Saturday, June 6, 2009

Yard Sale Success

We definitely had a great morning out at all our sales! We only had time to hit about 10 sales around the West end of the city, but in the older neighborhoods we really found some gems. I am not going to share everything just yet, but these we a couple of my favorite finds. I will remember to bring my blackberry with us next time so I can google artists when I find paintings I like. I saw this painting hanging on a fence (it is oil on canvas) and immediately we both fell in love. Once we got home and googled the artist's name we discovered that he is actually fairly well know and this little $85 painting is probably worth closer to $1000!!! Crazy.
Since the wood frame is original to the painting and even has stamp and name plate of the Boston art gallery it hung in when it was first purchased I just cannot bring myself to paint or distress it in any way. But it is kind of dirty and dingy, which I like~

My smallest, and favorite purchase was this plain looking hinged box. It was sitting on a table with nothing special but I decided I needed to look and see what was housed in there...


To my delight it is a complete set of antique children's stamps. In both upper and lower case as well as all numbers and even fractions LOL! One thing that made it so endearing was the original owner actually burnt her name and the year into the lid (can you see it amongst all those stamps on the lid?). At $15, I HAD to have it!

I also grabbed 3 beautiful antique chairs that I will be sharing once they receive the full blown makeover they deserve!

14 comments:

Chantelle said...

What a great buy those stamps are. They're beautiful. They'll be good for little tags for presents... and oh so many things.

Good buys today. x

Lindsey said...

I love those stamps! How is that whenever I go to a yard sale all they have is junk? I'm going to have to start looking harder!

Sa-Sea Boutique said...

i need to be near you for yard sales!!!!! check out what i got today at my friend's yard sale. :)

Tamstyles said...

I cant take all this...more more more..

Izabella said...

I wish the yard sales around here would be that good. As a fan of typography, this is awesome.

Heather said...

I love your blog and Wren and your style!!

Marie said...

Holly! Oh my word...that alphabet stamp set is absolutely adorable! You definitely scored.

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Marie said...

Holly! Oh my word...that alphabet stamp set is absolutely adorable! You definitely scored.

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

SweDaisy said...

Great finds, I love the stamp kit. I love garage sales and all the amazing stuff you find. It's true "One man's trash is another man's treasure".

Take care,
Lisa

hopeful #1 said...

Gotta love a good yard sale! I love finding something that is fabulous that you weren't necessarily looking for! Love it!

There is an auction house in a town over from me and you get get the same sort of treasures there too! Great ideas!

Can't wait to see what you have done with these chairs that you speak of!

Kristin said...

that box of stamps is a treasure!!

Tyler H said...

You could always just use a little kid's tempera paint to lighten the frame if you want. that would be completely reversible. I Love all the white BTW.

Donna said...

Hi Holly - I got a set very similar to yours at a flea market. I will take some photos and send them to you. I couldn't believe this when I saw your post.

Donna said...

although your pictures are much better than mine......check out this post on my blog
http://casarue2658.blogspot.com/2009/05/flea-market-finds.html

scroll down and see the stamp set that I got similiar to yours.

 
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