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…