Treasure Hunting {The Saga Continues}

As always, I like to spend free time treasure hunting and searching for that much needed piece. Or, well, those much needed owl accessories. So here’s a few items that caught my eye on my last treasure hunting outing.

Owl lanterns. Loved them, but I did not buy them.

 

This guy was HUGE! My mother is actually behind him in this picture, but you’d never know!

 

A trio of owls. This was really cute, and though I love owls, this is definitely not our house’s style. So they stayed at the sale.

 

Now for the really cool finds, that make more sense and are better suited for the less owl obsessed.

 

Slightly overwhelming? Nah! Just a great digging experience!

 

This is what I mean by picking. Sometimes the man who owns the barn will tag things, other times he’ll just stack them and you’ll have to ask him what his price is on an item. These pieces weren’t for sale, YET, but hopefully when I go back they’ll be ready to go.

 

This couch needed so much help. It was missing some cushions, was disgustingly dirty, and was missing some of its veneer. I couldn’t help but be drawn to it’s geometric sides and feet. Sadly, we definitely don’t need a new couch, much less a project of that magnitude.

 

This little sign conjured up memories of Berenstain Bears books and “Girls rule, boys drool!” chants.

 

Upon taking this picture, my mother remarked, “are you in a bench phase now?” I do have to agree. I was really drawn to this bench. The fabric was leathery with the geometric embroidered pattern. Plus it was GREEN!

 

This light fixture was just entrancing. It was glass, but looked like a spun ball of yarn. I loved it, but where do you put something like that?

 

Hmmm, that fabric seems familiar! Apparently, I wasn’t the only one recovering chairs with this fabric. Besides that, I LOVED the black semi-gloss finish on the chairs. They looked great with the white laquer table that they had displayed with the chairs.

 

Overall, this was an exciting trip. My mother ended up buying two side tables for her family room and I got one of my two nightstands. Good hunting!

 

XOXO,

Ashley

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Treasure Hunting 2.0 {Still Wish I Was a Picker}

Hi all! Long time no chat!

I’ve been super busy with the last few days of classroom set-up and the first few days of school, so I haven’t had time for much anything else. Thankfully, I’ve made it through the first few days alive and with enough energy to continue my quest for awesome finds. This week marked a special day for the place I love to shop/pick. They had what they playfully call “Market Days” this weekend and allowed new vendors to set up on their huge property. So not only did we have the awesome barns to hunt through, but there were over 20 vendors with beautiful pieces to drool over and possibly purchase all around us. Thankfully, the looming storms held off today, so it wasn’t a soggy treasure hunt (though it was DREADFULLY hot and sticky). Here are some of the highlights of the day’s picking.

 

I’m a bit owl obsessed…as you can see below:

Hootie hooooo! These three guys were super cute but something I feel like I could find at HomeGoods. Not as special as I was expecting from the Market Day sales, though I did love the ombre blue owl.

 

So obviously, this guy wasn’t for sale. But I snapped a picture to remember this idea! I’d love to paint some pumpkins really cool colors and then add a design or little owl guy to it for Halloween. This is definitely a future pinterest project.

 

Isn’t she adorable? I think she’d be a sweet addition to a children’s room or maybe a bathroom?

 

Look at the funny eyes! I can just hear their imaginary voices going, “whaaaaa?”  This print made me giggle a bit and I had to refrain from purchasing. I think they were only about $18, but I had no idea where I would put them and I think S would not like ANOTHER owl in our house.

 

And now to the real finds:

These awesome crates would be great on the wall in our family room. I can’t remember the price, because I was so taken with the cool aged paint, but I think they’re great.

 

Now, I know. You can see the price tag ($55). Ugh, an immediate ouch. I loved this little milk pale guy because of his cool distressed paint job AND his spout was big enough to hold a few things. I was thinking he would make a great umbrella stand for the front entry way? He’d go great with my ceiling medallions and blue accents. But alas, his price was too steep for me (though I loved him so).

 

I’m not sure how much this guy was but I was drawn to his geometric patterns. I’m pretty sure, in another life, he was a vent grate. But I think he would be a cool piece to use as a bookend (he was heavy!) or to hang on the wall with the vents open. He just needed a nice cleaning and a good home.

 

S and I have been actively looking for a bar to add to our downstairs family room, or as he likes to call it, his man cave. This one was a little…well a lot ugly, so it would need some help. But, the positive was that the price ($140) included the bar and two barstools. I’m considering emailing the vendor because it’s been there for many, many weeks. And if I offer a lower number, it would definitely become a project piece. Maybe a little stain? New fabric for the stools? I’m thinking that the bar could go as dark as my tables, leaving the top the same taupe color, and spraying the chairs a fun color. With some tweaking this could be a really great addition to the house! 

 

Isn’t she just adorable? I’ve been hunting for a stool to put in our entryway for the little desk under the ceiling medallions. We usually take off our shoes by the door and when we need to put them back on, there’s the awkward standing up slide on or all sitting on the stairs to get shoes tied. This way we’d have something to sit on instead of the awkward dance we do each time we need our shoes. Plus, she’s just super cute and needed NOTHING done! The paint job was fresh, the fabric on the seat was new, and she didn’t have any dents, dings or loose bits. Needless to say, she came home with me today.

