Tuesday, June 23, 2009

FREE!!! Curb shopped windows!

Cool chippy, rusty catches...
Cool chippy, rusty...times 7...

Cool chippy, rusty...still in the truck...

TOOO cool chippy, rusty, still in the truck, times 7...am I repeating myself??...

Don't usually post on Tuesday morning...normally at work by now. I just had to share what I found on my way to work yesterday. Now keep in mind that we had another heat advisory for Monday, so by 9 AM it was already 94 degrees with humidity at about 1000%...So I'm driving down the street and out of the corner of my eye, on a side road that I'm passing, I see chippy white something. Hit the right blinker...hit the brakes, go around the block...and pull up to a pile of chippy old windows sitting by the trash cans!! They have all their glass...only one has a cracked pane...and they are mine, all mine! Spent 20 sweating minutes getting them in the Blazer...I love that truck! I left one frame behind, had no glass and some major rotting. A man pulled up behind me as I was loading the last one, and said, "So, you gonna take all of those?" A true master of the obvious since they're already in the truck...so I said "Yeah, all but the broken one" He looked a bit sad as he got back in his car...windowless. I got into my truck feeling sweaty, a bit grubby, but really happy...insert happy dance here. My sweet hubby, who usually rolls his eyes when he sees my latest junk aquisition, was thrilled when he saw these! We've been talking about building a greenhouse/garden shed for years. I can just see these windows in that structure...now all I have to do is find railroad ties...utility poles...and lots of other "miscelainous" lumber...oh, and a really cool door...and an old kitchen sink...gotta go...tomorrow's trash day !!!! *elaine*

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Rock, Paper, Scissors? Nope! Metal, Fabric, Glass!

Pyrex: .25 for the small, .50 for the large and they even match! Tins .50 each and the rusty green plant hook was free!
Nice, lightweight upholstry fabrics and I love the colors...$2.00 for all!

My $10.00 splurge...brand new...well worth it...and it looks awesome on the front of the barn, especially with the 4th of July right around the corner.

Almost forgot these 2 little guys...ok, they're not glass, but they are breakable and they were wrapped in a little piece of newspaper and stuck in the drink holder in the truck so they wouldn't break. .25 each and just too cute to pass up!

Finally got to go yard sale-ing on Friday & Saturday before going to work. Friday...slim pickins'...Saturday...many goodies! I seemed to be on a roll with all things metal,or fabric, or glass. No wood or baskets, no kids clothes or toys, no shoes, no plants...interesting morning. In all, I spent $14.50, with $10.00 of that going for the brand new flag I found at my 1st sale. Still in the sealed package. Looked at one at Lowe's last weekend, and they wanted $40.00 for the same flag. I needed a new one for the barn, but decided I needed the $40 in my pocket even more! So...all the rest of the junk only set me back $4.50...not a bad shopping trip. Went to work happy...it takes so little to make me happy! :} I love the pile of fabrics...great reds & blues & mustard-yellows. They're all lightweight upholstry fabrics, and I'm thinking some fresh new pillows for the couch, but kind of junkin' style...no one solid pieces of fabric allowed! The Pyrex pieces were soooo cheap, I couldn't pass them up, even though we no longer have our re-sale space. We sold a ton of Pyrex at the shop last year! Doesn't take up that much space, so I'll just save for the fall, when we will hopefully find a new spot to sell our jun...errr...treasures! So, that's all for this weekend. Got to get out & get the grill going...hubby has requested a BBQ for Father's Day...AND a homemade cherry pie. I make lots of pies, but cherry is one I've never tackled. Made it this morning, and it's looking pretty darn good! I'll let you know how it tastes another time! I cannot believe I'm baking on one of the hottest days of the year...heat advisory and all...Lord, I must love that man! Have a great Sunday...see you all next week. *elaine*

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Back from Georgia!!

Cut pink pig sculpture in Marietta...couldn't quite figure out how to get him in my suitcase...not even sure if he was for sale!!
Town Square, Marietta GA...all decked out for Flag Day. The fountain was one of the few we saw with water in it...still a bit of an H2O shortage there. This one uses reclaimed rainwater.

