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My Latest Finds

Yard Sale & Estate Sale Season are in full swing around here and I've been frequenting a few of them.  OK, I'll be honest....a LOT of them.  Sometimes they are an absolute 'win' and sometimes they are a total 'bust'.  I also fell in love with the house at a recent Estate Sale that could totally be our next home, but that's another story.......In spite of that, I've found a few treasures that I wanted to share with all of you. Here's a peek at my finds from a recent Saturday:
Let's start with that painting in the back.  The actual painting didn't do much for me, but the frame did.  It's 3 feet tall and surprisingly light.  I can only imagine what kind of wood it is (maybe balsa?). It also has some pretty details:
I asked the man how much he wanted for it and the response was $10.  More than I wanted to spend.  When his wife came out, he checked with her and she said $5.  Now we were getting somewhere.  I walked around the sale for a bit and then asked if she would take $3.  She said, 'Yes'! I couldn't get my cash out fast enough!  
I've started working on it and will share it in the near future.  For now, let's just say it involves a paint called 'Peacock' and there won't be a painting in it...any guesses?

Next is the brass pitcher.
It sat on a table with lots of other household goodies and had a price of $2.  I knew it was brass and I loved the shape of it.  After a little bit of metal polish and some elbow grease, it shined right up.  
I was really hoping for a Genie and 3 wishes, but, no luck!  Maybe next time.  Right now, it's on my coffee table along with some coasters, a magazine, some remotes, and a nail file.  Not the vignette you were hoping for, right?  Lol

The next little treasure found was the Bakelite mirror.  It was perfect for my Vintage Dressing Table.  It was also a pretty good match for the one piece I have from my grandmother's vanity dresser set.
No monogram, but that's OK.  It still looks like it belongs and for $2, it was a great find.

Last, but not least, is the pink ceramic Christmas tree.  It's about a foot tall, the light still works and the price was $1.50.  How could I go wrong?  
It's very dirty and those some of those lovely blue lights seem to be glued-in.  I am open to any and all ideas for removing them.  Please chime-in with a comment.
A single Saturday morning of Yard Sales + $8.50 out of my wallet = One Happy Gal!  

Do you love yard/estate sales as much as I do?  What is your favorite find?  I'd love to hear about it and your ideas for getting those lights out!  
Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

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  1. SCORE!!! You got some great deals! I love days like that!!! Stop by if you get a chance to see my latest finds!

    Cottage Blessings,
    Rebecca

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    1. Thank you, Rebecca. This day was definitely a 'win'! I will stop by shortly!

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  2. Great finds! I think the mirror may be celluloid... does it have very faint stripes in it?

    Tania

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    1. You may be right, Tania, and, actually, it does. Either way, it was just what I was looking for!
      Thanks for dropping by!

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  3. Wow! You got some great finds! Love that frame!

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    1. Thanks, Beth. The frame caught my eye right away and I was shocked by how light it was! Stop back to see what I do with it, won't you?

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  4. Quite a haul! The mirror and hair receiver are more likely celluloid than bakelite. I've got an extensive collection of celluloid dresser accessories and misc. items.

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    1. You may be right, Nancy. Either way, I'm happy with it! Thanks for stopping by...

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  5. Lol men and their garage sale prices! When we hold a sale hubz prices things at 5$ me...50 cents lol glad the wife gave it to you for $3...thats a steal 5 would been ok for me too as the frame is gorgeous to redo. I love the pink tree for 1.50 id not care dirty and lights are glued lol. Even if it didnt work! Bonus it does tho!

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    1. I agree, 5 was fine, but I thought it was worth a shot to try for 3 - and it worked! It's getting a whole new look, too. I just hope I can get the glued-in lights out of the tree. If not, I'll have to get creative!
      So glad you stopped by. Come back again soon!

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  6. On the tree, try a little alcohol ---many glues will break down with that--and it won't hurt the ceramic!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sandi! I've been hoping someone would have an idea for me...going to give it a try.
      I'm so glad you stopped by!

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  7. The frame is beautiful, Very pretty details. I kind of like the painting in it. You really got some great things and oh so cheap. Thanks for sharing,

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    1. Thank you, Karie. The frame really caught my eye. The painting just isn't my style. I'm so glad you stopped by....

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  8. Happy Pink Saturday, Ann. Thanks for joining us to make Pink Saturdays special.

    Wow, great shopping day. I am in love with that frame. It looks like it might be walnut. This post is being featured on my Pink Saturday post this week as "the one that caught my eye".♥

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    1. Thank you so much, Beverly. I thought the frame might be walnut too, until I picked it up. It is very light, so I guess they just used walnut stain!

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  9. Wow, you made a haul, Ann... that frame is gorgeous! And your genie remark made me giggle! Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About, friend!

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    1. It was a really good day, Julie and I now have a couple of projects to work on. I'm always happy to share!

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  10. I would be very careful removing the lights from the tree. When I had an OT clinic at our local VA where we used ceramics as one of our activities, we used "airplane glue" similar to E6000 to glue the lights in. If they are only glued in with Elmers Glue, water should help loosen them up. If it is hot glue, the heat from a blow drier or heat gun will soften the glue up. I think that would soften up glue, but I'm not sure how much my opinion is worth! Good luck!

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    1. Thank you for the advice, Kathy. I doesn't look like hot glue so I probably have my work cut out for me! Stay tuned, I can pretty much guarantee it will be an upcoming post.

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  11. I don't have any ideas for removing the lights, but I've seen spares at Hobby Lobby and I've heard the trees are good sellers! I agree--that ornate frame is a beauty! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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    1. I think I'm just going to have to go with trial & error to get the lights out...should be interesting, and the frame is currently undergoing a transformation. Thanks for stopping by!

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