Friday, November 4, 2016

Weekend Treasure Hunt

The Rocky Mountains are dusted with snow, 
as if a giant baker has sifted powdered sugar onto their peaks. 
Autumn has slipped quietly down the mountains and into the city 
where it seems the leaves have turned golden almost overnight. 


It's a lovely time of year here in Denver with cool nights for sleeping and bright sunshine during
the day. Everywhere you look the leaves have turned yellow and plum, red and orange. 


It's also a lovely time for end-of-the-summer yard sales.


True, there aren't as many sales now but the prices are better 
and some people prefer to hold their sales in cooler weather. 


So, there are still bargains if you're willing to look for them. And, of course, I am.

I've found some real treasures lately, some dainty like this pretty painted tin 
with three triangular bottles for perfume or lotions that snug perfectly together.


I adore this clip-on lamp shade I found that sparkles when you turn it on, 
revealing pinpoints of light like a starry sky shining through the tiny holes. 
With gold trim, it's a perfect size and fit for my kitchen counter lamp.
And it was a "gift with purchase" by the sweet lady hosting the sale. 


This scale was a great find hidden in a garage crammed full of greasy tools. 
I love the cream and black colors and how it looks in my kitchen.


I think this lampshade from another sale looks like it just came out of a chic Paris apartment. 


I've been watching for a mannequin head form to display a cloche hat 
but all I could find were those ugly plastic or styrofoam ones. 
A neighborhood sale offered this wonderful old linen head and I snatched it up for $10!



Another little jewel of a find was this silver music box that once held loose powder and a puff. 


The sides of the tin are worn slick in two spots where someone's fingers turned it over 
and over to wind the music box. Such a story it tells with each note. 
Was it a young girl dreaming of romance or a mother who played it for her sleepy baby? 
Or maybe an elderly woman with special memories to treasure every time she heard this song?


Always with an eye out for old ironstone, I discovered this elegant gravy boat at a local sale
to add to my collection. Sometimes it's hard to remember what's on the shelf at home 
but for $5 I took a chance and was happy to find I didn't have one like this (in the back).


At the same sale, I spied a large platter with heavy crazing, muted brown tints
and faded blue flowers. I was thrilled when I saw it was Limoges. Be still my heart. 


I love to uncover tablecloths with substance and texture piled under a stack of plain white sheets
and pillowcases. The big red one with apples was made in France while the small red and white check with fringe is perfect for dining al fresco. And there's the blue one that makes my heart sing. 
I even found one that someone had made out of toile, edged with checked fabric.


When I discovered these wonderful red garden obelisks, I just had to bring them home with me.
$5 for the pair!!
 Come back in the spring to see them in big pots planted with flowers.


We probably have a couple of weeks before cold weather hits.
And that means a few more weekends of yard sales.


Who wants to go shopping with me?

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31 comments:

  1. Enjoy your yard sales. Looks like you got some great stuff.
    Have a good weekend.

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    1. Thanks Grantham Lynn! I'm starting to feel a bit like a hoarder but just can't pass up a good bargain on something I've been wanting. Enjoy your weekend.

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  2. What wonderful treasures you have found. My favorites are the obelisks. The price was oh so right too.

    Happy Fall and treasure hunting ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Thank you Lorraine! I love the obelisks too. Can't wait til next spring to do something with them. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

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  3. Super finds, Pat. I'm always up for shopping, yes indeed. Your mannequin head is perfect for your cloche. I have one too, and have a beaded Flapper headpiece on mine. Love the sweet sentiment of the worn sides on the musical box. Onend time my sisters & I were doing a pick of an elderly woman's estate. She had one of those, and I'll not forget how she wound it and started singing "I Love You Truly".

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    1. Thank you Rita! Oh, a beaded Flapper headpiece would look perfect. Great idea. Your story had me a little teary. So sweet. Enjoy your weekend...shopping?

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  4. So many great finds, your yard sales look fantastic and I would have snapped up those obelisks in a heartbeat. The weather has been fabulous here too, but tonight we finally got some rain, the first real heavy downpour really since June, I can imagine the farmers will be happy! Have a lovely weekend xx

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    1. Thank you Susan! Yes, I'm already planning what flowers to plant with the obelisks. Enjoy your rain, nice for a change isn't it? I hope you sleep well with the sound of the rain on the roof. I always love that.

