Friday, October 9, 2015

A Few Street Faire Finds

I sure had a fun time last Sunday when we went out to the Lodi Street Faire for a quick look around. I really had no business out shopping for more junk because I've been desperately trying to get what I already have ready to sell this weekend. I'm a proud shopper for not hauling home a truck-load of projects!

Street Faire Finds
I forgot to get a picture of the two old windows still sitting in my back seat, but at least they won't need anything but a bath and a price tag.  The little blue chalkboards and the tarnished silver bowl are good to go; the broken clock and film canister are going to need a little help.


street faire finds vintage filing box
The 24" deep metal filing box got a quickie makeover with a paint job, stencil, grain sack stripe, and some chalkboard labels.  I just wiped it down with a damp cloth and painted right over the rust with a mixture of Pure White and Graphite AS Chalk Paint. It looks blue in these pictures, but it's actually a light gray. The drawers were painted with AS Old Ochre.  Everything was sealed with clear wax.

vintage chalkboard label metal filing cabinet
Lots of room for filing junk and stuff.

vintage flea market footstool before picture
This old footstool with metal legs is going to be a quick and easy project!

vintage rhinestone jewelry for repurposing projects
The watches and some of the clip-on earrings have already become corsage bracelets, and four of the carded buttons are now earrings.  The rest will have to wait their turn.

faux bird nests
Looky what I found in one of the drawers after I got home. I was shocked horrified for a split second until I realized they weren't alive...or dead!  I had to put my glasses on to identify them as bundled up nests and not something nesting in the drawer!

What's the most surprising thing you've discovered lurking inside something you brought home?

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30 comments:

  1. That stuff found in the drawer is kind of creepy weird! It's good to not feel like you have to buy everything. It takes great restraint oftentimes though!
    Brenda

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  2. Love your finds except for the nests in the drawer! I especially love that old clock. You didn't buy that much at all!!

    hugs,
    Linda

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  3. Pinned your faux grain sack striped/painted file drawers. They look great.

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  4. I think the nests are amazing - you will have to show us what your clever brain comes up with. Also love the chalkboards. have a fab weekend!

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  5. Wow, I would have been a bit scared, too, to find that stuff! Luckily it's harmless! You really got a great jewelry haul, I'm jealous as usual. And those filing drawers...what a transformation! I have something similar somewhere.lol. Once I find them I'll have to bring out the paint! xokathleen

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  6. Filing junk and stuff is so much more fun than invoices or other paper works :). Great makeover, Betsy! The nests are not bad. You'll find buyers for them, in spring at the latest. Your other finds are wonderful too. I once found some money in an antique book, years after we had bought it at an estate sale. That was a real surprise.
    Have a successful show this weekend!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  7. Love your finds and what you do withthem. The weirdest thing I ever found is a partial gold tooth inside a tin of old buttons! Creepy! ;)

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  8. Love your finds Betsy. I cannot wait to see what you do with the cute stool. Have a great week end.
    Kris

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  9. Great finds! I have two of those metal file cabinets that I'm planning to stack and make a side table with.

    Tania

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  10. Great finds Betsy and I love the nests!

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  11. Great choices! I especially like that little footstool. I don't think I have ever seen one with metal legs. Those nests would have given me a start, too, but should be easy to flip just the way they are. Bonus!

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  12. Hi Betsy,
    I usually find old mimeographed children's school papers and packages of bobby pins in old furniture, but I once found a 1950s engraved wedding invitation for a Paris wedding. I know of someone who found 10,000.00 (cash) in the bottom drawer of a dresser he bought at an auction. The bottom drawer was nailed shut and it was not a good dresser to begin with. He paid 2.00 for it. He returned the money to the owner. The owner didn't give him a reward. As you know, what is found in furniture, whether it is a can of old paint or a fifty dollar bill is the property of the winning bidder at an auction. I know of several antique dealers who have found a lot of money in furniture sold to them by a picker who didn't bother looking in the drawers. I find bobby pins.
    You'll do something fabulous with the nest even if just for display. Betsy, if you want to email me at foxandfinch AT AOL Dot Com, I will periodically mail you the vintage jewelry parts I come across that are missing a one pair, are broken, etc.
    Ginene

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    1. I mean at no charge, of course. I get a lot of enjoyment from your blog and all the inspiration you share with us is much appreciated.
      Ginene

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  13. Nice assortment of faux nests. I know you will find a great way to incorporate them into some fun projects. Love the pile of bling!
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

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  14. Love your metal drawer re-do! I am thinking you are going to find something to do with those tied up nests! The jewels are fabulous!

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  15. Spiders, mostly spiders are what I find in old drawers or cupboards I pick up! Gah!!!! Love the makeover drawers! I wish I could get some of the buttons and old earrings you get. Hard to get them here in Australia.

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  16. Look at all those goodies and I like your bonus. I have never found anything good inside something....but there is still hope!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  17. Hi Betsy. Those finds are great. I am always drawn to chalkboards. The file drawers are wonderful! What a great redo. I don't know if I should say what the most surprising thing was but it was shocking! It was a SD card of "bad" photos if you get my drift. It was found in a Monopoly game.

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  18. Great finds...love the jewelry pieces!!
    ~Cindy

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  19. I'm glad it was a good surprise after all...LOL...!!! Great finds...I especially love the little chalkboards and the footstool! Have a great weekend!

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  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagniappe
    Wikipedia
    A lagniappe (/ˈlænjæp/ LAN-yap) is a small gift given to a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase (such as a 13th doughnut when buying a dozen), or more broadly, "something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure." Your unexpected lagniappe, the tiny, charmingly wrapped nests was the best find of the day!

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  21. I can't believe you have already fixed up the items you bought. You amaze me.

    I love the little blue chalkboards.

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  22. Too funny! I once bought a tall dresser at auction and it was filled with all sorts of coats, didn't know it until I got home. Unknown to me was that there were two dressers just alike...and I had looked over the empty one, but bid on the other! Nice haul...you are so good to have already started transforming the items, love the painted file box. Look up German Tree Nests. As legend goes it's very lucky to find an actual nest in a tree you have harvested from the forest to use as a Christmas Tree. I used some nests like yours that I spray painted silver with little silver painted eggs, added a floral clip to the bottom and sold them in my shop last year. The first person to spot the nest in the tree will have good luck the whole new year. Have a lovely week ~ Mickie.

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  23. Can you believe that I've never tried ASCP? I like your project, and I'd like to makeover something with ASCP at some point. I'm sort of scared to try it!

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  24. A great selection. I'm glad to report that nothing has lurked in my finds so far, I'm very easily horrified :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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  25. I would have jumped back when I opened that drawer! The most interesting thing I've found is an arrowhead in a basket I bought. Love your makeovers..... you find the best jewelry for repurposing!!!

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  26. So many great treasures!! Love them all!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  27. Hi Betsy--you showed great restraint and brought home really nice finds :) I love what you did with the metal drawers. I've not painted grain sack stripes on anything yet, but I want to, soon. I often find interesting things in books, like calling cards, notes, and interesting bookmarks. Once I found two $2 bills!

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  28. Betsy, thanks so much for hosting the link party! !

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  29. I was selling at the Lodi Street Faire and that film canister looks familiar! Wonder if you were in my booth and I didn't even know it! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

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