Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Few Finds and a Little Organization

I almost didn't bother going out to any yard sales, but once again I found myself wondering what I could be missing.  Oh yeah, I'm happy that I listened to that inner voice, and happy I came home with a few things that didn't require me to rearrange the garage.

The dried hydrangeas aren't in the picture to look pretty, they were found at one of the yard sales for a $1 donation.  

Tin molds, glass drawer handles, and gloves.

I can't resist old bottles, and the sweet salt and pepper shakers had to come home with me too.

What is it with me and boxes?  They're just another thing I can't resist.  This one was in need of some TLC, and I had a plan for it that didn't involve paint.

Much better and definitely a keeper.  I added an old label holder to the front and cleaned her up with Howard Restor-A-Finish and some #0000 steel wool.  No more ugly spots.
 I love this stuff.

This is my stash of vintage postcards and photographs that have been living in a plastic drawer in a garage cabinet. Don't they deserve a little more respect?  Not sure how the light bulb got in there.

Neat and organized in their new home and so happy to be moving inside the house.  I'll be keeping the larger photos and Bingo cards in the large metal box I found a couple of weeks ago.


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37 comments:

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I'm the same way. I always wonder what I might be missing if I don't get out there and look. Nice finds, Betsy. Organization is good. I'm working on that myself.

Peggy said...

I absolutely love the salt and pepper shakers. They're so unique. That old box is nice too and what a perfect use for it! Great finds!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I try to listen to that inner voice when it tells me to stop and shop! So glad you found some awesome stuff. Love the box and great for keeping those photos in! Be still my heart when I saw the salt and pepper shakers...sooooo cool!
hugs, Linda

Anne said...

Great finds Betsy! Love using things like that for organization! Looks great plus functional!
xx
Anne

Angie @ Knick of Time said...

Love, love, love that box - especially now that you made it look so much better! I share your love of old boxes. I can't resist them either. They always get used!

Gypsea said...

Thanks for the tip about the restore-a finish. Everything looks great!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I am another one that likes those old boxes. Yours cleaned up very nice.

sandy said...

Love your finds! I'm attracted to boxes too. I think it's the organizer in me.
Have a happy day!
sandy ;)

Okio B Designs said...

Lovely finds! I adore those tin molds!

Jeanine

Kathy said...

LOVE those pink S&P shakers!! Thank you for the tip about the Howards. I will look for that because it did work wonders on your new box.

Cozy Little House said...

Love your finds! I've always had a thing for boxes myself.
Brenda

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Thank you for NOT painting that lovely old oak box. I would have kept that one, too. Love those old glass pulls. You find the best things!!!

Barefoot in Blue Jeans said...

Such cute finds. I especially like the salt and pepper shakers and the tin molds holding the flowers makes a great little vase and I completely understand about boxes...I have a thing for them too! Go figure!
Have a good night.
Tammy

Bohemian said...

Great 'scores'... I am trying to resist that voice in my head that is tempting me to go Junquing... *winks*

Dawn... The Bohemian

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

You came home with some great treasures, Betsy!!! I like the salt and pepper shakers, kind of unique!!!

xoxo

Susan said...

I think I will go to yard sales this weekend. I have not been to any for almost a month.

Donna Wilkes said...

I think everyone is envious of your file box - great work restoring the finish. You should save those light bulbs - they will probably be the collectible of the future. I have already seen of couple of posts with baskets of them!

Faire Notions said...

Love your finds especially the box, right up my alley, and those s&p shakers. Can't wait to see what you do with those. Have a super week. Lisa

Shabby Cottage Collectibles said...

Now I'm thinking about all the treasures I missed by staying home this weekend! You found some wonderful stuff! Warm hugs, Estsher

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

I'm glad that you decided to go out, too! I also collect tin molds. The small ones are perfect for storing jewelry-making supplies, beads, charms, etc. SO much nicer to look at than plastic containers. I also think they'd be perfect for displaying jewelry for sale at shows!

Into Vintage said...

I'm laughing about wondering what you might be missing -- that's usually my motivator as well! Howard's is amazing stuff. I use it all the time but it has a powerful 'aroma' which I learned after using it on a piece of furniture indoors. Oops.

UPON A HILL said...

Oh Betsy, such lovelies!!!!!! Loved what you done with the box!

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

Great finds. I just paid a pretty penny for those glass drawer pulls, new. I also love boxes. Thanks for showing.

Michelle L. said...

Isn't it fun when you buy something just for yourself instead of for the buying public? Congrats on nifty new postcard storage. And I wannnnt those salt-n-peppas!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I would have been all over those cute S&P shakers! I collect them - I need red ones!

Loretta said...

Love love your finds...Oh that box is to die for...and the bottle is nice too! You really are the most...you know!
Hugs,
Loretta

Ivy and Elephants said...

I love to check out the sales, too.
I just hate the thought of what I might be missing! You found so great goodies. The little salt and pepper is so dear.
Hugs,
Patti

Kayle said...

I love your vintage postcards! Kudos to your creativeness ;)

Sue McPeak said...

So glad you gave in to your Thrift Shopping Urge...loved seeing your finds and the repurposing of found treasures. Great glass knobs and handles...that's worth the trip right there, and the box...well, it's a treasure for more treasure storage. Nice collection of vintage photos...something I can't resist. Visiting from VTT. Hope you can come by and see my 1963 CAM's.

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Love it all, but especially that wood box.

I'm curious how to successfully dry hydrangeas. Never had any luck doing that. Those are gorgeous.

LV said...

You found the right place this time. Everything you bought is great vintage finds.

lvroftiques said...

Isn't that the truth! That little voice says "I might miss something fabulous!".....I listen to that little voice wayyyy too often lol! Drives my husband nuts that I need to stop frequently when we're on our way somewhere.
Those are some lovely finds Betsy. Your wooden box turned out beautifully! And it works perfectly as a keeper of all the old photographs and cards. And I hate to say this, but I think I would've snatched those darling salt and peppers right out of your hands and run with em! *winks* Vanna

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh, I love all of your treasures, I'm with you, can't pass up an old bottle or box and I love the pink salt and pepper shakers!

CArol

Karen Bates said...

Great finds...lovely box. You knew just what to do with it!

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

Fun stuff...that's the perfect spot for your postcards...LOVE old boxes too :)

Pam said...

I just love tht salt and pepper. Your box really turned out nice and it is perfect for your vintage photos.

Happy Thanksgiving!

~ Liz ~ said...

Love the organized pictures and cards. Simple things like that can make a huge difference. The box is perfect! The molds are something I can't resist and I'd have taken that salt and pepper shaker in a heart beat. You did well! Thanks for showing us. I can only imagine what I've missed these past few weeks I haven't gone hunting. Well, at least I'm giving my house and garage a break.
Liz