 

Look at that upholstery! Ah-dore-ah-bulllllllllllll.

Market Day was super successful! It was HOT and crowded, but definitely worth it. See all these booths?! So many wonderful finds.

Look for the deals through all the people!

Not only did I get this cute little stool, but my mother also got some great priced antique dining chairs, which will be perfect for her new house when they’re cleaned up. Plus, the price couldn’t be beat for a set of four chairs. It ended up turning out to be about $15 a chair. No haggling necessary! Unfortunately, I didn’t snag a picture of them. I’ll be sure to try and sneak one the next time I’m at their house so that I can show you a before and after. She needs to reupholster them and rub the legs down with some Murphy’s Oil, but it’s definitely worth it.

After the Market Day experience, we headed over to the flea market that we enjoy visiting from time to time. The merchandise doesn’t typically turn over week to week, but a once a month visit is perfect. Sometimes the prices can be GREAT (like the $22 piano bench I’m still thinking about going back to get) or ridiculous ($700 for a couch), so you really have to look for a deal. Again, my owl obsession came into play.

This was a framed drawing that I immediately spotted. I was really tempted to get it because of it’s price tag ($8) but I didn’t end up taking it home and I’m regretting that decision. 

But then there were THESE!

What a great color! We don’t really use orange in our house, but I was reconsidering when I saw them. Plus the price was really reasonable ($25). But, sadly, they did not come home with me today. I hope they go to a happily painted home that can enjoy the greatness of that orange color.

The flea market ended up being a bit of a bust today, mostly because we were so excited about our finds at Market Day and I don’t think anything could have lived up to my benches and my mother’s chairs.

On our final stop of the day, we headed to the ReStore (Habitat for Humanity) store in downtown. Previously, I’ve scored some awesome chairs and other pieces for our house at a really good price. Today, however, we didn’t really find much. I found a set of nightstands/side tables that would ALMOST be passible for our bedroom, but I wasn’t sold on them so they stayed at the store. They were only $20 a piece, so $40 for the pair, so I may regret not getting them while I could. I did, however, scope out this beauty.

Polka dot, olive green, Queen Anne (ish) style couch? Cute!

She had really nice lines and was in great shape. I loved the little details in the woodwork, but I was more taken by her upholstery. It was still in great condition and funky up close.

The picture doesn’t do the color justice. It was the perfect shade of olive green and I wish I had a place to put it. Unfortunately, I had no home for it. But I do hope it goes to someone who will enjoy its dots forever!

Overall, this was a pretty successful day. It was a lot of fun, I saw some really great things and got some good ideas for the house. I wish I wasn’t so thrifty at times, I would have come home with so much more! But in case you’re wondering, Bea has found her new home and is settling in just fine.

Doesn’t she fit in well there?

Though she has created a bit of dilemma. Should I paint the desk now? Or do you think he’s okay as-is. I like the contrast of the color, but I also think he looks a bit bland with all the accessories, wall art, and now Bea the bench. What do you think? I’m thinking a cool shade of green…

 

XOXO,

Ashley

 

 

 

Treasure Hunting {I wish I was a picker}

Once a month, I head out with the hopes of finding some new interior inspiration or cheap finds to add to the house. And though I didn’t buy anything TODAY (I may head back tomorrow…), I did find some fun things to ooh and ahh over which I thought that I would share with you!

What a gorgeous vintage owl print. It looks like something from an antique book’s pages. But, it was a bit out of the budget at $55.

LOOK at that pillow. I mean, LOOK AT IT! It’s great. It was squishy and comfy for a bolster pillow, but it was also a bit too much money ($42). Come on though, wouldn’t it look awesome in our living room?

Another fantastic accessory! These two vases are so graphic and awesome, it’s hard not to take them home with me. But again, the price wasn’t there for me. The one on the left was $28 and the right $39 (not sure why there was the price difference).

Now he’s just adorable. This may be one of those things that I go back for tomorrow. He was just jumping out at me from his small spot on a shelf.

These were BIG floor pillows in black and white. I’d love to have them, to just toss them around on the floor, but…they were about $69 a piece. Yikes!

Now, some of those things above may have to eventually find their way into my house. Or at least I will take the idea and try to make my own version (huge floor pillows? printed vase? hmmm…). I’ll do whatever it takes. But there were some things at the sale that were, for sure, way out of the budget. These are the splurges that were too gorgeous to NOT take a picture of, but did not (and will not) come home with me.

This sucker was about $300, but wouldn’t it look AWESOME on a wall in the family room?

Entrez et buvez un Coca Cola. So beautiful! I’ve seen a lot of old Coke memorabilia but never a French sign. Too, too cool. And too, too expensive ($289).

So it was a fun morning searching for inspiration. And it may have to happen again tomorrow. I just love searching for new/old things to add to the home. What do you think? Is $300 reasonable for that Coke sign? I think so!

 

XOXO,

Ashley