Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Weekend Roundup of Treasures

There weren't too many interesting sounding yard sales around here last weekend, but I took my chances and headed out anyway.  With two more big shows coming up in the next couple of weeks, I-need-inventory!  I had about ten sales on my list, but found most everything here at one of them.  Don't you love it when one sale saves the day?

The awesome 32" high birdcage, windows (yes there were two), urn, chandelier, metal canister, and decoy were all found at the same sale; good think I arrived just as they were opening their garage door.  The lantern will become a vase and I think the wire basket will be good for holding linens.

The close up of the top of the birdcage shows off all its fabulous patina.  That thingie wrapped around the top is actually a necklace with tiny coil wires.  Interesting, but too far gone even for this repurposer.  You never know.

Oops.  Always make sure glass has a soft place to land if you have it propped up for a photo shoot.  Who put that rock there?

The chandelier will be getting a paint job along with that agricultural elevator bucket hiding on the right.

 I'll be keeping this 18" tall urn.  

My heart skipped a few beats when I spotted these.  Fifty five fabulous skeleton keys all in one place, including the mirrored dresser tray.

I had to have this old decoy even though it's not wood.  Look at it eyeing my keys.

I'm sharing my weekend finds with:
2805 for Potpourri Friday
From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday

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46 comments:

Gypsea said...

Wow, what wonderful finds! I love the birdcage and the keys, excellent!

Vintage Gal said...

Wow what fabulous finds. The birdcage and keys are beautiful and that urn ~ swoon

Thespoena McLaughlin said...

Holy cow! You hit the mother load! What excellent finds! I so would have snatched them up if I had seen them too. Hugs!

Connie Mercer said...

awesome finds~you made a haul!!!:)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh poop on the broken window!!! What a haul, those keys, my heart would have skipped a beat and then stopped! This haul is why we keep going out and hitting all of those crummy garage sales because every once in a while....Bingo, the big haul!

Carol

Anne said...

Wow Betsy you scored big time! Love all of your new treasures! Are you keeping any?
xx
Anne

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Bird cage and keys - Yep! Those would have definitely gone home with me also. Sorry about the broken glass.:(

Stephanie said...

Who else would find 55 keys all in one place? Only you - as usual I am in awe at your ability to sniff out these treasures.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You really do find the most interesting items! Love that bird cage, keys and of course the funny duck! Hugs, Linda

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You are like magnet for some great finds...like those keys! I have NEVER even seen one! They are amazing and something you'll have fun with. I love that old birdcage, too!

Angie @ Knick of Time said...

Wow - great finds! I love that bird cage and those keys!!

Maggie said...

HOLY COW!! Those KEYS!! What a score!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

You SCORED!!! Love your haul, especially those skeleton keys...55 keys...WOW!!! The thrill of the FIND!!!

April said...

My heart skipped right along with you at the sight of those keys!! I can't wait to see what you do with them!

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

What a fabulous haul. Those keys!! Can't wait to see what you do.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Fantastic finds. Yes, I love it when one sale makes it all worth while. I'm loving the birdcage.

rustdustandroses said...

I love that bird cage. Great finds.
Cheers,
Miss Ellie

Kathy said...

What luck!! I can't get over 55 skeleton keys at a garage sale - woza!
Aren't you just so grateful that some people think this stuff is junk.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Major SCORE !!! You found the absolute best stuff. WOW.
Joy

Into Vintage said...

Finding all of those keys in one place would have made me jump for joy! And that birdcage -- it was meant for you! I think that same rock was in my antique mall space the other day when I leaned a glass lamp globe against it a little too hard and it burst into a million little pieces. So it goes. :-)

Helen and her Daughters said...

Wow, wish I would run up on a sale like that. Not many good sales in my area right now. I love, Love, Love the Urn!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH my gosh...be still my heart...you did find the goodies this week, Betsy!!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Fabulous finds, Betsy! I'm especially in love with the birdcage and the chandelier. The keys are great too. How wonderful that you found such a large amount at one place. I wouldn't have left the decoy behind either.
Hugs,
Julia

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Okay, 55 keys?! Cha-ching! You found so much great stuff, and the fact that it's all in one place is just icing on the cake. You rock the world of thrifting and repurposing!

cynthia lee designs said...

