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Weekend Treasures

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What. A. Week! So I know the posts have been few and far between lately…I suppose sometimes that’s just life. Last week I went on a vintage-decorated home tour for the magazine I’m starting and today I met with a local vendor who has so many projects going. I make more connections every day and somehow stars keep aligning. Some days I can actually see my dream of a local vintage magazine in Kansas City coming true. A sweet office in the West Bottoms above the vintage stores (ignoring the fact that they’re also right next to all of the city’s Haunted Houses), a staff, a magazine on paper… could this really happen? Is this really my life? It’s so easy to get insecure, overwhelmed and intimidated. But I’m working on some art to help boost my confidence and keep me going. More on that later.

For now, on to the finds! I’ve been to a few great sales lately. Blue Tape sales run during the off part of the week, usually Monday-Wednesday, which is a nice break from the chaos that is trying to get to all the sales on the weekends.

At the sale last week I found a few items worth pulling the trigger on:

I love the light turquoise color of these towels (or napkins?) and the diamond pattern is awesome. They are hand-stitched.

I’m still not sure what struck me so much about this teapot teapot rest, other than the blatant irony. But I think it has nice lines and it’s cute.


These prints caught my eye at the last minute. They are drawings of the first automobiles and I thought they would look so great reframed and displayed together. Haven’t decided if I have a place for these or if I will sell them…hmmm…thoughts?

Last at this sale I picked up these super fun red 80s placemats. I’ve been in an 80s state of mind with the upcoming fashion shoot for VKC, so maybe I was subconsciously drawn to them. But they happen to coordinate very well with this find from Bella Patina a couple weeks ago:

You may or may not (but definitely will) be seeing this in our first photo shoot! Exciting!

I found one more item over the weekend by accident. I think I’ve mentioned the church ladies who sometimes have sales around the area. They don’t put their sales on Craigslist (where I find most of my sale info), so I’m lucky if I stumble upon them. But they are the sweetest ladies and as I’ve said, they love Liam. Luckily I found them last weekend and promised to bring Liam by. He hammed it up, showed them how smart he is and soaked in all the love. Meanwhile I was scoring this sweet little tray:

For $1. Yay!

As for the other items at the Blue Tape sale, my grand total was $20. I love half-price time at Blue Tape sales because if you’re over $20 by a little bit, she’ll always round you down. It’s like getting free stuff ya’ll!

So what did you find this weekend? Anything grand? Any words of advice to keep me going when I’m totally intimidated and feeling out-of-my-mind crazy?

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More Weekend Treasures

Cheers to getting back in the swing of hunting and gathering! The past two weekends have been great times picking. I really missed the adventure over the holidays and my heart is full again. 🙂

There is a reason I love Ethel’s Estate Sales more than most: The pricing. While most companies do half price Saturdays, which is awesome, I can’t compete with store owners and buyers who have more capital than I to snatch things up to sell. Sometimes the things I want are gone by Saturday. But Ethel’s sales are the same price for three days and the prices can’t be beat, as you’ll see. So here’s the loot…

From the left: Yellow/brown checkered curtains, two panels $4; blue/green polka dot dishes $3 for the set; white daisy syrup decanter $1; yellow Mikasa sugar bowl $1; small turquoise bowl $.50; orange/green chip/nut set $1.50; Hull planter $2; blue gravy boat/plate $1.50; and green flower Pyrex dish/lid $2.50.

I was so happy to find some cute ceramic pieces and the chip/nut set is so fabulously 1960s. I’ve also been venturing into vintage clothes lately and this sale had a ton of it all for $2/piece. Here are some of the items I brought home that I hope to use in a photo shoot for the magazine that’s currently in my head.


I also snagged this sweet barrel lampshade for $2!

You can find new treasures on my Etsy soon. Follow the link on the right. I’ll be back this weekend with a project or two that have been waiting in the wings. Thursday I’ll be guest posting over at Buffalo Roam and Amy will be here! Very excited. Happy hunting!

Weekend Treasures

Remember the table-maker’s son and what a deal he gave me on the cast iron claw feet? I told you I also managed to get one more deal out of him, or rather his mom. She sold me this lovely mid-century bar set for a mere $3. Isn’t it lovely?

