I can’t explain, I really can’t, but I’m attracted to odd, bizarre and generally out there items. Case in point…my latest flea market/antique store find…an old wooden pet carrier.
What is wrong with me?! Seriously! I think I need an intervention. I truly need a wooden pet carrier like I need a kick in the pants with a frozen boot. Nobody really needs that, it’s completely unnecessary. But during a not so recent trip up to the County (it was one of those super quick trips to see my mom for a few hours while I tagged along on a work related trip with Colby), I came across the pet carrier at an antique store yard sale…which was in an Irving gas station parking lot. I kid you not, here is the photographic evidence. Although I should have taken it at an angle so you could see the Irving behind it, or the KFC beside it.
But the best part of the story is yet to come. I picked up my pet carrier and held it tight for fear someone else would snatch it up (who was I kidding…I’m pretty sure I was the only person in The County that day who would want that), and shamelessly borrowed $10 from my mom to buy it since I didn’t have any cash on me, and headed to the cash register to check out. Then (here comes the best part), a toothless old man squatting on a 5 gallon pail turned upside down, asked me, “you gonna catch some varmen’ in that thing”. You just can’t make that stuff up! After fighting off the snort laugh, since you don’t get any more “County” than that, I replied, “no, I’m thinking of using it as a planter to plant flowers in”. That’s when all the ladies surrounding the old man started cooing “ooooh, what a cute idea”. But alas, I have yet to plant flowers in it. Maybe this weekend if it stops raining for two seconds, since I kind of want to spray paint it first. My spray painting, trigger finger is getting itchy!
But here’s where I need your help. I’m not 100% convinced that I want to plant flowers in the pet carrier. I’ve been trying to come up with alternative uses for an old pet carrier but I’m coming up blank. Pinterest is also of no use. Apparently “pet carrier crafts” are in low demand on Pinterest these days. Who knew?! But you heard it here first, I’m starting the pet carrier craft trend. Think it will catch on?! Me neither. But crazily enough, since bringing home the pet carrier, I’ve seen similar versions of it at yard sales, antique stores and flea markets ever since. Maybe I am onto something?! Most likely not.
Pssst…So do tell, what would you do with the pet carrier? And I’m totally channeling the old “What Would You Do” show on Nickelodeon right now…sing it with me…wha wha what would you, wha wha what would you, wha wha what would you do!
To prove to my daddy that I’m not a fool. Wait…let’s start over…without a Billy Madison quote. Here we go. You know what’s scary? Oooh…oooh…I know that one…sharks! Or the Robertson family on vacation in Hawaii (not gonna lie…I’m currently sucked into the Duck Dynasty marathon that’s on A&E right now). Nope…those things aren’t nearly as scary as the giant antiques mall that is located a stones throw away from our home…more like a two minute drive (or a stones throw if you literally have a rocket arm). Anyway…it’s dangerous…on my pocketbook. This past weekend I headed down to said antique store, the School House Antiques shop, in Brewer, ME.
It’s a big antiques mall that’s located in an old school house in town. It’s pretty awesome and I always find a few things I can’t leave without (like the hula girl art that hangs in our entry). Anytime that I’m trying to find a unique accessory or something unique or original for our home, something with a little character, this is the place I go. So let’s go shopping, shall we?! I thought I would take you around my favorite local haunt and show you some of the amazing things I found.
In one of the booths, I came across an old school Craftsman level for $24.
It even had the old, wood burned logo on it. I almost picked this up to turn it into a shelf for the bathroom. But I just couldn’t do it. Sometimes, I can’t bear to mess with an antique and sometimes, the item isn’t terribly precious and I don’t mind hacking it up. But this item was one of those “precious” items to me so there it staid.
Next up, the port hole…as in THE port hole! Which was originally priced at $75 but the shop owner SERIOUSLY discounted it for me! Yes…I couldn’t resist and brought it home.
I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been searching for a port hole for awhile but they normally cost upwards of $150 to $350! So for $35 for this bad boy, I couldn’t resist and brought it home.
Near the port hole were also a pair of adorable sconces for $10.
Contrary to popular belief, you can really find some steals in an antique store. Granted, there are some seriously expensive pieces ($2,500 for a pair of nightstands…$250 for a wicker stand) but then there are pieces like those sconces, which you could easily justify spray painting thanks to the $10 price tag. Or pieces like this rough looking step ladder for $35.
