Lady in the Red Hat Sitting in the Church Pew

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.


Claudia said...

Oh, that church pew is so beautiful! What a wonderful find, Lynn! Patience pays off, doesn't it? It is lovely and perfect for your home. Congratulations!

Blondie's Journal said...


The bench is beautiful! I am so happy you found what you were looking for and that it was such a nice surprise. And the price?? Another surprise!!

Have a wonderful week, my friend!


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Lynn!
I so love the bench. OMG the detailing arches on the sides are just outstanding, and I so love the swoop made just right for your arms to rest. It is so beautiful. ($40.00, I would have snitched it up too). What a deal, or better yet WHAT A STEAL?? Love it! Just Love it! The little hats are so perfect. I love them both. I wouldn't have been able to choose just one, I would have had to buy them both too. Great choice sweetie. Thanks for sharing. Please stop by soon. Country hugs, Sherry

Connie said...

How charming that church pew is, honey! I'd love to have one for my front porch. Maybe....just maybe, CraigsList has one. I'll have to look.....

Jenny said...

Forty dollars?? What a steal!!

♥ Boomer ♥ said...

You got a steal!!!! Terrific! And the hats are just adorable! ♥

Unknown said...

OMG that bench is absolutely perfect...and only $40, you did good Lynn!!!

:) T

Jennifer said...

Love it!!! What a deal you found! It would be perfect on a porch with a couple of shabby pillows. I hope your week is off to a great start! =)
xo, Jennifer

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

You lucky Girl, What a fine.I love the bench and its perfect. I know you will get alot out of it.$40.00 is not much to pay for a bench like that.You go girl.XXOO Marie Antionette

Michelle Hughes said...

OH MY!! $40 for that beauty? did you pick it up, throw the money at them and run?!? I always wonder how they can part with those beauties? Thanks for stopping by, comeback later and I'm going to show off some of my finds from the weekend!


Sue said...

OOOOHHHH, I can see the detailing here. I didn't see it on Facebook! Just too cool on the sides. A bargain, to boot!
hugs, Sue

Elyse said...

how lovely and so many possibilities!



Melissa/Piney Rose said...

Lynn, I just love that pew bench! Great find. Also, I will be watching for you to list the silver box you mentioned!

Margaret Cloud said...

Lynn, this is so interesting I like the way you discribe all your vintage adventures. That bench is so pretty. Have a great week looking.

Judy said...

How perfect! and what a great price. I know you will enjoy it.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Lynn, that church pew is perfect! I would have taken that home with me too, and those little vintage hats are precious. If you have a minute, would you stop over at my blog and get info to send Amy a card as soon as possible (if you don't already have the info). Thanks so much. laurie

Anonymous said...

It stands perfectly in that side of you home :-) And with the story that goes with it - it is even more darling to own such furniture. Bet it brings smiles whenever you walk in or out the door. :-)


(Love your garden cloche. That's a first as I always see cloche's in glass and displayed indoors.)

Nancy said...

Such a lovely bench! You are so lucky!

I have a larger one from Europe that I love. Alas, I don't have the entry way to fit it.

I also love those little doll hats ... so sweet.

Would love to feature your Halloween tomorrow or next day depending on how many visits I can get in today. Let me know.

claudie said...

Hi Lynn
So glad you dropped by. Did you look at my other posts by chance? I have so many great pictures of my girlfriend's visit, I would love you to look at them when you get a chance.
As far as your pink shoe tree... I LOVE IT. Your saucy little dress... go find some boots. I found some cool red boots in a consignment store & I sure feel "hot" in them... not as in hot flash either lol
I adore your "new to you" bench & those adorable hats.
I've missed you.
Love Claudie

Wanda said...

The bench is sweet - and so much sweeter because of it's history. You dun good!

Unknown said...

wow..Lynn, it is so cheap..that's one thing we never get here, good quality stuff on sale. everyone throws everything away..stopping bye to say bye...for now :P

OldBagNewTricks said...

Hi Lynne -- I am on a mission to get a very special designer a well deserved win on Martha Stewart. I never ever do this kind of thing... till now. Can you peek at my latest blog post and follow the link to vote. Her name is terry Grahl and she designs/decorates women's shelters. Thank you so kindly -- Jenny

Beverly said...

Ooh, Lynn. I love it. We have an old oak church pew on our upstairs landing, and I love it, too. We've had it about thirty years, but for the life of me, I can't remember where we found it. I know we were living in Fort Lauderdale, but that's it.

I hope you enjoy yours.

LuLu Kellogg said...

Lynn...I am so glad you popped by for a visit! I just LOVE your Blog and am sitting here reading through your posts :)

This white bench is so lovely!


Anonymous said...

Hi Lynn, it was so nice visiting your blog. It filled me with happiness and inspiration.


claudie said...

I just spotted your " I'm not old I'm an Antique"... cute, but your not old at all or an Antique to me Lynn. We could hang out and have sooooo much fun, and get in trouble lol
As for "how far am I from Manhattan"? Well first I'm a Canadian, right? I live in Ontario, which is border to Quebec, near Montreal. We cross the bridge in Cornwall, Ontario, which is border to Messena N.Y. We drive through the Adirondacks, to Albany and on to Manhattan. All in all it's about an 8 hour drive. We stopped and had a lovely evening and night in Lake Placid (we go right through there also). Then to Cracker Barrel, my fav breakfast place (we don't have them here) and from there it's about 3 hours to the city.
I'm sooooooo jealous that your going. We had splendid weather. It will be like here... nice and sunny, but very cool evenings. So bring a few woolies, just make sure they are high in fashion lol or just buy a pashmina shawl, there only 5 bucks each. Get all the colors lol
Have fun and if you want to go to "the best" Italian rest. in Soho let me know. I guarantee you WILL NOT be disappointed.
Talk to you soon
Love Claudie

OldBagNewTricks said...

Lynn, great score on that beautiful church pew!!! Pardon the pun, but it's heaven!

I'm so delighted that you "know" Terry Grahl -- I think she came in a very close second, but at least she beat out the glitter people -- not that I have anything against glitter. LOL


Stella said...

That bench is to die for. The arms have such a wonderful curve. I also have been searching for one for years so hope my luck is as good as yours. Thank you for sharing.

Tammi said...

Oh my gosh!! You are so lucky!! How great is the bench! I LOVE it!! The color, the charm, the size, the overall "look", it's perfect!!


Anonymous said...

Oh boy! I share your joy over such a find. What a deal, too. We just painted our church pew oyster white (with milk paint) last weekend. Wish it only cost $40!

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