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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

. . . . . Recent good fortune!

On Saturday I had a garage sale here at my home, to mostly help out a friend who is losing her home. (darn economy) and moving into a very much smaller house.  I also was able to clear out and re-organize my own home.  Being an empty nest-or now, well it was time to clear out.  Anything that did not sell, with the exception of a very few things all went to a local thrift store.  So I am feeling like most of what is here is something we want to keep, at least for now.  And since my friend is moving to such a small place, she went through her husband's grandmother's old vintage things, and decided that I, Michele should and would appreciate these things.  She was so very correct in her assumption.
     Below is just a small portion of Granny's button collection left in an old tin can, this was about 1/4 of the wonderful buttons in this can!

Aren't they lovely?  There were so many celluloid buttons, and I tried to imagine the clothing that each interesting button came from.
More of my favorites!
Among-st the other things was a lovely, very old German Bible that she did not want to keep.  A ha! Those pages will be lovely done up with old music sheets for Christmas Crafts.  And I love the maps of the Holy land.  Some are hymn books with music and German lyrics.
And then there was this box of old Chrystal salt shakers, some with just one, in all different sizes.  she didn't know that I have been collecting shakers (sugar and salt) to put my glass glitters,micro beads, and mica flakes in. . . . . . . . . . Whoo hoo!
Don't you just love them!  I am the luckiest!
I have posted some of these before, but the collection has recently been growing.  This is all new to my studio, since I posted the studio.  I love it!
And this lovely sugar shaker was an Etsy find of mine.  I bought just one, and when I got the box a week or so ago, I opened it and there were two of them with a generous bag of special cinnamon sugar from a family recipe that she included.  She was so generous with me, she even took the time to write out some of her families favorites done up with the sugar.  There aren't many Etsy shop owners that take this kind of time to make it special!   What a sweetheart!  My luck just has been over flowing lately.

My last great fortune happened when I was in Cedar City to help with grand kids, when a daughter was sick and a new baby born.  I was in between kids homes and had a little bit of time to kill, so of course I would have to find some antique shops to visit.  I found these wonderfully different chandelier crystals at one shop called Aunt B's treasures.
Then the other antique shop, well I hesitated to visit this one, because the little old lady who owns that one, usually is way over priced.  I visited anyway and went about looking for oil cans, and I did find one, but she just wanted more than I could spend for it.  I was a sceptic for sure about finding anything there, that I would be comfortable with the price.   I toiled with wondering if I should ask why so high priced, but I refrained and just thought I would chat with the old gal any way.  Interesting old person full of story, lives alone next door to the shop, and has a dog to watch over everything at night that is outside.  She directed me to the sale tables way out in front of the parking.  Everything on these tables was 90% off.  So I did find the following. . . . . . .

I have since brought these doilies home and already tea dyed them.  The spoons are silver plate, but I can use them.   Just to give you an idea of her pricing, her antique postcards are usually marked around $30.00 each, and the larger dresser embroidered scarf pictured here was marked $28.00 and the smaller napkin was marked $12.00  The price on each spoon was $2.00 each and I got all of this for $3.85, so I left there with something in hand and felt like I just got the bargain of the week!  I am lucky!!!!


robin dudley-howes said...

Love all your finds! Thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind words. I'm sure if you could take the class you would make something spectacular!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Oh, WOW, Michele, such treasures you received!!! I am swooning over those spoons and salt shakers!!!!!

So sorry to hear about your friend losing her home. I am see way too much of that around here as well.


Unknown said...

Oh man...I wish I could have been at that garage sale!!! Did you save me anything?

Barb said...

Hi....oh, the buttons are simply divine. I love buttons. Everything is wonderful.

I am sorry to hear about your friend. We have had that same thing happen to three of our friends over the last few years. So very sad.

Thanks for your sweet comment to me.

Barb ♥

Signs and Salvage said...

So gorgeous!!! I LOVE all the goodies!!!! Hope you are having a good week...soooo sick of the heat here!!!!


Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful things Michele, love all of these, its always good to come and see what you have been doing
hugs June xxxx

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh, what beautiful treasures! I'm crazy about buttons! (did you see my recent post about my button collection?) These are just divine! So are the old books...oh, and everything!! Thanks for sharing!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh, thank you for telling me about the button floozies blog! I'm in button Heaven!! lol Hugs, Cindy

Laurie said...

Look at those buttons!! I'm swooning!! Wow, she does have high prices. I have seen postcards priced that way, too, and I always gasped!! you found so many wonderful things.

Fran. said...

Oh I love those awesome bottles! I think it is so cool the way you actually use them and what you use them for!! I love the silver spoons too what are you going to do with them? I have a bunch myself. I love them altered but curious what you do. XO Fran.

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