Which I thought was a little overpriced but super adorable! You can also find rustic-looking but newer, hand-made items like this set of “love” letters that are essentially giant Scrabble letters.
The set cost $12 and was absolutely adorable. I could totally DIY that….easy. Along with this little painted, bamboo box with a number “4″ painted on the front.
It was a whopping $22 and was, in fact an old box freshened up with some paint. I loved it! But not the price. And then, if I was in the market for a mirror, I would have totally been all over this minty fresh mirror for $24 like a thirteen year old girl over Justin Bieber.
It was so adorable…almost as adorable as those Target flats I’m rocking! Haha!
In just about every antique store I step through, which is a decent amount since I’m pretty sure Maine has one of the highest occurrence of antique stores per capita, I find old prints of old, local buildings.
And this batch was CHEAP! I almost picked a few up for $5 each but I don’t currently have a place for them. Curse you small, few walled home!
I nearly DIED when I came across this GIANT star that I think is made out of old bead board. It was probably about 4′ wide.
I could envision it hanging outside on the side of our shed, or maybe on an empty exterior wall of our house. But at $79, this wasn’t meant to be my star.
But I did find my hat rack for $12 because everyone needs a hat rack, right?!
We’re in need of some towel hooks for our bathroom so I picked up this hat rack to play the towel hook role. A little spray paint, I’m thinking white, and it will fit in just fined in our bath.
I loved this green lantern…mostly because it’s a “green lantern” like the comic book character.
It was $18 and this booth had a slew of them in all different colors. They were old lanterns that the shop owner had freshened and fixed up and each one was absolutely adorable!
This egg crate for $30 was ridiculously awesome!
It’s again, one of those things that I LOVED but didn’t have a place for it. It would look so cute in an old farmhouse kitchen on top of kitchen cabinets with a fern in it, or maybe mixed with old china in a hutch. Swoon!
But enough gabbing about the awesomeness in the store, check out my loot!
I spent $60 and came home with a port hole ($35), hat rack ($12), a triple cast iron hook ($7), and an old wooden box ($6) complete with rusty hinges. I can’t wait to show you what I did with that box! It’s epic!
So that concludes our little antique store shopping spree at the School House Antiques store in Brewer, Maine. You can check out our last antiques shopping trip at the Big Chicken Barn Antiques Mall in Ellsworth, Maine back here and here.
Pssst…So I can’t resist, I have to let the cat out of the bag (and see if anyone actually reads these little afterwards). Our big announcement…Colby and I are working on opening up our own little Etsy shop! After so many requests to buy iPad stands from us (seriously…we could have made HUNDREDS selling them by now) we decided to make a bunch of them and start selling them on Etsy. I’m hoping to have the shop launched this week, but don’t hold your breath. Timing has never been my strong suit. But to make time in our already crazy lives for the Etsy shop, I’m going to try to cut back on the blogging a bit. I know…sad. But I’m thinking an every other day schedule with maybe an extra post mixed in here and there for good measure. But we’ll see. I love blogging and would stay up all night doing it if I didn’t turn into a giant grumpy pants in the morning. Anyway…be sure to stop by later this week for a link to the new shop!
Last week, or was it a few weeks ago, I can’t remember whether I’m coming or going these days, I posted about our trip to the Big Chicken Barn in Ellsworth, Maine. We shared all the cool goods that we wanted to come home with. But what did we actually get? This collection of stuff:
Oh…and one more thing. The Life Magazine from the month and year I was born. I still don’t know what I’m going to do with it, but everyone needs their Life Magazine, right?! I tried to find Colby’s but lo and behold, it was just about the ONLY month/year that the Chicken Barn didn’t have. Once I’ve got the complete collection I may have to whip up a little Life Magazine art display somewhere in the house.
But back to the goods, what we got and what we paid for them. First up, the rope knot which was originally $9 but with the 30% off sale, it was only $6.30.
You got a sneak peak of it in yesterday’s entry makeover post, where I hung it from one of the coat hooks on the shelf.
I’ve been swooning over all the rope knots that grace the pages of Country Living and Better Homes & Gardens magazines, so when I stumbled upon one at the Chicken Barn, I snatched it up quicker than a klepto at an unsecured jewelry store.
