Last Saturday, when I was in Raleigh visiting Jeff’s family for Thanksgiving, I spent the better part of the day shopping local with a great group of ladies. We met up at the Raleigh Flea Market, hit a few antique stores and lunched at a local soup & sandwich shop.
This is the second time I’ve done a meet-up like this in Raleigh and it was such a special day. I loved getting to connect with other women who enjoy decorating and antiques as I do. We were an eclectic mix, but we all had that common ground. And not only did I get to connect with them, but they connected with each other.
And we all found stuff that “spoke” to us.
I found this cool stool for $25 right off the bat. Of course, I’m going to make a cover for the seat.
I also picked up this little rolling stool. We have a similar one at the studio and Kriste and I love to use it when we’re working on furniture. We silently fight over it, so I’ve been on the lookout for another one. I also got this sweet wooden basket that’s the perfect color green… A little cast iron sheep bank… …two sets of wooden Indian clubs with a gorgeous patina…
A silver plated napkin ring to add to my collection…
I pick them up here and there and I love mixing and matching them when I set a table.
And a winged pig. There’s just something sweet and hopeful about him, isn’t there?
And my favorite find is this goat cart. I’ve wanted one for years. I remember spotting one at a yard sale about 15 years ago, practically diving out of the car to claim it, but it was still too expensive, even at a yard sale. Over the years, I’ve been tempted to buy one, but I was never sure exactly what I would do with it. I like this one because the side rails are missing, so it’s just a flat top and that makes it more functional. Well, as far as goat carts go. I suppose it’s debatable that they are functional at all without a goat involved…
The wheels were a bit of a orange sherbet color, so I painted them in MMS Milk Paint Farmhouse White, but left the top and handle wood.
I imagined putting a small tree on it, but I haven’t gotten that far in my Christmas decorating, so I tried using it as a coffee table for the daybed in the family room. I layered a woven basket on top and a dough bowl filled with fresh greens and a pillar candle.
It’s just a fun piece that makes me smile.