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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Treasure Hunting

Last weekend Hubby and I went to a couple little antique stores in the near-by town of Castroville. It's a tiny, sweet little town that isn't really known as a destination town, but I think that's sometimes what attracts me to visit. We picked up some treasures and I thought it would be fun to share with you.

This doll is really a bed light that hangs over a headboard. I'm not sure what she's made of and she's a little worse for ware. But I'm going to try to restore her as much as possible. This is definitely NOT my kind of thing to do, but I'm going to give it a whirl...someday...soon...I hope! (This poor lady was bald and some body tried gluing stringy doll hair to her with the toughest glue I've ever encountered).
What a find this was! This little table cloth is round and has three lovely Southern Belles embroidered on it. I didn't find much wrong with it except for a little mark that one can totally forgive and overlook. Isn't the embroidery wonderful?

I started a new collection which is all about rhinestoned perfume bottles. The teal one above doesn't have rhinestones but I'm going to glue one of the buttons I found on it's top. I know it's not ideal, but it was only $5.00 so I couldn't pass it up. And who knows, it might turn out great.

I love the sweet blue birds hand painted on this little ceramic oval. I don't think it's old, but that doesn't take away from the cuteness factor. And anyway, it'll be old some day, right? These are the buttons I found. All of them for $6.00!! I love it when that happens!

Three more great finds. I love this very old heart pillow with a 20's lady on it. She's all hand embroidered and has a fancy, lacy fan. I got this one for a song, and will probably keep her. I first thought to sell her, but she's just too nice to let go for now. And the tapestry is great, too. It's a little dirty, but I can fix that up lickity split. I might turn it into a pillow, but will probably sell it.
Great colors on the tapestry! How cute will this be as a pillow or on a little foot rest? Oh, if I only had the time and space for all the projects I have going!

This antique looking iron is really a piggy-bank. I know I paid too much for it, but I just loved it for my laundry room. You know how you always end up with small change while doing the wash? Well, I'm putting it all in here. And how cute will this look in my laundry room when I get it all decorated with vintage treasures.

Sometimes I find awesome bargains, and sometimes I pay too much, but I guess it all evens out in the end. I treasure the time I spend with my wonderful husband who patiently follows me around and carries my purse when needed. Talk about treasures!


Dani said...

Wow...really wonderful finds...I really really love the tablecloth and the pillow....

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Well you sure did find some treasures, didn't you? My very favorite of your finds is that embroidered table line. It is just gorgeous! So glad that you had such a fun day.


the homely year said...

Hi, wonderful the iron, just right for a laundry room. Would love one in mine. Just today I found £1.52 lying in the bottom of the washing machine!
Margaret and Noreen

Cora from Nelia's Primitive Place said...

I'm drooling here!!!! Especially for the tablecloth and the pillow! Just love them. The little oval disc looks very much like someone was learning to do china painting. When I was taking classes, we did these smaller items for practice. Then they were fired. I took the classes back in the 70's, if that helps you out any for giving it an age.

You sure did find some wonderful stuff there!!!!! I'm proud of you!!!!


Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Hi PaTricia,

Goodness gracious, you really have awesome luck finding the sweetest things. That tablecloth IS precious!! I am always in awe over handwork.

Sweet perfume bottle and what a great idea you shared with us to glue a rhinestone button on it. Great goodies and thanks for sharing.


Gina E. said...

Gee you have some fanastic needlework in the States! Guess there is no point in me getting excited over this table cloth; if you decide to sell it, I can see by the other comments I'd have a fight on my hands!