Next item up is the old pottery crock that I picked up, which replaced our old utensil holder in the kitchen.
The crock was priced at $30 but was also 30% off (thank you winter antique sale) making it only $21. I’ve been stalking these crocks for years now, ever since we moved to the house way back when in May of 2010. Every crock I’ve found has either been too big, too small, too pricey or chipped. But this one was the Goldilocks of crocks and was “just right”. The crock is so much spacier than the old, too crammed full utensil holder.
The next Chicken Barn score was that gorgeous coral/aqua shell we showed you during our Chicken Barn tour. It was $10 plus the 30% off for a final price of $7.
I love the shell…absolutely love the shell. Right now, it’s on our bathroom vanity. That is if you can call it a vanity. It’s just a painted piece of plywood with a $10 Habitat For Humanity Re-Store sink attached to it. It’s a “temporary vanity”….an air quoted temporary vanity because it’s been there for nearly three years. But I swear this year will be the year that we FINALLY finish the bathroom and build a real vanity!
Anyway, the shell is parked on the vanity to serve the purpose of jewelry holder when I remove my bling at night for face washing time.
And finally, my favorite score…drum roll please….the green metal cabinet.
I actually didn’t buy it during my first trip to the chicken barn. I came home without it, did nothing but think about it for the next seven days, dreamed about stroking it gently and whispering sweet nothings to it, and returned to the Chicken Barn the following weekend to pick it up. And thankfully it was still there and still on sale. It’s original price tag was $30 but with the 30% off discount, the price came down to $21.
As for the location, the cabinet became an office space organizer and I tucked it under my computer on my side of our shared, his/hers desk.
I’m really digging the cabinet in that spot. I love how it elevates the computer just enough so that it helps fill the awkward void between the top of the monitor and underneath the shelves. I can’t explain but that empty space always bothered me. I chalk it up to general weirdness.
Anyway…I knew exactly what I wanted to use the cabinet for when I bought it…CD storage.
I’ve been on a file backup/cleanup my computer rampage lately. Mostly because my computer is old, storage on it is maxed out, and I’m trying to burn all my files to CDs, organizing and storing them in the cabinet.
I was worried at first that placing the computer on top of the metal cabinet would place the screen too high for comfortably working at the computer. But because I have one of those old mushroom Macs, the monitor moves pretty easily up, down and around.
Go go gadget computer!
Pssst…What have you guys found at your local antique stores lately? Anything good? Or anyone recently leave something behind at a store only to think about non stop until finally going back for it?! Do tell!
On many of our road trips to and from Vermont (home of Cabot Cheese, Long Trail beer and Colby’s family), we tend to track down neat little antiques stores and shops. But when it comes to our own back yard, we tend to neglect it. We live in Maine…which I’m pretty sure has one of the highest occurrences of antique stores per capita. So we have much exploring to do. Often, Colby has told tales of this antiques mall that is in a big old chicken barn. He drives by it often for work (he’s a road salesman) and has said we needed to go check it out. Well, wait no longer we went to The Big Chicken Barn in Ellsworth, Maine.
Oh so conveniently during one of their biggest sales of the year (apparently winter time is the time to shop because it’s slow and dealers drop their prices to move some product). And yes…it really is located in a big ol’ chicken barn.
It’s ginormous! So tonight, I’m going to take you along for our coup tour and show you inside the Chicken Barn and some of the interesting things we came across. Let’s step inside, shall we?!
I’m just now noticing that ship on top of the tall cabinet on the right and kind of want to go back and check it out! That’s the beauty of The Chicken Barn, it goes on forever. Say it with me now all The Sandlot Style…”foooooorrrrr-eeeevvvvvvvv-eeerrrrrrrr”. The first floor is jam packed with booths on both sides of the aisle. Then you go upstairs and find…wait for it…nothing but books and magazines.
This may have been the moment in our Chicken Barn perusing that I turned to Colby and said, “I am very important. I have many leather bound books and my apartment smells or rich mahogany.” Oh Ron Burgundy…you just always say the right things.
And their selection of Life magazines is amazing! They had at least 5-10 of each magazine through the years from way back when in thirties and forties right up until recently. Except, ironically the one from the month/year Colby was born.
But let’s get on with the shopping! Starting with these old mid-century modern nightstands.
