I didn't have the foresight to take before pictures of all my finds from the past two weekends, but I did take some, and I have some tips for cleaning up bargain or antique finds.
Behold! The beginnings of my bottle collection! I buy new small bottles and jars for herbs and essential oil mixtures, so I figured why not start buying some with a little age. I especially love the India Ink bottles and the tall green one. OK, I love them all!
TIP: A simple way to clean glass is with Mrs. Meyer's Soap. All their products are earth-friendly, cruelty-free, not tested on animals, and really makes glass sparkle!
Some of them I'll use as little vases to hold flowers (Spring is coming), and some of them I'll use for essential oils, herbs, and various storage. I'm also going to get some cork toppers from one of the crafts stores to finish them off... soon.
I also picked up this beautiful vase and a bowl that matches, thanks to my mom! I passed them up, and she bought them for me. Seriously nice present!
I've also been on the lookout for interesting artwork, frames, and prints lately. I picked these two up for $2 a piece! I love architecture (if I hadn't become a graphic designer I would have been an architect), so I adore these prints, and the price was amazing!
TIP: I cleaned off the frames with a natural homemade vinegar cleaner, then I used coconut oil to polish the frames. The combo cleaned the frames up and now these $2 finds look amazing!
I also discovered this lovely sake set, and I was so excited to find it. It's Pottery Craft Stoneware, which is said to be inspired by potter Robert Maxwell's work.
I saw this deer plate sitting on a shelf in the basement of an antique store this past weekend, and I instantly grabbed it, check the price, and snatched it up! It's so cute, and a perfect addition to my home, and maybe eventually The Shop, who knows!
I also spotted the planter, and for $4 I figured I'd use it to put herbs in the kitchen this Spring.
I got a killer deal on these items this weekend, too! It's a sugar and creamer set, handmade wooden bowl, and salt and pepper set (sort of matches the planter I bought).
There seems to be a theme here... I found some interesting brown items this weekend, and didn't even realize how in love I am with brown!
I used the coconut oil on all of these wooden items, and the small bowl featured earlier. It seriously works like a charm!
I love to go shopping for vintage, retro, and mid-century modern items. I also love searching for unique pieces of beat-up furniture to refinish. I'm going to be posting more about that on here come this Spring. I hope you enjoyed all the items, and if there's something you really love feel free to email us about it. I'm a collector, but I also love to help others with their collections! In fact, some items will be coming to The Shop later this Spring!
There are a few items missing that I purchased, but I'm still cleaning them up. I'll do an update post later this week. So check back!