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I have been a collector of things for quite sometime and when one collects, one has to clean house once in a while. I have been going through my art-room and my storage unit and let me just tell you how painful it is to get organized. Unfortunately, God did not bless me with good organizational skills. But at the same time, it feels really good just to get started. Sometimes we need to just face our fears head on. However, I would have never started this procedure if I hadn't had to. Luckily for me I had a sweet friend come along and help me get organized at my storage unit. I have to give a big shout out to my dear friend, Heather who came to help me go through every box that I had in storage. She helped me set up three stations, sell, keep and good will! She was such a trooper she stayed with me all the way to the last box!! That is a true friend, you gotta love a girl who will do that!!! That girl needs her own organizational show on TV!!
I have collected some pretty special things through the years and letting go of them is not always easy but I feel, I have enjoyed it , the memory is in my head and now it is time for someone else to enjoy it. The first photo shows a picture of one of my vintage, French crown holders that I will be listing for sale. It is hard to let one go but I do have more than I need. The good thing about organizing is that it makes you go through boxes you haven't opened for years. Which can be like Christmas morning. I have found so many things that I have wondered where in the world they were and I have also found things that I have totally forgotten about. That is actually kind of scary to think of. I sound a little sick!!
Below is a photograph of one of my finds that I had forgotten about. Tiny bits of vintages crocheted pieces in the shapes of butterflies and flowers.Tiny metal seed beads detailing the fine work. I don't think I am ready to part with them just quite yet. But I have used a few pieces inside of vintage watch cases on some necklaces, that I will also be listing.
The necklace above shows some fabulous beads that I bought a while ago. I was mesmerized at them when I first laid eyes on them. They are carved beads made from shells they have this wonderful texture to them and the color is just gorgeous swirls of cream and a hint of pink, dirty brown they are just yummy! And the smokey quartz mixed with the black sapphires on the earrings below is just lovely!!
A remembrance of the true meaning of Easter. This very old cross came from an old French rosary, it is so beautiful in person! Another treasure that I will be listing is this very old oil painting that I bought while I was in Paris.
I have started to list some things again on my other etsy site, persnickety3. I will be listing a variety of different vintage finds on there. So please try to check in from time to time.
What fun things you can do with forgotten items that you pick up at the flea market! My sweet friend, Heather Bullard asked me to do an article about my flea market cart for Flea Market Style Magizine. For the article I decided to create a new liner for my flea market cart. I also wanted to make it really easy to recreate. I am not a big fan of sewing so I thought I would try to create something that would not require any. I first decided to use two old postage bags that I had found. I actually found them at an antique store but I have seen them at flea markets before. I cut one down the seam and pinned it to the other bag to make it bigger and to make it stronger. I used a bunch of old dry cleaning safety pins to connect the two bags , eliminating all need to use a sewing machine. Next, I pinned a sweet little leather change purse into the inside of the cart to store small jewelry pieces that I find at the flea market. That way they do not get lost on the bottom of the bag. I also added a few bags for storage. I found some really fun military bags at the military supply store to hold my hand wipes (which I always like to have with me at flea markets) and cards. The great thing about the military bags is that they come with wonderful hooks that easily connect to the cart. I also attached a vintage measuring ribbon, just in case I need to measure something when shopping.
Another fun way to use the postal bag is to turn it into a pillow or recover a stool with it. I have used a postal bag as a pillow for my chair shown below. I actually have been looking for a funky old leather club chair for quite a while , having no luck finding one I finally recovered an old sofa chair that I had with European grain sacks. It worked out great and it was very inexpensive to do.It was the perfect solution until I find the perfect leather chair.
I also wanted to share my new favorite clothing line!!!
Sorry if the pictures are a bit blurry, but I took them from my phone. Click here, to look at Allsaints of Spitalfields website. I have bought a few pieces and I live in them!! Totally comfortable and can be dressed up for evening!!