Monday, April 1, 2013

I Brake For Antiques



"I brake for antiques"
I’ve seen these bumper stickers around for years. . . .so funny. . . .but certainly true of me. . . .What could be more exciting than an antique mall, unless it’s a thrift store? . . . .And, what could get the adrenaline flowing more than finding a bargain?. . . . Such a thrill!

I left town again. . . .Did you know I was gone?
It was my annual Spring retreat. . . .beautiful weather. . . .good friends. . . .lots of down time. . . .
Of course, along the way I had to do a little junkin'. . . .
After several shopping sprees, I could see a theme emerging.
Lots of metal, porcelain and tin. . . .Blue and white. . . .


It all started with a couple of purchases—a small porcelain pitcher to match the larger water pitcher I had at home. . .and an old tin colander. . . .I sat them on the table with forsythia (growing right outside my door) for a little touch of farmhouse style—to remind me of home. . . .

Throughout the next few days, I continued to add to the collection. . . .My eyes seemed to catch every piece of grayed metal with any kind of patina or character. . . .and the bargains.

When I shop at antique malls and thrift stores, I’m always on the lookout for something I can change that will work with my décor. Grayed metals have become of interest to me. . . .They will be easily incorporated into the Plain & Simple Farmhouse Style. . . .a new neutral. . . .During the winter, I brought in many galvanized items from the garden house and enjoyed them so much. . . .That might be why my eyes roam to find more. . . .or maybe it’s just another facet in developing a personal style.


The big aluminum wash pans will probably end up in my garden, but I love the textures in the aged metal. . .They've been well-used. . . .My biggest find was the blue and white platter. . . .I won’t tell you how little I paid for it. . . .I’ll just say $1 covered it. . . .with some change. . . .The patina in the metals looked wonderful with the platter and garden bonnet . . . .so I knew the grayed metals would work once I got them home. . . .I also think they'll look great with an all neutrals color scheme.




 A little boy’s romper came along in gray, too. . . .




Before I knew it, my table was getting way too full. . . .so, I quit bringing in the finds. . . .I have a whole trunk load of buckets, wash pans, hammered aluminum, white porcelain pieces,  and miscellaneous “stuff”. . . .including a box of Mrs. Butterworth’s bottles. (You’ll be seeing more of these later.)

It soon became very apparent to me that my farmhouse style has taken on some interesting additions. . . .We’ll see how many I can add to our home. . . .




Alas, I didn’t find a Hoosier to add to the kitchen. . . .I have a feeling the hunt may be a long one. . . .I’m okay with that. . . .I have lots of patience.


Now that I've check in with you, my friends, I should unload the car and get back to “norm”. . . .So nice to get away for a while. . . .But, so nice to come home. . . .especially with a trunk load of goodies!


. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .


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18 comments:

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

Oh my...you found some great fabulous stuff! I know you will enjoy each piece!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Great finds and great photos. I think I need a little getaway too!

cynthia lee designs said...

You sure did find some great goodies!! How fun to get away for a little while.
hugs,
Cindy

Florida Farm Girl said...

What a haul!! Love that little boy's romper.

When I go away on quilting retreat, DH dreads knowing what I come home with!! 'Cause there's always a stop at a quilt shop or five somewhere.

Dawn said...

Love all your new treasures. What a fun trip, I would love to do something like that. Can't wait to see what else you came home with.

chateau chic said...

So many wonderful finds! Looking forward to seeing them around your farmhouse!
Mary Alice

Maureen said...

I'm drooling over the strainer. The platter was less than a dollar? Wow, great finds!

Chenille Cottage said...

So many wonderful treasures...and, I'm with you, Dru! I brake for antiques, too!
Your gardening bonnet is adorable and so perfectly displayed with all your blue farmhouse pretties. I have one that's brown gingham checks that I found antiquing.

I'm a little behind with my blogging...my sweet nine week old grandson has been here for the past week. It's been heaven being able to snuggle and sing lullabies to him.
Have a lovely week, my dear friend.
Blessings,
Carolynn xo

Barbara Jean said...

coolest rusty strainer thing. love it.
other great finds too. good hunting.

blessings
barb

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Sounds like you had fun! One of the best parts of a roadtrip, discovering new antique shops!

COUNTRY PICKINS said...

I am so glad I found your blog. So as of now, I am a follower. You sure did find some amazing treasures. They are wonderful. Hope you have a great week!
Blessings,
Linda

Jann Olson said...

Dru, what treasures you found. I too went out of town this past weekend. Found a few finds. I will be sharing them with Country Whites. Funny thing, I didn't plan it, but most everything I bought was white. I think you are rubbing off on me girl. It's a good thing though!
hugs,
Jann

Old Time Cindy said...

Dru,
Some great pickin' there and just my style! Looks like ya had lots of fun!
Farmhouse hugs,
Cindy

Junkchiccottage said...

Wow you found some great little treasures and your trip sounded like a lot of fun. Love seeing the pictures of all the new treasures.
Kris

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Wow, I love it all! I definitely brake for antiques as well :)

Visiting from the Old Time Party.

Old Time Cindy said...

Thank you kindly for boot scootin’ on over to the Old Time Party!
Farmhouse hugs,
Cindy

Jann Olson said...

Forgot to mention that I brake, back up and turn around for antiques. Oh and yes, beg hubby to do the same. lol!
hugs,
Jann

Heather@Tatter and Fray said...

Wonderful finds! I'm with ya...I have actually "almost crashed for antiques" before when I spotted a new shop while driving! :)

That platter is absolutely STUNNING!!

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