Friday, September 07, 2007

PhotoHunt - Theme: Music

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Here is my hubby doing one of the things he enjoys most in the world (besides going thrifting with me...LOL) He loves to play his guitars! I have to do some "bragging" on my hubs, because he is extremely talented. He also has a vast knowledge of music and musicians in general, and can discuss for hours practically any musician in the world. His taste in music is also extremely varied, and includes rock, classical, oldies, and "cocktail music" too. Right now he is into vintage country music.

He takes great pride in his guitar collection, and I have shown some pix of his collection below. This one is a 1959 Les Paul Custom.

Here is a 1964 Fender Jaguar, I love the red color!
This is a 1979 Epiphone 12 String Guitar.
This is a 1994 Epiphone Sheraton.

And a 1979 Guild S70. Hope I got all the names right!


Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Thrifting Finds - Labor Day Weekend

I found some great stuff over the holiday weekend - there were flea markets and yard sales galore!! First pic is showing a big 'ol hard plastic light up Santa, that my hubby found, and was only 50 cents! Next to it is one of my finds at a yard sale, a very old Fisher Price musical chimes toy - it is so sweet, and I love the vintage images on the part that rolls over the floor.

Here is a closeup of the metal part, too darn cute for words! Oh, and it was only $1.00!!

Now this was the find of the whole weekend! I have been looking for another rocking chair for quite some time - I am pretty fussy about them because I want it to be extremely comfortable, and most of the ones I try out were not. This one was love at first sight, found at a yard sale for $10 - it is solid oak and one of a kind. It was handmade by a father for his daughter, and has been passed down in the family for three generations. It is super comfy, and has a handmade leather cushion on it too. My hubby cleaned it up as soon as we got home, and gave it a good oiling. It is beautiful, and I will cherish it for a long, long time. (Don't you wonder how someone could ever part with a beautiful item like this, that has been in a family for a long time?) Guess I am just too sentimental...LOL

And another great find - vintage Tiki mugs!!! These will be added to my ever-growing Tiki collection. A find at 50 cents each!

Here is a sweet little old porcelain doll, she is only about 4 inches tall. She was only 25 cents.

This cute doll was still in the box, she is missing one of her socks. I thought she was adorable and had to come home with me. She was only 50 cents!

Another favorite find of the weekend was this pair of swan planters - they are rather large, about 12" tall. Hubby spotted these and knew I would want them. I love the colors of them, although it does not show that well in the photo. They were $2.00 for the pair!


Monday, September 03, 2007

The Mother Lode of Collections !!!

This weekend, the hubby and I were all over, visiting festivals, vintage auto shows, flea markets and yard sales. While visiting at one sale, we were chatting with the home owners and my hubby mentioned how much he liked some of the vintage Pepsi and Coca Cola signs that they had in their garage as decorations. The man mentioned that if we liked those items, then we should go and take a look through one of their windows of the house, and peek at their Coke collection room. So of course we couldn't wait to take a look, and I must say - what awaited me totally BLEW ME AWAY! We were oooh-ing and aah-ing at all the Coke memorabilia that we could see from the window, trying to take it all in. Then we started back towards the car to go on our way.

Luckily I had my camera with me, and I thought to myself - hmmmmm, I wonder if I ask them, if they would let me take some pix of their Coke collection? Hubby told me that that was kind of pushy *giggle* but I figured all they could say is yes or no - so off we went. The woman of the house was extremely gracious and let us go in and take some photos of the Coke room. And then, she directed us towards the kitchen, which was done in all Campbell's soup decor!!!! I almost fell over, because I love those Campbell soup kids! :) Then, she motioned for us to step into another room, and lo and behold, it housed an entire room of Pillsbury memorabilia, of course including the Doughboy!!! My hubby thought for sure I was going to keel over from my excitement - and I swear, I almost did! And believe me, when I say every single inch of the walls and surfaces were covered in collectibles, I mean it!

Let me tell you, in all the places I have visited, and magazines I have read - I have NEVER seen anything to compare to this woman's collections! There were tons of vintage and newer collectibles, taking up literally every inch of the walls in the rooms. But they were so tastefully done - every single piece you could tell was meticulously placed in a perfect arrangement. It was beyond amazing, I tell you! So I quickly started taking pix of the Coke room, and some in the Campbell Soup kitchen. I did not get any taken in the Pillsbury Room, wish I did, but I did not want to take up too much of her time. And if that was not enough, they also had a Pepsi Cola room, a Teddy Bear room, and a Santa Claus room! I do indeed think I died and went to heaven, it was a shame that I could not spend an entire day in each room inspecting and enjoying every single piece of her collections that she had so lovingly put together.

I asked her if her home had ever been featured in a magazine, and she replied that she did not want her collections in the public eye, and I guess I can understand why. So with all due respect I will not mention her name or location.

I must first apologize for some of the pix I took, not being very good. I did not realize that I had left the camera on a close up setting, and did not find out until I got home and looked at them on the 'puter. Ohhhhhhh, I could have kicked myself!!! LOL But I am posting them anyway, so you can get a small idea of the extent of her massive collections. Hope you will enjoy them!

The first 8 pix are of the Coca Cola Room, and the last 4 are of the Campbell's Soup Kitchen - you can click on the pix to enlarge them:


Sunday, September 02, 2007

Antique Car Show!

We had a blast this holiday weekend, traveled all around to various fairs and festivals, and one of the places we visited was an Antique Car Show (my hubby insisted :) I took a ton of pix, and will share some of them here with you. These are my favorites! I can't remember the names of them all, but they were spectacular, and they were spotless inside and out. This first one was an aqua and white pickup truck, it was so cool! Now if it were in pink and white I would be in heaven!

