Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Antiques part 1

For the last few days my Husband and I have been going to Antique Shops.  I really enjoy going to these places--so many things to look at!  The hunt is always on.  Booth to booth, what is going to be waiting patiently for you to see?!   We went to 2 different ones in 2 days, one was 50,000 square with 450 vendors, the other was 110,000 with over 650 vendors.  It was 2 solid days of looking and buying.  I didnt realize how hungry you get at these places-- its not like you are doing heavy labor, just looking right?  Walking around and checking it all out slowly, to make sure you dont miss anything is tough :).  We are both hunting for different things, but we keep an eye out for what each other likes just in case. 

Some of the 'malls' we went to were incredible.  Others are like flea markets, crap just everywhere and piled all over.  Everyone has a different taste of how they like to shop for antiques, I prefer the more boutique style, everything set up relatively nice and better quality of goods.  Of course, the better quality of goods, comes with a better quality price tag too.  But, you get what you pay for and to me it is worth it.

The first item that I have on top, is a 3 dimensional box- approximate size 11 x 14 x 3.  The color grabbed my eye and I went to look at it closer, and realized that the 'picture' is a lid and opens up to a great spot to store my new goodies that I have been collecting.  I think it is fabulous and check the price.  Well, she is coming home with me :).  I am thrilled.  The gentleman explained it was from the 50's, I can only take his word for it, not knowing much about antiques.  I shop for what I like, and what I can afford, and think to my it worth what they are asking-- (in my opinion).

Up next is a tiny JP Coats mending kit.  9 out of the 10 tiny spools are included and the box is in Mint condition.  I think the spools are so cute, and the colors are perfect.  Looks like the 9 spools are un-used too. The day before I bought the pin cube, I saw one in perfect condition-with all 100 pins and they wanted over $150 bucks for it.  Nope.  Not for me.  I found this little guy, missing all but 2 pins and not so good condition, but good enough for me.  Sold!

So many other things I have been collecting, starting new collections, adding to ones I already have.  Thank goodness my Husband is just as excited to go to these places as me.  Otherwise, I would be in trouble :)

I have been stitching on a small homework assignment, 1 of 2 parts from the 'Thank you Sarah Tobias' book from BBD.  1 of 2 pincushions to be stitched and I have stitched the first part.  Just have to finish my name.  I will start the next one hopefully soon, such a cute piece. Using 40ct Vintage Woodsmoke Lakeside Linens with Limited Edition Silk n Color thread-- Caravan Road.   There are great designs in this book and if you dont own it already, it is a must have in your stash.  Not much on the stitching front, I wanted to work on something easy that I could do much faster then usual. 

Antiquing cuts into stitching time, but it is worth every minute.  Now, what about those Oil Cans......


  1. I love your finds!!! Your new start is lovely too - the colors are fantastic. You may have inspired me to pull out my Sarah Tobias book too! I haven't been doing much stitching either, so easy is good.

  2. Awesome finds! I love the box - I have one also but the picture on yours is WAY prettier than the one I have - worth every penny!
    The box of threads are wonderful and you can fill up the pin cube yourself!

    How fun!

  3. I just love all your antique finds. I found one of those pin cubes in a store by me but he wanted $80.00 - way too much for my blood. I really love that box too. And the threads too - everything is wonderful. And so is your stitching - it looks wonderful and you're right about the book - it's wonderful too.

  4. Oh wow, I love all your antique finds! Don't you love good antique stores? Sometimes they can be hard to find. Love your stitching too!

  5. Look at all those wonderful goodies! I love to go to places like these.


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