July 22, 2014

Some Thrifty Finds And An Announcement

I finally got to get out of the house last Friday and get out to some sales.

Real life activities this summer have really been putting a kink in my yard sale shopping.

Not that I mind that much though. I'd rather hang out at my son's ball game than hang out at an estate sale with people I don't even know and don't even tuck in at night :)

When I saw the red handle of this cool vintage kitchen thingie sticking out of a box of cheap silverware, I grabbed it. Red is great to decorate in the kitchen with for the 4th of July, Christmas, Valentine's or just a plain old Tuesday.

Vintage Ekko tomato slicer along with other vintage yard sale finds at houseofhawthornes.com

At the time I bought it, I was just buying based on the fact it was vintage kitchenware, had a red wooden handle and was 50 cents. But thanks to the good people of Instagram and Facebook who identified this for me, I now know it's a tomato slicer.

Hi, my name is Pam. I am a Thermos hoarder.

Vintage blue Thermos along with other vintage yard sale finds at houseofhawthornes.com

Yes, I bought another thermos. No, I didn't "need" it. In the traditional sense of the word at least.

This milk glass bowl was only 50 cents, so of course, I needed it too.

Vintage white milk glass bowl along with other vintage yard sale finds at houseofhawthornes.com

I believe it's a flower bowl. Which has never ever seen the inside of a funeral home. Never.

Raise your hand if you know anything about alabaster fruit. Anyone?

Vintage alabaster stone fruit along with other vintage yard sale finds at houseofhawthornes.com

Because the only thing I know about it is that if you find some for $1.00, you just have to buy it.

Here's my new buddy, Trigger.

Vintage horse trophy that used to be part of a clock along with other vintage yard sale finds at houseofhawthornes.com

He's missing the clock that used to be to the left of him on the pedestal, but I just sort of fell in love with him, clock or no clock, as soon as I spied him on the table at the sale.

This white wall pocket shaped like a vase was calling out to me. It was saying "Buy me, Pam. You know you'll find something to do with me!"

Vintage white vase shaped wall pocket along with other vintage yard sale finds at houseofhawthornes.com

When I saw this shelf unit, I immediately thought mid-century modern. Or MCM to us in the know :)

Mid century modern wire shelf unit along with other vintage yard sale finds at houseofhawthornes.com

Not 1,000% sure if that is what it is, but it certainly has that look to it. Please tell me I didn't spend 4 bucks on a garage sale organizer from Target!

Oh, and my oak banker's chair. I could never forget my yummy chair find.

Vintage oak banker's chair along with other vintage yard sale finds at houseofhawthornes.com

The chair part works (rolls and sits well on the base), but the wood is in horrible shape. Horrible.

Almost looks like someone started to refinish it and then stopped after stripping 1/10th of it. Plus we have paint splotches and masking tape goop on it. A project chair, for sure.

But I have been wanting one of these for my office for YEARS, so when I saw the price, I grabbed it. $5.00


The Announcement Part You've Been Patiently Waiting For

So here's the deal. Over the next week or two (totally depending on how fast I can get these done), I'm going to be showing you what I've done with these things.

I know some of you think I just buy this stuff and put it in a big pile in my garage. Or sell it in a booth. Or I don't even know what.

But I really do use most of this stuff in my house. I adore the eclectic, vintage kind of look. I just tend to forget to show you where I put them or what I do with them.

So anyhow, be on the lookout to see how I repurpose, spruce up or just plain old use each of these items in the very near future on this very blog!

Announcement over. You may now return to whatever the heck you do all day.


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July 18, 2014

Let's Go Camping

I've sort of been in a vintage camping mood lately.

A cross between let's rough it, eat s'mores and sleep in a tent. And let's buy one of those cute little vintage campers, drink wine coolers and glam it up.

Believe it or not, I may just be leaning toward the tent route.

I think it's coming from packing my son off to summer camp last week. It got me all nostalgic for Coleman lanterns and archery and all things plaid.

Here are some of what's been inspiring me on Pinterest. I pinned these and a few more on my Vintage Camping Pinterest board.

Vintage camping gear
Source: The Beehive Cottage

July 13, 2014

Painting A Vintage Motel Chair

DIY tutorial on how to paint a vintage metal motel chair

A couple years ago I snagged this vintage metal motel chair at an estate sale for $10.

Still one of my favorite finds.

July 12, 2014

5 Randomly Random Thoughts On Randomness

Scattered thoughts have been my thing for the last few days, so I thought I'd just go with the flow today.

I'm currently addicted to watching Call The Midwife. It's a BBC series on Netflix (I believe it's normally on PBS) set in 1950's London. About midwives. You probably could have guessed that part though. I've started talking in an British accent.


In the past few months I have also watched The Andy Griffith Show start to finish, Breaking Bad and Orange Is The New Black on Netflix. My love of good tv shows has no boundaries.

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