Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Things and Deals and Stuff

So sorry for the delay in posting.  Rabbit and I celebrated our anniversary at Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana over the weekend.  It was a wonderful gift from a wonderful man.

I promised pics of the loot we brought home from Antique Week. So enjoy.

sewing machine drawers; cast iron flowers; brass keyhole;
Triumph stickshift knob; brass picture nails, etc.

chrome drawer pulls; sheet music holder;
chrome sugar bowl; brass clampers;
wooden thingy (can you guess what I will turn that into?)

coffee sack burlap; crochet balls; belt buckles

If you have seen my art you will know how most of
the items above will come in handy.

Rabbit's loot

Rabbit came away with these items: an old microphone; guitar neck from the estate of Rusty Cox, a Texas Hill Country musician; some 45 brass shells; and an old goat head.  Rabbit had to buy the goat head after the conversation that happened...
we're in the booth with many other women, he picks up the goat head and turns to me and asks... do you want an old goat?  Okay ladies, can you guess what my response was?  --No thanks, I already have an old goat.--  Ha! Ha!  A lady standing near by  looks at him and tells him, you set yourself up for that one, didn't ya?  It was hysterical!  Poor Rabbit...gotta love him!

A few more pics of some interesting things we saw in the fields of Central Texas.

skeleton made of various cow bones
(at least that's what we hope they were)

honey comb

Rabbit with a childhood favorite "The Shamrock Dino"

Dog in a pot.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Texas Antique Week -- Warrenton, Round Top

Waves and waves of rusty metal, crisp linens, chippy furniture, cowboy boots, garden ornaments, stained glass, old screen doors, broken doll heads and art.

These babies were priced at $425. We have one in our
kitchen we made.  Bought the industrial whisk for $8
at antique store and the light kit at HD for $15...

And lets not forget all the taxidermy, including a sequin covered boars head!  ...yes, what every person wants in their house!

Wonderful weather was the order of the week, except maybe the great gusts of wind blowing tent flaps too hard and knocking over a vendor's collection of glass gee-gaws.  We had a great week in Warrenton and Round Top.  If it isn't there, it doesn't exist!
Rabbit and I hopped our little paws off day after day looking for those one-of-a-kind treasures from the past that grab at your heart strings when you lay eyes on them, and then take your breath away when you look at the price because you know you have just found the bargain of the week.  Your heart is beating rapidly knowing that you can probably get it for even less...maybe, just maybe. 

I had been searching for a european linen bed sheet to place on the bed so that the doglettes could sleep on and not hair up the nice comforter.  I figured since linen is "in" right now and it is easy to wash, it would be the perfect thing...that is until I saw how expensive they were.  Even ones with stains and repairs were in the $75 range...kinda high for a dog blanket.  Then into a booth I walk, no vendor around, there was a small bed covered with some stray rose printed sheets from the 50s and laying neatly folded under a pillow was a white euro linen sheet with no price tag...dang, where was the vendor?  I turn around and a cute little lady walks in and sees that I'm holding the euro sheet, I ask, how much for your linen sheet?  I'll take $15.  Gulp!  I thought, it must have holes in it somewhere or a big nasty stain that even boiling water and lemon juice can't get out.  I unfold it and take a closer look...not finding any flaws except a slight yellowing in one area.  She sees I'm inspecting it closer and says, well, I could take $12 for it. 

We just can't get enough of the rush that these adventures bring to us. This year we made sure we couldn't buy anything large by not bringing the BAT (big-ass-truck) along to haul stuff home in.  We had to limit ourselves to the smaller treasures of long ago.  Next posting will be of those.