Whew~It has been one hot week! Temperatures in the 90’s and the humidity right up there, too. Talk about wanting to stay in the cool air conditioning and not wanting to sweat while out at garage sales. My baby fine hair goes practically limp the minute I head out the door and I look as if I’ve been running a 5 mile race. Not a pretty sight, let me tell ya….
So I made sure I got an early start Saturday morning and visited as many sales as I could before the weather got too intolerable. I took along a couple bottles of water and pulled my hair up into a little pony-tail so my neck would feel cool. Bargains, here I come.
The first five sales were busts- I’ve gotten very particular as to what I want to buy these days. All my cabinets full of glassware and other treasures remind me that I might just have a little too much glassware! It was not until I came to a sale in an alley near the university campus that I knew I had finally struck paydirt~
I absolutely knew I had to have this server when I spied it. It is in perfect condition, no cracks or chips whatsoever. It measures about 12 inches across from handle to handle and about 9 inches from front to back. It is about 8 inches high. It was marked $8.00 but I asked the gentleman if he would consider any sort of a deal. He asked me if I could give him $5.00 for it. Sold! I tried not to look too excited as I left down the alley.
Here is the maker’s mark.
Here, you can see the crackle finish in the stoneware and the detail in the lion’s head on the handle.
I like the contrast of all the white stoneware against the black finish of the hutch.
I meandered north of town to a sale where I found these milk glass items. I needed another sugar bowl and creamer like I needed another bump on the head, but for $1.00 apiece, I couldn’t refuse.
How simple, yet so pretty and elegant, are these pieces…
I was headed home, satisfied with my purchases for the day, when I made a detour to a sale in a neighborhood that is only five minutes from my house. It was hot and I was sticky, but knowing I could be home drinking a cool glass of ice water in no time flat, I made the stop.
The sale was full of decorator items- lamps, drapes, furniture, etc. Turns out the seller used to be a stager and a real estate salesperson. The sale was being held at the home of her friend, Jamie. Jamie and I got to talking and I found out that she and her husband are good friends with my nephew, who works with Mr. S. What a small world! She let me have the two vases I was interested in for $5.00. It pays to be nice to everyone, doesn’t it? *grin*
I kinda like the ’finish on this vase, so I’m only going to get rid of that awful gold neck by painting it with my reliable can of ORB. Yup, Krylon’s good ol’ Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint~ my “go-to” color.
I’m not sure what to do with this metal vase. I don’t like the gold on this, either, and I’m not too crazy about the red toned brown with the black specks. Any suggestions?
I’m going to rearrange the accessories on top of the entertainment center in the great room and I could be incorporating both vases. The large tobacco basket that I bought last year will finally be making its appearance, as well.
I’m thinking of going back out into the garage tonight to start painting the vases. It has cooled off tremendously. It’s now only 85 degrees and 51% humidity. Wow~ tolerable!
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