It’s amazing I actually found some weekend finds near the cottage, considering we’re out in the country. Let’s make that weekend finds over two weekends, OK! Before I start sharing with you, you’re probably wondering why, considering I just wrote a post about downsizing. So let’s back up a bit so you’ll find the answer.
Save the planet, buy vintage ~Unknown
This is a photo I took of our gazebo a number of years ago. We had the one table and four plastic chairs. To be totally honest, we really didn’t eat out there that often. So when we had our estate sale over 5 years ago, I put the table in the sale, hoping some day to get comfy chairs and a smaller table for the gazebo. One key in downsizing is to eliminate something every time you bring something new into your house.
It’s only taken 5 whole years, but two weekends ago there was an estate sale near our cottage and this patio set was in it. We weren’t able to go until the second day, but that was OK because everything was 50% off. It’s one wrought iron chair and one wrought iron glider chair, along with an end table. If you have a gazebo, then you’re aware that nothing stays clean in it. So having these cushions that are all-weather is exactly what I was looking for. We’ll bring them indoors for the winter months, but otherwise they’ll stay out all summer, rain or shine.
The one cushion looked great. Just a little cleaning is all that’s needed.
But this other cushion has noticeable stains which I’ll try to clean the best I can. Someone mentioned to me that you can buy this type of fabric by the yard, which I’ll have to check into. Anyways, I was able to buy each chair for $15 and the table for $10. Score this patio set for $40. If I had waited one more day, they would have been 75% off, but I wasn’t willing to take that chance.
The Danish Festival was going on in the small town near our cottage this weekend. We always go and walk around the craft show and then go out to eat. Usually I never find anything, but one craft booth had lots of country-looking items for Halloween. I noticed a handful of vintage items scattered here and there and I spotted this pitcher. One can never have too many white pitchers! I asked if this was vintage, or a reproduction and the owner had no idea. There’s no markings on the bottom, but seeing these black chips make me think it could be a reproduction. If you know anything about black chips on pitchers, feel free to let me know. I love this pitcher, but I’m just curious.
On our way into town we spotted a sign with an address and arrow and the magic word, VINTAGE. Because it indicated it was opposite of where we were heading, we decided to check it out after leaving the festival. We finally located the place and it was at someone’s residential garage and pole barn. They just happened to be opened for festival weekend. They named their business Vintage Finds in the Pines. They’re only found on Facebook, but my sister-in-law and I were very impressed their with prices and how beautiful and clean their areas were for displaying everything. There were lots of things I liked, but this minnow bucket really caught my eye.
The second I saw it, it was in my hands and I knew exactly what I would do with it. You’ll have to wait a short while, but I’ll be sharing it with you very soon.
Remember the stool I bought here? It’s currently in our cottage next to our couch.
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It’s actually replacing this table, which we donated to a local camp. Remember, remove something old when you buy something new