Sunday, June 16, 2013

Old Glory Antiques Fair Littleton, CO 2013

Deep breath.  It's really hard to control yourself when everything that you love is within a few hundred square feet of you.When I pulled up to The Old Glory Antiques Fair in Littleton yesterday my eyes kind of glazed over and my heart started beat faster, faster, and faster.  There was so much there to take in.  It was like a candy store that was full of Turtles, Cadberry eggs, Swedish Fish, and Pink Jelly beans.  All there for me.  I could pick anything that I wanted... as long as it was within my budget. 

 Kari from Babs rode along with.  Its great to know someone that has the same appreciation for junk treasures as I do.  She tells me that I am certainly not a hoarder just a serious collector.

We had a cupcake from GiGis and found some really great things IE a trunk that I am going to put all of my hand me down quilts in for... wait for it... $50?!?!?!??!?! 

She didn't buy this.  I promise.

What was my biggest takeaway from this show?  There are so many amazing items out in the world that people are throwing away.  I think about some of my favorite stores  Restoration Hardware, Anthropologie, and Pottery Barn. They have been collecting "trash" for years and people pay ridiculous amount of money for it.  I can take a Saturday to attend fairs and shows like this and come home with great items that would probably retail for 5 or 10x times more than what I pay for them. 

It's totally worth the hunt and time spent.

Check out the Old Glory Antique Fair site and get it on your calendar.  You won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ana Whites Simple Potting Bench

I am slacking on my posts lately...
1.  I need a new computer
2. I donated my printer and it was the only way that I could upload photos to my computer.  It was old. Yuck.
3. I sold my computer chair at my yard sale and haven't replaced it...

What was I thinking...

I know I promised a backyard oasis a couple months ago but the HOA took so long to approve our plans we spent our money on a new TV.  Ha.  We have started saving again and are thinking it might be a better purchase for the fall anyway.  Stores trying to get rid of inventory at the end of the season.

 In the meantime I am making due with what I have.  I had piles of pots and various gardening items on the porch and didn't have room in our garage to store these things...  We actually park our cars in our garage.  Who does that?? 

Ana White has an awesome website that has plans for anything that you could ever think of building.  I started checking out potting benches on Pinterest and then found a link to her site.  We have used it before for other projects and knew this was something that I could handle.

 The great thing about her site is she tells you the boards that you are going to need and then the order that you should have them cut in... Here is what I took to Lowes with me...

They cut it for me.  Right there. I just had to go home and put it together.  It's just like Ikea... only more a bit more sturdy.

I used my handheld mouse sander thingamajig to smooth out my boards because I used the cheapest boards that I could buy... small budget.

 I had a small towel rack from Ikea that I had not used yet and put that on the front of it in case we needed a towel one night while we were grilling... you never know!  It will be an awesome serving table and we can put drinks in my metal bin on the bottom shelf.  Multi purpose people.  Multi.

I used Olympic Antiqued Grey Stain... 1 quart did the trick.

Click here to get the plans that I used. 

I can't wait for my next project! Now excuse me while I go and pick the splinters our of my hands.  

Sunday, June 9, 2013

A Paris Street Market in Boulder 6/9/13

Obviously I have a thing for getting up early on Saturday morning and starting my day.  Boulder on the other hand does not.  I got up at my normal time of 6:30 yesterday and headed to Boulder for the Paris Street Market.  I didn't think twice about what time it was to start because the sister market in Littleton begins at 8 if not a little earlier.  I arrived at 7:45 only to realize the dumb thing didn't start until 9. 

I sat patiently on a brick wall for what felt like 4 hours,  My phone finally showed 8:57.  I started walking around.  Now that I was a bit irritated and I became a little vulnerable. I came across a few things that I really didn't need but told myself if I didn't buy them that I would regret it later...  I still have nightmares about the couch Chad talked me out of buying at the Pottery Barn Outlet 7 1/2 years ago.  Ahhh gives me chills.  Who leaves a $250 down couch just sitting in a store?  Chad does... and apparently I do too.

I was done by 9:24 and spent more than I intended.

I brought this iron home.

Will I be returning to the market in Boulder?  Probably not.  It was small.  The vendors were really irritated that they all had to pay cash tax after the show was over, none of them took credit, and none were willing to negotiate.  One lady got mad that I offered her $3 less than my total for 5 itmes that I wanted.  She told me her things were priced to sell.  Sell them to someone else and put it all back. I'm not going to be buying from you.

I understand that it's a "higher end" show but seriously... it's a market.  I know a little better than to pay $55 for a locker basket.  That's cray.

 Let's all wake up a little earlier, drink a little more coffee, and negotiate next time.  

I did top my morning off with this.  I enjoyed it.  Lots.

Check back tomorrow to see my new potting bench that I made!