Wednesday, August 13, 2008

These are the days...

I'm a Saturday's child and, as predicted by the old rhyme, you'll find me working hard for a living many days of the week, but recently Wednesdays became a set day off for me. I couldn't be happier, because Wednesday also happens to be one of the days the retirement home thrift store is open. Unfortunately, it's a popular day with the antique dealers, too. Don't get me wrong, I really like antique dealers. I sold vintage wares once and I'd love to again. It's just that, unlike the residents who are looking for a nice blouse or the employees who seem to favor kitchen items, the dealers are like me--they're looking for the old stuff. I have realized, though, that now that I'm not buying for resale, we aren't really competing that much. Now, I mostly buy for my little vignettes and for collage, and I'm sure the nice volunteer ladies who bag my purchases find some of my choices curious. These are some of my recent finds. Even at $2.75, it's a pretty ugly pile isn't it? But look closer. Oh sure, the button jar had lots of big, brown and boring and a good number of gold and gaudies, but all of these beauties were in there too. I waited until I got home to sort through them, but while I was waiting in the drive-thru at Starbuck's I amused myself just turning the jar round and round to try to see what was inside. Those mother of pearl buttons are so tiny they must be baby buttons and those funky green ones remind me of Tic-Tacs (Go ahead and tease me, Cami--I know colored buttons always seen to remind me of candy). The pages of the old watercolor paper pad were very yellowed-- just perfect for me! Look how beautifully these images from Sandra Evertson's Les Mode Francaises tag and sachet project printed up (Somerset Life, Spring 2008, pages 96 and 97). Sandra also used brads as an embellishment and gave a recipe for tarnishing them. For a quarter, I got a box of brads already darkened with age and perfect for the project. Now I just need the right fabric to make the sachet bags. (For now, you'll just have to trust me that the green file box will look better when I get done with it. ) I do buy some things that are pretty from the start. You can see I already turned the little gold and white tiered stand into a ribbon holder. This grouping (without the ribbon) was just $5.50 (and there's a second set of the blue and white dishes not shown.) According to the old rhyme, Wednesday's child is full of woe--maybe she should come shopping with me!

7 comments:

Barbara at Oodles and Oodles said...

Love those buttons! Sounds like a fun sale.

Cami said...

I'd love to go thrifting w/ you!!! I love your candy buttons. So sweet. I may need to carry of box of ephemera to get me through waiting in line for pretty much anything! And what did you have @ Starbucks??? I'm curious like that!

KarenB said...

I totally understand your purchases. I especially like the little bone flowered buttons. Can't wait to see what you make!

Marilyn said...

What amazing finds--the photo of the dishes is really beautiful! I adore paper, especially the texture of watercolor paper and to find some that is already aged, oh my! Love what you did with it:)

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

The ribbons on the stand are pretty too!

Jeri Anne said...

I think you and I have a lot in common! I do so love a good bargain! Yard sales and auctions are my favorite things on earth! Have fun with your treasures!

Miss.Maddie's said...

Treasure hunting is great fun every day of the week.
Seems you did quite well and just think of the things you are keeping from the landfill.
Now that you have all this inspiration we'll wait to see the results.
Susan