Our Black Friday weekend consists of the traditional holiday shopping madness, but not in a department store or trendy mall. Since we're off and the schools are closed, we pack everyone in the truck and head to the antique stores! Can't you just hear the squeals of merriment and delight from our children? [insert sarcasm here]
As you can imagine, they are less than thrilled, but family time is family time, right? Everyone eventually winds up with a little treasure, so once you get past the initial groaning, it's not so bad. Nicholas looks for fossils, gems, and metals, while Sophia somehow always manages to find some cute figurine or (ugh) something stuffed.
Mr. VJIMT found this rusty toy car steering wheel. Guess who used it to pretend drive all the way home? (Wow, non-tech imaginative play -- remember that?)
She was also instructed to play “I Spy” in the stores and to keep a lookout for doorknobs, Christmas ball ornaments, and other holiday items.
I think she did a good job.
Shiny Brites! Only $5 a box, plus another 40% off. My favorite magentas and violets, at yard sale prices! I have been wanting to make a Christmas ball wreath for myself like Suzy (Georgia Peachez) has here on her holiday blog.
Here are some fabulous white porcelain doorknobs (the glass one is amethyst). Our antique glass, brass, and porcelain doorknob wine bottle stoppers have been a big hit! Check them out at my Etsy shop here.
These are also headed to Etsy: some small bottle brush trees…
I bought this linen piece to sell but the embroidery is just so sweet, I may need to keep it.
Nick helped me do a little research on this globe; it was made in 1962 and those bold black lines depict man's first orbit around the planet. We both enjoyed the online sleuthing to figure out its age and worth. He was annoyed with me when I sold the other two globes we researched, so I guess I'd better double check with him before I list it.
Mr. VJIMT found himself a few treasures too. This neat double-sided arrow sign is a great addition to his collection.
Love the crackle.
This finial is already attached to the post at the bottom of our stairs.
And a mousetrap. I can only hope there is no longer any mouse DNA on it. Ewww.
Someday I'll have to blog about his collection of these photos. Here is a cool group photo he found. I like the pennant they're holding. Reluctantly holding.
This is a high school class photo, although these kids look like they're in their forties!
But if you look at their feet, those angles are a dead giveaway that they're teenagers. Replace those fancy dress shoes with sneakers and it's 2010, not 1910!
Next post is #100! I started this blog in February after being a vintage junkie all these years and it has been a fun and fascinating 10-month ride. To celebrate, the fabulous Aussie Tamarah of Shabby Vintage Junk and I are coordinating our milestone posts into one super international giveaway! Come back this week to see what we're giving away and how you can enter to win!