Thursday, February 24, 2011

Antiquiing, Estate Sale Shopping and Awards!

John and I did a lot of antiquiing and shopping last week. First on Saturday, we went to visit my booth downtown to add a few more things to sell, and while there I had to check out what is new in the other vendors' booth. Of course, I picked a few items. I never come out of there empty handed.

The next day, we drove to St. Francisville, a town about an hour away, to check out the last of a 3 day estate sale. But we could not find it so we went dowtown and stumbled into these antique shops. I thought the cottages were so cute. Only doors A and B are shops owned by 1 person, the rests are private residences.

The shops weren't packed but she had quality stuff and hubby and I both enjoyed browsing around. That bird cage came home with us.
Look at how cute her sign is. The store owner said she goes to England to shop for her store so most of these that you see came from there. After a few negotiations on some items, we left to go to the estate sale. The store owner showed us how to get there. I will show you everything we bought below.
The driveway going to the house where the estate sale was is very long. In case, you are interested, the owner is downsizing so they are selling the property. It has 4 or 5 buildings including an antebellum house, all of which sit on 500 acres and I believe the asking price is about 8 million dollars. Look at the old oak trees, kinda spooky with all the hanging Spanish moss but very serene.
Below is everything we bought from all the shops and estate sale we went to. Everything was 50% off at the estate sale since it was the final day. On our way home, we went to another antique shop in Woodville and bought a few more things.

I bought the basket at Avondale Antiques for $3.

On the top right are a chicken for $2, a blue vase for $2 and smaller vase for $1, all from the same antique shop.

From the estate sale came the transferware bowls, marked $20 for the pair so we got them for $10.
The "Charms of Tea" book was $10 so we got it for $5.

The dolls we got for $15 each, the Victorian lamp for $12.50,

"500 Jokes for Doctors"book for 50 cents, blue ceramic crucifix for $3.75, slang books for $2 each, white embroidered napkins $6 for 6 I think, light brown linen napkins for $4 and a toile table topper for $1. They were all from the estate sale.

From the other vendors at my store came the picnic basket for $15. We left to go to church and I could not stop thinking about it so we went back after mass to buy it, lol. It is really heavy duty and big and I have a plan for it. The Bordallo Pinheiro bunny tray was also from there for $5.
The Mackenzie Childs vase was $5, the glass box was 50 cents. The contents were not included, I just placed them there to display them. The foot spa was $10, all from the estate sale.
The basket with tiles in front of it was $8 from the other vendor at the store.

The Staffordshire cup and saucer was $6 and the Hallmark green basket weave cup and saucer was $5. I like the flower and bee inside it.
The white and gold teapot was $11.

All came from the Estate sale.

Here is the glass box we got for 50 cents. It was really dirty but I knew all it needed was a good wash. I was going to sell it at the store but John wants to keep it. I placed some of our natural egg stone collection there along with some raw semi precious stones.

Below are some of my favorites. The big wooden hand painted box from Avondale Antiques was marked down to $65 but we got it discounted further to $50. I really like it. I think the chippiness gives it a lot more character.
the lion brass planter was marked down from $225 to $100 but I got it down further to $80. It's big and heavy and I like the lion head and feet. I plan to put ferns in it when they start selling them in stores.
This glass syrup server with a silver plated lion lid is my very favorite. It was marked $17 at the estate sale so we got it for half that.

And for the best price, this is my favorite. It is about a foot tall and it cost me $1 from the other vendor at the store. I love the cherubs and the pink roses. I placed it in the dishwasher and it looks really clean and pretty now.

We also bought this wooden bird house. It was marked down to $125 but she gave it to us for $100.

I have too many favorites, lol. Here's another one, an old hand painted English bowl with a Chelsea bird on it. I love the ruffly edge and the shape. It was marked $20 at the estate sale so we got it for $10.
It is already displayed in my new kitchen cabinet with my other plates with chelsea birds also.

Notice I changed my Sightseeing Sat. logo? I added events and shopping too since most of my travels involve shopping also.

I am linking with Linda for Junkin Finds at

and Beverly for Pink Saturday at

and Laurie for a Few of My Favorite Things at A Few of My Favorite Things

Lastly, I would like to post about the latest 2 awards that I received from 2 lovely bloggers.
The Versatile Award was passed along to me by Jo of

The Versatile Blogger Rules:
1.Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award.
2. Answer 10 questions about yourself.
3. Pass the award on to 7 blogs you’ve recently discovered and enjoy.
4. Leave the award recipients a note, telling them about the award.

