Vintage shop fun!

I was really tempted by this sign.  Who cares the new kitchen has a "Paris Bistro" theme!  However, this would look so cool in the "man cave" basement.  But I had to pass (not within budget)

I was really tempted by this sign. Who cares the new kitchen has a “Paris Bistro” theme! However, this would look so cool in the “man cave” basement. But I had to pass (not within budget)

I have  a friend, Bill, who loves to post on Facebook his recent vintage finds.  He goes to auctions and antique shops and even enjoys perusing the local Craigslist for great finds.

Another item I did not purchase, but loved. These train graphics (a huge box of them) would make some wonderful art.  However, I often see repurposed old things (such as spindles into lamps) that are not for resale.  It often ruins an object to repurpose it.  So skipping my urge to create to leave these as they are for some collector.

Another item I did not purchase, but loved. These train graphics (a huge box of them) would make some wonderful art. However, I often see repurposed old things (such as spindles into lamps) that are not for resale. It often ruins an object to repurpose it. So skipping my urge to create to leave these as they are for some collector.

I am less able to get out and about, but when I do I enjoy not only purchasing a few choice items, but also photographing the items I find of interest.  The local vintage/ junk shop in Swanzey NH is located in a large barn, that has to be emptied every year for the County Fair.  That means, HUGE SAVINGS and discounts so vendors don’t have to move as many items.

I thought "Oh Bill might like this!" A neat display from a store.  Also I'm not a fan of cleaning these items up and repainting.  I'm a fan of "as found".  I cringe watching that restoration show.  "Let's repaint this lovely piece of history so it looks brand new!" (not!)

I thought “Oh Bill might like this!” A neat display from a store. Also I’m not a fan of cleaning these items up and repainting. I’m a fan of “as found”. I cringe watching that restoration show. “Let’s repaint this lovely piece of history so it looks brand new!” (not!) Please note praying boy.

 

This is the best time to go, especially for someone on a budget.  I’m currently moving to a home that needs a ton of renovation.  Vintage finds are low on the priority list, but I claimed to be looking for items for the new kitchen. It has a Paris theme, if a kitchen can have a “theme”.  I did not expect to find anything Parisian at the vintage store, but somehow I managed!

Super discount on the clock. The interior is quite old, but feel the case is an newer addition.  However, there was paperwork from past repairs with the item.  The last was from 1976 from a local clock repair/jewelry store.  Not sure it it will work but it's going to look great in the new kitchen/dining area.  Who knew, France in New Hampshire?

Super discount on the clock. The interior is quite old, but feel the case is an newer addition. However, there was paperwork from past repairs with the item. The last was from 1976 from a local clock repair/jewelry store. Not sure it it will work but it’s going to look great in the new kitchen/dining area. Who knew, France in New Hampshire?

I also love to help out my friend Jeff Wagg, looking for “Mystery Objects” for his College of Curiosity site.  A “Mystery Object” is just that.  Where you look at something and go “well what is that?”  I enjoy not only looking and guessing (usually incorrectly) everyday but also keeping my eye out for anything that makes me go “hey what is that?”

I won’t share the mysterious vintage items I found for Jeff, go to his site to enjoy them!

I have  a feeling this is a new reproduction, however at over 50% off, I would pay that for a reproduction.  It's really heavy, and once again I am "How did this get to small town NH?"  It's not Paris themed, but the kitchen will pretend it made a stop in London.

I have a feeling this is a new reproduction, however at over 50% off, I would pay that for a reproduction. It’s really heavy, and once again I am “How did this get to small town NH?” It’s not Paris themed, but the kitchen will pretend it made a stop in London.

But here are some treasures in the hope that this time I make my friend Bill go “Oh I wish I had been there!”

Among the items wanted but not in the budget is this wonderful painting.  I would love this for the "man cave" basement with bar.  It's on my wish list, and I'm probably going to go back for it.

Among the items wanted but not in the budget is this wonderful painting. I would love this for the “man cave” basement with bar. It’s on my wish list, and I’m probably going to go back for it.



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3 replies

  1. I love the pool table painting. Also love browsing through these shops but then I don’t want to get rid of things at home as I hope that maybe I’ll be able to use it someday.

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