Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Flea Finds


In between painting, visiting with my sister, pricing vintage goods
 and trips to my little booth...
I have had a chance to flea a little.


I found this tall zinc farm item at The Red Barn.
 See that little spout and the glass insert?
 I love the wooden carrying handle.
It is perfect for holding a variety of things around here...
...maps, a collection of yardsticks, umbrellas, birch branches, etc.
I don't know what it was originally used for...
...I'm guessing milk or cream...
Do you know?

Also found...
Irresistible old photographs of babies and little girls...
When is it too many vintage photos?
(Never you mind, Mr. Flea)


This old shield shaped thing is covered in old brown velvet...
Was it a key holder or medal or ribbon display
 from a Lodge or Club?
I tried it out with some of my favorite silver necklaces.


And lastly, I found this huge spool of lace at the thrift store
and this wee little doggie tape measure at Schoolhouse Treasures.

Actually, there was lots more...
...but there's always next time!

Hope you are having a good week!
:)

34 comments:

JunkStuffTreasures said...

Love your finds! The pictures are so precious. When I see piles of pictures at flea markets, I wonder why no one in a family wanted to keep them. Glad you saved a few!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I really like that first piece. Not sure what it was used for, but, I have a passion for vintage metal. Looks great with the flowers.

sugar Creek said...

Wow those are some great finds!

Linda said...

Maybe it was a sap bucket or something for maple syrup??? I love it!

I have a ton of lace and old tatting. Some is old and some is new...but I love it all.

We used to have some old pictures...and I think we sold them at the Antique Mall when we were moving. But they were cool.

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

love that zinc whatchyamacallit ! : )

time worn interiors said...

Wow! You always find the best stuff! I wanna shop with you! Love the zinc bucket!
tot

Becky C said...

Oh the possibilities with the zinc bucket! So cool. You always find the coolest things...

Ivy and Elephants said...

I am loving this beautiful bucket and the spout makes the bucket even more wonderful.

Paula

Suz said...

Laura,
Great stuff! I think things are different on your side of the country! We don't get such goodies in the Midwest. Love that bucket. Love the shield. Love it all. love your great photos from the Big Girl Camera!!!
Hugs,
Suz

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Sounds like you lead a perfect life! Good for you. Great finds by the way.

LizlovesVintage said...

It worked! Finally, I installed Firefox.
Now, I need to catch up. Sap Bucket?
How is your booth doing? I loved Nana's cookie jar a real gem. Those boxes are cool. I love cabinet cards. I have many also. So there!!
I hope your having a great Summer. From the looks of things Laura, you are!!
I've missed you.
Stay cool
xxx Liz

Mary @ Redo 101 said...

In love with the lace ... a whole huge spool?!?! You did really great!

Bleudelavande said...

Ooohhh Laura I adore this spool of lace, it's just amazing!!!!
Nice day to you my friend.

Rozmeen said...

Wow Laura, lovely finds again.

xoxo Rozmeen

manon 21 said...

Toujours des trésors chez toi...

Passe de bons moments ma chère Laura.

Mon amie américaine est chez moi en ce moment,j'ai un peu la nostalgie de ton pays,c'est avec elle que j’avais été dans les Adirondacks...
Amitiés

Manon

It's me said...

Beautiful Laura!...love from me...xxx...

Ange said...

MMMm - I'm imagining the jewellery shield derobed of its velvet and redressed in distressed shades of white. You could put your collection of number tags on there too…
xxx
Love to you dear friend :)

Jacqueline said...

Dear Laura,
I love all of your new finds.
Old photographs are a passion of mine. My sister and I have just sorted out all of the old photos that our parents had and shared them and, whenever I'm in a junk shop or antiques fair, I am always drawn to old photos.
Looking forward to seeing more Laura. XXXX

Ava said...

So much to like here but the doggy tape measure is pretty special, I havent seen one like that before ! xx Ava

The Feathered Nest said...

I always love your found treasures Laura!!!! Each and every thing is wonderful....and that little tape measure is JUST PRECIOUS!! hugs and love, Dawn

lisaroyhandbags said...

Great finds! I'm thinking the zinc piece may have been a maple sap bucket that would be hung on a tree and the sap emptied out the bottom...?

Angela said...

Your finds are only outdone by your marvelous photographs!!

A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Laura...I am loving that bucket!
All your flea finds are fab...can you say that ten times fast!

Tammy ~ A Primitive Place said...

Awesome finds!!
Tam

Gracefully Vintage said...

Such Great Pieces.. Love the Jewelry Holder..
and that Tin with the spout..Lovely
Karryann

aimee said...

I love the treasures u found. I don't know if anyone has commented on the jewlery find. It looks like an interstate sighn that was covered with the velvet. Very creative! I love the jewlery too! I think its so neat your dad is able to help creat things for you.
Blessings,
Aimee

Karen said...

You make Queen Anne's Lace so beautiful! We have it by the tons here in Oregon, too! And daisies. I'll bet you could make the Scotch Broom pretty, too! I don't mind Christmas early but I hate back to school early, unless we're talking vintage decorating school supplies! But I homeschool, so mine don't actually leave home either.
I think that shield thing looks like a mount for antlers?? Happy summer days to you!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Those of us who LOVE to collect will probably do so until the day we die. But then, what's life without simple pleasures like collecting?

Hopefully, you'll discover the original use for the zinc farm item. I love cows, so calling it a milking pail works for me. ;)

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Blue said...

I love those necklaces. And congrats on finding that lace! There are so many wonderful things you can do with it!

Laurie said...

OH, what wonderful finds. I especially love the little tape measure!!

Evi said...

that zinc "thingy" is wonderful and Queen Anne's lace is perfect for it. After the summer is gone, you will find many good uses for it.
I love the little dog tapemeasure. How sweet.
I had such a good time with you yesterday, alas, it was too short. I am petrified of all the new computer info you gave me, but will try to muddle through.
Too bad you missed lunch with the "sister act".
We had tons of fun.
Next Time!
Laura, thanks for all the help and my precious gifts.
Love it all, but most of all, I love you my friend.
Hugs, Evi

OhSoVintage said...

Love the 'whatever it is'!

Lella Loves... said...

Hello there and wow! Every time I pop over to browse your archive, I say to myself, 'what a lovely blog'. :)

I have just laughed out loud at your comment on the vintage baby photos and when is too many, too many? The 'Never you mind, Mr Flea' really made me chuckle!

There is a Mr Lella who enjoys coming to flea markets with me but laughs when he sees my granny shopper filled with vintage tea cups, enamel buckets and old scales. You know and I know, they love it really!

Keep up the delightful blogging.

Lella xx

sandyberry said...

The shield is shaped like an old sorority pin I used to have. Maybe for something greek?