Look at the detail! 🙂

After the Grandview sale we moseyed on over to Lee’s Summit for an HSH sale. It was packed and The Rock Star felt a bit like vultures on a carcass. Sometimes sales are like that. I managed to get a few great things, at half price even!

Who doesn’t love rainbow pot holders? ($1)

Brown/orange/yellow table runner ($2)

Four patchwork placemats ($2)

Set of eight groovy coasters ($1)

This fabulous vintage NIB tea for one set ($4)

Hand decorated wall art by Pati…really she’s famous…it’s probably worth around $15-$18. ($1.50)

And last but not least these fancy mod plasticware pieces by Ingrid of Chicago from the 1970s.

So that’s about it! Stay tuned for more finds next week as well as a project I’ve been working on and a blog swap on Thursday! And these items should be up for sale this weekend in my Etsy store. Follow the link on the right!

Happy hunting!

Crazy About: Vintage Yarn Art

Call it crewelwork, call it embroidery, call it something lame and completely unprofessional like yarn art (like me), whatever it is, I’m crazy about it! I’ve picked up a few pieces here and there but lately whenever I see one of these framed beauties, I can’t seem to walk away.

The first pieces I picked up were these lovely birds, which I’m happy to say finally found a home last weekend, in West Virginia.

One of the first items I ever sold from Grandma Great’s Treasure’s Etsy Shop was this set of vegetable yarn art, perfect for any vintage kitchen and so cute!

I also recently sold this adorable owl art, perfect for a nursery. I had this one for a while!

Next I found the piece destined for our bedroom. It’s too big to ship anywhere anyway and looking up from bed at it brings me to a lovely field of flowers, peaceful, restful.

This art comes in all shapes and sizes, though, and this small dainty piece was too cute to pass up at $1.

I picked up another large piece that I fall in love with more every day. I love the colors. It’s currently for sale on Craigslist.

This piece I found without a frame two doors down from my home at an estate sale. It just needs a happy little frame to make it complete. I love the blue background.

This owl wall hanging recently sold in my Etsy shop. Again I love the colors, the mix of the teal and the green. So cute.

And last but not least (actually probably the neatest pieces I’ve found so far) are these two framed scenery art pieces I found at an estate sale over the weekend. The first is so modern, which is different for me. The second is cute as a button and I’m so in love with it. I will sell them, unless I falter long enough to become sentimental with them.

So that’s what I’m crazy about right now. The detail, depth and creativity put into these pieces makes my heart swoon. They are so homey and each are one-of-a-kind!

Now it’s your turn, what are you crazy about right now? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Have a great week everyone!

A Bit of a Binge

This is what is known as a binge:

But I couldn’t help it! I hit up a Brown Button (my fav) estate sale and it was all half price! I’ll try to get through everything, from the left. Six plastic cups $.63 each, poppy art $3.25, milk glass $3.25, teal/brown table cloth $4.50, orange/cream curtain $1, cream/brown small table cloth $1, large floral yarn art $4 (love!), jar of buttons $3.50, two round ceramic pots (green and blue on the right) $5 each, vintage oven mits (not from BB sale) $2, small spice rack (barely seen) $.50, antique 1881 flower tile $10, NIB vintage flower counter protectors $1.50, two original James Bond books from the 50s and 60s, Casino Royale and The Man with the Golden Gun $6 and $5, yellow teapot $7.50, wire hanging basket $2.50, two wood inlay art pieces $3.50 and $6, antique ceramic elephant$2.25, and two ceramic flower mugs $.75 each. Whew!

In addition I also found an amazing store this weekend called Fabric Recycles in Overland Park. I have probably driven past it a million times and never noticed. It’s all remnants of fabric, which are perfect for crafts! I am using a lot of the following stash for some embroidery hoop art around the house. More on that later!

I also found two great pieces for the Rock Star and myself. A vintage houndstooth fedora and a sweet record player stand! I had no idea record player stands existed until I did some research on Ebay. I wouldn’t have known what it was had I not done the research. Sweet score for $5. It’s perfect. Someday it’ll get cleaned up and painted, but I wanted it in place for now.

It has been two weeks since I’ve gotten to the sales and it was such a fun weekend of hunting! Now back to the projects.

