Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Finds

vintage finds, rusty and crusty things, Magnolia Ridge Antique and Art GatheringThis week's Finds features what I bought last Saturday at Magnolia Ridge Antique and Art Gathering.(HERE)

Piano casters - rusted!

Old can - rusted.

Primitive bench with a touch of blue left on it.

A turquoise birdhouse with three apartments inside.

Eighteen large spools.

A red bench.

Thanks, Dale!

Old cotton basket in red - it has a hole but I still love it!

A large white basket that held ...

Child-sized vintage hangers!

A bunch of miscellaneous casters - rusted.

A stepladder - quite distressed.

Two Pepsi carton crates.

Black Flag Insecticide sprayer.

A flag.

A wooden and metal handmade scoop.

Thanks, Millie!

A tin of buttons.

A print of twins - a boy and a girl.

Thanks, Millie!

Black wrought iron plant stands.

Small pots on one side - larger ones on the other.

Thanks, Millie!

I really liked shopping with Millie.

My haul from Maddie - the Rust Princess. 

Thanks, Maddie!

Tin tiles.

A bird cage.

A feed sign.

Thanks, Olive!

I had just a few dollars left in my pocket when I started for home.

Then I met Eddie on the side of the road.

I wanted the white metal shelf, the chisel store display, and the brown suitcase.

I told him I did not have much money.

He named a price.

He must have ESP - it was exactly what was in my pocket!

Thanks, Eddie!

There is so much going on this weekend, I am not sure which direction to go.

Just point me towards the rusty, crusty stuff.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Green Over Blue And Yellow

dresser makeover, American Decor Chalky Finish Paint, serene blue
I am green with envy over this sweet blue and yellow dresser.

I saw through the faux woodgrain from the 1950's.

It is one of those pieces you can use in any room.

However there was a secretive side to the dresser.

Some of its history could be seen by the drawers.

More in a few minutes.

If you have ever created faux woodgrain - old style, then you know it takes multiple layers of paint and a whole lot of patience.

However, if Santa brought you a new hand sander for Christmas, then you can take those layers right off.

The sides were sanded down through a couple of layers.

I almost forgot the before pics - see the blue.

The drawers and the long wooden pulls after sanding.

I left the back unpainted so the new owner could see the dresser was once upon a time an oak dresser.

Inside you can see the original frame of the old oak dresser.

Long side panels were added to make it modern - MCM, that is.

The top drawer had part of the brass lock.

There were double holes under the wooden pull bars where the old drawer pulls had been.

Serene in Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint.

The dresser sat in the driveway for three hours while I piddled about other projects trying to decide about the top.

I could not paint over the distressed yellow top.

I buffed and applied Ultra Matte Varnish.

The sweet blue and yellow dresser sits waiting for a new home in Booth W-10, Riverfront Antique Mall.

$78 !

If I am there, ask for a discount.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

The Basket Bunch

basket make overs
Gathered up the dozens of baskets lolling about the house and decided to paint some and decorate others.

Here are a few of them before they left for the booth.

This one was painted in leftover greige chalk paint.

Before pic.

Forgot the after.

Painted 204 on the front.

Tied a torn cotton ribbon on it.

I saved this bunch for the weekly "Let's get rid of spray paint cans" Day.

And here they are.

Added ribbons to these.

The painted group all decked out in their new finery.

The dark willow baskets I left natural and added champagne satin ribbon torn from some yardage I had in Horror Monster, my beloved craft stash.

Other baskets received make overs but did not make the cut for a photograph on the blog.

So sad.

Off to round up some patriotic baskets.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Magnolia Ridge Antique and Art Gathering

Ridge Spring, SC, vintage and antiques, vintage tractors
Saturday was the day to be in Ridge Spring, South Carolina, for the sixth annual Magnolia Ridge Antique and Art Gathering.

More like a Dinner On the Ground or Homecoming rolled up with much-loved vintage and antique items.

The men gather in the front of the house to talk about everything while their wives shop.

And shop. 

And shop.

If you name something old, I am sure you could have found it here.

Dealers set up around the yard - under trees if they were lucky.

Lots to fall in love with like this red barrow probably for bricks.

The iconic rusted orange mailbox of Magnolia Ridge Farm.

Miss Harriet and her lovely plants were there.

She sells her plants in Ridge Spring just before the railroad tracks - open Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Or she says to just call the number on the shop door and she will be right over.

Yes, that door says $15 and I did not buy it.

Love the prim patriotic couple.

Olive from Olive Out was there with hubby Joe and partner Beth.

They have booths in Ridge Antiques - The Broome Closet.

You can catch up with Olive on - oliveout (Instagram)


I have a secret I have not shared with you.

I love old tractors!

Especially the rusty ones.

There were quite a few on exhibit by the Palmetto Tractor Club in Saluda, SC.

Quite impressive restoration work on these pampered beasts.

Of course, I am attracted to the rusty, crusty ones.

Palmetto Tractor Club will have a show at Harmon's Christmas Tree Farm on June 13, 8am-3pm.

3152 Augusta Hwy. Lexington, SC.

There will be a yard sale ($10 a table to set up) and activities for the children.

It will feature pulled pork BBQ.


I always spend a lot of time at this dealer's space.

It is packed with goodies.

Magnolia Ridge Farm - the house - a beauty!

Look at the trim work.

Tables and tables and ...

tables and ...


Some things I meant to buy and forgot:

This vibrant blue house.

A couple of these books.

The tiny butcher block.

The pink chair.

A lovely ladder but too tall for me.

This is Maddie - a Rust Princess.

She had a table set up with her rusty finds.

Maddie spends some of her free time digging around the railroad tracks collecting rusty spikes, hinges, locks, etc.

I enjoyed talking with Maddie about our common love for rust.

Dale makes bird houses and benches from reclaimed wood.

This is always the first place I stop and buy stuff.

His shop is in Abbeville, SC - right off the square.

Just for Benita of Chasing Quaintness .

I found a Coca-Cola Santa who still had his Coke bottle!

This was found in Millie's space - she is in The House Next Door - just off the square in Edgefield, SC.

Look at that adorable face - one only a Rust Goddess would love!

I planned to tell Chucks he followed me home like a puppy, but I knew he would not believe me.

I will show my treasures on this week's Friday Finds post.

Hope you enjoyed the Gathering.

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