September 2012

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I have had so much stuff coming into and going out of this house – pretty much since we moved in 6 months ago.  It’s hard to keep track of what in the world I have.  But I did want to post the cool stuff I got last month at the World’s Longest Yard Sale. This was my first trip to the WLYS and it did not disappoint!  

This little blue wood step stool was $1 (it was plain blue when I bought it) and I found some stickers at Joann that matched the decor of a friend’s new baby’s nursery.  It made the perfect baby gift!  I painted stripes around the sides, put the stickers on, added his name, and gave it all a couple coats of Minwax Polycrylic.  Done!

 These are in the odds and ends department.  They are all little wood things that I paid no more than 2.00 for. In the back is a little sled, which would be a great mantle decoration. In the front – awesome duck motif wood basket. :-)  To the right a trinket box and to the left a really nice old wood drawer organizer that has tongue and groove corners.  So nice.

 In this pic, a great old picnic basket is in the back – I’ll probably turn this into a wedding gift and put the couple’s last name on top. On top of that is a small wall-hanging basket.  In front, L-R is a wall rack for spools of thread, a small sign that reads “you are forever blessed” (until I paint it), and a wood carving that looks like blocks and has all the seasons, each on a different side.

 These little tables are adorable!  They are only like 2 feet tall, and have drop leaves on both sides, so they fold down to almost nothing.  I don’t know what I’m going to do with them yet, but they are great and it was $10 for the pair!!

 More wood signs and wall baskets, and a plain bulletin board.  (again, nothing more than 2.00)

 These are miniature garden gates – I think they’d make great Halloween props outside! They were 1.00.

 These are crazy old wall hangings that I’m saving for someone special :-)

 This is going to be gift for someone, too.

 I also found a bunch of nice old linens.  Holiday guest towels that were hand embroidered.  Those are French knots above and they are just lovely.

 I also scored a sweet flowered sheet for my daughter’s room, and a batch of everyday cloth napkins. I think they were all 1.50 each.

 I also spotted this baseball fabric, which will be perfect in my son’s new room.

 These printed graphics are nice – the America one, probably for a 4th of July mantel and the university is my alma mater.

 Then there was the glassware. My new house has all glass-front cabinets on top.  So I have been buying glass lidded containers at every yard sale and thrift store I go to.  I also got a couple of decorative pieces to add to my collection.  Again, I didn’t pay more than 2.00 for any of these. Do you sense a theme? I am cheap, and proud of it!

 I bought this old Corningware teapot that my mom used to have.  It reminds me of the past whenever I put water on.

 I’m not sure what to do with this pitcher.  Maybe a Thanksgiving centerpiece?  It could also easily be painted.

 The little teeny teapot is actually a kitchen timer.  So cute!  It was .50 cents.

 This is an awesome vintage ice bucket.  Hammered aluminum, I believe.  It feels very Mad Men, and we didn’t have one, so I picked it up.

 Stuff for the kids was everywhere.  I kept buying for them to a minimum.  A piggy bank for my daughter, and a thermos and bowl for her, too.  Some vintage Fisher Price toys in excellent condition for practically nothing.  A water jug to fill and keep in the car when it’s hot.  And a cool set of Halloween cookie cutters.

Then there was this beauty. I think I’ll keep this one, and fold up some quilts or blankets in it.
So that’s my story.  I can’t wait until next year!

XO,
Anne

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