So many of us love vintage, buy vintage, sell vintage and dream vintage. :) The warm patina, character, uniqueness, sentimentality, history and charm all contribute to that special piece. One week cannot go by without me spending at least one day on a treasure hunt, seeking the perfect vintage or antique item. I have been looking for a couple of years for the perfect bench to place in my entry way. A place to toss my purse or those packages waiting to be picked up by my mail lady or carried out by my trusty shipping assistant (Bobby G.). A place to plop down and put on my boots or a place to slide the flip flops under or hide all Bobby G's shoes that I insist he not wear up the carpeted white steps. :) Well...I finally found it this past Saturday at our tiny little local flea market. Usually I don't find much there, with the dealers there having way too much cheap new stuff. But boy did I luck out this time. Maybe it was that extra little prayer I said as I drove out the drive way Saturday morning. :) This absolutely charming church pew was sitting there under a mass of new blankets, cotton rags and socks. I peeked and peeked, moved the blankets over and peeked some more. Finally I asked the vendor if his display piece was for sale. "Yes m'am", he said, "if you want that ol' thing." Ha! Did I want that ol' thing? You betcha! Without measuring I knew it would be the perfect size and it has the perfect white cottage paint with just a little chippiness. And I love the curvy sides and cut out bottom and the extra added detail work on the side boards that reminds me of a church window. The seat is one whole plank of wood and so are the sides. The antique church pew came out of a little church off of Jeter Rd. out here in the country. A new church was built with new factory pews but in my opinion nothing as sweet and charming as this dear piece. It will be loved and cherished for years to come. Don't you just love it? You could never find a piece like that in a furniture store!! Oh Yeah, I forgot to tell you. It was..............$40.00 :)
Now, lest you think I would forget about you on my treasure hunts, you can just forget that nonsense! Look at these fabulous pieces I found for the boutique. Are these not the cutest, most precious vintage doll hats you have ever seen? The blue bonnet is for a big baby doll and the red fashion hat is for one of those gorgeous old 16" fashion dolls. Those both have gorgeous old shabby flocked and velvet flowers on them. Their large size makes them perfect for display. Can you see one perched on a stack of old children's book? I also found some pretty vintage millinery flowers too which I am feverishly trying to list in between writing this post. :)
Have you found something wonderful on your treasure hunts lately? Have a great week and I most likely will see you for Pink Saturday.