Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Finds from the Deja Vu Auction

This weekend I took the time to attend two.  One was for a very specific piece, which I will share in a bit.  On Saturday I went up to Arcadia, Indiana again.  The site of the deja vu auction from 2 weeks ago and three years ago.  I took a few more pictures while I was there.

I was majorly lusting after this door.  I had big plans for it.  Another lady had even bigger plans, as the bidding on it got a little out of hand.

Farm auctions like this are starting to become fewer and further between.  And the prices really reflected that.  There were two people who were battling for all of the architectural salvage pieces.  They paid really crazy prices for all the pieces.

Here is my trunk shot.  I always bring a chair to the outdoor auctions, because sometimes you just want to take a break!

I managed to come away with a couple of shutters.  No idea what I'll do with them yet.  Probably clean them up and take them to the booth.

Here are the all white chenille blankets I brought home from the auction.  They've been soaking in a big tub outside since Saturday.  They'll probably stay in there until this Saturday.  Hope it gets most of the stains out.  Some are going to end up as cutters so people can make cute things out of them.

Here are the other chenille blankets I brought home.  These all still need a good week long soak in oxyclean.  Unfortunately, most of these are cutters too.  Luckily I paid very little for them.

I got all these seed sacks.  They just need a little soaking.  Think I'll save one for myself!

More shakers.  Can never have too many of these.

Picked up a few fruit crates and a marshmallow tin.

These books were from the free pile at the end of the auction.  Can you believe no one bid on them?  I've already sold the nurse book on Instagram.

I've been trying to stay away from buying any more Pyrex.  But this was only $1.  If anything, I really just needed the divided lid.  The plate was also from the free pile and will be used for my wedding.

 A few pottery pieces.  Keeping the white planter to add to my collection, as it is one I didn't have.

 This chalkware drum major or majorette brought back some memories from high school and college marching band.  I played several instruments throughout my band days.

How could I say no to these sweet poodle faces?  All marked with their original Japan stickers.  Still has the original store tag too.  Their fur is glittery, bumpy "spaghetti" ceramic.  They will go up for sale on instagram soon.

 I was so happy to finally bring home some vintage Christmas.

 Unused vintage Christmas wrapping paper in it's original box.  YES!

Look at those patterns.  Why don't they make it like this anymore?

Also, a whole box of unused Dennison labels in their original packages.  Some are opened, but who cares?  There's probably 1000 labels here.

I actually have this guy already.  This one doesn't have a light, but that is an easy fix.

How about these so ugly they're cute Made in Japan fellas?

That's all from Saturday.  But remember, I went to an auction on Sunday for one measly thing.

This beauty will be used in the photo booth at my wedding.

And speaking of photobooths...

Mom brought these home from the rafters of a garage that sits on some family property.  They will be used as the backdrop for the ceremony and then later for the photo booth.

The left 2 doors were not chippy at all until I got my hands on them.  They now have the perfect amount of chippiness.  I didn't need to touch the third door from the left.  Now the green door has caused a little bit of frustration.  A lot of instagram and facebook friends say that they like it as is.  I do not.  The paint is not lending itself to chipping, either.  I hate the stain down the center from where it sat in the rafters.  And no, I can't just turn it over.  It's a really nasty stained white on the other side.  And... if I actually had chose a wedding color - it would be this green.  So, what should I do to it?  I'm afraid of sanding it, as the distressing won't match the others.  I really don't want to paint it.  I need help from all you genius furniture refinishers out there!

About 3 months until the big day.  I bet you guys are ready to see all the stuff I've been buying for it.  I haven't shared a lot of it.

 Have a good week!  Hope you're all enjoying your summer as much as I am.


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  1. I just started following your blog and I love it! As far as the doors, I think they all look great but if the green one bothers you, maybe you could drape a soft, sheer lace over it and also another one. Just an idea. Can't wait to hear more about your wedding plans!

  2. I love the idea of draping fabric over it! Something sheer yet with flowers would be so lovely! Maybe check out some vintage wedding ideas online! Now I want to and I am not even getting married! I am 63 in a few days so beyond that.

  3. check these out!

  4. OMG, Melissa. That sofa is PERFECT for a photo booth!! What an awesome score. Any plans for it after the wedding?



  5. I perked up when I seen the vintage Christmas ornaments, I always pick them up IF I find any. also the vintage Christmas wrapping paper, I never see that around here, however I live in a dead zone, meaning not much good vintage stuff at all

  6. Wow, you really scored again. I love, love, love those doors and they'll be perfect for your wedding along with the seat! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  7. The farm -AND- all the items are gorgeous! :D The seat is amazing!

  8. Wow, you sure got a lot of great items Melissa! And I love the couch and the doors for wedding props, your special day is going to be beautiful and unique!


  9. Fun Melissa! A girl in our neighborhood had doors for the backdrop of her wedding. It was really cute. The seat will be fabulous. A wedding full of vintage treasures! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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