Vintage and Junk Finds

July 28, 2014
I just picked up this rusty gate this morning for $20.  I thought that was a great price. 

Since gardening season is well under way and winding down, I wasn't sure where to put it.  I set it here on the front side of my house for now.   I may even put it indoors, as it's not overly big. 

I took in a garage sale last Tuesday and purchased these rusty tongs for $2.  Still thinking what to do on these.  I see Pinterest has a lot of paper towel and toilet paper holders repurposed from tongs.

Also at the garage sale, I found two small garden spades, a mini graniteware tin, an enamelware lid, two metal bookends, a baggy of random dice and a cool rusty scalloped piece. Not exactly sure what it was for, but the price was right and it was cool.

Also a wire fan cover from the garage sale.

A green lantern.   I paid $10 for it.  I foresee it in Christmas vignettes!

I purchased this great vintage egg basket  for $20 last month.  I have bocce and crochet balls in it on the covered patio.

 I purchased two of these, never painted or stained wood, shutters.  They were about $11 at an antique shop.

I used a steel wool/vinegar stain to give these shutters a gray weathered wood look.  The one on the left was stained with the mixture.

The idea was to use them indoors but I didn't really like gray with my blond 1950's woodwork.  I want to paint the woodwork (if my husband would ever agree).

For now I am displaying one of shutters on my covered patio.

I purchased this large wooden toolbox last month too at an antique shop too.  It was $15.  I already have plans for this.  Look for a makeover, and a display spot in the house for it coming this fall.

Hmm.  What do you suppose I can do with one vintage ski pole?  Just 2 dollars at the garage sale.

I don't think dog figurines and figural planters are very popular now days, but I still like them.  I think this one is a McCoy or maybe Shawnee.  It was only $2 at a thrift shop.

I love to pick up old Bingo cards.  These were 75 cents apiece at an antique shop.  I know I will find a use or project for them.

That's it for now!

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. I'm going to have to move, I never find great stuff like this!!!!
    That gate is wonderful, as are the other treasures. You did good!

  2. Great finds!! Love, love, love the rusty gate!!

  3. Great it.....putting it in the garden?

  4. What wonderful finds! You are truly a great shopper! Love it all.


  5. Those were awesome finds. I can't wait to see what transformation becomes of them; sorta like the ugly duckling-beautiful swan!

  6. You did VERY well, Carlene! I wish I had such luck finding treasures! The rusty gate is a real gem!

  7. Great finds. I saw a pin last week on Pinterest with a rusty gate like that above a bed with a wreath on it. It was so pretty. It would be great above a fireplace as well :-)

    Happy Tuesday!

  8. You sure have been busy collecting some awesome vintage goodies. I love that gate and those old shutters are awesome. What a cute idea to place the shoe forms on your stepping stones!

  9. You've got lots of material to work with over the long winter, Carlene! You got a good price on that old gate. I've seen them priced quite a bit higher!

  10. Great treasures and great prices. Love the gate that is pretty awesome for $20.

  11. Love all of your great finds, Carlene! The gate is wonderful, and a great size...and the fan cover is very cool!


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