Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Last Finds of 2012

I couldn't let 2012 end without one last junkin' adventure, so I spent a couple of days after Christmas exploring some new-to-me stores and several antique shops that are always fun.

I'll be using this chippy old tray I found at The Red Door in Elk Grove to hold my stash of rhinestone jewelry.  Thanks Marsha (Tattered Chick) for bringing me to this fabulous treasure trove.  Everything else is from the Habitat for Humanity store, an estate sale, and the antique stores.

I have a "thing" for boxes and had to have both of these 22" deep vintage safe deposit boxes as soon as I spotted them at Not Too Shabby in Folsom.   The little black case, heavy silver thingy, and three old burlap sacks were found at the estate sale.

Love the rust and scratches. 
The thinner one was displayed hanging on a wall with the long lid hanging down.  Hard to explain, but I think that's what I'm eventually going to do with it...maybe add some dried flowers.

I thought these school trustee election ballots from 1947 were fun.  They came in a sealed ballot envelope which makes me wonder if they were ever counted.  Oh well, I'm sure Lucile M. Brown won the election since she was the only person running.

My first visit to this huge Habitat for Humanity warehouse in Roseville, Ca was really interesting because I didn't know what to expect.  This place is huge and stuffed full of just about anything you'd need to remodel your home.  Lots of doors, windows, light fixtures, crown molding, tile, etc.  Most everything is slightly used or new, so not much in the way of rusty, chippy, or time worn salvage.  If I had been in the market for crown molding I would have bought it all...6' pieces for $3.00 each.

The store watch dog guarding all that good old junk in the glass case.  Unfortunately it was all for display only!  

Rows and rows of hardware, plumbing, appliances, shutters, kitchen gadgets, and furniture.  This store is a great place to find furniture at bargain prices if you're willing to spend a little time fixing it up.

I can't believe this monster is now sitting in my garage.  Yep, another project waiting to happen.  I've been looking for a dresser just this size to fix up and use in my creative space (my fort) for extra storage.  It has great bones, a lot of potential, and plenty of room on top for all the vintage boxes I've been hoarding.

OK, I know it's ugly and it really is a horrible shade of orangy yellow, but it's really well built and will be perfect once I get around to giving it a major face lift.  It's going to be so much fun filling it up with more junk.


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44 comments:

Peggy said...

Wow, that dresser may be a little on the homely side now, but I know you'll make it an envy for all of us! I love the storage space it has, lots of potential! Wishing you a happy new year with lots of great treasure hunting!

Anne said...

Great finds Betsy! I can't believe all those cool items are for display only! That's pretty silly!Beautiful dresser I know you will make it look amazing and awesome storage too!
xx
Anne

Karen B. said...

Hi Lynn,

how can you call this beauty a 'monster' ~ it is a dream!!!
Can't wait to see what you do with it.
hugs
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Oklahomaredhead said...

I love your dresser. What a great find. It has the dividers in the drawer and looks like it will hold a lot of stuff.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You are kidding? That dresser is gorgeous...well it's potential is gorgeous. Great lines. Score for sure! I love the old safe deposit boxes...maybe they could hold magnets on them? Fun thought. I've not been thrifting in a few weeks but feel the need to very soon!
hugs, Linda

Glenda/MidSouth said...

That dresser will hold a lot of treasures!! Looking forward to seeing what you do with it. I see you found some pretty bling. :)

DogsMom said...

Oh I need to find some new treasure haunts this year. I kind of like the faux bamboo color of your new dresser/hiding space.

But of course my favorite is the Saint guard dog!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

LOL, good thing you didn't show me those deposit boxes, I might have snatched them, ha ha ha

As always, awesome FINDS!!!!

Ahhhhh, back to "normal" whatever that is, LOL

xoxo

Maureen said...

Awesome dresser! I re-did an old one for my studio too... but it didn't have those wonderful divided drawers; so I took them all out and made shelves instead.

And the Re-Store is wonderful! I got a fab chandelier from ours for only $ 45!

Love the ballots with a single candidate!

Kathy said...

That dresser is wonderful. I love the curved lines on the inside of the drawers and to tell the truth, I don't think it looks all that bad the way it sits. I don't know where in your home you fort is situated but I can tell you I have a very high tolerance for as-found in my art room!

Maggie said...

THanks for sharing your fun finds. I LOVE that dresser. Move it into your studio now and 'fix it up' later....it is wonderful! Definitely has great bones!

Tami Von Zalez said...

I have a blue crystal necklace similar (if not exact) like yours. It too was a thrifted find, found some 20+ years ago at a senior community garage sale.

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Miss Kitty-Kelly Thomas said...

Ok, I'm sitting here wondering what you will do with these finds, and thought, why wonder...she'll reveal it soon! You always do! Lol! I love the dresser too, so it will be nice to see what you do with it!
Wishing you a productive 2013!
Warmest Regards,
Loretta

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love that big piece of furniture...is has great lines and you'll work your magic on it. I went to the thrift store today and someone came up to me and knew me....from my blog! What a surprise! It was SO much fun and I'll blog about it tomorrow...of course! heehee! Hugs!

