Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Antiquin' = Fishin'

I've discovered a wonderful secret. One that my mom has been trying to tell me for years but I never listened: Antique stores are AWESOME!

Not only do they have one of a kind, Made in America items but antique stores and second hand shops can save you so much money in the long run. I'm all about reducing, reusing, recycling and upcycling. With buying antiques, I feel as though I am helping with keeping American history alive and using my creative mind to re-purpose beautiful objects that often just need a little clean-up and TLC.

Once a month, this wonderful woman named Virginia opens the doors to her beautiful property, Chartreuse and Co., allowing all to shop through her 5 different buildings featuring many different artisans and their gorgeous decor. I was so happy when I got the couple hours I needed to go shopping! That can be tough with a two year old and four year old vying for my attention. Country Bloke reminded me that whatever money I spent would be directly proportionate to how many fishing trips he gets. I s'pose that's fair!

Here's her website and her blog:

So beautiful and so much inspiration. I'm trying to figure out how to get Country Living to come on out and see her stuff. BTW, I get nothing by posting this in my blog, I just really love the things in her shops and I want everyone to be able to experience it!

Here's a photo of one of my purchases:
It's a large glass cloche I bought for $42 and an antique wood pulley for $89. I thought that was a little steep until I looked online. A glass cloche the size I bought goes for about $80 and an antique pulley is priced between $49 and $280!! I had that vase with the coral in it on another shelf so I placed it in the middle of the pulley for a "summery" look. Great thing is that I can change it up with the seasons.

I found this little gem sitting in the corner in one of the "shops" at Chartreuse:

It's hard to tell but that is a bird stand! It was $29! They had a fern hanging from it and I thought it looked nice so I did the same thing. No sense in re-inventing the wheel! I've got it in a galvanized bucket at the moment because I'm not sure what I'm doing with that yet. I picked up the bucket at my other favorite place called Cool Old Stuff in Waynesboro, PA. They don't have a website but man, they have some cool old stuff! The bucket set me back a whole $17.95!

Some other purchases from Cool Old Stuff:

Gorgeous old, embossed milk jugs my mom happened to find when she was digging through a bin for $4.95 a jug. Such a cool find. I have spearmint in water that has rooted! Country Bloke received the spearmint from the woman who runs the CSA we joined. What is a CSA you ask? I'll answer that question next blog and believe me, if you've never heard of a CSA before, please come back and read about it. It's been a life changing experience for me!

Now keep in mind that I might shop at the antique stores about once every six months. I keep a list of things I am looking for and try to get it all in one day. The less I go to the shops, the less I spend. How else am I going to get this house paid off in 8 years?! But more on that later...

In the mean time, Country Bloke is going fishin' since City Girl went antiquin'!

I wonder if Country Living will call me this week?

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