Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Treasures and Findings

My husband turned to me on Saturday evening and said, "Let us never speak of this weekend again."

You see, while we do not deny ourselves the things in life that we want and need, we consider ourselves to be pretty good stewards of our money.  Through a combination of stores, online shopping, auctions, flea markets, and yard sales, however, we weren't such great stewards over the past few days.

As I took photos of some of my loot to share with you in this post, I felt better about most of my purchases, though...nothing TOO over the top, and lots of fun new fodder for art-making and studio organizing.  Take a look:
For starters, I found a new selection of vintage bottles to alter, a few for 50 cents at a yard sale, and four for $1.50 at a flea market.  I thought the prices were right!
The shadowbox in back was $5 ("firm" according to the seller at the yard sale), and while that was a little more than I wanted to spend, I just couldn't pass it up.
And the fun tool carrier in front was $2, and looks MUCH better now that I have it washed up and ready to store supplies in my studio.  I originally thought it might be good for holding my decorative tape collection, but it also fits four small paint bottles across; I haven't decided its best use yet!
Look at these cute vintage cupcake toppers!  They were in a bag marked 25 cents, but they ended up being free through our yard sale haggling.
I bought this little selection of pewter shakers at the Briggs Auction.

Also at the auction, I bought a selection of envelopes covered in all kinds of postage stamps, including a lot of First Day of Issue envelopes (below):
I really only wanted the envelopes, but the lot came with a pile of old scrapbooks, containing greeting cards from the 1940s and the 1960s.  They ended being more interesting to look through than I expected!
The greeting cards included all kinds of inspiring vintage imagery:
And for those lovers of all things postal out there, check out these stamps:
Finally, also from the auction, I got a box of old block cutting and printing tools and materials.  They aren't in the best of shape, and I'm not sure if they will still be helpful when I start my own stamp carving, but the box is interesting nonetheless!
That about covers my share of the "damage."  With this big influx of STUFF, I'm going to have to continue to work on some more organizational strategies for my studio!


laurie said...

oh my, such treasures, indeed!!! those cupcake toppers are so cute and the cards are just priceless. i would say you did very well managing your money this weekend but, then again, i haven't seen it all tallied up! ha!

scrapwordsmom said...

You scored!! I LOVE vintage cards....such fun you had. I went to a flea market myself last weekend and came home with some goods:) So happy!!

Janet said...

You got quite a haul! Vintage cards are one of my favs...they have such interesting illustrations.

Be sure to share any new organizational tips you come up with!

uncustomary said...

Those are some pretty wonderful finds! I think I'm mostly in love with the shadow box. Plans for that? Also, I'm pretty excited about the assorted bottle containers!

Jo Murray said...

I know how you feel...it's impossible to pass by those gems.

eli said...

Let's never speak of this weekend again hahahaa! Andria! qué tesoros maravillosos!! todos son increíbles hallazgos!
Espero disculpes que estoy demorada con mi envío, pero creo que esta semana finalmente parte hacia tí :)

Karen Isaacson said...

amazing! I think I need to start going to auctions.

Anne said...

I received great mail today -- the Matchbook Notebooks!! Even better than shown on your Blog! So cute I almost hate to use them. But I'm definitely going to. Thank you so much for your generosity! And congrats on your weekend haul. Love the bottles.

VivJM said...

Oh my!! What a haul. Your husband's words made me laugh :-)
I love those cupcake toppers especially.

aprilmariecole.blogspot.com said...

Your a lucky gal... enjoy your treasures! :]