Little Rock Loot.

Finally got around to taking photos of the stuff I got in Little Rock, and now most of it is down at the booth. Or, hopefully, already home with a lucky buyer. I came back with a ton of potential display items that can also be sold.

(I find it totally weird that I seem completely incapable of taking a photo on a level line.) The little desk was in my parents’ storage space. I still have quite a bit of stuff stored in there but didn’t have room to get it all home this trip. Those doggone babies take up a lot of room in the car. I need to do something to the top — it’s got some water rings on it — but I’m not sure what to do yet. I could strip it, but that means stripping the rest of it. I could paint the whole thing or just paint the top and leave the rest as is…not sure what would look best. So for right now, it’s waiting for some TLC. The little table with the chippy aqua legs is my mom’s that I wrangled out of her hands. She really wasn’t doing anything with it and I knew it would look so cute in the booth…hopefully I can make a little money for her at the same time it helps to display my wares. Everything else, I purchased the weekend I was in LR. The tall stool is from the estate sale I hit last, where I missed out on so much good stuff (sob). It is big and chunky and I think I’m going to paint it cream. The little blue stool wasn’t cheap but I’m looking for things that are stackable and will allow me to give items different heights for more interesting displays. The little brown one, though, was a find at $2. I love it.

I’ve got to paint it. The whitewashed table is really old (though the finish is not) and a nice size. I just took it as-is to the booth.

Since Shara over at MokeyBoxBlog’s amazing success with stone fruit, I am drawn like a moth to a flame to any and all examples of faux fruit I see. These apples weren’t stone fruit, unfortunately, but they’re a very heavy wood and the price was right so I grabbed them up. The egg basket was at a separate yard sale for a buck. I rarely turn down a wire basket.

I will never, ever, ever say no to pink milk glass. EVER.

I got this at an estate sale, on the third day, half off. It was $4.

Isn’t it so beautiful?

I got this eiderdown quilt at the same estate sale. I have another of these as well. They are so impractical as they need to be dry cleaned and inevitably lose their feathers, even if there’s not a hole in the fabric, but I love them so much. I’ll probably keep this one since the price of dry cleaning would make it impractical to re-sell. They are warm, I’ll give them that.

I found these two chippy guys at a yard sale for fifty cents each.

I spent a little more than I would like on this dress ($12), but I couldn’t resist. I’m going to try this on Etsy before putting it in the booth.

I found two non-working cuckoo clocks at two different yard sales — weird. This one is a hard plastic, so I will have no guilt feelings over spray painting it a bright color. What I want to do is use it as a frame, and put a quote about time inside, but I don’t know if I can figure out how to cut the middle out and if I do manage to do that, how to make the quote look as good as possible without the use of glass. Or do I use glass? Here’s hoping this isn’t just one more project that sits on my desk and makes me feel guilty for two years.

March 25, 2013 - 1:26 pm

Sarah I have the same eiderdown and I have put it in the washer several times with no problem.

March 25, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Lara Jo OMG SMALL INTERNET WORLD! When I did an image search for Eiderdowns I found the photo of yours and was flabbergasted it was the same! Do you put it in the dryer? Do the feathers not clump up? Any tips you have would be most welcome because the dry cleaners quoted me nearly $20 to clean it. THANKS!!!

March 25, 2013 - 9:15 pm

Marsha I wash my down comforters and coats (we’re still wearing those in Chicago at the end of March this year!) with a detergent for down I got at Uncle Dan’s in Evanston. Then to dry them I put a few tennis balls in the dryer, for fluffing action, Be forewarned, it takes quite a while and makes a lot of noise! Much better than the chemicals of dry cleaning IMHO. Nice to hear from you, Lara. What about Zero to Twins??

March 25, 2013 - 11:14 pm

Shara Ah, there’s more to the story of that stone fruit. Like how the buyer returned it and said it wasn’t like any of the other stone fruit she collects. Yet, she felt it was made of stone. She told me that she has over 500 pieces of stone fruit. My photos were clear and HUGE, so she should have been able to tell it was different. Oh well. She was very nice, so I decided to be nice too. But, man, that was a lot of money to give back. Stone fruit is still a good seller. If I find anymore of it, I would sell it in a heart beat!

I love those little stools you found. And, if anyone knows how to handle vintage fabric, it’s Sarah.

I found something at Potters House that I have been lusting after for YEARS. 😀

March 26, 2013 - 6:33 am

Marsha My earlier comment about washing down-filled things doesn’t take into account vintage fabric. Yes, an expert’s opinion on that would be best. Good luck!

March 28, 2013 - 5:57 pm

Shannon Ditto…what’s going on with Zero to Twins!?!?!?