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    2. Thank you Susan! Yes, I'm already planning what flowers to plant with the obelisks. Enjoy your rain, nice for a change isn't it? I hope you sleep well with the sound of the rain on the roof. I always love that.

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  5. Great finds! The vintage scale is charming. Thank you for sharing your beautiful fall color, too. Everything is still pretty green in North Texas. I'm looking forward to the change.

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    1. Thank you Ellis! I love the scale too. If I'm not careful, I'm going to start another collection.

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  6. What great finds! I love to go thrifting and estate sale-ing!

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    1. Thank you for "shopping" with me Carole. Hope you have some good sales in your area.

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  7. Leave it to my Sister to find all these little treasures. I love the old Limoges plate. What stories it could tell. Enjoy your last couple of weeks before cold weather.

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    1. Thanks Jan! Wish you could have gone "sale-ing" with me!

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  8. Pat, I would love to go shopping with you! You have found some really great treasures! I adore that vintage scale...what a find! I hope that you are having a great weekend!!!

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    1. Thank you Shannon. Who knows, maybe someday we can go shopping together!

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  9. Pat what a wonderful sale and so many amazing finds. I've never seen anything like the linen head! I kept scrolling up and down with one of those scrunched up faces that say what in the world is that? It looks strange. Like a an alien head. ha ha. Then I finally read what it is. With the hat on it it's adorable. You will have so much fun with that. I want one now. I could pin buttons on it and make funny faces and do some elegant hauntingly beautiful Halloween decor with it.

    The dishes really got me. Those are wonderful, especially the Limoge platter! The gravy boats are awesome too! I have an odd fascination with gravy boats. I think it stems from childhood. There's an eloquence of pouring gravy from the lips of a dish specifically meant to serve gravy rather than using a ladle. Like I said, it's an odd fascination. I have only one Ironstone gravy boat that was a lucky duck find for me. This sort of stuff is extremely hard to come by in garage or estate sales here in Alaska. I treasure it very much and use it whenever an opportunity arises.

    The little tin with the French little people or maybe they are Victorian is adorable. My mother would love that.

    I'm certain you will share this with Thursday Favorite Things so I will thank you in advance for joining us. I came here from email so I will just cover that base right now since I don't often get to look through every single link.

    Hope you have a wonderful Sunday. I enjoyed seeing all of the pretty collectibles you found.

    oxo
    Olivia

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting Olivia! Love hearing from you and thinking about what it's like in Alaska today. I hadn't thought about the head looking like an alien, but now that you mention it...I'm becoming a bit of a dish hoarder but still have a few spaces left here and there for more gravy boats! Looking forward to Thursday Favorite Things!

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  10. OMG, we would be rolling around in the dirt with our hands on the same things, screaming, "It's MINE!" Love all your picks, and they are all ----mine??? LOL, Sandi

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    1. Out of my way Sandi!! Mine! Mine! Thanks for shopping with me.

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  11. those are some incredible finds! I especially love the ironstone and the Limoges. Oh and those obelisks -- actually I love EVERYTHING!

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    1. Thank you so much. I love everything too and it seems even more special knowing it had a history. Hoping we have good weather for one or two more sales.

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  12. Awesome yard sale finds!! Thanks for sharing at DI & DI. :)

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  13. I am simply drooling over each and every thing you found Pat! I have not been to any fall yard sales. Definitely my loss. I am attending a vintage sale this Sat. and I can't wait! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks Jann. Drool away! Hope you had fun at the vintage sale. Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  14. Where do you live I need to move there. Ever since we moved to western CO the goody finds have slackened compared to what I was used to in MT and KY. Not Many antique stores here (western CO) we live few miles west of Gran Junction. Have never had antique show here either. Helena,MT had several craft and antique shows every year. When do find things here the prices are atrocious.
    As lady before me said am drooling over all your finds. Even thrift stores here are expensive.
    Glad for you to have such good luck. Have wonderful weekend

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my yard sale post. I live in Denver. I'm sure I would miss our sales if I lived somewhere that didn't have them. However, I've been to the western slope and think you have some gorgeous country there. Hopefully, that might make up for the lack of sales. I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.

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  15. Hi Pat, hopping back to let you know you will featured at this weeks SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  16. Fall is my favorite season to garage sale, because of the whether and because I seem to find better junk(!). You found some real treasures, Pat--love that scale, especially. Thanks for linking up your finds with us at Vintage Charm :)

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