Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Yard Sale and Antique Show Treasures

It's that time of year again when the yard sales start to fizzle out.  There will always be a few here and there, but a lot of folks are packing it in for the season.  What's a girl to do?  Take a chance and check out a couple of decent sounding sales.  Last weekend, before heading off to the craft show where I was selling, I found some purchase worthy treasures.....

I liked the frame on that paint-by-number, and will probably turn that empty wood tray into a chalk board.  I just had to have these wonderful old Mark Twain books even though five volumes were missing.  Twenty volumes for $1.00 each. 

M is for Mark Twain

What else is a girl to do? She needs to remember that there are still some great monthly antique shows in the area.......

I'm always on the hunt for keys, keys, and more keys.

All this bling came from about ten different dealers at the Sacramento Antique Faire.  I don't care how I find it, as long as I find it.

I have plans for these beauties.  I'll probably use most of it for repurposed jewelry and the rest will be used for decorating more abalone shells.

My last batch of shells all found new homes, so I put these together last week.  Now I'll have to get busy with all the goodies I just found.

Stop by to check out all the creative projects and vintage goodness at:

The Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingie Thursday,
A La Carte for Junkin Finds Friday,
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday, and
The Answer is Chocolate for The Monthly Open House


  1. LVNovember 17, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    I enjoyed seeing some of your antique finds. I love going to antique malls and estate sales.

  2. One Cheap B*tchNovember 17, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Wow! I can't get over all that vintage bling!


  3. Happy Cottage QuilterNovember 17, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Wow what great finds! Great collections.


  4. Glenda/MidSouthNovember 17, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    You did do good!! That is quiet a stash of bling to repurpose. The yardsales are pretty much shut down for the season here also. Estate sales are on going, but in most the good vintage jewelry is pretty pricey.
    Looking forward to seeing what you do with your purchases.
    Hope you are having a great week.

  5. Dragonfly TreasureNovember 17, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    I'm always on the lookout for old keys and bling too!!! Great finds!

  6. ColoradoladyNovember 17, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    You really have some great finds, I love the old books, and what a great price. Happy VTT!

  7. Omi S. and her dog, Bender Oak CannonNovember 18, 2010 at 1:16 AM

    Those are some great finds! Found you off VTT. I love vintage keys, and since I'm new to collecting, I never seem to find them.

    Your shells are amazing, I've never seen something like them before, and the concept is pretty cool. I'll have to go back into some of your earlier posts and learn some more about them!

  8. marianNovember 18, 2010 at 1:25 AM

    oh wow so much lovely bling, but my fave's gotta be the MT books, the ruler and those lovely old keys :)))

  9. JaneanNovember 18, 2010 at 5:07 AM

    frisk me before i leave because those keys are calling to me! do you put them in a box? how do you display them?

  10. VonlipiNovember 18, 2010 at 5:37 AM

    Lovely finds! I love your bling and keys. I can't wait to see what you'll do with them! :)

  11. Tara BeaulieuNovember 18, 2010 at 6:20 AM

    Oooh such wonderful finds! I live in the Northeast and yard sales are virtually non existent all winter long here. I know we're just beginning but I am already waiting for spring so I can start treasure hunting again! Happy VTT!

  12. Home and HeartNovember 18, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    Ooooooo! I am SO jealous!! What GORGEOUS finds!!

  13. JeanneNovember 18, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Your antique finds are awesome. I too love the Mark Twain books. The bling is fab and what you do with it is fabulous. Smile.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  14. Linda @ A La CarteNovember 18, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    I enjoy the antique malls and looking for treasures. I love all your bling! Thanks for joining Junkin Finds Friday!

  15. ElaineNovember 18, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Love all the jeweled bling. i great idea for the shells i hadn't seen before. I have a several folding rulers like that.. No garage sales around here cold...I will frequent the thrift stores for my finds now.

  16. Sally Annie MagundyNovember 18, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    You lucky! Looks like you still managed to find a lot of wonderful things!

    Happy VTT,

  17. VickiNovember 18, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    These were really good finds! I wish I had been shopping with you. I'm a new follower.

  18. Patti's Artful DesignNovember 18, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Oh my, I love all your treasures! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. The piece you mentioned by the lamp is a vintage eyeglass holder....bought it years ago at an estate sale. I just love it. Stop by again and enter my "NOEL" Seashell letter giveaway!

  19. DebbieNovember 18, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Now that is some loot! I really love the keys..and nothing like some vintage jewels! Thanks for stopping over, I still have that song in my mind:) Maurice...

  20. VintagesouthernlifeNovember 18, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    I enjoyed seeing all of your finds. I love the vintage bling and your shells are beautiful. You are so creative.

  21. julie millerNovember 18, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    WOW! Those were some brag-worthy finds!! I love your beautiful shells and have never seen anything like them ~ Gorgeous!! Julie

  22. Jeanine BurkhardtNovember 18, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Girl YOU scored enough bling for the entire Winter!!!
    Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

  23. moNovember 18, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    Hi Betsy,

    You have really inspired me to make a beautiful sparkly shell. I have all the stuff. Now I just need the time and the "passion" like you. Wow! You are awsome and I am so glad you are lucky when it comes to finding those treasures! *hugs*

  24. LindaNovember 18, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    Wow, lots of eye the embellished abalone shells! Hopped over from Vintage Inspiration Friday...

  25. A Cottage MuseNovember 19, 2010 at 3:53 AM

    Those shells are so beautiful! Keep hunting!

  26. Curtains In My TreeNovember 19, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    Makes me want to get out and go looking for more treasures.

    what a great idea with the shells

    I am so glad to know other women buy old jewelry to use in altered art, seems like none of my friend even know what i am talking about?


  27. The Answer Is ChocolateNovember 19, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Thanks so much for linking up to my "Open House"! You find the BEST treasures!

  28. AmesNovember 19, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    The best way to kill a day for me it to visit an antique store. Love the items you are sharing. ~Ames

  29. gailNovember 19, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    I love all your finds-especially the books and pins!

  30. Miss SandyNovember 19, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Oh my goodness, those decorated shells are just divine! Fantastic goodies, thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

  31. Tallulah's Antique ClosetNovember 19, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    What beautiful goodies you have came across. I luv all the BLING! Julian

  32. Debra@Common GroundNovember 20, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    The shells are amazing, I've never seen anything like this before! What wonderful finds, all that jewelry just makes me drooly! Thanks so much for linking up with VIF!

  33. vintagesusie & wingsNovember 21, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    What a gorgeous display of vintage rhinestones friend!! Thanks for sharing, I'm visiting from Common Ground & I love your blog!

  34. Erin@likegrandmasNovember 21, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    I can't get over those shells...I love your finds, but those shells are exquisite!

  35. SusanNovember 26, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    I love all the vintage jewelry!! Your shells are very creative!

  36. moDecember 9, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    Hi Betsy, I have a question for you dear... What kind of glue do you use to glue your vintage sparkles on to your gorgeous seashells? Thanks so much. *hugs*

  37. Julie FrizzellOctober 18, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Love everything you make! I am going to take a stab at it myself with some family keys & bling. What type of glue do you suggest using or not using? Thanks!


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