1. Why did you create your blog?

I used to post on Rate My Space but most of the friends I met there started blogging and they convinced me to do the same. While I was in Florida after one of my daughter's got married, I started blogging about the wedding and the rest is history.

2. What kind of blogs do you follow?

Mostly decorating and tablecaping, some crafting, traveling and renovating and a few family ones too.

3. Favorite brand of make-up?


4. Favorite brand of clothing?

Coach, Soma and Esprit

5. Indispensable make-up product?

facial moisturizier and eye creams

6. Favorite perfume?

I don't use perfume but I use body lotion, any that smells good and not too strong, mostly floral and citrusy.

7. Favorite color?

blue, aqua, orange, yellow, green

8. Favorite movie?

The Sound of Music and Ten Commandments

9. What country would you like to visit and why?

France. I have been there at least 3 times but I want to go again just to visit flea markets and antique shops and visit the church where the body of St. Therese lies or is it St. Bernadette?.?

10. Would you rather forget to put mascara on one eye or forget blush on one side of your face.
Blush cause it does not stay on anyway so eventually, the cheeks will look even, lol.

The Stylish Blogger award was given to me by Kim, the Dreamgoddess of

One requirement for this award is for me to share 7 things about me, so here goes.

Maybe you should just read my answers above cause they somewhat tell about me, lol. But if I have to follow the rule, here are 7 more things about me.

1. I am originally from the Philippines but have immigrated to the US when I was 22.

2. My husband and I are born on the same day, 3 years apart.

3. I love watching scary movies.

4. I am a shopaholic and dishaholic and I am so lucky that my husband supports my vice.

5. I don't like cooking as much as I enjoy tablescaping.

6. I have not worked since we moved here but I used to work as a Medical Technologist for over 20 years.

7. Now, this is kinda funny. I burp on demand. If you even just press any part of my body, I burp. John even asked a gastroenterologist if he has ever seen anything like it and he has not, lol. So I guess I am one of a kind.

Thank you so much, Jo and Kim for thinking of me when you were passing these awards. I really appreciate it!
I know I am supposed to pass them along too but it is hard for me to pick who to give them too so please, if you are one of my followers, just grab 'em. I am passing them along to you!

I appreciate everyone who has visited and the ones who hosted. Come back again soon!


mississippi artist said...

I love all of your new treasures-what fun finding them!I am going to a moving sale tommorow, maybe I will find something interesting.

Terra said...

You are a wonderful shopper with a great "eye" to find beauty and take it home. I have so many favorites here, like you. The syrup dispenser and lots of the china, and oh the lion plant holder. Lions mean Aslan to me, which means Christ so they are doubly dear.

Blondie's Journal said...

You really hit the jackpot this time, Christine!! Everything is very nice and interesting. Some of my favorites are the big birdcage {where are you going to put it?}, the box from Avondale Antiques and the brass planter. It will look fantastic with a fern or even a nice palm! Hurray for you and John!

Congratulations on your awards! I am always eager to learn more about the winners. Your answers are great. I didn't know about the burping thing! lol! I imagine it is controllable! ;-D


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, what great finds! They are all absolutely wonderful bargains. I am coveting that wonderful painted box. What a find that was. That bird cage is so amazing. I think the glass box is a perfect display piece for your beautiful eggs. Y'all really had a great weekend of shopping! So glad you'll be linking this to Favorite Things. Congratulations on the awards. I am laughing over the burping! laurie

debs said...

Christine you sure hit the mother load on your loot. What great finds and bargains. I also liked learning more about you...I love eye creams too...LOL!

Donnie said...

You must be one great shopper. You found some lovely items. Thanks for sharing them.

lvroftiques said...

Christine that was some haul!! I love so many things I don't quite remember them all! LOL! But the bird chateau...loved it!.... the pitcher too...and the painted trunk/box...the dish... Sheesh girlfriend you scored-o-rama! Vanna

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Wow...lots of treasures! My favorites are the birdhouse and that painted box/chest. Great finds!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Amazing treasures! I can't begin to choose my favorites. Thanks for joining Junkin Finds Friday! hugs, Linda

Queenie said...

Girl, you find the best stuff....what a fun place to explore too! I didn't know you had an antiques booth now... I bet you are having a ball with that :)
Big hugs,

Pat said...

I enjoyed this so much Christine. Sounds like the kind of places I would love to visit!

Loved hearing more about you.

Queenie said...

