. Fair enough.
No 3 – I got to go to some antique stores! I had my mask and hand-sanitizer right with me and I drove separately from my friend as a precaution, but I was itching to get out and hunt. It’s just such a different experience than browsing online. My local antiquing buddy, her son, and I went to a parking lot sale happening at an antique store about 15 minutes outside of Rochester that I had never been to. I have a few big things I’m looking for…a bench, settee, or sofa to put under the window in the master bedroom, a dresser for Jeff’s side table, but I was also looking for accessories…frames, old books, things that make good planters, ironstone (always), etc.
We ended up stopping at two shops and then I went to two more by myself. I didn’t find any of the big stuff on my list, but I did find some wonderful small pieces and a couple of unexpected finds.
I found a bunch of ironstone, more than I have on any other shopping trip in MN – three pitchers and two large bowls. One of the pitchers has a hole in the bottom, so it was well priced. Actually, they all were. The pitcher and bowl wash sets were under $30/each! The smaller pitcher was $10.
I also got a boars bristle brush and a couple of antique transferware plates in my favorite shade of blue. The brush was $10 and the plates were $12 for the pair.
I snapped up this sweet green metal picnic basket for $15…
…and some vintage and antique books that ranged from $3-5/each. Most of them had the library cards still in them!
The child’s chalkboard was $15. I don’t have a specific spot for it, but I figured I could use it as a photo prop at the very least. When it doubt, it’s a photo prop!
One of my best finds was a set of four lithograph prints $24. Of course, I didn’t buy them for the prints, but for the frames! They are the perfect size for landscapes, so I’m going to remove the prints and glass and use them for my paintings.
In addition to these smalls, I bought a sweet 1950’s kitchen chair to paint and use in my sewing room at the desk, a stool with pretty turned legs (also to paint), and a homemade wood shelf that fits perfectly in a nook above my bathtub. I was planning to add some shelves there, but I love the idea of using a vintage piece. I’ll fill it with some rolled-up towels, soaps, bottles, etc.
Speaking of the bathtub, we’re starting a few big projects in our house including the master bath! I’ve been planning out a renovation for a while, but we kept putting it off. Well, now we’re moving forward and I can’t wait! There will be marble, in case you were wondering…
Getting out of the house to shop for antiques was a small thing, but it was so good! I have been carrying the energy and inspiration through the weekend and ending up decorating when I should’ve been cleaning. “I’ll just hang this before I run the vacuum…” turned into rearranging bookcases, applying gold leaf to a frame, hanging pictures, and I am enlisting the boys to help me move around some furniture. One thing leads to another…