I wanted to bring them home sooooo bad! Especially because they were only $65 for the pair plus 20% off. But sadly, they were a little short and a little too wide for our bedroom.
Then there was this old pottery.
Swoon! I could just see it out on our front porch (once we redo it of course). But at $135.00, it was a bit steep for me. So I filed it away in the “things I’m looking for at the flea market” category of my mind and moved on to these old sleigh bells.
I nearly died. I may have nuzzled them a little bit, kind of like a momma cat does to her young. They just screamed “put me out on the front door during Christmas time”. But alas they, like the jug, were a bit pricey for poor, cheap-oh moi, coming in at a whopping $150. Then I came across this snatch hook.
Love! But maybe it’s just because I work for an industrial distributor and have a strange infatuation with old tools and supplies. But I could also see this out on our porch but used in an un-traditional way. I want to hang it from the ceiling, thread rope through it, hang a plant from it, and anchor the rope with a cleat on the wall. Kind of nautical, industrial like. Maybe even a series of two or three.
And then there was the jug…oh the aqua jug.
And at $15 before a 20% off discount, it was totally affordable. If I could have a collection of items (because everyone needs a collection right?!) it would be aqua glass vessels and large shells/coral. Speaking of aqua glass…how about those mason jars?
They were all priced between $15 and $20 a jar, which in my opinion is a little overpriced. I can get them at the local summer flea markets for under $5 each. When I analyzed this thought in my head (yeah…that happens regularly…welcome to my mind in technicolor) I realized I may have a problem. The fact that I could tell overpriced items vs. deals was a little disturbing. What can I say…I like shopping flea markets and antique stores and I pay attention to price.
Then there were the cast iron, moose hooks.
So very Maine-ah. These were priced at $10 each which is WAY overpriced and they’re not even antiques. I found these online a while ago for about $2 each. I’m seriously debating purchasing these (the online versions) and spray painting them and using them for towel hooks in the bathroom.
And hello collection of conch shells!
I wanted to bring home every…single…one of those conch shells. I have this grand vision of making built-ins for our living room and having them filled with a collection of books, aqua glass vessels, and shells like these. And maybe a giant green jug or two, kind of like this one.
I love a large, colored glass vessel. I used restraint there…I could have said “I like large jugs”. But I won’t go there…oh…wait…nevermind.
But the thing I loved the most, and thought about perpetually after I didn’t get it, and then the next weekend went back for, were the old, green metal cabinets.
Yes, I may have picked one up (amongst a few other items) to use as some much needed storage and organization for our desk space. Stay tuned for details on that organizational project. And now begins my other obsession for old wooden crates, like this Coca-Cola crate.
The Chicken Barn had tons of old wooden crates, including this stack of crates.
If I ever have a need for wooden crates, at least I know where to go to find them.
Also upstairs in the Chicken Barn is a giant section of old printed ads. I could have spent all day perusing all those old ads (that and the stacks of Better Homes & Gardens magazines). The ads were organized by product category (food ads, beauty ads, fashion ads, etc.). This Wrigley’s ad had me at hello.
But what really had me all hot and bothered was an old fan, which ironically could have cured my hot and botheredness with it’s cooling powers. Although I would never use a fan like that, for safety reasons, but it would look adorable on top of a bookcase or dresser.
Um…hello pink dishes. Can you come home with me please?! And magically organize yourself in my overstuffed, unorganized kitchen?!
Then there was this guy. Words can’t really describe this guy, but the picture can.
I think it’s a panther? What I do know is that it would scare the hair off of Goose in an instant. I’ll just add “the panther” to the list of things that Goose is afraid of, right after fire hydrants and the UPS guy.
If it didn’t cost $75, I probably would have come home with this mirror.
It was just so adorable, and feminine. I can just see it in a pink, girl-ed up, little girl’s room.
And did I mention my love of the wooden crates? Especially this crate with the metal adornments.
It would be so neat to hang this on a wall and use it like a knick-knack display case.
As for what we got? And where we put it? You’re just gonna have to come back next week for all that dirt. I’m just putting the finishing touches on one piece.
Pssst…Do you guys have a favorite antique store, flea market or salvage spot? Do you also happen to ignore your own backyard but seek out little shops on road trips? Ugh…there is literally a giant antique store within walking distance to our house and I’ve been there twice!