Friday, October 4, 2013

Found Treasures and Giveaway Winner

I had such high hopes for a huge score at a 7:00 am church rummage sale last Saturday, but it turned out to be nothing like the last one they had; not even close.  Oh well, at least I was lucky enough to clean them out last year.  I didn't lose sleep over nothing because there were a few other early bird sales on my list that sounded promising.

I'm going to clean these up a little and then leave them just the way they are. I tested them and they held me without collapsing.  My back thanks them.

I wish I had asked the man I bought them from about their history, but he was so busy and I was in a hurry to get to the next sale.  I'll take a guess that some good old boys had their own chairs at the meeting hall. 

This heavy cast iron planter has just the right amount of rust on it.  

Six enamel and metal pots for planting or for holding collectible treasures.

Love this 24" x 27" antique frame, but I'm not loving the "too clean" paint job.  Hopefully I'll have time to paint it and rough it up a bit before taking to my antique show next weekend.

This firkin is huge....16" wide at the bottom.  I think it's perfect for a big bunch of dried hydrangeas or some fall foliage.  I actually bought this several weeks ago and just rediscovered it last weekend.  My garage is a mess!!

This rusty old metal shelf was found covered in dirt and full of dead potted plants.  It was well worth the time it took to clean out all the leaves and twigs that were stuck under the mesh shelves.  

Even the daisies are rusty. 

The best part:  it folds flat for easy transport when I go to the shows.  I'll have to test it out and see just how much junk I'm able to load on it.  It's a keeper for now.

I want to thank everyone for stopping by and leaving such nice comments about my earrings on the cover of Jewelry Affaire Magazine.


  I'm happy to say that the TRNG chose #29, Michelle from Mich L. in L.A. to receive a copy
 of the Autumn issue.
Hope you enjoy it Michelle.






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34 comments:

  1. It would have been nice to know the history of the chairs but they are works of art even without their story. I love your finds this week but think that little shelf is my favorite. Love the rusty flowers.

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  2. I have a firkin similar in size. Will you be painting this or leaving it as is?
    Those "good old boys" chairs are fun!

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  3. To bad you did not get the history on the chairs. The folding plant shelf is a neat piece. Congratulations to the winner!

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  4. All great scores. Enamel dishpans are one of those things I can never pass up and no idea why. Isn't it funny how we can have an attraction to certain things and no clue as to the reason.

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  5. Whoo! I never win! Thank you, Betsy, can't wait to read all about ya in a fancy glossy magazine. So that's a firkin? I never knew what it was...I always learn something here. The chairs are fantastic.

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  6. How did I miss this Giveaway? Sheesh! I'm so out of it these days it's getting quite frustrating. SO happy to see those earrings on the cover:) Love that collapsible wire stand, what a great display piece! Good luck on the upcoming show!

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  7. Hi Betsy!
    I have a chair just like yours, mine from a thrift store, it's still strong too! ;)
    I think I can help you out with a little info on your chairs.

    Being Portuguese ~ At first glance Silveira and Soares are Portuguese names. The IFES threw me off because I'm more familiar with the IDES.
    So did a bit of research ~ fun stuff for me!
    IFES is the acronym for Instituições Federais de Ensino Superior - translated from Portuguese means Federal Institutions of Higher Education. Which clicked with me because each year a Portuguese organization holds an essay contest for all Portuguese students and give the winner X amount toward their education. My Dad would always find the forms for my kids..he was President of the YMI for many years, buts a whole other story!
    The Portuguese from the Azores had/have a lot of societies/organizations that they brought over with them. Like I dais, I'm more familiar with IDES - (Instituto Direito e Sociedade, translation: Law and Society Institute) usually the halls where they have the Festas/Holy Ghosts and other big celebrations. The Holy Ghost celebrates the kindness of Queen Isabel’s unselfish gifts of food for the poor during the famine.
    I did a blog on it one year, if your interested.
    http://dragonflytreasure.blogspot.com/2009/06/portuguese-holy-spirit-festa.html

    So in short (why do I ramble so much???!) your chairs most likely came from a Portuguese lodge. Since they have names on them those men probably held a title or leadership role.

