Thursday, October 24, 2013

A Fun Junking Weekend

You know I love a good junking adventure and this past weekend was no exception.  Four of us spent the weekend up at my mom's house where we shopped nonstop for three solid days. Yard sales, estate sales, thrift shops, GW, consignment shops, antique stores, and an antique street faire.  I think we ate an entire week's worth of food in those three days...must keep up our strength you know.  I already started on some of the things I brought home (not pictured), and now it's time to be sensible and get busy cleaning up and repurposing the rest of it.

I couldn't resist this chippy old table from one of the yard sales; it's rock solid sturdy and
could be used as a bench or a coffee table.  Now I'm on the hunt for some baskets to fit inside.  Let's not forget the rusty old folding step stool trying to push its way into the picture.

The lady I bought it from said it had been sitting in her yard for at least 20 years; no
surprise there.  It needs to be power washed hosed off, then I'll probably repaint the top
 and seal the rest.  

A box of playing cards that plays Happy Birthday when you wind it up.  The box holds two decks; one is complete and the other only has 51 cards. Darn!  Love the rusty metal treasures, old shoe form, and the big wire basket.  I wish I had two baskets, they'd be perfect for the old table.

A large rustic heart with a barbed wire hanger, skeleton keys, and chippy hooks.  

I'm getting anxious to dig into this pile of bits and pieces of old jewelry.

It's been a while since I came home with so many linens.  At one of the sales, I opened a big box and saw that it was stuffed with hankies, lace, tea towels, place mats, napkins, and a few table cloths.  No time was wasted sifting through all of them, so I made an offer on the whole box.  A few of the pieces were beyond anything I'm willing to deal with...not bad for an entire box. Score!

There were dozens of pretty hankies that just need to be ironed.  

Most of the dainty lace looks like it was removed from old clothing.

The baby bonnets have some staining, but aren't they adorable?

One of the sales we went to had piles of vintage linens in perfect condition.  They were cleaned, ironed, and priced to sell.  I sure wish this sale had been first on our list, I can only imagine the stuff that got away.  This is what I'm hoping everything from the big box lot will eventually look like.  Some will be coming with me to my upcoming shows, and some will eventually end up in my Etsy shop.

These ladies didn't want to haul anything back in the house and I'm sure they didn't have to.  My kind of sale!

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38 comments:

  1. Wow!!! Those look like they were fabulous sales, and so much fun doing it with your mom too!! :) LOVE the chippy bench, all that gorgeous jewelry, and all the pretty linens!! You lucky girl!! :) Can't wait to see some makings from the jewelry! :) Happy sweet day to you! xo Holly

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  2. OH this sounds like like a fun weekend! Finding goodies...making memories! Beautiful finds, Betsy!

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  3. Wow Betsy, These are a lot of great finds. The chippy table is wonderful and I certainly LOVE the lace pieces and white hankies. What a wonderful shopping trip!
    I hope your back is doing fine and wish you a lovely weekend!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  4. I love the old table! Great stash of jewelry, too. :)

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  5. Wow...just wow! Love that table, and I look forward to seeing the transformations that happen to some of the other goodies you found!

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  6. what a great stash of stuff !! jackpot on all of it

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  7. Oh my goodness! Yes, goodness! All of it! Love that table <3 and the linens would have made me so happy! The printed violet napkins (?) are just darling - my favorites. You always find such great stuff, and to spend a weekend at it, eating, laughing and having fun sounds like my idea of a great time. xo

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  8. I love the vintage jewelry and the lace and baby bonnets. I know you will make the prettiest things with them. And you had three days of this, sounds like the perfect weekend!

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  9. Gadzooks!!! Once again, SUCH awesome finds! The chippy crazed paint on that table is wonderful...hope you find the perfect baskets. Oh...and the linens!!! Your weekend with loved ones sounds like it was a blast!!

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  10. You found some great things and lots of them!! Two things pop out at me, those Vera napkins and that great pink necklace, maybe made into some earrings for Etsy??

    hugs,
    Linda

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  11. Great finds! I love the colorful hankies!

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  12. You found some really wonderful things! WoW- I love that old tin oil can and that last one with the linens is awesome! xo Diana

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  13. I spy some Vera linens in the bottom photo...you lucky duck! What a super haul at that sale!

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  14. What a HAUL!!!!!! Great finds, Betsy!!!

    xoxo

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  15. Oh my...you found some awesome goodies!! Sounds like you had a great time.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  16. Found great things. Different types of keys, jewels, hanky looks beautiful.

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  17. Wow, you got some really wonderful things. I saw "Little Women" on one of the linens, aw! Love the chippy table, too. I invite you to share this at my We Call It Olde Link-Up, Tues-Sat's, it's for any post on antiques, vintage, or history. Hope to see you there - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

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  18. Wow...you hit the jackpot!
    I need to go junkin' for smalls for my booth!

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  19. Noticed the tiny 'Little Women' book as part of a hanky design - so cool! Sounds like the funnest treasure hunt weekend, glad you got so much great loot.

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  20. My favorite - that wonderful pile of bling!! :D
    Have a great weekend.

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  21. What a great haul! So exciting to shop and find such wonderful treasures! Love it!
    Blessings, Diane

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  22. Betsy, you had your junking radar going for sure - these are all great finds, especially the hankies and old lace. I cannot resist that stuff.

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  23. What a terrific haul of goodies, LOL!

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  24. That chippy table is just what I have been looking for to use in my living room! I love to decorate in a rustic/vintage/farmhouse style. Great score for you! Hope you find some baskets for it.

    ~Erica

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  25. What a great time and I LOVE all the hankies!
    FUN!!!
    Deb

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  26. pretty fabrics are always an attention getter. Terrific finds.

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  27. Beautiful linens! Love those baby bonnets.

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  28. So much goodies Betsy!!! Although I have to laugh when you said that you consumed the food supply worth 3 days in one day. heeheee

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  29. That table is fabulous!! Sounds like a wonderful time of shopping and eating (my 2 favorite things! :)
    Susan

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  30. Love the lace and bonnets and OMG that table is awesome!!! What great finds; I am sure that jewelry is going to make great piece of art by your talented hands!

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  31. You had me with that red step stool, but then I saw the wire basket!!! Wish there had been 2 for that table. Super finds!!!

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  32. Awesome junkin haul! Love it all :):)

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  33. The linens, hankies, keys - all fantastic finds. I guess if I actually went out junkin' then I might find some fun things.

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  34. Shut the door, I would have fainted if I had opened that box!!! Oh my oh my! I sell so many hankies and Vera is really hot in my neck of the woods...Double score!

    Carol

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  35. I'm having such fun reading your posts this morning and seeing the wonderful goods you have found! Those linens, laces and bonnets make me swoon...On my treasure hunts, I too always wonder about the stuff that got away.

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  36. WOW you surely SCORED...the bend and the jewelry and the...WOW WOW WOW!!!! Thanks so much for sharing : ) hugs...

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  37. I have been resisting linens to for the most part; I have my eye on those Vera napkins!

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