Flea Market Fun

Hello, Vixens!!!  Long time, right???  Hope you have all been fine, enjoying the spring season and the Easter or Passover holidays.

Sorry for the unplanned break, but between a very busy spurt at work, two book clubs with 500 plus page books each and several personal things to attend to, I just did not have the energy to open my laptop at the end of the day.  But that period is over so let’s get back to the treasures!!!

Two weeks ago I went to my first estate sale of the year on my lunch break after seeing the sign for it on my way to work.  It was definitely worth forgoing my usual soup and sandwich fare.  I do not recall seeing the sign the day before but it worked out better because I went on the final day of the sale when everything was 50% off.  So I got one Ironstone platter, three Ironstone plates and two New England Baking Company pie tins for $10.00.  Say it with me…….SCORE!!!

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This past Sunday, four of my wonderful cousins and I took our first trip together to the Elephant’s Trunk Sale, which opened for 2017 at the beginning of April.  We had a perfect day for it-sunny with a nice cool breeze.  Fantastic weather to shop in!!!

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We were having such a great time together that I did not even think to pick up my camera to photograph all the treasures we saw as we strolled up and down the aisles.  But anything and everything you could want or need is at this market.  Plus, it seemed to me there were a lot more vendors selling plants, flowers and fresh produce than last year.  And if you are a foodie-this place does not disappoint!!!  The smells of hot dogs, popcorn, grilled veggies and fresh baked goods were everywhere we turned.  Two of my cousins, Sharon and Gina, were swooning over the cupcakes.  And three of us made out with some great finds.

My cousin, Laura Ann, found an adorable pillow featuring one of the best breeds out there-and she would know, as she and her husband, Joe, currently have one of these cuties at home:

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My cousin, Sharon, found this fabulous rustic gift.  I think both chickens and stainless steel  farmhouse decor rule!!!

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And I did not even make it all the way down the first aisle I was in without spotting these two shabby chic delights:

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I have gone to this flea market so often by myself since I moved to the area and enjoy it each time.  But, it is so much more fun to shop, laugh, talk and buy with a group of great people around!

So, have any of you started attending any sales or flea markets yet?  Have you found anything swoon-worthy?  If not, don’t worry.  The season to shop has just begun!!!

Till next time, fellow Vixens, happy digging!!!

Tag Sale Treasures (Sale #2 for 2015)

Well Vixens, after striking out at every garage/yard/tag sale I went to over the last couple of weeks, I finally struck gold!!!  The home of a 50+ year collector opened to the public this weekend, and it was like walking through the perfect antiques store!!!

Everything in the house, and I do mean EVERYTHING (including the house itself) was for sale.  And there was stuff EVERYWHERE!!!  I was in my digging glory as I searched through all three stories of the house.

There were over 50 pictures posted on line to preview the sale, so I knew ahead of time there were certain items I was definitely interested in which led me to go on the first day of the two day sale.  It was very crowded but worth the effort since I was lucky enough to purchase one of the items I wanted.

The vintage typewriter stand (below left) is a treasure I found hiding in the dining room buried under a ton of linens for only $10.00.  I have wanted one of these carts forever so this was a great surprise find and it is in excellent condition.  I am going to spray paint it white and use it for several things:  as a desk, a make up table and a bar cart.  Cool, right?

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The bookcase on the right is one of the gems I was after and a steal for only $15.00.  It is real wood and in pretty good condition except for some heat damage on the bottom (it was right next to a wood burning stove for many years and the heat took its toll on it),

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I plan to clean it up, apply a few coats of crisp white paint and maybe use it to display my camera collection.

The next three items were purchased for $5.00 each.  The first one is a miniature sugar bowl, perhaps from a child’s tea set.  I love the sweet little flowers on it!!!  I plan on displaying it with my Ironstone sugar bowls to add a tender touch of color to the all white display.

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I almost passed on this lovely piece because when I first looked at it, I saw this side of it:

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Although I thought it was cute, it was not my style.  Then another buyer picked it up and mentioned that the piece had two different display sides.  When she put it down and walked away, I snatched it right up!!!  I learned a valuable lesson about thoroughly examining an item before passing on it in the future.

I found a new piece of Ironstone to add to my collection.  Even though it has a few embossments on it (I prefer the plainer pieces), I love how unique it is from any other piece I own.

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It has some great character to it (read:  brown aged spots) and it also came with an insert (below right) with even more signs of wear on it.  I am not quite sure what the piece is intended for…a soap dish perhaps?  If any of you know, please leave a comment below.

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But my favorite find of the sale is this sweet lovely bowl.  From the second my eyes spotted it…..SAAAAAA-WOON!!!

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It is such a solid piece.  There is nothing on the bottom to indicate who the manufacturer is, but it is as heavy as Ironstone.  And the character on this piece……you can tell it has been very well loved in its previous lives!!!

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I am over the moon for this bowl!!!  Talk about perfectly shabby chic!!!  Look at those crackles!!!  I am not sure where this gorgeous piece will go…..maybe as a pop of color in my Ironstone collection…..but I really feel this beauty needs a place of honor all on its own.  I will let you know as soon as I make up my mind!!!

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Please forgive the quality and angles of these pictures.  My SLR camera has not been working so while it is being repaired I am taking pictures on my iPhone 5C.

Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy digging!!!

Motherload…….

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My first estate sale of the season was a rousing success!!! Ten pieces of B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L White Ironstone (that’s right-10!!!) were just sitting in a box waiting for me!!! What a find!!!

Now for you purists out there-no, the pieces are not flawless. But then again, I am not a flawless kind of girl. I consider my collection “the island of misfit Ironstone”. I LOVE when there are visible brown crackled spots and other obvious signs of age. I adore the fact that these pieces had a life before me, one that did not consist of them sitting in a cupboard for display only. Items like these are too beautiful not to be used every day!!!

If this haul does not make you stop at the next yard sale/garage sale/ estate sale you see, YOU ARE CRAZY!!! LOL