I have spent a lot of time since May making many holiday creations from vintage materials in preparation for two back-to-back craft shows this upcoming holiday season. They are slowly pushing me out of the house! I have decided to list some of these creations in Dime Store Chic to give those of you fabulous people in the World Wide Web dibs on these one-of-a-kind holiday creations!
Let's start with the biggest holiday decoration I have created from a wonderful metal Radio Flyer red wagon! A fun centerpiece!
A delightful vintage deer with bottle brush tree and LOTS of vintage glass ornaments!
And a sweet kitty with a tree and LOADS of vintage glass ornaments!
A wreath bathed in pink, silver, and gold vintage glass ornaments and sweet wooden Irmi angels!
If you want a closer look, please visit Dime Store Chic!~~Thanks so much!~~XXOO, Beth
This past weekend hubby and I drove the annual Route 11 Yard crawl between Stephen's City and New Market, VA along the super scenic (Shenandoah) Valley Pike aka Route 11.
On Friday we headed west and went up to Winchester first thing in the morning to see some of the town before we hit any Route 11 sales (Saturday is the officlal day of the sales, but there are some Friday sales). We played tourists for about an hour seeing several historic buildings:
The headquarters of Civil War Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. Hubby gets a big thrill seeing Civil War places.
And another view.
And to satisfy Hubby's Civil War history Jones, we stopped at the old Winchester Courthouse where in this yard 1200 Union troops sat inside a metal fence as prisoners. Incredible.
The historic landmark I most wanted to see in Winchester is the home of the greatest country singer in the world: Patsy Cline.
I mean, who doesn't love the music of Patsy Cline? It was a thrill to see her home.
On to the Route 11 Yard Crawl...
If you were behind me on the route this is what you saw! Mary Randolph Carter kindly sent me this great sticker which I proudly put on my car as we filled it with goodies!
We can never get enough of the view.
So many cute houses with front yards full of goods!
The Edinburg Mill had a nice large clusger of vendors.
Hubby looked at a lot of rifles but true to his thrifty soul he bought none. He just likes looking.
At one of the stops we saw this worn "Chicken in the Rough" sign from a restaurant chain that went out of business in the early 1960's. Cool image!
Awesome trunk in front of an awesome old and falling down house.
In addition to fun used goods, you could buy produce and chickens!
Or you could buy one sweet ride!
You could take that sweet ride over a wonderful covered bridge just off the route.
Sometimes we crawled. It gave us a chance to look and see if we wanted to stop.
Near Stephen's City is the Family Drive-In and behind the screen is a nice cluster of vendors!
For us doing the yard crawl in two days was the way to go. There are just so many vendors on Saturday that getting some of the Friday vendors out of the way gave us more freedom on Saturday to hit more stops. Suncreen and water is a must. So are lots of small bills and chnage. It's amazing how much you can buy for 25 cents! We filled the way back and the back seat of the Subaru Forrester and arrived home Saturday afternoon. This was the most productive of all the yard crawls we have attended. Here are two sloppy shots of our haul covering the dining room table. This is not everything as some of the larger pieces are on the floor--a vintage rolling shopping basket is one of the goods not pictured and a great score. I've been wanting one.
We just never knew what was around the next corner. That is the best part of treasure hunting. That and the super nice people we met selling their goods!
I did really well in the vintage holiday department. Lots of shiny and brite!
Many goods will be used for future creations and many will go into Dime Store Chic. Two days of leaping in and out of the car was exhausting but richly rewarded!~~~XXOO, Beth
Recently I hit a fun estate sale with LOTS of goodies packed inside. I did a whole lot of digging and founds great goods including two great pieces that I used to make two new Dime Store Chic creations!
The cutest ceramic snail pitcher was just perfect for resting on a fun vintage feedsack pin cushion with lots of millinery and mushrooms all around!
A fab vintage tin scrolly metal chair I found provides the perfect resting spot for a perky poodle and lots of vintage holiday cheer!
Hubby and I hit the DC Big Flea early and cruised the aisles for about two hours. Pretty much all I bought were vintage holiday bit's n' bobs--well, lots of them. I don't have photos, but imagine dozens and dozens of shiny tiny glass ornaments.
There were lots of cool vintage wares but, alas, the price range and the size of our house prevented purchasing them. You know how that goes.
I snapped a few photos with my phone to share you some of the day's highlights...
I don't know why I got this photo because this particular vendor specializes in vintage Christmas, but her prices are too crazy for my wallet.
Hubby gave this tall industrial desk a second look. I know he was contemplating where it could fit in our wee house. It did not come home with us.
Neither did this cool lamp. I love it though!
This is the always awesome Truffle Pig's booth. Eye candy and a feast for crafters and collectors!
I loved Liddle Kiddles as a child. I was drawn to these cases but since I no longer have these tiny dolls, no need for a case.
