It is easy to get swept away in the “big picture” of your project. Flooring, paint colours, large furniture pieces. They are the first thing you see and often the biggest *whomp* to hit your budget. It is so easy to focus on them and forget that the things that make a space unforgettable are the little things. The details.
I love details. So when I shop garage sales and flea markets, I am often searching for what many designers call “smalls.”
My current situation is living in my 23 foot travel trailer until we get possession of our apartment in August. So I am also pretty much limited to buying smalls right now! There is nowhere to store a dresser in need of a paint job. *Le Sigh*
So here are some of my most recent finds. I lean toward the industrial and rustic. I love a piece that is well-loved. It has such a story to tell.
This cigar box was sitting at a small garage sale, overflowing with bits of screws and washers. I know when a seller has an item being used to hold something else, you can almost always get a great deal on it. Honestly, the little wooden cigar box is literally rough around the edges (so punny)…but I envision it packed full of hydrangea or peonies. The perfect play of rough and feminine, tucked onto an entry table.
The super-popular Ball jar. I paid more than I wanted to for this, but it helped me get a great deal on that little cigar box. As you can see, I have packed it full of maple seed pods. Those little helicopters remind me of childhood, and I love the whimsy they bring an often Pinterested piece.
This set of bar measures are my find of the summer. So far. I mean, we have a lot of summer left to go! They need a little help with the hard water buildup. Either way, I had been eyeballing a full 7 piece set of these for a couple hundred dollars. My partial set was an insane steal.
This little half pint pewter mug came along with those bar measures. The flea market booth “just wanted them gone.” I love those words. This mug is from the Victorian era, and the patina is to die for amIright?
I am in love with this ceramic marmalade jar. I will be keeping an eye out for more of them, as they aren’t super rare OR super pricey. I think they will be a perfect set of 3 for a centerpiece, or to hold cutlery at a BBQ. Currently it is holding my garlic bulbs in my trailer cupboard. #makingmemories
I love industrial vintage items. This level has all that lovely copper and the bubble measures are still intact. They are really great on a stack of books, or added to a tablescape for some unexpected dimension. My husband lives in my home too (seriously) so I try to find some pieces that appeal to his aesthetic. Apparently he still wants a fish tank though. In the living room.
These hand carved wall hangings are a project piece. Yay for something I can paint that fits in my trailer! They have water marks and some other issues, so I don’t feel bad painting them. Let’s be honest – I almost never feel bad painting something. Still trying to decide if these will be wall hangings once I am done with them, or repurposed into book ends, or something else all together. What do you think?
Once we are all moved in, I can show you where my mind is at with each of these beauties. But for now, I hope you enjoy checking out these treasures.
Why is the best find you have had? Do you love the thrill of the hunt at a garage sale or antique market?