I'm all decorated for the day of love! I still have my white garland up that I hung Shiny Brites from during Christmas. They were followed by honeycomb bells for the New Year and now foil heart cutouts for Valentine's day.Last year Amy and I were out junking and we came across a HUGE cardboard heart in the garage at an estate sale. It barely fit in her car. This year is is front and center in my holiday window. I also found some LARGE honeycomb hearts last year at an estate sale and they worked perfectly with the giant one to give it a little extra fun.
I had to change it up with where I displayed things this year as collections had grown. My vintage Valentine card boxes got a new spot to be displayed.
I am always thrilled to find a new box or two each year. This year I think I added about 4 new boxes.
This pair of cupids are a favorite that I love to pull out each year. This year I added the old Woolworths banner. The banner was just the perfect touch for this little nook display.
I found three of the giant honeycomb hearts so one found a spot on this cabinet. Old candy boxes including my cherry themed candy boxes live here. I also have a couple of my flipped holiday dolls.
Old Children's crafting magazines all for the month of February. It is always hard to get a photo of this shelf of littles with the window behind. It holds all my little Valentine treasures.
The cowboy was a great find this past year at $2. If you follow me on Instagram you already saw this photo. I love these fun plastic fellows. Harder and harder to find at a decent price! I have a few cupids and some old flash cards that are heart themed.
Vintage baby rattle cherubs.
The framed piece in the background is part of an old sheet of crepe paper that was Valentine themed.
I have a thing for old metal baking tins in heart shapes.
Vintage heart shaped baby rattles in original packaging.
I have been VERY lucky with Valentine candy heart boxes in the past couple of weeks. I found FOUR at one sale a couple of weeks ago and another this past weekend. The giant one was found last year and I can't imaging my husband giving me that much chocolate. He knows better than that.
I went to one estate sale on Friday. It showed up on Craigslist on Thursday night and had mediocre photos, but the listing mentioned a 90 year accumulation of stuff. I decided to go. I got there 15 minutes early and they had let people in. Luckily, there were only about 6 of us or so rummaging through the house off the bat. It was three floors and not run by a company. Most stuff was not priced so you had to gather and they gave you a price. IT WAS AWESOME. I gathered, and gathered and gathered. This may have been one of my biggest hauls ever...I could not crop the photos like I usually do to not show my back yard. Long post...awesome sale.
So good and such a variety. I was a sucker for the green of this pottery. The Christmas item in the back is an old catalog for holiday cards.
It is page after page of gems like this.
For Tom's newly redone study I got this super old metal tray table that almost has a medical feel to it.
I also got this painting which I think may go to Tom's study too. The wife of the house was a painter. Many of her paintings and supplies were in the attic crawlspace. I think I was one of the first people in that crawlspace and I rummaged through it for a good half hour. So fun.
I was also the first person to the holiday stuff. The boxes were all one price. I would flip open the lid. If it looked good I would add it to my pile. When I got home it was fun to actually look and see what I had bought. Lots of shiny foil garland and big bright colored bells with tails.
There was one box that had an assortment of just awesome holiday. Vintage leis, a bit of Halloween, Valentines day and old crepe paper.
An assortment of old foiled paper party hats.I bought four boxes of holiday stuff and each one had some good gems inside.
The ceramic tree has old jewels and jewelry attached to it. I will be blinging it up more. Spun head angels on old garland, foil cones, blue garland....just so much fun stuff and crafting potential.
The tree topper would look awesome on a fourth of July tree. The green dishes underneath are tin. They are made in Hong Kong and have a horse emblem on the back. I think they are pretty nifty. Foil bells on a mercury glass garland strand.
I rummaged around in the attic and found all these old frames. I like the oval and circle shapes. I REALLY like the one on the bottom that is backed with old cardboard with the casket advertising. I'm going to hang it just like that. The floral on the other side is backed with foil and is a really pretty metallic bouquet.
The most cheerful umbrellas for Oregon's rainy days.
