Yes, I am very, painfully, aware that so far Spring has been the mother of all disappointments. Seriously Universe - ICE PELLETS? Yeesh. But, although the tulips are slow in poking out their heads, the Garage Sales have begun (Cue the music! Start the skipping!). That is right my thrifty friends, yesterday my mother-in-law and I went to my first yard sale of the season, in the posh area around Old Mill. We were there just at the end, which means we probably missed some good stuff, but got some great deals. For example, this cheerful, hand-stitched wool shawl. No holes, no snags. $5. Perfect to inject a little colour into a room or outfit. Love it.
This pretty watercolour came in a square glass frame, but it was poorly mounted and the frame need to be cleaned up. Maybe I could just hang it on some pretty clips? It is definitely an amateur work, but there is a special place in my heart for watercolours, and these look like they might have been intended to be peonies, which I love. Pretty colours for spring, don't you think? It was $10 with the frame, and they threw in the little watercolour of the roses below.
I also got a little lamp shade for a thrift store lamp that has born a naked bulb for fall too long - who knew it was going to be so difficult to find those little shades that slide on to the top of the soon-to-be-outlawed incandescent bulb? But the big haul was a couple of brass bookcases with smoked glass shelves.
Do I remove the plating to make them chrome (which I don't currently like as much as brass), remove the plating and spray them gold, remove the plating and try to get my hands on some Rub N' Buff, or put them on the curb? I await your wise council... :) Not bad for Yard Sale #1 - eh? Come'on Spring, let's do this.