Sunday, May 20, 2012

Fun Finds

Garage sales are picking up here, unfortunately I could only go to a few, as I had to work yesterday 8-1, the prime time for sales. I picked up a few neat things this week:
 a gallon bag full of seam binding and lace trim, a pair of bunnies, and a couple of cute napkin rings
 A bag of buttons
 A vase, blue bottle.
 a twig of stars, a cute ornament
and a couple of pillows, the lady threw in the snowman one for free. I'm trying not to buy more snowmen, but it was free.

I'm planning on using the stars, buttons and seam binding for artwork, the vase was a replacement.

Any good deals in your neck of the woods?

Saturday, May 12, 2012

A good week

It's been a great week for finds. Wednesday, I went downtown to see if I could find anything for my mother for Mother's Day. I decided to buy us a couple of tickets to a fashion show, my mom works at the sewing department of ISU, and we go to the ISU fashion show every year, so I thought this was a great idea. Plus, she's always saying she doesn't need more stuff, and she doesn't need more sweets.
While I was downtown, I stopped at an antique store and found some great things for me:
 buttons, scarf , and cute little card
 these pieces were in a bag together
 These were all in a bag
 This giant dictionary (it measures a little over a foot tall, 8 inches wide and 4 inches thick), someone donated to the library

Friday, I had a few garage sales to go to, as the fashion show was on Saturday at 10AM. I stopped at one on my way to work and picked up these:
 2 cigar boxes, three cardboard boxes, and a set of mini S&P shakers
 And this box of butterflies, I really only wanted that blue one in the center.

Everything I bought this week, I plan to use in art projects. I'm trying to get myself into sewing more, and I've always wanted a cigar box to decorate.

Friday afternoon, I cut some of our peonies and put them in the teapot I bought last weekend. Their smell is so intoxicating, I love it.
What have you guys found this week?

Sunday, May 06, 2012

A Wonderful Day

I had a great day yesterday. My friend and I went to a nearby town's citywide garage sale day. Here's what I got:
 a rice krispie bar, a bag of flat marbles and sea glass, two Winnie the Pooh toys, a cute little ladle and a toy turtle, a bag of formica tiles, a glasses case, a shotgun shell knife, and two cookies that I ate. Also, I bought two cushions for my kitchen chairs.
My friend said we had to stop at the antique store, it was a great idea, here's what I got:
 A teapot I've decided it needs some big flowers in it, once our poppies bloom, I'll put some in it.
 3 bags of ephemera and some seam binding. In those packets are a handwritten letter, tags, receipts, buttons and even an envelope from Marshall Field's in Chicago.
two more ephemera bags, and a bunch of buttons. In the ephemera packs are cigar bangs, tickets, tags, metal pieces and some great gears punched out of paper.

I love the burlap bag, I hope I can use it in some artwork.

What did you guys find?

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

A little down

I've been really down lately, I think it's because I don't do much outside of work. I don't work a ton, I am over 30 hours this week, barely. A couple of weeks ago, my aunt and I went to an antique mall in a neighboring town, it was fun, but I didn't find much to buy. I have decided, I'm very spoiled with garage sales, I find it hard to spend more than $1 on things lately.
Now, I'm not a huge fan of Pyrex, but I LOVE this color, I may be looking for more things in this color. I didn't buy this, but I did buy a few things,
 Like, buttons, big surprise there huh? I also had to buy the Impala emblem, I love the Impala from the 60's, such a beautiful car. There's also a neat rock in the picture below.
 There's more buttons in the shaker, and a cute little glass.
 I had Sunday off, and I was pretty depressed. I have very few friends outside of my job, and with the exception of one, we don't get together very much. So, I've been bummed about not doing fun stuff with friends. I also decided, I really miss garage sales, there haven't been in any in my area yet, and I keep talking myself out of ones further away. I also had tentative plans to go to a neighboring town's citywide garage sale this weekend, but I don't think that's going to happen. I did find a church rummage sale I've been to in the past, that I think I'll check out.
Today, as I left my apartment to do laundry, I found this gorgeous plant at the bottom of my stairs. Needless to say, I had to stop and take a moment.
What's been happening in your lives?