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30 Minutes of Treasure Hunting

Hi There!

We are back from a little vacation and a short visit with family (which was wonderful, by the way)… Actually we got back yesterday but I was exhausted, to say the least.  Why didn’t I have us coming back on a Saturday?  Whyyyyyy?!?!?  You know how it is… you always think everything is going to be cake and then it’s 1am, you’re just pulling up to the driveway and you realize, the kids will be up in a few hours, and then it’s school, work, looking half-way decent, getting groceries, unpacking, blah, blah, blah.  So yes, a little tired yesterday, but powered through and now we’re all doing much, much better.

But with all the craziness before the trip, I haven’t been able to share my treasure hunting from last Friday.  I had to make a quick errand to the other side of town and on my way back to the office I saw a newly remodeled Salvation Army.  With 30 minutes to spare, and alone in the car (What?! This literally never happens), I flew into the parking lot!  And guess what?  They had some neat stuff.

$25 bucks and the top “bar part” came off. Of course as soon as I snapped the shot, a smart shopper snagged it up!  Bad pic, but good piece!
$0.89 each!  So great for so many things... brush holder perhaps?
$0.89 each! So great for so many things… paint brush holder perhaps?
These came home with me for $1.75 total.  Brass file holders, which are perfect for holding fabric scraps.  Yay!
These came home with me for $1.75 total. Brass file holders, which are perfect for organizing fabric scraps. Yay!
$50 bucks and so chic for a bar area.  I'd love it more in a glossy dark green.  Why don't I have room for you?!
$50 bucks and so chic for a bar area. I’d love it more in a glossy dark green. Why don’t I have room for you?!


$25 for these great legs and details.
$25 for these great legs and details.


Very sturdy and only $20!!  If she were mine I'd add a tail and mane, maybe even a saddle!
Very sturdy and only $20!! If she were mine I’d add a tail and mane, maybe even a saddle!
Totally my favorite things in the store!  $120 for the small and $150 for the larger, both very real, stuffed crocs!!
Totally my favorite things in the store! $120 for the small and $150 for the larger, both very real, stuffed crocs, teeth intact!!

How cool are those crocodiles?!  And how perfect next to the “thinking/time-out chair?”  Maybe one of those would actually keep my boys from doing what they call Monkey Time.  Ed and I both give each other the terrified look when one of them shouts that out… I know… it’s even scarier when they have a name for their crazy.

Probably got it from their mama… I do like stuffed crocs… the OG kind.

What have I done?!?

Please leave me a comment!  I’d love to hear what you think of these finds!

Flee Market Finds – June 2013

Hi there Friends!

2 of the 3 boys woke up Sunday with a fever, so almost didn’t make it to the Rose Bowl this month.  Would have been tragic, I know!  But they are such little troopers!  They kept saying that they wanted to go in the car and see Grandma and Grandpa (who were meeting us there to help push, chase, feed these monkeys).  Thank you my sons, is all I can say.  You nutted up and mama loves you.

With that said, because of the added drama, I totally forgot my camera.  Ed had a phone, yay, but we often get separated, boo.  He loves the dude stuff – sports and comic stuff.  Stuff I wonder why people love so much… honest, but true, people.  We did manage to be together for a few finds, though.  Phew!


These were $165 (how did you guess that?!) for the pair and I think totally worth it.  You can put a chair like this in any room and getting a cushion (or making one) is pretty simple.  Here are some ideas…


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Lots you can do with those chairs!  Here’s a cane peacock chair that I’ve seen in print that is just so sweet in person.  These can get big and ornate, also fabulous, but this girl can fit in a small space, which is nice when you don’t want to take up too much real estate.


The vendor referred to it as a princess chair.  Only for a super stylish, trendy princess!!  And for $145 bucks this conversation piece could be yours.  I think it would be perfecto for a little girls room, a boho sunroom or just for fun in a corner with books and a cool lamp.  These are neat ideas too…

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So there are probably ZERO photos of the next awesome thing I spotted.  There are not many of them in the world, fo sho.  I feel like they were probably from the Raffles hotel in Singapore… don’t you just want to drink a Singapore Slinger looking at them??  Check these out!!


Squeal!  They are TDF (To die for)!  Can you image the brass shined up?!  This is retro glam at it’s best and oh, so An-i-mal (said with an accent, of course)!  I really wanted these, but I had no idea where I would put them and at $400 for the pair, I had to be sure there was a spot.  Don’t want to be a hoarder… or more of a hoarder (guilty look).  These lamps would make any so-so spot a show stopper.  Imagine these rooms with elephant lighting…


Can I just say, these lamps have got to go?! El-e-phants, el-e-phants!!


Hope these fun photos gave you a little inspiration today!

Happy Hunting!  Any finds you’d like to share??  I’d love to see =)

Trolling the Restore Store

I don’t know if you’ve heard of this store, but I had read a few diy’ers mention it as their go to for scores and then (as luck would have it) I saw one opening in my neighborhood!  Finally, I’ve had a chance to check it out and yes, it is pretty cool. There is junk, there is treasure and there is fun stuff to just imagine fixed up!  Here are some of my fav’s….

There were a pair of these for $15 buckeroos each!
There were a pair of these for $15 buckeroos each!
Great for the porch or patio – $40 bucks a pair!
Really liked both of these. The foot rest, $30, has fabulous chrome legs and would be easy to recover and the the side table, $35, just needs a glass piece – so Mad Men looking!
This diamond in the rough was only a few bucks!

The last little gem is the piece I took home with me.  She’s currently getting a facelift and should look oh, so cute in the hallway as a lantern.

Happy Hunting!