I wanted to show you a few more treasures I've found lately. Gran had told me about the American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop, and since I needed to go to Trader Joe's, which is just across the street, I thought I'd check it out. There I found these individual salt and pepper shakers made by Irice--six for $3. Hubby laughs at the idea of us EVER needing individual salt and pepper shakers, but the real attraction for me is that they match my favorite larger salt and pepper shakers!
While I was there, I carried around a set of Battenburg lace place mats for awhile, thinking I could make them into a window valance, but in the end, I put them back. I wonder if I'll regret that later?
Today I found a blue-green Atlas canning jar. I have a collection of these types of jars, but most of what I have are Ball jars, so I was kind of excited to find this one.
It always amazes me to find these in antique stores for $5 or more, because they're still fairly available at thrift stores for much less.
Here's a blast from the past--the 60's, I think.
I kind of think my mom might have had this same lazy Susan set, but I'm not sure. When I consider all the times I've filled various bowls for "make your own" salads or tacos, I think a lazy Susan will come in handy. I'm not quite sure about the green and yellow, but it's vintage, and those were the popular colors back then. Each dish is inscribed "Made in California," and the wooden base still has a sticker/stamp affixed.
And today I found these yellow and white lazy Susan dishes--I thought they'd fit the base, and they do--well enough at least. I thought I'd see if I have a bowl that will fit in the middle--if not, I'll have to look for one.
You may have noticed that the wooden base for the lazy Susan is kind of scratched up. Well, I have plans. In one of the Mary Engelbreit books I found the other day, she shows how to paint wooden "bowlies." In fact, I've been specifically looking for a few interesting wooden bowls, and I found these two to "test":
I've bought a few other things, mostly as "supplies" for similar projects, but I won't show them now because they're kind of boring--I'll save them until later when they're pretty!
On Saturday, there was a neighborhood garage sale in my own neighborhood. I don't usually go to garage sales, but since there were several in a small area, I thought I'd make an exception. So I got up early Saturday morning, put my tennis shoes on, and headed out--it was only later I realized I'd never even had my morning cup of coffee! ARGH!
I'm always drawn to boxes with the idea of doing some type of paint or altered art project, and that's what initially attracted me to this one. But really, the rusty metal exterior is kind of neat "as is." I don't know what I'll keep in it, but I don't think I'll make any changes.
At the same house, I spotted this older Singer. No, it's not a Featherweight--it's a half size standard model.
I asked the woman what she wanted for it, and she wasn't really sure but she finally said $10. Although I don't collect Singers, I thought that was too good a price to pass up. I understand it still works, but I haven't actually tried it yet. The real negative about it is that the case is extremely beat up and is currently held together with duct tape; I understand this particular model HAS to be in a case--they don't run on a table top because there are moving parts underneath. So someday Hubby or Soccer Son will need to build a case for it, or I'll find something else that will work, like lowering it into a table.
My last garage sale purchase was this wagon:
I liked the size, and I immediately saw all kinds of seasonal decorating possibilities. I'm not so excited about the bear, but the woman said the bear went with the wagon, so I brought him home. Oddly enough, Hubby kind of likes the bear. Go figure. So maybe the bear's mission will be to decorate and beautify Hubby's work bench in the garage.
Well, I think we're about done with the thrift shop parade for now, although I DID find some books to read. AND I was thinking it's been a few months since we talked about good books, so come back tomorrow with your list of favorite reads so we can discuss and share, okay?