Friday, April 15, 2016

The Thrill of the Hunt

If you're like me, and you probably are, you enjoy the thrill of the hunt 
as much or more as actually buying the thing. 
I can't wait for the weekend when estate and garage sales announce the hunt is on! 
Release the hounds!
Time to hunt!!!

Everything in this photo was purchased at an estate or yard sale for under $5.
The candleholder is actually a traveler's ashtray with a hinged lid!


I'm not a hunter and would definitely be rooting for the fox 
but I do understand the thrill of the chase. 
The best part would undoubtedly be riding a magnificent horse in my stunning hunting outfit! 
Love those tall riding boots and stylish velvet helmets.
But, I digress. Back to the hunt!

Scattered throughout an estate sale,
I might discover little treasures such as this charming silver trophy. 
I love the inscription:  "The Young Farmer's Club, Best Sheep in Show, 1942."


Soon I catch the scent of my quarry.  When I spot that special item I've been looking for, 
my heart skips a beat and I zero in on it. Hopefully, other hunters stay out of  my way. 
Did I bring my riding crop?

I've been hunting for a pretty urn
and thought my old doorknobs here resembled eggs tucked into a nest.


Once you start collecting a certain thing, say, ironstone, you're always on the hunt for more. 
When I go to a sale, I usually go to the kitchen first to see if they have anything on my wish list:  ironstone, old silver, or unusual glassware.  
I didn't know what this little piece was until I researched it and discovered it was an egg cup. 


I recently spotted this wonderful marmalade jar. Uh oh, I feel another collection coming on.


I'm always adding to my collections but try to restrain myself to just what I truly love.
For instance, I recently swooned at a display of ironstone creamers and wanted to buy the whole bunch. But, I only purchased two pieces that I didn't already have to add to my little collection. 
One is by Coors, the other is Buffalo china.
They're sitting atop an oak medicine cabinet found at an estate sale for $5!!!


Then it's on to the living room searching for mirrors, artwork, baskets, or decorative items 
like these French leather opera glasses. 
I love the words "Beauchamp" and "Paris" imprinted on these old glasses.



A bedroom might offer up a vintage pom-pom chenille bedspread or some delicate linens. 
I'm always hunting for grain sacks but they're so elusive. 


However, I did recently find this vintage Jade-ite lamp for $5 in an alley sale 
that was perfect for my guest room.


And now the prize of the hunt:  vintage books.
I love their scent--old paper, worn leather, secrets like these cutout paper dolls tucked inside.
Finding such a treasure makes me want to shout with joy.




48 comments:

  1. Great finds! I love the hunt too. It's addicting! Lol. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Thanks Cecilia. Maybe we should form a support group!

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  2. Perfect description of THE HUNT! Those who don't understand don't get it!

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    1. Thank you Patricia. Glad you went shopping with me!

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  3. I love the cow creamer---so darling. Littleton has some nice antique stores--I'm always tempted to go an explore them.

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  4. Oh, Pat, we could be kindred spirits! I love all the things you love and would hone in just like you did (and have!) on those finds. A few years ago my sisters & I went to Springfield Flea Extravaganza, and there was an Englishman who actually dug those marmalade & bloater's paste jars from the landfills across the pond. We bought all sorts of jars & bottles from him, and enjoyed his story of his brother and he going after dark to dig. :) Happy hunting!
    Rita

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    1. Hi Rita, I think we are kindred sisters! So glad you stopped by to visit. Loved your story about the Englishman.

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  5. Oh I love hunting for beautiful vintage stuff too. I enjoyed looking at your finds and stash...Christine

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  6. Oh I love hunting for beautiful vintage stuff too. I enjoyed looking at your finds and stash...Christine

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  7. Like you, I would be routing for the fox! I love the hunt as well but am thrilled when I find that special something. I like door knobs too, especially the glass ones. I always head for the kitchen section or housewares first. I enjoyed seeing your new treasures. Thanks for sharing and linking up and have a beautiful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    1. Thanks for visiting Sandi. We should go "hunting" together sometime! I just found an old velvet riding helmet and now I need an English walking stick. It's the domino effect!

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  8. Like you, I would be routing for the fox! I love the hunt as well but am thrilled when I find that special something. I like door knobs too, especially the glass ones. I always head for the kitchen section or housewares first. I enjoyed seeing your new treasures. Thanks for sharing and linking up and have a beautiful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  9. You had me at your post title- 'the thrill of the hunt'.
    There is nothing I love more!

