Monday, November 21, 2011

Now with Better Pictures!

First of all, shout out to Oasis Accents for featuring my computer to aquarium redo.  Unfortunately, little Nash passed away this weekend, although I can't help but think he was faking it because, well, "All drains lead to the ocean!"  No really it made me sad, but I am sure he is happy wherever he is!

I decided to try something new with my picture-taking for listing on Etsy.  I have been offered some wise advise to use natural light, problem is that my house is a box-like thing and if it isn't the perfect time of day, there's nowhere to take a picture.  I love seeing outside pictures on Etsy, so that is what I decided on.  It is amazing how wonderful your poorly up-kept wooden fence looks in the background of a photo!  And the cafe chair made a very nice stage!  I will however be on the lookout for a better stage next time, it did get a little busy with the wiring of the chair!

I will start with my absolute FAVORITE pictures and probably my second favorite item.  A gorgeous vintage hat!  I know I have been looking for a vintage horse riding helmet, but this kind of sufficed for now, it is so beautiful:

Do you like this artsy pic?  It makes me :)

Here's a really neat suitcase from the estate sale.  The sale ended up being so crowded it was almost not worth it, but I did get some nice stuff.  All the beautiful glass that I posted was Blenko Glass but it was SOOOO expensive that I really couldn't get it.  Nobody else had touched it either (I was the 110th person in line so there were lots of collectors who probably saw it), which confirms how overpriced they were.

Now THIS is cool.  A desk fan made to look like a jet engine!  Not super valuable, but there haven't ever been many on ebay and the ones that are on there sell with quite a few bids.  I was actually considering giving this to my boyfriend's dad for Christmas, but when I showed it to my boyfriend he said he wanted it!  So now we aren't really sure what to do with it!  Another item in its original box with original directions, and oh yeah IT WORKS!

Vintage Pyrex dish from the Estate Sale that is a little bland, but I was hoping someone might like the fall colors.  I haven't seen it on Pyrex Love soooo, I don't even know if it is cool or not.  I guess it is worth what some people want to pay!

Another find from the Estate Sale, this cool wood and cardboard globe on a stand.  As with the other globe I found, this one has misplaced panels.  I guess it is better for display than for geography purposes!  It has a Zodiac theme to it as well!

M.I. Hummel Golden Anniversary hardcover book with dust cover:

Look at how awesome this retro yellow lamp is, isn't it just great!  Well the bulb it came with works and so does the whole lamp!  It has two intensity settings, which I think is a very cool feature.

There was quite a few decks of cards at the Savers, I think somebody dumped a collection.  I recognized the Congress cards from the dog cards I found a while back.  They don't get a lot of attention on Etsy, but they are really neat, hopefully someone finds them that will love all their designs!

I found three beautiful silver plated dishes, they have so much detail!  The two below are the ones that are in my Etsy shop, but there is a third that I am keeping.  The third has handles and so much detail and wonderful design, I knew I couldn't part with it.

Two briefcases, I know I got a little sloppy here, but I was getting tired, and I hate taking pictures of briefcases!  People really love them in my shop so hopefully they will go quickly...

This was an Estate Sale find, two brass belt buckles, a banjo and a violin.  Seems like the previous owner used these as some sort of hangings.

Light switch plates!  Vintage hardware does pretty well in my shop.

A couple large industrial spools.  I think the pink one was painted that color later as part of some sort of craft or decoration, but the paint is chipping to show the green underneath, I think it gives it a really wonderful look.

Brass lion, he is so ferocious!

This is such a cool old tape measure with cloth tape.  It is 50 feet!  I wanted to see how long it was so I kept pulling the tape out to see where it ended.  My boyfriend walked by, asked what I was doing and I told him, he said it probably said it on there and sure enough, it read "50 FT" on the side.  This was when I was at 34 feet...  Blonde moment!

I had so many places mapped out to go to and lots of them were such a bust.  Rummage sales with lots of junk, picked through sales and thrift stores, and lots of dead ends, even a sale I couldn't find!  The neighborhood where the Estate Sale was had its annual yard sales. TIP: Avoid ANNUAL yard sales, they have been picked through multiple times and you probably won't get any really unique items.  Well, I guess unless it is a First Annual Sale!  Or a rummage sale, because lots of people contribute to those!  The tape measure above was a gem I found at a different yard sale that I thought didn't look promising and I almost drove right by it!