Elizabeth Johnson said...

Oh, I love that dresser! Those drawers are a dream for creative storage. It'll be fun to see what you do with it.

Pam said...

Great finds. Our Habitat store closed. Not sure why. I love the dresser and know you will do a good job of refinishing it. It sure does have lots of storage space.

Maureen said...

I forgot to add... that "heavy silver thingy" is a coffee warmer! I have one very similar.... mine's missing the glass carafe and burner too. We have similar tastes, Betsy! ;)

Roxanne Reinhart said...

I can't wait to see what you do with that dresser. It has great bones and I love the drawers. You will make it fab I'm sure!!

Into Vintage said...

After I saw the photo but before I read what you had written about it, I thought "I HOPE she bought that dresser!" It's beautiful. Is the State of CA Surplus Store still around? I used to find some amazing bargains there. The Habitat Re-Store near where I live is much more modest than yours but I always stop & look.

Just. In. Case. Happy new year!

Jean @ www.thebackyardbungalow.com said...

That dresser has killer lines! I would have snapped it up, too...even though I certainly don't need it. I can't wait to see how you paint it! Happy New Year!

uniquelyyoursormine.com said...

LOVE the dresser.. the little middle drawers are perfect! Have fun with it!

Suzanne@thriftstoredecorjunky said...

OMYGoodness! No way! Your dresser is way more beautiful than the one I transformed! I love it! Wonder how much you paid? I only pad $25 dollars, so I guess I can't complain. Some awesome finds there!

Trisha said...

I love the dresser. I think a little 'Old English' would do wonders for it. Have a great day. Blessings.

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

Wow, I would Jump for Joy over that dresser!! I just know you are going to do something fantastic with it -even if you keep it as it. :)

Mad Maine said...

I actually love the dresser the way it is - such a nice retro feel. However, I am sure whatever you come up with will look fantastic.

Mel Mac said...

I too like the dresser as is. Such a great find!

Faire Notions said...

Can't wait to see what you do with that dresser. The shortage is awesome! They opened a ReStore in my neighborhood last year. Never heard of it before but can always find great vintage furniture. We found 12' shaffolding boards for $10 a piece and made a great bookcase out of them. Have a great week end. Lisa

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Tons of storage capabilities with your "monster". Nice finds, Betsy. Love the metal too.

Pam said...

Your new dresser is amazing! Love the lines of it and I'm not totally turned off by the finish, but it would be a great piece to paint and distress. I stop by my Habitat every few weeks, but it is so much dirtier and unorganized than yours is.

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

Great fun!! I love the idea of the deposit boxes hanging on the wall...clever :)

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

Fun finds!

~ Liz ~ said...

So much fun seeing what you found. Those safe deposit boxes are cool. I passed some up at a garage sale one day two years ago and have kicked myself ever since. How were the prices at your habitat store other than that great priced crown molding? Ours is so expensive. Hope you are having a wonderful start to the new year!
Liz

the cape on the corner said...

man, i wish the local restore was that big and that well stocked! the drawers look like a great find.

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

You had an amazing "end of 2012" treasure hunt!!! Love the dresser...can see it's potential, too! Love those safety deposit boxes! You did GREAT!!!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh, I can so see the big orange monster all fixed up, what a great storage piece...Can't wait to see what you do. I love the safe deposit boxes!

Carol

Diane Writes said...

Oh hello there fellow shopaholic blog friend haha For reasons I don't know I love those 1947 ballots. My parents weren't even born yet at that time. It's a sure treasure :)

Happy Weekend Betsy

Connie Mercer said...

Betsy love the dresser, I see your vision, it will be soooo perfect!!! love the other gooodies too, you had another great haul!!!

Junque Rethunque said...

Ooooh, great dresser!! Our Restore is pretty lame... the furniture is usually not worth messing with. Great finds!

Diann said...

Oh, you found lots of fun thrifty treasures! That dresser is wonderful. Can't wait to see the redo on it! Thanks for sharing at TTF.

Patty said...

That is a gorgeous piece - and those drawers are awesome! I can't wait to see what you do with it Betsy. I probably would paint it black...I am on a black kick. :)

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Laurie said...

That is a beautiful dresser -- good bones is right! Your HforH store looks awesome! Ours isn't anywhere near as nice but I haven't been in a while so thanks for the reminder to go back and see what they have!

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

It looks like your Restore is a huge one! I love the things in the case--bummer that they aren't for sale. :)

Visiting from Polka Dot Closet. It's great to find your blog.

Have a great day.
Pam

Tanya said...

I was so excited to see you had also bought some bankers boxes so I could see what you did with them! I bought about 5 or 6 of them at an antique fair about a year ago and they ended up being too long for almost anything I would use them for...I was also thinking about hanging on the wall and putting long stuff in them... when you figure out an idea I hope I catch it...if I do I'll let you know deal? I have been following your blog on reader and really enjoying it!