Monday, March 26, 2012

Thrifting and things

This weekend was an awesome weekend for second hand finds. The thrifting gods were undoubtedly smiling down on me. Friday, Brett and I traveled to the town of Clinton which is about an hour and a half north of where we live in Shelbyville. I responded to a Craigslist posting there for two china cabinets priced at $40! It was just a no brainer for me, I mean seriously, $40?! 

When we got there we were happy to find the china cabinets in fair condition other than some minor water damage and some major dirt. We also found a wonderful vintage washbasin and the guy threw in some free chicken wire and a beat up table, score! I will be posting on each of these things soon, and probably separately. I have already entered the cleaning stages on our new finds. Worst part of any furniture restoration project is cleaning: bugs, mold, drrryyyyyy hands. 

Now that I have teased you with that, I will actually show you some second hand finds from the weekend. My fabulous friend Wendy was nice enough to humor me on Saturday morning and let me drag her to Effingham and this little town called Altamont where I had never been. We found a gold mine of an antique mall in Altamont, I'm talken gold mine! The best part is that we were there early enough that we had the place to ourselves for like 45 minutes. 

Fav finds:

Quilt. 
I have a serious love for antique quilts. It's almost like you can hear and feel them speak to you. So much love and care is put into the construction of a beautiful quilt. This one has an old Americana feel to it, it's colors are still so vibrant. There are a couple small stains and a few worn spots, but other than that, great condition! A quilt this elaborate and well made bought new would cost you hundreds of $$, and they don't come broken in ;) 




Lamp. 
I found this owl lamp for $12! I love unique pieces and knew this was a keeper. I gave it a little makeover (which it was in desperate need of) Now I'm pretty sure it's my favorite lamp in the entire world (at least for today). 

before                                                                   after

and again with the after..



Rooster. 
Need I say more? 

This weekend fed my soul... mmmmm, soul food. 

13 comments:

  1. I love thrifting and antiquing, too. There are some wonderful places to go. Sometime you'll have to go to 3rd Sunday Market at the Fairgrounds in Bloomington. 350 dealers and there is more stuff there than you can see in one day. Part nice antique, part flea market. Fun, fun.

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    1. That sounds too good to be true, Brenda!

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  2. $40 for 2 china cabinets!!!!!!! Are you kidding me? You should have your own reality tv show :o) The quilt is amazing, the lamp is super amazing..... and that rooster! It's so crazy how those things that fit you so perfectly found there way into your life this weekend. I definitely believe the thrifting gods had something to do with it.

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    1. omgosh... if i had a reality tv show, most episodes would be of me sitting around blogging, doing laundry, making beds, and doing the dishens, haha.

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  3. Next time you go to Altamont you need to check out Alwerdt's Garden Center just south of town. They, by far, have the best selection of anywhere around!

    Lisa Snoke

    http://alwerdtsgardens.com/

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    1. Thanks for the tip Lisa! I will definitely be paying them a visit soon!

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  4. I LOVE the lamp!! That and your yellow horse. I'm inspired to turn a can of spray paint on a few things in my house.

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    1. Thanks Kelly! I very much hope that you buy a can of spray paint and transform something! I can't wait to see what you do :)

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  5. Love the lamp makeover - it's amazing what a little glossy spray paint can do :) The wedding ring pattern on that quilt is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Heather ... I have to agree, a can of glossy spray paint can change your world :)

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  6. How did you get such favor with the thrifting gods??? They are smiling down upon you for sure!

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