I got a bunch of luscious barkcloth and a few tablecloths. I got great old pillowcase that have never been used and still have the original price on them.
The most interesting collection of thread spools. I found it like this. It almost looks sculptural to me.
Old metal tins for the kitchen. The person liked to have masking tape labels on lots of stuff as to the contents.
I got two of the gumdrop trees that were mixed in with the holiday stuff. I have never seen one in blue before..usually they are clear plastic.The paint tubes were just interesting. I grabbed the two trays of office pens/pencils etc and sorted through them when I got home. I found a TOOTH! If you follow along with me on Instagram you saw some of the other little treasures like a tiny green metal hammer.
There was an assortment of saved wrapping paper. One of those families who unwraps a gift and saves the paper. I love this habit and appreciate the thriftiness. It is good for crafting. Thermoses and old coffee tins. One of the coffee tins I found was old and had NEVER been opened.
There were interesting books and other paper items.
I have a ton of old gardening items. This seed catalog will get tucked in with those. Some fun paper items to be tucked away for the Fourth of July.
Cutest illustrations ever.
These old ribbed jars are the best green.
I found a bunch of these old glasses from British Columbia. I thought the colors and font were pretty cool.
I love the old shopping bags from Meier and Frank which was sold out a few years ago to Macy's. The aquarium was a fun find. It is my second of this style. I am in love with the scene on this old vinyl cloth. I think it was originally a flotation/air mattress as it still has a blow stem attached. The fish with their stripes and gingham just make me swoon.
I have been on the hunt for this silly jar for awhile. I've seen it online on other peoples posts or I have seen it in shops with a high price tag. I found it in the workshop. It is in great condition and I am happy.
I found this vinyl asian themed runner. I thought it was a shower curtain when I grabbed it. When I got home and opened it up it is about 10 yards of vinyl with this design. It is clear and really pretty. I'm not sure of the original use.
I dug for over two hours. It was so fun. I loaded up my car and it was really full. I thought about digging more and am sure I could have found more, but I was spent. Definitely a doozy of a sale. This one will go down in the record books. So good...so very good.
Just a side note about this sale. The fellow had passed away in his 90s and his son had inherited the house. The house had been closed up for 18 years! It was a neat old house with so much charm and a huge backyard with a little old rock pond. The story behind the sale is also part of what makes estate sale land so special. Different from sale to sale and a slice of so many lives.
My son Ben is almost 24 and headed back to grad school this fall. I decided it was finally time to flip his childhood room into a study for my husband. We don't have a huge house, and giving Tom a study was a good thing. This was a very bittersweet flip as it was hard to remove all those traces of Ben's childhood. It has made a past appearance on my blog many times, like here, here and here.
Ben's room was bright green (his choice in grade school) and was decorated with a science and quirky theme. When he left for grad school he took some of his furniture and his bed. His room had become a catch all for my junk. It was time to reclaim it for Tom.
I was able to reuse some of the treasures from Ben's room into the study. My husband and Ben have similar interests, so it was fun to be able to recycle some of my vintage finds in this new space. We also were able to use lots of stuff I just had tucked here and there...lots of shopping within my house.
I wanted to do a mix of wood and industrial for the room. I had a few pieces of furniture to work with and wanted to buy as little as possible. I found the long cabinet at a local shop (Sassaffrassity). It is great for storage. The black chippy metal shelf I found at a vintage store (Grand Marketplace) and was perfect to add some height and some chippy interest. (ignore the glare from the side...it was a really sunny day)
I got to put lots of estate sale finds to use. These old fitness magazines are perfect to display with my hubby's weightlifting trophies.
Lots of quirky old books collected and put to use. Some are from my father in law when he was in medical school. The forestry books are from my grandfather. This pair of "Thin man" charts are from my kids local elementary school. I cleaned out and organized the basement there years ago and I got to keep them. They hung in Ben's room for years. They are awesome.
