Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Rhinestones and Rusty Treasures

Shiny and bright to rusty and crusty, I feel like I'm all over the place with my treasures this week.  I went to three yard sales here in town and two antique shops about thirty minutes away.  Not a huge junking weekend, but I'm happy.

I love the pretty and shiny stuff:  postcards, rhinestones, lace, chain, buckle, cute little pink jar, a silver fabric rose.  The rhinestones are from a yard sale and everything else is from an antique store.

I also love the very serious patina going on with these two trays from one of the yard sales.  They've been well used and maybe a little abused, but they sure have character.

Then there's this beauty......
I'm going to go through my keys to see if I can find one that might work.

Look at all that rust patina.  I'm seeing a strange face in this handle.

This is the antique tool box (trunk) I bought at an estate sale several weeks ago.  It was in their garage buried under a pile of cardboard boxes; I didn't waste any time digging it out.   I had left it at my mom's house, so when she brought it back to me it was like discovering it all over again.

It's full of little compartments and has a removable box that sits on top.  I think of the hands that constructed it, the old tools it once stored, and all the places it's probably been.  I washed it all down to get rid of the dirt and a few droppings from little visitors, but other than that I'm going to leave it alone.  So much character. 

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