Just a random shot of the vastness of the space where the DC Big Flea is held several times a year.
From across the crowded aisle, I caught this dove cage (I think that's what it is). I really wished I could have brought it home. Maybe I need to loosen up my wallet a bit...just a bit.
After shopping, we skipped out and walked to our very favorite place nearby for lunch. Delish! Home by 12:30. What a fun morning!~~~XXOO, Beth
Just a couple of minutes from my house, I popped into a fun family run estate sale. They had orginally advertised the sale beginning tomorrow (Saturday) but their sign advertised the sale starting today. I only saw it because the house was on the way to the post office where I was headed. I did a fast (and safe) quick left turn, parked, and fast walked up to the door. And would you believe it? I was the only one and the first one there!
The family running the sale couldn't have been nicer. They were spread out all over the house, giving rock bottom prices on everything I touched. But what I mostly touched was the array of vintage Christmas in the basement. I asked one of the guys down there how much and he dashed up stairs to ask his sister. I slowly stacked boxes of ornaments praying the price was right as I waited for the guy to return. He stomped back down the stairs with a large empty box and said: "If you take all of the Christmas it's $20 for everything." He didn't have to tell me twice. He was so super nice helping me stack the ornament boxes into the box he brought down, and he and his son hauled that box and the two others of vintage Christmas to my car before I even paid!
I poked around all alone at the sale, not believing I had the house to myself, like a private sale. I found more treasures for nice prices, but the Christmas goodies, which I need badly for use in future crafts for two shows I'm doing this holiday season, was the real score.
Allow me to buy and brag here and show you what $20 worth of vintage Christmas from the "private" estate sale looks like:
Lots of lovely vintage ornaments, light strings, and tree stands!
A great stash of holiday cheer destined for fun holiday creations!~~~Thanks for stopping by!~~~XXOO, Beth
Welcome to the third installment of "What Were They Thinking Wednesday", a weekly (hopefully!) post on the Dime Store Chic blog. WWTTW highlights an item at a thrift store, flea market, estate sale, and antique mall that I think is over priced. I am out "in the field" every week hunting down treasures but sometimes the prices I find just leave me scratching my head. You may feel the same or not. You decide!
This week is a piece that is all bright, shiny and broken! It even has a note taped to it declaring that very thruth...
The sign says "spout doesn't work". OK, well, isn't the point of a coffee urn to have the spout/spigot thingy working? This piece is silverplate, pretty but still the essential part is broken. I don't know if repairs could easily and cheapy be made, but a broken piece none-the-less. How much is this thrift store asking for big, shiny, and broken?
$95.00. There you go. What were they thinking? That's what I asked. Perhaps you are asking the same thing too.~~~Cheers!~~Beth
I took a quick trip from our vacation home to White Stone, VA (and thrifted along the way, of course) to a wonderful shop called FARM. FARM is run by Emily, the neice, of Mary Randolph Carter who was there signing her new book, but more about the book in a minute. If you love vintage and junk, I know you know Mary Randolph Carter! Originally a Virginian, she makes her home in up state New York and NYC where she works for Ralph Lauren as Senior Vice President of Advertising. Most important to me is that "Carter" has published books that I consider inspiration for Dime Store Chic: "American Junk", "Garden Junk", "Kitchen Junk", "Big City Junk", and "For The Love of Old".
Carter has released a new book that beautifully embraces our love of "stuff", why we love our things, and how fabulously they fit into our lives: "Never Stop To Think Do I have A Place For This?" The pages and pages of eye candy kept me slung back in our vacation home hammock for hours.
If you love vintage, you NEED this book!
What I adore about Carter's aesthetic sense and that of the folks presented in the book, is the approachability. I look at every page in this book and can feel the emotional closeness from the owners of the things arranged in the interiors. Anyone with a love of vintage, things with history or a personal story, and a sense of adventure in seeking out what calls to you, would feel content in the rooms on the pages. Approachable, comfortable, warm like a hug, doable.
Please allow me to express how lovely it was to meet Carter, her sister Nell, and niece Emily at FARM. Great to speak to Carter about our love of junk and the junk that means so much to us. We laughed about this now gone dime store in a nearby town had ladies stationed in every aisle who would watch you to make sure you didn't steal anything. I gushed and most likely prattled on a bit, because really how often do you meet your inspiration?
Carter offered to have Nell take our picture out in FARM's wonderful "junk yard". Hair in a ponytail, wearing my junking clothes, I couldn't think of a better idea!
Don't you just love Carter's vintage charm necklace made from things she loves?
If you love to collect, and we all do, please grab yourself a copy of Mary Randolph Carter's "Never Stop To Think Do I Have A Place For This?" You DO have a place for this wonderful, inspiring book!~~~XXOO, Beth