Okay, when you read this post, you're going to think I'm crazy or spoiled or blessed or extremely absent-minded with possibly early onset dementia. So, I need to explain before you see the pictures I'm posting today. As I mentioned here
, my mom and my aunt were some pioneering "junkers" from way back. When my mom passed away in late 2000, we had to pack up her house. It was hard to decide what to keep, what to give away to family and friends and what to sell. To be honest, it was a task I dreaded and wanted to finish as quickly as I could. So, for every item I touched, I made a quick decision "keep", "give" or "sell". If I couldn't decide quickly, then it was keeper for me to decide later just so I could get through the process.
When we moved into our new house in December, 2001, all of that stuff came with us plus all of the stuff we already had. A lot of it filled the garage and some closets. So, fast forward to today. I love looking on all your blogs and shops to get ideas and my pal, Jennie and I, love going to shops and flea markets to find new things for our homes. Jennie laughs at me because as we look at all the stuff, I frequently say "I think I have one of those" or "I think my mom had that." As I look at your blogs, I find myself saying the same thing.
So, today I decided to go shopping...at my own house. When you see some of the pictures, I think "picking" may be a better word since I had to look through quite a bit of stuff to find some possible treasures. I have to admit, I'm a little excited about what I found. We are redoing several rooms in our house and need some stuff. Apparently, I've got plenty of stuff I didn't know I had...and it's all free.
So, here you go. Here's what I got today shopping at my own house. Please don't look to closely at some of the background. Stay focused on the item (because the background will be a mess and a bit embarrassing.)
This little green mirror is too cute. I like the wire above it. It's from my mother's house.
I think I bought this heart many years ago. I have no idea where I got it and completely forgot about it. Why did I do that?
This was my mother's. I think she had it in a bedroom. Why have I not had this in a special place?
A pale yellow chippy little vase. I could use a pale yellow chippy little vase.
That vase is cute and the price is right!
Okay, these storage drawers were in my Dad's shop. He was a manufacturing jeweler in Dallas. My mom talked him in to bringing these home and they sat in our garage. She wanted to clean them up and put them in our house (this was back in the 80's! She was a visionary for sure). My Dad couldn't see them as anything other than storage for his nails, small tools and jewelry supplies so they stayed in the garage. Guess where they are at my house? In the garage. Jennie spied them and told me I had to do something with them. I guess they could be my next big project.
They do have potential!
what fun it could be to make cute little vintage labels for the drawers!
Not to mention, the storage would come in handy. I'm pretty sure my Dad's stuff is still in those drawers.
I was looking at this post on the Shabby Nest
and saw her makeover an old fan. It was so cool. You know what, I think I have one of those. Yep, there it is in the corner of the garage covered in dust and yuckiness. I've got to clean that up and bring it in.
Oh my gosh, look at that thing...right next to the Gretzky cut out that my husband hung in the garage. (That's his idea of decor.) It's an old pulley and some weights. What can I do with those? All ideas are appreciated!
This stuff is high up on a storage shelf in the garage. I'm not sure what all they are but I think I see an old vintage paper cutter..or at least the handle on the top left. That could be handy and cool in a craft room...now that my son is old enough to leave it alone or at least not cut off a limb or whatever if he uses it.
Yes, folks, this is my garage. Your going to have to look close here to see treasures. In the middle, under the bicycle tube are two old desks, a brown one and an upside down white one on top of it. The red and white striped awning thing is the top of an old Gym Dandy surrey. Yep, we have a surrey, complete with fringe on top (for you older folks who have seen the movie "Oklahoma.")
Here's a close up. Can you see the desks? A Very Blessed Nest did a great post
on a cute idea with an old school desk and it got me thinking. I was pretty sure I had one and here it is.
Here's the white one that's upside down on top of the other one.
What's that cute little bucket? It's a little too cute to be holding whatever that is in there.
Here's a cute little miniature trunk. My mother had it in her bedroom and I always liked it.
Ooooh, these have potential. I like the little rusted tin vase on the right. I'm not sure about the fakey rusty birdcage thing.
It might have potential. Oh, wait a minute....
a little spray paint...
That's better. Now I just need to find a place for it.
I definitely found some great bargains today. I'll have to shop this place again! Take a second look around your house, closets and garage and see what you have that you've forgotten about it. If you find something good, let me know! I need the reassurance that I'm not the only absent-minded one plus you might have something that might spark another memory and I just might have it too!