Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Treasure Trove Tuesday

I'm so proud of myself! I've been doing really got NOT buying too many new treasures and I'm making great progress cleaning up the spare bedroom where all the treasures land... also known as {Terror Trove}!

I only picked up two things this week and I'm keeping them both.

This wicker bottle, it was $3.00.

Here is where it is residing for now. I'd like to get at least one more to put next to it.

And this vintage Mary statue. The tall one... the other one is listed in my Etsy shop but if it doesn't sell I think I'm going to keep it. I love them...

I don't know why I love these so much but I think I need to start a collection... you know... to go along with my vintage bible collection... says the girl who's not even religious. :o)

I paid $3.00 for her too and I see that they are selling on ebay for around $30.

Made in W. Germany.

I also wanted to show another treasure... from a past treasure trove... actually I don't know if I ever even showed it to you.

I found it in a free box... it was the only good thing at the yard sale!

It's hard to tell from that picture but it had a heavy polyurethane layer over it. When I popped the remaining roman numerals off of it I decided to sand the shininess off for a more natural look.

You can see where the numbers were, they are like ghost numbers! I decided I kind of like it so I didn't add more numbers. I painted the clock hands grey and hung it above my couch.

That's it this time... I'm off to continue cleaning up terror trove!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Old Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Hi friends! How was your weekend?

Remember last weekend when my {space at the antique mall} got a fall makeover? It was that same post where I talked about how I'm not doing very well there.

I did some research online and found a few tips that I thought might work (like having a focal point for the first thing customers see and angling the furniture on the entrance walls in like they are pointing into the booth) and I'm pleased that things seemed to have picked up a little bit since then.

I really can't be sure though if it's just because this is the season when sales start to pick up all the way through Christmas or if it's a result of my efforts... I'd like to think my efforts had something to do with it!

I also talked with the mall owner about working at the mall to help pay my rent. Saturday was my first day! :o) I will be working every other Saturday from 12 to 4 for awhile and my "earnings" all go toward my space rent. I kind of enjoyed it too so that's always a bonus!

Anyway, on to today's old kitchen cabinet makeover!

I picked up this old kitchen cabinet at a garage sale a couple of months ago for $5.

I liked it because it has the planking for the back and the original glass which is a little bit wavy and cool.

It was missing a top... probably because it was ripped off a kitchen wall where it went all the way to the ceiling. It looks like someone attempted to paint it green at one point but was too lazy to get a ladder and paint the area where the top shelf would have been!

It had nails sticking out of it here and there... it just looked so sad and forlorn sitting out at the garage sale... it was off kind of by itself, away from the other goodies... like it was being punished :o(

Is it weird to feel sorry for inanimate objects like that??

I knew I could make it into something cool and for only 5 bucks I wouldn't be out that much if it didn't work. Plus it had cool hardware which was probably worth that much by itself.

I made it some new shelves since those that were once in there were long gone. Here are the shelves with some trim glued on the edge and drying.

I also gave it a new top and some chunky little bun feet. And at this point "it" became a "she"!

Is it weird to associate a gender with an inanimate object??

Here she is with her new chubby little legs and pretty shelves and top. :o)

Her glass it taped and she's waiting for the rest of her makeover.

She got a new sophisticated look with white... one of the things I've learned from other vendors at the mall as well as the owner is that white sells... so white it is!

Actually, it's not white... white would be too boring... this paint is called "Popcorn"!! lol!

The old shelf brackets were still inside the cabinet so I reused those.

She's all prettied up with just the right amount of distressing too.

She's perfect for a little china cabinet to hold someone's pretty china. I'm sure that would make her feel special again.

She would also make a sweet pie safe... although the glass would probably fog up so maybe not.

I staged her for her portraits with some of my collection of white dishes and I think she looks lovely.

She does have one little blemish... on the photo above see how her side is smooth?

Now look at the picture below, see how on this side she has an inset panel? Her sides don't match...

I thought about adding some wood to create another inset panel look on the smooth side but then it would be thicker... I think her little blemish adds character.

I also love her imperfect planked back.

And I chose to leave the hardware as is, I think it's cool!

What do you think?

Friday, October 2, 2015

New post on Etsypedia

I just posted my second post on my new blog, Etsypedia!

This one is an introduction to Etsy called "Is Etsy Right For You? What's Allowed, The Pros and Cons, and What it Costs" I hope you'll check it out and perhaps become a subscriber if you like what you see!

If you've been thinking about opening your own Etsy shop then I think you'll like Etsypedia! If you already have an Etsy shop I still think you'll like Etsypedia because we'll be delving into all kinds of ways to pretty up your shop and bring in customers.

There's lots more to come... I think this is going to be fun!

Just a little motivation from Walt Disney! Let's work together to make our Etsy shop dreams come true! :o)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Treasure Trove Tuesday

Oops! I did it again!

I hit some garage sales with my mom and dad over the weekend and picked up a few treasures.

I did try and reign myself in though and I passed on several things.

Here's what I couldn't resist though.

Some Christmas items...

One of the books has some damage and missing pages so I'll be using that to make a cute Christmas pennant banner. The other two are in pretty good shape.

I love this Santa card bag. I have had pretty good luck selling these in my Etsy shop, Little Vintage Cottage.

I thought this old liquor decanter was pretty.

Some old sewing patterns. My favorite is the one with the shorts.

A set of 3 little brass mice.

And two little ceramic frogs. I'm going to put them next to the flower frogs I have for sale in my booth at the antique mall :o)

And a pretty Lovespoon. I found some information about Lovespoons on Wikipedia:

The lovespoon was given to a young woman by her suitor. It was important for the girl's father to see that the young man was capable of providing for the family and woodworking.
Sailors would often carve lovespoons during their long journeys, which is why anchors would often be incorporated into the carvings.
Certain symbols came to have specific meanings: a horseshoe for luck, a cross for faith, bells for marriage, hearts for love, a wheel supporting a loved one and a lock for security, among others. Caged balls indicated the number of children hoped for. Other difficult carvings, such as chains, were as much a demonstration of the carver's skill as a symbolic meaning.
Although the Welsh lovespoon is the most famous there are also traditions of lovespoons in Scandinavia [4] and some parts of Eastern Europe, which have their own unique styles and techniques when it comes to the Lovespoon.
Today lovespoons are given as wedding and anniversary gifts, as well as birthday, baby gifts, Christmas or Valentine's Day gifts. They are now mostly seen as a folk craft.

And here is the item I used for the teaser picture. It's an old firetruck and I can already imagine a little bottle brush tree in the back for Christmas!