Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Year's Day Treasure Hunt

What a great way to start off the new year!  Since My Dreamy Start to 2012 fell through, I decided to spend the day out at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire to do a little treasure hunting.  I think it had been almost a year since my last visit, so I took my time and spent almost seven hours walking, shopping, visiting with friends, and eating....a lot of eating.

The beautiful San Francisco skyline directly across the bay from the antiques faire.  It was a little hazy and chilly when I took this picture around 7:45am, but it turned out to be a gorgeous winter day in the high 60's.

When will I ever learn to carry an extra camera battery?  It died on me after just a few pictures.
This space was full of beautiful sea shells and coral.

I never considered buying this old cash register, but I was loving the detail and patina.  The dealer told me it took four people to lift it off his truck.

My purchases.....
I'm really trying to keep from filling up the other half of my garage, so I behaved myself and limited my purchases to items that don't take up a lot of space. 
I'm a sucker for old frames, especially the round and oval ones.  These two will eventually get a chalkboard or burlap insert.


The chippy hand painted black box is actually the top of a little old table; the opening at the top is where the drawer used to be.  I got it for next to nothing because the bottom (back side) is falling apart.  I think it will be perfect for holding papers after I glue it back together.  I liked the rusty green paint on the small chicken feeder. 

A small stash of rhinestones.

Typewriter keys and the sweetest little pieces of lace.  

These will keep me busy for a long time.

I'm always happy to find old hardware to repurpose.

My first necklace of 2012.
 I used one of the curtain rings, a watch case filled with pearls, watch fob, and an unidentified little gadget.

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