Hi there! How was your weekend? I’m not going to lie, ours was rough. It’s just impossible for me to write a blog post and pretend that all is right with my world, when it’s not. But at the same time, meeting up with you guys brings me comfort and so much pleasure that I don’t want to miss out on it. I hope that doesn’t sound too selfish.
So I’m here today to hold my head up, tell you God is good, and share some recent farmhouse finds. I am determined to trust the Lord, knowing he wants what’s best for us, and trying to walk out my days loving my family and friends, working (blogging & selling), and serving him. And I want to thank you again for walking with me and praying for me; it means the world.
Why don’t we take a look at some of my latest finds? It’ll help me get my mind off things.
Lately I’ve been finding quite a lot of majolica pottery, one of my favorite collectibles. In particular, I love this cabbage pattern and buyers seem to feel the same way since it sells quite quickly (cost: $1.50, value: $10-12.00).
It’s a newer, but still lovely, piece made in Portugal. Similar plates and bowls can often be found at Home Goods.
I plan to stencil this pretty, hand-painted platter with a stencil, perhaps “bath”? Or “herbs”? I think I’ll tie ribbon through the holes on either end that likely held rattan handles at some point (cost: $1.00, value: $22-25.00 once stenciled).
I was surprised to learn it came from Japan because it seems to have an English feel to it.
Every farmhouse needs a dependable cook book, like this one for “American Women.” Dating to 1945, it’s considered a classic (cost: $1.00, value: $8-10.00 due to poor condition). For help pricing your cook books, check out my price guide.
Nothing cries “farmhouse” louder than a rooster. This colorful version, measuring just 4 inches high, has a lot of character (cost: 50¢, value: $10-12.00).
I picture this wicker basket filled with hydrangeas–dried or fresh–and gracing the center of an old farmhouse table. It was a super find at the World’s Largest Garage Sale in Warrensburg (NY) last fall (cost: $2.00, value: $50-60.00).
Be careful of the glare from this super-shiny wooden bowl. Although it’s a newer piece, it has a great “dough bowl” shape. I’ve already sanded off some of the gloss and am considering painting it black, which I’ve done to several other wooden bowls that needed a little help (cost: $2.00, value: $20-22.00 once painted).
You have to appreciate the great typography on this antique, framed piece (cost: $2.00, value: $20-25.00). And the spiritual truth is powerful and amazing 🙂
I gave this large wooden tray special treatment with my [yet-to-be-released] Wood Salve and it looks so much better now (cost: $1.00, value: $18-22.00). I’ll try to remember to take an “after” shot of it glowing and looking so much healthier.
This farmhouse food chopper is one of those old kitchen tools that feels great in your hand–just the right size and weight. Love the brass rivets and the aging of the carbon steel (cost: 50¢, value: $10-12.00). Unfortunately, I can’t make out the name embossed on the wood.
I love finding old fixtures, like these hammered door pulls, because they come in so handy for various DIY projects (cost: 50¢ for all seven, value: $15-20.00 for all seven, if I were to sell them).
Final Find: Pigs are big sellers! Did you know that? In fact, I’m kind of kicking myself that I passed up a “Chef Pig” cookie jar this past weekend for $6.00. Oh well. This pair of farmer pigs will have to do. Made by Shawnee pottery company (1940’s-60’s), this pair shouldn’t last long in my antique booth (cost: $1.00, value: $12-15.00).
Thanks for reviewing some of my latest vintage finds with me–it’s always great to have some company. Happy hunting!!
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