Great finds!! Love the keys. Last year at the flea market...I got an old tin full of old rusty keys. There was almost 100 of them and I got all of them for $5.00. I've used over half of them now and hope that I can find more soon.
~Cindy

ECKDesign said...

Loooove the keys!!! Sorry about the glass. I know how it feels... bought a beautiful framed picture then slipped through my hands when taking it out of the car when I got home. =o(

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

WOW, Betsy, you scored big time!!! I've been seeing rusty bird cages everywhere! I think it may be the latest thing!!!!

xoxo

Loretta said...

I think you have some sort of 'thingy' that points you to fab sales! What a killing! I know you will do them all proud! Work it Girl!
Hugs

Laurel Leaf Cottage said...

Great finds! I love the little chandelier! Can't wait to see what you do with it!! I'm your newest follower!!! =) Deanna

Barbara Jean said...

Well girl, you know I'm drooling over those great finds.

LOVE that old cage.....and those keys....wow!! what a great sale.

blessings

barb

Honey at 2805 said...

What an exciting "haul"! Thanks for sharing your unique finds at Potpourri Friday!

Peggy said...

Great finds! I'm afraid I'd end up keeping everything myself. You must have some willpower! Too bad about the window, but I know you'll find an awesome way to use it. All those keys in one place? What luck!

Babs said...

Great pieces. Love the urn and the keys.

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

Wow, Betsy--you did great! That urn is just gorgeous, as is the chandelier--can't wait to see what you do with all these neat pieces!

~ Liz ~ said...

Betsy, how is it so many people around you have such great things to sell, like the keys and the letters and the keyholes, etc. all the time? I just don't get it. People just don't have that kind of thing here. That's amazing! And the birdcage. Goodness! As for the window breakage, I kinda think you broke it really well. I love the look of it. it is still quite fabulous! You are going to have the best stuff at the sale. Hope there will be lots of pictures.
Liz

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Big time scores for you! Love those windows -- even with the broken pane -- I know you'll make something spectacular with them!

Melody said...

OMG what a haul! Great finds at a not so interesting sale!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

my goooooodnessssss gracious!! can we just give a shout out and yell: "score!!!!!" touchdown! really? all the keys in one shot? betsy, you did hit that mark on all of this fun stuff! i went to a sale today and pretty much spent my allotment for the week...good stuff. happy junking my friend!

xxo
becky

ps: thank you for the compliment! rip those carpets out! :P)

rush said...

definately jealous of your finding the keys! they are in wonderful shape and there are so many different kinds! what a pleasant surprise for you, i would say!

Jeannie-JB said...

You hit the jackpot, my friend! It's a shame that we don't know each other outside of blogland, because this is my favorite pass-time - I found you at 'The Trifty Groove' - check out my treasures at spot #30.

I love love love your bird cage & the keys. See ya around linky-town!

may lim said...

That's a good find. I love going to garage sales 'cause you'll never know what will hit you. You'll be lucky if you find great treasures like you had.
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Miss Gracie's House said...

I've just spent the afternoon reading about all of your delightful projects...your jewelry is just gorgeous!! Love it!
Thanks for stopping by to see me:)
Rene'

Art and Sand said...

What a fun find - 55 keys. I know just where I would put them if I ever found something so cool.

Diann said...

Wow, you found some wonderful treasures! Everything is fantastic! Thank you for joining TTF last week. Hope to see you again. Have a fun day!

Pamela said...

Betsy you always find the best treasures!! Thanx for sharing at THT.

Karen Bates said...

What a haul...this must have been one of the best you have ever gotten! Love the keys, the bird cage...that fantastic necklace...I know, you say too far gone but I don't believe a word of it!