Monday, December 06, 2010

A Thrifting We Will Go


My big plans to travel down to Minneapolis were dashed by mother nature this Saturday.  With the several inches of snow she dropped I feared my 2 hour drive to the cities would become longer (and less safe).  Though I wanted to go see some amazing art and eat gyros, I wasn't up to spending 5 or more hours on the road to do it.  I was not about to waste a day out though, it's not often I get out of the house much less without the kiddies so I headed to some local antique stores to see what I could see.  My mother in law joined me and we shopped and lunched.  I found a few keepers; some for gifts and some for me!

I'll warn you now, there are lots of pictures...bear with me.

No thrifting trip would be complete without coming home with a worn wood object that I adore (and hubby loathes).  This time I came home with no fewer than three of these items. muahaha!

I have wanted an antique wooden rake for a long time.  This became my Christmas gift from my mother in law.  Sheryl, really you shouldn't have, but I LOVE it! 



I found this old wooden trough/bucket and couldn't resist.  I'm going to bet at least one of you is going to covet this one too.  (ahem...Lynn) 



I also brought home another wooden tool box.  I have a thing for tool boxes.  This is vintage, not antique, but is handmade and HEAVY.  I should have some good biceps after lugging this one around.



Lately I've been digging on these vintage brass animals so I brought home a set of cranes to adorn my mantel.  I have a set of deer that my grandma gave me so they'll take turns.  Or perhaps I'll have a brass animal sanctuary sprouting up on my mantel.  Who knows.


I also came home with several linens.  I found some delicate hankies, and a lace tablecloth for a steal that I want to use to cover one of my trees like my friend Odile did.  I also found a bag of lace, mostly pieces cut from garments, that I couldn't wait to dig through.


There were a lot of collars and trim in the bag, but also this sleeve.


and it had the tiniest shell button closure.  So sweet.


There was also this piece that looks like it might have been cut from a dress.  There are remnants of what might be silk on the edges.


The tiny detail of the lace is just incredible.


There was also this weighted piece.  It's heavy and feel like lead shot wrapped in fabric.  Anyone know what this is?


I couldn't resist these great vintage linen tea towels.  They were only $1 and I plan to use most of them in my kitchen, but some of the cuter ones might be worked into clothes for my daughter.  Here are a few of my favorites.




I also came home with a few tablecloths.  The floral one is a very heavy weave but I have no idea what kind of fabric it is.   I'm going to try to make the one with the Dala horse into a skirt for E. 




Although it wasn't how I planned to spend the day, it turned out to be a great time.

How about you?  What was the highlight of your weekend?


30 comments:

Pesky Cat Designs said...

What wonderful thrift store finds!! You have such an eye for finding great things. I must say I especially want all those tea towels!

starmunki said...

wow, lisa, wow...
covet? yes indeedy!
fabulous finds.

Quilt-Insel said...

you sew the cord with metal beads inside the curtains in the lower end. so they hang nicely straight down.

molly said...

excellent eye you have! the tool box has just the right signs of age. lovely!

silver.work said...

damn, girl. you are all to aware that i'm all about the wood stuff and there's a wood hay fork in one of the shops in fremont that i'm jonesing for.

come visit . . . lynnie

Sonia said...

oh my oh my what a lott !! Loving all the wooden & lacy goodness, and of course the teatowels & brass birds. Everything is terrific ! So happy for you, my friend.
xoxox

umelecky said...

WOW! Thanks for sharing Lisa. I love looking at all this wonderful old stuff. Terrific finds! So glad you had a good time.

Sharon said...

I love the brass cranes--so beautiful.

I'm planning a road trip to visit family at the end of the month. When I started planning, one of the first thoughts I had was: "What thrift shops can I hit along the way?" :)

Colleen said...

What a lovely day filled with lovely finds!

As a previous person stated, the fabric with the lead shot is used for curtain weights.

