Monday, October 22, 2012

Yard Sale Therapy

I spent most of last week down and out with an awful cold that came out of nowhere.  It didn't stop me completely, but it sure did shift my creative plans for the week into low gear.  "Go to two yard sales and call me in the morning."  Great advise, but it didn't come from my doctor.  It came from that little voice inside my head that was trying to convince me to self medicate by checking out two very promising looking yard sales on Friday.  It worked, it really worked!

Silver anything speaks to me and it's usually the first thing I notice when I get to a sale.  I love mismatched flatware (it's not all picture here), and I didn't care that the pot was missing its lid because it will probably be used as a vase. The vintage brush was found sitting inside the pot, so of course it also had to come home with me.

I'll probably be painting the ornate brass mirror stand and putting something other than a mirror inside.

It's always a happy day when I find old jewelry, especially jewelry with rhinestones.  
I couldn't leave that bracelet behind.  Bunco anyone? 

These rosaries were also calling my name.  Three of them are broken, but I love them anyway.

Group hug.  All of these (except the souvenir spoon over on the left) will be getting flattened and stamped.  You can click here to see my tutorial on stamping silverware.
I'm happy to say that I'm feeling much better now and ready to make up for lost time.


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40 comments:

Kei said...

Gorgeous finds! :D

Penny Phillips said...

Now that's what I call THERAPY! Love the rosaries! Hugs, Penny

Maureen said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better! Good advice, obviously ;)

A woman after my own heart: I too zoom in on silver first. Love your finds!!! Can't wait to see what you create with them!

Maggie said...

Good morning, Betsy! It's so fun to see what you've found on your treasure hunts, and even more fun to see all of your transformations! I just read your last post too, with that cute little tray/lace hanging, and loved how you combined all the bits and pieces into one harmonious piece. Can't wait to see what you create with your latest 'haul'. I recognize my mom's pattern in your silver flatware stash!

hope you're feeling better,
maggie



































Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! I need some of that kind of therapy! Especially the bling. :)
Looking forward to seeing what you do with all your treasures.

Shabby Gr8 Dane said...

Very nice treasures. I hope that you are better, so that you can get to work on creating from those lovelies!

Sherrie

Darlene said...

I love everything you purchased. Your like me a cold can't keep us away from a yard sale. take care, Darlene

must love junk said...

My mom and I always say there's nothing that a little shopping can't fix-ha! Fun finds-the rosaries are beautiful! Glad you're feeling better :)
Susan

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

Coastal Charm link-up here: I really like your blog! I spotted some "Daffodil" flatware pattern. I don't officially collect it, but I should start with the few pieces I have.

Love all your sparkles!

Michelle L. said...

I'm happy you feel better - but go slow, now, don't overdo it! Next weekend, only three yard sales. Fabulous finds - and the group hug photo is wonderful - should be blown up as wall art!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Nice finds, Betsy. Glad you're feeling a bit better, but go easy.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better and I think you yard sale therapy seemed the best choice for sure! Love the old silver and especially the jewelry! Hugs, Linda

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

There's nothing like a little fresh air and exciting yard sale finds to make you feel better! Love your goodies...I can only imagine the beautiful jewelry we are soon to see from you!!!

Faye said...

Nice finds! I want those daffodil pieces! :) Glad you are feeling better and a nice way to recover!

Brandy~GreyLaneHome said...

Great finds. I love that vintage hair brush.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You find the neatest things! I have a similar mirror...a figurine with a rosary around it...on my dresser. I'll have to look for a photo of it! I love the same things you love! Hugs!

Heather SettingforFour said...

Great finds - I love all of the silverware! I love setting a table with mismatched antique pieces! Thanks for visiting my blog today! Heather

Anne said...

Betsy shopping is always great therapy! Hope you are feeling better! What great treasures!
xx
Anne

Laurel Leaf Cottage said...