My Dad gave us this desk to use after the desk we were going to use (which my grandfather had built) turned out to be too large to fit through our doors. This desk is just as special as my Dad built it. Tom wanted to "float" the desk in the room so he could look out the window. The fact that my Dad finished off the back of this desk made it perfect to use this way. I pulled an old medical cabinet in from Kate's room. I bought it at an estate sale last year. I am hoping it goes to my someday beach house, but for now it works really well in the study.
We were able to pull some old pharmacy antiques that Tom had in boxes to display in the cabinet.
The collection of globes used to be in Ben's room, but works perfectly on top of the cabinet.
I bought a rug and small chair for the corner. They were both good deals at TJ Maxx. The tiny side table was in my parent's attic and my Grandfather made it years ago. It is a tiny size and it was almost as if he made it for this exact spot.
Fun little family touches. The antlers hung in my grandfathers garage forever. The coon skin cap Ben wore quite a bit when he was younger. The Blitz hat was Tom's grandfathers. The boxing gloves were Tom's when he was a kid.
I rehung some old science kits that I found at estate sales over the years. They decorated Ben's rooms and now the study. Ben had this bookshelf in his room. He was, and still is a huge reader. I boxed up a bunch of his books, but crammed a lot on this bookcase.
When Ben was in third grade he had a great teacher who challenged the class with bonus spelling words. I printed some of those words out and inserted them on little guides on this shelf. The words have been there for years and are a great reminder of a terrific teacher.
I got these little metal shelves on clearance at Crate and Barrel. I thought they would work really well to showcase some quirky vintage subject/finds on each shelf.
Vintage tiny flashlights. Tom has an obsession with flashlights. Vintage space. Blue plastic astronaut and space giveaway from Swifts.
A cymbal clanging vintage mechanical monkey.
One of my favorite things in the study is this neon prescription sign. It was given to Tom by a pharmacist friend who passed away. It was in Tom's workshop where you really did not see it. It is front and center now and looks so awesome when it is plugged in.
I am really happy with how the study turned out. So nice to have a functioning room. It also gives me something new to hunt down stuff for in estate sale land. Just last week when I went to an estate sale I hoped to find some interesting can to use as a planter. Voila...peanuts tin...and my husband's name is Tom.
Not only is it a functioning room now, but it holds so many wonderful hand me downs and vintage treasures. My favorite kind of decorating. Happy Study!
It felt so good to go to an estate sale today. SO GOOD. I like the winter months, but estate sales are few and far between. Todays sale mentioned 60 years accumulation and the photos online looked awesome. I texted on MONDAY morning to get on the list for the sale on Saturday. The bad thing about texting is you have no idea where your name will fall on the list. I ended up being #45 which wasn't so bad as they let 50 people in the door. There were over 200 people on the list...160 of those names came in the first day. The bad thing is EVERYONE was at the sale and there was lots of competition. I still ended up with some great things.
I got an old wood coat rack and a pelmet (which goes over a window). I was hoping the pelmet would fit a particular window in my house but sadly it does not.
The MERRY CHRISTMAS sign was in the basement and that was my best find of the day. My best find in a long time for that matter. It is awesome and it was only $2.50
It has big old flaky mica glitter sprinkled all over the sign and a nice coat of shellac to protect it.
When I go in a house for an estate sale it is often a gamble which direction to take. Today I headed upstairs first. So glad I did as I found these awesome old Valentine candy boxes.
The sale had some great putz houses in the photos, but those were long gone when I got in the door. I did find a bit of vintage Christmas though. The elf has a masking tape leg repair, but still is as jolly as ever.
I was happy to find another Fuller Brush letter opener to add to my collection. The turquoise dish will live in my bathroom and the tiny, tiny salt and pepper shakers were just too darling to let pass by. I also always grab flower frogs when I find them at a decent price. Handiest invention ever.My friend Kate, came up and handed me this New Year hat and asked me if it was something I was interested in. Yep! Look at the sweet little cutout.
I only hit the one sale today. There were others out there, but none looked worth my time. Was sure nice to hit a decent one though. Happy Day!