Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hello, my name is Karen.

 Hello, my name is Karen... and I am a shopoholic. At least when it comes to yummy vintage goodness!!! (okay well if I'm really being honest with myself it probably extends a little farther than that, be won't discuss that issue right now. )

The third Thursday of every month is one of my very favorite days. On those mornings I leap out of bed with a gleam in my eye and a smile on face! It's opening day for the monthly occasional sale at Sweet Salvage!! Woo Hoo!!!!  Tons of questions run through my head..."What kind of treasures will they have this month? Is there gas in the car? Where's my wallet? and most importantly.... How much stuff can I bring into the house without my hubby saying... you went shopping again????? LOL!!!!

 But I just can't help myself! For so many years I lamented about not having any great places like this, and now that it's here I can't stay away.

 Hubby should just be happy I'm not looking to replace my sofa any time soon!!!

 I loved this built out frame. It's so nice and deep in there. Darn. As I look at it now.....I should have brought this home with me!!!

This month's theme was  Rough & Refined and indeed it was!  

 One of my addictions....

 ...and they were every where!!!


Can't I pleeeease have them all?????

 There were several great old coffee and grain sacks, cool industrial drawers, architectural salvage and even a gold head if you fancy that sort of thing!!!

 I love this old fan. My hubby and I brought one home from his parent's house in Pa.  last fall and I'm going refurbish it and use it this summer.

 Okay, come on... this chair is to die for!!!

 I loved all the old silver pieces mixed in with all the industrial. Very cool.


Tricia Samsal from Vintage Bliss was there with some of her very cool and very lovely jewelry.

 Sigh...

 I love the chalk drawn chandelier!! What a cute n' cool idea!!

 Loved the hanging scale. Of course.. again... I was stupid and passed it up. It could be hanging in my kitchen right now!!! What was I thinking????

 There were several of these beauties about too. And look at that price!!! Holy Cow!!! Thankfully I have one of my own, or I would have come home with this too!!

 Love this sign! I am trying to find great pieces like this for our home. I think it will bring a little funkiness and a little masculinity into our rather feminine decor. Besides, hubby is a total car guy so I hope it helps bring a little of his personality to the decor too. I did pass on this one, but I did bring home something else.... which you will see in a minute. :)


I totally thought of my friend Cindy from Lilly's Lace when I saw her, although Cindy's obsession tends to be just the head. :)  I should have brought her home with me too. She would have looked awesome in my studio. Oh well....

 I'm loving those light fixtures!!!!

 This cart was TDF!!! If I had a bigger laundry room it would have become my new hamper!!

 Remember all those tutorials on Pinterest on how to turn a light bulb into a vase???


 Okay, here is the reveal.... My little stash of treasures. I know, I know... I talk big and then this is all bring home??? Hey, I'm a poor working girl remember?? LOL! It's not a huge haul but I love it all. The cut glass salt and pepper shakers will get filled with pretty glitter for my studio, the role of burlap ribbon will be used in a fabric journal or something, the scale... well lets just say it will not be alone in my house. I couldn't resist the "Good Dog" flash cards and those numbers were just cool. I'll find something to do with them. And of course the  awesome "one way" sign. You will die when you here how much I paid for that... Are you ready???? $29.00!!!!

I hope you enjoyed living vicariously through me for a little while!! LOL!! It was so hard to edit down the photos, but if I didn't you would have been here until Tuesday!  I'll get that sign up and show where it it's going soon! Have an absolutely fabulous day my friends!!! 

38 comments:

Cindy Craine said...

Ahhhhhh, oh how I wish I could have been there! I would have had to drive home with everything I would have bought!! The laundry hamper, the manis,oh and the doll is wonderful!!!!!! Oh and that frame and the chair,see I'd be doing a road trip home! Love your adventures! xoxoxo-cindy

suziqu's thread works said...

OMG! Sigh! Sigh! Sigh! I can't believe the prices you guys pay for those treasures where you live!!!
I saw my green scales in the second image here! All gorgeus Karen!
You might want to come over and enter in my GIVEAWAY and even put it on your sidebar???!!!
Love and hugs,
Suzy

janice15 said...

I practically live and die for Good wills and second hand stores. I have so many dishes and things and linen of my goodness I sometimes wonder what I'm thinking but I love it . lol those are some great photos with some fantastic things...Have a wonderful day...with love Janice

Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed said...

Oh, I wish I were closer!! Looks like you found a few treasures.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

29 BUCKS for ALL that beauty?? wow..you did good! so jealous! ;l)

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Karen
Is there a shopaholics anonymous? Your excitement's coming right through my screen.
Maybe you can devise a scale of 1-5 on how badly you need/want a certain item? Might help justify to your husband too.
Personally, I saw lots in your photos I wouldn't mind thinking about. That old Underwood looks like one I learned typing on back in high school - I was always breaking my nails on those hard to push keys!
Shop on sister!
Judith

Deb Plapp said...

Wow, what a great place wish I could of gone with you!

Terry said...

Hi, Karen!

What a great shopping trip! Lucky you!

Terry

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Awesome stuff Karen! I kept enlarging the pictures so I could see the prices! lol So many awesome things! LOVED the shadow box frame!! You got fabulous things too! Love the flash cards.