Wait, wait!!! I'm not done, I have saved the best for last!  This is my first favorite item, second to the hat, both of which were picked up at a Value Village.  Most people seem to have really AWESOME Value Village Thrift Stores, but mine is awful.  There is never Pyrex and I rarely find anything good there, except furniture, but I really don't need anymore of that in my house!
Sooo, were you wondering why that heart is offset?  I sure was, because it looked to me like all the hands were in their proper place.  I thought for a second it might be one of those things that are like snow globes and they have liquid and little confetti things that float around in it (that is so vague, but hopefully you catch my drift).  Well, that's what I thought it was and that maybe the liquid had come out.  I picked it up because I figured it might not work, but it was so sweet, it needed a home.  Patti made this awesome post about old clocks and it made me so jealous, I wanted a clock collection!  Patti talked about how special her clocks were even if they didn't work.  Well when I got home, I popped out the old battery, cleaned out some battery acid and washed my hands thoroughly (for safety reasons), and put in a new battery.  I immediately heard the ticking and was overjoyed!  When I turned the clock over I saw that offset heart moving and I couldn't believe it, it is the seconds hand!  The little black hand is for the alarm!  Genius, right!  Right now it is ticking away on my vanity, making me smile every time I look at it, as if to say "I Love You for saving me from the thrift store and bringing me back to life!"

Well, that's all, don't forget to check out all the awesome link parties I am joining, if you like my stuff, you will like all the other links too!  Follow someone new, it might make their day!

Restyled Sundays at Stylish Once Again
Sunday's Best Link Party at Oasis Accents
The Newbie Party with Debbiedoo
Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Sister Sunday Link Party with Sisters of the Wild West
The Penny Worth Project at Hey What's For Dinner Mom?
Knick of Time Tuesdays at Knick of Time Interiors
What I Love About the Thrift Store at Cap Creations


  1. One reason I enjoy this post is because I have many of the same (or similar) items. I will have to check out your shop.
    The 50 foot tape was often used on construction sites. I have been grabbing old card decks for graphics crafting, and altered art.
    I will be back to visit soon.

  2. I'm really enjoying your blogging style--great voice!! Keep on working with natural light as long as possible--I live in Alaska so my outdoor time is NIL these day, for photos anyway--

  3. Love the heart clock! I need to get outside for my pictures. I just got my first DSLR camera and it does much better inside than my hunk o junk point and shoot camera did. But, I know my pics would be even better outside.

  4. That hat really is a beauty and it looks great on the old spool. Some days can be so frustrating out there in yard sale just never know. Your sure had yourself a good day though. The clock is so precious; I can just imagine the little heart going round and round:-)

  5. What fabulous finds you have there missy!!! Love-love the globe... although, I'd paint the base/frame... heck, I paint everything lol

  6. OMG! That fan is the COOLEST thing I have seen in SUCH a long time! You are one lucky girl. I'm going to keep my eye out for one, but odds are I'll never find it. Tell your boyfriend if he hates it, I'll trade him some PYREX I have for trade!

    I totally know what you are going through with the natural light & photos. My apartment doesn't get much light in the hours I am awake & when it does, there aren't many good places for photos. I don't have anything in my etsy shop yet... but one day.

  7. OMG,you got some really great finds. I think the hat looks horse like for riding. I never get this many finds, but the fan is really cool! As far as light, many use one area to stage all their pics at. Do you have an utility light, use it by shinning on the items you are taking pics of, it really does work. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving and thanks so much for sharing on Sunday's Best.

  8. Wow so many wonderful things. My husband likes your jet fan too! He's an airplane fanatic though. Thank you for linking up at Cap Creations.

  9. Chelsea, you find so much great stuff I find it hard to pick my favorites. Love the hat, really really love the globe, the switch plates and the spools, but it's all amazing. Thanks so much for sharing at Sunday's Best =)

  10. Hi Chelsea,
    OMG! Thanks so much for mentioning my little clock collection. Your heart clock is adorable! Just watch out, now clocks will be following you home at every turn!!! LOL
    What great finds you have there.I just love the hat, it is gorgeous! Now I'm on the hunt for a hat, too!

  11. What terrific finds! That jet engine fan is such a unique piece - very cool! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Thanks for sharing your finds with us. Love the wooden spools, the hat and the clock is precious.Good luck on your shop.

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