Friday, May 20, 2016

Trash to Treasure Projects for the Vintage Street Faire

I've been busy all week trying to complete dozens of projects for my next vintage show on Saturday. This one's going to be a real treat because it's right here in town. It will be the first Downtown Tracy Vintage & Antiques Street Faire. We're long overdue for an event like this! 

Trash to treasure projects for the vintage street faire
 I only had time to get a few pictures of some of the stuff I've been working on because I've been so busy with cleaning, repurposing, pricing, and packing. Oops. Just realized I didn't get a separate picture of the miniature windmill that I turned into a picture/business card holder. I glued a magnet to the back of a typewriter key, watch face, and rhinestone jewel.
chandelier crystals displayed in a vintage cast iron fireplace tool set base.
The rusty black cast iron dish is actually the base of an old fireplace tool set. I used a vintage brooch and filigree to cover up the hole where the pole used to be, then filled it with chandelier crystals.

make a cloche with a salvaged wire light cover and silver dish
This was a quick and easy cloche creation made from a chippy yellow light cover and a silver pedestal dish. I added some raffia for texture, then placed a cute 4th of July printable from The Graphics Fairy in the flower frog.

turn an old semi truck air horn into a vase
Q.  What do you get when you cross a junky lamp part with a semi truck air horn?
A.  A trash to treasure vase for holding a huge dried hydrangea.
This is the second vase I put together from a pair of truck horns I found a couple of years ago. 
You can see how I put the first one together in this post: The Making of a Vase from Sept. 2014.

use a silver caddy to hold a small potted plant
It doesn't get much quicker than this...
use a silver caddy as a decorative plant holder
The tiny potted plant is a perfect fit inside this silver caddy.

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  1. Your items are gorgeously displayed. Wish you luck!

  2. How fun to have a homecooked show! Love the creations - especially the funny and sweeter than sugar cloche!

  3. These are all great projects, Betsy! Especially that windmill stole my heart. I wish I could come to the show. Hopefully you'll have the perfect weather and lots of customers. Wishing you great success!

  4. How exciting! I wish you much success in selling today. Have lots of fun too!

  5. I love that wine bottle caddy! And the crystals make me think of Polyanna. Enjoy your weekend! Hugs!

  6. How cute is the horn vase and the wine caddy with flowers. I hope you have a good sale. We are moving my Mom today amid all the rain! Ugh!

  7. Beautiful, Betsy you are so talented. Love them all. xx Jo

  8. You do make the most beautiful treasures from trash. I love each of these projects. Good luck at the sale.

  9. I always love to see the various ways of creativity people have in re-purposing items.

  10. Fabulous projects, Betsy! Love them all, but especially that wine bottle caddy.
    I hope that you have sold all your stuff!

  11. I saw your show setup on IG and it looked amazing. You know I always love your creative projects but that yellow cloche is a favorite!

  12. Betsy, your creativity never ceases to amaze me. I suspect you are going to have a most successful show!

  13. Betsy, the patriotic little girl in the cloche and the wine caddy flower holder are too charming. You are the best and you know I mean it!

  14. You are so creative. You would've LOVED the auction I went to Saturday. I got lots metal and wood bits and pieces -- perfect for crafting.

  15. Love how it is all displayed! Hugs and blessings, Cindy
    SILVER WINE bottle holder? Now you know I thought that was a sugar holder!

  16. You amaze me the way you see so many different ways to use things! All beautiful -- have a great show!

  17. Sorry I didn't make it. Hopefully next year!! I'm sure you sold out of everything!! The little windmill is so cute! xo


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