Secondhand Finds

Thrifting in my neck of the woods is pretty bad. The stores are mostly bare except for really bad stuff from the 80s. What we do have in abundance though is antique stores. This weekend a store near my mom was having a groundhog day weekend sale. The store is in an old house and different vendors have different rooms in the house. It makes for really fun poking around looking for treasures. Of course this time my mom and I — my best antiquing partner — were poking around while corralling an urchin who wanted to touch everything, especially if it was breakable. Still, I managed to uncover a couple of great things in our quick sweep of the place. My mom went back through more thoroughly after I removed Mister TouchEverything from the premises and called me to tell me she found something else — one of the many reasons she’s my best antiquing partner ever.

Anyway, Papa is in love with two of the three things that have made their home with us and he wasted no time in using them in some photographs:

I was looking for a vintage suitcase with Katie in mind — I’m trying to improve the dress-up/play-pretend box in our house — and she and Tristan carried this one around all afternoon. The table and chairs was the real score of the day. Papa has been wanting something like the set for a while and as soon as I saw it I took the tag to buy it. Luckily the price was reasonable because who knows how much I would have paid. As for what I brought home that he didn’t like, I’m hoping it will grow on him.

Vintage Lawn Chair

5 Responses to “Secondhand Finds”

  1. 1 Anina February 4, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    With a coat of paint and a pretty cushion that chair will be just lovely.

  2. 2 molly February 4, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    oh my goodness that first picture is amazing!!! i love the color in it. and K’s pose. it’s beautiful. I have an old suitcase like that–I scored it at a yard sale. I’m waiting to have a little more space to break it out. I love the idea of putting dressup clothes in it.

    And I love the red chair, chipping paint and all. I guess that means you are the one that gets to sit in it!

    Oh, and I meant to ask you last week about K’s boots…where are they from? I love them. and was thinking about looking for a pair for one of the girls, maybe….

  3. 3 Sonya February 4, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    I was just thinking about vintage suitcases today. I have one, but I would love a whole stack of them. And I love the red paint on that chair.

  4. 4 Yvonne February 6, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    I´m new to your blog – but I do like what you do – and I´ll be back.

  5. 5 mary jane February 15, 2008 at 9:33 am

    I’m with molly, what an amazing photograph. Beautiful. So rich and it tells such a story. As for the chair, I love it too, I like it scratched up too, its a beautiful thing.

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