P.S. I finally finished cleaning the chrome on the legs of my blond maple table and listed it on Craigslist yesterday. She’s a beauty!

So there’s the weekend’s update. I’m dreading cataloging and listing all these new finds, but it’s always worth it in the end. Click on my Etsy link on the right of this page to see more treasures for sale. Happy hunting!

Bluebirds of Happiness

K-Pax is one of my favorite Kevin Spacey movies, and one of the more endearing moments involves mental patients searching for the Bluebird of Happiness. This bird throughout our world symbolizes (according to Wikipedia) cheerfulness, happiness, prosperity, hearth and home, good health, new births, and the renewal of springtime.

I found this lovely pair at an estate sale for $1, and while I love a good vintage finish, I just knew these two deserved a good ole coat of spray paint.

I really debated on the color. I have acquired a plethora of spray paint and the decision came down to royal blue and cherry red, both glossy. Since I tend to favor red, I decided to try out the blue, and with the above description of the Bluebird of Happiness, it was probably the right choice.

I spray primed and painted these two lovebirds and I think they turned out quite nice. This is mid-spraying:

And this is a more realistic color image. It’s dark, but it gets dark so early now, this is what I have to deal with. They are really more royal blue.

Bringing life to old, dingy treasures is fun and super easy! These Bluebirds of Happiness make me smile. What piece in your home makes you happy every time you look at it? Leave me a comment and tell me about it!

Happy hunting!

Heaven in Downtown Overland Park

When I get to Heaven, I hope it looks something like TLC Thrifty Boutique. Teresa’s collection is simply fabulous, and her prices are great. She moved in to the Downtown Overland Park, KS, strip about a month ago. The strip is really taking off with some one-of-a-kind stores to attract pedestrian traffic as developers look ahead at the revitalization of the area. I’m lucky enough to live within walking distance and ever since Teresa’s store opened, I’ve been dying to go in. I mean just look at what sits outside, begging you to venture in…

I stopped in during a lunch break once and Teresa and I hit it off, seeing as how we share a common passion, and I’ve already gained such valuable knowledge from her in just two visits. She agreed to let me come back and take pictures for Grandma Great’s Treasures. So Liam and I hoofed it out the door (after only minor setbacks of having to clean the stroller, which had been left out in the rain, changing a diaper and loading up all our stuff just to walk down the street) to make it before TLC closed at 6 p.m. But we made it and the weather was simply gorgeous for such a walk as this.

Here are some of my favorite things from TLC Thrifty Boutique…

This adorable small metal desk jumped out at me the first time I laid eyes on it. What a fabulous piece!


You know this particular area called my name. Hello 1950s kitchen! I love absolutely everything.


The cabinet, the mason jars, the canisters...love, love, love


Teresa recently picked up a load of shelves and they're so fab I want to take them all home!


Loads of smalls in this shop! I heart the radio, of course.


This darling little red shelf would be perfect for so many uses. I heart you little red shelf.


Just to get an idea, this is only about one-third of the shop!

How fantastic is this shop? Next time your near OP or even in KC, make sure you stop at TLC Thrifty Boutique and discover your new favorite second-hand store. Say hi to Teresa and tell her Erin from Grandma Great’s Treasures sent you. It probably won’t get you anything, but it’ll make me look good. 😉 Also follow the link above and like TLC on Facebook!

Earlier today I went back to an estate sale I ran to yesterday to pick up a pair of vintage 1970s Schwinn bicycles I bought. I happened to be in the right place at the right time. So many people were interested in these. The bikes are currently in the shop being looked at (incidentally I took them to the bike shop by my house and noticed the bikes had stickers from that store on them. The store had sold these bikes in the Seventies!), so more as that progresses. And since I’m always up front about prices, I paid $50 each for these beauties. The real cost will lie in the repair, but business is well, so I figure I’ve earned it. Plus, they’re so cool!

When I went back to the sale the prices were 50% off and I picked up a fantastic 1970s vintage quilt with a bold, graphic floral pattern. I’m so excited to share this and put it up for sale, I just need to take a good picture. Stay tuned!

Leave me a comment and tell me where your favorite vintage spot is! As always, happy hunting!

This post approved by Liam, showing me where the tree is in our front yard.