Saturday, April 16, 2011

Lost & Found!

Excavating through my garage was certainly an adventure. If you didn't see
the previous post, you can read about it here.

The whole week felt like an archaeological dig. Buried amongst the chaos
were treasures that I hadn't seen in six years. Each day was punctuated
with squeals of excitement as I would unearth things I had totally
 forgotten that I owned.

I thought that I would share some of my favorite discoveries with you!

Shabby, vintage love! I found 4 old ceiling tiles, a rusty
garden topiary form, scrolled iron grillwork, and this
concrete garden statue of roosters!

Check out this enormous house! It is 48”W x 34”D x 39”H.

I don't really know what the original purpose of this house could
have been. It isn't a dollhouse because although the doors and
windows open and close, there is no way to open the
 house itself. It's also not a birdhouse.

It has an electrical cord so something inside must have lit up at
some point. The only thing that I can figure is that perhaps it
was a scale model of someone's house.

Because of its size, I have never been able to bring it in my house
because it takes up so much space. I wish that I had thought
about that BEFORE I bought it!

I had a large cache of vintage shutters interspersed throughout
the garage.

A pair of white shutters on the left and three sage
green shutters on the right.

I found 5 of these black shutters by the side of the road about
10 years ago.


You gotta love that!

The two that were in the best condition flank the sideboard
in my kitchen, in lieu of window treatments.

My absolute favorites are these muted blue shutters with white louvers.
I love the iron hardware on these.

This white set...

and this green set have hinged doors. (I never even cleaned up
the green set and it still has the “Sold” sticker on it from the day
that I purchased it, oh, about 10 years ago. How pathetic of me!)

These would be great with a mirror or a chalkboard
behind the hinged doors.

I also love the color of this portion of an old door!
(Also in dire need of a bath!)

I found 4 boxes of vintage dishes, including lots of transferware!
Think of all the tablescapes I can do!

There were a lot of vintage linens scattered here and there also.

Quilts, embroidery, tablecloths, decorative pillows, you name it!

These rusty iron sawhorses are great. There are two and can be
spread apart as needed. I envision placing an old door on top
and using it as a table or desk!

I love this rusty, chippy scale. It comes with different size weights and bowls.

In the picture above, you can see this rack behind the scale. I can't even
remember what this was originally used for. I probably asked when I
bought it but that was a LONG time ago.

If you know, please let me know!

I bought this vintage birdhouse in Dallas, TX while visiting my
family about 15 years ago. I paid WAY too much for it and then
had to pay ridiculous shipping charges to get it home.

And now it is in my garage...

Speaking of paying WAY too much for something, check this out...

I fell in love with this amazing cupboard back in 1995. It was built
around the turn of the previous century by a man as a wedding gift
for his daughter. It had been in the same family for almost 100 years
until I bought it. I bought it with my heart, not my head, so I paid a
small fortune for it, but I still love it.

What look like painted black diamonds are actually cut outs so that
you can glimpse what's inside. I wish that I had taken a picture of the
inside so that you could see the 3 very wide boards that make up the
back. You don't find boards that wide anymore!

This cupboard lived inside my home until I moved here 6 years ago.
Because it is so big, I could not find a place to put it.

So, sadly, here it sits.

I also came across all of my back issues of Southern Accents, Veranda,
and other decorating magazines. Mr. M&M wanted me to recycle all
 of them, but I couldn't bear to part with some of them. Certainly not the
Southern Accents, the demise of which I still mourn!

They are now sorted by title and stored in the plastic cubes that you
see above. Now that I can easily access them, I am hoping that I will
be able to go through them and scan my favorite pictures.
Maybe I will be able to share some of them with you!

Last, but not least, I found lots of pictures of myself and my family.

From this picture, taken the day of my confirmation....

to this modeling picture of me from the 80's. I modeled for about 10 years, so
these two pictures prove that sometimes the ugly duckling really
does turn into a swan! I didn't even know that this picture existed
until I found it among my mom's belongings!

But, isn't that half the fun of digging through your past?

Try it...I think that you will enjoy the treasures that you
discover in your own “time capsule!”

Linking to the following parties!

Saturday Night Special @ Funky Junk Interiors

Newby Party @ Debbiedoo's Blogging & Blabbing

Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays @ Coastal Charm

Wow Us Wednesdays @ Southern Savvy Style

Whassup Wednesday @ Elements Interiors

Treasure Hunt Thursday @ Blue Creek Home

Time Travel Thursday @ Brambleberry Cottage

Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground

Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home


Linda said...

Wow! Quite the selection of finds and puchases. What are you going to do with it? Have a auction or sale? Love that house. We just downsized and our old house was similar.

sweet violets said...

Wow, that is some garage!!! Must be as big as a warehouse to hold all of that!!! All the shutters are amazing, you've got some great treasures there!!! I hear ya on the magazines....they are hoarded everywhere in my home....have started to cut out the best pics to put in folders, and get rid of the rest of the mag, who needs to save all those advertisements???

I know you are having fun....hugs...cleo

Kim said...

Lord have mercy!!!!! So when's the yardsale? I wanna be the first one there - I call dibs on sage green shutters! LOL!!!

Red Couch Recipes said...

My garage is a mess, but I can promise you it doesn't have any of the treasures that you have! What fun! Love both of the pictures. You have an amazing complexion! Joni

Cote de Texas said...

There's another joni posting!

Ok. You have such fab treasures in your garage, not me. I only have junk and fabric sample books.

Love your swan and duck pics.

This makes me nervous that it took over a week! I was thinking maybe 2 or 3 days tops!!!!!

And you still can't park there, I would have to able to park one car ?????