Lou Cinda :)

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Gosh! That looked like fun Karen.
Love your finds and would so love to poke around that place for myself!
Thanks for the tour...great photos!
:)

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

Awesome eye candy! I could be in the Shopaholic Club with you! LOL

Teresa said...

I need to get to that store....

Teresa said...

I need to get to that store....

artistamyjo said...

OMG,soooooooooooooo envious. I WANT to go there. I love everything. Some one wisk me away to my dream shop !!!!!!!!!!!
Hugs

Melissa/Piney Rose said...

Lovin' all your finds! I'm in need of a shopping spree....

Ivy and Elephants said...

You totally outdid yourself Karen. What amazing finds! I wish we had a place as wonderful as this one. Enjoy your fab finds!

Paula

The Altered Bee said...

Any chance this place is near New Hampshire?

Romeo said...

Okay, please I'd like these.....the chair with the faded velvet seat and gilding, the male dressform, a roll of burlap trim, THE linen chair, THE sofa, the baby ben with the sepia face, the built out frame shelf....oh I'm sorry, it wasn't my turn to speak was it. Could I sit here next to you? My name is "her". ;) I would be in so much trouble if I lived there. SO much trouble ;) As it is I'm trying to find a way to "justify" a trip there :)))

Thanks for sharing all this vintage goodness. Purrsonally, Romeo thinks you did VERY well at controlling yourself. He knows that I may not have been so good. I would have tried the "easier to ask forgiveness than permission" :)

Hugs,

"Her" and Romeo

Marlynne said...

I should not be envious, but I am!

Kasia said...

Im with you... I get sick if I cant buy something Im dying for! good thing I dont have a store like that near me because I wouldnt have place to stand in my home! LOL
Brilliant post! :D

Hugs,

rkbsnana said...

What fun we could all have if we didn't have to work. But......if I don't work I can't have fun. Love the post.

Marilou of Lulus Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Love that hamper and the scale you brought home! Glad you had such a good time, all girls havta' shop! Hugs Marilou

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

It all makes life fun and worthwhile!! Little bargains and it gets the heart pounding while searching out the great oldies. Great photos and you make me feel like I'm not the only one on an adventure. Thanks.

aarond said...

If I lived closer I'm sure I would be there every week too. I stop at our little antique shop weekly too. Last week I found two old silver trays, tarnished and beautiful. One was $8.50 and one was $10.00. Can't beat that. By the way I am loving my new blog you made for me. I am still learning about how it works.

Barb said...

LOVE! I spotted 2 of my embroidered pillows on the sofa. You found some great treasures. Enjoy.

Hugs,
Barb

sonya said...

Hi Karen!
Ohhhhh, I LOVE the "ONE WAY" sign!! Wow! And the scale? Yeah, I want that too. I would be in trouble going into that store! And the basket, I would love to have a laundry to fit that in!
Thanks for sharing your Thursday Sale day with us.
xo, Sonya

A Cottage Muse said...

WOW!
Thanks for letting us browse through this wonderful place!
Love the stuff you brought home!!

Bohemian said...

I need to join Shopaholics Anonymous too! *Winks* You always have the best Panoramic Shots of these Events so its a delight to visit even though I was there... to see what I missed and couldn't get pixs of without someone standing in front of it or carting it out the door. *LOL* Your 'scores' are great... I got the one thing I came for... a fab killer deconstructed by Time Victorian Lampshade. *Happy Dance* So it was well worth braving the mob scene that the Popularity of this Event generates...

Dawn... The Bohemian

BROCANTERIE DERDIJK said...

I like your blog very much so I became your new follower.

Greetings from Holland,
Esther

fairyrocks said...

Oh, and Oh, My... I think they would have to put me on the 'do not let this woman purchase list'
LOL wow what a gorgeous store!! And great finds for you.

Jen said...

What a interesting shop.I think a lot of time is needed to shop there.I liked the chair and your purchases .Put the lovely items out and just tell hubby if he notices they have been there for ages. hahah

AshTreeCottage said...

If it helps to make you feel better ~ I share your addiction too!! Ah, but what a wonderful addiction it is.

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Lynn Richards said...

Holy Cow. I mean, really. HOLY COW!!! I could feel my pulse quickening looking at all those photos. It would be worth a drive to Arizona to see it in person!
I think your hubby does not have to worry a bit. You showed great restraint!
xo
lynn

Lynn Richards said...

Holy Cow. I mean, really. HOLY COW!!! I could feel my pulse quickening looking at all those photos. It would be worth a drive to Arizona to see it in person!
I think your hubby does not have to worry a bit. You showed great restraint!
xo
lynn

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

What a WONDERFUL store! That's the kind of place where a girl could get lost in, never come out and not even care. You made some great finds. I hope you share what you do with them.
Patricia :o)

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Pure joy!!!! You love the same things that I do...and I would have bought that sign, too. Super fun stuff, Karen!


Becky

Mary said...

We have a lot of the same ideas, Karen! I like the idea of the signage in black and white, too. I think it adds a great graphic punch to an otherwise neutral scheme. We just don't have shops like this one in RI that I have found yet. :)

Green Willow Pond said...

I would go nuts in that store! It would be very dangerous to my budget to have that in my town lol! I love your finds, especially that black scale.

Deborah

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