I have been wanting a vintage scale for the longest time but just haven’t had any luck finding one. That is, until the husband and I visited an antiques mall in Tipp City, Ohio a couple of weeks ago. The beauty shown below was on display near the wrap desk and I didn’t even see it until I was almost ready to pay for my purchases. I barely hid my excitement, but I did stay cool and calm as I asked the cashier if it was from her booth. Oh, I already knew it was- I had already selected some things from her booth and they had the same booth number on the tags.
I walked back to her booth to pick up a few more items and as she was doing a little fluffing, I asked her if she would consider a lesser price on the scale. I really wasn’t sure that she would come down from the $95 price. She walked over to the wrap desk to get her calculator and then shot me back a price $71. I didn’t hesitate one bit as I told her I would take it!
The husband had to carry that heavy sucker out of the store and as he gingerly placed it on the back seat of the car he asked, “Now where are you going to put this, Sue? It’s not going into the garage like all the other stuff, is it?” Ha ha… This man knows me well! But I knew exactly where it was going and I told him so. And now it’s holding court on top of the console in the foyer, all dolled up and looking good!
So often, when you can actually find these old scales, they are missing their weights. This one is complete, right down to the heavy plate. Now the plate has a crack through it and a previous owner attempted a fix but did a rather sloppy job of gluing; but I’ll take care of it when I get some free time. Right now, I’m in the middle of a painting job- walls AND a desk! This is the reasonI haven’t been around to blog at all these last few weeks.
The plate side of the scale just called out to hold a cloche and some shells. I added a bit of greenery from the discount shelf at Wal Mart. That little plant was only $1.37 and it was healthy as could be! The opposite side of the scale holds my old leather bound books tied up in waxed twine.
A knobby starfish and some pretty brown and cream shells add both smooth and rough texture to the vignette. A small brass key sits between them to add some visual metal interest. Do you see the crack in the platter? I keep telling myself that it just adds character for right now!
These books show up in many of my vignettes. They just look so good wherever they get placed.
I finally was able to find some brown transferware when I was at the Springfield Extravaganza last summer. This platter is one of those pieces and is usually hanging in a wall grouping with the other four plates. But we all appropriate from around the house, don’t we? The berry bundle is the one my friend Jean gave me in December. Jean is my stockist for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and she has a booth in Past Perfect, my favorite shop up in Tipp City.
The console is placed up against the stairway wall and the rails of the bannister don’t give me a place to hang anything. I usually have this Italian etching leaned up against them, but the small scale of it just didn’t work correctly with the height of the cloche on the scale. I needed more height so I initially tried a mirror behind the etching. It didn’t look right, but I think that this empty frame does the trick just fine.
Just look at the gorgeous patina on the scale’s weight. I get a little excited when I see stuff like this. Silly, perhaps, but it just makes me smile!
I’ll be busy working on my project for the rest of the week and then I start one for a new client, so I won’t be around much. I’m waiting for a package to arrive- I ordered something from a blogging friend last week. It should arrive today and I can’t wait to see it. Hope to be showing it to you as soon as I can.
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