I've been seeking the perfect popcorn bowl for quite some time. I had one, but dropped it. (That was a sad day.) Last week's one was okay, but extremely heavy. (I can see it shattering in the not-too-distant future.) I found this week's contender at a sale for only a quarter. At first took, it's not at all pretty. It's pretty stained, but I liked the look of it. I image that someone's Aunt Sally used to make mounds of whipped potatoes and serve them to the whole family in this bowl. But the thing that attracted me was, of course, the rim decoration of little roses, which you can see in this blow-up. I haven't tested it yet, but will let you know.
For the past few weeks, I've been looking for items for the tiny shelf that I bought a few weeks back. It's about two inches high, but looks much taller in this cropped photo. I guess it's supposed to be a vase (maybe for forgetmenots?). I like Made In Japan items, and this was marked Japan, so that sealed the deal. The nickel price wasn't too hard on the wallet, either.
At the same sale, I found two vegetable bowls for a quarter. Not a quarter each, two bowls for one quarter. When I asked the woman about it, she said she was motivated to sell everything. What didn't sell was going in the trash. That's my kind of sale! Of course the clincher was the fact it has (lets say it together) ROSES on it!
For years I was a big fan of Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion magazine . . . until they changed focus and now it looks like every other decorating magazine on the market. Not that I have a lot of (or any) ME stuff -- but I saw this little metal cherry basket and thought it was cute, and reminded me of ME. Don't know what I'm going to do with it yet, but I'll think of something.
At the very last sale I found this little square enamel box. I guess it was probably used to store food. It's majorly cute, and I thought I might use it to put odds and ends in -- like loose buttons, etc. It'll probably end up on a shelf, but it was only a dime and I couldn't leave it behind. (Okay, do I have SUCKER written on my forehead, or what?)
If you remember, a few weeks ago I bought a wooden shelf. I knew when I bought it that it was not going to stay natural wood, and that I'd paint it. So I got out the sand paper and roughed up the surface, and then painted it glossy white. I let the paint harden for about a week before I hung it, because in the past I haven't waited when I've painted and ruined books, and the paint peeled, etc. It gave me another couple of weeks to find stuff to put on it, too. I'm sure it'll evolve over time.
And what treasures did you find this week?