I'm a sucker for vintage/antique linens. I love the tea towels especially. :)

kraplap said...

Ohhh great finds. I am always thrilled when I find old fabrics, buttons and/or lace !

Kar said...

You really scored on those treasures. Look what you would have missed out on if you had gone to the Cities.

Just a quiet weekend getting caught up on projects. It was awesome!

kristin said...

yes...it seems all you missed out on by not coming to the cites was hours of sitting in traffic.

great finds!! all of it. who knew you could still find a wooden rake these days...lucky you

Michelle said...

I have always seen those cords in the rare book rooms of libraries, where they are used to hold open the pages of books with delicate spines (you drape it over the open page). I've never seen them used for curtains/drapes - always individual weights for that - but it would certainly be a good use.

k said...

you have the best luck while thrifting - so many great finds. i also had lunch out with family and a bit of shopping, but i didn't come home with any treasures.

BlackStar said...

Holy cow! What a haul. I saw the wooden drawer and immediately clicked. I LOVE that tool box. I love anything with old wood.
The 'buckshot' fabric thingy, have no idea what it is but I have one and have had it for years. I would love to know what it is for sure.

Tablecloth #1 looks like bark cloth. My fave fabric of all time.

Have fun with your treasures~

NanaBeast said...

As soon as you warned us of LOTS OF PICTURES I knew this would be a special post - an boy, is it ever! Love the wooden tool box with the drawers. I love wooden boxes, especially with little drawers. The lead ball cord would look wonderful draped from a rod in a window like a garland.

I am so in love with the horse tablecloth of browns and golds. I would love to get a close up shot of one of the horses to use as an embroidery pattern!

I am so glad you shared so thoroughly your day of treasure hunting!

Tumus said...

That toolbox is lovely, but I especially love the table cloths :) I like to have tea parties and it's must to have a wonderful cloth under all the delicious goodness.

p.s.
we got 3 in of snow and there were alot of accidents. I think people forget that it snows in winter...

Regina Moore said...

Not that I am jealous or anything like that, but I am Jealous! Wow! You hit the jackpot on this trip! Lovin' the textiles...cute kitchen towels! And, the lace! Wow and Wow!
I, too, am a nut for old wooden pieces. :-)

Viltalakim said...

You found real treasuries!!!
The metal Is I think too for getting your curtains straight...

enjoy your finds!!

Mona said...

In the olden days people from europe emigrated to the States because they thought it was the land of milk and honey. Now I feel the need too emigrate as well, because I think it must be the land of wonderful old stuff!

lynda Howells said...

I want it ALL!! Ha! Especially the toolbox and the lace/material. U lucky ladyxxGood craftingxxlynda

Margie Oomen said...

a great time is quite the understatement lisa.
WOWSERS!!!!!
I would have driven five hours just for the bag of lace bits.

Scrapiana said...

What a great thrifting session! Yes, as others have said, your mystery item is curtain weights, to keep your curtain hems from kicking up.

t does wool said...

gosh,Lisa..I just adore all your finds!!

Patricia said...

More pictures, more pictures!! I am just drinking in all this loveliness. Thank you so much for sharing a beautiful day and all of the found treasures.

joanie said...

My goodness you have the best shops! I love it ALL.
I'm so glad you had some "me" time and also really glad you didn't fight the snowy roads and stayed safe :)

Brittany at Home Ground said...

I'm glad you made the most of a blustery, potentially disappointing day. Your thrifting finds are amazing. Love that rake (Eric would feel EXACTLY the same way about it)!

julochka said...

wow!! what a sublime haul that was!! i've got to go antiquing in your area the next time i'm in the US!

xox,
/j

meganyeats@live.com said...

Where did you find all those great linens??? I live in Crosby and with all those great shops in town i never seem to have any luck =(

Chelsea said...

somebody should open an etsy shop JUST for vintage towels and linens and such. jesus. those are so wonderful. lucky you lucky you!!!!!

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