Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Rhinestones and Rusty Treasures

Shiny and bright to rusty and crusty, I feel like I'm all over the place with my treasures this week.  I went to three yard sales here in town and two antique shops about thirty minutes away.  Not a huge junking weekend, but I'm happy. 

I love the pretty and shiny stuff:  postcards, rhinestones, lace, chain, buckle, cute little pink jar, a silver fabric rose.  The rhinestones are from a yard sale and everything else is from an antique store.

I also love the very serious patina going on with these two trays from one of the yard sales.  They've been well used and maybe a little abused, but they sure have character.

Then there's this beauty......
I'm going to go through my keys to see if I can find one that might work.

Look at all that rust patina.  I'm seeing a strange face in this handle.

This is the antique tool box (trunk) I bought at an estate sale several weeks ago.  It was in their garage buried under a pile of cardboard boxes; I didn't waste any time digging it out.   I had left it at my mom's house, so when she brought it back to me it was like discovering it all over again.

It's full of little compartments and has a removable box that sits on top.  I think of the hands that constructed it, the old tools it once stored, and all the places it's probably been.  I washed it all down to get rid of the dirt and a few droppings from little visitors, but other than that I'm going to leave it alone.  So much character. 

I'm linking up my treasures with:
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday,
Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingie Thursday,
A La Carte for Junkin Finds Friday, and
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday

32 comments:

Brambleberry Cottage said...

You know the old saying about the grass always looking greener? Everytime I see the treasures you find, that's how I feel. Then I remind myself of the fabulous goodies I find around my neck of the woods, also. ;) I can't wait to see some of your treasures repurposed, Betsy.

Thanks for linking to the party.

Hugs,
Liz @ the Brambeberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

poindextr said...

These photos just make me want to linger here and imagine what holiday dinners those serving trays attended or what possessions that tool box held... such mysterious and magical history!

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

Loving all your finds. And the pink trunk/tool box thing. OH! To die for!!

Angela said...

Wonderful box!!

Sassy Marsha said...

Ohhhhh, wonderful finds!!!!

xxoo

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love the tool box! That is a great find. The jewelry is wonderful also. Thanks for joining JFF this week. hugs, Linda

Pam said...

Great finds. Love that old tool box.

Tammy said...

What great finds....that treasure box looks like something great...love all those compartments.
smiles...Tammy

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love the stash of bling. No treasure hunting for me this week (so far). I actually stayed in, cleaned off the table to change it out - got pictures to prove it is not cluttered all the time. :-D
Enjoy your evening.

Pam said...

That is a great toolbox. Glad you dug for it!

Lynn at Cottage and Creek said...

Your blog is great, Betsy. I'm your newest follower and have enjoyed reading some of your posts. I can't wait to read more ... the toolbox you bought is a fabulous find and for a great price! What a deal. I love how you wrote about sticking things here and there and then forgetting about them. I do the same thing! Doesn't stop me from buying though! Thanks for visiting Cottage and Creek and for leaving your nice comment. A bittersweet day, for sure.
Best wishes ... Lynn

Sherrie said...

Love it all! I think I would steal those platters if I got too close :0)

By the Bluegrass said...

love all your pink pretties!
xo,
Sena

AshTreeCottage said...

Hi Betsy! Great finds, all of them and especially that tool box!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

pamq said...

Am loving that pink-y rhinestone-y bling!

Pink usually isn't my color, but for that piece....well, I'd make an exception!

Nice trays, too! :-)

Bead and Needle said...

What a FABULOUS tool box! And I LOVE rhinestones - the pink and crystal necklas is killer! Happy Thursday - Tanya

mo said...

Hi Betsy,

I love how you share your new found treasures with all of us. How lucky we are to have a wonderful glimps of your creative world. (I love how you saw a face in the handle...)

*hugs*

mo

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Oh my that tool box is incredible. The patina is beautiful. You made quite a find. What will you store in it?. My mind is running a mile a minute thinking of the possibilities. ~~Sherry~~

Debra@Common Ground said...

I'm a sucker for old toolboxes, love them for garden goodies, you made a great haul! Thanks so much for linking up with VIF!
hugs,
Debra

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The rhinestones and little pink jar are my favs! You really did great! So many treasures! ♥

Coloradolady said...

Love the tool box. Happy VTT!

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

You found some neat things. Love the wooden box.

Danielle

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

Great items! And I totally see the face in the handle!!! Over from Common Ground.

Donnie said...

What great finds. That tool box has such beautiful character.

Susan said...

You have some awesome finds!! Love the silver fabric rose!

Dandelion and Daisy said...

Love the tool box...Wow! All your goodies are fun....I love "junking" finds.

The Vintage Attic said...

Lovin the vintage pink bling, and there is not much better than tarnished silver, I don't clean my silver, love the tarnished look. Great finds!

Melissa

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Great finds! I love pretty and shiny stuff too.

House Revivals said...

You found some lovely treasures! I can't believe you found that vintage bling at a garage sale!
~Amanda

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What gorgeous finds!

I am having an antique auction on my blog. All sorts of lovely and romantic finds looking for a new home. I hope you'll stop by.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Scarlett Fontaine said...

Oh i love the shiney stuff (being a real magpie!) Lovely jewellery :o) Scarlett x

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

I love the rhinestones!!

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