Thursday, July 24, 2008

A day at the auction

Beautiful old sideboard/ that glass door in the middle.
Vintage gas sign.
Horse teeth anyone????? (only at Wicks!)
Molds...just waiting for a project.
rows and rows of 'stuff'

Soda daughter uses these to make very cool, unique table top mosaics.

Wicks Auction House is operated by Larry Wicks and his wife Jan. Weekly auctions with just about anything you can think of for sale. About 4 times a year they have a special antique auction which is where i spent my Saturday. It's always an adventure. Held in an old pole barn type building, it's usually filled to the brim with all sorts of 'stuff '. Boxes to dig through, furniture, primitives, once in awhile a few chickens or other live creatures, you just never know.

The sale starts at 9am and has been known to last well into the night, so if your stamina is good, you can pick up some good bargains at the end of the night. I only stayed for a few hours but I did manage to buy a very cool old wire basket, a wire flower frog, a french post card album and an ironstone pitcher. You can check out their website for future sale dates and pictures.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Shell inspiration

I thought this was a great idea for using a shell in a different way. I planted hen and chicks in the shell opening and watered carefully. You could use any kind of succulent plants, or a big, flat clam type shell would work great for a mix of plants. This displayed on a tray of shells or resting on a table next to a stack of old books......or.....under a any ideas??

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Summer Arts Festival

I loved this old chest of little expensive for me though.
Vintage toy the Donald Duck!
Lots of nice furniture and glassware.
My kind of treasure!
I was thrilled to find this box of vintage shaving brushes. I saw a picture of these displayed along a bathroom window ledge on the Barn House Blog and a new obsession was born. I had to have my own collection, this was to easy! I bought five of them. I especially love the one with the glass handle....they look great in my bathroom window.

Saturday I went to the summer arts festival in Brookings SD. It's an annual event I look forward to every year. It draws artists and crowds from all over the US. I love the crowds, the wonderful artists displaying their work, the live entertainment, the great fair food and my favorite part , the flea market where they have antique dealers selling their treasures. This year, for whatever reason, the number of antique booths were down. I still enjoyed looking and even managed to take home a few treasures. If you are ever in the area, the arts festival is held every year the first weekend after the 4th of July, in Brookings, South Dakota.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

cookie jars and clothespin bags

10.95 + shipping
10.95 + shipping

chick 24.95 + shipping
Owl 24.95 + shipping

Elf 24.95 + shipping

I had a reader request information on the cookie jars she saw pictured in another post.

The pictures above are a few of the current jars available. If you see anything you like, feel free to email me for details. I am willing to ship within the United States with buyer to pay shipping fees.

The little dresses are vintage clothes pin bags. They used to hang them on the clothesline filled with the old wooden clothes pins.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Curious Sofa

Curious Sofa is a unique shop located in Overland Park, Kansas. I discovered it in Country Living magazine and became hooked on Debbie's blog. This is the second time I've been to the Sofa and as always it was fun to wander through the beautiful displays, sink into a comfy chair and just let my eyes wander. I didn't take any photos inside the shop but did manage to catch a little bird greeting customers over the entrance door! Check out the Curious Sofa blog to see what your missing and if you are ever in the area don't miss this shop.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

vacation adventures

I know my poor blog is terribly neglected. I'm back and determined to do better! Hubby and I hit the road Fathers day weekend and took in the anual antique street fair in Walnut Iowa. This is always a fun day. It's tough to buy for re-sale at this show but good to see what's selling, getting great display ideas and always great food.

We left Walnut and headed down to Overland Park , Kansas to spend the weekend with my fav sister..bright and early Saturday morning we headed out to Raised in Cotton , a great little shop in Raymore MO. From there we went to Greenwood MO. where we enjoyed a morning of shopping in several very cool primitive style antique shops. We managed to leave with lighter wallets and hopes of going back some day. The pictures above are from the Greenwood shops.

Next post I'll tell about our much anticipated trip to Curious Sofa.