Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Year End Vintage Finds

The estate sales around here were few and far between during the month of December.  On a rainy day about a week before Christmas, I was feeling the need for a "vintage fix" and decided to drive over to a local junk recycled treasures shop.

Oh my!  I thought it was best to leave my truck parked outside the gate. 
Believe it or not, I've been able to find some really good old stuff here, but they really make you work for it.  Organization is not a priority.

Darn!  I thought it was Happy Hour when I spotted those half full glasses
 sitting on the top shelf.

They must assume that everything here is waterproof. 

 
It looks like we had a tornado blow through town.  On a dry day I would have been tempted to pick through some of these shutters.  Well, maybe not.

This picture was taken from a safe distance.  If I had been prepared with some thigh-high waders, I would have gone in after this mirror. 

 I did manage to rescue these before they floated away, so the trip wasn't a complete washout.  I spent a total of $5.00 for all three pieces.  It was a good flood sale, but these will need some serious work.
It wasn't easy trying to get a picture of this gold and lavender mirror (strange combination) without being part of it.  That tray is just as strange with its flaking brown paint and doilies glued to the underside of the glass .  The Austrian glass kerosene lamp base seemed normal enough. 

The mailbox and three drawers were much easier to come by.  After Christmas we took a day trip over to Placerville, a cute old town in the Sierra foothills.  I spotted the drawers in a little shop where everything was 50% off.  The two drawers on the bottom are metal, so I thought they'd be great for potted plants.  It's hard to see in this picture, but the long drawer on the top is painted a yummy shade of green.  I think that mailbox is in serious need of some decorating.

These vintage rosaries, earrings, and camera are also from the
antique stores in Placerville.

I have some jewelry plans for this camera if I can get the little metal parts off without damaging them. 


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