I love the pretty and shiny stuff: postcards, rhinestones, lace, chain, buckle, cute little pink jar, a silver fabric rose. The rhinestones are from a yard sale and everything else is from an antique store.
I also love the very serious patina going on with these two trays from one of the yard sales. They've been well used and maybe a little abused, but they sure have character.
Then there's this beauty......
I'm going to go through my keys to see if I can find one that might work.
Look at all that
rust patina. I'm seeing a strange face in this handle.
This is the antique tool box (trunk) I bought at an estate sale several weeks ago. It was in their garage buried under a pile of cardboard boxes; I didn't waste any time digging it out. I had left it at my mom's house, so when she brought it back to me it was like discovering it all over again.
It's full of little compartments and has a removable box that sits on top. I think of the hands that constructed it, the old tools it once stored, and all the places it's probably been. I washed it all down to get rid of the dirt and a few droppings from little visitors, but other than that I'm going to leave it alone. So much character.