I feel like the biggest dweeb. I’m always the last to know everything! Things that are right under my nose….things that are right in my backyard….I’m often clueless.
So imagine my surprise, embarrassment, and utter sense of WONDER when I was invited last weekend to the Hometalk Halloween Treasure Hunt at four AH-MAY-ZING vintage tag sales that are located RIGHT.IN.MY.BACKYARD!
Well, okay, not exactly my backyard, but close enough that I should have known these places existed!
DUH! <<<insert forehead slap here>>>
The Vintage Hunt is ON!
Yep, THIS….my friends…is an actual barn where the coolest vintage furniture, collectables, trinkets, etc., are sold. What a pot of gold!
Thanks to my new friend, Karen from The Graphics Fairy,(middle) who had invited me to participate, and one of the other hosts, Miriam (right), the social media guru behind the popular site, Hometalk. (Connect me with there, by the way!). Without those ladies, I would never have known those places existed!
Okay, so the idea behind the Hometalk Halloween Treasure Hunt is that local bloggers (and anyone that wants to travel) meet up at Sweet Clover barn sale in Frederick Maryland, then visit three more amazing vintage shops in the area of Frederick and Northern Virginia. You can spend anywhere from $1 to $500, on any object(s). You’ll then take it home and use it in some creative way for your next project. Then, there will be a link-up HERE where we’ll all submit our projects. The best project WINS a gift basket from the 4 shops! 🙂
We bloggers felt very welcomed with breakfast and a “Welcome” sign!
First, let me just say that THE coolest vintage stuff is there in Frederick, Maryland and Leesburg, Virginia. Seriously. If you live anywhere close to here, you MUST come see these shops for yourself. Plan for a whole day. There is so much stuff, so many trinkets and unique items, you won’t believe it.
Okay, here are some highlights of my vintage treasure hunt! To see the whole album, check out the Google+ album with over 200 pics!
This one is, by far, one of my favorite pieces 🙂
And I just have this love of DRAWERS. Little places to store your crafting stuff is just what I love! Remember this card catalog makeover I did?
There were 2 levels of goodness at the Sweet Clover barn sale. UGH, I was in heaven 🙂
See the Google+ album for more pics of what I saw!
Have You Ever Seen THIS??
So another of the shops we were to visit is a place called the Old Luckett’s Store. Um…..WOW….It sort of reminded me of the Community Forklift, this place here in Maryland that is what I call “a junk yard for your home.” Community Forklift sells cool things like reclaimed wood, metals, tiles, vintage door knobs, cabinets–nearly anything that people have donated from old homes or remodeling projects.That’s what Luckett’s reminded me of, with the added bonus of vintage furniture.
Here’s something I’ve never seen before: one of their hallways is a treasure wall.
When you get close up, what do you see?
Yep– porcelain…..shells…..jewelry….a spoon….everything cool and shiny :). It’s said that it shimmers most brilliantly at night 🙂
Another stop off was to a place called Chartreuse. This place was also one of my favorites (heck, they were ALL great!).
They had a huge barn, as well, filled with painted furniture, plus all kinds of trinkets, antiques, and upcycled creations from local artists.
One thing I noticed, however, is that many artists are not painting the back of their furniture. Please, please, please paint the backs of your furniture if you’re selling your pieces! I think it just looks more attractive and professional 🙂 Don’t you?
It hurts my eyes to see a pretty piece of furniture turn around, only to see–GASP!–old wood! 🙂 I know…I know….wasted paint. But it looks much prettier all painted, even the bottom! I’m just weird like that.
I saw this great vintage laundry cart that I so wanted, but at $100+, it wasn’t in my budget. It was fabulous, though! Maybe having something like this in my laundry room would make doing laundry fun, eh?? (Okay–maybe not. How can laundry ever be fun??)
And they had this place called The Design House, where local designers each had a room and decorated it. However, everything in the room was for sale.
So What Did I Find??
I really was rolling with VERY little money that day. In fact, I was spending money that was slated for bills. OOPS! So I couldn’t get any big ticket items. However, I did score these awesome Old World glass knobs! Seriously, aren’t they fantastic?? They were $6.00 a piece and I scored 6 of them. When you hold them up to the light, they look like they glow and the maps appear to “move.” A great find that I could envision on a piece of furniture for my boys!
I found some other great knobs, but for some reason, can’t get the pic to upload. Grrrr.
And I found these cool tin letters and numbers! I’m excited to do something with them! There were $0.50 each. I bought about 25 of them!
These keyholes?? They’re actually drawer pulls! WOOT Love them! About $7.00 each.
Vintage Shops Are Great…..But……
The painted furniture was reasonably priced, but most of the unique vintage trinkets I found–out of my budget. I saw soooo many cute vintage drawers and “card catalog-ist” dressers, and was tempted buy them. But I just couldn’t afford it. Maybe I’ll get lucky and find an authentic metal one at the thrift store ;).
I absolutely loved this turquoise metal chest! I could imagine it in my garage that I’m about to make over! It was almost $200.
This desk reminds me of the vintage leather-top desk that I painted for my mom for Mother’s Day earlier this year.
Each seller’s booth has so many things to just walk around and look at all day.
I Still Love Me a Good Thrift Store, Though!
What’s even funnier is that after I left the Vintage Halloween Hunt, I was itching to find some really cheap deals, so I headed over to my favorite thrift store and–oh my–what did I see?
A $15 bench! WOO HOO! I swooped that baby right up 🙂 I’ll be posting that soon.
So now I have to take the knobs and numbers and anything else I found and use them as creatively as I can in a project, and then link it up over at the Hometalk Halloween Treasure Hunt linky party and see who win’s the GRAND PRIZE. Hmmm….somehow I don’t know if I am going to be creative enough in this challenge. But let’s see what I can turn out! 🙂 Wish me luck!
Do you see anything here you would have bought IN A HEARTBEAT? Leave a comment below!
P.S. Don’t forget to check out the Google+ album to see all 200 pics of the stuff I saw that day!