Well, this is the last of my Gold Rush Days finds from 2021, but I saved a good one for last! I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to go to an antique market that particular day. I am almost always in the mood to shop for antiques, but it was a hot and sticky Friday at the end of a very busy week. I just didn’t know if I wanted to go through the trouble. But, I had a list that had been sitting on my desk for several weeks of things I’d like to look for at the market and my friend Cheri was planning on going whether I went or not. She got to the event early Friday morning and started sending me pictures of things she spotted that I might like. That was enough to get me out of bed to get ready to go.
I remember thinking, as I walked into town from my parking space by the shed in someone’s yard, that I probably wouldn’t buy anything unless I could tuck it into my backpack. The idea of driving through the crowds to pick up bulky things just seemed like too much of a hassle. (Can you tell I was in a funk?!) I would probably just stay for an hour or so, look around, check it off the list, and go home.
Meeting Cheri instantly perked me up. We’ve been to Gold Rush Days two other times together and we always have a great time and find interesting things. My attitude started to improve, but after about 30 minutes of looking, nothing really excited me. But then, I spotted this awesome blue and white banner draped over a table. I was drawn to it immediately because of the color, but also because it would be a unique piece of art. I figured it would be expensive, though. Most things with typography on them just are these days. I turned the tag… $42. What?! Only $42!! I said aloud to Cheri, “How is this even still here?!” I rolled up it to immediately claim it as mine. That booth happened to be where I found the antique cabinet for the family room as well, so I hit the jackpot with that vendor and immediately got over my notion that loading anything in my van wouldn’t be worth the trouble.
I do need to iron it (mom), but here is the banner hung in the family room…
Isn’t it perfect?! I think I ended up getting it for $35 along with a small discount on the cabinet, so it was even a better score.
I asked the gentleman I purchased it from if he knew its story. He said he was buying some items from an estate in Wisconsin and the gentleman running the sale told him he should buy this banner, so he did. I was hoping for a bit more information on it than that! What is it for? A union? A moose lodge or rotary blub? A scout troop? I did a Google search to see if I could find anything and I didn’t, so let me know if you have any ideas.
I initially wasn’t sure if it would work in the basement family room, but the blues play nicely together. Even more so in person than in the pictures.
My favorite part is the lettering, which looks to be made of twill tape. I’m drawn to the homemade quality of it and the fact that it’s imperfect. I am not a perfectionist when I make something, but I can be a little hard on myself over my mistakes. I often devalue my own work because of imperfections or perceived imperfections, but I need to remember that it’s imperfections, repairs, and the clear evidence of someone’s hand that makes something even more attractive to me. It shows a level of care that isn’t present with things that are machine-made.
In other basement family room news, I got the primer coat put on the fireplace and couldn’t help but do a little bit of styling. It looks a little one-note at this point, but the tile will be painted with textured paint and followed up with a coat of a dark blue/gray color to look more like slate. I think it’ll provide a nice transition between the blue walls and mantle and the black firebox surround.
I do love how the leather-bound books and natural elements look with the rich blue paint color. (In case you missed it, it’s Oval Room Blue.)
I was hoping to get some more painting done last week, but the week just got away from me. The room is already feeling better, though, and much more intentional. I’m getting excited about adding the curtains and pillows, hanging things on the wall, etc. There’s a lot still to finish, but it’s all coming together slowly.