Hey Christine,
I wanted to answer your question that you left for me in the comments at my blog.... this place is called Seaside, Florida it's in the Northwest Florida Panhandle. Near Santa Rosa Beach and about 10- 15 miles East of Destin Florida. You can probably google it and get a wealth of info. You and John would love it. No, I didn't move...I'm still in Florida about a 45 minutes drive to the beaches, but I have lived in Florida and called it home for about 16 years, but I was born and raised in Alabama.
Girl, next time you are over this weay...You should visit Seaside, it is like stepping back in time, oh and be sure to take your bike with you :)

aimee said...

it's all so beautiful! i love going to estate sales. infact i'm going to three tomorrow (fri) i too have a booth that i need to keep stocked. it takes up so much of my time, but i do enjoy it. i share it with my mom, two older sisters, and a friend. i live the closest so it is up to me to make sure it is looking nice and clean! enjoy your weekend!

Honey at 2805 said...

Wow! Such great find. I really, really want to go shopping with you!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You have been busy shopping! Really like the birdcage.
Enjoy your weekend.

Richard Cottrell said...

Sounds like a wonderful day. I love estate sales, none in my little town of 450 people. The estate where the sales was sounds wonderful. I love White Castle, Miss. Isn't that where the Knotaway Plantation is? The little cottage where the shop were . are about the cutest things I have seen in awhile. You did good. I can just imagine the new blog post you will do with your new finds. look forward to it. Richard

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

That was a very productive trip Christine! You found some great things, I love the lion head syrup dispenser too, it's really different-enjoy:@)

Jillian said...

Beautiful selections! It was fun seeing what you purchased since I too have a booth.

Bella Rosa Antiques

Amanda said...

Oooh, thank you for the shopping trip...I have been having withdrawals! Your pictures and descriptions were excellent! Happy Pink Saturday!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

Marlis said...

You are amazing Christine. The finds that you find are the best and you have such a great eye for bargains and good pieces. I love the wooden box, the birdcage, the dishes, the syrup pitcher and the list goes on..

Laura Wilkerson said...

You found some really great items! The tea pot is my favorite or maybe the linen napkins.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Dena E's Blog said...

As always when I stop by for a visit I have to say~~~WOW!!! Fabulous Sweetie
Thanks for sharing YOU with us...
Blessings from our Awesome LORD above~~Prayers and Hugs Dena

Sue said...

Christine, You find more interesting and pretty things than anyone I know! Those teacups are so pretty, the bunny tray is cute, and that birdhouse is amazing. John and you must have so much fun together! Wish the weather here was condusive to sales- it is still cold and wintry. Can't wait for spring, that is for sure. ~ Sue

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Awesome day and finds! My hubby and I love to go antiquing and to estate sales too :o) I definitely love the glass syrup server and how fun to find that Doctor's joke book :o) I would love to have found that for our son in law. And the slang book...Its fun to hear the different slangs and meanings from different areas. Is this book about slangs from the south?

Blessings & Aloha!
Thank you for stopping by :o)

A Perfect Setting said...

Great finds, Christine! Glad you guys had a fun day!!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

You are lucky that your hubby likes to do the same kind of things that you do. My honey would rather take a ball bat to his head as to go shopping with me... I loved the box, my favorite thing too. Loved reading the personal things about my friend ... smiles.

Maggie said...

Christine I think you must have a black belt in finding antique & vintage treasure.
What an amazing collection of wonderful things, and how great that your husband likes to shop too.
Lucky you!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday Christine Sweetie...
Oh my gosh, girl you are one shopping kid. Your feet must have been exhausted by the time you got home, and I am sure John was exhausted by the time he got all of this into the house.

What wonderful purchases you made. I love each one, but the one that spoke to me most was the birdhouse. I cannot wait to see where you put it. It is just gorgeous. Are you going to put anything in side of it?

Now that pink bunny platter caught my eye as well. Just in time for Easter. You have enough dishes to start a museum in your house sweetie. So pretty.

I loved the moss in the trees at the estate sale. They are just magical.

Have a beautiful Pink Saturday sweet friend. Thank you for taking me along on the sale adventures today. I had a wonderful time.

Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Char said...

Oh what fun you must have had. All the treasures and the finds. I have to confess, the yellow ware would have been in my car. Love that. I see you managed to find some great items, what fun you must have had.
Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Great finds, Christine! I LOVE that unusual! And that is funny...that we both went to Avondale Antiques! And I love France, too...of course...and opt for a visit there if given a chance! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Diann said...

Wow Christine! this looks like it was a super fun day! And all of your tresures are wonderful!

Kathleen said...

You are SO funny! Burp on demand!
I love reading things about you. Is that how you met John? You were a med tech where he worked?
I think it is so generous of you to buy a doc joke book for 50 cents! :)

You got a lot of amazing things!

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