Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Glass and Brass - Vintage Finds

My Saturday morning treasure hunt led me into some new hunting grounds.  Sometimes you get into a routine of places to shop and then you're disappointed when nothing new turns up.  We were on one of our beach weekends and I love browsing through some of the consignment stores and thrift shops there.  The Fancy Flea in Shallotte, NC is one of my favorite places to browse when we're at Holden Beach.  It's large and well organized with nice large spaces for the consignors.  You'll find vintage, rustic as well as new items there with a big emphasis on trendy home decor right now.  And of course since it's in such close proximity to the beach, lots of beachy themed things.  The only problem is there haven't been lots of tourists yet, so the inventory hasn't turned around much over the last few months, so I'm finding myself looking at the same things over and over again.  That will change as the tourists start rolling in this weekend.

Friday, I picked up a newspaper and started charting out some yard sales to hit.  It's much easier to do these days now that most of us have a GPS system to rely on.  I just punch in all the addresses the night before, and I'm up and off in a flash when the alarm goes off.   First stop - no luck.  I hate it when things are priced too high at yard sales!  The second stop - Bingo!  Everything was priced to move!  I'm a sucker when it comes to Christmas items.  I have an attic full of Christmas stuff and I even cleaned out the attic this past January and made up a couple of Christmas boxes to have my own yard sale next Fall.  Needless to say, I came out with three large plastic bags filled full for $5.  I haven't had time to sort through it yet, but I spotted some really good stuff.  I'll post on that another time.  This same person had some nice crystal serving pieces which were hidden away under some table linens.  I asked the prices and was shocked.  I had to ask "Are you sure that's all you want for it?"  Now, I've never done that before!
Here's what I got:  This bowl (next three photos) is a nice heavy bowl and I loved it the minute I laid eyes on it.  I haven't researched it yet, but will try to find out the pattern name.  It is beautiful and she asked $1 for it!  It went right home with me...

 This next piece is a wonderful old two piece punch bowl.  $2.  Yes, that's right - two dollars!  Now, wasn't this my lucky day?

 The little set of 6 vintage amber bamboo glasses were just $1 with the odd painted amber glass thrown in for free.
I spent $9 at that yard sale - including all the Christmas ornaments...

Now on to the next one.  It was over on the island.  They had advertised some chairs and I needed to do a little update on my sun room at the beach.   There were two custom upholstered small chairs and they were just perfect - even getting matching custom drapes.  One of the chairs is pictured below.

Last but not least, in the final place I stopped, I found this little lonely brass and glass door knob.  I pick these up any time I see them - someday I'm going to figure out what I want to do with them.  Uh oh,  I feel a project coming on...

Thank you for stopping by to visit.

Linking today with the following blogs.  Take a look and see all the neat things you'll find at these links:  Thursday's Favorite ThingsWow us Wednesday, Vintage Thingies Thursdays, Thrifty Things Friday.


  1. You appeared to have had good day on your shopping day. Love all your finds.

  2. Isn't it fun to hit a bunch of yard sales? You found lots of great stuff, look forward to seeing your Christmas ornaments.

    Happy VTT!

  3. Score!!!!! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop Big Hugs xo

  4. Mount the door knobs on a board ... hang towels in a bathroom, coats at the front or back door. I have a collection of them, few are still attached to various door in the house. But this house is 100 years old and they did not have matching door knobs on every door. Guess I will have to photo and post on my blog some day.

  5. My daughter was traded 18 antique glass door knobs for a chandelier that she was replacing. We figured out how to mount them on long pieces of crown moulding which we then mounted to the wall. She sewed grosgrain ribbon to the tops of some toile smocked draperies, and she tied the ribbons to the door knobs. If you want to go back into my archives, there will be photos in one of "The Bungalow" series that I posted about her little craftsman home. I like to go to estate sales to search for treasures...such fun. Thanks for sharing your new finds and for stopping by for a visit. Drop in any time. Cherry Kay


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