Skyline of downtown, just visible to the right of the construction crane. We had tremendous thunder & lightning storms Friday & Saturday night...but I can never click fast enough to catch the lightening.

Just some paper stuff that always seems to come home in my suitcase on every trip...making my own ephemera...I love that word! :}

The hotel where we stayed. Very, very nice place to stay, especially on the business expense account!! My budget runs more to Holiday Inn or even...Motel 6!!!

Hello! Actually got back home last Sunday, and have been in a blogging funk of massive proportions! I've been reading and lurking and commenting, but could not seem to get it together enough to do a new post. I'd blame it on jet lag...heehee...but it only took 63 minutes to go from Hartsfield to DAB! We think the pilot had the pedal to the metal, as there was a screaming 2 year old on the plane...2 rows behind me...arggghh!!! Anywho...I'm home. We had a great trip...quite a bit of work, but with a bit of fun mixed in whenever possible. Stayed at the fab Renaissance Waverly...very lux , with beds to die for!!! I'd like to check in another time and spend the whole weekend in one of their beds! The show didn't start til Friday night, so we had some time to play tourist. Went to Marietta on Friday, spent the whole day wandering this sweet little town...took the trolly tour(!)...went to the Gone with the Wind museum...did you know Margaret Mitchell was killed by a drunk off-duty cab driver while crossing the street?? All kinds of memorabilia, and little tidbits that you may or may not want to know about GWTW...but a neat little place. We shopped...there are antique stores galore, but I couldn't find one single junk shop...and ate...and made it back to the convention center just in time for the opening of the show. Worked HARD all day Saturday, and most of Sunday morning, and then it was back to the airport, and back to the real world once more. That's not such a bad place to be, though....glad to be home. 4 days go by so fast when you're somewhere else. I am happy to say that we're already planning next year's trip. Virginia Beach in 2010...with a hotel right on the beach...WooHoo...can hardly wait!! Didn't take a lot of pictures, but I'm sharing them with you all anyways...Have a great Sunday...and I'll be back soon with some of the neat junk I found Friday & Saturday. You know, I didn't see one yard sale sign the whole time we were in Georgia...what's up with that?? *elaine*

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Back to Georgia....

Happy Thursday morning! No real posts today, no junkin' this weekend. Heading off to Atlanta for a business trip. Should be fun, but I really wish I could stop by and see LuLu @ Scott's Antique Market this Saturday!! Sadly, my boss doesn't really understand my obsession with all things chippy & funky!! So, I'll be back Sunday night, and I'm sure I'll have lots of good stuff to read when I get home! Have a great junkin' weekend all!! *elaine*

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Favorite Finds For Less Than $5.00

Very cool plumbers galvanized tool box...$2...now home to my metal flower frog collection.
My all time favorite chippy red metal stool...$5...bargained down from $8. Saw one in a Junk book years ago and was thrilled when I found this one!

Fabulous green glazed yellowware bowl...$3...yep, $3! Lady at the yard sale said it was her Grandma's, and the color was wrong for her house. HUH??? This bowl is in perfect condition...no chips, no cracks, no flea bites...wrong color? No Way!!

My all time favorite yellowware bowl...huge, one tiny flea bite on the inside & cracled glaze...$5. Found this at a yard sale wrapped in a plastic WalMart bag. Thought at first that it was a big plastic bowl, but when I opened the bag I was thrilled to see this, with a little orange price tag that said "five dollars" in spidery old handwriting. Be still my heart!!

Adorable little chippy green shelf...$1...apparently it used to have a door, but minus the door served my purpose better. My family is from the New Bedford area of Massachussetts, and my mother collected many things nautical to reflect that. All of these things were hers, except for the scrimshaw piece that I found here in Central Florida.

Had an unexpected day off today...WooHoo! Thought we would go to the beach, but we have a 70% chance of severe thunderstorms. So scrapped the beach, and decided to clean...not something I do with any regularity! :} While dusting, I came up with this idea for a new post when I realized that some of my favorite things have come from yard or estate sales and cost $5 or less. So, with no further rambling...here are some of my very favorite finds. Do you have some all time favorites that you have paid less than $5 for? Maybe a good topic for when you're having one of those blah blog days and you can't think of anything fun to post about...have a great Thursday. *elaine*