I forgot to mention in the last post that the photos that I shared were from EstateSales.net and were taken before the sale began. (although believe it or not about 50% of those items were still there!)
EstateSales.net is a national website that allows you to subscribe to an email update showing you the estate sales in your area. I have subscribed to it for a few years now, but had my email updates set for within 5 miles of my house. You can be sure that I have expanded my area now! LOL!
I have to say that I am a true collector - having one item is never enough ;) it's always better to have a few. And once you start collecting an item you start searching for better more unusual items in that category. I learned from the best - both my parents are collectors as well. I really appreciated this woman's wonderful collections and thought about how she must have felt as she amassed such an incredible collection of treasures.
I was thinking that it might be fun once every other week or so to share with you some of my many collections...
Anyway~ here are my purchases from the sale:
I have been having fun changing the greenery in this neat old lantern for the seasons - I took this photo in the winter.
Yes, I bought not one, not two, but three punched tin lanterns! How greedy am I?!
Each one was so unique and when you held them up to the light the intricate designs were mesmerizing. The one on the far right had her original purchased price tag on it - "Early pierced tin lantern with rare regional history" Oh how I wish that I knew what that "rare regional history" was...
This tiny little lantern was the first thing I picked up and just couldn't put it back down.
The fish scale piercings are so neat and it appears to have remnants of old red paint. It measures a mere 6 inches tall and has its original hook and bellow. I just need to find the right place to hang it.
I think that I am now a collector of lanterns :) I've put timer candles in each of them and love how they glow at night.
And my most treasured find and my most precious antique (right now ;)
My Noah's Ark
This wonderful hand painted ark is hollow with a little wire latch.
Inside were 29 animals, one bird and 2 men and 2 women.
The details on the carving and painting are wonderful. The little pigs snout, the deers white chest, the cows spots. I love how the animals aren't to scale (the pigs are bigger than the deers, etc) I can imagine a child playing with it on a Sunday afternoon after church... I've put a timer candle on this shelf as well, so that I can still admire it in the dark as I walk by :)
Well, I put together a little giveaway if anyone might be interested:
Staying with an antiques theme: A few favorite magazines for reading about antiques, two old quilt squares, an old piece of ticking, an old wooden hoop, an antique key and a few old mother of pearl buttons.
As always, my giveaway is open to everyone. If you don't blog, just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Antiques" in the subject line. And tell me in your comment or email - what one antique do you hope to own one day?
I will pick a winner on Friday, June 7th.
And I will be back here on June 1 with a few handmade offerings that I have been working on...
"By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.
There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!"
~Romans 5: 1 - 5