    I hope you will share this at Thoughts of Home on Thursday this week.
    We would love to have you.
    Just stop by my blog to join in.

    Enjoyed visiting,

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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    1. Hi Laura. It must be hunting season somewhere! See you Thursday.

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  10. OH, boy, those books are awesome! Can't deny that I'm always drawn to books. Your Jadeite lamp is really cool, and I can't believe you got that for $5. Really great finds, all!

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    1. Thanks Cynthia. I can't believe it either. I think if you wait and keep hunting, you'll find just what you're looking for at the right price but I'm not always that patient. Hugs,

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  11. You have some beautiful ironstone pieces. so pretty. sheila

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    1. Thank you so much Sheila. I have such a weakness for ironstone, the more crazed and cracked the better!

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  12. These are some seriously great finds!! I love that cow and marmalade jar. And $5 for that medicine cabinet?? What treasures!

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    1. Hi Meg. They had no idea what they had with the cabinet and I didn't point it out to them. So fun.

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  13. Yep, I agree..I am a collector of thrifted items and it's as much the hunt and the thrill of finding treasures as is the collecting part.
    Happy Thinking of Home Thurs....:)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by for a visit BJ. Happy Hunting!

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  14. Yes, it's the adventure of the hunt that is fun for me. I'm a collector at heart, so the two go hand in hand. It's fun to see your treasures. I smiled at the thought of opening that book to discover the sweet paperdoll with her wardrobe. The marmalade jar was a good find. I have a few of these, and they are getting more difficult to find. The little cow creamer is a charmer. '-)

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    1. Hi Sarah, I love finding these treasures at a bargain price. There were several pages of paper dolls in that book (but only one picture). Made me want to have a tea party!

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  15. Love the marmalade jar and oh ... that Holly Hobbie paper doll and outfits tucked into the old book! Don't you wonder who put them there and why? The jadeite lamp is a wonderful find, too. What an incredible price!

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    1. Hi Mrs. T. I didn't know the paper dolls were called Holly Hobbie so thanks for the info. Yes, I always wonder how they got there. It's like looking into a mirror and wondering who else has peered into it. Hope you visit again soon.

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    2. Yes, Holly Hobbie is an artist who has done a lot of greeting card art for American Greetings, among other things. I believe she has also authored some children's books. Her art was very popular in the 1980s, I think. My girls had coloring books of her drawings. I've done some embroidered pictures in the past using her coloring book art. She obviously designed paper dolls too! And dolls, if I remember right.

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  16. So glad you are at TOHOT!
    Thank you for coming!

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  17. Oh you and I would make great shopping partners. I love every find you shared here and completely understand finding something wonderful and thinking oh no another collection.

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    1. Just wanted you to know I picked your post to feature at Vintage Charm this week (4/28/16). sb

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    2. Wow! Thanks so much for the upcoming feature Sharon!

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    3. Wow! Thanks so much for the upcoming feature Sharon!

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  18. Your finds are all such treasures! I can't pick a favorite but that jadeite lamp is fabulous!!

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    1. Thank you! So much fun, finding a treasure at a bargain price!

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  19. Many treasures here! I love the marmalade jar and the paper dolls are Holly Hobbie! Fantastic find! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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    1. Thanks Sherry. I'm glad to know what the paper dolls are called.

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  20. Love it all, Pat but THAT LAMP! Great finds!

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    1. Thanks so much. The lamp was so fun to find lurking in an alley sale. You never know what you'll find.

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  21. Oh my goodness, Pat--I love every single thing! From the silver alarm clock to the trophy, from the urn to the opera glasses, and the chenille spread to the jadite lamp--great finds all. Thanks for linking your posts up at Vintage Charm :)

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    1. Hi Diana, We should definitely go shopping together sometime but maybe we'd be fighting over the same things. Ha!

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  22. I love all of your treasures, but my favorite is the old doorknobs in the urn.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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    1. Thank you so much. Looking for a crystal doorknob now!

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  23. Paper dolls!! Oh how I loved those growing up. Do you remember when McCall's magazine use to have a paper doll in every issue?? I have five sisters, so many a tear was shed, as you can imagine ... my poor mother ! LOL I'm in awe that you found a jadeite lamp for $5! So pretty. Thanks for sharing, Cynthia

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  24. I have been on the hunt for a marmalade jar. You lucky bum....love your vignettes.

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