Sunday, March 2, 2014

They Find Me!

Ok, I admit to frequently stopping by my favorite haunts and an occasional estate sale or two.

It is definitely an addiction.

One that I am constantly trying to manage. 

I sell many of my finds on Etsy and have recently established myself as a vendor for a well known decorator yet even with a full "prop shop" of treasure hunting bounty, I still find it hard to resist the urge we all know as, "the thrill of the hunt."

My hubby often warns me, "please don't go out hunting because you know you will find something!"

But, I swear...


 Yesterday, we arrived late to an estate sale and took our place in line watching the early birds leave with the best loot.

Yet a few lovelies were still left to discover.

I found this basket and set of 4 mottled Ironstone leaf dishes by Wedgwood.

Vintage DANSK

A sweet gold gilt bird box

 Perfect for holding a favorite pair of earrings.

And looks right at home among the other treasures on my dresser.

And last but not least...

My favorite find!

I can't stop staring at it!

The first thing that came to my head was to hold mail or stationary on my desk.

  An orchid arrangement would be elegant too!

I'm wondering though if anyone knows what it is other than beautiful!

 A lot of the time just getting to see the incredible neighborhoods and homes are the best finds of all!

 It didn't take but a few minutes to scoop up our treasures before we were out the door and on our way to a fabulous breakfast (the carrot for my hubby :) at Venus in Berkeley.

On our way home we spied a thrift store called, Out of the Closet, which we've only seen in the Los Angeles area so we pulled over to check it out.

(Here it is in our home after a bath!)
Again, a fabulous treasure grabbed me as I was on my way out.

I love the form and function!

Are you thinking what I am?

A fabulously chic bar, right?

It had it all...

X detail on the sides with brass medallion, cane top with glass, inlaid decoration, 2 shelves, cabinet doors, metal ball finials, gorgeous wood/patina

Of course I see many fabulous items that I pass on because they don't fit my criteria... 

Few of kind
Reasonably Priced
I need it
I've been looking for it
Under priced
Smoking Deal
Just plain fabulous

Well, of course this piece pretty much covered it.

And I was able to knock $10 off the $45 asking price which paid for the $10 Hartman suitcase that will come in handy for our son's move to NYC after he graduates this June!

Since the salvage yard was just a bit further up the road, we made a quick pit stop there too.

 Just long enough to find this FABULOUS Abacus lamp,

 vintage black lampshade, 

And several pieces of gorgeous old beveled mirror.

I didn't realize until we returned home that one of the pieces fit perfectly above the baseboard on the door,

serving as the perfect compliment to the mirrored push handle that I scored years ago on ebay!

My hubby is right...

The only way not to score, is to not look!

But it is so much fun!

Even he agrees with that!
Oh, and guess where I didn't go today?

The Alameda Point!

That's right, I'm being a good girl and looking forward to getting my eye candy fix at The Academy Awards!


Kathysue said...

Omgosh, that lamp and table are gorgeous. You find the most unusual pieces and always place them in the perfect spot in your home! Always fun shopping vicariously with you,
xo Kathysue

Sarah said...

You California girls have the BEST shopping. I'd say you scored with all these finds. Fun to see what you took home, and I think you have a great sport of a husband. My husband isn't that cooperative when it comes to estate / thrift sales. '-)

Eddie Ross said...

OMG I'm jealous! You're making me miss junking with you! Let's set a date for an estate school soon! Love those Wedgwood plates!


Colleen for Swede said...

I can't believe you got that bar cart for $35. I think it was made by Baker Furniture. Pretty sure the other gold filigree piece with porcelain liner is a planter. This post brings back great memories of estate sales in the Gold Coast of Alameda 16 years ago.

Mary Ann Pickett said...

NICE bar cart! You find the best things…nice to know your criteria. Your boy is moving to NY? Oh I feel your pain. Another place to visit.

I wanted to go to Alameda yesterday but not with all the rain. Want to go in April with me???

I can get my husband shopping with the brunch carrot, too!

Unknown said...

I couldn't have said it better. I can identify with your thrill of the hunt.