I'm glad you are feeling better!! Sometimes a little fresh air can do wonders!! I love all your treasures, especially the silverware! I will have to check out your tutorial on stamping it! Take care! =) Deanna

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Hi, I'm stopping by from Coastal Charm. You found some awesome items. I especially like the statue and rosaries as I shared some on my blog last week that I found.

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

You did GOOD!!!! Love that braclet!

There is no way I can bring myself to take rosaries apart. I used to carry the rosary I got and had blessed in Fatima with me all the time and I accidentally left it in my Honda Civic when I sold the car. I am still sad about that. I hope whoever bought the car, kept the rosary. They were pink beads inside of a little gold box . . .

xoxo
Marsha

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH you found some wonderful goodies! Great finds!

Donna Wilkes said...

I think you found just what the doctor would have ordered - great vintage stuff!

cynthia lee designs said...

Great finds!! Shopping is the best medicine ever!!
~Cindy

The Pink Geranium and Jan's Place said...

I love everything..and the silverware idea is wonderful!!

Jan from the Pink Geranium

Pam said...

Hi Betsy, Love all your silver finds. This alone could make me feel better! Instantly, I thought, boy I could use these 2 sugar bowls for my candles! Love everything, you found great vintage! xo's Pam

~ Liz ~ said...

Therapy indeed! I'm so excited to see what you got. I sometimes have to live vicariously when my own yard sale shopping doesn't turn up much that's worthwhile. You really hit the jackpot! I have to say I did pass up a very cool silver pedestal bowl that I should have gotten but didn't because I didn't like the price. Of course I got home and wished I had bought it. Maybe that will teach me. Hard to tell. Good work! Can't wait to see all you create out of everything!
Liz

Audrey said...

Finding treasures is the best medicine I know to cure a cold really quick. Love the silverware.
Have a great day.
Blessings,
Audrey Z. http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/
Timeless Treasures

Nancy said...

OMGosh!! I want to go Garage Sale Hunting where you go!! I don't think I have ever seen such Gorgeous Loot at any of our Florida Garage Sales! Oh Happy Creating Betsy!!

Huggs, Nancy

Bohemian said...

Glad you're feeling better and that Yard Sale Therapy worked it's Magic and provided Healing Energies... now that's the kind of Therapy I can definitely respond to also... especially when Treasures such as this await Discovery! The Spiritual items are a particular Fav... but I must say that last Image of the Circle of Vintage Flatware is Picture Postcard Perfect!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Art and Sand said...

Thanks a lot! I bought the metal stamping set years ago and never known how to use it. I have always loved the stamped utensils I see in antique stores. Now I can do my own.

Hope your cold is over.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Great finds...hope you feel better!

A Vintage Chic said...

What fabulous finds, Betsy! Junkin' is definitely my cure of choice, as well--it's hard to not feel wonderful when you find things like that!

Just found your blog--love all the vintage ideas! I'll be following along...

Wishing you a beautiful day!

Julie

Kadee @KadeeWillow said...

The last pic gave me such a giggle!! And I agree with you about mismatched silver. That's just the best! Love, love, love the rosaries!! Lucky girl to come across such fabulous finds!

Cindy Adkins said...

Those are some great treasures you found! I can't wait to see the spoons when they're done!
Cindy

Diane Writes said...

Hi Betsy! I kept on laughing about your self imposed medicaion and treatment. It worked in the most mysterious ways haha

Ann said...

Wow! What wonderful finds. I love the silverware.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Girlfriend, we don't have time to be sick, so glad you are better! I can't wait to see the spoons stamped, I have never done that and I would love a little tutorial!

Carol

Revi said...

Oh, Betsy! I just wanna come hang out and watch you do your thing! You find the coolest stuff! And then, you make it even better.
-Revi

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

oh wow, major scores!! Love all your rosaries, I can't believe you found so many. I had a Madonna just like that one a year ago, and it sold quickly. :) She's a beauty. That mirror is fantastic too!