Laughing at all your party plates, not for real parties but for faux tablescape Thursday parties. if that doesn't say it all about the power of blogging.

Ok I really need to do mine, you are such an Inspiration!!!!!!

Babs said...

Gosh, what a selection of wonderful things and box of transferware! It's amazing how you can store things and forget you ever had some things. I love the shutters behind your sideboard.. and I love the sideboard. Great color.
Hope you have a relaxing weekend.

mississippi artist said...

Well I guess it was worth all the hard work to find all of these treasures. I LOVE those metal sawhorses- you are right they would make a fantastic desk!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

My goodness...what a wonderful treasure trove and it was sitting there waiting for you all this time ~ amamzing!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Congratulations on getting through your enormous task!! Awesome! Thanks for coming by and leaving wonderful comments! Makes my day!

d e l i g h t said...

Hello, I too love finding something packed away I forgot I had. Glad you got through the job of cleaning. I am a new follower.

Pam @ Our Adventures in Home Improvement said...

Wow!! I am so impressed with all that you found in there! I love that house, the windows, the scale, the rack...

Great pictures too!


⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Boy oh found some good treasures there! You look gorgeous too back in the 80's you still do, but it's fun to look back and see the then. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

Carolyn @ Adrift on the Lake said...

How fun for you to share this!! You really have an enormous amount of stuff! Love the shutters! A couple of years ago, I came across a bunch of shutters at a sale and they were $1 each. I couldn't think of a thing to use them for (and still can't! LOL!) but now I wish I'd bought them after seeing yours.

The birdhouse looks a lot like a Purple Martin house. My favorite bird. :)

Karen said...

That is an amazing amount of treasures. Love that house.

Marianne said...

Okay, I'm really jealous. I want a garage full of great treasures to go through. I just love those houses. And you were just as pretty when you were little as you were in the 80"s.

Yvonne@StyleBurb said...

I am amazed by all the treasures in your garage- you certainly chose terrific pieces throughout the years! I really love the 'replica' house and now I can't stop thinking about it. I think you looked like a sweet little girl! I certainly wasn't a model in the 1980s, but I always wore large earrings similar to yours. Back then, I firmly believed that 'the bigger the hair, the smaller the hips'. If only that were the style these days!

Yvonne@StyleBurb said...

Happy to be your newest follower!

Diane said...

Oh wow, you really did have some wonderful buried your of speak!! I especially love the rooster garden statue, very awesome. Diane

MeMeSue said...

Oh my goodness...this is something that my husband and I so need to tackle....and our garage is two storys! We moved in last July to a house that has an inlaw quarters (mom) a basement apt (daughter) and then the main house (hubby and I and what ever grandchild is sleeping over at any given time)..needles to say we have a bunch of stuff then add into the mix the things I've been buying since I started thrifting...UGH!

Your garage is an inspiration and I know we can do it too!

Thanks for sharing!


Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I JUST DIED! Wow! What treasures!!! I'd kill for any of those shutters! Well, okay not literally but wow -- those are priceless!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Look at all that great stuff you have. If you aren't going to use it you could make a small fortune selling it. Those shutters are so high around here. You have some great ones.

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...

Some wonderful "re-discoveries". I LOVE the is so charming and magical!


tammylovesdishes said...

You are certainly reaping the rewards of all your hard work in organizing the garage. Nice collection of shutters. I sighed heavily when I read you found four boxes of vintage dishes.

That cupboard is really cool. Maybe you can stage it with your newly found dishes and use it as part of your dish storage in the garage...

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Absolutely LOVING that darling house!! Oh I am just drooling over it- it is gorgeous! I have an old dollhouse that my dad built for me out in my garage. I plan to bring it in as some point too- but it is huge as well and I have nowhere I can put it right now! Love all your gorgeous finds~ you really have some treasures there! Hope you'll come share these at FNF too! :)
Hugs, Courtney

Sarah said...

Wow! You've got quite a collection...Ha! :) I love your cupboard as well...I sure hope you find a great place to show it off soon!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What an awesome boatload of treasures you have here...thank you for sharing them at my party.


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Wow, I would love to go shopping in your garage. You have a treasure trove of things. thank you so much for joining my Open House party.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

OmG...this is your garage??!! Are you having a sale??!! Because if you are I am heading right over!!! :) Lynn @thevintagenest P.S. Loved your modeling photo!

Blue Creek Home said...

Unbelievable, is what I say!!!! You could hang a shingle and have an antique booth right in your garage.
I would be sitting in the big red chair looking through all of those wonderful old magazines!
I love the little white house - it's adorable. And, WOW - to all of those great old shutters!
Thanks for sharing everything at Treasure Hunt Thursday.

Jenn said...

Oh the big house would be awesome in a yard ... I like your garage finds. Drooled over the doors and sawhorses and house and birdhouse and and and .... And, isn't it neat that you found photos. What a blast from the past. I enjoyed your post. Thanks, Jenn

Butterflies & Seashells said...

You found all this in your garage? I love the shutters and the house.


Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there- Just stopping back to say thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

Sherry said...

I would love to browse through your garage too. It had been hiding some fabulous treasures. Very fun to see what you had. Have a lovely weekend. Thanks for linking it up!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

As a young girl, you were just a pretty flower waiting to bloom. In reality, it appears the ugly duckling - your garage - was "really" the swan in disguise! You must be sooo relieved to have order there now!

Thanks for linking to the party. I would love to have you join me each week.

By the way, I just joined you as a follower. Come back by this week and see yourself featured. I just got my computer back though, so I'm a bit behind. ;)

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Jeanne Selep said...

Yum! 4 boxes of beautiful dishes. I hope you show more soon!

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