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Monday, September 6, 2010

My Weekend Finds and A Dirty Little Secret


I was wondering why there were so few garage sales this past weekend, until I remembered that it was Labor Day weekend. People were trying to squeeze the last bits of fun out of summer!

So I had to rely on the old standbys, thrift stores and the flea market. This picnic basket came from a thrift store. Sure it's pretty beat up, but beggars and basket collectors cannot be choosers! Anyone know how to get baked on tape residue off of this, without taking the paint off too?

I found some holiday stuff too, like these Halloween decorations.

And this little leprechaun is perfect for St. Pat's Day. In all my years I've never seen these before, and now this is my second one this year! One of the coolest things about this one is that it says "Made In Japan" in Irish on the bottom.

A Goodwill find, this old Lefton piece is so cute, but man are those kids grubby! This is going to need a good scrubbing.

This birdcage was my only garage sale find. It's a great start for prettifying the top of that armoire.

This is what the other end of it looks like. A dusty catch-all for stuff that I don't want to put in the attic or basement. It was my dirty little secret. Until now! I love that armoire, but I didn't think you were ever going to get to see it until I cleaned that mess up. Now you know. Please tell me that you have a place in your house that is never going to be seen on your blog too. I can't be the only one! I'll share an AFTER photo soon. So, did you find anything good this weekend?

22 comments:

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Morning Carol,
Goo-gone will take off sticky stuff and won't hurt the item..we use it all the time!
Nice finds for a "slow" weekend and the Halloween goodies are super. It's hard to find older Halloween treasures!
Have a great day and I didn't see any "dirt"!
Warmly,
deb :)

Anonymous said...

Oh my, what a find on the picnic basket. I have been trying to win one on ebay but they always go for more than I want to pay. Try some wd40 on the tape. I have used it to take tar off a Sunbeam bread sign we found under the old shingles on my potting shed. It didn't do anything to the paint. But the paint on the basket is different, so test it first.

I don't have a blog, but I will admit that I won't let people see my bedroom.LOL
Mecky

Celestial Charms said...

Fabulous finds. I really love those vintage Halloween blow molds. So my childhood! MMMMM...I have plenty of messy places I wouldn't dare show on my blog, probably half my home! Eeeks! :)
Maureen

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Hi Carol,
I agree goo-gone works on anything I have tried it on so far! My favorite of your finds is the candy cane sled and hope you will send me a photo once you bathe those kids!! It is really cute. I so don't show my house. We have been here a little over a year and still have boxes everywhere that need going through and then put in the basement. Yikes...maybe someday I will have a put together house...

Hugs
Linda

Jacqueline said...

Okay...you've done it again. I'm gonna flat out tell you...I want everything you've got. I'm wishing I lived next door...we would have a rip roaring fancy time decorating and garage sale finding...ooo...fun!
Posted some cutie "baby goods" today on my post that might make you smile BIG!

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Carol,

Love the Halloween molds! I use W-D40 also, for sticky stuff. Takes all those pesky sticky store labels off. Great for tar on stuff on your car also.
The sled is so cute too, hope the kids come out clean.

Debbie

Lisa said...

You get the best baskets! I haven't found any in years, that nice much less affordable!! I like your little holiday treasures too!!
Enjoy!
Hugs, Lisa

Holly, the Old Western Gal said...

My whole house is a wreck. I ain't showing a square inch of it. All you'd see is a big pouffe of cat and dog hair anyway!

I love the Halloween stuff you found.

Dena E's Blog said...

These ornaments are just delightful Sweetie.. I'd have to say that my favorite is the lil kids on the candy cane..
All of your pics are wonderful,,
just like the catch~all..
Bigs Hugs and God's blessings allll over you~~~Dena

Dawn said...

Nice finds for a slow weekend! I love the green picnic basket. My sister called all excited the other day because I had given her a vintage plaid ice chest for Christmas and she saw it on I Love Lucy.

Mica said...

sweet finds... I really LOVE the piece with the children on the candy cane... too cute beyond words. I even love the beat up picnic basket... that is a cool find. Hope your having a blessed week..thanks for popping over with the sweetest comment...Hugs,Mica

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Oh dear Carol, you know my house is just perfectly organized ---NOT! Right now I'm looking at a canister of counter wipes, burned out light bulbs, and a coffee grinder that I neglected to put back away. Looking forward to seeing what happens to that armoire.

GrammyMouseTails said...

Carol you will never see the inside of my house! it is dust bunnie heaven! Have you tried some avon skin so soft oil or plain vegetable oil to remove the tape residue? your figurines look quite old! I hardly get out to look anywhere & when I do, I can never find a rummage/yard sale... at least any good ones! maybe it is the area I live? It gets a lot of people people on vacation & staying at some of the resort hotels, so people want big $ for junk! LOL. Have a wonderful weekend! Faythe~

Creative Breathing said...

Carol! My heart skipped a beat to see the candy cane figurine. I gave mine to Goodwill and was so sad afterwards. I created a little ornament for Lindsey, Two Crazy Crafters in remembrance of it. This has just made my day to see it again! Have a lovely weekend! Elizabeth

Barbara at Oodles and Oodles said...

I'm sorry. Did you ask us to choose only one place that will never appear on our blog? I adore that Lefton candy cane piece.

dana said...

I am so jealous...you found the BESTEST stuff!!! I have one of those plastic light up (trick or treat) guys, too. In fact, I now have three different designs, but they were NOT bargain prices for me!!

Melody said...

Goof-Off works wonders. Great finds, And, do I have 'a' space that looks like that.....LOL...noticed you've never seen a whole room in my house. This house is lived in ya know ;)

Marydon said...

G'eve Carol ~ You made out like a bandit ... what a lovely cage & I envy you the picnic basket.

Have a beautiful weekend ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

shirley said...

oh yes..Deb is right...Goo-gone is the best..it now comes in a spray..I can't live without my Goo-gone...well worth it's weight in gold..love the picnic basket..

VintageBettys said...

I love the candy cane with the kids on it. It is adorable! I love some of the old lefton pieces

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