newly acquired treasures

9 May

As some of my blog readers know, I have a slight obsession with thrift/consignment shops; they are full of dirt cheap gems that are just waiting to be discovered. I was in Kamloops for an orthodontist appointment this past week, and the week before we were up in Williams Lake for John’s doctor referral, thus offering me the opportunity to scour some fabulous second-hand shops. As always I came home with more books than I should have, but honestly when they are this inexpensive, I can’t help myself. An 1980’s Children’s Illustrated Dictionary, The Winston Dictionary for Canadian Schools from the 40’s as well as an English Grade 4 Canadian Curriculum guide, an anthology of high school studied poetry in the 70’s, a guide about our country from the 40’s called This New Canada, a 1920’s book about drink-mixing/bar-tending, a medical volume called The Truth About Voice, Our Amazing World of Nature, and The Nature of Birds. Oh and don’t let me forget the 1980’s Reader’s Digest publication titled “How To Do Just About Anything” which details how to perform any activity from babysitting to wood splitting, hahaha. More sculptural pieces had to be purchased to keep all of my books company on the bookshelf. First I found this cast iron deer that I believe is meant for your mantle at Christmas as a stocking holder but for me it’s working fabulously an art apron hook. The other bookshelf pals I found were these two adorable metal owls: one that is gold and one that is copper. Too bad there hadn’t been a silver one too!!! Speaking of metal, I have started collecting tins to hold my random art making supplies like thread, ribbons, buttons, etc. Added to the collection are a kilted scotsman playing the bagpipes, a mini tin with a winter cottage scene, and the real gem? An embossed, square, gold and teal tin with a hinged lid, emblazoned with sailing ships and patterned crests. With an art tour booked in the summer, a few art expo applications awaiting jurying and potential farmer’s market dates in both 100 Mile House and Invermere, I have slowly been collecting items that will help me display my bespoke wares. I have amassed a good few trays/shallow bowls that fit with a ‘natural’ look like the wooden or classic silver pieces above.The other ones I’ve been scooping up are those that reek of Canadiana or adorable illustration. Saskatchewan, Alberta and California plates as well as a Mountie from Valemount, BC. However, my favorite has got to be the Wild Animals of Canada tray. It may end up on the studio wall instead of at the market with me, but we’ll see. Last but not least are these three old spoon collection displays made of wood. No, don’t worry, I’m not going to turn granny on you yet and start amassing silverware… What I plan to use these for is jewelry display at markets and art expos. A necklace hangs perfectly on the lip between 2 grooved slots, and I’ve made little metal loops for in between slots to hook earrings onto. Only $0.50 for each smaller one and a buck for the larger guy! Serious steal? I think so. Well, let’s be honest, all of these treasures are real bargains. Gotta love being thrifty!

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6 Responses to “newly acquired treasures”

  1. Chantal Vincent 09/05/2011 at 14:46 #

    I like a girl with a bowerbird tendancy like me ; ) I love to scour thrift shops and markets for storage items for my craft gear…what you’ve found is fabulous! Hard to pick a favourite but I’m inexplicably drawn to your bagpipers tin. I love that cover on the Winston Dictionary. I have a market coming up in 2 weeks so was very happy this last weekend to find a long wooden tiered spice rack to sit small prints and cards in.

    Hope you find something from me at the post office soon!!

  2. Jeannine | SaylorMade 09/05/2011 at 16:28 #

    Another great haul. I smell the beginning of a 2nd etsy shop full of vintage wares. I especially like the boat jewelry box/tin? I have a bit of an affinity for nautical themed wares. Go figure. ;-)

  3. Heedless Ceramics 09/05/2011 at 21:56 #

    I love thrift…my most recent thrift treasure is a Native American History text…with great pics… I love the owls… and I want to hear one of the poems…close your eyes, and hold the book..and then open it…and that will be a special poem…(unless its not)…

  4. anika 12/05/2011 at 11:06 #

    I’m intrigued by the “How to do Just About Anything” book. I imagine it would either be really handy or really funny. Maybe a bit of both? I also enjoy the sailing tin. My grandfather (my dad’s dad) was a woodworker, and he made a spoon display for my mom’s collection (that her father essentially put together since he would bring her a spoon from all the places he’d travel to). I really like the idea of repurposing it as a jewelry display. You’ll have to take photos whenever you get it set up as such!

  5. shaggy 15/08/2011 at 16:59 #

    The variety of stuff found in thrift stores never ceases to amaze. Here in India, I have found 19th century British Raj guides on jungle fauna, bound volumes of amar chitra katha (a folk/history comic book series) and sprawling coffeetable books that were unsold for being too lavish.
    I saw the reader’s digest compendium once at a friend’s place when I was a kid and the title had me hooked. As an adventurous schoolboy I had decided to make it part of my survival backpack but never found it in any bookshops. Hence your thrift store discovery is of particular interest.
    Do let us know if the advice proves useful someplace :)

  6. Shari Taft 31/01/2012 at 20:59 #

    It’s too bad that Wild Animals of Canada tray doesn’t have just 4 more animals around the outside… cuz that thing is just crying to be turned into a wall clock :)

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