I have felt a little bit like I’ve been in a bubble since we moved here this summer. I have the places I know and can get to without a GPS and then there is the rest of Minnesota. When I lived in PA, I made a point to get out and about every couple of weeks. It was important for creativity to step away from my computer, studio, and home for a while. I’ve made little trips here and there, but there has been so much to keep me busy at home, that I haven’t done as much exploring as I would like. So, that bubble is pretty small right now.
I decided I really needed to get away from the house this week, so I checked out a local antique store and I am so glad I did. Not only did I find some great stuff, but I found a place that is likely to be a favorite spot when I just need to get out and dig through piles of old things. Of course, these shopping trips won’t be anything like the ones in PA, because I’m not doing retail at this point. I’ll just be buying things for my house.
Anyway, here is what I bought…
I’ve been looking through Craigslist for a small, antique table that I could use in the studio as a desk or photo surface, work table, etc. This one was the perfect size, I loved the rustic top, and those turned legs and just lovely.
That drawer also has a zinc-bottom, which is just cool!
Now, I wish more of that green paint was showing! I might try to sand off more of the brown to expose it, but we’ll see. It might just get repainted, but I’ll put some resist on, so that green will still show through.
The top does need some light sanding, just to smooth it a bit.
It was a great find and just what I was looking for.
A piece that was a total impulse buy was this hand-made wooden barn! Isn’t it so sweet? It was $28, so I couldn’t leave it there at that price.
It will definitely be painted, which will be such a fun project.
Some other smalls I bought were this unique hand broom…
…a wooden pig cutting board…
…and this other uniquely-shaped board. I just liked the detail on it. Anyone know what it was used for? Maybe fish?
I also picked up this wooden utensil…
…and brass bird clip…
…and this amazing basket…
The weave of it and hardware caught my eye immediately.
It does need some rinsing, but that’s an easy thing to do. The only problem is that I would usually just hose down something like this outside, but it’s just a wee bit cold outside here in Minnesota. It might have to get a rinse in the shower.
And, I found ironstone which made me feel even more at home here.
I bought a cute pitcher for $12. I also bought a bowl for $15.
I bought a pretty pine dresser, too, but it’s still in my van! I’m not 100% sure where it’s going, yet, but it’s one of those pieces that could work in five different rooms. I was in love with it and it was a good price, so it came home with me. I’ll share that when I find a new home for it.
One more find… I didn’t get this locally, but bought it off of eBay a couple of weeks ago…
It’s a Civil War era quilt with beautiful indigo-dyed fabric and detailed quilting. It is faded in some places and literally a little rough around the edges, so it was well priced at $70. I just fold it to show the best side.
It was musty, so I threw it in the wash. I’ve shared this before…if I can’t wash it and use it in my home, there is no point in having it. I wash it and just keep my fingers crossed! In the case of this quilt, it was a happy ending and another beautiful blue & white quilt is added to my small collection.
It was a successful antique shopping trip and gave me encouragement to seek out more local shops, so I can continue to find “my spots.”