    You sure scored some awesome finds! I love each and everyone!!
    I'm bummed I am going to miss the best church rummage sale Saturday. I absolutely practically count the days down each year. Why you say am I going to miss this cheapest bestest stuff in the world sale? "He" is suppose to pick up his crap...er ...stuff Sat. Law Enforcement will be standing by, so hopefully he will in fact show THIS TIME. Let's just say his track record is pretty poor.
    So while I'll be dragging "stuff" into the drive way everyone else will be buying all MY goodies!!
    But with the Gov't. shutdown it's just as well...don't know if I will get income or not this month...yeh, those people in office are so considerate.

    Congratulations on the magazine feature!! Cover even!! Now I can say hey I used to know her! ;)
    Best of luck always. Sorry it's been so long since comments, but that darned life thing keeps me busy sometimes. xoxxo
    *hugs*deb

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  8. Thank you so much for all the info Deb. I searched but really didn't find much. We have a Portuguese Hall here in town and I'll bet that's where they came from.

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  9. Love those chairs and I read the comment about their history. Cool! You got some great items and I truly love that big urn!! Gorgeous and just the right amount of rust for sure!

    hugs,
    Linda

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  10. Wow, you had some awesome finds, Betsy...love the iron planter especially!

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  11. Wow - you scored some wonderful finds! I love that big firkin, the enamelware and the frame and the chairs are awesome!

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  12. Great finds ... especially the chairs!
    Irene

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  13. Great score!
    I'm especially fond of the metal shelf :-D

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  14. You can sniff out the good stuff, Betsy! I have a favorite annual rummage sale here, too, and some years it's a-m-a-z-i-n-g, and others (like this year) it's just not. I love your finds, especially that aqua metal shelf!!! It is darling...and look how it totally matches the cover of the magazine, hee hee.

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  15. What great finds!! Love the enamel and metal bowls! I love those church rummage sales too! To bad it wasn't what is was last year, you still did good for the day! Happy weekend! xo Holly

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  16. awesome chairs and happy the lady new something about them. People are Nice!!! Congrats again!!!wonderful news!!

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  17. Congrats Betsy on that awesome feature!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  18. Thanks Betsy!! You have the best junk ( I say that fondly:):)

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  19. You managed to find some neat goodies this week. I like the planter.

    Church sales have been a bust around here too. Hopefully they will have better selections next year.

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  20. You are such a great picker..Love those chairs and that sweet plant stand! Congratulations to the winner

    Carol

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  21. Great finds!! Love that firkin...I have one that is that size too and it has no lid. I ask my hubby if he would make me one, so that I can put the firkin on the bottom of my stack of them in my dining room.
    Congrats to Michelle on winning your giveaway.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  22. Great haul! I love the firkin and the planter. P.S. Am I the only man blogger in this field?......lol

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  23. Wow, great treasures Betsy! That firkin (I have never heard that name before!) is amazing; how great a planter it would make! Hope your show goes well!

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  24. I didn't know about the magazine cover, congrats!! And, they are gorgeous earrings!!!!

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  25. Great finds - the chairs are my favorites.

    I am not surprised that your creations ended up on the cover of a magazine. You make great stuff from jewelry to "Betsy" creations.

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  26. You always find the best stuff, Betsy! Interesting to read the comments and find out where your chairs might have come from, too! Isn't the internet wonderful? So many connections.... I think my favorite find today is the cast iron plant pot. But I love them all. xoxo

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  27. Great finds...love those chairs! Congrats on the magazine cover...amazing!!

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  28. I love all your finds! (I was thinking how great hydrangeas would look in that firkin :)
    Congrats on your magazine cover!!
    Susan

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  29. That shelf was a great find. I bet it holds a ton of your treasures. Good luck at your upcoming show.

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  30. Belated Congratulations on being featured in Jewelry Affaire Magazine!!! Love all your estate sale finds especially that cast iron pot and the old frame will look much better after it gets "Betsy-fied"!!!

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  31. Beautiful treasures....love those chairs especially and that firkin!
    xx
    Anne

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  32. Those chairs are great, Betsy! I've been seeing how people are painting them up and putting numbers on them. You don't see the wood ones too much anymore.

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