Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Under the Sea Weekend Finds

I wasn't too enthusiastic about the few yard sales on my list for Saturday morning, but you never know unless you try, right?  My first stop was completely unexpected as I drove by several people setting up tables in an empty parking lot.  I quickly weeded through a few tables of toys, dusty dried flowers, and old clothes.  Then I spotted these....

An entire basket of them just waiting for a new home.  Two of the coral pieces are 11-12" wide, heavy, and very fragile.

An instant collection.

I didn't notice this tiny starfish until I got home.

A sea horse was clinging to the same piece of coral.

 This gorgeous Trumpet Triton is 13" long.

Look what was clinging to another big piece of coral.  No, not really, but they sure look good together.  I found the vintage brooches at the next sale along with the easel in the last picture.

The cast iron basket is from the same parking lot sale.  It's not old, but how could I resist for 25 cents; plastic flowers and all.  The tray, creamer, and aluminum pitcher were from another sale.

My last find of the day was this 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" signed oil painting.  I love the pretty winter scene and beautiful colors, but not the blond frame.  I think these two will look great together after a paint job.

I'm linking up and sharing my treasures with:
Charm Bracelet Diva for Club G.W.,
2805 for Potpourri Friday,
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays,
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday,
No Minimalist Here for Open House Party,
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday


Loretta said...

What great finds! I love these treasures. The framed art is pretty...but, it needs your special touch. I also love the vintage jewelry. Great post! Luv

Rae said...

Love them all! Can I go shopping with you soon?

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You did good.
I have not been to a sale in some time now. May need to check them out this next weekend as the weather is suppose to be really nice.

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

SCORE! Amazing finds!!

Jenny said...

Holy cow, great finds!!


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I love all your finds Betsy. The coral is so beautiful. Cast iron basket? Who cares if its old. Like the bling too.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

OH MY! I cannot believe the beautiful shells and coral that you found! If you decide to put it in your shop...let me know! Love the pretty brooches! Great treasures! ♥

kpaints said...

Totally amazing finds...I love how the jewelry looks on the coral...like deep sea creatures! Lovely finds!

Sassy Marsha said...

Ohhh, just lovely!!!! There were a gazillion garage sale signs in my neighborhood this weekend, it seems that lately everyone is putting out their "junk" and I mean JUNK, not the good kind, LOL, so I've become very picky about where I go now to treasure hunt!

You found some really great finds!


Pam said...

You find such wonderful finds at garage sales. My favorite is the little oil painting. Anxious to see what color you paint the frame.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Great finds but I think the basket of shells and coral was the best and most amazing find! WOW! I do love that last painting also. Great day for you!

Cheryl said...

Oh what treasures you have found.
Love the little oil painting and the shells are great!
Have a great week,

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great finds and I do love that winter scene. I actually like the frame, too.

Maria Ireland said...

Fantastic finds.They are all wonderful. I love the shells.
Hugs Maria

Bluebell Woods said...

My downstairs 1/2 bath is seashell theme. I am going to change it. I need suggestions on how to use the shells once I change the theme.
Love your find. I would love to have the 1/2 shells with the mother of pearl. Wonderful find.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Betsy, What great finds! I can't believe someone got rid of this wonderful coral..lucky for you.

Faye ~ Wild Rose Vintage said...

You really came out well...especially with the shells! Great finds!

mo said...

Hi Betsy,

There you go again, finding all the right stuff to create your perfect one of a kind creations.

Thanks for stopping by to see my version of "The Shell".

I knew I would get around to it...it just takes me a while.

I want to do one with a lavender/periwinkle color theme if I can.

Your new shells are amazing and I can't wait to see what you make with them.



Jane said...

It looks to me that you had a great day of shopping.
That easel is really a very cool, unusual piece.
Happy Wednesday!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Betsy, I just saw your post on Open House. What great finds these are! Your site is lovely!! Such great photos. I am a newbie to blogging and your newest follower. I hope you will follow back! Many blessings to you!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Betsy, I wanted to drop by again to say Thank You for linking to the Open House party. Take care.

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Fun, fun, fun stuff! I love the little seahorse who hooked a ride on the coral. The vintage brooches are really cool. I think my favorites are the painting and the easel; those are super finds!

beachcomber said...

wow! i love your finds..gorgeous!!
visiting from time travel thursday.

beachcomber said...

wow! i love your finds..gorgeous!!
visiting from time travel thursday.

Cindy said...

Great finds! I love seashells. Found you through Time Travel Thursday! Hugs, Cindy

Gayle Page-Robak said...

You are certainly one savvy shopper, Betsy. Your yard sale finds are amazing....Love what you have displayed. Excellent.

Diane Writes said...

WOW! What a collection Betsy! This treasure is meant for you. They found home in the best hands. I'm sure you will make the most out of this and I can't wait to see it.

Natasha in Oz said...

Wow! That's amazing! You sure did hit the beachy jackpot!

Best wishes,

Joanne said...

Beautiful treasures. Love the shells and sea items, so reminiscent of a walk on the beach :)

Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh my! My heart just beats faster looking at all the loveliness!

Thank you so very much for linking up to Fall In Love Wednesdays.

Have a blessed weekend.

Shabbily By The Sea said...

Wow beautiful finds!
The brooches look stunning on the coral,

Babs said...

OMGosh you found a "treasure chest" of shells! They are absolutely gorgeous, and the tiny starfish and sea horse...too sweet.
Your other finds are really nice too. I like the oil painting. Thanks for sharing your finds.

Patti's Artful Design said...

ooh...you lucky girl....love the coral and shells...very nice find. I love sea inspiration!

Ozma of Odds said...

...LOVE the shells!!
~ such treasures and coral too:)
xo, Rosemary

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

You just never know:) I'm so jealous of all that coral:)


Splendid Market said...

oh my, what good fortune ~ what a wonderful instant shell collection. I wonder where they came from, if they were purchased or gathered over the years.

Protector of Vintage said...

Such lovely finds! I especially love the seahorse!!

Honey at 2805 said...

You are a lucky treasure hunter finding an entire collection of beautiful shells at one time! All of your finds are terrific!

Thank you for joining the Potpourri Friday Party! I appreciate you, Betsy!

Robin said...

Two of my favorite things--seashells and old brooches. Good score. They are beautiful.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Lucky you to find those gorgeous shells! And the basket!...well, anything cast iron gets my vote LOL
You always find the cutest things ♥

pamq said...

Oooo! You lucky girl!

Those shells and that coral! Awesome!

That is definitely something that I don't see too much of out here in the midwest.....and if I do see some, they are so expensive!!!

I still can't get over those hunks of coral............

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

The shell "collection" is absolutely gorgeous! I decorate with them and have never found such lovely ones! Thanks for linking up over at Club G.W. {Goodwill} with Charm Bracelet Diva. This week's party should be up by Monday night!


Ellen said...

Very nice finds, I am sure you will find something great to do with the wonderful ocean finds.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Instant collection...indeed! Those shells are fabulous, Betsy! I think you should keep the coral for displaying your beautiful jewelry creations at shows. ;)

Thanks for joining Time Travel Thursday.

Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Gretchen said...

I love your sea shore items you found. What a jack pot at that sale. It could take years to amass such a beautiful collection. Love it!
btw, I love to use coral to display jewelry on and use a cool piece in my bathroom for a sparkly vintage paste bracelet and the combo is stunning.