Saturday, 21 September 2013

Vintage Finds

We had a girls day on Saturday and went on a vintage road trip. Our destination was a barn & art studio owned by a couple in the country who go picking through old houses and barns and collect some amazing things. There are all of the original wooden shutters, doors, baseboard, hardware, mantles... anything and everything you could want out of an old house. The place was being "house sat" by the owner's friend for the weekend while they were at a wedding so we didn't get as much info. on the place and the items we bought as we maybe could have on a regular visit.  They have most of the stuff neatly organized in the barn in sections where you can go "picking" yourself. However, some of the stuff that is in really excellent shape is in their store in smaller quantities.

Barn Finds: 

The first piece I picked up and decided on was this corner shelf. I wish I knew more about it's origin. We were thinking it would like great in the kitchen with spices on it. Unfortunately, it doesn't fit under our cupboards so its still looking for a home for it. I might incorporate it into my office as that is the space I'm currently "working on" in the house.  I paid $32.00 for this piece. It was one of the few items that had an actual price on it.

I'm kind of obsessed with steel basins. You may have seen the other one I have in my upstairs landing. I bought it off kijiji for around $30.00. I got this one for $2.00. Yes, two bucks. It only has one handle so I'm going to position it in a corner. I wanted a big one for my chickens to have filled with dirt like I mentioned in my post about coop design however this one isn't quite big enough for that purpose. 

I found this in the trim section. I love it. I think I'm going to put it up in our new bathroom to hang a towel on.  

I picked up this old bit for around $2.00 as well. As an equestrian I like the idea of having vintage horse tack in the house. I think I'm going to use this to hang a plant off of. I just need to find a hanging plant basket first. I've been looking at vintage macramé ones on Etsy. 

I got these four vintage hooks for $5.00. I bought some old trim with amazing vintage patina to mount them on. 

My favourite find of the day is a piece of  horse tack mounted on barn board. Its really raw and vintage with nails poking out of the board. My grandfather passed away this summer and he grew up driving horses and continued to do so even in his retirement. This piece is really special to me as it reminds me of him. It has a bracket on the back to hang it already so now I need to find a spot that isn't on top of our fireplace. 
Store Finds: 
I bought these vintage door latches for $5.00. I think I'm going to mount them on a small piece of vintage trim and make a jewellery holder. I love how petite and green they are. 
Garage Sale Finds: 
On our way home we stopped in a cute little town for lunch and hit up a couple garage sales. I love garage sales!
I got this enamel basin for $1.00. I think that's a pretty good deal if you compare it to this Etsy one for $40.00!

I also got this crystal candy dish for $1.00. 

In conclusion I think I got a fantastic haul of vintage goods for shockingly low prices. I can't wait to go back and purchase bigger items like old doors, shutters and a fireplace mantle!

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