This car below, was another favorite of mine, and the hubby's too - a 1956 T-Bird, an exquisite car!

Now I would like to be traveling around town in style in this 1937 Packard, (below) such a classy car it was! I expected someone wielding a tommy gun to come barrelling out of the back of the car!...LOL

This car below was not at the Auto Show, but we spied it in a parking lot. I have never seen one like this before - it is an old El Camino - kind of part car/part pickup truck. I have seen newer ones but this was a first for me!

This orange one would be fun to tool around town in for Halloween!


Saturday, September 01, 2007

PhotoHunt - Theme: Dirty

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This house just screams "DIRTY" to me - and no, it is not my house...LOL I found this house in a secluded area of the town, and from the looks of it, it may explode from being overloaded in junk. Look at what is supposed to be the front porch - there is so much junk heaped up all over you could not even move. And if you click on the photo to enlarge it, you can see the upstairs window is obscured by more junk. Tons of weeds and garbage all over. Ickkkkkkyyyy! I shudder to think what the inside of the place looks like, if you could even make it in the front door! So sad to see what could be fixed up as such a cute little cottage, in such disrepair. I have hidden the address of the house to protect the owner's identity. :)


Sunday, August 26, 2007

Thrifting Finds - Roosters and Chickens and Sock Monkeys - Oh My!

Here's a peek at some of the nifty vintage goodies I got this week while thrifting/yard saling - I am trying to put them together in some type of group, except for the sock monkeys that don't belong with the chickens - but, hey, they were so cute I had to show you right away!

These little rascals were found at a resale shop for 25 cents heart went pitter patter as I quickly raced over to get them. One of them needs some repair stitching but that can be easily taken care of :)

Do I love this chalkware rooster plaque! Found at a resale shop for 50 cents, he will be a perfect addition to my rooster & chicken collection!

Here is a cute little ceramic lidded pot with a rooster design on it - not sure what it's intended use was, but it has found a home with me - only 10 cents too!

This fella looks so happy, and about ready to crow! I think he may have held salt and pepper shakers in his wings at one time, but they were not with him. I liked him anyway, and for 10 cents I am not about to complain :) Behind him is a cute little woven wicker spatterware coffeepot basket type thing that I thought was adorable. It was 5 cents at a yard sale.

I was about ready to crow when I found this vintage plastic rooster, he's an old Easter decoration. He is missing a red feather that was in the hole in his wing, but I just happen to have some here so he will be fixed up right away and added to my Easter collection. Oh, and he was only 25 cents!

Here is an old wooden snack bowl that happened to have roosters painted on it. I have a wooden knife holder with roosters on it in my kitchen, so this will go along with it. It was 10 cents at a yard sale.
Lots, lots, lots more to come - I just need to find the time to take the pix, if we EVER get some sunshine - have a great week everyone! :)


I've Been Tagged! Scattergories

meeyauw tagged me for the "Scattergories" meme.

Here are the rules: Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the questions. They must be real places, names, things . . . nothing made up! If you can't think of anything, skip it. You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl name question. If your name happens to start with the same letter as mine, sorry, but you can't use my answers!

I am not going to tag anyone in particular, but anyone who would like, please feel free to play along - post a note in my comments so we can read yours!

Since my nickname is Sandy, I will go with "S" for mine - here are my answers:

Famous Singer Sammy Davis Jr.

Four letter word soul

Street Seventh Avenue

Color sky blue

Gifts/Presents silverware

Vehicle Sentra

Things in a Souvenir Shop souvenirs :)

Boy's Name Sidney

Girl's Name Susan

Movie Title Shawshank Redemption

Drink Sunny Delight

Occupation Stewardess

Celebrity Steven Segal

Magazine Seventeen

U.S. City Sarasota, FL

Pro Sports Saint Louis Cardinals

Fruit Strawberries

Reason for Being Late for Work Slept too late

Something You Throw Away scraps

Things You Shout Sh**!

Cartoon Character Snoopy The Dog


Friday, August 24, 2007

PhotoHunt - Theme: Happy

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So who's being a happy birdie?! It's Tiki, my Moluccan Cockatoo! Yes, she has her head almost upside down, while she clowns around for the camera :)


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

This Week's Thrifting Finds!

This week I have been all over the place, the weather has been super-icky...first too hot, then cool and damp, now its hotter than Haities again and so humid I can barely stand it....oh, how I am so looking forward to the Fall! But nasty weather and all, could not stop me from my thrifting. Here are a few of my finds for this week:

This gorgeous vintage queen-size chenille bedspread was found at a resale shop that was having a "bag sale" - all you could stuff in a paper bag for $1.00 (and believe me, I know how to pack it in! :) It is in mint condition, and has blue and green flowers on it, along with beautiful fringe all around. It took up the whole bag, so it was all of $1.00 - yeahhhh!

Next came some jewelry finds from a yard sale, these were in a plastic bag along with a bunch of other stuff for $1.00, I was thrilled when I went through it all. I think the pin in the lower right corner may be bakelite!

A sweet black and red vintage dangle necklace from Hong Kong, and a little enamel pin of a rose - all from the same bag of jewelry.

At another sale I found these adorable miniature vintage Japanese ceramic shoes, they are too cute! The smallest ones are barely one inch, and the other ones are no bigger than an inch and a half. The lady said she may have more of them, so she will look and put them aside for me if she does. They were 10 cents each pair!!!

Now I almost tripped over my own feet when I went into one of my usual resale shops and found this darling vintage set of dishes with a barnyard theme - cows and chickens, what more could you ask for? :) This whole set was only $1.25 - I ran with them so fast to the counter!!

And I got lucky with a tin full of colorful old buttons, which I will be using in my crafting projects - 25 cents for the tin!